SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials overseeing California's $68 billion high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, characterizing a series of recent setbacks as "a bump in the road."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to a man who has lived in the U.S. illegally for two decades, a ruling that advocates hope will open the door to millions of immigrants seeking to enter other professions such as medicine, accounting and teaching.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge in Sacramento ordered the secretary of state's office on Thursday to add about 5,000 signatures to the 614,326 submitted by supporters of a proposed voter referendum that seeks to overturn a new California law guaranteeing certain rights to transgender students in public schools.
WOMAN ARRESTED, ALLEGEDLY LEFT SON WITH TRANSIENTS: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her 10-year-old son with two homeless friends so she could party on New Year's Eve.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials said Thursday a fire at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco was ignited at the front of the building, leading to an arson investigation and calls from the Chinese government for better protection of diplomats in the U.S.
OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) - Local residents concerned about the planned expansion of the Squaw Valley ski resort have launched an effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley village into a California town so they'll have more control over future development at the mountain resort north of Lake Tahoe that hosted the 1960 Olympics.
OAKLAND (AP) - A California hospital and family are embroiled in a harrowing legal and medical fight that has reignited the debate about when machines keeping a severely brain-damaged person alive should be turned off.
GRANITE BAY (AP) - Historically low waters levels in Northern California's Folsom Lake have exposed the remains of a Gold Rush-era mining town flooded decades ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A swath of California closed out 2013 as the driest year on record, marked by above-normal temperatures and thirsty reservoirs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District spends more to equip students with tablet computers than other school districts, which choose less expensive devices, according to a newspaper report.
PASADENA (AP) - Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year's Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade.
• NAKED MAN LEADS STOCKTON POLICE ON ROOFTOP CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - A naked man in Stockton led police on a bizarre chase Monday as he jumped from one rooftop to another and over before being arrested.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Lake Tahoe-area elementary school students who are concerned about the environment are trying to persuade school district officials to replace plastic foam cafeteria plates with reusable trays.
OAKLAND (AP) - A California judge on Monday ordered a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead to be kept on life support until Jan. 7.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Schools in California's public university systems are stamping out smoking in hopes that it will help improve the health of students, faculty and employees.
DISNEYLAND CLOSES INNOVENTIONS HALL, BUILDS SPECULATION: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland is closing its Innoventions exhibit hall in Tomorrowland, bringing flurries of speculation over what might replace it.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California man put up a new sign on his house Tuesday, a day after a protester tore down swastikas posters and a wooden statue that accompanied the display.
• SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS CURB DEPUTY IN-CAR COMPUTER USE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A year after a deputy hit and killed a bicyclist while driving and typing on his in-car computer, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has implemented new rules governing the use of technology while driving.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco could become the first city in the country to require warning labels on advertising for soda and other sugary beverages.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A survivor of the Columbine High School massacre who lost his championship football ring more than a decade ago got it back after an improbable discovery by a homeless veteran in California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When law enforcement officers from around the U.S. visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles for training these days, they are faced with a choice between entering a door marked "prejudiced" and another marked "unprejudiced."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A community college working to put its students on the path to law school, a California State University branch offering a computer science degree that can be completed in three years, and a University of California campus using intensive summer classes to make sure transfer students hit the ground running.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco firefighter filed a legal claim alleging that colleagues and managers harassed and discriminated against him after learning he tested positive for HIV.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of an upscale San Francisco neighborhood are complaining about plans to move the Alcatraz ferry from its longtime home on the Embarcadero to Fort Mason because it would snarl traffic in the wealthy residential neighborhood and hurt businesses on Fisherman's Wharf that depend on the ferry traffic.
MAN INJURED WHEN E-CIGARETTE EXPLODES: SANTA ANA (AP) - An exploding e-cigarette has left a Santa Ana man with burns to his face and hands.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When a California college student council banned the display of the American flag from a common area in the student government offices, the action was quickly denounced by the student body president and a higher student panel overturned it two days later.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A carpenter has been fired for freeing a raccoon that had been trapped by exterminators at the San Francisco construction site where he worked.