SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys a record high 54 percent approval rating among California voters as he heads into a likely re-election campaign next year after a relatively smooth state budget process, according to a new poll the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to spruce up its lunch menu, with cafeteria ladies dishing out chicken tandoori, sushi, and broccoli and beef with brown rice.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials at a national park in Northern California knew of the dangers posed by a retaining wall that gave way and crushed a 9-year-old boy to death, but failed to close it as required by their safety program, a federal judge ruled.
UNMANNED SUB HAS PROBLEMS DURING LAKE TAHOE TEST: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE . (AP) - An unmanned submarine designed to explore earthquake faults has run into motor problems during a test at Lake Tahoe.
OAKLAND COUNCIL SUPPORTS HAMMER BAN AT PROTESTS: OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland City Council has given tentative approval to a ban on hammers and other so-called tools of violence at demonstrations.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 25-year old college student has reached a $4.1 million settlement with the federal government after he was abandoned in a windowless Drug Enforcement Administration cell for more than four days without food or water, his attorneys said Tuesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city of San Diego sued Mayor Bob Filner Tuesday to require that he pay any costs incurred from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications director, dealing another setback to the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city amid mounting calls that he resign.
WASHINGTON (AP) - JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million on Tuesday to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators have proposed new rules for the burgeoning ride or car sharing industry.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - A firefighter was among those arrested from a raucous mob that broke windows, looted and fought in the streets of Huntington Beach after the U.S. Open of Surfing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is facing accusations of shortchanging thousands of employees who haven't been getting paid while being forced to wait in line to show they aren't trying to steal an iPhone, iPad or other merchandise from the company's bustling stores.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 13-year-old girl with a peanut allergy died at a popular family summer camp in Sacramento after taking a bite of a Rice Krispies treat.
KOREAN WAR SOLDIER'S REMAINS RETURNED TO BAY AREA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. Army soldier from San Francisco is set to be buried more than 60 years after his death at a Korean War prison camp, a newspaper reported.
MAN APPEALS FOR RELEASE AFTER 14 YEARS IN PRISON: PASADENA (AP) - An attorney says a Los Angeles man who was in prison for nearly 14 years is innocent and should stay free, despite prosecutors' argument that missed deadlines for paperwork by defense lawyers mean he should remain behind bars.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Celebrities including Jay Leno and Gloria Steinem have condemned the isolation of inmates to control gang violence at California prisons - a practice that sparked a hunger strike by hundreds of inmates.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.
POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday.
FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.
• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.
POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.
BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.
SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.