SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic about the future of the state than at any time since before the recession and are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown's budgeting approach after voters approved higher taxes to help balance the state budget, according to a poll released Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of fatally shooting a California urologist was a patient who had an appointment with the victim and brought the gun with him to the exam room, prosecutors said Wednesday.
TUSTIN (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.
CHP WANTS PAYMENT FOR PATROLLING OAKLAND STREETS: OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's three-month deal to help Oakland's undermanned police force by patrolling the city's dangerous streets expires this week.
ADELANTO (AP) - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said one of its patrol cars hit an 8-year-old boy as it moved slowly in front of an elementary school. The boy was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many full-time state workers are moonlighting with second jobs in the same department, California jobs records show.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Students have called on the University of California to end caps on health care coverage that could leave them to foot the bill for their medical treatment.
RICHMOND AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man sued a regional Boy Scouts council on Wednesday, alleging he was sexually abused by his scout leader more than 30 years ago.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Tuesday gave California six more months to reduce inmate crowding to court-ordered levels, even as Gov. Jerry Brown argues that the courts should end their oversight of the state's prison system.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.
SONORA (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.
WASCO (AP) - Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GETS MORE WAVES AS STORM EASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
• BAN ON 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE' HEADS TO GOVERNOR: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
SONORA. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.