SACRAMENTO (AP) - In one of the strongest signals of a rebounding economy yet, California's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in nearly six years.
PORTERVILLE (AP) - A Central California mayor's remarks that bullying victims should toughen up and defend themselves has sparked anger among some city officials and gay rights advocates.
LEMOORE (AP) - A Central California Navy base is a signature away from becoming home to a new squadron of fighter jets.
MONTEREY (AP) - Marine biologists managed on Thursday to free a humpback whale that had become entangled with a steel rope attached to a 300-pound crab trap.
TURLOCK (AP) - A jacket with $3,400 in cash in the pockets has been returned to its rightful owner more than a year after it vanished from a California swap meet.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's independent budget analyst predicted Friday that California will collect $2.5 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown forecasts for the coming fiscal year, giving Democrats a reason to push spending.
SAN MARCOS (AP) - Firefighters working on Southern California wildfires have found a badly burned body in a transient camp.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities are preparing for possible protests when a Northern California prosecutor decides whether to criminally charge a sheriff's deputy for the shooting death of an unarmed 13-year-old boy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in Los Angeles streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed Thursday.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Republicans who want Gov. Jerry Brown's job clashed over gun rights and the direction of the GOP in their first and possibly only joint appearance in a low-visibility primary campaign.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States last year, including over 2 million children and 5,581 U.S. Postal Service workers, authorities announced Thursday in an effort to promote dog-bite prevention. Houston ranked worst in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, pushing Los Angeles, last year's leader, to second place. Here are additional numbers and ways to prevent or avoid dog attacks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his unarmed son fatally shot by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the city Thursday.
SACRAMENTO AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a fresh version of a rainy day fund measure for the November ballot, a bipartisan plan that seeks to smooth out the boom-and-bust cycles of state budgeting while creating a clear path for paying down California's massive debts and unfunded liabilities.
• TRUCK GOES INTO FUNERAL HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a major San Francisco thoroughfare was shut down after a big rig crashed into a funeral home and caught fire.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.
ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.
ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds turned out for a "family support picnic" held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.
SALINAS . (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.
FRESNO (AP) - A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A for-profit college company with 15 campuses in California was ordered by the state Friday to stop enrolling new or returning students who plan to fund their educations with GI Bill benefits.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.