FRESNO (AP) - The body overseeing plans to build California's bullet train has started the daunting and expensive process of acquiring thousands of acres in the Central Valley, where the rail line's proposed path would slice through farms, stores and motels.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States - less than half the national average - yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake's famed clarity.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.
The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:
$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.
BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.
HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.
SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.
SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Southern California UPS driver was found guilty Thursday of stealing dozens of guns to sell them on the black market.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.
LAFAYETTE (AP) - A man delivered his son in a car on the side of a Northern California freeway and then called off an ambulance and drove the baby boy and the mother to a hospital.
• MAN PICKPOCKETED AFTER OAKLAND CRASH: OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California bicyclist and the truck driver who hit him were both robbed by bystanders following the collision.
FRESNO (AP) - California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a coal miner's daughter who now holds one of the most powerful positions in California politics, said on Tuesday funding an effective safety net must be a top priority for the state to tackle poverty.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A healthier U.S. housing market and economy helped to winnow foreclosures in 2014 to levels not seen since before the housing bust.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A pair of Americans completed what had long been considered the world's most difficult rock climb Wednesday, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for more than half a century.
A countywide count of unsheltered homeless people has been scheduled for Jan. 27 through 29.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release 65,000 emails that critics say could contain additional evidence of backroom dealings between the utility and state regulators.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The threat of higher tuition is not keeping prospective students from applying to the University of California in record numbers, UC officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday became the first Democrat to enter the high-stakes, high-dollar race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is rolling out with the most nominations at this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted when he presented his record $113 billion state spending plan last week, according to an independent budget analysis released Tuesday.