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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two major California newspapers say they've received emails from a person claiming responsibility for a woman's abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.
• BOY CATAPULTED ACROSS ROOM WHEN TRUCK HITS SANTA ROSA HOME: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old Sonoma County boy is lucky to be alive after a pickup crashed into his bedroom, split his bed in half and catapulted him across the room and through a closet door.