SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California public schools met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters, although high school students improved their performance on an exit exam required for graduation, according to results released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Traffic around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was sluggish on Thursday after the span was closed and work progressed on its new eastern stretch set to open early next week.
YUBA CITY (AP) - The veteran district attorney in a largely rural Northern California county is caught in a story fit for the tabloids, with the 65-year-old grandfather and former Rotary Club president being investigated in a fire that gutted the home of a former escort with whom he had an affair.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A high school football player has died after collapsing on the field during a game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - Residents are trying to pick up the pieces a day after a grass fire tore through a Northern California neighborhood, destroying five homes and damaging 10 others.
FAMILY NO LONGER SEEKS KIDNAPPED CALIF. TEEN'S DNA: SAN DIEGO (AP) - The sister of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing the teen's mother and younger brother said she no longer wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.
GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.
CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries today might run into striking workers instead.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose.
CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.
GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.
PASADENA (AP) - Netflix wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers, the streaming service's chief content officer said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that produced T-shirts for the Oakland Athletics with a logo created by a teenager will stop making and selling the attire in a gesture of goodwill, the team said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit released Wednesday criticizes the financial management of California's court system, saying questionable spending by the agency that helps administer its budget cost cash-strapped courts millions of dollars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anticipating a second year of surplus, Democratic state lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on welfare, health care, child care and other social programs to assist the poor.
WOMAN PLUNGING SAN DIEGO TOILET PULLS UP 5 1/2-FOOT SNAKE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how a 5 1/2-foot snake wound up in a toilet at an office building.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man has been charged with hate crimes after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender woman who fled a San Francisco bus to escape his taunts about her gender preference.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican members of California's congressional delegation on Tuesday celebrated GOP control of Congress, pointing to passage of drought relief legislation for the San Joaquin Valley as one possible benefit.
HAYWARD (AP) - Two Northern California sisters were sentenced Tuesday to probation for endangering the lives of infants at their daycare by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets.
FRESNO - California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach man who aroused suspicion when he sought a refund from an animal shelter for dead "defective" cats was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for animal cruelty.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday.