FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother now faces murder and elder abuse charges.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An audit shows Oakland is keeping cash from overpaid parking tickets despite a state law requiring refunds.
JUDGE DISMISSES CA BUS AND TRUCK POLLUTION LAWSUIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed without prejudice a trucking association's lawsuit against new rules aimed at reducing truck and bus pollution in California.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano suggests arming teachers, staff and parents to protect children in the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In response to the killing of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the federal government should consider California's strategy for dealing with mental illness, experts and lawmakers said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Expanding the state's Medi-Cal program to meet new federal guidelines could add up to $4 billion a year in costs at the same time California is implementing federal health reform, potentially putting its budget "right out of whack," Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday.
SOLO ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 99 KILLS SCHOOL POLICE OFFICER: LODI - The driver who died when her Honda Accord clipped another car and veered into a tree off Highway 99 Thursday morning was a Stockton school district police officer.
VENTURA (AP) - Ventura County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man suspected of illegally practicing dentistry out of his apartment.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend have reached a settlement after a dispute over the late artist's $66 million estate, their attorneys said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is proposing to give schools more money for security improvements and to make greater use of the National Guard.
SACRAMENTO ` (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed a retired corrections chief from Pennsylvania to head California's prison system as it transitions to a smaller institution with a higher concentration of violent felons.
HIGWHAY REOPENS AFTER SHOOTING AT GOV'T CAR: CUPERTINO (AP) - Authorities say traffic on a San Francisco Bay area highway is open again after a vehicle driven by a U.S. Marine was apparently struck by gunfire.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The nation's largest city without fluoridated drinking water will finally add tooth decay-fighting fluoride to its water, ending years of debate over how San Jose should treat its tap water.
UNIVERSAL CITY (AP) - Jenni Rivera's "celestial graduation" was marked by festive music, heartfelt speeches in Spanish and English and passionate chants of "Jen-ni! Jen-ni!"
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Clear skies are helping authorities search for a small plane that disappeared from radar over the backcountry of Yosemite National Park.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who was the architect of the nation's bank bailout at the height of the recession, said Tuesday he is running for governor of California with a campaign that will focus on boosting jobs and improving public schools.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure activity plummeted to an eight-year low in the fourth quarter as price gains left fewer owners owing more money than their properties were worth, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.
OAKLAND, (AP) - Police say the California Highway Patrol shot and killed a man in Oakland after he ran from his vehicle waving a gun following a chase.
PALO ALTO (AP) - An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers.
FISHERMAN DIES AFTER BEING SWEPT TO SEA IN NORCAL: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - A fisherman is dead after getting dragged into the ocean by large, strong surf while trying to retrieve an ice chest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Technology companies and industry groups took President Barack Obama's speech on U.S. surveillance as a step in the right direction, but chided him for not embracing more dramatic reforms to protect people's privacy and the economic interests of American companies that generate most of their revenue overseas.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support, including measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers.
PASADENA . (AP) - Jay Leno will close out his 22-year run as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" with a nod to the future and to the past.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Major ski resorts in Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada are using high-tech snow-making machines to weather a record drought that has left many Sierra Nevada mountainsides dry and bare.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has seen a sharp increase in cases of whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease once thought to be nearly eradicated.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More students than ever are applying for undergraduate admission at the University of California and California State University systems.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new California law that tightens the state's recycling redemption rules is squeezing people who cash in bottles and plastic to make ends meet.
GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters said Sunday they continued their steady progress in surrounding a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is nearly as dry as it's ever been. High water marks rim half-full reservoirs. Cities are rationing water. Clerics are praying for rain. Ranchers are selling cattle, and farmers are fallowing fields.