SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to from 10.6 to 10.2 percent in September in what may be the largest drop in 36 years, the state announced Friday.
COPS PROBING MODESTO BANK WORKERS FALLING ILL: MODESTO (AP) - Six Modesto bank workers were hospitalized and a criminal investigation launched after a customer dropped off a packet of money wrapped in a paper towel, authorities said.
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.
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.
PG&E has learned of an email and telephone scam targeting residents.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates have failed to reach agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding in California prisons, a panel of federal judges said Monday, leaving it the court to decide whether to grant the state more time.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - San Jose residents remained on high alert Monday as authorities search for a serial arsonist they believe is responsible for nearly a dozen fires in the city within a week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An alcohol counselor driving drunk at night struck a pedestrian and continued on for another 2 miles while the man was lodged in her windshield, a prosecutor said in an opening statement Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman did porn films, boxed D-list celebrities, even endorsed birth control for dogs after giving birth in 2009 to eight babies after she received in vitro fertility treatments.
OAKLAND SETTLES WITH SUSPECT WOUNDED BY OFFICER: OAKLAND (AP) - A man who was shot by Oakland police after authorities say he robbed another man at gunpoint is set to receive a $125,000 settlement from the city.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested a man who took off in a police cruiser after being stopped for possibly driving drunk.