SACRAMENTO (AP) - California consumers will soon be unable to buy certain types of rat poisons because regulators have determined the chemicals used in them pose a danger to other wildlife.
• OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT UC IRVINE GRADUATION CEREMONY: IRVINE (AP) - President Barack Obama will speak at the University of California, Irvine, commencement in June after students and staff delivered thousands of postcards requesting him, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board on Thursday granted 14 rape victims who had been working as prostitutes the right to be compensated, the first such action since it reversed its policy on the issue last year.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police and child-welfare investigators were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy at a Southern California school sexually assaulted another boy several times during two school years, officials said.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A man who killed a California deputy after a carjacking and attack at a tourist attraction is also a suspect in the slaying of a retired Oregon educator, police said Thursday.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The National Park Service says a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve would harm wildlife and should be built elsewhere.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border Patrol officials say three adult Mexican immigrants were found inside a wooden box carried under a recreational vehicle stopped at a checkpoint near the California-Mexico border.
FRESNO (AP) - Rural California schools expect to see attendance drop as the drought worsens and families leave the state's agricultural region in search of work elsewhere.
MARYSVILLE (AP) - Three Northern California teens who attempted to kidnap another teen planned to sexually assault him as part of a plan to break up his relationship with a girl, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to paying the bills, the mortgage is once again more of a priority for many U.S. homeowners than their credit cards.
MAXWELL (AP) - Two members of California's congressional delegation on Wednesday called for building a new reservoir north of Sacramento, displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential solution to California's long-term water problems.
FRESNO (AP) - Farmers holding signs protesting dramatic cuts to their irrigation supplies packed Fresno City Hall for a congressional hearing Wednesday, delving into the politics of California's drought crisis striking the state's agricultural heartland.
IRVINE (AP) - Golfers are urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames.
HEMET (AP) - A California appeals court has refused to overturn the conviction of a man who repeatedly tried to kill a Hemet police officer, likening his zany efforts to those of Wile E. Coyote.
CLEONE (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's deputy was killed Wednesday in a shootout with an armed suspect who fled the scene and was later found dead in an apparent suicide, authorities said.
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.
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.