SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Putting a technological spin on the adage that it takes a village to raise a child, the University of California launched a campaign on Wednesday to harness the power of social media to raise money for student scholarships.
SEABIRDS SUDDENLY EXPAND RANGE IN CALIFORNIA: LOS ANGELES (AP) - High-diving seabirds known as blue-footed boobies have suddenly expanded their range in California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marine scientists looking for new ways to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California's coast by massive commercial ships have turned to a familiar tool: mobile devices.
STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say one man was killed and four others wounded when gunfire broke out outside a convenience store.
CALIF. CITIES, COUNTIES GETS MONEY TO HIRE POLICE: OAKLAND (AP) - Cities and counties across California will receive nearly $20 million in federal grants to help hire more than 100 new law enforcement officers, officials said Tuesday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigration reform is stalled in Congress but that's not stopping immigrants from contacting lawyers, filling out paperwork and making other preparations in hopes of getting a head start should laws change.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano takes over as president of the University of California later this month, she will live in a house that the school is leasing for nearly $10,000 a month.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway adopted a plan to prevent a hostile takeover after learning of a significant accumulation of its stock by an investor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said Tuesday that he has privately raised roughly half the $1 million he says is necessary to equip 1,500 Los Angeles Police Department officers with lapel cameras.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A museum proposed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to showcase visual storytelling and house his art collection is one of three development projects being considered for a plot of park land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
MODESTO (AP) - A thief has stolen nearly all of the special three-wheel bicycles used by students with disabilities at a Modesto school.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges on Monday for a three-year delay in their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A run of special elections for open state legislative seats continues this week with primaries for an Assembly and a Senate district, both in Southern California.
MOUNT DIABLO STATE PARK REOPENS AFTER FIRE: CLAYTON (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park is open again after a wildfire there consumed nearly five square miles.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A former boardinghouse run by a California woman convicted of killing her elderly tenants and burying them in the yard became a tourist destination over the weekend.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period.
• DRUG LAB EXPLOSION KILLS 1, HURTS 2; HOUSE GUTTED: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say an explosion that tore apart a Southern California shack, killing one person and critically injuring two others, was caused by a lab illegally making hash oil.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California sheriff is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces his own executive action on the issue.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Individual insurance sign-ups under California's health care exchange were running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials reported Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is praising President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration while calling on Congress to "finish the job."
FRESNO (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that congressional efforts to provide drought relief to Central Valley farmers and communities are dead for the year.
FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.
WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.
• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.
CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.