PACHECO COMPANY HIT WITH $11.9M JURY VERDICT: PACHECO (AP) - A jury has ordered a Contra Costa County landscape architecture company and its owners to pay nearly $12 million to a man who was struck and injured by its truck.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials overseeing construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had agreed to pay nearly $10 million to a San Francisco-based public relations firm for services that included thousands of dollars to conduct tours and produce a video and commemorative book, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.
SOLEDAD (AP) - A California prison psychiatrist who was paid more than $800,000 last year is under investigation and suspended amid allegations that time records were falsified, it was reported Wednesday.
SELMA (AP) - Authorities say a Fresno County man is dead after being mauled by pit bull dogs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal receiver who controls health care in California prisons is issuing layoff notices to more than 2,200 employees as inmate crowding eases.
FULLERTON (AP) - Students at Cal State Fullerton barricaded themselves inside classrooms and dorm rooms Wednesday night as police searched for two suspects in a jewelry store robbery, while another suspect was caught after a high-speed pursuit that ended on a baseball field where the Los Angeles' police chief was giving away toys.
OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plan to have a court-appointed director oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department instead of ordering an unprecedented federal takeover of the agency.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal government auctioned off nearly 18,000 acres of oil leases on prime public lands on Wednesday in Central California, home to prized vineyards, several endangered species and one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the country.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated for early stage prostate cancer but will stay on the job throughout his nearly four-week treatment, his office said Wednesday, calling the typically energetic 74-year-old chief executive's prognosis "excellent."
SONOMA COUNTY WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING $1.6M : SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A 44-year-old Sonoma County woman has been convicted of embezzling nearly $1.6 million from her employer.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Inmates at a Southern California jail must now pay $3 to see a nurse.
STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a California murder suspect lived with his girlfriend's rotting corpse for months.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California trafficker of counterfeit Bowflex and Malibu Pilates exercise equipment has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's new logo isn't getting high marks from some students, staff and alumni.
OAKLAND (AP) - Audits found that employees at one of the nation's largest ports claimed nearly $200,000 in questionable expenses in 2011, and officials are trying to determine if the spending violated federal and state laws.
Stockton (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California's general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state's days as the nation's poster child of fiscal dysfunction.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools have cleared the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the law at the ballot box, state elections officials said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.
EUREKA (AP) - A man charged with murder in the death of a California priest in a church rectory beat him with a wooden stake and rusty metal pipe then made two unsuccessful attempts to set the body and building on fire, police said in a court document obtained Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles risks becoming a city in decline as it struggles with poverty, poor schooling, traffic jams and a crisis of leadership, a citizens' panel warned Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An advocacy group is facing sharp criticism for using the case of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead in a bid to raise money for a proposed ballot initiative.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other California mayors were cleared Tuesday to start gathering signatures to get their proposed statewide pension reform initiative on voter ballots in November.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new study suggests patients' expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year calls for an 8.5 percent increase in general fund spending coupled with a dedication to pay down the state's debt by more than $11 billion, according to a copy of the document obtained late Wednesday by The Sacramento Bee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to file an eminent domain lawsuit against the owners of a former Macy's department store downtown.
LA SUES TO STOP REOPENING OF URBAN OIL FIELD: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is suing to stop an energy company from reopening an urban oil field blamed for causing chronic respiratory illnesses and nosebleeds in a South LA neighborhood.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A judge on Wednesday interrupted closing arguments in the trial of two police officers accused of killing a homeless man to angrily threaten jail time for whoever posted a Twitter picture of the jury.
MILPITAS . (AP) - A Bay Area hang glider who ended up dangling from a eucalyptus tree is back on earth thanks to a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew who performed a delicate rescue operation.