SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley lawmaker resigned unexpectedly Friday, creating a vacancy that dropped Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes. The loss, however, was expected to be temporary and not have major impacts on the majority party's clout.
REDDING (AP) - Officials have turned down the lights on a Northern California bridge over concerns they may be contributing to a decline in Chinook salmon.
CHILD PORN CHARGES AGAINST EX-PROBATION CHIEF: SAN MATEO (AP) - Child porn charges have been filed against a former San Mateo County chief probation officer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.
HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT MUSHROOMS IN SAN JOSE FIELD: SAN JOSE (AP) - A huge homeless encampment has mushroomed in a grassy field near downtown San Jose.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More of the world's elite universities are joining the rush to offer "massive open online courses" that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A crane tipped over while working on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Thursday, but there were no injuries and nothing leaked into the bay, authorities said.
4 DAYS ENOUGH FOR LEAVING OLD MAN IN HOT CAR: FRESNO (AP) - A California caregiver who left a 101-year-old man in a hot car last summer won't be facing anymore jail time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer told a jury in closing arguments Thursday.
CAR ENDS UP HANGING OFF I-5 BRIDGE
TURLOCK ARSON CONSIDERED ATTEMPTED MURDER: TURLOCK - A fire at an abandoned cheese factory Tuesday night was not only arson, but attempted murder, Turlock Police said.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has withdrawn a conflict of interest claim against a court-appointed monitor overseeing mental health treatment in California's prison system, even as officials continue criticizing the costly oversight of some prison operations.
SCHOOLS TO GET MORE MONEY UNDER BROWN'S REFORM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - No California school will receive less money than it does currently under Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping proposal to change how K-12 schools are funded.
WOODLAND (AP) - Researchers released 50,000 salmon into a flooded rice field in the Sacramento Valley on Tuesday in an effort to understand whether such fields, flooded between harvests, can stand in for the wetlands that once filled the area and served as a massive nursery for juvenile salmon.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was good news and bad news on Wednesday in a winter storm that gave California a much-needed dose of rain and snow.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California regulators approved this week development of the first shellfish farm in federal waters off Southern California that could produce about 2.6 million pounds of Mediterranean mussels a year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker wants to use a state version of the Affordable Care Act to provide health care access to immigrants who are in the state illegally.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the tourism agency and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The arrival of Twitter and other tech companies in San Francisco's long-neglected Mid-Market corridor is pushing more homeless people into adjacent neighborhoods.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After months of sometimes angry debate, California education officials are set to take up rules this week aimed at making good on Gov. Jerry Brown's promise to invest in the state's future by overhauling how public schools are funded and directing more money to the neediest students.
MODESTO . (AP) - The city of Modesto is paying $150,000 to settle a lawsuit by a suspected peeping Tom who was shot three times by an off-duty detective.
MOJAVE (AP) - Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has made its third rocket-powered supersonic flight in the Mojave Desert, soaring to a record 71,000 feet.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to redirect $250 million from California's landmark effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spend it instead on his beleaguered bullet train has renewed debate about the future of the contentious project.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in Northern California is considering a lawsuit filed by the mother of a girl whose remains were found at the bottom of a well during the investigation of the so-called "Speed Freak Killers" case.
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.