SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers head into the final week of this year's Legislative session facing issues that could help shape California's environment and business climate for years to come.
SPACESHIPTWO MAKES 2ND SUPERSONIC TEST FLIGHT: MOJAVE (AP) - Virgin Galactic says it successfully conducted a second rocket-powered, supersonic test flight of the passenger spaceship it is developing.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states but played some games in California would be prohibited from filing state workers' compensation claims under a bill approved Friday by the state Senate.
SAN RAMON (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has opened a new, $38 million natural gas monitoring center in the wake of a deadly 2010 gas line explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.
ARRESTS MADE AT SACRAMENTO WAL-MART PROTEST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police made several arrests during a protest against Wal-Mart in Sacramento.
ATWATER (AP) - A Northern California air museum is adding a high-profile plane to its collection: Air Force One.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation intended to help preserve the clear waters of Lake Tahoe by allowing the commercial fishing of crayfish.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Even as firefighters battle a gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park, environmental scientists are moving in this weekend to begin critical work protecting habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season beings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego school district has agreed to expunge the records of 31 high school students who were suspended for making an on-campus video featuring "twerking" dance moves.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California veteran's charity that supplies arts and crafts to hospitalized servicemen and women agreed Friday to pay $2.45 million and purge its leadership to settle a lawsuit filed by the state alleging misuse of funds.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco parks worker was arrested Friday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run in the death of a Zen monk who was run over by a maintenance vehicle while relaxing with her young daughter and dog in a park.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two NBA teams in Northern California will be closely watching the final days of this year's legislative session, when state lawmakers will consider measures that would aid construction of new arenas for the franchises.
POLICE ARREST 21 PEOPLE IN LA WAL-MART PROTEST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police arrested 21 people protesting Wal-Mart's working conditions and firing practices, including seven company workers and 12 members of the clergy, in a downtown rally Thursday.
WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY SF CITY VEHICLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say a woman died after she was struck by a city maintenance vehicle in a park.
YREKA (AP) - Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Teenage soccer players in San Francisco won an off-field victory over the city's technology workers after a videotaped confrontation gained national attention.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors to Yosemite National Park may soon have to pay more to enter and camp overnight, under proposed fee increases announced Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University faculty would get a pay raise under a tentative deal reached on a three-year contract.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A 33-year-old Santa Rosa man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father, who police say was strangled and hit in the head with a sledgehammer.
FAIR OAKS (AP) - A suburban Sacramento teenager who was paralyzed from the chest down in a summer diving accident and vowed not to let it stop him from succeeding in his senior year of high school was named his school's homecoming king on Saturday night.
GUADALUPE (AP) - Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes - but these are made of plaster.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor.
TAHOE CITY (AP) - Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game, killing dozens, injuring thousands and causing billions of dollars' worth of damage as it buckled freeways, brought down a bridge and knocked buildings off their foundations.
BLYTHE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are investigating as many as 60 bird deaths at a Southern California solar plant.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September even as the number of jobs in the state dipped by 9,800.
YUBA CITY (AP) - A deputy U.S. marshal is accused of stealing roughly 24 pounds of marijuana at gunpoint from three people parked at a Northern California motel.
TOP-SECRET SPACE PLANE LANDS ON CALIFORNIA COAST: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.
STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton woman taken hostage during a bank robbery and killed by police in an ensuing shootout begged for her life as she was dragged away by kidnappers, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advocacy groups have appealed a judge's ruling that denied them access to police records of license plate scans in Los Angeles, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance.