FRESNO (AP) - The body overseeing plans to build California's bullet train has started the daunting and expensive process of acquiring thousands of acres in the Central Valley, where the rail line's proposed path would slice through farms, stores and motels.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States - less than half the national average - yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake's famed clarity.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
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.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys would be able to reject fewer jurors in misdemeanor trials under a bill passed Tuesday by the California state Senate.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.
NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.
OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.
FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.
The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.
FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.
AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.
OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.