SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is drawing praise and glowing reviews from the national media for his deft political maneuvering in closing a $25 billion budget deficit and restoring some of California's financial luster after years of recession.
SIMI VALLEY (AP) - When a July Fourth fireworks display exploded and sent red and white bursts into spectators at a Southern California park, Paulina Mulkern saw shrapnel headed straight for her 4-year-old cousin.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - A Northern California roller coaster appears to have been a little too much fun.
TRACY (AP) - Police are investigating an apparent hate crime where several landscape rocks were arranged in the form of a swastika on the lawn of an African-American city councilwoman.
SUSPECTED TAGGER DIES RUNNING FROM DEPUTIES ON FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Highway Patrol officials say a suspected tagger running from deputies across a Southern California freeway was struck and killed by a car.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - County probation officials say they aren't consistently getting required notice about inmates being released to their supervision, making it harder to monitor felons and potentially endangering the public.
HAWTHORNE (AP) - Three police officers have been pulled from street duty for their safety in Southern California after a widely circulated video showed an officer fatally shooting a Rottweiler and drew numerous death threats.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A body found in the waters off the Central Coast last week has been identified as missing Cal Poly student Stefan Wagner, according to sheriff's officials.
OAKLAND (AP) - Striking San Francisco Bay Area rail workers and transit agency officials returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for talks that one union leader described as "frustrating."
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former U.S. border inspector has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking more than $50,000 to wave drug-laden vehicles from Mexico through his lane.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles dog that went missing three years ago has been found in Florida.
MODESTO (AP) - One moment 18-year-old Lizzie Moore was eating pancakes and talking to fellow staff at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park. The next she heard a cracking sound and screams and looked up to see the top of a tree coming crashing toward her.
NEVADA CITY (AP) - Fire officials say eight people were injured when a canoe that was converted into a gravity-powered car crashed at a Northern California summer camp.
CERES (AP) - Authorities say a 77-year-old man has died amid triple-digit temperatures in California's San Joaquin Valley.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland City Council has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a dozen Occupy Oakland protesters who said they were the victims of excessive force during clashes with police in 2011.
• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.
GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.
STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.
A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.
OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.
SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.
TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.