LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians can expect a dangerous summer wildfire season due to a dry winter that has left the normally green hills of spring parched and tinder-dry, authorities warned.
SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED MAN OVER MUSIC CAUGHT: RICHMOND (AP) - A Contra Costa County man who eluded capture for four years after allegedly shooting his neighbor to death in a dispute over loud music has been arraigned on murder charges.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state Judicial Council is weighing a new formula for distributing more than $1 billion in state funding for California's 58 trial courts that would take money from some court systems and give it to rural and fast-growing counties such as Riverside and San Bernardino.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters might be able to avoid crowded trains - or at least find slightly less crowded ones - with a glance at their smartphones.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved closer Thursday to passing a bill to tax purchases made over the Internet. But a final vote in the Senate was delayed until senators return from a weeklong vacation.
IRVINE (AP) - The University of California, Irvine, is investigating a video that shows a member of an Asian-American fraternity dancing in blackface after the clip sparked outrage on campus, a university official said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco firefighters are raking in six-figure overtime paychecks because of staffing shortages that have department managers scheduling numerous extra shifts, a newspaper reported.
GOODWILL AGREES TO SETTLE SOCAL SEX BIAS CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Goodwill Industries of Southern California has agreed to settle federal allegations that it discriminated against men in hiring.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation and it's gotten worse as the economy improves, according to a report released Wednesday.
PIT BULLS KILL NEARLY 200 GOATS: FRENCH CAMP - Concerned residents and workers at a French Camp livestock auction yard are worried that a pack of pit bulls will return to attack their animals.
OAKLAND (AP) - Long seismic safety bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that haven't failed may have to be replaced nonetheless, a regional transportation official said Wednesday.
GROCER TRIES TO PROFIT OFF BOTCHED BURGLARY: REDDING (AP) - A Northern California grocery store owner is trying to profit from a suspected thief's botched burglary attempt that was caught on video and went viral.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have permitted bartenders to serve drinks until 4 a.m., two hours later than the current last call for alcohol.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 20,000 students in California who need to learn English aren't getting adequate language instruction, according to a lawsuit against the state and education workers filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee is offering George Lucas a spot on the city's scenic waterfront for the future home of the Star Wars creator's lifetime collection of art and movie memorabilia.
RED BLUFF (AP) - Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.
MARIPOSA (AP) - Residents evacuated from the foothills near a Central California wildfire were allowed to return home Wednesday.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A dog seen on security camera footage attacking a Central California boy until it is chased off by a cat has been euthanized.
FRESNO (AP) - Water will continue flowing from a reservoir east of Fresno for now after a judge rejected an attempt to turn off the spigots.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - The Northern California case of a mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter took another turn Wednesday with the release of a private investigator's report suggesting the boy choked himself.
• COUPLE REPORTS 3,000 GALLONS OF WATER STOLEN: MENDOCINO (AP) - Authorities in Mendocino County say some 3,000 gallons of water have been stolen from a couple's above-ground storage tank.