SUTTER CREEK (AP) - The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Several California lawmakers reacted Monday to the mass shooting a Connecticut elementary school by calling for new laws that they say are aimed at increasing safety, either through gun control or improved security at public schools.
MISSING 77-YEAR-OLD'S BODY FOUND IN RICHMOND: VALLEJO (AP) - The body of a missing 77-year-old man believed to have fallen into the waters off Mare Island has washed ashore.
THOUSANDS IN SIERRA FOOTHILLS WITHOUT POWER: IONE (AP) - Thousands of people in a handful of small communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills southeast of Sacramento are without electricity after a power outage hit the area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he plans to step up patrols of elementary and middle schools in the nation's second-largest school district by assigning officers to visit them at least once a day.
OFFICIALS ID CHP OFFICER KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Officials have released the name of a veteran California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash, while his colleagues remembered him as a dedicated public servant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his grandmother to death, possibly with a barbecue fork.
NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.
OAKLAND (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."
ENCINITAS (AP) - Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first graders as they contain their squirming in a kid-friendly version of the lotus position.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it has fired or suspended nearly 20 workers after discovering legally required inspections may not have been performed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Impoverished Californians will soon get free cellphones.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.
JURY: LAPD MUST PAY $24M FOR SHOOTING OF BOY, 13: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department must pay $24 million for a 13-year-old boy shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun.
WOMAN'S SEX ROMP EXPOSES WORKERS' COMP FRAUD : SAN MATEO (AP) - A sex romp at a public park helped prosecutors convict a California woman of faking an ankle injury to collect workers' compensation payments, authorities said.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Video from the helmet camera of a firefighter responding to the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows at least one rescuer was aware someone was on the ground outside the aircraft and even warned a colleague. Yet two fire trucks subsequently ran over an injured passenger.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials sought Wednesday to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state's high-speed rail project, including a $180 million payment due in April.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - It's just another spa day in the 90210. A valet parks the car, then it's off for a facial, manicure and shopping for couture fashions. The reward for a long day of pampering: a raw meat treat. The pets of tony Beverly Hills enjoy the good life as much as their owners.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Large swaths of California remained at risk for wildfires Wednesday as dry and windy weather conditions persisted.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A surge in thefts from mailboxes across the Central Valley last year victimized more than 2,100 people and sparked a federal crackdown that has led to charges against at least 27 people, authorities said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's biggest public pension system reported its biggest annual investment gains in a decade, thanks to strong performances in its stock, private equity and real estate portfolios.
UC CALENDAR SHIFTS TO AVOID RELIGIOUS CONFLICT: DAVIS (AP) - The University of California has shifted the academic calendar of its campuses on the quarterly system to avoid religious conflicts with move-in days.