LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - Star Wars fans might soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.
• Calif. contractors to get 30 pct of requested water: FRESNO (AP) - California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
GALT (AP) - An animal control officer was fatally shot Wednesday when he went to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home where the resident had been evicted a day earlier, authorities said.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county's medical marijuana permitting program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
• First of series of storms moves through NorCal: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fast-moving storm has moved through Northern California, but forecasters say two more storms are on their way.
• 3 Calif men indicted in terror plot case: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Three California men have been indicted on terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to kill Americans overseas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents are bracing for gusty winds, heavy rain, high seas and snow in the mountains as the area prepares for a series of storms.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state's bleak financial condition.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay area city council members are moving up to the state Assembly to fill vacant seats in Alameda County districts.
FULLERTON (AP) - Fullerton police say they have arrested a 42-year-old man suspected of posing as a photographer to lure two teenage girls into taking sexy photos.
COSTCO APOLOGIZES FOR CALIFORNIA BIBLE FLAP : SIMI VALLEY (AP) - A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have banned tour buses in a neighborhood that has become a major tourist draw for a set of Victorian homes featured in the opening credits to the 1980s and '90s television show, "Full House." The Municipal Transportation Agency's Board of Directors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to ban the buses from a 25-square-block area around and including Alamo Square Park, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The park is across ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ordered Chris Brown on Wednesday to spend three months in rehab after reading a report that said a facility discharged the R&B singer because he threw a rock through his mother's car window.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former President George W. Bush showed off his painting and his granddaughter and poked fun of his post-White House years on the "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Tuesday. The 43rd president said that he was inspired to take up painting after reading a Winston Churchill essay. When he hired an instructor for weekly lessons, he said he told her "There's a Rembrandt trapped in this body. Your job is ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's independent legislative analyst on Wednesday offered a rosier financial forecast for the state than in the last several years, projecting annual operating surpluses approaching $10 billion a year by the 2017-18 fiscal year if current spending and revenue policies continue.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The U.S. Commerce Department has announced plans to open a long-awaited patent office in Silicon Valley, the world's top region for patent filers.
MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING DOG: LONG BEACH (AP) - A Southern California man has been charged with felony animal cruelty for an alleged sexual assault on his neighbor's dog that was caught on video.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A lesbian teacher filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Hesperia Unified School District that alleges unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation because of her sexual orientation. Lambda Legal filed the 109-page lawsuit in San Bernardino County Superior Court on behalf of Julia Frost, who taught as a probationary English teacher at Sultana High from August 2011 through May 2013. The suit alleges that administrators created a hostile environment for Frost and gay students, ...
OAKLAND (AP) - The city auditor says Oakland must do a better job inspecting yards and making sure property owners clear away fire fuels in order to prevent another devastating wildfire in the dry, brush-strewn hills. Auditor Courtney Ruby cites a "lackluster culture" surrounding the performance of inspections by the Fire Department. After the 1991 Hills fire that killed 25 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes, Oakland ordered firefighters to conduct annual vegetation inspections. ...
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles music fans are singing the blues after the West Hollywood City Council voted to deny landmark status for the Sunset Strip building that formerly housed the flagship Tower Records store. The unanimous vote Monday let a decision by the historic preservation commission stand, not allowing the building to be deemed a cultural resource, KNX Radio reported . An online petition gathered 1,800 signatures calling on the city's urban ...
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PRISON GUARD HOSPITALIZED: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A correctional officer is hospitalized in fair condition after he was slashed in the head and neck with an inmate-made weapon at a Northern California state prison.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended planned cleanup efforts at a California site where industrial waste on the ocean floor appears to be declining naturally. Scientists are at a loss to explain the rapid drop of toxic chemical levels across the 17-square-mile site about 200 feet below the ocean surface and two miles off the Los Angeles County coast, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Samples taken from sediment suggest more ...