LOS ANGELES (AP) - More California high school students graduated in 2011 and fewer dropped out, with the biggest gains posted by Hispanic, black and English learner students, the state Department of Education said Wednesday.
ALHAMBRA (AP) - Southern California will survive the summer without major blackouts despite the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but conservation measures will be critical if there is a heat wave or a disaster, state and utility officials said Wednesday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The priest accused of molesting children has "pleaded the fifth." The judge has stricken his testimony and denials of abuse from the trial record. Three of the priest's alleged victims are no longer allowed to testify. And the man on trial for beating the priest he says raped him will be limited in what he can tell the jury when called to the witness stand.
SANTA CLARA OFFICIALS OK TALKS WITH JOE MONTANA: SANTA CLARA (AP) - Santa Clara officials have given the go-ahead for the city to begin negotiations with legendary quarterback Joe Montana for a hotel and entertainment complex across from the 49ers new stadium.
CAR HITS SO. CAL NURSING HOME, KILLS MAN, 89: LA MESA (AP) - A runaway car has crashed into a San Diego County nursing home and killed an 89-year-old man.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. told California regulators this week that a pipeline test the company performed in 1956 damaged a weld and led to the 2010 deadly explosion in San Bruno.
FRESNO (AP) - A Coalinga dentist who gave his disabled son a fatal dose of morphine received preferential treatment from prosecutors, said the city's police chief.
GARDEN GROVE (AP) - Retired schoolteacher Dolores Rommel has followed the Rev. Robert H. Schuller almost her entire adult life: She was baptized in his church as a young woman, sent her children to his Sunday school and laid her husband to rest near the soaring, glass-paned Crystal Cathedral that was to be the televangelist's ultimate legacy.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers finished work Wednesday on the state budget, which awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.
STOCKTON (AP) - When Stockton becomes the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy, it will strike a hard blow to residents, especially city employees and retirees whose health benefits and pensions helped drive the city toward insolvency.
DEMOCRATS PUSH TOP BILLING FOR GOVERNOR'S TAX HIKE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are moving a bill that could give the governor's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California air quality regulators can implement pollution control rules based on expected future technology that doesn't yet exist, the state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision seen as a victory for agencies that set standards encouraging green technology.
ESCONDIDO (AP) - State and local police across the country didn't need the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law to begin turning people over to the federal government for deportation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime San Francisco gay rights advocate has been arrested after police said they linked him to an email account that had sent and received images of toddlers engaging in sex acts with men.
Santa Clara to appeal 49ers stadium decision
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A student who claims his right to free expression was violated has sued Citrus College in Southern California, one of four schools around the nation targeted by a free-speech group.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A plan to study earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development is moving forward again in California after funding was approved from Gov. Jerry Brown.
SAN MATEO (AP) - State wildlife officials are warning residents in a San Francisco Bay Area community to be on the lookout for a mountain lion that may still be in the area.
• BODY OF MISSING ABALONE DIVER FOUND: MENDOCINO (AP) - The body of a San Francisco man who went missing while diving for abalone has been discovered.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County continues to grow, officials said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors told a judge Wednesday they were deadlocked in a negligence lawsuit filed by a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium.
EL CENTRO (AP) - A flight shuttling Central American immigrant children and families from the Texas border arrived Wednesday in Southern California without trouble, a day after flag-waving protesters blocked another group in buses from entering a suburban border patrol facility.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, honored Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford and Exotic High Line as 2014 Small Business of the Year at an event held in Manteca.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A majority of Californians are unhappy with income distribution in the state, but they are divided over whether the government should do more to intervene or further raise the minimum wage, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.
OAKDALE – On July 1, 2014, the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp, the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, has declared the payment of a cash dividend of $0.065 per share of common stock to its shareholders of record at the close of business on July 14. In aggregate, the distribution will amount to approximately $524,000. The payment date will be July 28.