SUTTER CREEK (AP) - The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Several California lawmakers reacted Monday to the mass shooting a Connecticut elementary school by calling for new laws that they say are aimed at increasing safety, either through gun control or improved security at public schools.
MISSING 77-YEAR-OLD'S BODY FOUND IN RICHMOND: VALLEJO (AP) - The body of a missing 77-year-old man believed to have fallen into the waters off Mare Island has washed ashore.
THOUSANDS IN SIERRA FOOTHILLS WITHOUT POWER: IONE (AP) - Thousands of people in a handful of small communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills southeast of Sacramento are without electricity after a power outage hit the area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he plans to step up patrols of elementary and middle schools in the nation's second-largest school district by assigning officers to visit them at least once a day.
OFFICIALS ID CHP OFFICER KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Officials have released the name of a veteran California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash, while his colleagues remembered him as a dedicated public servant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his grandmother to death, possibly with a barbecue fork.
NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley, one of the world's premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply the massive replanting that's under way there.
OAKLAND (AP) - Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."
ENCINITAS (AP) - Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first graders as they contain their squirming in a kid-friendly version of the lotus position.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it has fired or suspended nearly 20 workers after discovering legally required inspections may not have been performed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Impoverished Californians will soon get free cellphones.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - While cigarette sales have plunged, sales of smokeless tobacco products have surged in the past decade in California, with use among high school students especially leaving state public health officials concerned, according to a state report.
JURY: LAPD MUST PAY $24M FOR SHOOTING OF BOY, 13: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department must pay $24 million for a 13-year-old boy shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun.
WOMAN'S SEX ROMP EXPOSES WORKERS' COMP FRAUD : SAN MATEO (AP) - A sex romp at a public park helped prosecutors convict a California woman of faking an ankle injury to collect workers' compensation payments, authorities said.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.
KING CITY (AP) - Police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme in which more than 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were impounded, towed and later sold when the car owners couldn't pay the fees, authorities said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud took an indefinite leave of absence Tuesday as he awaits sentencing in May.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else, California's high court has ruled.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - More than three months after it opened for business, California's online health insurance marketplace had what federal officials described as a potential security flaw in its computer system and one that had already been disclosed publicly.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police are trying to identify three suspects in an altercation over Google's new Internet-connected, head-mounted computer at a city bar.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.
CULVER CITY (AP) - The state Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to reduce a gasoline tax by 3.5 cents per gallon - but that doesn't mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.
FRESNO (AP) - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.
Senator Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, introduced legislation Tuesday to place a water bond on the November 2014 ballot that prioritizes water storage benefiting all Californians.
KING CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme to steal more than 200 cars from poor Hispanic people.
GLENDORA (AP) - Eager anticipation of the most substantial winter storm systems predicted for drought-stricken California this winter turned to a bit of wariness Tuesday as residents of foothill communities picked up sandbags at fire stations and city yards to protect their homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the historic D-Day invasion of World War II, Walter D. Ehlers accomplished some of the most awe-inspiring acts of bravery imaginable, earning a Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine-gun nests and saving countless Allied soldiers' lives.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot after its backers failed to gather enough voter signatures to qualify the measure, the secretary of state said Monday.