• CALIFORNIA MAY BOOST ASSISTED CARE HOME PENALTIES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Recent problems at several assisted care facilities led the state Senate to advance a bill Thursday that would give California regulators the power to impose tougher penalties.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - PG&E Corp. reported Thursday that its first-quarter profit fell as costs tied to its natural gas business and other items outweighed improved revenue.
FRESNO (AP) - Cities in California's Central Valley dominate the American Lung Association's annual rankings of the nation's worst air pollution that were released Wednesday, though traditional dirty-air leader Los Angeles still tops key categories.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has given the Obama administration a deadline for updating federal standards for smog that are more than a year overdue.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew nearly 1 percent in 2013 to exceed 38.3 million, with the highest growth rate in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Finance.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - A wildfire driven by surging Santa Ana winds sent a choking pall of smoke through Southern California foothill neighborhoods on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of at least 1,650 homes and the closure of at least seven schools.
DUBLIN (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area golf coach who was set to receive an award from the PGA before he was arrested and accused of molesting three boys tried to hire a hit man to have them killed, prosecutors said.
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials say the father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in a jetliner's wheel well has arrived in Honolulu from California, but they have been tightlipped about what happens next.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A few weeks before a 15-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration conducted a review of San Jose's airport and found its perimeter to be in compliance with the agency's security requirements.
RICHMOND (AP) - A marine salvage company has recovered the fuselage of a plane and the body of its pilot, who crashed into San Francisco Bay over the weekend after a midair collision.
BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Ariz. (AP) - Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures. A hissing rattlesnake.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An aspiring rapper who was arrested during a search of Justin Bieber's mansion pleaded no contest Wednesday to felony possession of ecstasy and was sentenced to probation and community service.
• Navy dolphin trainer drowns in San Diego Bay: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A contractor with a Navy program that trains dolphins and sea lions for missions drowned during a nighttime exercise in San Diego Bay, the first death for the program that started in 1959, a Navy spokesman said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mark Zuckerberg, like Facebook, is maturing. The soon-to-be 30-year-old CEO of the decade-old social networking company grew reflective as he stood before hundreds of app developers to announce a host of mobile features designed to put "people first."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his latest proposal to protect an open Internet, warning cable companies that manipulating data traffic on their networks for profit would not be tolerated.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Record-low rainfall during California's lingering drought has resulted in less runoff and cleaner water at beaches up and down the coast, according to a new report.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics, following actions already being taken by manufacturers and other state legislatures to keep the products out of waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has $1.4 million on hand to surpass fellow Republican Tim Donnelly's cash-starved campaign in California's June 3 primary, according to campaign finance filings released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost the sales of painkillers behind the nation's prescription drug addiction problem.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eight current or former members of the California National Guard have been indicted on federal charges alleging that they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Thursday.
SALINAS (AP) - A police officer was injured when demonstrators protesting recent police shootings in Salinas attacked officers as they tried to assist a victim who had been shot in an unrelated incident, authorities said.
• FARMERS SUE TO STOP LAKE WATER RELEASE: FRESNO (AP) - A group of Central California farmers have asked a judge to halt the release of water from behind a dam east of Fresno.