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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Strawberry growers are covering their crops while San Diego zookeepers are turning on heaters for the chimpanzees as Southern California braces for a cold snap expected to drop temperatures to a six-year low.
Kimmel's pot jokes earn invite from Humboldt State
TAFT (AP) - A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural San Joaquin Valley high school southwest of Bakersfield on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another and missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds.
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OBAMA SIGNS BILL CREATING PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK: HOLLISTER. (AP) - Pinnacles National Monument, a 40 square-mile site that includes caves and towering volcanic rock formations popular with climbers, became the country's 59th national park on Thursday.
CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - A Castro Valley man is in jail and an alligator authorities say he likely had to protect a stash of marijuana has been taken to a zoo.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Museum of California offered a $12,000 reward Wednesday for the safe recovery of a stolen gold-encrusted jewel box - the latest in a series of thefts involving Gold Rush-era artifacts across the region.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - A Northern California city has approved a new downtown park to be built on land donated by filmmaker George Lucas that will feature statues of Indiana Jones and Yoda, two of his most popular characters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say an assault-rifle-clutching gunman opened fire on Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during a car chase that ended with a crash and the arrest of two alleged gang members.
4 arrested in death of staged burglary suspect in Pittsburg
VICTIM CELL PIC LEADS TO LA-AREA BURGLARY ARREST: SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Authorities have arrested a home burglary suspect based on a photo the victim, who was home at the time, took with her cell phone at her residence in northern Los Angeles County.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's largest teacher pension fund took the first step Wednesday toward divesting from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.
• CHP PLANE HELPS IN ARREST OF OAKLAND MOTORCYCLIST: OAKLAND (AP) - A motorcyclist doing wheelies and other stunts at high speeds on a Bay Area freeway was arrested after a California Highway Patrol airplane caught him on video.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.
NEW YORK (AP) - The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama.
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) - Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay Area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have shot down environmentalists' attempt to stall Google, Facebook and other tech giants from using public bus stops for private employee shuttles, despite concerns that Silicon Valley firms are getting preferential treatment over locals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mountain View has declared a water shortage emergency as the San Francisco Bay Area city faces the statewide drought.
AUBURN (AP) - A California runner who walked out of the wilderness after being lost for two bone-chilling nights didn't follow a basic rule of search-and-rescue - stay put, wilderness experts said Wednesday. Still, he beat the odds.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California's health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act, which sought to drive down costs by increasing competition.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The biggest Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Tahoe will go on as scheduled after tourism officials settled a lawsuit alleging the event polluted the lake in violation of the Clean Water Act.