SACRAMENTO . (AP) - It looks like a good year to be a Democrat in California: The party swept every statewide office in 2010, has continued to widen its voter registration edge over Republicans and has a chance to gain a two-thirds majority in the state Senate this November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - State Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the nationwide settlement with banks over foreclosure abuses could be worth up to $18 billion to Californians who were among those hardest hit by the crisis.
Bay Bridge eastern span opening date announced
PENSION-REFORM GROUP SUSPENDS INITIATIVE CAMPAIGN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A conservative group announced Wednesday that it was suspending its campaign to put public employee pension reform on the November ballot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The scandal embroiling an elementary school where two teachers were arrested last week on lewdness charges widened Wednesday with revelations of 200 more inappropriate photos of children and that one teacher sent warmly written birthday cards and presents to students who participated in his "games."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is allowing murderers to be paroled from California prisons at a far greater pace than his immediate predecessors, a development that raised alarm Wednesday with victims' rights groups.
Disneyland's Matterhorn ride undergoes renovations
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has put the Obama administration's new immigration directive to the test by halting the deportation of seven immigrants alleged to be in the country illegally.
VALLEJO (AP) - Authorities say heavy fog is to blame for a messy highway pileup near Vallejo that involved at least 31 vehicles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The plot seemed familiar: A hotshot Hollywood filmmaker shills for a bailed-out car industry, yet another limousine liberal going to bat for big government.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shoppers in San Francisco would have to pay 10 cents per bag and more retailers would be banned from handing out plastic bags under a proposal that the city's Board of Supervisors is expected to take up on Tuesday.
TEENS INDICTED IN FATAL MODESTO MARKET SHOOTINGS: MODESTO (AP) - A Stanislaus County grand jury has indicted three alleged gang members on murder charges for the robbery killings of a Modesto family.
A look at reaction to the ruling by a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel declaring California's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled California's ban unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to "lessen the status and human dignity" of gays.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday.
MOUNT BALDY (AP) - When the skies opened up with a vengeance, Michael Honer had a front row seat to the powerful forces of Mother Nature.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews suspended an hourslong air and sea search for a captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat early Monday when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach.
• 3 PULLED FROM HOLLYWOOD POOL IN GRAVE CONDITION: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a woman and two children who were pulled from a motel pool in Hollywood are in grave condition.
BURNEY (AP) - A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital.
GROVELAND (AP) - Nearly a year since a historic wildfire charred a huge swath of California's High Sierra, debate rages over what to do with millions of dead trees left in its wake: truck them to lumber mills or let nature to take its course?
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.
PETROLIA (AP) - The extensive search for an ex-convict suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters last year ended with the discovery of skeletal remains on a Northern California riverbank that officials confirmed Sunday as those of the fugitive.
SONORA (AP) - Residents living downstream from a popular summer lake in Tuolumne County were warned to watch for flash floods on Sunday after the dam that holds back the lake's millions of gallons of water sprung leaks, federal and local authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.
ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday appealed a San Diego suburb's decision to reject a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.
RARE WHALE FOSSIL PULLED FROM BACKYARD: RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.
STOCKTON (AP) - The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery said he wants to know whether police made mistakes or suffered a communication breakdown, a newspaper reported.
SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - A 76-year-old Fontana man has won a $60 million Powerball jackpot - the largest Lotto award in San Bernardino County history.