LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. is defending its newest princess following a backlash over her Hispanic-influenced ethnicity.
YUBA CITY (AP) - A tornado touched down north of the state capital Monday, ripping shingles off rooftops, scattering patio furniture and blowing down trees and power lines.
ENCINITAS (AP) - A group of parents is bent out of shape by free yoga classes at schools in this San Diego County beachside community, fearing they are indoctrinating youngsters in eastern religion.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets' Swedish Chef.
TECH FIRM MOVING TO SF'S MID-MARKET NEIGHBORHOOD: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's plans to revitalize its blighted mid-Market neighborhood are getting another boost.
VALLEJO POLICE FATALLY SHOOT MAN WITH RIFLE: VALLEJO (AP) - A Vallejo police officer shot and killed a 29-year-old man who pointed a rifle at another officer early Sunday, police said.
SALINAS (AP) - A moderate earthquake and minor aftershocks jolted the central California coast over the weekend but didn't cause any damage, authorities said.
INGLEWOOD (AP) - Police were nearly certain Sunday that a man found dead at the property where five members of a Southern California family were shot - two fatally - was the killer because he was wearing body armor, clutching a handgun and had a bullet hole in his head.
POINT REYES (AP) - The federal government has apparently ended a 433-year-old historical controversy by determining that English sea captain and explorer Sir Francis Drake came ashore in what is now a county in the San Francisco Bay area when he claimed California for England.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown called on teachers Saturday to protect their classrooms by helping him pass a tax increase on the November ballot with a final three-week push.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's public higher education crisis has a flip side: swelling enrollment, expanding faculty, and state-of-the-art construction at the state's private colleges and universities.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - In the bird world, they make endangered condors seem almost commonplace.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has competition on the November ballot, and it's not just from a rival statewide tax initiative seeking to raise income taxes for school funding.
• SF PLANNERS OK PLANS FOR CITY'S TALLEST BUILDING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco planners have approved plans to build what will become the city's tallest building.
• COPS PROBING MODESTO BANK WORKERS FALLING ILL: MODESTO (AP) - Six Modesto bank workers were hospitalized and a criminal investigation launched after a customer dropped off a packet of money wrapped in a paper towel, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A veteran police detective was fired for giving an obscenity- and insult-filled rant during a training session, his attorney said Wednesday.
COACH FIRED OVER WATERMELON, APE-LIKE CELEBRATIONS: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A late-night break-in, a stolen campaign playbook that ended up in the hands of the opponent and sexual harassment accusations made by a fired staffer against one of the candidates.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego officials have instituted mandatory water restrictions amid California's historic drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown met with state agency heads, labor unions and leaders in the health care industry Tuesday to address Ebola preparedness at hospitals and other medical facilities throughout California.
FRESNO . (AP) - A Fresno man carried from his burning home by a good Samaritan in a dramatic rescue caught on video said he froze as the flames exploded and thanked the rescuer as they reunited this week.
WOODLAND (AP) - Authorities are searching for a 37-year-old man who disappeared while driving from Southern California to Seattle.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen has been on the campaign trail telling voters how Democratic dominance would be bad for democracy.
FRESNO (AP) - A man ran into a burning home in central California and came out carrying a man who lives inside over his shoulder as flames popped and exploded behind him.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican fighting to unseat California's incumbent attorney general has adopted the unconventional strategy of seeking to legalize recreational marijuana as the centerpiece of his uphill campaign.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Addressing California's longstanding water problems will take tens of billions of dollars more and a large dose of political compromise, but the epic drought may provide new motivation, Gov. Jerry Brown told a Stanford University water conference on Monday.