LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.
TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.
KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.
• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.
KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.
CUOPERTINO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.
SONOMA (AP) - California is taking desperate steps to save the last endangered salmon in Wine Country creeks that are going dry because of over-pumping and the drought, officials said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Oculus is expanding its virtual-reality headset to simulate the sensation of touch and gesturing as part of its quest to blur the lines between the fake and genuine world.
BERKELEY (AP) - A new Berkeley city ordinance that requires cellphone sellers to warn customers about radiation from the devices violates free speech rights, an industry trade group says in a new lawsuit.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved fire pits at a Southern California beach after three years of heated debate.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A retired Superior Court judge surrendered to police after firing a weapon at officers during a standoff at his Los Angeles townhouse, authorities said Thursday.
IRVINE (AP) - Taco Bell executives are studying a strange new vocabulary emerging on this side of the border - the lingo of its young customers.
• WAR MEMORIAL VANDALIZED WITH GRAFFITI: DANVILLE (AP) - Northern California officials are offering a reward for information on vandals who covered a war memorial with graffiti over the weekend.
LOS BANOS PRIEST ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE: LOS BANOS (AP) - A former Los Banos Catholic priest has been charged with possession of child pornography following a 10-month investigation by the city's police department.
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.