LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the reliably Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested.
MINIVAN HITS SAN RAFAEL SCHOOL, CLASSES CANCELED: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Students at a San Rafael elementary school got a day off Friday after a minivan rammed into the school and hit a gas line Thursday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board gave approval Friday for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start the process of seizing its first piece of property through eminent domain for a $68 billion bullet train.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days after she went missing from her room at San Francisco General Hospital died accidentally, probably due to a chemical imbalance related to chronic alcohol abuse, the city medical examiner's office said Friday.
LOS BANOS (AP) - Federal officials have proposed a $360 million expansion and seismic upgrade for one of California's largest reservoirs that serves as a key water source for Central Valley farmers.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge in San Diego says a 43-foot war memorial cross must be removed from the top of a mountain in 90 days because it violates the principle of separation of church and state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state's ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.
MERCED (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say one worker was killed and two others seriously injured in a fuel tank explosion on a ranch near Merced.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fifteen counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs.
CAR DEALER TO BE SENTENCED FOR $1 MILLION FRAUD: SUNNYVALE (AP) - A luxury used car dealer in Northern California faces prison time after pleading no contest to defrauding customers of more than $1 million in cash and cars.
OAKDALE (AP) - Authorities in Oakdale said they are searching for a man who is a person of interest in the theft of a gold crucifix necklace from a dead man's body that later turned up at a pawn shop.
LIVERMORE . (AP) - A driver who rear-ended another driver on Interstate 580 in Livermore has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Wednesday extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18, while ordering that negotiations continue over how best to reduce inmate crowding.
SUSPECT BROUGHT INFANT CHILD ALONG FOR BURGLARY: DIXON (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California burglary suspect apparently couldn't find a baby sitter. The man brought his infant child along while he and a partner burglarized a shop.
CARMEL VALLEY (AP) - The largest dam removal project in California history hit an important milestone last week with the successful diversion of the Carmel River into a man-made river bed, an engineering feat that experts said was the first of its kind.
PASADENA (AP) - California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.
• CITY ASKS PG&E TO RELEASE EMAILS: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A Northern California city is asking the state to force Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release tens of thousands of emails between the state's largest utility and state regulators.
OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators blocked streets around Oakland police headquarters and chained shut four of the building's doors Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft - and most of them are free:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Baby Hazel was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Inmates who work as janitors, cooks and groundskeepers in California's overcrowded prisons would be eligible for early release under a proposed legal settlement.
WATSONVILLE (AP) - A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room "is always a mess."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters said Sunday they expect more rain for California, but the two water-bearing fronts approaching the region aren't packing the wallop delivered by a major storm last week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California voter-approved ballot measure to reduce some felonies to misdemeanors is jeopardizing alternative sentencing programs to help drug offenders kick their habits.
BERKELEY . (AP) - Effigies of black lynching victims found hanging at the University of California, Berkeley have sparked debate over whether the images are powerful protest art or just plain tasteless and racist.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians got a lot of what they wanted and not too much of what they didn't from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday.