FRESNO (AP) - More than half of California's population relies on a drinking water supply contaminated by arsenic, nitrates and other contaminants, though most communities blend or treat their water to make it safe, according to a new report by the State Water Resources Control Board released earlier this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt Thursday that put Southern California on edge, led hair-trigger officers to mistakenly shoot innocent citizens and forced police to guard their own.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry plans to visit California next week to follow up on a small buy of radio ads intended to persuade businesses to relocate to Texas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 12-year-old boy accused of making a prank call that sent police racing to Ashton Kutcher's home was charged Thursday with making that call and another that falsely reported an emergency at a bank.
SEAL BEACH (AP) - The death of Saturday mail delivery would seem to have the biggest impact in places such as Leisure World, where residents - many in their 80s and 90s - grew up with the mailbox as their connection to the rest of the world.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Weeks after New York enacted the nation's toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre.
13-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR POT COOKIES AT SCHOOL: WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - West Sacramento police have arrested a 13-year-old suspected of taking marijuana cookies to his school.
POLICE: BANDITS STEALING TOILET PIPES IN NM : ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police say bandits are hitting up Albuquerque public restrooms and running off with metal pipes that automatically flush toilets.
SF OFFICIAL: NO ALARM BEFORE CABLE CAR MISHAP: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit officials say an alarm that is supposed to alert authorities to obstructions on the city's cable car line did not sound before a cable car hit a metal object and came to a sudden stop, injuring seven people.
COLUSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory Wednesday as he pitched his $14 billion plan to reshape California's water-delivery system by building massive tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of San Francisco wants to require thousands of San Francisco property owners to upgrade their apartment and office buildings to withstand major earthquakes, saying that encouraging people to retrofit their structures has not worked.
ATWATER (AP) - Authorities say an Atwater official who was yelling about the price of a milkshake at a Foster's Freeze shop is facing a misdemeanor charge after he challenged a bystander who tried to intercede to a fight.
FORESTVILLE (AP) - The fatal shootings of three men whose bodies were found inside a home in rural Northern California stemmed from a botched marijuana deal, authorities said Wednesday.
GLENDALE . (AP) - A suburban Los Angeles County school district and police department have agreed to revise policies to settle a racial profiling lawsuit filed by a group of Latino students who said they were rounded up at school and treated as if they were potential gang members, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors say they've charged a U.S. postal worker with child cruelty for choking an 11-year-old girl who laughed at him at a park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.
POINT REYES STATION (AP) - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A set of triplets from Newport Beach will have a bit of home on campus next fall after all three were accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric will be looking for a new director as the man who led the company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area is retiring.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.
AGENT: 'LAWRENCE OF ARABIA' STAR OMAR SHARIF HAS ALZHEIMER'S: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.
SYDNEY (AP) - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders control a large annual operations budget that they regularly tap into to boost services of their choosing without a single hearing or vote.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An 11-year-old Northern California boy who last year was lauded by President Barack Obama for becoming one of the youngest in the nation to graduate high school has now earned three community college degrees.
BODEGA BAY (AP) - Authorities say an abalone diver died in the water off the Sonoma County coast.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.