SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley lawmaker resigned unexpectedly Friday, creating a vacancy that dropped Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes. The loss, however, was expected to be temporary and not have major impacts on the majority party's clout.
REDDING (AP) - Officials have turned down the lights on a Northern California bridge over concerns they may be contributing to a decline in Chinook salmon.
CHILD PORN CHARGES AGAINST EX-PROBATION CHIEF: SAN MATEO (AP) - Child porn charges have been filed against a former San Mateo County chief probation officer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.
HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT MUSHROOMS IN SAN JOSE FIELD: SAN JOSE (AP) - A huge homeless encampment has mushroomed in a grassy field near downtown San Jose.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More of the world's elite universities are joining the rush to offer "massive open online courses" that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A crane tipped over while working on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Thursday, but there were no injuries and nothing leaked into the bay, authorities said.
4 DAYS ENOUGH FOR LEAVING OLD MAN IN HOT CAR: FRESNO (AP) - A California caregiver who left a 101-year-old man in a hot car last summer won't be facing anymore jail time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer told a jury in closing arguments Thursday.
CAR ENDS UP HANGING OFF I-5 BRIDGE
TURLOCK ARSON CONSIDERED ATTEMPTED MURDER: TURLOCK - A fire at an abandoned cheese factory Tuesday night was not only arson, but attempted murder, Turlock Police said.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has withdrawn a conflict of interest claim against a court-appointed monitor overseeing mental health treatment in California's prison system, even as officials continue criticizing the costly oversight of some prison operations.
SCHOOLS TO GET MORE MONEY UNDER BROWN'S REFORM: SACRAMENTO (AP) - No California school will receive less money than it does currently under Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping proposal to change how K-12 schools are funded.
WOODLAND (AP) - Researchers released 50,000 salmon into a flooded rice field in the Sacramento Valley on Tuesday in an effort to understand whether such fields, flooded between harvests, can stand in for the wetlands that once filled the area and served as a massive nursery for juvenile salmon.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was good news and bad news on Wednesday in a winter storm that gave California a much-needed dose of rain and snow.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Security researchers say they've discovered a vulnerability in Apple's software that hackers could use to steal sensitive information from iPhones or iPads, by tricking device owners into downloading a malicious app.
PASADENA (AP) - Fifteen hikers from a church group who failed to return from a day hike in the Southern California mountains were exhausted and losing daylight, so they decided to build a fire and wait until Monday morning, when a helicopter plucked them safely out of the wilderness.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber has paid more than $80,000 to the owner of a home he egged but has otherwise made slow progress on the terms of his sentence in the vandalism case, probation officials said in a report disclosed at a hearing Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thousands of Kaiser Permanente nurses plan to walk off the job in Northern California during a two-day strike as contract negotiations continue, a union official said Monday.
STOCKTON (AP) - The mayor of Stockton is floating several ideas to try to get rid of a weed that is clogging city waterways.
3 ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF ABALONE IN CALIFORNIA: UKIAH (AP) - State wildlife officials have arrested three men on suspicion of illegally harvesting dozens of abalone in Northern California.
DEAR DIDI: I am writing to you because I have a 5 year old Dachshund that has a very annoying behavior and I don't understand why he does it. He has been doing it since he was 6 months old! Every single time he poops or pees....he does what I call "the potty dance". He kicks his hind legs out and tears up grass into the wind. He is quite energetic about it! Is he actually trying to bury his "stuff" like a cat does??-curious mommy in Manteca
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Contra Costa County officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night, a crime that appears to be on the rise amid California's drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.
EUREKA (AP) - Voters in the North Coast city of Eureka bucked the election tide last week and defeated a ballot measure that would have raised the local minimum wage to $12 an hour.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers, a newspaper in the state capital reported Sunday.