LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters are being asked to starve unions of the tens of millions of dollars they use to finance campaigns and political organizing, as the nation's largest state wades into the national debate over labor clout.
Teacher suspected of lewd conduct found dead
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor, fed up with the almost-daily displays of nudity in one city neighborhood, introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it illegal to walk around naked on San Francisco streets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown memorably warned California lawmakers after returning for a third term in 2011 that they would soon be "playing the veto blues."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After six decades as the California Department of Fish and Game, the agency in charge of the state's wild animals has a new name - one that has many hunting and fishing organizations leery.
What it would do: Increase the penalties for human trafficking, especially the sex trafficking of children, and require training for law enforcement on handling trafficking complaints. Expand the definition of human trafficking and require sex offenders to provide their email addresses and Internet identifiers to law enforcement.
Dog survives 110-mile ride on pickup's engine
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees home on Tuesday in a two-month experiment aimed at relieving Mexican border cities overwhelmed with people ordered to leave the United States.
OAKLAND (AP) - The murder case of a suspect accused of killing seven at a small California Christian college was suspended Monday after the suspect's lawyer questioned his mental competency to stand trial.
SAN LORENZO (AP) - A California teacher suspected of lewd conduct with a child has apparently committed suicide.
SANTA ANA (AP) - California voters will consider toughening the penalties on human trafficking in a November ballot initiative funded almost entirely by a former Facebook official and opposed - somewhat surprisingly - by some advocates who are trying to stop the exploitation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More Death Row inmates have died of natural causes, suicide and murder than have been executed since California re-instated capital punishment 35 years ago.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An expansion of death benefits for the families of public safety workers and a renewal of the Hollywood tax credit are among the bills Gov. Jerry Brown acted upon late Sunday, the last day to sign or veto the more than 900 pieces of legislation that reached his desk this fall.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A massive gun that was on the battleship Missouri when the Japanese surrendered at the end of World War II will soon be installed on a cliff at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.
MARIPOSA (AP) - California investigators searched Monday for thieves who made off with an estimated $2 million in precious gems and gold from a Central Valley museum during a brazen daytime robbery.
DISTRICT DROPS PROGRAM THAT CUT AC DURING HEAT: LAKE FOREST (AP) - A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were a few raised eyebrows when Charles Phan unveiled his concept of a simple but stylish restaurant serving Vietnamese food with a modern, Californian twist. After all, this was the mid-'90s, when the predominant trend in Asian food was cheap and basic.
PLACERVILLE (AP) - Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a boost in technology will help them better understand the black bears that live throughout the park.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.
Woman bound with duct tape found in car's trunk
POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.
MOUNT SHASTA (AP) - U.S. Forest Service crews on Mount Shasta were dealing Monday with mud flow from a melting glacier that covered two roads and a bridge in muck, logs and rocks and forced a mountain creek out of its banks.
• Man arrested for puppy dragging death: LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A Southern California man who allegedly dragged his puppy behind a pickup truck and then ran it over has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.
MT. SHASTA (AP) - The largest mudslide on Northern California's Mt. Shasta in two decades may be related to California's prolonged drought, experts said Sunday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.
EAST PORTERVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of domestic wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari made the most of a low-profile Sunday morning speaking slot at the party's state convention, delivering a spirited defense of a party he said cares most about poor people and minorities but has failed to convey its message.