SAN DIEGO (AP) - A regional water agency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year.
GALT (AP) - An unarmed animal control officer was shot and killed in Sacramento County on Wednesday while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose owner was evicted the previous day.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - Star Wars fans might soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.
• Calif. contractors to get 30 pct of requested water: FRESNO (AP) - California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
GALT (AP) - An animal control officer was fatally shot Wednesday when he went to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home where the resident had been evicted a day earlier, authorities said.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county's medical marijuana permitting program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
• First of series of storms moves through NorCal: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fast-moving storm has moved through Northern California, but forecasters say two more storms are on their way.
• 3 Calif men indicted in terror plot case: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Three California men have been indicted on terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to kill Americans overseas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents are bracing for gusty winds, heavy rain, high seas and snow in the mountains as the area prepares for a series of storms.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state's bleak financial condition.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charging drivers for access to express lanes on one of Los Angeles' busiest freeways appears to have only partially resolved commuter travel woes: Transportation officials say so many people are using the new toll lanes that the paid route is slowing down too.
MODESTO (AP) - Two men have been sentenced in Stanislaus County Superior Court for first-degree murder and attempted carjacking in an encounter that took the life of a 21-year-old man nearly five years ago.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Four people were arrested Monday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said they rammed a waitress with their Volkswagen while leaving a restaurant without paying the bill.
SANTA YNEZ (AP) - Authorities say Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby hit and injured a jogger with his car in Southern California.
HIKER MISSING 2 DAYS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK FOUND ALIVE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A man missing for two nights in Yosemite National Park has been found alive but suffering from multiple injuries, park rangers said Monday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - One of three teenagers who admitted that they sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later committed suicide has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by her parents.
VALLEJO (AP) - A Vallejo police spokesman says an officer shot and killed a man who was later found to have a note in his truck apologizing to the police for making them do it.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 25-year-old man who was struck by a pickup truck and had his wallet stolen while he lay gravely injured on an Oakland street has spoken his first words since awakening from a weekslong coma.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze - not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.
TRUCKEE (AP) - As another Sierra ski resort prepared to close for the season on Sunday due to a lack of snow, businesses around Lake Tahoe have started looking beyond the barren slopes as they rethink how to draw visitors during the colder winter months.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Overtime for California's state workers rose 20 percent last year and topped $1 billion even though there are 20,000 fewer employees than in pre-recession 2008, the last time the state paid out so much, according to new payroll data.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet moguls like Amazon's Jeff Bezos aren't the only techies snatching up real estate in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department used an invalid court order and spent $22,000 to bring an imprisoned killer and former gang leader to speak to an exclusive dinner for private executives, according to a report released Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police spent nearly two weeks and thousands of dollars searching for a missing 22-year-old art student across Southern California before she called her father from a Los Angeles shelter after seeing news reports about her case and asked to come home.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has a problem with off-duty prison guards brandishing or carrying firearms while they are intoxicated, the department's inspector general said Friday.