SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year's end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they're forced to open the prison gates.
OAKLAND . (AP) - More ferries and buses will be deployed to get commuters across San Francisco Bay. Carpool lanes will be open all day, not just for rush hour. And gift cards for coffee will be handed out to drivers who pick up riders.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Organizers behind dueling efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner amid sexual harassment allegations said Friday they are joining forces to beat a short deadline for gathering petition signatures.
SILICON VALLEY TECH EXEC CONVICTED OF LEGO THEFTS: PALO ALTO (AP) - A former Silicon Valley software executive has been convicted of burglary for cheating Target stores out of Lego collectors' sets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California high-speed rail officials sought Thursday to reassure the public about safety in the wake of deadly European train crashes this summer.
OAKLAND (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay Area transit unions are set to go on strike and shut down one of the region's major train systems if they don't reach agreement on a new contract.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With parts of Northern California's scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.
GLENDORA (AP) - A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Southern California lost his job after his wedding pictures were published in a local newspaper, according to the teacher's lawyer.
CARSON (AP) - Authorities say a Los Angeles County man infected with the West Nile virus has died and health officials are trying to determine whether the illness caused his death.
SAN JOSE TEACHER CONVICTED OF MOLESTING 5 KIDS: SAN JOSE, (AP) - A San Jose school teacher accused of blindfolding children and making them perform oral sex in his classroom has been convicted of molesting five students.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys a record high 54 percent approval rating among California voters as he heads into a likely re-election campaign next year after a relatively smooth state budget process, according to a new poll the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to spruce up its lunch menu, with cafeteria ladies dishing out chicken tandoori, sushi, and broccoli and beef with brown rice.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials at a national park in Northern California knew of the dangers posed by a retaining wall that gave way and crushed a 9-year-old boy to death, but failed to close it as required by their safety program, a federal judge ruled.
UNMANNED SUB HAS PROBLEMS DURING LAKE TAHOE TEST: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE . (AP) - An unmanned submarine designed to explore earthquake faults has run into motor problems during a test at Lake Tahoe.
OAKLAND COUNCIL SUPPORTS HAMMER BAN AT PROTESTS: OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland City Council has given tentative approval to a ban on hammers and other so-called tools of violence at demonstrations.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.
• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.
POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.
BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.
SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.
FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.
PLACERVILLE (AP) - Firefighters are taking advantage of rainy weather to make progress on a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Authorities investigating a noxious odor that prompted evacuations in a San Francisco Bay Area city discovered two bodies inside a residence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the union representing state prison guards is retiring, leaving an organization that had sparred with then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before making peace with Gov. Jerry Brown.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag.
PLACERVILLE (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.