SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is preparing a spending plan as California faces its most optimistic financial outlook in years, yet the Democratic governor's intention to stick with a frugal fiscal agenda could put him on a collision course with Democratic lawmakers who seek to restore state services lost during the recession.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lawyer for the pilot of an empty oil tanker that clipped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says any speculation about "pilot error" being the cause is "highly premature."
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Visitors might miss the 1920s-era ice skating rink in the winter or the summer bike and raft rentals, but they'll likely be glad to hear that a plan released Tuesday to protect the river that runs through Yosemite National Park won't reduce the number of daily visitors.
• ARTIFACT STOLEN FROM OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say what they're describing as a "valuable artifact" has been stolen in a break-in from the Oakland Museum of California.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle is suing two nurses who said on TV that he hurt them.
OC CAT-HOARDER SENTENCED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT: SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who kept 110 cats in a filthy Orange County home where his grandchildren lived has been sentenced for child abuse and endangerment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Tuesday that Anthem Blue Cross' proposed rate hike for some of its small-group members is unreasonable, but the insurer says the increase reflects the rising cost of health care.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has spent more than $4 million marketing its new online courses, but so far it's attracting few students outside the UC system.
SMALL GROUP OF MOTORISTS CLOGGING SF AREA FREEWAYS: BERKELEY . (AP) - Researchers are blaming a small group of motorists for the San Francisco area's freeway traffic headaches.
MORAGA (AP) - A review board has challenged the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition on gay members by recommending a local teenager for the rank of Eagle Scout, but the action won't have an immediate effect on the young man's status, his father said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Declaring that California's long-running prison crisis is over, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday challenged a federal court order by saying the state has done all it can to safely relieve overcrowding and improve medical and mental health care for inmates.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A former state assemblyman is expected to win a special election to a GOP-leaning Senate district that covers a wide swath of rural Northern California.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is ready to buy a portion of a Southern California mountaintop so a white cross can stay put.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The pilot of an empty oil tanker that crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was involved in three previous accidents, records obtained Tuesday show.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sole winner of February's $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco Bay Area.
FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra snowpack in drought-stricken California measured at 32 percent of normal Tuesday at a time of year when it's supposed to be at its peak, the state's Department of Water Resources announced.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's drought won't dry up the economy, but it may slow job growth marginally if it persists over several years, according to a forecast released Wednesday that stresses the state's thirsty history.
AUBURN (AP) - A runner was found alive on Tuesday in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The initial enrollment period for getting subsidized coverage may have passed, but California's health insurance exchange is offering a two-week extension to accommodate the crush of last-minute applicants.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A California appeals court has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by public officials on their own devices are not public records regardless of the topic.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Tuesday canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange experienced a high volume of users Monday, leading to a sluggish website and long wait times as consumers made their final enrollment dash to avoid a tax penalty.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Asiana Airlines acknowledged in documents released Monday that its pilots failed to correct their fatally slow approach to a landing at San Francisco International Airport but also blamed the maker of the jet, saying it did not automatically maintain a safe speed.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for a California state senator charged last week with accepting bribes and gun trafficking on Monday challenged the three-year FBI investigation that led to the arrest.
HEALDSBURG (AP) - The threat of wildfire heightened by the state's drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.
• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.