SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top regulator on Friday proposed Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay $1.6 billion as the penalty for causing a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just like Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero - at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy.
IRVINE (AP) - When student government representatives at the University of California, Irvine voted to ban all flags - including the American one - from their tiny office, they thought they had found a solution to a battle over freedom of speech that began when someone first tacked a U.S. flag to the wall in January. The flag had been at the center of an increasingly bitter game of cat-and-mouse, with some students taking it down repeatedly and others replacing it in the dark of night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The top Republican in the California Assembly announced a government reform package on Thursday that she said would help make government more accountable and transparent.
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OAKLAND (AP) - A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with the murder of a young Oakland mother who was shot to death while shepherding her children to safety in the midst of a gunbattle, authorities said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - New research suggests there are hot springs bubbling beneath the icy surface of a tiny Saturn moon.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - It's a place of honor for those who sniffed out crime and brought down crooks. On a bluff beneath tall oak trees and overlooking rolling green hills, police dogs from one California agency are laid to rest.
NAPA (AP) - A Northern California judge has ordered a 35-year-old woman to spend three months in jail for sending sexually explicit messages to a high school teen.
•ACRAMENTO APPROVES CONTRACT FOR $8M ARENA SCULPTURE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento will pay $8 million for a sculpture by renowned artist Jeff Koons that will stand outside a new downtown sports arena.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has restored service to its widely used iTunes and app stores after a rare breakdown Wednesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- There's a lot to love about Google's new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop: a vivid, high-resolution touch screen, powerful speakers and next-generation USB ports meant to standardize power chargers. All for $300 cheaper than the original model.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse's assistant who beat her young adopted son and daughter with cords, ropes and pipes and bound them with zip ties in their bedrooms while she went to work was sentenced Wednesday to as long as life in prison, prosecutors said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system on Wednesday for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - They don't stand on snobbishness when it comes to making wine at Washington State University.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.
REDDING (AP) - A new Crystal Geyser Water Co. plant opening at the foot of Mount Shasta is adding to criticism of companies that are bottling water in California's drought.
CORONADO - Technology has changed the world significantly and quickly in recent years but the state and national governments are unable to adapt to the ramifications of this revolution, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told a gathering of California newspaper executives Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - In California's second-largest city, memories are still fresh of a devastating drought 25 years ago that saw the area's water supplies slashed by about a third.
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.