SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state's teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has found that teacher effectiveness is an essential component of the right to an equal public education, said Russlynn Ali, a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 10-year-old Northern California boy is celebrating a milestone most people don't reach until they are in their late teens.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to a federal court order, California prison officials plan to build a mental health unit for condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities were back Tuesday at a Native American casino in Northern California that's at the center of an ongoing tense tribal dispute.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bid by Texas to lure a Tesla battery factory brought that state's salesman-in-chief to the doorstep of California's state Capitol on Tuesday - and to underscore the point, he arrived in one of the automaker's sleek, all-electric vehicles.
STOCKTON (AP) - Organizers of Stockton's Asparagus Festival say they're calling it quits after 29 years.
• TRANSIENT ARRESTED IN DOG DEATH: BELMONT (AP) - A man has been arrested after his German shepherd was found unresponsive in a hot truck in the San Francisco Bay Area and later died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students - especially poor and minority ones - by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The race for state controller, in which two Democrats are vying for second place, remained up in the air on Tuesday along with several other contests, a week after California's statewide primary.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tehama County voters have approved an advisory measure about whether to create a 51st state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man behind the successful lawsuit to declare California's teacher-tenure laws unconstitutional is a wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur who says he has no gripe with teachers unions, only with incompetent teachers.
MODESTO (AP) - Dunkin' Donuts is moving ahead on its plan to expand into California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As budget talks enter the final week, Democratic state lawmakers have been pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to accept higher revenue projections so more money can go toward restoring social services.
SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.
PALMDALE (AP) - Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make illegal immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.
STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal water agencies are seeking an investigation into whether some California farmers are taking water released from upstream dams intended for consumers in other regions of the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue.
GLENDORA (AP) - Authorities say a brushfire has prompted widespread evacuations in a Central California foothill community.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.
OAKLAND (AP) - An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.
ROSEMEAD (AP) - Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot last week.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.
SAN CLEMENTE, (AP) - For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.