SUTTER CREEK (AP) - The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Several California lawmakers reacted Monday to the mass shooting a Connecticut elementary school by calling for new laws that they say are aimed at increasing safety, either through gun control or improved security at public schools.
MISSING 77-YEAR-OLD'S BODY FOUND IN RICHMOND: VALLEJO (AP) - The body of a missing 77-year-old man believed to have fallen into the waters off Mare Island has washed ashore.
THOUSANDS IN SIERRA FOOTHILLS WITHOUT POWER: IONE (AP) - Thousands of people in a handful of small communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills southeast of Sacramento are without electricity after a power outage hit the area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he plans to step up patrols of elementary and middle schools in the nation's second-largest school district by assigning officers to visit them at least once a day.
OFFICIALS ID CHP OFFICER KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Officials have released the name of a veteran California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash, while his colleagues remembered him as a dedicated public servant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his grandmother to death, possibly with a barbecue fork.
NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.
OAKLAND (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."
ENCINITAS (AP) - Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first graders as they contain their squirming in a kid-friendly version of the lotus position.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it has fired or suspended nearly 20 workers after discovering legally required inspections may not have been performed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Impoverished Californians will soon get free cellphones.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.
JURY: LAPD MUST PAY $24M FOR SHOOTING OF BOY, 13: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department must pay $24 million for a 13-year-old boy shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun.
WOMAN'S SEX ROMP EXPOSES WORKERS' COMP FRAUD : SAN MATEO (AP) - A sex romp at a public park helped prosecutors convict a California woman of faking an ankle injury to collect workers' compensation payments, authorities said.
FRESNO (AP) - A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires - the devastating Rim Fire - when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.
GOLETA (AP) - A Southern California man told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders made a public push Tuesday for their latest plan to pay for water projects a day ahead of scheduled votes in the Legislature.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health insurance plans offered to state employees in California and elsewhere are relatively generous, with government picking up a large share of deductibles and co-pays, according to a report released Tuesday.
STOCKTON (AP) - A hostage kidnapped during a Northern California bank robbery was killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout, likely during a final gunbattle where the lone surviving suspect used her as a human shield, authorities said Monday.
ETNA (AP) - Fire crews braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms as they tried to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Counties will be allowed to increase vehicle registration fees to pay for fingerprint identification programs under a bill that advanced to the governor's desk Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday blocked an advisory measure backed by Democrats from the November ballot.
FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno fire battalion chief says it's "nothing short of a miracle" no one was hurt and no cars were hit when a small plane with a pilot and his two daughters aboard crash-landed and hit two fences on a street near an airport.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Monday they are closing in on a deal to overhaul a water bond on the November ballot, but their replacement plan still needs support from Republicans.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A man threatened to blow himself up, rammed two cars in a McDonald's drive-thru, led police on a chase and ran from his burning van in a crime rampage that ended when a police dog captured him, Riverside police say.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California consumers rank among the nation's biggest spenders on housing and the lowest spenders on energy, according to new government data.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.