SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Blue whales, the world's largest animal, are being seen in droves off the Northern California coast.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation that would authorize the state to begin selling about $4.5 billion in state bonds for the nation's first high-speed rail system, taking an initial step toward the ambitious $68 billion project that Gov. Jerry Brown hopes will be a part of his legacy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gunman walked up to a crowd watching Fourth of July fireworks and opened fire, killing a 14-year-old girl and wounding a 12-year-old girl and a man, authorities said Thursday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A man who beat up a priest who allegedly molested him as a child was acquitted Thursday of assault, a surprising verdict that allowed the defendant to escape a prison sentence.
PACK OF DOGS MAULS BICYCLIST IN DELHI: DELHI (AP) - Authorities in the Central Valley say a man suffered serious injuries when he was mauled by a pack of roaming dogs while riding his bike.
6,500 POUNDS OF FIREWORKS SEIZED IN COMPTON : LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies have seized a cache of 6,500 pounds of illegal fireworks, a gun stolen from a police officer and approximately $30,000 in cash at a home in Compton.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The future of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant could balance on an inescapable question: Is it worth the money to fix it?
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 27-year-old fugitive caught in Southern California and handed over to officials in Mexico is a top operative in the La Familia drug cartel working out of the United States, Mexican authorities said.
CUDAHY (AP) - Documents related to a federal corruption investigation in the small Southern California town of Cudahy indicate that local officials believed they could control the outcome of elections, while two former candidates allege a pattern of intimidation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Joey Chestnut of San Jose won his sixth straight Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island, downing 68 dogs and buns on Wednesday to tie his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state's largest college could close after state accreditation evaluators gave the school just eight months to prove it has a viable survival plan.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. citizen of Somali descent who has been stranded in Bahrain for two weeks after being told his name appears on the U.S. government's no-fly list said Tuesday that he does not understand why he has been tagged as a suspected terrorist and is talking to U.S. lawyers.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Supporters and family members of a man charged with assaulting a priest he says molested him decades ago resumed their daily lunch-time demonstrations Tuesday outside a California courthouse where jurors were trying to reach a verdict in the case.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - California Corrections officials have acknowledged that a clerical error led to the early parole discharge of a longtime criminal who allegedly fatally stabbed a Santa Cruz woman that authorities say was a random attack.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governor said Tuesday he could not reach a deal with Democratic leaders on sweeping public pension reform and suggested talks continue during a month long recess that begins at the end of the week.
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.