SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday proposed an Oct. 15 deadline for starting to close more of the 2,000-plus oil-industry wells that funnel waste and other fluids into federally protected underground water reserves.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.
TEACHER BURNED IN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT ACCIDENT: PALO ALTO (AP) - Fire officials in the San Francisco Bay Area say a high school teacher suffered first- and second-degree burns in a science experiment accident.
LONG BEACH (AP) - What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?
ARTESIA (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller didn't wait for the faithful to flock to his upstart church in Southern California - he took his message to them.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.
ECHO LAKE (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Be prepared to pay a bit more if you're headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $1 billion over 30 years to repair its sidewalks, settling a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who said they couldn't navigate broken walkways, potholed crosswalks and curbs that lacked wheelchair ramps.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento has become the latest city in California to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.
VICTORVILLE (AP) - Crews are using a pair of water-dropping helicopters in the fight against a Southern California desert wildfire that started as a controlled burn.
PURPORTED KIDNAPPER DROPS ULTIMATUM TO CALIFORNIA POLICE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A person claiming to be the ringleader of a group that says it abducted a California woman last week in an attempt to get a ransom has backed away from a threat to police to apologize for calling it a hoax.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become 'the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms. It's where people share ideas and ingenuity and get creatively inspired. And it's fueled a new way of searching for items that's even stolen traffic from tech giant Google.
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.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - The city of Riverside has sued a state agency over water restrictions intended to combat the drought, claiming the rules are unfair because the city has ample groundwater supplies.
• TRAFFIC FINE POLICY BANNED IN CALIFORNIA COURT SYSTEM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Motorists in some California counties will no longer have to pay traffic tickets before they can contest them in court under a new rule adopted Monday by the state court system's governing body.
DUBLIN (AP) - In the midst of the California drought, construction has started on a city water park in Dublin, a suburb of San Francisco.
STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors will seek a death sentence against a man charged with killing a bank-robbery hostage that he used as a human shield in a shootout with police, officials said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With California's budget deadline a week away, Democratic state lawmakers are using higher revenue estimates to bolster their argument for spending more on social programs for the poor despite Gov. Jerry Brown's cost concerns.
MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Kaiser Permanente and unions representing 105,000 health care workers across the United States have reached a tentative labor agreement.
NEW PACT WITH CASINO TRIBE: JACKSON. (AP) - State lawmakers are ratifying a new agreement with an Indian tribe that runs a popular Northern California casino.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the California desert, Joshua tree seedlings are shriveling up and dying before they get the chance to put down strong roots, and ecologist Cameron Barrows wants the details.
IRVINE (AP) - Residents concerned about cultural taboos and property values are opposing a move to convert a former air base into the Southern California Veterans Cemetery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people were critically injured and a sheriff's deputy badly stung after a catering truck lost control and jumped a curb, hitting a tree and triggering a swarm of angry displaced bees.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well underway, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tucked below the Hollywood sign, on a street where tourists stop to pose for pictures, is Beachwood House, a pale blue two-story home for foster kids without one. It's known as the place you go if you are good.
LIVERMORE (AP) - While everyone agrees huge numbers of birds are dying in the wind turbines of Northern California's Altamont Pass, they don't agree on how and why they are dying.
FULLERTON (AP) - It would have been a success story if Fullerton High School senior Fernando Rojas, the son of Mexican immigrants whose schooling stopped in the eighth grade, was accepted to college. But the 17-year-old achieved a surprising clean sweep - he was accepted to every Ivy League school.