SAN DIEGO (AP) - A regional water agency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year.
GALT (AP) - An unarmed animal control officer was shot and killed in Sacramento County on Wednesday while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose owner was evicted the previous day.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - Star Wars fans might soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.
• Calif. contractors to get 30 pct of requested water: FRESNO (AP) - California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
GALT (AP) - An animal control officer was fatally shot Wednesday when he went to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home where the resident had been evicted a day earlier, authorities said.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county's medical marijuana permitting program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
• First of series of storms moves through NorCal: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fast-moving storm has moved through Northern California, but forecasters say two more storms are on their way.
• 3 Calif men indicted in terror plot case: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Three California men have been indicted on terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to kill Americans overseas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents are bracing for gusty winds, heavy rain, high seas and snow in the mountains as the area prepares for a series of storms.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state's bleak financial condition.
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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California education officials adopted rules Thursday aimed at directing additional dollars to the state's neediest students and empowering local communities to use them as they see fit.
EUREKA (AP) - A Northern California police detective described in a preliminary court hearing the gory scene following the brutal killing of a popular priest.
SAN PABLO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California have arrested 17 people and seized $18 million in drugs in what officials describe as one of the region's biggest drug busts.
SAN JOSE WOMAN VICTIM OF DATING SITE FRAUD: SAN JOSE (AP) - Prosecutors in Santa Clara County are warning people about the possibility of dating website fraud after a 66-year-old San Jose woman was bilked out of more than $500,000 by a man who befriended her through the site, ChristianMingle.com.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado abandoned his long-shot GOP bid for governor of California on Thursday as his campaign was floundering for support and failing to attract the kind of donors he would need to mount a credible challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.