SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report released Wednesday by the state controller's office found that the nation's largest teacher pension fund has been so lax about detecting pension spiking at California school districts that it is on pace to audit each district once every 48 years.
FRESNO (AP) - A man who was left partially paralyzed by an infection has been awarded $1.5 million from a Fresno medical center.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles cannot seize property left temporarily unattended on sidewalks by Skid Row's homeless residents, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in a denying an appeal by the city.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two masked gunmen kidnapped a bank manager, strapped what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forced her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her Bank of America branch when it opened Wednesday morning, authorities said.
PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY POLICE CAR CHASING SUSPECT : WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 17-year-old who police say stole a car and then led West Sacramento police on a chase that ended up killing a pedestrian is being charged with murder.
MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect killed in a shootout following a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway had shot a California Highway Patrol officer in the head without warning, leaving him in critical condition, authorities said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To an average person, it may just be a drab clump of evergreen leaves indistinguishable from the other plants in the Presidio woods. But the rediscovered San Francisco shrub now has the protection of the federal government.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California printer supply manufacturer raided by federal authorities four years ago has agreed to plead guilty to employing illegal immigrants and pay $267,000 in fines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Light rainfall and cooler temperatures are helping firefighters gain ground on a blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.
GROUP FIGHTING RICHMOND SODA TAX FILES LAWSUIT: RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A group funded by the beverage industry has sued to avoid campaign-disclosure laws as it fights a proposed soda tax in Richmond.
WATERFORD . (AP) - Authorities say a mother and baby daughter died after their car struck an embankment and flipped over into a canal Monday afternoon near Waterford.
Oakland activists smash windows during protest
OAKLAND . (AP) - Oakland police say protesters upset that the city's gay pride festival charged admission went on a weekend vandalism spree, smashing windows at a Bank of America and spray-painting a police vehicle.
SAN BRUNO . (AP) - Survivors of a deadly pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb plan to hold a memorial to commemorate the two years that have passed since the blast, even as they continue to press for stronger pipeline safety reforms.
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer was in critical condition and a suspect was dead after a Tuesday morning rush hour shootout on Interstate 680 near Walnut Creek, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.
A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.
OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.
SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.
TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.
PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.
BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.
LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.