LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the reliably Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested.
MINIVAN HITS SAN RAFAEL SCHOOL, CLASSES CANCELED: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Students at a San Rafael elementary school got a day off Friday after a minivan rammed into the school and hit a gas line Thursday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board gave approval Friday for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start the process of seizing its first piece of property through eminent domain for a $68 billion bullet train.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days after she went missing from her room at San Francisco General Hospital died accidentally, probably due to a chemical imbalance related to chronic alcohol abuse, the city medical examiner's office said Friday.
LOS BANOS (AP) - Federal officials have proposed a $360 million expansion and seismic upgrade for one of California's largest reservoirs that serves as a key water source for Central Valley farmers.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge in San Diego says a 43-foot war memorial cross must be removed from the top of a mountain in 90 days because it violates the principle of separation of church and state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state's ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.
MERCED (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say one worker was killed and two others seriously injured in a fuel tank explosion on a ranch near Merced.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fifteen counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs.
CAR DEALER TO BE SENTENCED FOR $1 MILLION FRAUD: SUNNYVALE (AP) - A luxury used car dealer in Northern California faces prison time after pleading no contest to defrauding customers of more than $1 million in cash and cars.
OAKDALE (AP) - Authorities in Oakdale said they are searching for a man who is a person of interest in the theft of a gold crucifix necklace from a dead man's body that later turned up at a pawn shop.
LIVERMORE . (AP) - A driver who rear-ended another driver on Interstate 580 in Livermore has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Wednesday extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18, while ordering that negotiations continue over how best to reduce inmate crowding.
SUSPECT BROUGHT INFANT CHILD ALONG FOR BURGLARY: DIXON (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California burglary suspect apparently couldn't find a baby sitter. The man brought his infant child along while he and a partner burglarized a shop.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.
Brock Dennis Elliott was 18 years old when he died. He was 17 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 27, 1966. Less than a year later, on May 26, 1967, he was killed in action in Vietnam. He was the first Manteca resident killed in that unpopular conflict.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Security researchers say they've discovered a vulnerability in Apple's software that hackers could use to steal sensitive information from iPhones or iPads, by tricking device owners into downloading a malicious app.
PASADENA (AP) - Fifteen hikers from a church group who failed to return from a day hike in the Southern California mountains were exhausted and losing daylight, so they decided to build a fire and wait until Monday morning, when a helicopter plucked them safely out of the wilderness.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber has paid more than $80,000 to the owner of a home he egged but has otherwise made slow progress on the terms of his sentence in the vandalism case, probation officials said in a report disclosed at a hearing Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thousands of Kaiser Permanente nurses plan to walk off the job in Northern California during a two-day strike as contract negotiations continue, a union official said Monday.
STOCKTON (AP) - The mayor of Stockton is floating several ideas to try to get rid of a weed that is clogging city waterways.
3 ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF ABALONE IN CALIFORNIA: UKIAH (AP) - State wildlife officials have arrested three men on suspicion of illegally harvesting dozens of abalone in Northern California.
DEAR DIDI: I am writing to you because I have a 5 year old Dachshund that has a very annoying behavior and I don't understand why he does it. He has been doing it since he was 6 months old! Every single time he poops or pees....he does what I call "the potty dance". He kicks his hind legs out and tears up grass into the wind. He is quite energetic about it! Is he actually trying to bury his "stuff" like a cat does??-curious mommy in Manteca
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Contra Costa County officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night, a crime that appears to be on the rise amid California's drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.