SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The victory of a union-backed incumbent over a reform-minded political novice in the unusually heated race for California's K-12 schools chief on Wednesday had leaders of state and national teachers unions expressing satisfaction that voters were more interested in supporting teachers than holding them responsible for what ails public education.
TEEN REMOVED AFTER TWEETING FROM POLLING PLACE: WESTMINSTER (AP) - A teenage poll worker who was tweeting obscenities and taking photos of voters was removed from an Orange County polling place on election day.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A vacation-home rental website has sued San Francisco, claiming a new law making it legal for residents to rent out their homes online for short periods unfairly gives rivals such as Airbnb an advantage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Passing a $7.5 billion water bond may turn out to be the easy part. Agreeing on how to spend all the money could be much harder.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans on Wednesday moved closer to preventing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature as a few races remain too close to call.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in California's Santa Barbara County rejected a ban on fracking and most other intensive drilling in the oceanside county's more than century-old oil fields, while two other California coastal communities with comparatively little oil adopted stringent prohibitions.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Californians are eager to tax medical marijuana, but they want limits on who can grow it and sell it.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Residents in coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to cut back even more, residential per-capita water use figures released for the first time Tuesday show.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area woman was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for running what prosecutors said was a sham university that served as a front for an immigration scam.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a driver charged with fleeing in his SUV after fatally striking three Southern California teenage girls as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The U.S. Navy has transferred hundreds of acres of land to the Department of Veterans Affairs for an outpatient clinic and national cemetery that will eventually house the remains of 300,000 veterans.
COACHELLA (AP) - No one was hurt when gunfire struck a mosque in the desert city of Coachella before dawn Tuesday, authorities in Southern California said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to create two national monuments in the Mojave Desert, and she's considering asking the White House to act without Congress' approval.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.
UKIAH (AP) - Authorities allege a Northern California mother tried to kill her two young sons by intentionally driving off a 300-foot cliff, injuring both children.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Southern California UPS driver was found guilty Thursday of stealing dozens of guns to sell them on the black market.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.
LAFAYETTE (AP) - A man delivered his son in a car on the side of a Northern California freeway and then called off an ambulance and drove the baby boy and the mother to a hospital.
• MAN PICKPOCKETED AFTER OAKLAND CRASH: OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California bicyclist and the truck driver who hit him were both robbed by bystanders following the collision.
FRESNO (AP) - California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a coal miner's daughter who now holds one of the most powerful positions in California politics, said on Tuesday funding an effective safety net must be a top priority for the state to tackle poverty.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A healthier U.S. housing market and economy helped to winnow foreclosures in 2014 to levels not seen since before the housing bust.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A pair of Americans completed what had long been considered the world's most difficult rock climb Wednesday, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for more than half a century.
A countywide count of unsheltered homeless people has been scheduled for Jan. 27 through 29.
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.