CHOWCHILLA. (AP) - The nation called Ed Ray a hero when he led a terrified group of children to safety after they were kidnapped aboard their school bus and held underground for ransom in the summer of 1976.
MALIBU (AP) - More than 20,000 new summer jobs will give young people an opportunity to work in America's forests, national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands, federal officials announced Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dipped slightly in April to 10.9 percent, the state said Friday, as a federal survey showed 20,000 new jobs were created.
LANCASTER (AP) - The man who built an eccentric Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was placed on five years' probation on Friday and ordered to serve 63 days community service, five of them at the county morgue.
MAN WHO FELL OFF HIGHWAY FABRICATED CARJACK STORY: SAN MATEO (AP) - A Northern California man seriously hurt when he plunged off an elevated freeway ramp fabricated a story about fleeing an armed carjacker.
RICHMOND (AP) - Voters in Richmond are set to decide whether to make the San Francisco Bay area city the nation's first municipality to tax soda and other sugary beverages to help fight childhood obesity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Science Center said it has raised nearly half of the $200 million needed to build a permanent exhibit for the space shuttle Endeavour.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of two Chinese students who were killed near the University of Southern California campus filed a lawsuit alleging the school made false claims about safety.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices increased for a second straight month as the supply of lower-priced homes in foreclosure dwindled and previously hesitant shoppers were lured by low lending rates, a research firm said Thursday.
BROWN APPROVES TRIBAL CASINO IN SONOMA COUNTY: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has moved a Northern California Indian tribe one step closer to building a casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Families would no longer have to give up their vehicles to receive welfare if a bill passed Thursday by the Assembly becomes law.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sometime Saturday evening, a professional skateboarder will throw down some big tricks at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, watch his rivals fall off one by one and walk away with $150,000.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines has been a state lawmaker since she won a special election to fill an empty seat last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Beach rocks that caused a California woman's shorts to catch fire and severely burn her legs and hands appeared to be coated with phosphorus, but it was unclear how the flammable chemical got onto the stones found near a military base, authorities said Thursday.
MOTORIST FATALLY STABBED AFTER CRASHING INTO HOUSE: INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A motorist being chased at high-speed by another driver has been stabbed to death after crashing into a Southern California house.
• TWITTER INSTALLING LOG CABINS AT HEADQUARTERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers say hikers can now apply for permits to ascend the summit of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - There's a whole lot of shakin' going on at the University of Nevada, Reno.
SALINAS (AP) - Isidro Hernandez Tovar lived for more than five decades with the searing memory of a crash in the Salinas Valley that killed 32 of his colleagues, all farmworkers who died when a freight train collided with their bus.
SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley is planning a special celebration at the Sierra ski resort March 21 to honor more than a dozen U.S. Olympians from the Reno-Lake Tahoe area who competed in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, including three who brought home gold.
ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man armed with an assault rifle on Sunday morning after he pointed a handgun at them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction on new Southern California homes is lagging, and that's driving up prices for would-be middle-class homebuyers amid a reduced inventory.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they retrospectively increase the punishments for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area officials have decided to increase tolls for drivers crossing the Golden Gate Bridge by $2 by 2018.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California was lashed Friday by heavy rains that the parched state so desperately needs, though with the soaking came familiar problems: traffic snarls, power outages and the threat of mudslides.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Small but unusual outbreaks of tuberculosis, measles and an extremely rare polio-like disease in several regions across California have set off concerns about the risks of exposure. All the infectious disease reports are actively being investigated, and California health officials say it is sheer coincidence that they arose at the same time.