SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Federal Railroad Administration gave its approval Wednesday for construction on the first phase of California's high-speed rail system, clearing the final technical hurdle for construction to start next year on a 65-mile span from Merced to Fresno.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Only about half of likely California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative to temporarily raise sales and income taxes, presenting a significant challenge as he seeks to win over a reluctant public before the November election, according to a poll released Wednesday.
DEPIUTY SPRAYED IN FACE WITH BEAR REPELLENT: VICTORVILLE (AP) - An Arizona man is in jail for spraying a sheriff's deputy in the face with bear repellent during a Southern California desert traffic stop.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bipartisan bill Tuesday intended to reduce workers' compensation costs for California businesses while increasing benefits to people injured on the job.
BERKELEY (AP) - Berkeley could become the nation's first city to officially proclaim Bisexual Pride Day and accommodate a group that often complains of exclusion from gay rights celebrations.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California State University panel on Tuesday approved a plan to raise tuition by 5 percent next year if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and trigger a $250 million funding cut to the 23-campus system.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For many children, their first pet is a virtual one.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six years and many expect the housing recovery will strengthen in the next six months.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man accused of posting comments on ESPN's website saying he was watching kids and wouldn't mind killing them was in jail Tuesday on $1 million bail after he was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats, authorities said.
FBI says monitoring Occupy protests within rules
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials say a man walking his dog on the streets of San Diego stabbed a pit bull to death after the animal attacked him.
LA STUDENTS WRITE ESSAYS ON GAY MARRIAGE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - High school students had to write essays on gay marriage views for admission to a Southern California school play based on the legal wrangle over anti-same sex marriage Proposition 8.
SAN JOSE. (AP) - Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend is agreeing to pay $11,000 a month to rent the San Francisco Bay area mansion where she had lived with the late artist, but his paintings and possessions remain the focus of a bitter estate fight.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few years behind.
DELANO (AP) - Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California will share a nearly $1 million settlement in a lawsuit claiming they were targeted by a rule requiring English only at work, federal officials said Monday.
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.