STOCKTON (AP) - As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta - and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.
SANTA BARBARA. (AP) - In a reflection of California's bone-dry conditions after four years of drought, fire agencies along the state's central and southern coasts are ramping up staffing levels well before they normally do.
VALLEY CENTER (AP) - A San Diego municipal water agency appealed to the state to revise proposed water cutbacks because most of its users are farmers and they fear abundant avocado and citrus crops will dry up.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 16-year-old transgender girl who spoke on YouTube about being bullied at school in Southern California killed herself, a support group said, raising questions about what educators can and should do to support students who change gender identity.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California sheriff placed 10 deputies on paid administrative leave Friday after a TV station recorded several of them kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase during which the suspect rode away on a stolen horse.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced this week that his city would be deploying water cops and offering money to rip up lawns in an effort to save water during an escalating drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI is investigating allegations that San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between jail inmates and told the inmates to lie if they needed medical attention.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On the heels of a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's top utility regulator said he will look into whether the state's biggest power utility should be broken up to improve safety.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week.
BAKERSFIELD MAN HELD AFTER LITTLE BOY SLAPPED ON VIDEO: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a man after surveillance video from a Bakersfield convenience store showed a toddler being knocked down with a slap to the face.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden visited a power plant in Oaklandon Friday and spoke with veterans enrolled in a job-training program as part of a two-day swing through the Bay Area.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Federal officials are investigating the discovery of a pipe bomb along a Sacramento freeway off-ramp, near where a similar device was found a month ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.
SONOMA (AP) - California is taking desperate steps to save the last endangered salmon in Wine Country creeks that are going dry because of over-pumping and the drought, officials said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Oculus is expanding its virtual-reality headset to simulate the sensation of touch and gesturing as part of its quest to blur the lines between the fake and genuine world.
BERKELEY (AP) - A new Berkeley city ordinance that requires cellphone sellers to warn customers about radiation from the devices violates free speech rights, an industry trade group says in a new lawsuit.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved fire pits at a Southern California beach after three years of heated debate.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A retired Superior Court judge surrendered to police after firing a weapon at officers during a standoff at his Los Angeles townhouse, authorities said Thursday.
IRVINE (AP) - Taco Bell executives are studying a strange new vocabulary emerging on this side of the border - the lingo of its young customers.
• WAR MEMORIAL VANDALIZED WITH GRAFFITI: DANVILLE (AP) - Northern California officials are offering a reward for information on vandals who covered a war memorial with graffiti over the weekend.
LOS BANOS PRIEST ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE: LOS BANOS (AP) - A former Los Banos Catholic priest has been charged with possession of child pornography following a 10-month investigation by the city's police department.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Too sexy for the drought?
GOLETA (AP) - The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After taking a significant recession-era hit, California's economy has bounced back up to the seventh largest in the world as the state's gross domestic product reached $2.3 trillion in 2014, show figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California businesses would pay billions more in property taxes under a longshot bid by two Democratic lawmakers to unravel some of the voter-approved tax limits in Proposition 13.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wal-Mart could be on the hook for more than $100 million in back pay after a federal judge ruled the company failed to pay California minimum wage to truck drivers for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks, an attorney said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has compared the state's high-speed rail line to construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the great cathedrals of Europe. Isobel Cook doesn't see it that way.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's worst water-guzzling residents and businesses could get slapped with 300 percent taxes on their bills under drought-inspired legislation that was proposed Tuesday but faces a tough path before it could actually affect local water bills.