SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento County man whose car was stolen from a local car wash is praising the vehicle's return, but mostly because of what was inside: his late wife's ashes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Earlier this year, a river otter named Sutro Sam became the first of the whiskered critters to be seen in San Francisco for decades.
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.
HIKER MISSING 2 DAYS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK FOUND ALIVE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A man missing for two nights in Yosemite National Park has been found alive but suffering from multiple injuries, park rangers said Monday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - One of three teenagers who admitted that they sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later committed suicide has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by her parents.
VALLEJO (AP) - A Vallejo police spokesman says an officer shot and killed a man who was later found to have a note in his truck apologizing to the police for making them do it.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 25-year-old man who was struck by a pickup truck and had his wallet stolen while he lay gravely injured on an Oakland street has spoken his first words since awakening from a weekslong coma.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze - not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.
TRUCKEE (AP) - As another Sierra ski resort prepared to close for the season on Sunday due to a lack of snow, businesses around Lake Tahoe have started looking beyond the barren slopes as they rethink how to draw visitors during the colder winter months.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Overtime for California's state workers rose 20 percent last year and topped $1 billion even though there are 20,000 fewer employees than in pre-recession 2008, the last time the state paid out so much, according to new payroll data.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet moguls like Amazon's Jeff Bezos aren't the only techies snatching up real estate in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department used an invalid court order and spent $22,000 to bring an imprisoned killer and former gang leader to speak to an exclusive dinner for private executives, according to a report released Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police spent nearly two weeks and thousands of dollars searching for a missing 22-year-old art student across Southern California before she called her father from a Los Angeles shelter after seeing news reports about her case and asked to come home.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has a problem with off-duty prison guards brandishing or carrying firearms while they are intoxicated, the department's inspector general said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trembling and with their tails between their legs, the dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm were in rough shape both physical and mentally when they arrived in Northern California this week to start new lives.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their part to conserve.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by an open microphone at a Board of Regents meeting.
LANCASTER (AP) - The recent heat wave was a blooming catastrophe for Southern California's poppy reserve.