SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers head into the final week of this year's Legislative session facing issues that could help shape California's environment and business climate for years to come.
SPACESHIPTWO MAKES 2ND SUPERSONIC TEST FLIGHT: MOJAVE (AP) - Virgin Galactic says it successfully conducted a second rocket-powered, supersonic test flight of the passenger spaceship it is developing.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states but played some games in California would be prohibited from filing state workers' compensation claims under a bill approved Friday by the state Senate.
SAN RAMON (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has opened a new, $38 million natural gas monitoring center in the wake of a deadly 2010 gas line explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.
ARRESTS MADE AT SACRAMENTO WAL-MART PROTEST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police made several arrests during a protest against Wal-Mart in Sacramento.
ATWATER (AP) - A Northern California air museum is adding a high-profile plane to its collection: Air Force One.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation intended to help preserve the clear waters of Lake Tahoe by allowing the commercial fishing of crayfish.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Even as firefighters battle a gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park, environmental scientists are moving in this weekend to begin critical work protecting habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season beings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego school district has agreed to expunge the records of 31 high school students who were suspended for making an on-campus video featuring "twerking" dance moves.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California veteran's charity that supplies arts and crafts to hospitalized servicemen and women agreed Friday to pay $2.45 million and purge its leadership to settle a lawsuit filed by the state alleging misuse of funds.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco parks worker was arrested Friday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run in the death of a Zen monk who was run over by a maintenance vehicle while relaxing with her young daughter and dog in a park.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two NBA teams in Northern California will be closely watching the final days of this year's legislative session, when state lawmakers will consider measures that would aid construction of new arenas for the franchises.
POLICE ARREST 21 PEOPLE IN LA WAL-MART PROTEST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police arrested 21 people protesting Wal-Mart's working conditions and firing practices, including seven company workers and 12 members of the clergy, in a downtown rally Thursday.
WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY SF CITY VEHICLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say a woman died after she was struck by a city maintenance vehicle in a park.
YREKA (AP) - Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.
HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's chronic drought is causing hardships on the coast south of San Francisco for property owners who ordinarily get their water from creeks and wells that have gone dry after four years of scant rainfall.
STOCKTON (AP) - A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments - even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.
LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - A Southern California elementary school has shut down a fundraising idea to let youngsters skip homework if their parents donate money.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles could save billions of gallons of water under an agreement announced Friday that allows it to use waterless methods to control dust at Owens Lake.
STOCKTON (AP) - A major investment firm has challenged a court-approved bankruptcy plan for the California city of Stockton, possibly jeopardizing resolution of one of the country's biggest city bankruptcies stemming from the 2008 housing bust.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who set another teen's clothes on fire on a public bus has been sentenced to seven years at a California juvenile facility.
VALLEJO (AP) - Two maintenance workers at Vallejo High School were seriously injured Friday in an explosion inside a classroom that was under construction, authorities said.
NAPA (AP) - Hot air balloons drifting in multicolored splashes against a blue heaven are a common sight in the Napa Valley. But lately, more than balloons have been taking to the wine country skies.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California State University official said Thursday that he's hearing there are more reports of sexual violence on campuses - but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more attacks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governors of California and Nevada met Thursday at a forum aimed at coming up with the best ways to cope with the unprecedented drought affecting the western U.S., now in its third year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a man sustained a critical head injury in San Francisco when part of a tree fell on him during a rare rainstorm.
INVASIVE FISH POISONED AT SAN FRANCISCO LAKE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workers in hazmat suits used a fish-killing chemical to rid a San Francisco lake of invasive species - a major step toward turning the area into a nature preserve.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge says he wants the political corruption portion of a sweeping San Francisco Chinatown organized crime case to go to trial quickly.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gun owners and advocates scored another big legal victory Wednesday in their quest to loosen restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in California.