SACRAMENTO (AP) - In one of the strongest signals of a rebounding economy yet, California's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in nearly six years.
PORTERVILLE (AP) - A Central California mayor's remarks that bullying victims should toughen up and defend themselves has sparked anger among some city officials and gay rights advocates.
LEMOORE (AP) - A Central California Navy base is a signature away from becoming home to a new squadron of fighter jets.
MONTEREY (AP) - Marine biologists managed on Thursday to free a humpback whale that had become entangled with a steel rope attached to a 300-pound crab trap.
TURLOCK (AP) - A jacket with $3,400 in cash in the pockets has been returned to its rightful owner more than a year after it vanished from a California swap meet.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.
SAN MARCOS (AP) - Firefighters working on Southern California wildfires have found a badly burned body in a transient camp.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities are preparing for possible protests when a Northern California prosecutor decides whether to criminally charge a sheriff's deputy for the shooting death of an unarmed 13-year-old boy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in Los Angeles streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed Thursday.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Republicans who want Gov. Jerry Brown's job clashed over gun rights and the direction of the GOP in their first and possibly only joint appearance in a low-visibility primary campaign.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States last year, including over 2 million children and 5,581 U.S. Postal Service workers, authorities announced Thursday in an effort to promote dog-bite prevention. Houston ranked worst in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, pushing Los Angeles, last year's leader, to second place. Here are additional numbers and ways to prevent or avoid dog attacks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his unarmed son fatally shot by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the city Thursday.
SACRAMENTO AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a fresh version of a rainy day fund measure for the November ballot, a bipartisan plan that seeks to smooth out the boom-and-bust cycles of state budgeting while creating a clear path for paying down California's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.
• TRUCK GOES INTO FUNERAL HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a major San Francisco thoroughfare was shut down after a big rig crashed into a funeral home and caught fire.
VENTURA (AP) - Scientists say the earthquake fault that runs through the coastal city of Ventura can produce strong shaking and dangerous tsunamis, prompting state officials to study whether to revise hazard maps.
FRESNO (AP) - A gas pipeline that exploded at a sheriff's gun range in Central California, injuring 11 people, had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.
STOCKTON. (AP) - California's drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.
BERKELEY (AP) - The city of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation's strictest buffer zones for tobacco products, as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whoever snatched a seal or sea lion pup from a Los Angeles beach early Sunday should not be fooled by the animal's cuteness - they could suffer a vicious bite, an animal rescue expert said.
ANTIOCH (AP) - The body of a motorcyclist who fell off the Antioch Bridge six days ago has been found.
FRESNO - A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness - much of it on arrests and other police services - but its departments have no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem, according to a new study.
YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world is now using shipping containers as a kitchen.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.
SAN PABLO (AP) - Seven-year-old Ja'Niyah Smith's first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog's tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.