Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders announced a deal Thursday for closing out remaining issues in California's budget. The governor demanded deeper cuts to help deal with the state's projected $15.7 billion deficit after lawmakers passed a $92 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
MAN HELPS ELDERLY WOMAN NAB ROBBERY SUSPECT: OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland carpenter is being credited with helping a 90-year-old woman catch a robbery suspect who allegedly knocked her down outside a convenience store and stole her wallet.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge on Wednesday denied a defense request to try a Northern California teen charged with stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini separately for another crime in which he allegedly shot at a teenaged girl and her boyfriend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will make steady gains in employment and its jobless rate will dip below double digits next year as the housing market finally halts its plunge, UCLA forecasters said Wednesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland officials have approved a $1 billion deal to transform a former U.S. Army base into a state-of-the-art distribution center that's expected to create thousands of jobs.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The priest at the heart of an assault trial testified Wednesday that he never molested the man accused of assaulting him.
NOOSE FOUND ON DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL GOAL POST: DAVIS (AP) - City leaders in Davis are angrily denouncing the hanging of a noose at a local high school while police search for whoever was responsible.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashton Kutcher's production company is suing because it isn't being allowed to spend more time at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
LAKE ISABELLA (AP) - A 300-acre fire near popular Lake Isabella is 35 percent contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - His twisted saga has taken him from a stint on a dating show to California's death row, where he has spent the last two years as a convicted serial killer who murdered five women and girls more than 30 years ago.
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REDDING FIRE CREWS FIGHT BLAZE STARTED BY KIDS: REDDISNG (AP) - Redding firefighters are battling a brush fire that was sparked by kids and now threatens a subdivision and apartment complex.
OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators who have been occupying the campus of an Oakland elementary school in a protest against school closures have been warned that they are trespassing and risk arrest.
California tobacco tax trails by razor-thin margin with 400,000 ballots still to count
Stockton (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California's general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state's days as the nation's poster child of fiscal dysfunction.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools have cleared the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the law at the ballot box, state elections officials said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.
EUREKA (AP) - A man charged with murder in the death of a California priest in a church rectory beat him with a wooden stake and rusty metal pipe then made two unsuccessful attempts to set the body and building on fire, police said in a court document obtained Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles risks becoming a city in decline as it struggles with poverty, poor schooling, traffic jams and a crisis of leadership, a citizens' panel warned Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An advocacy group is facing sharp criticism for using the case of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead in a bid to raise money for a proposed ballot initiative.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other California mayors were cleared Tuesday to start gathering signatures to get their proposed statewide pension reform initiative on voter ballots in November.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new study suggests patients' expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year calls for an 8.5 percent increase in general fund spending coupled with a dedication to pay down the state's debt by more than $11 billion, according to a copy of the document obtained late Wednesday by The Sacramento Bee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to file an eminent domain lawsuit against the owners of a former Macy's department store downtown.
LA SUES TO STOP REOPENING OF URBAN OIL FIELD: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is suing to stop an energy company from reopening an urban oil field blamed for causing chronic respiratory illnesses and nosebleeds in a South LA neighborhood.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A judge on Wednesday interrupted closing arguments in the trial of two police officers accused of killing a homeless man to angrily threaten jail time for whoever posted a Twitter picture of the jury.
MILPITAS . (AP) - A Bay Area hang glider who ended up dangling from a eucalyptus tree is back on earth thanks to a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew who performed a delicate rescue operation.