SCHOOL VANDALS CUT DOWN 70-FOOT TREE: SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Authorities say it may have been intended as a prank but it wasn't funny when vandals chopped down a 70-foot pine tree at a northern Los Angeles County high school.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic leaders are meeting privately with Gov. Jerry Brown to try to avoid about $2 billion in proposed welfare cuts as next week's budget deadline approaches, the state Senate leader said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The waiting is the hardest part.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of San Francisco's Alamo Square have learned that living in a neighborhood pictured on postcards and television shows such as "Full House" has challenges as well as charms.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University has spent $1 million in public and private funds over the past year renovating houses used by campus presidents, causing some to wonder why the system does not sell the homes in a time of fiscal austerity.
Court upholds hit man case against ex-politician
Ex-NBA star Johnson back in as Sac mayor
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A University of California, Berkeley report released Wednesday criticizes campus police for jabbing and clubbing student protesters with batons during Occupy demonstrations last fall.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Decisive victories for ballot proposals cutting retirement benefits for government workers in two of the largest cities in the U.S. emboldened advocates seeking to curb pensions in state capitols and city halls across the nation.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The votes are all in for the California primary, but many remained uncounted Wednesday, leaving some contests still up in the air, notably the statewide question on whether to increase the tax on tobacco to fund cancer research.
Push to quash tobacco tax could echo beyond state
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric is checking for leaks in 180 segments of its natural gas pipeline system, including part of a line where an explosion killed eight people in 2010.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama's campaign has a deal for you.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California created another group of ocean protection zones on Wednesday, putting the finishing touches on a vast network of protected areas that dot the sea from Mexico to the Oregon border.
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GRASS VALLEY (AP) - After spending $3.5 million, California has scrapped a plan more than two decades in the making to turn a legendary Nevada County gold mine into a tourist destination.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Obama administration on Thursday listened to how communities are coping with climate change as part of an effort to determine how best to support them.
OAKLAND (AP) - Police have taken a suspected shoplifter into custody in Northern California in connection with what authorities initially thought was a carjacking and kidnapping outside a supermarket.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - Authorities say it was a "selfie" that led detectives to a suspect in the burglary of a Southern California church.
STOCKTON (AP) - Police say one person is dead and three others were wounded following a daytime shooting at a park in Stockton.
YUBA CITY (AP) - Residents of California's Central Valley are being warned of a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be with the Internal Revenue Service seeking delinquent tax payments.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange is more than halfway toward meeting its original projection of 1.3 million sign-ups for individual insurance policies by the March 31 enrollment deadline, according to federal data released Wednesday.
• SIGNS AIM TO SAVE SOCAL DRIVERS FROM FLOODING: FONTANA (AP) - Southern California may be in a drought, but San Bernardino County is thinking about the safety of motorists who use roads prone to flash flooding.
TULARE (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.
LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - France's president met with Silicon Valley and government leaders in the heart of tech country Wednesday, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years of efforts to wrest more taxes from tech firms.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For three years, Rob McFarland has kept 25,000 illegal bees on the roof of his West Los Angeles home - but his hive might not have to fly under the radar much longer.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A moderate Republican city councilman scored a decisive win in the election for San Diego mayor, offering a dose of good news for a party that has fared poorly in California and in races to lead major American cities.