City official consults Ouija board before vote
PASADENA (AP) - James Doohan, Scotty from "Star Trek," spent his acting career whizzing through the cosmos. Gordon Cooper was one of America's famous Mercury seven astronauts. And Bob Shrake spent his work life anonymously helping send NASA's high-tech spacecraft to other planets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the nation's largest pension funds says it will vote its 5.3 million shares against all of Wal-Mart's board nominees - including the company's current and former CEOs - at the retailer's annual meeting next week.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former San Diego police officer and his wife have been found guilty of trashing their foreclosed home in Riverside County.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's budget could take a hit if Facebook's stock price keeps sliding.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday pitched his proposal to raise the state sales and income taxes to an audience that traditionally opposes tax increases - members of the California Chamber of Commerce.
WOMAN, 3 CHILDREN HIT BY CAR IN CROSSWALK: THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Police say a woman and three children walking in a Thousand Oaks crosswalk were hit by a vehicle and injured, but a baby in a stroller escaped harm.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A Silicon Valley software executive put fake bar codes on Lego sets at various Target stores, bought the toys at a steep discount, then sold them online for thousands of dollars, authorities said.
Sheriff: Suspect linked by DNA to missing teen
POWAY (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a San Diego County school's project to equip fourth- and fifth-graders with iPads - at parents' expense.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Debate in the Assembly turned personal Monday when a Democratic lawmaker introduced an airport security bill that many interpreted as a jab at a Republican colleague who was caught bringing a loaded gun through airport security earlier this year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California State University employees who make more than $200,000 annually would have their salaries capped under a bill approved by the state Senate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge was heralded as an engineering marvel when it opened in 1937. It was the world's longest suspension span and had been built across a strait that critics said was too treacherous to be bridged.
MAN SENTENCED IN NATIONAL FOREST POT GROW: FRESNO (AP) - A Mexican national has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison in connection with a marijuana growing operation in Sequoia National Forest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California officials say the recently opened light rail line that connects downtown Los Angeles with the city's west side must be reinspected because a key section contains a serious design flaw that could cause trains to derail, the Los Angeles Times reported.
CHICKEN PLANT TO REOPEN AFTER CLEANUP: LIVINGSTON (AP) - Work at a California chicken plant is to resume Saturday, ending a temporary shutdown ordered by federal inspectors who found cockroaches.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will offer Model S customers new adapters to assuage safety concerns of overheating.
CLAIM FILED FOR GIRL RUN OVER AFTER PLANE CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained.
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal estimates that California owes about $355 billion in debts and unfunded liabilities for benefits promised to former and current state employees. The chart below summarizes the debts and liabilities, as estimated by the Department of Finance:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How's this for an employee perk? Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Silicon Valley campus can now make part of the trek on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.
LIVINGSTON . (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Central California chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches.
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.