LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown gave his approval Wednesday to spending billions of dollars in government money for a high-speed rail line that still faces major funding, environmental and political challenges before it could connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's largest timber company has agreed to pay nearly $50 million and donate 22,500 acres of land to settle a lawsuit over a 2007 wildfire that destroyed about 65,000 acres in Northern California.
OAKLAND PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO SYSTEM NOT WORKING: OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland city report says a new radio system for police and firefighters has numerous deficiencies and has given officers trouble even communicating with each other.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California board voted Wednesday to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, calling it the best option for preventing damaging cuts at the 10-campus system.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - In one San Francisco Bay area city, a police officer is now just a click of a button away.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose sharply last month to the highest levels in more than two years, a research firm said Wednesday.
FORESTHILL. (AP) - Fire crews aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity made significant gains Wednesday against California's wildfires.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A woman charged with murdering a Marine's wife said she strangled the victim to keep her from another Marine who ran a kinky sex ring, according to search warrants unsealed Wednesday.
STANISLAUS COUNTY GIRL HAS WEST NILE, 3RD CASE IN STATE: MODESTO (AP) - A 6-year-old California girl has the West Nile virus, the third confirmed case in the state this year.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to allow a death-row inmate to help authorities search for the remains of his long-dead victims, the governor's office announced Tuesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's housing market flexed its muscles last month, as median prices matched a two-year high, sales of foreclosed properties dried up, and more buyers snapped up homes in pricier coastal regions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California ban on the sale of foie gras did not stop Karlene Bley from ordering the duck liver delicacy as she lunched Tuesday at the posh Presidio Social Club.
SF MAYOR CLARIFIES STOP-AND-FRISK POLICY COMMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is clarifying his comments about a controversial stop-and-frisk policy used to reduce violent crime in other major cities, including New York and Philadelphia.
Man built makeshift home in wildlife sanctuary
EXPANSION OF AMERICAN RIVER ALCOHOL BAN CONSIDERED: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento officials are mulling whether to expand a holiday ban on alcohol on the American River after a recent event was marred by violence and arrests.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.
• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.
NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A major cross-country ski race in the Sierra Nevada has been canceled for the third time in four years due to a lack of snow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a "shocking start" to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California officials announced Sunday an agreement to pay $24 million to investors suing the state over Gov. Jerry Brown's scuttling of a $2.3 billion lease-back plan to sell 11 state properties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dozen Californians are finalists vying for a one-way private trip to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars.
EMERYVILLE (AP) - Northern California protesters angered by a fatal police shooting shuttered a Home Depot for several hours.
DAVIS (AP) - Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago.