FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother now faces murder and elder abuse charges.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An audit shows Oakland is keeping cash from overpaid parking tickets despite a state law requiring refunds.
JUDGE DISMISSES CA BUS AND TRUCK POLLUTION LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed without prejudice a trucking association's lawsuit against new rules aimed at reducing truck and bus pollution in California.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano suggests arming teachers, staff and parents to protect children in the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In response to the killing of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the federal government should consider California's strategy for dealing with mental illness, experts and lawmakers said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Expanding the state's Medi-Cal program to meet new federal guidelines could add up to $4 billion a year in costs at the same time California is implementing federal health reform, potentially putting its budget "right out of whack," Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday.
SOLO ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 99 KILLS SCHOOL POLICE OFFICER: LODI - The driver who died when her Honda Accord clipped another car and veered into a tree off Highway 99 Thursday morning was a Stockton school district police officer.
VENTURA (AP) - Ventura County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man suspected of illegally practicing dentistry out of his apartment.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend have reached a settlement after a dispute over the late artist's $66 million estate, their attorneys said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is proposing to give schools more money for security improvements and to make greater use of the National Guard.
SACRAMENTO ` (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed a retired corrections chief from Pennsylvania to head California's prison system as it transitions to a smaller institution with a higher concentration of violent felons.
HIGWHAY REOPENS AFTER SHOOTING AT GOV'T CAR: CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities say traffic on a San Francisco Bay area highway is open again after a vehicle driven by a U.S. Marine was apparently struck by gunfire.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The nation's largest city without fluoridated drinking water will finally add tooth decay-fighting fluoride to its water, ending years of debate over how San Jose should treat its tap water.
UNIVERSAL CITY (AP) - Jenni Rivera's "celestial graduation" was marked by festive music, heartfelt speeches in Spanish and English and passionate chants of "Jen-ni! Jen-ni!"
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Clear skies are helping authorities search for a small plane that disappeared from radar over the backcountry of Yosemite National Park.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Police in Santa Cruz say a man committed suicide by crashing his car into a theater and then stabbing himself in the neck and torso with pieces of the glass debris.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Charles Schwab Corp. said Thursday it is planning to move about 1,000 jobs out of San Francisco over the next three to five years.
WILLITS (AP) - In this small logging town in Northern California's redwood country, small blue signs urging water conservation are almost everywhere you look.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drought-stricken California got some help Thursday from the weather - a prelude to a bigger storm for parts of the state over the weekend that could dump as much as 2 feet of snow in the northern Sierra and 6 inches of rain on Bay Area mountains.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use Thursday in a rare mid-winter conservation alert, after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have presented evidence to prosecutors for a possible felony vandalism case against Justin Bieber.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Illness caused by a soil-borne fungus killed three employees at two California prisons in recent years and sickened 103 others, according to a federal health care agency report made public Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dispute over a bag of dog poop has ended in the acquittal of a Los Angeles County judge.
• SCHOOL APOLOGIZES FOR BLACK HISTORY LUNCH MENU: CONCORD (AP) - Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.
• Convicted killer sprung from state's death row: SAN JOSE (AP) - A man convicted of killing two San Jose jewelers more than 25 years ago has been released from death row.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism - despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up.
STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton say three people were wounded when 40 to 50 gunshots rang out in a daytime shooting in a residential neighborhood.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - A firefighter responding to a Southern California crash site was handcuffed and held in a patrol car for failing to move a fire truck immediately after police asked him to.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud Wednesday after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state.