LOS ANGELES (AP) - School districts can be held liable for administrators who learn that an employee may be prone to molesting children but fail to take action to protect students, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
SACRAMENTO CO. BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT KILLED BY COP: CITRUS HEIGHTS (AP) - Police shot and killed a man suspected of robbing a Sacramento County bank and threatening to detonate an explosive device.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Pacific Coast fishermen can start gearing up for what's expected to be the best salmon fishing season in years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - They've still got their trombones and their trumpets, their cornets and their clarinets.
Boaters warned of whales in San Francisco Bay
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nonpartisan League of Women Voters and two prisoners' rights groups sued California elections officials on Wednesday, claiming that tens of thousands of criminals being shifted to county jails and community supervision should be eligible to vote.
BOYFRIEND PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN CERES TORTURE CASE: MODESTO (AP) - A man accused of torturing his pregnant girlfriend a month before she survived a Modesto triple slaying at her home has pleaded not guilty to the felony charges.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Katy Butler hasn't forgotten what it was like to be bullied in the seventh grade, when a group of boys surrounded her, taunted her and broke her finger by slamming it into a locker.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man arrested after a homemade cannon blasted through his mobile home, killing his girlfriend, "liked to live life on the edge," his brother told a San Diego newspaper.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Even though most Californians think the budget remains a big problem, just a slim majority of likely voters say they support Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax initiative for the November ballot, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.
OXNARD (AP) - Student claims that a junior high teacher was moonlighting as a porn star were initially dismissed after school officials said they couldn't find any images of her on the Internet.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A former case manager at a shelter for children caught illegally crossing the border alone had sexually abused six teenagers while he was supervising calls they made to relatives in Central America, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
3 arrested in San Jose dog stomping death
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state will have to cough up more than $700 million a year to repay the billions required to build the first phase of a proposed high-speed train between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, a report published Tuesday said.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER CANNON KILLS GIRLFRIEND: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County authorities have arrested a man whose homemade cannon fired through the side of his mobile home in a remote community, killing his girlfriend.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.
FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.
• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.
• CALIFORNIA PRISONS END RACE POLICY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A veteran police detective was fired for giving an obscenity- and insult-filled rant during a training session, his attorney said Wednesday.
COACH FIRED OVER WATERMELON, APE-LIKE CELEBRATIONS: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.