SACRAMENTO (AP) - State worker furloughs saved California $5 billion over five years but left taxpayers on the hook for $1 billion in unused vacation because employees banked many of their paid days off while they were forced to stay home, according to a report released Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city has agreed to give $40,000 to two women whose pickup was shot up by a Police Department protection detail that mistook their newspaper delivery vehicle for the truck driven by rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner during his rampage, officials announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 5-foot-long shark died after being put in an above-ground pool at a Los Angeles home where a Kmart commercial was being filmed, a newspaper reported Thursday.
COST TO RENAME SFO MAY BE LESS THAN EXPECTED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Renaming San Francisco International Airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk may not cost as much as airport officials had estimated.
SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A former soldier who killed two Santa Cruz police detectives last month was not prosecuted on two rape charges dating back to 2006 because there was not enough evidence, an Army spokesman said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A social media editor for the Reuters news service was charged Thursday with conspiring with the group "Anonymous" to hack into the Tribune Co.'s computer system shortly after he was fired from one of the company's TV stations.
LODI SOLDIER KILLED BY GUNSHOT WOUND: FORT BRAGG, NC - A 21-year-old soldier from Lodi stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died March 7, the U.S. Army confirmed.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A man charged with threatening a California lawmaker boasted in an email that he could use his sniper skills to assassinate the politician while hiding in the shadows of the state Capitol, a newspaper reported.
3 FORMER EXECS PLEAD GUILTY IN ASBESTOS CASE: MERCED . (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct nonprofit have been convicted of violating federal asbestos laws when the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater was cleaned up.
AGENCY WEIGHS IN ON SAN JOSE PENSION FIGHT: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California agency that oversees government employee rights has issued four complaints against the city of San Jose over negotiations with its unions on a pension reform measure that voters approved in June.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California would allow private, online education companies to offer courses for credit at state colleges and universities, under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state Legislature.
INTERSECTION CRASH KILLS ONE IN TURLOCK: TURLOCK . - One person was killed and two others injured in a wreck between a Cadillac Escalade and a Nissan Sentra in a Turlock intersection at 8:57 p.m. on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Civic officials joined Arab and Muslim leaders to denounce what they call offensive anti-Islamic ads that will appear on 10 buses for the next month in San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Labor and environmental groups on Tuesday joined some of the more liberal Democrats in the state Legislature in announcing a coalition to oppose reforms sought by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Environmental Quality Act.
POLICE: SLEEPING PILLS PUT IN KID CUPS AT DAYCARE : MORGAN HILL (AP) - Morgan Hill police have arrested a daycare worker for allegedly putting sleeping pills into toddlers' drinks before a scheduled nap time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police officers tampered with recording gear in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored, and avoided discipline for the altered cars, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police say the man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer had been rejected after applying to become a policeman.
ELK GROVE (AP) - A Northern California city has launched a social media venture that connects residents in need with excess food that would otherwise go to waste.
• CAR CRASH KILLS TODDLER, INJURES 4 INCLUDING CHEF: NAPA (AP) - A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Police arrested two Santa Monica High School students over a video-recorded classroom fight between a teacher and a pupil that sparked condemnation from a district official and a backlash from parents.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.
MODESTO (AP) - Two teenage girls stabbed in Northern California on Saturday are in stable condition at a hospital, and that a third younger victim is improving, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four Smart cars were flipped over in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.
• GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TOLLS TO INCREASE BY $1: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters traveling across San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge are paying an extra dollar in tolls.
NEW YORK (AP) - On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old - a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some states, including California, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in California:
NEW YORK (AP) - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.