SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an Army National Guard lieutenant colonel as the first independent inspector general of the California Military Department to investigate claims of wrongdoing at an agency beset by fraud in recent years.
SANTA MARIA (AP) - The city of Santa Maria agreed to pay $185,000 to a teenager who claimed she was repeatedly raped while she was a police Explorer by an officer who was later killed while resisting arrest.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - The oil exploration company Excelaron LLC has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a plan for extracting crude oil from beneath rural Huasna Valley.
• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.
CRESCENT CITY (AP) - It doesn't matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city's main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.
COSTA MESA (AP) - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.
TORRANCE (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.
VISTA (AP) - A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife after police found her severed head in a freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove at their Oceanside home.
PALO ALTO (AP) - A California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs' house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - How does "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" squeeze even more fun out of our porous little hero and the Bikini Bottom gang? By turning the animated characters three-dimensional for their holiday special.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.
SF approves 220-square-foot apartments
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The producers of "The Price is Right" owe a former model on the show more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury determined Wednesday.
UPLAND (AP) - Three of the young men swept up in a federal terrorism probe grew up in the Southern California suburbs where they played pick-up basketball, ran for homecoming court and sparred in video games with neighborhood kids - a far cry from the wannabe terrorists described by the FBI.
DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM (AP) - Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State surveyors checking California's snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown provided some very practical guidance for Californians amid a deepening drought: Take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and "don't flush more than you have to."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require people who assemble homemade guns to register the weapons and acquire serial numbers before they could legally own them.
William (Bill) Hunter and Jake Van Duyn could be seen at many of the community events in Ripon.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Department of Transportation desperately needs fundamental reforms to help a changing state move people and goods more efficiently, according to a report released Thursday.
uMAN LEADS CHP ON 3.5-HOUR CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - A man driving a stolen big rig truck in Northern California led the state highway patrol on a 3 ½-hour chase early Thursday before being taken into custody.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California consumer protection officials are threatening to close a number of fast-paced, fast-growing computer coding boot camps that train people to work in the technology industry, saying they failed to get licensed as private schools before they started accepting students.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - California State University's chancellor announced a $50 million plan to increase graduation rates by hiring more advisers and tenure-track faculty and boosting the number of online courses.
SANTA ROSA. (AP) - Investigators have given a Northern California prosecutor their final report on a sheriff deputy fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy carrying a toy rifle.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - As much as 2 feet of snow is possible atop the Sierra by Thursday as the first significant storm in nearly two months blows in none too soon for a drought-stricken region where wildfire threats are unseasonably high.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.
CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Thousands of police officers, family and loved ones were among the mourners who gathered at the funeral Wednesday of a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California on Wednesday banned fishing in some of the state's drought-stricken streams in an effort to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead, which rely on coastal waterways to grow and spawn.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - A company that sold alleged weight loss and body cleansing products in California will pay about $1.75 million in penalties and restitution for making false advertising claims.