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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Strawberry growers are covering their crops while San Diego zookeepers are turning on heaters for the chimpanzees as Southern California braces for a cold snap expected to drop temperatures to a six-year low.
Kimmel's pot jokes earn invite from Humboldt State
TAFT (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural San Joaquin Valley high school southwest of Bakersfield on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another and missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.
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OBAMA SIGNS BILL CREATING PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK: HOLLISTER. (AP) - Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.
CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - A Castro Valley man is in jail and an alligator authorities say he likely had to protect a stash of marijuana has been taken to a zoo.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Museum of California offered a $12,000 reward Wednesday for the safe recovery of a stolen gold-encrusted jewel box - the latest in a series of thefts involving Gold Rush-era artifacts across the region.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - A Northern California city has approved a new downtown park to be built on land donated by filmmaker George Lucas that will feature statues of Indiana Jones and Yoda, two of his most popular characters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say an assault-rifle-clutching gunman opened fire on Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during a car chase that ended with a crash and the arrest of two alleged gang members.
4 arrested in death of staged burglary suspect in Pittsburg
VICTIM CELL PIC LEADS TO LA-AREA BURGLARY ARREST: SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Authorities have arrested a home burglary suspect based on a photo the victim, who was home at the time, took with her cell phone at her residence in northern Los Angeles County.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest teacher pension fund took the first step Wednesday toward divesting from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in California.
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.