SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former state assemblyman Jim Nielsen has been sworn in as the new state senator representing a broad swath of rural Northern California.
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - A California man once sentenced to death for killing two people in the 1960s was under arrest Thursday after police said he led officers to the body of his 89-year-old mother.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health officials say there have been two flu deaths in the Sacramento area and influenza cases are increasing throughout the region.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Certain earthquake fault segments long thought to be stable may rupture and cause a mega-quake, suggests a new study that could have implications for California's mighty San Andreas.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Strawberry growers are covering their crops while San Diego zookeepers are turning on heaters for the chimpanzees as Southern California braces for a cold snap expected to drop temperatures to a six-year low.
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TAFT (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural San Joaquin Valley high school southwest of Bakersfield on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another and missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.
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OBAMA SIGNS BILL CREATING PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK: HOLLISTER. (AP) - Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.
CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - A Castro Valley man is in jail and an alligator authorities say he likely had to protect a stash of marijuana has been taken to a zoo.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Museum of California offered a $12,000 reward Wednesday for the safe recovery of a stolen gold-encrusted jewel box - the latest in a series of thefts involving Gold Rush-era artifacts across the region.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Drops of rain fell on Josephine Miller's 1920s bungalow - a watery relief in the midst of a punishing drought. Instead of flowing into storm drains and washing out to sea, an oversized tank harvested the precious resource to keep her thirsty citrus trees and vegetables from shriveling up on dry days.
FRESNO (AP) - California's tenacious drought is imperiling the tricolored blackbird in the Central Valley.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Pilots flying over the world's largest solar power plant in the Mojave Desert have complained of nearly blinding glare from the sun's reflection off its vast array of mirrors.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unnamed Silicon Valley billionaire has purchased the world's most valuable life insurance policy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have long known that long before hipsters and tourists were crowding Los Angeles' trendy Miracle Mile district, prehistoric animals were doing the same.
SAN LEANDRO (AP) - A Northern California man was "egosurfing" Google when a search of his name yielded a startling result: He was wanted by police.
STOCKTON (AP) - A state appellate court has ruled that California water officials cannot go onto private property for soil testing and other studies related to construction of two massive tunnels that would siphon water from the Sacramento River.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project won permission Friday from a separate state board to begin eminent domain proceedings against eight properties in Fresno that are needed to build the line's initial segment.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced Friday that he's abandoning an attempt to place an initiative on the November state ballot that would have enabled governments in California to cut future pension benefits for current workers.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - A teenage father in Northern California is under arrest after police say he bit the nose off his 1-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant's crying.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly threatened to shoot a random pedestrian if his Twitter post was retweeted a hundred times.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers have ordered an audit to look into a state agency's handling of unemployment claims and why so many are denied.
FRESNO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay Area men were in custody on suspicion of manufacturing and selling large quantities of explosives, authorities said Thursday.