ESCONDIDO POLICE CHIEF APOLOGIZES FOR GAG GIFT: ESCONDIDO (AP) - A Southern California police chief has apologized for a holiday party gag prize that included mug shots of intoxicated people.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped to 8.5 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department said Friday, continuing a positive trend after increasing temporarily over the summer.
OAKLAND (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered a California hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.
EUREKA (AP) - A civil liberties group has accused a Northern California school district of pervasive racism and of condoning weekly traditions in which female students are groped.
PG&E FINED $14M OVER INCORRECT RECORDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been fined with $14.35 million for failing to promptly notify state officials of incorrect records related to a Northern California natural gas pipeline.
MOORPARK (AP) - Authorities say a student who spurred a lockdown with a threatening note at a Ventura County high school killed himself by stepping in front of a train.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge abruptly interrupted a weeks long hearing so that he could begin considering whether the prolonged solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates in California prisons violates their civil rights.
$8M SETTLEMENT IN ALLEGED CALIFORNIA TEACHER ABUSE: ANTIOCH (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area school district has agreed to an $8 million settlement with the families of eight special education students in an alleged teacher abuse case.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman known as the face of San Francisco Bay Area's nude rights movement was married in front of City Hall wearing only a veil.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The identity of one of two jackpot winners of the near-record Mega Millions lottery drawing remains unknown.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a bitter fight over the effects of affirmative action, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that law school data on race, attendance and grades should be available to the public.
ORANGE COUNTY REJECTS MAPPING DANGEROUS DOGS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has rejected a proposal to create an online map pinpointing dangerous dogs in more than a dozen cities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed, killing the "Fast & Furious" star.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - The owner of an eclectic, unassuming strip mall gift shop in Silicon Valley earned $1 million for selling one of two winning tickets in the near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release 65,000 emails that critics say could contain additional evidence of backroom dealings between the utility and state regulators.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The threat of higher tuition is not keeping prospective students from applying to the University of California in record numbers, UC officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday became the first Democrat to enter the high-stakes, high-dollar race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is rolling out with the most nominations at this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted when he presented his record $113 billion state spending plan last week, according to an independent budget analysis released Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state is ramping up advertising and marketing efforts in the final month of open enrollment for health insurance to minimize the estimated 1 million Californians who will face tax penalties for staying uninsured, exchange officials announced Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Immigrants in the country illegally who fraudulently obtained a California driver's license before it was legal won't get a new card until state authorities review their driving record.
AIR TAINTED WITH SOOT LINGERS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A stubborn dry weather pattern settled over Northern California in January, helping create some of the sootiest air in years for the 7.5 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, air quality officials said Tuesday.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park in California are almost to the top, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - One of two climbers attempting a grueling ascent up a half-mile of sheer granite in California's Yosemite National Park was making a push Monday to catch up with his partner.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 18,000 Kaiser nurses and nurse practitioners in Northern and Central California are planning for an upcoming strike.
By SCOTT SMITH
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California is weighing the constitutionality of a 45-year-old act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug along with LSD, cocaine and heroin.