SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a gay Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally, Alex Aldana acutely understands his double-minority status. Not only does he fear deportation, he can't seek citizenship by marrying a partner because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - Fairfield police investigators were on the streets early Sunday canvassing the neighborhood near the park where a 13-year-old girl was found dead, a police spokesman said.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Claims by students at an expensive Northern California basketball academy of mistreatment at the school is leading to a search for more possible victims, authorities said.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - In a matter of minutes, a hulking power plant that loomed over San Diego Bay since the late 1950s was demolished Saturday, to make way for a city park.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Police say a 32-year-old man found dead after a fire in a Sacramento apartment was a victim of a homicide.
• MURPHYS MAN KILLS SONS, THEN HIMSELF: MURPHYS (AP) - Authorities say a man in the tiny Sierra Nevada community of Murphys has shot and killed his two teenage sons, then killed himself.
OAKLAND (AP) - City officials introduced a municipal identification card on Friday that will double as a debit card.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has awarded nearly $35 million to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District because of the federal government's failure to build a permanent site to store nuclear waste.
GOVERNOR OFFERS BOOK FOR SUPER BOWL BET: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown was one of the few California politicians yet to announce a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup, until he offered up a characteristically esoteric wager.
ADIN, Modoc County (AP) - A once obscure coyote hunting contest in northernmost California has become anything but, as environmental groups lobby the state to call it off to protect a lone, roaming wolf.
TWITTER SAYS HACKERS COMPROMISE 250K ACCOUNTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the latest online attack, Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four protesters were arrested entirely in the buff as they took to the steps of San Francisco City Hall in a brazen challenge of the city's ban on public nudity on Friday, the first day it went into effect.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A now-shuttered Southern California sushi restaurant and two of its chefs were indicted on conspiracy and other charges for allegedly serving illegal and endangered whale meat, authorities said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The next time a child is abducted near you, your cellphone may shriek to life with an alert message.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.
• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.
FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.
• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.