SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.
OYSTER FARM TO ASK US SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The owner of a popular Northern California oyster farm says he'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case challenging a federal decision not to renew the facility's lease.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, the Sacramento City Council has voted to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against people who flout the rules.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court Wednesday affirmed the federal government's long-standing policy that California medical marijuana dispensaries have no protection under state law from drug prosecutions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes that got started on the path to foreclosure fell last year to a low not seen since before the high-flying days of the housing boom, the latest evidence that the threat of foreclosures continues to diminish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Video from the helmet camera of a firefighter responding to the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows at least one rescuer was aware someone was on the ground outside the aircraft and even warned a colleague. Yet two fire trucks subsequently ran over an injured passenger.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials sought Wednesday to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state's high-speed rail project, including a $180 million payment due in April.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - It's just another spa day in the 90210. A valet parks the car, then it's off for a facial, manicure and shopping for couture fashions. The reward for a long day of pampering: a raw meat treat. The pets of tony Beverly Hills enjoy the good life as much as their owners.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Large swaths of California remained at risk for wildfires Wednesday as dry and windy weather conditions persisted.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A surge in thefts from mailboxes across the Central Valley last year victimized more than 2,100 people and sparked a federal crackdown that has led to charges against at least 27 people, authorities said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's biggest public pension system reported its biggest annual investment gains in a decade, thanks to strong performances in its stock, private equity and real estate portfolios.
UC CALENDAR SHIFTS TO AVOID RELIGIOUS CONFLICT: DAVIS (AP) - The University of California has shifted the academic calendar of its campuses on the quarterly system to avoid religious conflicts with move-in days.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city that gave the world Carmageddon has a new traffic jam to offer - and avoid.
OC TO DEFEND OFFENDER RULES AT STATE HIGH COURT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office will go to the California Supreme Court to defend local regulations banning sex offenders from parks and beaches.
CALABASAS (AP) - Detectives searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.
BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.
LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.
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.