LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that he will join a think tank after leaving office this summer - and he'd also like to be California's governor someday.
DUNLAP (AP) - A female intern-volunteer was killed Wednesday by a lion at a private wild animal park in Central California, and state and local authorities were trying to determine what might have caused the fatal attack.
POLICE STANDOFF ENDS WITH ARREST IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police arrested a robbery suspect Wednesday after a nearly seven-hour standoff that began when he barricaded himself inside a marijuana growing site in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Francisco's Presidio that would house an art collection he amassed over more than four decades.
GALT RESIDENTS FAVOR CASINO: There was a lot of love for the Wilton Rancheria Indian Tribe and their casino proposal Tuesday evening at the Galt City Council meeting.
CREWS REMOVE YACHT GROUNDED BY ALLEGED THIEVES: PACIFICA . (AP) - Crews removed an 82-foot yacht from a Northern California beach early Tuesday after authorities say three people stole it, stocked it with pizza and beer, then drove it a little more than 20 miles before running it aground.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some workers in the San Francisco Bay Area suffer through commutes that are longer and cover greater distances than in any other major metro area in the country.
OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge has appointed a former police commissioner from Baltimore to oversee the embattled Oakland police department.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Impoverished Californians, including those who are homeless, soon will be able to get free cellphones and service thanks to the recent expansion of a statewide program.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - An elderly woman who died after a nurse at her elder home refused to provide CPR had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS FLIES INTO TRACY: TRACY –Buffalo Wild Wings, winner of scores of best wings and best sports bar awards, is opening its newest location in Tracy on Monday, March 18, with a ribbon cutting celebrated at
MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County mom is literally standing up for her daughter.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year's Oscar ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane's routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.
VALLEJO POLICE: 2 DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE: VALLEJO (AP) - Vallejo police say a man and woman found dead inside an apartment were fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.
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.