LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California law requires public schools to add a grade level this fall designed to give the very youngest students a boost when they enroll in kindergarten, but charter schools say the law does not apply to them, pitting them against the state Department of Education.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A letter being sent to California State University applicants that details the effect on university finances if an upcoming ballot measure fails is illegal, an anti-tax group said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of suspected child sex abusers to authorities and often helped cover up the accusations over two decades, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Caltrain is overhauling some of its safety procedures and has placed two engineers on leave after a recent incident that forced passengers legally crossing the tracks to leap out of the way of a speeding commuter train.
• CALIF. HIGH SCHOOLER CHOSEN FOR ELECTORAL COLLEGE: SIMI VALLEY (AP) - A 18-year-old Los Angeles County high school senior has been selected as a member of the nation's Electoral College.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proponents of an initiative that would severely restrict unions from collecting dues on paychecks for political activity are reporting a contribution of more than $4 million from a conservative action group.
Teacher accused of watching porn in school
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices matched a nearly four-year high last month as buyers snapped up pricier homes and the supply of foreclosed homes dwindled, a research firm reported Friday.
Neighbor rescues boy in burning house
BOULDER CREEK (AP) - A neighbor has run into a burning Northern California house and rescued a boy who accidentally started the blaze with a lighter.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two Americans killed this week in an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya were former Navy SEALs from San Diego County who always asked to be on the front lines, according to family, friends and government officials.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Required questioning by 911 operators delays the dispatching of paramedics and the start of life-saving CPR in Los Angeles, a newspaper reported Friday, citing a new study.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal indictment unsealed Friday charged seven people with running a multistate Ponzi scheme and related mortgage fraud scams that prosecutors said cost investors and lenders a combined $17 million.
BERKELEY (AP) - A small building tucked in the hills of Berkeley shines with an unusual green glow from hundreds of glass tubes jutting out from one side toward nearby bushes.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Some 230,000 people who booked overnight accommodations in Yosemite since June are now being warned about the deadly rodent-borne illness that has caused three deaths.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.
NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.
BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.
WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.