TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.
KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.
• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.
LIVERMORE . (AP) - A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys for the state and California's powerful teachers unions argued in a filing Friday that a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed and should be overturned because no evidence was presented showing the disputed statutes are the cause of educational inequalities.
STOCKTON (AP) - For a second consecutive week, thousands of California farms have been ordered to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops as the state grapples with its fourth year of drought, officials said Friday.
FRESNO (AP) - Criminal charges were dropped against a bow hunter accused of starting one of California's largest wildfires, a blaze that burned parts of Yosemite National Park, federal prosecutors said Friday.
FRESNO (AP) - A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.