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OBAMA SIGNS BILL CREATING PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK: HOLLISTER. (AP) - Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.
CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - A Castro Valley man is in jail and an alligator authorities say he likely had to protect a stash of marijuana has been taken to a zoo.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Museum of California offered a $12,000 reward Wednesday for the safe recovery of a stolen gold-encrusted jewel box - the latest in a series of thefts involving Gold Rush-era artifacts across the region.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - A Northern California city has approved a new downtown park to be built on land donated by filmmaker George Lucas that will feature statues of Indiana Jones and Yoda, two of his most popular characters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say an assault-rifle-clutching gunman opened fire on Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during a car chase that ended with a crash and the arrest of two alleged gang members.
4 arrested in death of staged burglary suspect in Pittsburg
VICTIM CELL PIC LEADS TO LA-AREA BURGLARY ARREST: SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Authorities have arrested a home burglary suspect based on a photo the victim, who was home at the time, took with her cell phone at her residence in northern Los Angeles County.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest teacher pension fund took the first step Wednesday toward divesting from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is preparing a spending plan as California faces its most optimistic financial outlook in years, yet the Democratic governor's intention to stick with a frugal fiscal agenda could put him on a collision course with Democratic lawmakers who seek to restore state services lost during the recession.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lawyer for the pilot of an empty oil tanker that clipped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says any speculation about "pilot error" being the cause is "highly premature."
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors might miss the 1920s-era ice skating rink in the winter or the summer bike and raft rentals, but they'll likely be glad to hear that a plan released Tuesday to protect the river that runs through Yosemite National Park won't reduce the number of daily visitors.
• ARTIFACT STOLEN FROM OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say what they're describing as a "valuable artifact" has been stolen in a break-in from the Oakland Museum of California.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle is suing two nurses who said on TV that he hurt them.
OC CAT-HOARDER SENTENCED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT: SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who kept 110 cats in a filthy Orange County home where his grandchildren lived has been sentenced for child abuse and endangerment.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Political strategists mapping potential gains in the House next month are circling, of all places, California.
4 DOGS ATTACK ELDERLY COUPLE IN THEIR MODESTO HOME: MODESTO (AP) - Two people are in critical condition after being mauled by four pit bulls at a home in central California.
DOWNEY (AP) - A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other youngsters and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation needs to close a "word gap" between low-income children and their more affluent peers.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The first Latino to head the California Senate in more than 130 years will celebrate his new post with far more pomp and expense than a typical affair marking a change of leadership at the Capitol.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Tracy businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail and wire fraud involving more than $5 million that his company collected from consumers with pending loans by impersonating authorities in threatening phone calls, federal prosecutors said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to residents Tuesday amid a severe California drought - conserve water now or face mandatory restrictions on use in the future.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages - frozen eggs?
FRESNO (AP) - Police in California say two students suffered serious injuries when a special-needs student got into a golf cart at a local middle school and took off, plowing into a group of teenagers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Restraint and steady progress don't necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California's fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown's central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Neel Kashkari is trying to rewrite the playbook for Republican gubernatorial candidates in California and nudge the party back to relevance after years of declining registration.
HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.