CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.
• Lawmakers report thousands in gifts from groups: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers, including two Democrats who are on leave after being charged with criminal offenses, have reported thousands of dollars in gifts and travel expenses they received from donors.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A veterans group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule an order to remove a war memorial cross from a San Diego mountaintop after it was found to violate the constitutional separation of church and state.
SUTTER CREEK (AP) - An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners saying they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume.
SONORA (AP) - Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.
BREA (AP) - A fiery crash involving two big rigs on an Orange County freeway Tuesday destroyed about 120,000 pieces of mail, postal officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor says utility regulators are not doing enough to protect ratepayers from possible unfair hikes to gas and electric bills.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Just months after stepping down as head of the nation's largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.
RIVERSIDE . (AP) - Police in Southern California say an officer flagged down by a frantic mother saved the life of a baby who was choking on a plastic bottle cap.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California teenager charged in the alleged thrill-killing of a high school classmate told police his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill and he had already killed a rabbit and a cat, according to a recently released transcript of his interview with investigators.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state's rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats' supermajority, the state Senate leader said Monday.
LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The families of two pedestrians fatally struck by a California sheriff's deputy have reached a multi-million dollar settlement.
TRUCKEE (AP) - Rescuers say one person is dead and one is alive after a single-engine plane crashed a few miles from California's Truckee Tahoe Airport.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two separate quakes at or near magnitude-4.0 hit Northern and Southern California on Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys for the state and California's powerful teachers unions argued in a filing Friday that a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed and should be overturned because no evidence was presented showing the disputed statutes are the cause of educational inequalities.
STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California grew modestly last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the largest gains among major cities, state demographers announced Friday.
FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.
FRESNO (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.
OAKLAND (AP) - More than a thousand May Day protesters decried racism, police brutality and income inequality on Friday in a plaza outside Oakland City Hall.
FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger followed the familiar script of a politician departing office in some ways, writing a memoir and doing speaking engagements. But, then again, most former governors don't make three films a year in which they regularly pile up double-digit body counts.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the first ruling of its kind in California, a Sacramento County judge says the state Legislature should release the appointment books, meeting schedules and calendars of two lawmakers facing separate federal corruption prosecutions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, officials said Thursday.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city's decision to ban winter displays in a public park did not violate the free speech rights of Nativity scene supporters, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.
SEA LION PUP SPOTTED ON SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK GETS RESCUED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up.