SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A decades-old needle exchange operation outside a Santa Cruz laundry has ended.
SF BAY NAMED AN 'WETLAND OF IMPORTANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay estuary has been added to a list of protected wetlands under a 1971 international treaty among 163 countries meant to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic about the future of the state than at any time since before the recession and are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown's budgeting approach after voters approved higher taxes to help balance the state budget, according to a poll released Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of fatally shooting a California urologist was a patient who had an appointment with the victim and brought the gun with him to the exam room, prosecutors said Wednesday.
TUSTIN (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.
CHP WANTS PAYMENT FOR PATROLLING OAKLAND STREETS: OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's three-month deal to help Oakland's undermanned police force by patrolling the city's dangerous streets expires this week.
ADELANTO (AP) - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said one of its patrol cars hit an 8-year-old boy as it moved slowly in front of an elementary school. The boy was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many full-time state workers are moonlighting with second jobs in the same department, California jobs records show.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Students have called on the University of California to end caps on health care coverage that could leave them to foot the bill for their medical treatment.
RICHMOND AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city that gave the world Carmageddon has a new traffic jam to offer - and avoid.
OC TO DEFEND OFFENDER RULES AT STATE HIGH COURT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office will go to the California Supreme Court to defend local regulations banning sex offenders from parks and beaches.
CALABASAS (AP) - Detectives searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A committee led by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg appointed one of the Democrat's closest friends to a $128,000-a-year job on a board that has long been criticized as a plum position for termed-out lawmakers.
ROBBERS IN STOCKTON GOING AFTER COUGH SYRUP: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say thieves are targeting pharmacies to get their hands on a codeine-based cough syrup used to make a potentially deadly party drink.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children.
LIVINGSTON (AP) - A California chicken farm that reopened over the weekend after it was shut because of a cockroach infestation says it's "voluntarily and temporarily" suspending operations again.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker proposed Monday that California extend its requirement that gun buyers undergo background checks and register their weapons to anyone who assembles a firearm in their home.