MONTEREY (AP) - Marine biologists managed on Thursday to free a humpback whale that had become entangled with a steel rope attached to a 300-pound crab trap.
TURLOCK (AP) - A jacket with $3,400 in cash in the pockets has been returned to its rightful owner more than a year after it vanished from a California swap meet.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.
SAN MARCOS (AP) - Firefighters working on Southern California wildfires have found a badly burned body in a transient camp.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities are preparing for possible protests when a Northern California prosecutor decides whether to criminally charge a sheriff's deputy for the shooting death of an unarmed 13-year-old boy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in Los Angeles streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed Thursday.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Republicans who want Gov. Jerry Brown's job clashed over gun rights and the direction of the GOP in their first and possibly only joint appearance in a low-visibility primary campaign.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States last year, including over 2 million children and 5,581 U.S. Postal Service workers, authorities announced Thursday in an effort to promote dog-bite prevention. Houston ranked worst in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, pushing Los Angeles, last year's leader, to second place. Here are additional numbers and ways to prevent or avoid dog attacks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his unarmed son fatally shot by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the city Thursday.
SACRAMENTO AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a fresh version of a rainy day fund measure for the November ballot, a bipartisan plan that seeks to smooth out the boom-and-bust cycles of state budgeting while creating a clear path for paying down California's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.
• TRUCK GOES INTO FUNERAL HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a major San Francisco thoroughfare was shut down after a big rig crashed into a funeral home and caught fire.
• CAR PLOWS INTO HOME IN MERCED KILLING 2: MERCED (AP) - Police in the Central Valley say two people died when the car they were in crashed into a home and caught fire.
• BILL INCREASES FINES FOR TEXTING WHILE DRIVING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California drivers would face tougher consequences for chatting and texting on their cellphones while driving under a bill that passed the California Assembly.
FRESNO (AP) - Excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California's agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes, a new study suggests.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says three people died when a driver going the wrong-way on a Sacramento highway slammed into another vehicle.
LIVERMORE (AP) - Lanor Smith of Livermore and Heather Downey of Australia have finally met face-to-face after almost 40 years of only communicating through letters, phone calls, emails and Facebook messages.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Florida man awaiting trial for allegedly strangling his ex-wife and tossing her overboard during a Mediterranean cruise tried to hire two inmates to kill another ex-wife, prosecutors in California said.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.
STOCKTON (AP) - A frightened 4-year-old boy escaped with cuts and scrapes after he got out of his car seat and jumped from a moving car during a carjacking, police said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The compact city that inspired ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft is offering a new way to get to work: fancy $6 big-bus rides with spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who deliver snacks.
13-YEAR-OLD CRASHES, DIES DURING DRIVING LESSON: WOODLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says a 13-year-old boy receiving a driving lesson from his father was killed when the vehicle struck a drainage ditch.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - They don't stand on snobbishness when it comes to making wine at Washington State University.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.
REDDING (AP) - A new Crystal Geyser Water Co. plant opening at the foot of Mount Shasta is adding to criticism of companies that are bottling water in California's drought.
CORONADO - Technology has changed the world significantly and quickly in recent years but the state and national governments are unable to adapt to the ramifications of this revolution, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told a gathering of California newspaper executives Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - In California's second-largest city, memories are still fresh of a devastating drought 25 years ago that saw the area's water supplies slashed by about a third.
FRESNO (AP) - Fresno elementary schoolers have gotten a wave and a smile from a badly burned firefighter after collecting 44,000 dimes to help the center treating him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found that the most recent estimate of the cost to ride California's bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a bargain at an average of $86.
MODESTO (AP) - A nursery near Modesto sold pistachio trees with a disorder that officials say could affect as many as 20,000 acres of San Joaquin Valley orchards.