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.
SACRAMENTO KINGS TO ACCEPT BITCOIN FOR PURCHASES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases.
GLENDORA (AP) - Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks.
STOCKTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials have arrested seven people in Stockton as part of a crackdown on street gangs that police say have been responsible for a recent spate of shootings.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.
OYSTER FARM TO ASK US SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The owner of a popular Northern California oyster farm says he'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case challenging a federal decision not to renew the facility's lease.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, the Sacramento City Council has voted to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against people who flout the rules.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court Wednesday affirmed the federal government's long-standing policy that California medical marijuana dispensaries have no protection under state law from drug prosecutions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes that got started on the path to foreclosure fell last year to a low not seen since before the high-flying days of the housing boom, the latest evidence that the threat of foreclosures continues to diminish.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Police in Orange County say a 26-year-old man was intentionally run over and killed in a parking lot shared by a strip club and a fast food restaurant.
DEATH PENALTY VERDICT FOR MAN WHO MURDERED MOTHER, 3 GIRLS: LANCASTER (AP) - A Los Angeles County jury says a man should die for the torture killings of a Lancaster woman and her three young daughters.
ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.
YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Wine sold for nearly $8,000 a bottle was stolen from the French Laundry in Napa Valley, a restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world.
LODI (AP) - Two Northern California police officers were justified when they shot and killed a Gulf War veteran who allegedly charged at them with a knife, prosecutors concluded in a report released Tuesday.
SONOMA (AP) - Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California.
PARADISE (AP) - Falling trees killed two people in separate incidents as winds topped 60 mph in Northern California.
FREMONT (AP) - Police in Northern California shot and killed a wild coyote after it bit a man and a child and tried to attack a third person in separate attacks in residential neighborhoods on Christmas.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California state lawmaker announced this week she is plotting her return campaign three years after a rare autoimmune disease required her to undergo a life-saving double lung transplant.
SURFER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SHARK BITE: LOS OSOS (AP) - A California man who was pulled off his surfboard and bitten by a juvenile great white shark was released from the hospital Monday, a spokesman for the medical center said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups trying to overturn a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags said Monday that they've collected more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.
FORT BRAGG (AP) - A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.