SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Earlier this year, a river otter named Sutro Sam became the first of the whiskered critters to be seen in San Francisco for decades.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the reliably Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested.
MINIVAN HITS SAN RAFAEL SCHOOL, CLASSES CANCELED: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Students at a San Rafael elementary school got a day off Friday after a minivan rammed into the school and hit a gas line Thursday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board gave approval Friday for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start the process of seizing its first piece of property through eminent domain for a $68 billion bullet train.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days after she went missing from her room at San Francisco General Hospital died accidentally, probably due to a chemical imbalance related to chronic alcohol abuse, the city medical examiner's office said Friday.
LOS BANOS (AP) - Federal officials have proposed a $360 million expansion and seismic upgrade for one of California's largest reservoirs that serves as a key water source for Central Valley farmers.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge in San Diego says a 43-foot war memorial cross must be removed from the top of a mountain in 90 days because it violates the principle of separation of church and state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state's ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.
MERCED (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say one worker was killed and two others seriously injured in a fuel tank explosion on a ranch near Merced.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fifteen counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs.
CAR DEALER TO BE SENTENCED FOR $1 MILLION FRAUD: SUNNYVALE (AP) - A luxury used car dealer in Northern California faces prison time after pleading no contest to defrauding customers of more than $1 million in cash and cars.
OAKDALE (AP) - Authorities in Oakdale said they are searching for a man who is a person of interest in the theft of a gold crucifix necklace from a dead man's body that later turned up at a pawn shop.
LIVERMORE . (AP) - A driver who rear-ended another driver on Interstate 580 in Livermore has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Wednesday extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18, while ordering that negotiations continue over how best to reduce inmate crowding.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.
POINT REYES STATION (AP) - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A set of triplets from Newport Beach will have a bit of home on campus next fall after all three were accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric will be looking for a new director as the man who led the company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area is retiring.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.
AGENT: 'LAWRENCE OF ARABIA' STAR OMAR SHARIF HAS ALZHEIMER'S: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.
SYDNEY (AP) - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders control a large annual operations budget that they regularly tap into to boost services of their choosing without a single hearing or vote.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An 11-year-old Northern California boy who last year was lauded by President Barack Obama for becoming one of the youngest in the nation to graduate high school has now earned three community college degrees.
BODEGA BAY (AP) - Authorities say an abalone diver died in the water off the Sonoma County coast.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.
TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.