SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program's impacts in the most populous state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health benefits exchange became the first in the nation Wednesday to set a standard benefits design to help people comparison shop for insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
CALIF. LAWMAKERS QUESTION REGULATING FRACKING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are expressing doubts a Brown administration proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough and can be enforced by state oil regulators.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process fell in January to a level not seen since the peak of the housing boom, a consequence of a package of state laws aimed at stemming foreclosures that went into effect in California at the beginning of the year.
POLICE: THIEVES TARGET OFFICERS' BRENTWOOD HOMES: BRENTWOOD (AP) - Police in the San Francisco Bay area city of Brentwood are investigating a string of recent home burglaries in which thieves made off with jewelry and guns, some of them belonging to law enforcement officers.
RICHMOND (AP) - Government investigators said Wednesday a decades-old pipe that leaked and fed a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California was corroded, and the company knew it should have been replaced.
LAGUANA BEACH (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrapped up his high-profile recruiting trip to California on Wednesday without having persuaded any businesses to relocate to his state - at least not yet.
GERBERVILLE (AP) - Authorities have seized a stockpile of 111 firearms, at least 20 of them stolen, from a 55-acre Humboldt County property where they also found 117 pounds of dried marijuana, ammunition, body armor and $12,000 in cash, the sheriff's department announced Wednesday.
MOM SUES SAN JOAQUIN SHERIFF OVER MINGLED REMAINS: STOCKTON, . (AP) - The mother and sisters of a girl whom authorities think was killed more than 27 years ago by California's notorious "Speed Freak Killers" are suing San Joaquin County officials over the handling of the 16-year-old's exhumed remains.
BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - The manhunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a killing spree converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.
FRESNO (AP) - California water and wildlife officials on Tuesday seized upon the deaths of a rare fish in the water pumps that carry water to California's south state and Bay Area cities as well as farms to renew calls for replacing the current pumping system with $14 billion twin tunnels.
BIG BEAR (AP) - The extraordinary manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of three murders converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge has reduced sentences of five three-strikes inmates as a first step in carrying out a voter-approved initiative to soften the state's tough sentencing law.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A progressive Texas political action committee taunted Gov. Rick Perry's recent California trip in radio ads broadcast there on Tuesday, calling him "Governor Oops" and dismissing as "snake oil" Perry's promises of tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Texas.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.
• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.
POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.
BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.
SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.