OAKLAND (AP) - After only two days in the job, Oakland's acting police chief stepped down on Friday and was replaced by an interim chief as part of a major management shake-up of the beleaguered department.
PALMDALE (AP) - A pack of dogs remained under quarantine at a Mojave Desert shelter on Friday as investigators tried to determine whether they were involved in a mauling that killed a jogger.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California education officials have taken the first step toward complying with a law requiring public schools to include prominent gay people and gay rights' milestones in the curriculum.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Think you've heard of every way possible to quit smoking? Etta Mae Lopez came up with a new one: slap a cop and go to jail, where smoking isn't allowed.
COMPTON (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors say a 16-year-old from Compton has been convicted of killing her mother and stepfather while she and her boyfriend were planning to hold a Halloween party in the family's mobile home in 2011.
LOS ANGELES (AP ) - A federal judge in California has ruled an auction house cannot sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of Kobe Bryant memorabilia offered by the NBA star's mother while courts sort out where the case should be decided.
DRIVER REACHING FOR DRINK HITS WOMAN, 3 CHILDREN: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say an unlicensed driver reaching for a spilled drink ran onto a sidewalk in San Diego and struck a mother and three children.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 72-foot-long Swedish sailboat capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the upcoming America's Cup races, leaving double gold medalist Andrew Simpson dead and another injured, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Leading oil industry groups said Thursday federal land managers are blocking new energy development and job creation by postponing all oil and gas lease auctions on prime public lands in California until October.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small earthquake has shaken the west side of Los Angeles, but there are no reports of damage or injuries.
LATER, DAWG: RANDY JACKSON LEAVING 'AMERICAN IDOL' : LOS ANGELES (AP) - Randy Jackson out.
TEMECULA (AP) - A Riverside County school district has rejected a claim that an autistic boy arrested for selling marijuana at school was a victim of discrimination.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Transgender students would have the right to use public school restrooms and participate on sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders under a bill approved Thursday in the California Assembly.
HUMAN HEAD FOUND AMONG RECYCLING DEBRIS: OAKLAND (AP) - A human head has been found in a load of recycling debris at a facility in Oakland.
MAN CHARGED IN BEATING OF SIKH ELDER IN FRESNO: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man is facing charges of attempted murder and elder abuse in connection with the beating of an 82-year-old Sikh man outside a Sikh temple in Fresno.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.
SAN JOSE (AP) - California's third most-populous city finally knows who its next mayor will be now that Santa Clara County election officials have decided against recounting ballots in the close San Jose mayoral election.
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.