SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, as a net gain of 58,000 positions prolonged steady improvement in the job market, state officials reported Friday.
MADERA (AP) - Drug agents searching a Central California home say they seized 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
• SAN JOSE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT SPARKS COMPLAINT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California wildlife warden says the city of San Jose has shown no urgency in removing a homeless encampment that pollutes a nearby creek with everything from shopping carts to excrement.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California consumers will soon be unable to buy certain types of rat poisons because regulators have determined the chemicals used in them pose a danger to other wildlife.
• OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT UC IRVINE GRADUATION CEREMONY: IRVINE (AP) - President Barack Obama will speak at the University of California, Irvine, commencement in June after students and staff delivered thousands of postcards requesting him, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board on Thursday granted 14 rape victims who had been working as prostitutes the right to be compensated, the first such action since it reversed its policy on the issue last year.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police and child-welfare investigators were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy at a Southern California school sexually assaulted another boy several times during two school years, officials said.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A man who killed a California deputy after a carjacking and attack at a tourist attraction is also a suspect in the slaying of a retired Oregon educator, police said Thursday.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The National Park Service says a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve would harm wildlife and should be built elsewhere.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border Patrol officials say three adult Mexican immigrants were found inside a wooden box carried under a recreational vehicle stopped at a checkpoint near the California-Mexico border.
FRESNO (AP) - Rural California schools expect to see attendance drop as the drought worsens and families leave the state's agricultural region in search of work elsewhere.
MARYSVILLE (AP) - Three Northern California teens who attempted to kidnap another teen planned to sexually assault him as part of a plan to break up his relationship with a girl, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to paying the bills, the mortgage is once again more of a priority for many U.S. homeowners than their credit cards.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.
• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.
ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.