SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in May, marking the first time in nearly five years the jobless number has dipped below 9 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A 92-year-old dam that's been in danger of collapse for decades is slated for demolition this summer, the largest dam to come down in California history.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego Eagle Scout who admits to being competitive has reached a milestone by earning every possible Scouting merit badge.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - In a park not so far away, iconic filmmaker George Lucas on Thursday unveiled statues of two of his most movie popular characters.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a minivan drove straight into San Francisco Bay and sank to the bottom, and dive teams searching for hours couldn't hadn't found the vehicle or driver.
ROSEVILLE, (AP) - Officials say a grass fire at a large public park in Roseville has damaged five homes.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced two former Border Patrol agents to at least 30 years in prison for running a ring that smuggled more than 500 illegal immigrants into the United States.
WOMAN LEAVES JAIL, DRIVES INTO HOME: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Police say a heavily intoxicated Northern California woman returned to jail less than 12 hours after getting out when she crashed a car into her friend's empty house.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seeking to quell a media outcry over access to public records, the governor's administration on Thursday said it agrees with a fix-it bill moving through the Legislature that restores a mandate for local governments to comply with document requests.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly two centuries ago, an ex-pirate built a mill that ground corn and wheat for the San Gabriel Mission, part of the chain of Spanish outposts in California dating to the 1700s.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento police say they have arrested a man who threw a spear at a moving car.
DEPUTIES SAY MAN SPEARS, KILLS FAMILY DOG, CAT: CASTAIC (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say a man made a spear from a broomstick and kitchen knife, killed the family dog and set it ablaze, then used the spear and an arrow to kill the family cat.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol is being offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, a prosecutor said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.
WEED (AP) - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under legislation that will take effect next July.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.
LIVERMORE (AP) - Police say two football players from a San Francisco Bay Area high school are under arrest after holding down a freshman teammate and shaving part of his head.