NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.
The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:
$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.
BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.
HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.
SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.
SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.
THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.
ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.
HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet giant Google says it is exploring using two large barges on the East and West coasts as interactive learning centers.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a dog who ran toward him during a confrontation with a group of transients in San Bernardino.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old girl fought off a man who forced his way into her house after following her home from school.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have identified 3,000 arrests that could have been influenced and resulted in wrongful convictions as the result of bias by 14 San Francisco police officers being investigated for racist and homophobic text messages, the district attorney announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know.
DAVIS (AP) - Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when the University of California, Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A man arrested for robbing a bank posted a photo and videos of the theft on social media - but said he shouldn't have been charged because he didn't threaten anyone and politely asked for the money.
GARDEN GROVE (AP) - It was with more hope than accuracy that the founder of this Orange County city picked the name Garden Grove in 1874 for what was little more than an open plain under the Southern California sun.
Great Valley Writing Project at CSU Stanislaus will offer summer writing programs in Manteca, Ripon, and Tracy for students who are currently enrolled in grades K-12. Enrollment is open to the public.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people, including one who works for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, were charged after claiming to operate a police department with jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico and that traces its roots back 3,000 years, authorities said Wednesday.
Manteca Unified high school students and their parents now have expanded choices.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton took time out Wednesday from raising money in San Francisco to visit a tea shop in Chinatown.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown took a sarcastic approach to critics of his $15 billion twin tunnel plan Wednesday, saying unless they have invested a million hours working on the problem as his staff has, they should "shut up."
HEMET (AP) - Small earthquakes hundreds of miles apart have rattled communities east of Los Angeles and San Francisco.