STRANGE COURT CASE FOR BURNING MAN DRUG SUSPECTS: RENO, Nev. (AP) - It wasn't as surreal as Burning Man itself, but the courtroom banter was a bit unorthodox.
BERKELEY (AP) - School day wake-up calls recorded by celebrities. Weekend makeup classes. Contests with laptop computers, private concerts and cars as prizes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," is dead at age 54.
Dumbarton Bridge weekend closure ending early
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers failed to revive a controversial measure that would rewrite state rules on teacher evaluations, but supporters vowed to bring it up again in the next legislative session.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Promoters of Michael Jackson's planned 2009 comeback described in emails how they feared for the megastar's stability, saying he was out of shape and consumed with self-doubt.
TURLOCK (AP) - The school district in Turlock, surrounded by fields and orchards in one of the nation's richest agricultural regions, used to get much of the produce it served to students from national distributors who shipped fruits and vegetables from outside California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Studio executives expected their biggest summer ever this year as they loaded their lineup with huge action movies and superhero franchises.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With state budget cuts forcing California's public universities to shrink their course offerings, earning a bachelor's degree in four years is becoming even more difficult for many students.
MAN GETS YEAR IN JAIL FOR DEATH OF HIS DOG: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento man convicted of dragging his dog down a street while it was tied to the back of his pickup truck has been ordered to serve time in jail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Union leaders grumbled this week when Gov. Jerry Brown released a compromise deal with Democrats to scale back pension benefits for the state's public employees, but it was far less than a resounding victory for the Democratic governor.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A veteran San Jose firefighter who suffered a heart attack while battling a fire at a downtown cathedral last week remained in critical but stable condition, while his fellow firefighters kept a round-the-clock vigil at the hospital where he's being cared for, fire officials said Sunday.
YOSEMITE (AP) - Up to 10,000 people who were guests in certain lodging cabins at Yosemite National Park might have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, park officials confirmed Friday as rangers handled a slew of calls from frightened visitors.
HOSPITAL FINED $50K FOR LEAVING TOWEL IN PATIENT: FRESNO (AP) - California regulators have fined a Fresno hospital $50,000 for leaving a towel in a patient who had abdominal surgery.
Assembly passes workers' compensation changes to eliminate fraudulent claims
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After celebrating its enrollment numbers earlier this week, California's health-insurance exchange came under heavy criticism Thursday for its lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left untold numbers of consumers in limbo.
STOCKTON (AP) - A former California Death Row inmate has failed to participate in his weeklong murder retrial even though he was serving as his own attorney.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Key California legislators have reached an agreement that could lead to a statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags at supermarkets, liquor stores and pharmacies by 2016.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges Thursday to give the state two more years to reduce prison crowding to the level set by the court, and said inmates could be released early if the state fails to meet its goals.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Corp. said Thursday it won't sell new models of its semi-automatic handguns in California to avoid complying with a provision in the state's gun law that took effect last year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget includes a provision for a $29 million loan from the state to California's bullet train agency, according to a newspaper report.
OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area transit officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer while they searched an apartment died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to autopsy results released Thursday.
CUSTOMER HITS JEWELRY STORE OWNER WITH HATCHET: EL CAJON (AP) - Authorities in San Diego County say a customer who became angry when his credit card transaction was denied struck the owner of jewelry store in the head repeatedly with a hatchet, then fled with the victim's gun.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of a series of crimes, including attempted murder and the theft of celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.
SAN DIMAS (AP) - A driver has died after a truck tire smashed into his windshield on a Southern California freeway.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner visited a dusty California field on Wednesday, joining Central Valley Republicans to announce an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what is certain to be a devastating year.
FOLSOM (AP) - A sonar expert has suspended the search for the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Folsom Lake nearly 50 years ago.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered dual messages in his annual address to the Legislature: California's resurgence is well underway but is threatened by economic and environmental uncertainties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest object in the asteroid belt just got more attractive: Scientists have confirmed signs of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the few bodies in the solar system to hold that distinction.
LONG BEACH (AP) - A Southern California woman has given birth to identical triplets, instantly doubling the size of her family.