SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program's impacts in the most populous state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health benefits exchange became the first in the nation Wednesday to set a standard benefits design to help people comparison shop for insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
CALIF. LAWMAKERS QUESTION REGULATING FRACKING: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are expressing doubts a Brown administration proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough and can be enforced by state oil regulators.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process fell in January to a level not seen since the peak of the housing boom, a consequence of a package of state laws aimed at stemming foreclosures that went into effect in California at the beginning of the year.
POLICE: THIEVES TARGET OFFICERS' BRENTWOOD HOMES: BRENTWOOD (AP) - Police in the San Francisco Bay area city of Brentwood are investigating a string of recent home burglaries in which thieves made off with jewelry and guns, some of them belonging to law enforcement officers.
RICHMOND (AP) - Government investigators said Wednesday a decades-old pipe that leaked and fed a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California was corroded, and the company knew it should have been replaced.
LAGUANA BEACH (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrapped up his high-profile recruiting trip to California on Wednesday without having persuaded any businesses to relocate to his state - at least not yet.
GERBERVILLE (AP) - Authorities have seized a stockpile of 111 firearms, at least 20 of them stolen, from a 55-acre Humboldt County property where they also found 117 pounds of dried marijuana, ammunition, body armor and $12,000 in cash, the sheriff's department announced Wednesday.
MOM SUES SAN JOAQUIN SHERIFF OVER MINGLED REMAINS: STOCKTON, . (AP) - The mother and sisters of a girl whom authorities think was killed more than 27 years ago by California's notorious "Speed Freak Killers" are suing San Joaquin County officials over the handling of the 16-year-old's exhumed remains.
BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - The manhunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a killing spree converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.
FRESNO (AP) - California water and wildlife officials on Tuesday seized upon the deaths of a rare fish in the water pumps that carry water to California's south state and Bay Area cities as well as farms to renew calls for replacing the current pumping system with $14 billion twin tunnels.
BIG BEAR (AP) - The extraordinary manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of three murders converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge has reduced sentences of five three-strikes inmates as a first step in carrying out a voter-approved initiative to soften the state's tough sentencing law.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A progressive Texas political action committee taunted Gov. Rick Perry's recent California trip in radio ads broadcast there on Tuesday, calling him "Governor Oops" and dismissing as "snake oil" Perry's promises of tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Texas.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The $7.5 billion water package brokered by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders signals a rare bipartisan agreement on a thorny, politically divisive issue that has bedeviled California governors and lawmakers for decades.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is hiring outside consultants to help it decide whether it should repair or entirely replace an 89-year-old tunnel that is a vital part of the Hetch Hetchy water system supplying 2.6 million Bay Area homes and businesses.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A Kern County sheriff's deputy whose speeding patrol car killed two people has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Thursday that would make California the latest state to modify birth certificates to accommodate same-sex couples who become parents, but not before generating criticism from a Republican lawmaker.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature on Wednesday was on the verge of placing a revamped water bond on the November ballot, a package that includes billions of dollars to build new reservoirs in a state enduring its third year of drought.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Sheriff's officials in the San Francisco Bay Area defended their decision to release details about how actor Robin Williams killed himself, saying state law requires they be disclosed to the public.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An immigration judge has sued the Justice Department, alleging that an order recusing her from hearing the cases of Iranian immigrants because of her involvement in the Iranian-American community is discriminatory.
• TOE DISPUTE PROMPTS ARREST OF BEAUTY CONTESTANT: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Officials say a 22-year-old beauty pageant contestant has been arrested in California after being caught on video walking comfortably in high heels while collecting workers' compensation benefits after saying she had a broken toe.
FRESNO (AP) - The first time Art Moore cast a ballot, he filled in the bubble next to his name in California's June primary for a seat in the U.S. House.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - State Bar officials have filed disciplinary charges against a Central California prosecutor accused of changing a transcript to make it sound like a suspected child molester had acknowledged he was guilty.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of San Francisco transit workers who participated in a sickout that stalled the city's world-famous cable cars and disrupted bus and light-rail service are facing possible financial penalties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge Tuesday ordered the state of California to educate all children who don't speak English, saying it needs to take action after reports showed a quarter of school districts failed to meet that state and federal requirement.
FRESNO (AP) - A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires - the devastating Rim Fire - when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.
GOLETA (AP) - A Southern California man told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.