HIKERS WON'T HAVE TO PAY $160K RESCUE COSTS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Fire Department has lost a $7.8 million federal grant for what would have been its first new fireboat in 50 years because it didn't spend the money in time, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A police bomb squad detonated 17 homemade explosive devices found in an apartment on Wednesday after a routine traffic stop revealed a potentially dangerous liquid in a man's car, authorities said.
VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Attorneys for a 12-year-old California boy charged with killing his sister said Wednesday they wonder if he is mature enough to aid his defense.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Six current and former San Francisco school district employees were charged Tuesday with embezzling about $15 million in grant money from the district, officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new $6.3 billion eastern portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge still "has a fighting chance" to open this year, despite concerns over structural issues, officials overseeing its construction said Tuesday.
POLICE: MAN DRESSED AS WOMAN IN RESTROOM ARRESTED: PALMDALE (AP) - A Palmdale man has been arrested for allegedly videotaping women in a Macy's restroom while dressed as a woman.
VALLEY SPRINGS . (AP) - The parents of an 8-year-old Central California girl who was stabbed to death in her home believed she was fine when they made a 911 call to authorities from another location.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday proposed a revised budget that would send an extra $2.9 billion to California schools this year, including $1 billion in one-time funding to help districts implement more rigorous academic standards.
LIVERMORE LAB JURY AWARDS $2.7 MILLION: OAKLAND (AP) - A jury has awarded more than $2.7 million to five former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers in an ongoing wrongful-termination case.
LA schools consider banning defiance suspensions
VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - The father of a 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister said Monday he will believe his son is innocent until he sees evidence that proves otherwise.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would require California ski resorts to prepare an annual safety plan and post those reports on their websites.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.
ANDERSON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Northern California boy will face criminal charges in the death of another teen who snorted rat poison that he believed was cocaine.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Officials in Silicon Valley's largest city voted unanimously to create a registry of private surveillance cameras that could help police solve crimes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States.
FRESNO (AP) - Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
NAPA (AP) - A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died - the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Wildlife officials in Northern California say they have shot and killed a mountain lion they believe is the one that attacked a 6-year-old boy.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The granite landscape in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park helped slow the spread of a wildfire, officials said Wednesday.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Mile-long trains filled with millions of gallons of flammable crude oil may be rolling through Kern County next year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.
FRESNO POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK POSTED ONLINE: FRESNO . (AP) - Police in Central California are trying to identify the people behind a video posted online in which a 20-year-old woman is taunted, beaten and forced to strip in broad daylight.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July in a survey released Tuesday, falling far short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in water use when he declared a drought emergency.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire officials called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and sent smoke into the park's famed valley for the first time Tuesday, officials said.