SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project voted Thursday to give its largest private contractor another $96 million and two more years to oversee architectural and engineering work, but warned that it will exercise rigorous oversight.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles against air quality regulators who are requiring the city to do more to control dust on a lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are not allowed to have them.
COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING SEASON OPENS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.
PLACERVILLE (AP) - Investigators were trying Wednesday to determine if there's a link between a brazen kidnapping attempt involving a 15-month-old California girl and the killing of an 8-year-old girl in her home - though they acknowledged the likelihood is slim.
SAN FRANCSCIO (AP) - Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduces the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A California woman faces attempted murder charges after police say she tried to sneak orange juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol inside a Starbucks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Already facing a potential contempt order, Gov. Jerry Brown now must leap another hurdle to meet a court-ordered deadline this week to say how he will reduce crowding in California prisons.
NO BACKPACKS ALLOWED AT 2013 BAY TO BREAKERS IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No backpacks, large bags or containers will be allowed at this year's Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco as officials heighten security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal official who controls medical care in California prisons on Monday ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of two Central Valley prisons in response to dozens of deaths due to Valley fever, which is caused by an airborne fungus.
SONOMA (AP) - State transportation officials' inability keep swarms of swallows off a Sonoma County bridge is threatening to delay an $82 million project to replace the bridge structure.
SANTA CLARA THREATENS AMBULANCE TERMINATION: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Santa Clara County officials are threatening to terminate the contract of an ambulance company that they say has repeatedly responded too slowly to emergencies.
VALLEY SPRINGS . (AP) - A region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, was on lockdown on Monday, two days after a mysterious intruder stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Efforts to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in California receive their first public hearing Monday as opponents try to ensure that the oil drilling technique does not endanger public health.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Three recreational abalone divers died in separate incidents over the weekend in Northern California, where powerful rip currents were reported.
• 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.