SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Andy Vidak has a substantial lead in the hotly contested race for a San Joaquin Valley state Senate seat, with county election officials reporting Wednesday that nearly 9,500 ballots remain to be counted.
COURT PETITION SEEKS EPA ACTION ON PESTICIDE DRIFT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. government reached an agreement Wednesday with a Southern California school district to resolve claims the district discriminated against a transgender student.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California could see more than $300 million invested in television and online ads, billboards, door-to-door visits and other sales pitches and promotions to convince uninsured residents to enroll in national health care coverage, a potentially unprecedented level of spending to sell a government program in the nation's most populous state.
MOTORIST FACES TRIAL IN ELECTROCUTION DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in spite of his attorney's argument that the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans trying to help after the crash were not his fault.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker's proposal to close city parks overnight is drawing criticism from homeless advocates.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are investigating a suspicious house fire at which an elderly man and his son were found dead and have named a person of interest in the case.
POINT ARENA . (AP) - Another piece of California's North Coast will join a patchwork of coastal lands where development is banned and public use is encouraged, a preservation group said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's highest court refused Tuesday to block the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages while it considers a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A high school math teacher in Orange County has been charged with having sex with one of her students.
ELDERLY WOMAN ROBBED, PUNCHED BY TEENS IN ROBBERY: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say two teenagers pretending to look for a lost dog attacked a 90-year-old woman in her San Bernardino home before demanding cash and stealing her car.
FRESNO (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority has put out a call for firms to handle engineering and surveying for its prospective route from Fresno to Bakersfield.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - More Californians went into foreclosure in the second quarter of this year - a blip in an overall trend that has seen more people hanging onto troubled property as home prices soar.
YMCA WORKER FACES MORE CHILD SEX CHARGES: MORGAN HILL (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area YMCA worker accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl he was tasked with watching is facing additional charges involving two other girls under his care.
• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.
MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.
APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.
• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.
FRESNO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening drought persuades voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars for new water projects, treatment systems and conservation measures.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such as drug possession and petty theft if California voters approve Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot.
YUCCA VALLEY (AP) - A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the California desert community of Yucca Valley, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator, under fire over emails showing secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday that he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire at the edge of Yosemite National Park that led to the death of a firefighting air-tanker pilot this week, officials said Thursday.