OAKLAND (AP) - Union officials say workers for a San Francisco Bay Area bus system have rejected a second tentative contract agreement in less than two months.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill ending the standardized tests that California public school students have taken in reading, math and social science since 1999 received Gov. Jerry Brown's signature on Wednesday, despite a threat by the U.S. secretary of education to withhold federal funds if the state moved forward with the plan.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Online enrollment for California's new health insurance exchange resumed Wednesday after technical glitches on the system's opening day forced overnight upgrades.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than four years after Michael Jackson's death, a jury on Wednesday rejected the notion that the promoter of his ill-fated comeback concerts was linked to his demise, ending a long-running case that offered an unprecedented look into the singer's addiction struggles, concert preparations and his role as a parent.
POLICE: WOMAN DROVE AROUND WITH DEAD NIECE IN CAR: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A woman who allegedly drove around for much of a day with the body of her 2-year-old niece in the car's back seat has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and torture-related charges.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors are deciding whether a firefighter racing toward a burning, crashed airliner in San Francisco should be criminally charged for running over a 16-year-old survivor who was lying on the runway, or whether the death was just a tragic accident.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco legislation requiring businesses to consider requests for flexible work schedules from employees who serve as caregivers appears set to become law.
MAN IN ALLEGED ASSAULT CLAIMS SENIOR PRANK: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A former Northern California high school student charged with assaulting a teacher says he covered his face, jumped out from behind garbage cans and put a knife to the woman's side as part of a senior prank.
STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton's city manager says the only way the city can get out of bankruptcy is to raise sales taxes.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook will subsidize 15 units in an upscale 400-unit apartment complex in Menlo Park so they can be rented at below-market rates.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Thousands of Californians seeking to buy their own health insurance flooded call centers with questions and overloaded the state's online marketplace Tuesday on the first day of a new federal health care law that will dramatically change the way Americans buy health insurance.
OAKLAND (AP) - Two people have been charged in connection with the slaying of an 8-year-old Oakland girl, who was fatally shot after answering the front door at her friend's apartment during a sleepover.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - San Francisco is getting full hydroelectric power again from Yosemite National Park after the last of two power plants shuttered during the Rim Fire reopened.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college: swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.
FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.
• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.
• CALIFORNIA PRISONS END RACE POLICY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A veteran police detective was fired for giving an obscenity- and insult-filled rant during a training session, his attorney said Wednesday.
COACH FIRED OVER WATERMELON, APE-LIKE CELEBRATIONS: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.