SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Record-low rainfall during California's lingering drought has resulted in less runoff and cleaner water at beaches up and down the coast, according to a new report.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics, following actions already being taken by manufacturers and other state legislatures to keep the products out of waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has $1.4 million on hand to surpass fellow Republican Tim Donnelly's cash-starved campaign in California's June 3 primary, according to campaign finance filings released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost the sales of painkillers behind the nation's prescription drug addiction problem.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eight current or former members of the California National Guard have been indicted on federal charges alleging that they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Thursday.
SALINAS (AP) - A police officer was injured when demonstrators protesting recent police shootings in Salinas attacked officers as they tried to assist a victim who had been shot in an unrelated incident, authorities said.
• FARMERS SUE TO STOP LAKE WATER RELEASE: FRESNO (AP) - A group of Central California farmers have asked a judge to halt the release of water from behind a dam east of Fresno.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother's ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child.
OAKLAND (AP) - Five friends of Oscar Grant, the man who was fatally shot by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, have reached a deal to settle a federal lawsuit against the agency, officials said.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The two leading Republican candidates vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are locked in a close contest for second place just weeks before the June 3 primary, while the incumbent enjoys a comfortable lead among likely voters, according to a poll released Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A dead whale that washed up on shore in San Diego will get a sea burial.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the last three-and-a-half years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers' compensation, criminal justice and the economy.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.
BLYTHE (AP) - A bus rolling through a remote stretch of desert struck a load of metal pipes scattered across a dark California highway Wednesday, then slid down an embankment and overturned in an accident that killed four passengers and seriously injured at least seven others.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two separate quakes at or near magnitude-4.0 hit Northern and Southern California on Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys for the state and California's powerful teachers unions argued in a filing Friday that a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed and should be overturned because no evidence was presented showing the disputed statutes are the cause of educational inequalities.
STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California grew modestly last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the largest gains among major cities, state demographers announced Friday.
FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.
FRESNO (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.
OAKLAND (AP) - More than a thousand May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and income inequality on Friday in a plaza outside Oakland City Hall.
FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger followed the familiar script of a politician departing office in some ways, writing a memoir and doing speaking engagements. But, then again, most former governors don't make three films a year in which they regularly pile up double-digit body counts.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the first ruling of its kind in California, a Sacramento County judge says the state Legislature should release the appointment books, meeting schedules and calendars of two lawmakers facing separate federal corruption prosecutions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, officials said Thursday.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city's decision to ban winter displays in a public park did not violate the free speech rights of Nativity scene supporters, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.
SEA LION PUP SPOTTED ON SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK GETS RESCUED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up.