SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report released Wednesday by the state controller's office found that the nation's largest teacher pension fund has been so lax about detecting pension spiking at California school districts that it is on pace to audit each district once every 48 years.
FRESNO (AP) - A man who was left partially paralyzed by an infection has been awarded $1.5 million from a Fresno medical center.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles cannot seize property left temporarily unattended on sidewalks by Skid Row's homeless residents, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in a denying an appeal by the city.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two masked gunmen kidnapped a bank manager, strapped what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forced her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her Bank of America branch when it opened Wednesday morning, authorities said.
PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY POLICE CAR CHASING SUSPECT : WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 17-year-old who police say stole a car and then led West Sacramento police on a chase that ended up killing a pedestrian is being charged with murder.
MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect killed in a shootout following a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway had shot a California Highway Patrol officer in the head without warning, leaving him in critical condition, authorities said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To an average person, it may just be a drab clump of evergreen leaves indistinguishable from the other plants in the Presidio woods. But the rediscovered San Francisco shrub now has the protection of the federal government.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California printer supply manufacturer raided by federal authorities four years ago has agreed to plead guilty to employing illegal immigrants and pay $267,000 in fines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Light rainfall and cooler temperatures are helping firefighters gain ground on a blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.
GROUP FIGHTING RICHMOND SODA TAX FILES LAWSUIT: RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A group funded by the beverage industry has sued to avoid campaign-disclosure laws as it fights a proposed soda tax in Richmond.
WATERFORD . (AP) - Authorities say a mother and baby daughter died after their car struck an embankment and flipped over into a canal Monday afternoon near Waterford.
Oakland activists smash windows during protest
OAKLAND . (AP) - Oakland police say protesters upset that the city's gay pride festival charged admission went on a weekend vandalism spree, smashing windows at a Bank of America and spray-painting a police vehicle.
SAN BRUNO . (AP) - Survivors of a deadly pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb plan to hold a memorial to commemorate the two years that have passed since the blast, even as they continue to press for stronger pipeline safety reforms.
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer was in critical condition and a suspect was dead after a Tuesday morning rush hour shootout on Interstate 680 near Walnut Creek, authorities said.
LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) - Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Cupertino will become the first city west of the Rockies to get AT&T's super-fast broadband Internet service.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.
OAKHURST - Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said.
SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.
PALMDALE (AP) - Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make illegal immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.
STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal water agencies are seeking an investigation into whether some California farmers are taking water released from upstream dams intended for consumers in other regions of the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue.
GLENDORA (AP) - Authorities say a brushfire has prompted widespread evacuations in a Central California foothill community.