SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators on Thursday recalled former legislator Nicholas Petris as a monumental figure in California politics who championed some of the state's most enduring policies during nearly four decades in the Legislature.
FRESNO (AP) - Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides they say harm honeybees.
Oakland council members accused of breaking law
LA GIRL, 14, DIES AFTER INHALING COMPUTER CLEANER: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 14-year-old Los Angeles honors student has died after inhaling a computer keyboard dust cleaner, apparently to get high.
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.
2 SENTENCED FOR COLLECTING PRISONER'S UNEMPLOYMENT
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.
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Richmond city inspectors say a mosque housed in a World War II-era former Kaiser field hospital is structurally unsound, violates several building codes and should be evacuated.
PASADENA (AP) - Sarah Palin says she doesn't expect her new outdoors television show on the Sportsman Channel to be political - at least not overtly so.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seven people have died from the flu so far this season, and more people are ending up in the hospital than expected as flu season ramps up, state health officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A large Northern California water agency is asking customers to stop all outdoor watering amid continuing drought conditions.
California's high-speed rail project is continuing despite legal rulings that have held up a large source of its revenue. Funding for the project, which has a current price tag of $68 billion, is supposed to come from the following sources:
CHICKEN PLANT TO REOPEN AFTER CLEANUP: LIVINGSTON (AP) - Work at a California chicken plant is to resume Saturday, ending a temporary shutdown ordered by federal inspectors who found cockroaches.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will offer Model S customers new adapters to assuage safety concerns of overheating.
CLAIM FILED FOR GIRL RUN OVER AFTER PLANE CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained.
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal estimates that California owes about $355 billion in debts and unfunded liabilities for benefits promised to former and current state employees. The chart below summarizes the debts and liabilities, as estimated by the Department of Finance:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How's this for an employee perk? Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Silicon Valley campus can now make part of the trek on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.
LIVINGSTON . (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Central California chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches.
Stockton (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California's general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state's days as the nation's poster child of fiscal dysfunction.