MARTINEZ (AP) - More than 100 years after John Muir helped conserve thousands of acres of California wilderness, arborists are trying to clone a dying tree the naturalist brought to the San Francisco Bay area in the 19th century.
MAN CONVICTED FOR DEATH OF GIRLFRIEND IN TRASH CAN: PLEASANTON (AP) - A man in Northern California has been convicted in the death of his live-in girlfriend whose body was found in a trash can.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will get a pay raise of nearly $5,000 this year while the governor will see an increase of nearly $9,000 after a citizens' panel voted Wednesday to restore some of the cuts it made during the recession.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature's Democratic leaders are pledging to address a budget bill that threatens public access to information held by local governments, but to do so in different ways.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.
OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police chief said Wednesday he's asked the department's former auditor to review progress in meeting reforms instituted after the controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer.
JUDGE MAY EXPAND CALIF. PRISON MENTAL HEALTH CASE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorneys who represent California inmates asked a federal judge Wednesday to expand the court's oversight of prison mental health care to include the Department of State Hospitals.
The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted Wednesday to restore some pay cuts to state lawmakers and statewide elected officials, amounting to a raise of more than 5 percent from current salaries. Here are the current base salaries and the salaries after the raises take effect Dec. 1:
SF 'LANDLORDS FROM HELL' PLEAD GUILTY TO FELONIES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A couple that prosecutors dubbed the "landlords from hell" for going to scary lengths to drive tenants from a San Francisco apartment building have pleaded guilty to several felonies.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the decades after the Civil War, the nation's first black Army regiments guarded Yosemite and Sequoia national parks against poaching and timber thefts, a role that in hindsight made them some of the United States' first park rangers.
MARIPOSA (AP) - An unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people, officials said Tuesday.
SURFER SHOT AT AMID EX-LAPD COP HUNT FILES LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A surfer who was shot at by police during the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner has filed a lawsuit against a Los Angeles suburb and its police department.
BOY, 6, KILLED BY RELATIVE'S DOG AT UNION CITY HOME: UNION CITY (AP) - A 6-year-old San Francisco Bay area boy died after he was attacked by a relative's dog, authorities said Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney representing inmates at two California state prisons told a federal judge on Monday that an airborne fungus occurring in the San Joaquin Valley presents the deadly threat of valley fever and that thousands should be transferred immediately.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple says it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data for the six months ended in May.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An elementary school principal in Fresno shot and killed himself as sheriff's deputies prepared to search his home as part of a child sex abuse investigation that will continue in the aftermath of the suspect's suicide, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One out of three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell, according to a new report that laments the industry's diminishing standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kern County officials filed a lawsuit Friday over the state's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, alleging deficiencies in the environmental review of the route from Fresno to Bakersfield, a day after Kings County and a group of residents there made similar claims in a separate lawsuit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - For seven years, inmates at a Southern California state prison have learned to express themselves through acting, acquiring skills that actor Tim Robbins says can change their lives.
• CRIMINAL PROBE IN BIRD INJURIES DROPPED: OAKLAND (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are no longer pursuing criminal charges against a tree trimmer who injured baby birds outside California post office.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made his first official visit to the Capitol on Thursday to make his case for getting state aid to help revitalize California's most populous city.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the latest challenge to California's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, Kings County and a group of its residents filed another lawsuit against the bullet train Thursday, alleging continued violations of California's Environmental Quality Act and several other state laws.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Preliminary figures show that fewer voters likely turned out for Tuesday's no-drama primary than for any regular statewide election in California history.
• SEIZURE-PRONE DRIVER CONVICTED OF DOUBLE MURDER: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California seizure-prone driver with a suspended license has been convicted for causing a double-fatal crash while having a seizure.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who drove for the ridesharing service Uber in San Francisco has been charged with assaulting a customer, prosecutors said Wednesday.
HALF MOON BAY (AP) - San Mateo County Sheriff's officials say a deputy shot and killed an 18-year-old girl after responding to a report of an armed and violent person.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A break-away movement in far Northern California apparently sounded better in theory than in reality to voters in Tuesday's primary.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top-two primary system delivered Election Day drama in a handful of state legislative contests, including for some former lawmakers who saw their comeback campaigns imperiled by Tuesday's low turnout.