LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 5-foot-long shark died after being put in an above-ground pool at a Los Angeles home where a Kmart commercial was being filmed, a newspaper reported Thursday.
COST TO RENAME SFO MAY BE LESS THAN EXPECTED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Renaming San Francisco International Airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk may not cost as much as airport officials had estimated.
SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A former soldier who killed two Santa Cruz police detectives last month was not prosecuted on two rape charges dating back to 2006 because there was not enough evidence, an Army spokesman said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A social media editor for the Reuters news service was charged Thursday with conspiring with the group "Anonymous" to hack into the Tribune Co.'s computer system shortly after he was fired from one of the company's TV stations.
LODI SOLDIER KILLED BY GUNSHOT WOUND: FORT BRAGG, NC - A 21-year-old soldier from Lodi stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died March 7, the U.S. Army confirmed.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A man charged with threatening a California lawmaker boasted in an email that he could use his sniper skills to assassinate the politician while hiding in the shadows of the state Capitol, a newspaper reported.
3 FORMER EXECS PLEAD GUILTY IN ASBESTOS CASE: MERCED . (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct nonprofit have been convicted of violating federal asbestos laws when the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater was cleaned up.
AGENCY WEIGHS IN ON SAN JOSE PENSION FIGHT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California agency that oversees government employee rights has issued four complaints against the city of San Jose over negotiations with its unions on a pension reform measure that voters approved in June.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California would allow private, online education companies to offer courses for credit at state colleges and universities, under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state Legislature.
INTERSECTION CRASH KILLS ONE IN TURLOCK: TURLOCK . - One person was killed and two others injured in a wreck between a Cadillac Escalade and a Nissan Sentra in a Turlock intersection at 8:57 p.m. on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Civic officials joined Arab and Muslim leaders to denounce what they call offensive anti-Islamic ads that will appear on 10 buses for the next month in San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Labor and environmental groups on Tuesday joined some of the more liberal Democrats in the state Legislature in announcing a coalition to oppose reforms sought by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Environmental Quality Act.
POLICE: SLEEPING PILLS PUT IN KID CUPS AT DAYCARE : MORGAN HILL (AP) - Morgan Hill police have arrested a daycare worker for allegedly putting sleeping pills into toddlers' drinks before a scheduled nap time.
WEST COVINA . (AP) - Southern California authorities are searching for a man and a woman who had two children in tow when they allegedly shoplifted at a West Covina department store and beat up a security guard to avoid getting caught.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A California couple were arraigned Tuesday on charges they collected hundreds of stolen smartphones from across the nation, then sold them in Hong Kong for as much as $2,000 each.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One out of three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell, according to a new report that laments the industry's diminishing standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kern County officials filed a lawsuit Friday over the state's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, alleging deficiencies in the environmental review of the route from Fresno to Bakersfield, a day after Kings County and a group of residents there made similar claims in a separate lawsuit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - For seven years, inmates at a Southern California state prison have learned to express themselves through acting, acquiring skills that actor Tim Robbins says can change their lives.
• CRIMINAL PROBE IN BIRD INJURIES DROPPED: OAKLAND (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are no longer pursuing criminal charges against a tree trimmer who injured baby birds outside California post office.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made his first official visit to the Capitol on Thursday to make his case for getting state aid to help revitalize California's most populous city.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the latest challenge to California's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, Kings County and a group of its residents filed another lawsuit against the bullet train Thursday, alleging continued violations of California's Environmental Quality Act and several other state laws.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Preliminary figures show that fewer voters likely turned out for Tuesday's no-drama primary than for any regular statewide election in California history.
• SEIZURE-PRONE DRIVER CONVICTED OF DOUBLE MURDER: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California seizure-prone driver with a suspended license has been convicted for causing a double-fatal crash while having a seizure.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who drove for the ridesharing service Uber in San Francisco has been charged with assaulting a customer, prosecutors said Wednesday.
HALF MOON BAY (AP) - San Mateo County Sheriff's officials say a deputy shot and killed an 18-year-old girl after responding to a report of an armed and violent person.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A break-away movement in far Northern California apparently sounded better in theory than in reality to voters in Tuesday's primary.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top-two primary system delivered Election Day drama in a handful of state legislative contests, including for some former lawmakers who saw their comeback campaigns imperiled by Tuesday's low turnout.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several vulnerable U.S. House freshmen survived tight contests in California's congressional races, as Democrats sought to gain ground in the party's longshot bid to reclaim majority control in Washington.