SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The push to legalize marijuana in California received a boost Thursday as the state's Democratic lieutenant governor announced that he was leading a blue ribbon panel that plans to study the issue with the goal of producing a legalization initiative for the November 2016 ballot.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park is reopening to visitors Wednesday night with the end of the 16-day partial government shutdown
ATWATER (AP) - A San Joaquin Valley air museum has added a high-profile plane to its collection: Air Force One.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday wrestled with the novel question of whether it was offensive for Northern California high school students to display the American flag during a school day dedicated to celebrating Mexican heritage.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Mayors of five California cities have filed papers with the state to place an initiative on next year's ballot that would amend the state's constitution to allow local governments to negotiate changes in pension benefits for current and future employees.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's plans for a massive new campus in Silicon Valley that co-founder Steve Jobs likened to a spaceship have cleared a major hurdle.
PLANE MAKES OAKLAND EMERGENCY LANDING; NO INJURIES: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say an Alaska Airlines flight en route from San Jose to Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing in Oakland shortly after takeoff after the crew reported a possible bird strike.
STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST (AP) - Authorities believe a body found by hunters in the Stanislaus National Forest is a missing Turlock man who disappeared in 2012.
OAKLAND (AP) - The contentious talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its two largest unions have dragged on for six months - a period that has seen a chaotic dayslong strike, a cooling-off period and frazzled commuters wondering if they'll wake up to find the trains aren't running.
CLOVIS (AP) - A mosquito capable of carrying deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases has been detected in California as vector control agents scramble to control its spread.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say two children, ages 1 and 3, are safe after taking a ride with a thief who stole a car with them in the back seat.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The leader of the nation's second-largest school district moved Tuesday to put the brakes on an ambitious $1 billion plan to place iPads in the hands of every student after some of the first to get them used the devices to tweet, text and play games rather than study.
MAN WALKING DOG NEAR SACRAMENTO DIES FROM GUNSHOT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are investigating an early-morning shooting Tuesday that left one man dead and another injured as they were walking a dog.
PALO ALTO (AP) - A Northern California fire chief is defending his agency's use of a countywide emergency alert system to send residents information about a charity pancake breakfast.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.
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) - A community college working to put its students on the path to law school, a California State University branch offering a computer science degree that can be completed in three years, and a University of California campus using intensive summer classes to make sure transfer students hit the ground running.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco firefighter filed a legal claim alleging that colleagues and managers harassed and discriminated against him after learning he tested positive for HIV.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of an upscale San Francisco neighborhood are complaining about plans to move the Alcatraz ferry from its longtime home on the Embarcadero to Fort Mason because it would snarl traffic in the wealthy residential neighborhood and hurt businesses on Fisherman's Wharf that depend on the ferry traffic.
MAN INJURED WHEN E-CIGARETTE EXPLODES: SANTA ANA (AP) - An exploding e-cigarette has left a Santa Ana man with burns to his face and hands.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When a California college student council banned the display of the American flag from a common area in the student government offices, the action was quickly denounced by the student body president and a higher student panel overturned it two days later.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A carpenter has been fired for freeing a raccoon that had been trapped by exterminators at the San Francisco construction site where he worked.