CHOWCHILLA. (AP) - The nation called Ed Ray a hero when he led a terrified group of children to safety after they were kidnapped aboard their school bus and held underground for ransom in the summer of 1976.
MALIBU (AP) - More than 20,000 new summer jobs will give young people an opportunity to work in America's forests, national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands, federal officials announced Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dipped slightly in April to 10.9 percent, the state said Friday, as a federal survey showed 20,000 new jobs were created.
LANCASTER (AP) - The man who built an eccentric Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was placed on five years' probation on Friday and ordered to serve 63 days community service, five of them at the county morgue.
MAN WHO FELL OFF HIGHWAY FABRICATED CARJACK STORY: SAN MATEO (AP) - A Northern California man seriously hurt when he plunged off an elevated freeway ramp fabricated a story about fleeing an armed carjacker.
RICHMOND (AP) - Voters in Richmond are set to decide whether to make the San Francisco Bay area city the nation's first municipality to tax soda and other sugary beverages to help fight childhood obesity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Science Center said it has raised nearly half of the $200 million needed to build a permanent exhibit for the space shuttle Endeavour.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of two Chinese students who were killed near the University of Southern California campus filed a lawsuit alleging the school made false claims about safety.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices increased for a second straight month as the supply of lower-priced homes in foreclosure dwindled and previously hesitant shoppers were lured by low lending rates, a research firm said Thursday.
BROWN APPROVES TRIBAL CASINO IN SONOMA COUNTY: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has moved a Northern California Indian tribe one step closer to building a casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Families would no longer have to give up their vehicles to receive welfare if a bill passed Thursday by the Assembly becomes law.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sometime Saturday evening, a professional skateboarder will throw down some big tricks at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, watch his rivals fall off one by one and walk away with $150,000.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines has been a state lawmaker since she won a special election to fill an empty seat last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Beach rocks that caused a California woman's shorts to catch fire and severely burn her legs and hands appeared to be coated with phosphorus, but it was unclear how the flammable chemical got onto the stones found near a military base, authorities said Thursday.
MOTORIST FATALLY STABBED AFTER CRASHING INTO HOUSE: INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A motorist being chased at high-speed by another driver has been stabbed to death after crashing into a Southern California house.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. renewed its support on Tuesday for a three-year, $86 million project to heighten security at electricity substations following the sabotage last April of one of its Silicon Valley facilities.
CLOVIS (AP) - A Northern California man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for conspiring to buy, receive, alter and pass counterfeit money.
• RACIST, SEXIST FLIERS FOUND AT USC, UCLA CAMPUSES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Campus police are investigating fliers with profane, racist and sexist language that have been distributed at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The longest-serving current justice of the California Supreme Court announced Tuesday that she is retiring.
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THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Authorities say cars have killed three mountain lion kittens in Southern California in recent weeks - showing the dangers to a population surrounded by freeways and urban sprawl.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge officially took on the name of former California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown on Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO AP) - Attorney General Kamala Harris is formally announcing her bid for a second term as California's top law enforcement officer.
SAN JOSE (AP) - At a time when a cellphone can guide you to your driveway, commercial pilots attempt to land at the wrong airport more often than most passengers realize or government officials admit, according to an Associated Press search of government safety data and news reports since the early 1990s.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Monday gave California two more years to meet a court-ordered prison population cap, the latest step in a long-running lawsuit aimed at improving inmate medical care.
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.