SAN DIEGO (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted Friday that five large states will bring Democrats within striking distance of gaining control of the chamber this year.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Eight school district employees were placed on leave during an investigation of their handling of allegations that a special education teacher kicked and slapped students.
BART agrees to study extension to Livermore
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A top county official held a news conference Thursday night to set the record straight on an issue of paramount importance to Los Angeles: beach football.
STOCKTON (AP) - Searchers following a map prepared by a serial killer on California's death row unearthed human remains Thursday that could be one of his victims, the father of the victim said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Death row inmates are suing to stop the importation of a drug used in executions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco woman is accused of having a suspected drug lab in her apartment that exploded and injured her and a 12-year-old boy.
PREGNANT TEEN HELD 9 DAYS, BEATEN BY BOYFRIEND: CERES (AP) - Police say a pregnant teenager was held captive nine days in a California home, where she was bound with tape and beaten by a jealous boyfriend.
OAKLAND (AP) - Taking an optimistic approach, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday during her first State of the City address that while the troubled city has issues, it's still on the rise.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Supporters of a war memorial cross deemed unconstitutional last year by a federal court rallied at the landmark on Thursday as lawyers asked the Supreme Court to reverse the decision, amid a growing fight nationwide over the use of religious symbols to honor fallen troops.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Raising Shasta Dam to boost the state's water supply is feasible and economically justified, but could displace businesses and flood the remaining sacred grounds of a Native-American tribe, according to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - It looks like a good year to be a Democrat in California: The party swept every statewide office in 2010, has continued to widen its voter registration edge over Republicans and has a chance to gain a two-thirds majority in the state Senate this November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - State Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the nationwide settlement with banks over foreclosure abuses could be worth up to $18 billion to Californians who were among those hardest hit by the crisis.
Bay Bridge eastern span opening date announced
PENSION-REFORM GROUP SUSPENDS INITIATIVE CAMPAIGN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A conservative group announced Wednesday that it was suspending its campaign to put public employee pension reform on the November ballot.
HAPPY CAMP (AP) - Air crews battling a fast-moving fire threatening 250 homes in a Northern California forest were using clear skies to get going earlier than usual on Friday, which should help with the firefight, fire officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is on the verge of regulating its groundwater supply for the first time, as the worst drought in a generation pushed state leaders to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" policy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's schools chief said Friday that he will seek an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers.
FRESNO (AP) - Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.
NEWARK (AP) - A teacher in Northern California has been disciplined for making threatening and explicit remarks about students on her Twitter account.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - More planning is needed on a $25 billion proposal to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California, state officials said this week.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police say they arrested the vice principal of a Central California school suspected of bringing a gun onto the junior high campus where he works.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (AP) - For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks - some weighing hundreds of pounds - zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city attorney's office of San Diego has filed a complaint against a man accusing him of intentionally infecting at least one person with HIV.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to the California Supreme Court was easily confirmed Thursday after a brief hearing.