LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - Fairfield police investigators were on the streets early Sunday canvassing the neighborhood near the park where a 13-year-old girl was found dead, a police spokesman said.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Claims by students at an expensive Northern California basketball academy of mistreatment at the school is leading to a search for more possible victims, authorities said.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - In a matter of minutes, a hulking power plant that loomed over San Diego Bay since the late 1950s was demolished Saturday, to make way for a city park.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Police say a 32-year-old man found dead after a fire in a Sacramento apartment was a victim of a homicide.
• MURPHYS MAN KILLS SONS, THEN HIMSELF: MURPHYS (AP) - Authorities say a man in the tiny Sierra Nevada community of Murphys has shot and killed his two teenage sons, then killed himself.
OAKLAND (AP) - City officials introduced a municipal identification card on Friday that will double as a debit card.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has awarded nearly $35 million to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District because of the federal government's failure to build a permanent site to store nuclear waste.
GOVERNOR OFFERS BOOK FOR SUPER BOWL BET: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown was one of the few California politicians yet to announce a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup, until he offered up a characteristically esoteric wager.
ADIN, Modoc County (AP) - A once obscure coyote hunting contest in northernmost California has become anything but, as environmental groups lobby the state to call it off to protect a lone, roaming wolf.
TWITTER SAYS HACKERS COMPROMISE 250K ACCOUNTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the latest online attack, Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four protesters were arrested entirely in the buff as they took to the steps of San Francisco City Hall in a brazen challenge of the city's ban on public nudity on Friday, the first day it went into effect.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A now-shuttered Southern California sushi restaurant and two of its chefs were indicted on conspiracy and other charges for allegedly serving illegal and endangered whale meat, authorities said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The next time a child is abducted near you, your cellphone may shriek to life with an alert message.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governing board of California's stem cell funding agency has voted to overhaul how it distributes scientific grants after critics raised concerns that too many board members represented schools that have won funding.
CLOVIS (AP) - Officials in a Central California city have agreed to review the business license of a coffee shop that features baristas in bikinis.
• BAY AREA MAN RESCUES BOY FROM MARINA WATERS: SAN LEANDRO AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area man is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a boy from the waters of a marina.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Repairs starting today at the convergence of three major freeways in Northern California could cause massive traffic delays for vehicles passing through the state capital.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would ban smoking inside home day care centers even after the children have left, a regulation that targets lingering "third-hand smoke" and has been adopted by 12 other states.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least a dozen people were arrested, most of them facing possible felony charges, during an annual, unsanctioned 4/20 marijuana celebration in San Francisco, police said Monday.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a rock climber at Yosemite National Park had to be rescued by helicopter after falling 30 feet and suffering major injuries.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Despite the subzero temperatures and lack of oxygen, people can survive even a long journey in the wheel well of a jetliner. The latest example is a teenager who, according to authorities, stowed away on a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Hawaii. While the number of known stowaway attempts is few, people have survived with surprising frequency.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.
SANTA PAULA (AP) - What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are asking residents and business owners to provide video-surveillance footage to law enforcement investigators.