•ACRAMENTO APPROVES CONTRACT FOR $8M ARENA SCULPTURE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento will pay $8 million for a sculpture by renowned artist Jeff Koons that will stand outside a new downtown sports arena.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has restored service to its widely used iTunes and app stores after a rare breakdown Wednesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- There's a lot to love about Google's new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop: a vivid, high-resolution touch screen, powerful speakers and next-generation USB ports meant to standardize power chargers. All for $300 cheaper than the original model.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse's assistant who beat her young adopted son and daughter with cords, ropes and pipes and bound them with zip ties in their bedrooms while she went to work was sentenced Wednesday to as long as life in prison, prosecutors said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system on Wednesday for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of California filed lawsuits Tuesday against the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the Anaheim Police Department saying they violated state law by not providing documents on their use of technology that may be used to intercept phone calls or text messages.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday outlined a plan for California to end nearly a decade of federal control over its prison health care system.
IRVINE (AP) - A threat of violence prompted the University of California, Irvine to cancel a Tuesday meeting that was set to discuss a ban on flags - including the U.S. flag - in student government offices.
DISNEYLAND CLOSES INNOVENTIONS HALL, BUILDS SPECULATION: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland is closing its Innoventions exhibit hall in Tomorrowland, bringing flurries of speculation over what might replace it.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California man put up a new sign on his house Tuesday, a day after a protester tore down swastikas posters and a wooden statue that accompanied the display.
• SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS CURB DEPUTY IN-CAR COMPUTER USE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A year after a deputy hit and killed a bicyclist while driving and typing on his in-car computer, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has implemented new rules governing the use of technology while driving.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco could become the first city in the country to require warning labels on advertising for soda and other sugary beverages.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A survivor of the Columbine High School massacre who lost his championship football ring more than a decade ago got it back after an improbable discovery by a homeless veteran in California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When law enforcement officers from around the U.S. visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles for training these days, they are faced with a choice between entering a door marked "prejudiced" and another marked "unprejudiced."
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.