LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mojave Desert parents on Thursday chose a charter operator partnered with a local university to take over their children's failing elementary school, marking the nation's first use of a law empowering parents to drive educational reform.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown sought to persuade college students on Thursday to support his November tax measure, telling them a quarter-cent increase in the state sales tax and higher income taxes on the wealthy are a small price to pay for a more stable state budget and secure higher education funding.
FRESNO (AP) - The United Farm Workers of America sued California's work safety division Thursday, saying state regulators aren't enforcing heat regulations, leading to continued illnesses and deaths in the fields.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A streaking fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers Wednesday night, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the use of Albert Einstein's image in a magazine ad by General Motors.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An anti-tax group filed a lawsuit Thursday against California State University, Monterey Bay over an email sent by a professor urging students to support Proposition 30, the governor's tax initiative on the November ballot.
SO. CAL KAYAKER FINDS NEW ZEALAND BOTTLE MESSAGE: OCEANSIDE (AP) - A San Diego County kayaker has found a message in a bottle that floated all the way from New Zealand.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual "Great ShakeOut" drill.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters Thursday worked to surround a wildfire that briefly threatened 100 homes in rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wealthy restaurateur charged with attempted murder of his girlfriend's unborn child lost a bid to have his $4 million bail reduced Thursday after prosecutors revealed new details of what they say were repeated efforts to give her labor-inducing drugs.
OAKLAND MAY HIRE CONTRACT POLICE OFFICERS: OAKLAND (AP) - The undermanned Oakland Police Department may contract with outside law enforcement agencies to patrol its crime-ridden streets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mervyn Dymally, who in a four-decade career served in every corner of California government and eventually became the state's highest-ranking black politician, was honored at a funeral Wednesday attended by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the elite of California state government.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A California wildfire in the rugged hills overlooking Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes Wednesday in an area where a fire in 1990 killed one person and burned about 550 homes.
EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Fourteen lifeguards fired last month after appearing in uniform at the city pool in a parody of "Gangnam Style," the Korean pop music video that has been viewed hundreds of millions of time online, are getting their jobs back.
BAY AREA GAY BOY SCOUT TO DELIVER PROTEST PETITIONS: PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California Boy Scout who was denied the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay plans to present a petition to his troop's regional council demanding his reinstatement.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.
• OYSTER FARM OWNERS EYE OPTIONS AFTER RULING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the appeal of a popular oyster farm that federal officials want to shutter and return to wilderness along the coast of Northern California.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tourism officials at Lake Tahoe say that obtaining Nevada-based sponsorship for their annual Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will help free them from California regulators after settling a lawsuit over pollution.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 44th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and participants under unseasonably warm and sunny skies Sunday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.
FRESNO (AP) - A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors in a high-profile negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were asked Thursday to decide who was responsible for a beating that left a San Francisco Giants fan with devastating brain damage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities throughout Southern California Thursday announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department explorer.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County beach is the only one in California to get a "superstar" rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual water quality report card. The NRDC says 38th Street beach in Newport Beach didn't exceed bacteria levels a single time over the course of 50 tests. The Orange County Register reports the nonprofit released its 24th annual beach ranking on Wednesday.
• DA: Shooting of Calif. college student justified: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Prosecutors say two campus police officers at Cal State University, San Bernardino, were justified when they shot a graduate student to death while trying to detain him. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office says the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Bartholomew Williams on Dec. 8, 2012, was justified because campus police officers feared for their lives and acted in self-defense. In a report released Thursday, prosecutors say Williams suffered from bipolar disorder and was off of his medication when he fought with three officers who were trying to take ...