SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.
FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.
• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County authorities have filed new charges against a suspected vandal they believe scrawled graffiti in the courtroom where he was being prosecuted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor.
SANTA ANA (AP) - The federal government has resumed checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern by immigrant advocates that skipping the screening could put children at risk.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates, based on a critical state audit released Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newly created state board awarded nearly $29 million in income tax credits on Thursday for companies that have agreed to expand and retain jobs in California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The last thing lawmakers did as they passed California's $108 billion general fund budget this week was take up a mysterious tax break for the solar industry.
MORAGA (AP) - Two women who alleged they were sexually abused by a teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school reached a $14 million settlement with the district.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A Somali immigrant who survived an arduous flight to Hawaii stowed away in a jet's wheel well says he was trying to reach his mom, a refugee in Ethiopia who says her teenage son broke down in tears this week during their first call since his ordeal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire after serving more than 24 years, possibly giving Gov. Jerry Brown a significant hand in reshaping a high court that has leaned right politically for decades.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tourists will soon be able to take in 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles from an observation deck, bar and restaurant atop the tallest building in the West.
REDDING (AP) - Northern California authorities said Tuesday they've stopped actively searching for an infant who's been missing for 11 days, but they'll keep the case open and investigate any leads they receive.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matthew Muller had a resume built for success - a U.S. Marine veteran, Harvard Law School graduate and member of the California bar.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ordered a suburban Los Angeles city on Tuesday to release video of police fatally shooting an unarmed man two years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter's stock briefly spiked on Tuesday after a fake story said the short messaging service received a $31 billion buyout offer.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Disney hotel dishwasher has been charged with trying to trade Disneyland tickets for sex with a 14-year-old girl.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect California residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought.
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By BRIAN SMITH
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's main route to the Golden Gate Bridge has reopened after three days of closure.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who sought refuge in Sacramento after aiding U.S. military forces as an electrical engineer in Afghanistan has died after being struck by a driver suspected of texting while driving.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The case of a California woman who said she was kidnapped for ransom only to have police call it a hoax took another bizarre twist Monday when federal prosecutors announced they charged a disbarred Harvard-trained lawyer with her abduction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don't have access to retirement plans at work, under a rule change ordered by President Barack Obama on Monday.