SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dipped slightly in April to 10.9 percent, the state said Friday, as a federal survey showed 20,000 new jobs were created.
LANCASTER (AP) - The man who built an eccentric Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was placed on five years' probation on Friday and ordered to serve 63 days community service, five of them at the county morgue.
MAN WHO FELL OFF HIGHWAY FABRICATED CARJACK STORY: SAN MATEO (AP) - A Northern California man seriously hurt when he plunged off an elevated freeway ramp fabricated a story about fleeing an armed carjacker.
RICHMOND (AP) - Voters in Richmond are set to decide whether to make the San Francisco Bay area city the nation's first municipality to tax soda and other sugary beverages to help fight childhood obesity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Science Center said it has raised nearly half of the $200 million needed to build a permanent exhibit for the space shuttle Endeavour.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of two Chinese students who were killed near the University of Southern California campus filed a lawsuit alleging the school made false claims about safety.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices increased for a second straight month as the supply of lower-priced homes in foreclosure dwindled and previously hesitant shoppers were lured by low lending rates, a research firm said Thursday.
BROWN APPROVES TRIBAL CASINO IN SONOMA COUNTY: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has moved a Northern California Indian tribe one step closer to building a casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Families would no longer have to give up their vehicles to receive welfare if a bill passed Thursday by the Assembly becomes law.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sometime Saturday evening, a professional skateboarder will throw down some big tricks at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, watch his rivals fall off one by one and walk away with $150,000.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines has been a state lawmaker since she won a special election to fill an empty seat last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Beach rocks that caused a California woman's shorts to catch fire and severely burn her legs and hands appeared to be coated with phosphorus, but it was unclear how the flammable chemical got onto the stones found near a military base, authorities said Thursday.
MOTORIST FATALLY STABBED AFTER CRASHING INTO HOUSE: INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A motorist being chased at high-speed by another driver has been stabbed to death after crashing into a Southern California house.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities couldn't find the driver of a pickup truck after it rolled over along a Northern California freeway. But he was there a week later when they went back to search for more clues.
STOCKTON (AP) - San Joaquin County authorities took the unusual step of jailing and charging a tuberculosis patient who they say refused to take medication to keep his disease from becoming contagious.
WINTERS (AP) - Crews boosted by hundreds of additional firefighters increased containment on Tuesday of a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in Northern California, and full containment is expected by the end of the week on what is one of dozens of blazes blackening parts of the West.
• EX-LIFER ARRESTED FOR SEX ASSAULT: FONTANA (AP) - A Southern California man who was freed from a life sentence last year is back in jail.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Protesters on Tuesday denounced a Northern California prosecutor's decision not to file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after mistaking the teen's pellet gun for an assault rifle.
LIVE OAK (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California teenager could lose his hand after a fireworks accident over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voters can forget the traditional Republican-Democratic matchups in at least seven California congressional districts come November. Contenders for those seats will have to do battle against challengers from their own parties.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Lifeguards along more than 6 miles of pristine sand in this Southern California beach city had rescued more than 200 people by the time the call came to help a distressed swimmer east of one of the main piers.
FREMONT (AP) - Giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark and portions of what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton are among more than 500 fossils that have been unearthed at a dam construction site in Silicon Valley, a newspaper reported.
WINTERS (AP) - Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch in Yolo County faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle.
PLEASANTON (AP) - A Northern California water district is offering residents recycled wastewater to use on their lawns and plants, as it tries to cut water use during the drought.
SANGER (AP) - Water officials are looking into what caused a levee to burst, sending flood waters rushing across a Fresno County highway and into farmland and five homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse who committed a sex act with a corpse at a Southern California hospital has been sentenced to two years in county jail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sentencing has been delayed a second time for a state lawmaker who was suspended after his conviction for perjury and voter fraud.