STATE TESTS: 31 PCT OF CALIF. KIDS PHYSICALLY FIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - State fitness tests administered to California's school-age children shows fewer than a third of tested students were in good physical shape.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature, Democrats have a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform, workers' rights and changing the initiative process.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn five California laws governing teacher employment and dismissal on grounds that they protect ineffective educators who harm children's learning.
CHICO (AP) - Chico State University suspended all Greek activities Thursday after the death of a student who drank too much alcohol while celebrating his 21st birthday.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A series of Pacific storms are expected to bring rain and snow to the Sierra beginning Thursday night and increasing through the weekend.
KETTLEMAN CITY (AP) - A Central California hazardous waste dump that has been targeted by fines and claims by nearby residents involving birth defects has another headache: The state has issued 72 violations alleging small spills went unreported during the past four years.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Rep. Dan Lungren lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera on Thursday in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests, but the congressman refused to concede.
FEDS PROBE FEDEX, UPS OVER ONLINE DRUG SHIPMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx and UPS are disclosing that they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies.
• LOS ANGELES COURTS PLAN FOR DIMINISHED SYSTEM: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With budget shortfalls looming, Los Angeles County may be forced to close 10 courthouses in such high profile venues as Malibu, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles next year.
WOMAN'S DEATH DUE TO DOG MAULING: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials have determined that one or more American bulldogs were responsible for the death of a woman whose bloodied body was found in a backyard of a home where she was working.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted an eighth straight annual increase in October, a research firm said Wednesday, the latest evidence that the state's housing market recovery is picking up steam amid tight inventories.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.
SAN FRANCISCO NUDISTS SUE TO BLOCK PROPOSED BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Friday that a fellow Democratic lawmaker should resign or face suspension after he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges.
PETALUMA (AP) - A California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef circumvented federal inspection rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum's favor, ending a long legal dispute that began with allegations that he left a townhouse he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of five Sacramento-area United Methodist congregations are leading a push to sanction same-sex weddings, in clear defiance of international church rules.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A training exercise designed to showcase the government's ability to recover a space capsule at sea was scrubbed after NASA ran into trouble off the Southern California coast, the space agency said Friday.
MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal safety officials have been barred from returning to a Martinez refinery to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe.
SONOMA . (AP) - Overstock.com has been ordered to pay more than $6.8 million after a judge ruled the online retailer engaged in false advertising and unlawful business practices in Sonoma County and throughout California.
ALTURAS (AP) - Police say four people are dead and two others are wounded in a shooting Thursday inside an American Indian tribal headquarters in Northern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into smaller pieces - six of them.
MILPITAS (AP) - A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check on Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of the one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has eased requirements for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers approved a pair of bills Thursday to strengthen the authority of California's campaign watchdog agency and require political nonprofits to reveal their donors, changes that will be in effect for this year's elections if signed into law by the governor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican business tycoon was charged Thursday with illegally funneling more than $500,000 to support San Diego politicians in a widening campaign finance scandal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty of a woman convicted of poisoning her husband to collect on a life insurance policy.
LAKEPORT (AP) - Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man - in better shape than when he originally owned it.