SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A decades-old needle exchange operation outside a Santa Cruz laundry has ended.
SF BAY NAMED AN 'WETLAND OF IMPORTANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay estuary has been added to a list of protected wetlands under a 1971 international treaty among 163 countries meant to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic about the future of the state than at any time since before the recession and are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown's budgeting approach after voters approved higher taxes to help balance the state budget, according to a poll released Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of fatally shooting a California urologist was a patient who had an appointment with the victim and brought the gun with him to the exam room, prosecutors said Wednesday.
TUSTIN (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.
CHP WANTS PAYMENT FOR PATROLLING OAKLAND STREETS: OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's three-month deal to help Oakland's undermanned police force by patrolling the city's dangerous streets expires this week.
ADELANTO (AP) - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said one of its patrol cars hit an 8-year-old boy as it moved slowly in front of an elementary school. The boy was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Many full-time state workers are moonlighting with second jobs in the same department, California jobs records show.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Students have called on the University of California to end caps on health care coverage that could leave them to foot the bill for their medical treatment.
RICHMOND AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the Mexican coast. But the San Diego couple will not have to repay the federal government for the dramatic evacuation at sea, the agencies said Tuesday.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A federal judge has upheld a regional plan regulating development in the scenic Lake Tahoe Basin straddling the Nevada-California line in the Sierra Nevada.
ARCADIA (AP) - Two hang gliders made unplanned landings in the parking lot of a Southern California horse track after being caught in unpredictable winds.
FRESNO (AP) - Prosecutors are calling a Central California man a contract killer and have charged him with murdering nine people in three counties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles saved 87 million gallons of water during last month's storms by turning off the hose.
• SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA BIKE-SHARE COULD EXPAND: OAKLAND (AP) - A bicycle sharing program popular in San Francisco and Silicon Valley could soon expand to the East Bay.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand jury testimony and other potential evidence against indicted California state Sen. Ronald Calderon should not be handed over to his attorney at this time, a federal judge said Tuesday.
APPLE VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district will allow students to hand out Bible coins on campus, saying teachers who banned them violated the children's rights of free expression.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police officers tampered with recording gear in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored, and avoided discipline for the altered cars, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police say the man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer had been rejected after applying to become a policeman.
ELK GROVE (AP) - A Northern California city has launched a social media venture that connects residents in need with excess food that would otherwise go to waste.
• CAR CRASH KILLS TODDLER, INJURES 4 INCLUDING CHEF: NAPA (AP) - A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Police arrested two Santa Monica High School students over a video-recorded classroom fight between a teacher and a pupil that sparked condemnation from a district official and a backlash from parents.