SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday backed a plan to spend $200 million this year on rehabilitation programs instead of renting thousands of cells in private prisons and county jails to meet a federal court demand that California reduce its inmate population.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A majority of California Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant Wednesday to grant a law license to Sergio Garcia, who graduated law school and passed the state's bar exam but has been living illegally in the United States for 20 years.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - There was no evidence of an illegal marijuana grow near the spot where a raging wildfire started near Yosemite National Park, a federal forestry official said Wednesday.
BERKELEY . (AP) - California education officials proposed Wednesday to immediately do away with the standardized reading, math and social science tests used to measure student learning and school performance since the late 1990s.
LA schools may have to spend millions to buy keyboards for iPads
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California communities are spending $428 million dollars a year to keep plastic and other trash off the streets and keep it from polluting waterways and beaches, an environmental group said in a new report.
OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California zoo has established a center to study and breed endangered amphibians and reptiles, including the rare mountain yellow-legged frog.
FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS OYSTER FARM CLOSURE: POINT REYES (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to renew the lease of a popular oyster farm operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that appears headed to the governor would require gun owners to lock up their weapons if they live with a convicted felon or anyone else who is prohibited from owning a firearm.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A relatively cool and humid Labor Day allowed fire crews to make major progress Monday toward corralling a massive wildfire searing the edge of Yosemite National Park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been opened to traffic after years of delays and cost overruns, carrying its first drivers across the bay late Monday night just hours before the beginning of the work week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles police saying she was somehow ejected from a moving police car while handcuffed.
PASO ROBLES (AP) - Wine connoisseurs may be enjoying the latest Zinfandel or Syrah from the Paso Robles region, but residents are complaining the growing number of vineyards is straining the local water supply.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Officials at Lake Tahoe have been responding to an uptick in reports of problems with pesky yellow jackets.
MAN DROWNS IN AFTER DUMPING POT CRAB INTO SEA: PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Authorities say a man has drowned in Northern California after he fell over the side of a boat while dumping a crab pot into the water.
• MEASLES OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN AT DISNEYLAND GROWS TO 87 CASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday.
FRESNO (AP) - One in four household water wells in parts of California's Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they may dam parts of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in an emergency measure to protect freshwater used by millions of Californians.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 80-year-old Long Beach man was justified in killing a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in declining to charge him.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Police in South Lake Tahoe say a casino security guard was one of three men arrested on robbery and drug charges after a man who answered a Craigslist car-for-sale ad reported he was beaten and robbed of $30,000.
VICTORVILLE (AP) - A Southern California woman who killed a 2-year-old girl by giving her chili powder has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.