SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February, as a net gain of 58,000 positions prolonged steady improvement in the job market, state officials reported Friday.
MADERA (AP) - Drug agents searching a Central California home say they seized 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
• SAN JOSE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT SPARKS COMPLAINT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California wildlife warden says the city of San Jose has shown no urgency in removing a homeless encampment that pollutes a nearby creek with everything from shopping carts to excrement.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California consumers will soon be unable to buy certain types of rat poisons because regulators have determined the chemicals used in them pose a danger to other wildlife.
• OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT UC IRVINE GRADUATION CEREMONY: IRVINE (AP) - President Barack Obama will speak at the University of California, Irvine, commencement in June after students and staff delivered thousands of postcards requesting him, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board on Thursday granted 14 rape victims who had been working as prostitutes the right to be compensated, the first such action since it reversed its policy on the issue last year.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police and child-welfare investigators were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy at a Southern California school sexually assaulted another boy several times during two school years, officials said.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A man who killed a California deputy after a carjacking and attack at a tourist attraction is also a suspect in the slaying of a retired Oregon educator, police said Thursday.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The National Park Service says a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve would harm wildlife and should be built elsewhere.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border Patrol officials say three adult Mexican immigrants were found inside a wooden box carried under a recreational vehicle stopped at a checkpoint near the California-Mexico border.
FRESNO (AP) - Rural California schools expect to see attendance drop as the drought worsens and families leave the state's agricultural region in search of work elsewhere.
MARYSVILLE (AP) - Three Northern California teens who attempted to kidnap another teen planned to sexually assault him as part of a plan to break up his relationship with a girl, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to paying the bills, the mortgage is once again more of a priority for many U.S. homeowners than their credit cards.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist's drone flew near a huge forest fire in Southern California.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed San Francisco's Old Mint as one of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and a sergeant were found guilty Wednesday in the backroom beating of a jail visitor who fellow guards testified already was handcuffed on the ground and covered in blood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The shutdown of a pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast forced Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt operations at three offshore platforms because it couldn't deliver oil to refineries, the company said Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nine San Francisco police officers will remain on paid leave while a judge decides whether the department waited too long to discipline them in connection with racist text messages.
RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area police officer shot and seriously injured a police K-9 after the dog bit his hand.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure "patently unconstitutional."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren't around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn't show up or, when they did, they were rude or haggled with her about the fare.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Members of the California Assembly are denouncing a proposed ballot measure that would make it legal to murder gay and lesbian people.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A statue of a smiling Gov. Ronald Reagan was revealed Monday in the California State Capitol's lower rotunda before admiring lawmakers and members of his administration.
SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - A leading environmental group has stepped up the fight against the proposed expansion of a Lake Tahoe ski resort, saying its impact on traffic and mountain scenery threatens to destroy the charm of the site that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - Air tankers and helicopters were helping hundreds of firefighters Monday battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe where no structures have been damaged but the California mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby for possible evacuations.