SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.
The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:
$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.
BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.
HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.
SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.
SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.
THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.
ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after two Northern California sheriff's deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours and 30 miles across two Northern California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother's house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.
FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.
• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.
• CALIFORNIA PRISONS END RACE POLICY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.