OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has narrowly voted to shut down three of California's highest-performing public schools amid allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The panel that sets salaries for the governor, lawmakers and state elected officials indicated Thursday that it was not inclined to raise pay even if California runs a budget surplus this year.
WATSONVILLE (AP) - A California woman and her two sons are back together after the boys were kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico for more than a year.
SUPSCIOUS DEVICE CLOSES HIGHWAYS: STOCKTON - A suspicious device discovered on the Waterloo Road overpass prompted officials to close the overpass, as well as portions of Highways 99 and 88 in Stockton Thursday morning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California judge has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by San Jose officials about city affairs are public records.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a move that is raising concern about limiting access to public documents, California courts could charge $10 for each record search under a proposal included in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials of the small, blue-collar California city of Bell were convicted Wednesday of multiple counts of misappropriating public funds by paying themselves huge salaries while raising taxes on residents.
PAROLEE CHARGED IN BERKELEY DANCE CLUB SHOOTING: BERKELEY . (AP) - A parolee is facing attempted murder, robbery and other charges in a shooting at a crowded Berkeley dance club that left two employees wounded.
OAKLAND (AP) - A parolee is facing federal charges in the theft of a valuable Gold Rush-era jewelry box from the Oakland Museum of California, authorities said.
FRESNO (AP) - A California Highway Patrol assistant chief has been charged with felony accessory and conspiracy in connection with helping his son - a convicted rapist - flee the country to Mexico.
WINERY LEAVING NAPA TO EXPAND IN LODI: LODI - A big name in wine is choosing to leave Napa and come to Lodi to expand their company.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When NASA's twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow crashed into the moon last year, scientists did not count on seeing the aftermath.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A civil rights group is ending a 12-year-old discrimination lawsuit over San Diego's leasing of city property to the Boy Scouts of America.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who was imprisoned for more than 13 years under California's three strikes law for possessing a concealed knife - a crime a federal judge ruled he didn't commit - was ordered released while an appeal on his case is pending.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of five Sacramento-area United Methodist congregations are leading a push to sanction same-sex weddings, in clear defiance of international church rules.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A training exercise designed to showcase the government's ability to recover a space capsule at sea was scrubbed after NASA ran into trouble off the Southern California coast, the space agency said Friday.
MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal safety officials have been barred from returning to a Martinez refinery to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe.
SONOMA . (AP) - Overstock.com has been ordered to pay more than $6.8 million after a judge ruled the online retailer engaged in false advertising and unlawful business practices in Sonoma County and throughout California.
ALTURAS (AP) - Police say four people are dead and two others are wounded in a shooting Thursday inside an American Indian tribal headquarters in Northern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into smaller pieces - six of them.
MILPITAS (AP) - A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check on Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of the one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has eased requirements for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers approved a pair of bills Thursday to strengthen the authority of California's campaign watchdog agency and require political nonprofits to reveal their donors, changes that will be in effect for this year's elections if signed into law by the governor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican business tycoon was charged Thursday with illegally funneling more than $500,000 to support San Diego politicians in a widening campaign finance scandal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty of a woman convicted of poisoning her husband to collect on a life insurance policy.
LAKEPORT (AP) - Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man - in better shape than when he originally owned it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.
PLEASONTON (AP) - Safeway says it's in talks to possibly put itself up for sale.
CALIFORNIA HEALTH EXCHANGE TOPS 800,000 SIGN-UPS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 800,000 Californians have signed up for insurance through mid-February on the state's health care exchange.