SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drought-stricken California got some help Thursday from the weather - a prelude to a bigger storm for parts of the state over the weekend that could dump as much as 2 feet of snow in the northern Sierra and 6 inches of rain on Bay Area mountains.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use Thursday in a rare mid-winter conservation alert, after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have presented evidence to prosecutors for a possible felony vandalism case against Justin Bieber.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Illness caused by a soil-borne fungus killed three employees at two California prisons in recent years and sickened 103 others, according to a federal health care agency report made public Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dispute over a bag of dog poop has ended in the acquittal of a Los Angeles County judge.
• SCHOOL APOLOGIZES FOR BLACK HISTORY LUNCH MENU: CONCORD (AP) - Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.
• Convicted killer sprung from state's death row: SAN JOSE (AP) - A man convicted of killing two San Jose jewelers more than 25 years ago has been released from death row.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism - despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up.
STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton say three people were wounded when 40 to 50 gunshots rang out in a daytime shooting in a residential neighborhood.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - A firefighter responding to a Southern California crash site was handcuffed and held in a patrol car for failing to move a fire truck immediately after police asked him to.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud Wednesday after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state.
RED BLUFF (AP) - A Northern California man has died after his wheelchair caught fire, authorities say.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A civilian board that found eight officers violated Los Angeles Police Department policy in mistakenly firing on two women during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner also faulted the department itself.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday urged California's largest public pension fund to act quickly to address rising costs caused by retirees' longer life expectancies, saying failure to do so would widen the fund's liabilities by billions of dollars.
FRESNO (AP) - Fresno elementary schoolers have gotten a wave and a smile from a badly burned firefighter after collecting 44,000 dimes to help the center treating him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found that the most recent estimate of the cost to ride California's bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a bargain at an average of $86.
MODESTO (AP) - A nursery near Modesto sold pistachio trees with a disorder that officials say could affect as many as 20,000 acres of San Joaquin Valley orchards.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed off on an agreement to clean polluted storm runoff water and redirect it to the city's groundwater basin.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The City of San Diego has confirmed that despite the drought, they are pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Chollas Lake for recreational fishing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday received an extension to the deadline her office faced next week for processing a proposed ballot initiative that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Three people were injured by green paintballs shot from a moving car in the San Francisco Bay Area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of Spanish-speaking airplane cabin cleaners sued their employer Thursday alleging they were required to speak only English at work, which virtually silenced them on the job.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a dog who ran toward him during a confrontation with a group of transients in San Bernardino.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old girl fought off a man who forced his way into her house after following her home from school.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have identified 3,000 arrests that could have been influenced and resulted in wrongful convictions as the result of bias by 14 San Francisco police officers being investigated for racist and homophobic text messages, the district attorney announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know.
DAVIS (AP) - Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when the University of California, Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A man arrested for robbing a bank posted a photo and videos of the theft on social media - but said he shouldn't have been charged because he didn't threaten anyone and politely asked for the money.