EX-CON GETS 148 YEARS IN SMOKING CONFRONTATION: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - An elderly California ex-con has been sentenced to 148 years to life in prison for pulling a knife on a security guard who asked him to put out his cigarette.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Independently drawn political boundaries and a new way of electing lawmakers are expected to change the face of the California Legislature and could bring Democrats total control of the state Senate.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives addressed about 200 prospective investors Friday at a hotel luncheon in Silicon Valley.
SF teachers vote to support possible strike
WORKER BURIED IN 8-FOOT-DEEP TRENCH DIES: BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - A worker who was buried in an 8-foot-deep trench outside a Beverly Hills home died Thursday afternoon before firefighters could free him from the loose soil.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant asteroid Vesta got clobbered not once but twice, and it has the scars to prove it.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven years ago, the nation's eighth-largest city was a poster child for fiscal mismanagement. Criminal investigations were in full swing, its bond rating was suspended, audits were long overdue, and the mayor resigned in disgrace.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents would have to take a trip to the doctor's office before opting out of vaccines if a bill approved by the state Assembly on a party line vote Thursday becomes law.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown made a personal appeal Thursday for California voters to support his tax-hike initiative, saying their support is crucial because the state's finances have been "screwed up" for a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California education leaders agreed Thursday to join 37 other states that have sought relief from the most strenuous requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which expects all students to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014.
REDDING (AP) - A young male wolf from Oregon that has won worldwide fame while trekking across mountains, deserts and highways looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture taken, to boot.
WOMAN, 18, FACING CHARGES IN TORCHING OF BED
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two decades after approving term limits to force entrenched state lawmakers from office, California voters are being given a chance to change the law with an initiative its supporters say will encourage more consistency and stability.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of University of California, Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge overturned a nearly $10,000 small claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented that her hybrid Civic could get 50 miles per gallon, according to a ruling released Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Coast Guard says an injured man has been picked up from a charter fishing boat off Baja California and flown to San Diego for medical treatment.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday proposed more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the Northern California coast, a move that would restrict the movements of cargo ships, aircraft and personal watercraft, and close the areas to oil and gas exploration.
SONORA (AP) - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.
BAKER (AP) - A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert will once again be a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say suicide is suspected in the death of a man who apparently jumped from the top of a popular climbing spot in Yosemite National Park.
• FBI ASKS TO MEET WITH SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI plans to talk with San Francisco city leaders as part of its ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown, the agency confirmed Monday.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of missing paintings by a Polish artist have been found in a storage facility in Northern California.
CHOWCHILLA (AP) - The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.
OAKLAND (AP) - Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting, and engineering experts say it could lead to structural damage if the corrosion worsens, a newspaper reported Sunday.
VENTURA ( AP) - California is preparing for an oil boom - brought in on rail cars.
ORLAND (AP) - Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California.
SAN MATEO (AP) - Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.