SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have again adjusted their legislative calendar to accommodate a holiday weekend, allowing them to continue collecting their $142-a-day per diem payments while they are away from the capital during the break.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A man accused in the disappearance of a 15-year-old California girl made his first appearance in court Thursday but did not enter a plea.
WHO STRAPPED FIREWORKS TO STOCKTON DOG? STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police are trying to determine who strapped an M-80 firework to a dog and ignited it, causing an explosion that left the animal with burns.
GRASS VALLEY (AP) - A California Republican who is running for Congress says he believes President Obama was a Muslim before he became a Christian, according to a newspaper report.
BERKELEY (AP) - A California police chief is once again under scrutiny, this time for using 10 officers - some on overtime - to search for his teenage son's stolen iPhone.
USS Iowa to depart to Southern California Saturday
CALIF. SUES ARMY CORPS OVER VEGETATION RULE : FRESNO (AP) - A California agency is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its policy requiring the removal of vegetation on federal levees, claiming it harms fish and wildlife.
DEL REY OAKS (AP) - When Safeway meat clerk Ryan Young jumped from behind his counter to help a pregnant woman being kicked by her boyfriend, he didn't know that he'd be suddenly jobless and a national hero at the same time.
HESPERIA (AP) - Chris Stalinski heard screams and couldn't imagine what was happening in the mobile home next door, where a mother lived with her teen daughter.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose City Council will let voters have the final say on the city's minimum wage will be.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voter support for a $1 per-pack tax hike on cigarettes is dropping quickly, according to a new poll that reflects the effectiveness of an opposition campaign funded by tobacco companies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The saga of troubled tubing at California's San Onofre nuclear power plant could prompt a review of federal rules under which equipment is routinely replaced inside the nation's reactors, the country's top nuclear regulator said Wednesday.
City official consults Ouija board before vote
PASADENA (AP) - James Doohan, Scotty from "Star Trek," spent his acting career whizzing through the cosmos. Gordon Cooper was one of America's famous Mercury seven astronauts. And Bob Shrake spent his work life anonymously helping send NASA's high-tech spacecraft to other planets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the nation's largest pension funds says it will vote its 5.3 million shares against all of Wal-Mart's board nominees - including the company's current and former CEOs - at the retailer's annual meeting next week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.
FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.
NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.
TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.
TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.
WORKER ELECTROCUTED AT ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: MISSION VIEJO (AP) - Officials say a man was electrocuted and another badly shocked during a construction accident at an Orange County high school.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of default notices - the first step in the foreclosure process - sent to California homeowners slid to its lowest level in more than eight years in the spring as higher home values left fewer homeowners underwater, a research firm said Thursday.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A frustrated mother of six sobbed uncontrollably outside a Northern California courtroom Thursday after prosecutors announced they were still undecided on whether to file charges accusing her of attacking a 12-year-old boy who is alleged to have bullied her daughter.