SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.
FRESNO (AP) - Fruit flies that are highly destructive to crops are now permanently established in California and spreading, according to a new study published on Wednesday.
LAKESIDE (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe experienced an "amazing" rebound in clarity in 2012 to mark a second straight year of improvement, although scientists say studies of long-term trends show climate change continues to take a toll on the waters.
TRACY . (AP) - A Northern California elementary school teacher is facing charges that he molested 12 children.
TRUCKEE POLICE TURN TO FACEBOOK TO NAME FIRST K-9: TRUCKEE (AP) - The Truckee Police Department is turning to Facebook to name is first-ever police K-9.
SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Eight of California's largest school districts can ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday in announcing the first district-by-district waivers he had long tried to avoid.
STOCKTON (AP) - California's controller blasted the city of Stockton in a series of audits, saying a poor accounting system and several bad decisions led to it becoming the largest U.S. city at the time to ever declare bankruptcy.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers from the Central Valley want the state auditor to review the California High-Speed Rail Authority's moves to buy up land for the $68 billion project.
REDDING (AP) - A Northern California man is accused of stabbing his father with a pair of scissors before using a power saw to cut off his own hands.
SF MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HARDWARE CLERK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Daymond Agnew told investigators that his Sunday began when he heard a voice from Allah telling him to go to a California hardware store to help people.
UC RIVERSIDE STUDENT FACES MURDER PLOT TRIAL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A University of California, Riverside student has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she plotted to have two ex-boyfriends killed.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials say the bodies of a woman and child have been found inside a burned house, and a man is suspected of killing the woman and abducting one or both of her children.
UC DAVIS ADDS HIGHLY PAID OFFICIAL TO BOOST IMAGE: SACRAMENTO AP) - The University of California, Davis, has added a position of associate chancellor for strategic communications at a $260,000 annual salary as part of a plan to improve the university's image.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials say they will seek to move thousands of inmates to private prisons in a last-ditch attempt to avoid releasing violent offenders to ease prison crowding.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California drought has forced the cancellation of Sacramento's annual Gold Rush Days, typically held during the Labor Day weekend, city officials said Monday.
SHINGLE SPRINGS (AP) - A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at a South Lake Tahoe resort say they fired three employees who improperly drained 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a storm-water basin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old Southern California boy who hopes to become a computer engineer will be the youngest full-time student in the history of MiraCosta College when he enrolls next month.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A driver struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.
PLYMOUTH (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.
MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.