SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.
FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.
AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.
OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a San Francisco hospital's plans to beef up its security procedures after the a patient was found dead in a locked stairwell more than two weeks after she went missing from her room, hospital officials said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state's high-speed rail project, one of the nation's most expensive public works projects.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - The city clerk rejected a ballot measure Friday that would have let Sacramento voters decide whether public subsidies can help build a $448 million downtown arena intended as the future home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.
BENECIA (AP) - A Bay Area elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly serving marijuana-laced food to her colleagues at a potluck dinner without their knowledge.
SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - Border Patrol agents say they've found nearly 700 pounds of cocaine stuffed into the trunk and back seat of a compact car at a Southern California checkpoint.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - While overall air quality in California has improved significantly over the past decade, about a third of the population lives where pollution is in excess of federal health standards, according to state officials.
TORRANCE (AP) - No criminal charges were filed against a Southern California man who shot and killed a 19-year-old man he claimed attacked a Boy Scout, but the investigation continued, authorities said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After celebrating its enrollment numbers earlier this week, California's health-insurance exchange came under heavy criticism Thursday for its lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left untold numbers of consumers in limbo.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says federal aviation officials have been called to investigate after a small plane made an emergency landing on a major Northern California highway Saturday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A proposed ballot measure unveiled Thursday would aim to reduce government pension spending for state and local employees in the nation's most populous state by requiring voters to approve new benefits.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers advanced a right-to-die bill Thursday, giving hope to those who want the nation's most populous state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives under doctor's care.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California attorney who successfully fought a legal battle to practice law despite his immigration status got his green card Thursday and can now live in the U.S. legally as well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mismanagement of state water networks has brought some vital native fish species close to extinction during the California drought, environmental organizations and a sports-fishing group claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California took the first step Thursday to regulate its nearly 20-year-old medical marijuana industry, one that lawmakers said currently resembles something out of the "wild, wild West."
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PROTESTS DRESS CODE IN YEARBOOK QUOTE: SAN MATEO (AP) - A California student's yearbook quote protesting the dress code at her school is approaching 100,000 interactions online.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, but a second vote is required for final approval because the tally was not unanimous.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is teaming up with Yahoo to show a game live on the Internet this fall.
SALTON CITY (AP) - Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds bob up and down to feast on marine life.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years.
OAKLAND (AP) - City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents withheld to protect the privacy of other motorists.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Texas man has become the sixth fatality this year tied to abalone diving off the Northern California coast.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Bay Bridge has connected Oakland and San Francisco and been part of the Bay Area skyline for almost 80 years.