LANCASTER (AP) - The man who built an eccentric Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was placed on five years' probation on Friday and ordered to serve 63 days community service, five of them at the county morgue.
MAN WHO FELL OFF HIGHWAY FABRICATED CARJACK STORY: SAN MATEO (AP) - A Northern California man seriously hurt when he plunged off an elevated freeway ramp fabricated a story about fleeing an armed carjacker.
RICHMOND (AP) - Voters in Richmond are set to decide whether to make the San Francisco Bay area city the nation's first municipality to tax soda and other sugary beverages to help fight childhood obesity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Science Center said it has raised nearly half of the $200 million needed to build a permanent exhibit for the space shuttle Endeavour.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of two Chinese students who were killed near the University of Southern California campus filed a lawsuit alleging the school made false claims about safety.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices increased for a second straight month as the supply of lower-priced homes in foreclosure dwindled and previously hesitant shoppers were lured by low lending rates, a research firm said Thursday.
BROWN APPROVES TRIBAL CASINO IN SONOMA COUNTY: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has moved a Northern California Indian tribe one step closer to building a casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Families would no longer have to give up their vehicles to receive welfare if a bill passed Thursday by the Assembly becomes law.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sometime Saturday evening, a professional skateboarder will throw down some big tricks at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, watch his rivals fall off one by one and walk away with $150,000.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines has been a state lawmaker since she won a special election to fill an empty seat last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Beach rocks that caused a California woman's shorts to catch fire and severely burn her legs and hands appeared to be coated with phosphorus, but it was unclear how the flammable chemical got onto the stones found near a military base, authorities said Thursday.
MOTORIST FATALLY STABBED AFTER CRASHING INTO HOUSE: INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A motorist being chased at high-speed by another driver has been stabbed to death after crashing into a Southern California house.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities couldn't find the driver of a pickup truck after it rolled over along a Northern California freeway. But he was there a week later when they went back to search for more clues.
STOCKTON (AP) - San Joaquin County authorities took the unusual step of jailing and charging a tuberculosis patient who they say refused to take medication to keep his disease from becoming contagious.
MARTINEZ (AP) - Six sisters who for years were sexually abused by their father with their mother's help have sued government entities and officials, claiming they failed to properly investigate their ordeal.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Los Angeles County supervisors offered a $25,000 reward Tuesday to help catch an attacker who shot and wounded three members of a family and kidnapped a 3-week-old girl who was later found dead in a trash bin near the Mexican border.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California prison guard has filed a lawsuit alleging co-workers harassed him because of his race and religion.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general stepped into the national debate over the recent slayings of unarmed civilians by police on Monday, calling for a review by her agency and promising to lead a public dialogue.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Police are pleading for the public's help finding a gunman who wounded three members of a California family and stole a 3-week-old baby girl who was later found dead in a trash bin near the Mexican border.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man who brandished what appeared to be a handgun but was actually an air gun after they told him to leave a restricted parking lot outside a San Francisco police station.
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Recent heavy rains have opened the taps on waterfalls on Northern California waterfalls.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two small earthquakes have struck north of Los Angeles, shaking parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, but officials say there have been no reports of injury or serious damage.
CAMBRIA (AP) - California's drought declaration has triggered only local limits such as restrictions on washing cars or watering lawns for most communities, but one Pacific Coast tourist town has seized it as an opportunity to build a long-desired desalination plant.
ANAHEIM (AP) - A security guard fended off a would-be robber with a machete after the man tried to rob the business using only a hammer.
GRANITE BAY (AP) - Authorities are telling a Placer County couple to prune back their deluxe treehouse.
MODESTO (AP) - A man reportedly facing family and other problems shot and killed his wife and two grown children before taking his life at a Modesto home on New Year's Day, according to police and a relative.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After winning re-election in a landslide, Gov. Jerry Brown will start his unprecedented fourth and final term with a flourish by promoting a legacy of fiscal stability while pioneering a bullet train to accommodate future generations of Californians seeking clean transportation.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seizures of methamphetamine soared at the US-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014, accelerating a trend that began several years ago as new laws that limited access to the drug's chemical ingredients made it harder to manufacture it in the U.S.