SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state's ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.
MERCED (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say one worker was killed and two others seriously injured in a fuel tank explosion on a ranch near Merced.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fifteen counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs.
CAR DEALER TO BE SENTENCED FOR $1 MILLION FRAUD: SUNNYVALE (AP) - A luxury used car dealer in Northern California faces prison time after pleading no contest to defrauding customers of more than $1 million in cash and cars.
OAKDALE (AP) - Authorities in Oakdale said they are searching for a man who is a person of interest in the theft of a gold crucifix necklace from a dead man's body that later turned up at a pawn shop.
LIVERMORE . (AP) - A driver who rear-ended another driver on Interstate 580 in Livermore has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Wednesday extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18, while ordering that negotiations continue over how best to reduce inmate crowding.
SUSPECT BROUGHT INFANT CHILD ALONG FOR BURGLARY: DIXON (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California burglary suspect apparently couldn't find a baby sitter. The man brought his infant child along while he and a partner burglarized a shop.
OAKLAND SETTLES WITH VET HURT IN OCCUPY PROTEST: OAKLAND (AP) - The city of Oakland has agreed to settle a claim by an Iraq War veteran who was beaten by a police officer during an Occupy Oakland protest two years ago.
LIVERMORE (AP) - A popular golf coach in Livermore has been charged with child molestation after allegedly sexually assaulting multiple boys during a three-year period, authorities said.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A preliminary review by a Northern California sheriff's office shows a deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy did not violate department procedure governing the use of deadly force, sheriff's officials said.
MAN, 72, ACCUSED OF VIEWING PORN AT RESTAURANT: MENIFEE (AP) - A 72-year-old Southern California man was arrested after allegedly using free Wi-Fi at a restaurant to view child porn on his laptop, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez pledged Wednesday to cautiously begin restoring funding to some social programs that were slashed during the recession and said lawmakers will ask voters to approve a revised rainy day fund on the November 2014 ballot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With another dry winter looming, California lawmakers called on Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Ex-felons in California are committing new crimes at a relatively steady rate compared with previous years, but more of them are going to county jails instead of state prisons as a 2011 state law intended they should, according to a report released Wednesday.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A jury awarded more than $4 million to the family of a farmworker electrocuted by a Southern California Edison power line.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators heard proposals for a statewide drought fee and hefty fines for water-guzzling homeowners as part of a Wednesday workshop discussing how to implement Gov. Jerry Brown's order for water pricing to maximize conservation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crime increased by 13 percent in Los Angeles the first six months of the year, ending more than a decade of declines in the nation's second-largest city, according to statistics released Wednesday.
ALTURAS (AP) - Federal agents seized at least 12,000 marijuana plants on Wednesday from land in far Northern California that belongs to two federally recognized Indian tribes, the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.
FRESNO (AP) - A massive sheet of rock fell from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, making one of the most popular routes attempted by climbers in North America even more challenging, park officials said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles building officials approved plans to build a 1 million-square-foot complex of skyscrapers, stores and restaurants in the heart of Hollywood, agreeing with the developer that an earthquake fault underneath the property is too old to be considered active.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Leading Democrats - including San Francisco's former mayor Sen. Dianne Feinstein - are joining mounting criticism of the city's policy of refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials when they request help in detaining a suspect thought to be in the country illegally.
MALIBU (AP) - With a bright blue sign that reads "Beach Access" on an open gate replacing what used to be private property, the public now has access to Malibu's so-called "Billionaires' Beach."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness - one of the men he's accused of running over - refused to identify him in court.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use.
VACAVILLE (AP) - A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said.
PALM DESERT (AP) - Riverside County authorities say a 61-year-old man died after suffering a medical emergency during a hike on a sweltering desert trail.