SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.
CULVER CITY (AP) - The state Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to reduce a gasoline tax by 3.5 cents per gallon - but that doesn't mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.
FRESNO (AP) - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.
Senator Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, introduced legislation Tuesday to place a water bond on the November 2014 ballot that prioritizes water storage benefiting all Californians.
KING CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme to steal more than 200 cars from poor Hispanic people.
GLENDORA (AP) - Eager anticipation of the most substantial winter storm systems predicted for drought-stricken California this winter turned to a bit of wariness Tuesday as residents of foothill communities picked up sandbags at fire stations and city yards to protect their homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the historic D-Day invasion of World War II, Walter D. Ehlers accomplished some of the most awe-inspiring acts of bravery imaginable, earning a Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine-gun nests and saving countless Allied soldiers' lives.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot after its backers failed to gather enough voter signatures to qualify the measure, the secretary of state said Monday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas.
STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University is eliminating sales of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes starting next month.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California high school student has been diagnosed with the lung disease tuberculosis, health officials say.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man who was injured when a wheel came off a tractor trailer and smashed through his windshield on a Northern California freeway has died.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers say they will give a state senator one week to resign or risk being suspended after he was indicted last week on multiple federal corruption charges.
SAN LORENZO (AP) - An attorney for the family of a San Francisco Bay Area man who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies says deputies created the confrontation that led to the shooting.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a record $117.5 billion spending plan with overwhelming support Monday, but the budget that would send more money to public schools and establish a new tax credit for the working poor is unlikely to go into effect.
• OWNER OF MARIJUANA FARM FINED FOR FOULING CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Water regulators in California have fined the owner of a former marijuana farm and a licensed excavation contractor $297,400 for fouling a creek while preparing a piece of land in Shasta County for pot-growing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities have broad authority to require builders to set aside a percentage of units in new projects for affordable housing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) - It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally say getting a California driver's license under a new program this year has helped them on the roads - and off.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As a roomful of lawmakers and staff grinded through the last line items of the Legislature's spending plan late one night, it became clear there would be no easy deal even though California's budget is being crafted solely by Democrats and state coffers are awash in cash.
ALAMEDA (AP) - A giant purple blob from the sea - a slug - is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A donation center in San Diego has received a landscape painting that turned out to be a rare work by early 20th century wildlife artist John Fery that's worth more than $20,000.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have scheduled a vote Monday on a $117.5 billion spending plan that increases social spending for the poor even though Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't signed off on that version of the budget.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Hundreds of Orange County court cases are being scrutinized amid suspicions that someone was paid to fix DUI and other traffic violations by falsifying court records.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, imagine what a pancake breakfast might do for medical marijuana.
STANFORD (AP) - The president of Stanford University is stepping down after 15 years on a high note, with one university official calling his run as president one of the greatest in Stanford's history and the annals of American higher education.
OAKLAND . (AP) - More and longer BART trains are coming to San Francisco in the fall.