PETALUMA SCHOOL CREATES FLAP OVER GIRLS' PANTS: PETALUMA (AP) - A Northern California middle school is clarifying its dress code after female students said they were told they could no longer wear tight-fitting pants because they distracted the boys.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judicial panel on Thursday denied Gov. Jerry Brown's request to lift a court-ordered prison population cap and threatened him and other state officials with contempt of court if they fail to comply.
RIVERSIDE . (AP) - A community group seeking to preserve a towering cross atop Riverside's city-owned Mount Rubidoux has purchased a small parcel around the landmark.
JAY LENO POKES FUN AT STOCKTON: STOCKTON – It's a city with rising unemployment, bankruptcy and crime. But now funnyman Jay Leno is piling on Stockton.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill aimed at pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members by making the organization ineligible for nonprofit tax breaks cleared its first vote on Wednesday in the California Legislature.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Far fewer Californians are getting health insurance through their employers compared to a decade ago, a change that comes as the nation is about to undergo major reforms in the health care system, according to a report released Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - New toll lanes on a Los Angeles freeway were supposed to speed up traffic but instead put the brakes on other commuters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When she traded in her Mousketeer ears for a surfboard and a modest one-piece bathing suit, Annette Funicello helped create a world as fanciful as Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.
BURBANK TEEN ARRESTED FOR TWITTER THREAT: BURBANK (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of making a threat on Twitter against a classmate at his Burbank high school.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Demonstrators marched through San Francisco Wednesday in one of several rallies across California trying to shape the national immigration debate and press Congress to grant a path toward citizenship for immigrants living here illegally.
CREWS FIND BURNED BODY FOUND OFF SAN JOSE HIGHWAY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a fire after finding a body in an encampment off a highway in San Jose.
BEIJING (AP) - California and China signed an agreement Wednesday to look for ways to boost trade and investment, even as Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledged the state's reputation for red tape and its limited willingness to offer tax incentives.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Recently discovered dinosaur embryos are giving scientists their best glimpse yet into how the ancient creatures developed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report shows California community college students are having a harder time achieving their academic goals.
EXPLOSIVE DEVICE TRIGGERS MODESTO HIGH LOCKDOWN: MODESTO - Modesto High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday, following a report of a shooting and the discovery of a possible explosive device near the campus.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Administrators at a Bakersfield high school say they're sorry a staff member publicly embarrassed students who aren't expected to graduate by naming them during a senior rally.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.
ESCONDIDO (AP) - Residents of a defunct country club in San Diego County are raising a stink over the stench of manure used on the golf course.
SAN JOSE (AP) - So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials pleaded no contest Wednesday to helping loot the city of Bell out of millions of dollars in a corruption scandal that gained national attention as it drove the working-class Los Angeles suburb to the brink of bankruptcy.
• ABANDONED CROC CAPTURED AT ROSEVILLE STRIP MALL: ROSEVILLE (AP) - This is one crocodile that didn't want to become a handbag.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
FRESNO . (AP) - A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with murdering nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has a big lead as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term, far outpacing any of the three top Republican challengers, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Environmental and fishing groups have filed a complaint alleging the federal government's operation of two California dams is harming fall-run Chinook salmon and steelhead in the American River because the water is too warm and flows too slowly.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water managers are determining if recent storms helped California's dwindling water supplies enough to warrant increases in water deliveries to farms and thirsty cities.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers.
PASADENA . (AP) - Get ready for more flying sharks.