STATE TESTS: 31 PCT OF CALIF. KIDS PHYSICALLY FIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - State fitness tests administered to California's school-age children shows fewer than a third of tested students were in good physical shape.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature, Democrats have a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform, workers' rights and changing the initiative process.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn five California laws governing teacher employment and dismissal on grounds that they protect ineffective educators who harm children's learning.
CHICO (AP) - Chico State University suspended all Greek activities Thursday after the death of a student who drank too much alcohol while celebrating his 21st birthday.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A series of Pacific storms are expected to bring rain and snow to the Sierra beginning Thursday night and increasing through the weekend.
KETTLEMAN CITY (AP) - A Central California hazardous waste dump that has been targeted by fines and claims by nearby residents involving birth defects has another headache: The state has issued 72 violations alleging small spills went unreported during the past four years.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Rep. Dan Lungren lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera on Thursday in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests, but the congressman refused to concede.
FEDS PROBE FEDEX, UPS OVER ONLINE DRUG SHIPMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx and UPS are disclosing that they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies.
• LOS ANGELES COURTS PLAN FOR DIMINISHED SYSTEM: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With budget shortfalls looming, Los Angeles County may be forced to close 10 courthouses in such high profile venues as Malibu, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles next year.
WOMAN'S DEATH DUE TO DOG MAULING: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials have determined that one or more American bulldogs were responsible for the death of a woman whose bloodied body was found in a backyard of a home where she was working.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted an eighth straight annual increase in October, a research firm said Wednesday, the latest evidence that the state's housing market recovery is picking up steam amid tight inventories.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.
SAN FRANCISCO NUDISTS SUE TO BLOCK PROPOSED BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall.
FRESNO (AP) - The executive director of California's health insurance exchange said Monday that he is hiring 400 call-center workers, many in Fresno, with the goal of alleviating telephone backlogs that have frustrated those applying for health care.
STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say an officer shot and killed a 45-year-old domestic violence suspect who refused to drop a bayonet.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A Google subsidiary has been picked to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the company's top executives.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed.
HAYWARD (AP) - Police say the San Francisco Bay Area homeowner who shot and killed a man during a home invasion robbery knew the suspect.
uEXPLOSIVES FOUND IN HOME WHERE MAN LOST HAND: REDDING (AP) - Shasta County's sheriff says bomb technicians found 40 pounds of explosives at the home of a Redding man whose hand was severed during an explosion and that authorities still want neighbors within a 1,000-foot radius to evacuate.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange pulled its online doctor directory again after some physicians were wrongly listed as accepting patients' coverage plans, spurring a blame game between insurers and providers.
DEAR DIDI: I was at Costco the other day and there was dog in the store wearing a vest that only said "In Training". I asked what the dog was in training for because she had a very grey muzzle and looked to be on the older side. The owner said "Companion Dog". I am very confused about the terms Therapy Dog, Companion Dog, Service Dog, Comfort Dog, and Working Dog. I know you've touched on this before but can you define these terms clearly for me? Obviously I would LOVE to take my well behaved dog into stores ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation's up-and-down health care overhaul, is setting aside nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget shortfalls as it prepares for what it says is a challenging financial future without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months produced impressive amounts of rain and snow over the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the recession, Los Angeles County lost tens of thousands of residents to the eastern counties of the Inland Empire despite the area's staggering unemployment rate, new Census Bureau estimates reveals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While the weekend rain was a welcome sight in many parts of drought-hit Northern California, California transportation officials said the moisture reached a place it shouldn't have - inside a new, $6.4 billion section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
TUSTIN (AP) - Authorities say a 27-year-old Tustin man was electrocuted and killed while perched in a tree to shoot a photograph of the sunset.
• $48K RAISED TO SAVE SF'S 'DOGGIE DINER' HEADS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The restaurant chain that they advertised is long gone, but San Francisco's Doggie Diner heads are still beloved by city residents.