United States

Teen who helped find missing friend's body was the killer, police say

A California teen who led a search party to the body of his missing friend -- a local high school sports star -- was the one who stabbed him and dumped his body near a riverbed, police said Thursday.

Politics

Bush-bashing professor has Fresno State scrambling to keep its donors

A Fresno State professor who called the late Barbara Bush “racist” soon after her death Tuesday, and said she was glad “the witch is dead,” continues to face fallout as donors mull ceasing donations to the institution.

United States

Man stole Coors beer truck, led cops on chase, police say

A homeless man dressed only in American flag shorts was arrested Thursday after allegedly stealing a truck full of beer and leading police on a highway chase, authorities in Northern California say.

United States

California death row inmate freed after rape, murder conviction overturned

An inmate who spent more than two decades on California's death row after being convicted of raping and killing a toddler has been freed.

United States

Stephon Clark's brother arrested on suspicion of threats

Stevante Clark, older brother of Stephon Clark, was arrested Thursday for making criminal threats to another person, assault and vandalism.

United States

California inmate released after 25 years on death row

A man who spent nearly 25 years on California's death row has been freed after his conviction in the rape and killing of his girlfriend's daughter was overturned.

United States

State auditor: California doing a poor job on homelessness

An audit concludes California is doing a poor job of sheltering the nation's largest homeless population and should fund staffing of a council created to deal with the problem at a statewide level.

United States

California lecturer slams college head over anti-Bush tweet

A Fresno State lecturer who says he was demoted to teaching online courses after posting a negative tweet about Donald Trump says the university's president is again failing to defend academic freedom, this time over a professor who called former First La

Entertainment

Comedian Jay Mohr calls for professor who bashed late Barbara Bush to be fired

Comedian Jay Mohr is an advocate of free speech, but even he was pushed too far by the words of a university professor in California after her insensitive words about the late Barbara Bush sparked outrage.

United States

California lawmakers move to limit gay conversion therapy

Selling or advertising gay conversion therapy may soon be classified as a fraudulent business practice in California under a bill passed Thursday by the state Assembly.

Life & Style

Condemned California home with holes in roof, mildew, sells for $1.23 million

A condemned home in Northern California with holes in the roof and mildew inside recently sold for $1.23 million, becoming the latest example of the Bay Area's crazy housing market.

Science

Baby owls born on California windowsill gawk at workers in viral photo

Three baby owls born on a University of California, Los Angeles windowsill stare down workers in a viral photo.

Politics

California Dems Dreamin'? Long-shot bid to split up state would boost party in Senate

Californians likely will vote in November on a long-shot referendum to split their giant state into three – a measure that, while standing little chance of success, would represent a political gift to Democrats.

Politics

Most Californians back more deportations; nearly half support travel ban, survey finds

An overwhelming majority of Californians wants to deport more illegal immigrants, and nearly half support President Donald Trump's travel ban aimed at reducing terrorism, according to a new survey from the University of California at Berkeley's Haas Insti

Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown issues order deploying 'up to 400' National Guard troops but lays out strict terms

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he will be deploying “up to 400” members of the National Guard “to combat” criminal activity – as President Trump slammed the Democratic leader a day before for “trying to back out” of an

United States

Fresno State professor: Barbara Bush an 'amazing racist'

A California state university is investigating Twitter comments made by an English professor who claims former first lady Barbara Bush was an "amazing racist."

United States

California university suspends frats, sororities over photos

A California state university has suspended fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing a fraternity member in blackface and others dressed up as gang members.

United States

California couple accused of killing and burning Vietnam War veteran as children watched

A California couple tortured and killed a Vietnam War veteran before burning his body earlier this month -- all while their children watched, police said Monday.

Entertainment

Taylor Swift stalker suspect wore mask, had knife and rope, police say

Authorities in Los Angeles on Tuesday released a Colorado man accused of stalking pop star Taylor Swift outside her Beverly Hills home while wearing a mask and keeping a knife in his car.

United States

3 bodies discovered near LA in parked vehicle with Tennessee plates, police say

Three dead bodies were discovered Tuesday in a parked vehicle in Burbank, Calif., near Los Angeles, police said.

United States

San Diego votes to join Trump administration's lawsuit against California's sanctuary city law

San Diego County voted Tuesday to become the latest in a string of local governments throughout California that have decided to back the Trump administration lawsuit against the state over its sanctuary city laws.

Science

California photographer captures pod of killer whales on camera: ‘I was in utter amazement’

A photographer in California searching for a blue whale came across a pod of killer whales instead.

Politics

California governor blames 'low-life politicians' as 'sanctuary' law backlash builds

California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, during a Tuesday visit to Washington, blamed “low-life politicians” for the backlash over his state's “sanctuary” laws and sparred with President Trump over a push to send National Guard troops to the southe

United States

Homeless encampments increasingly affecting California train traffic

The explosion of homeless encampments alongside California railroad tracks has led to chronic delays for the state's rocketing ridership, an outbreak of accidental fires and deadly collisions, frustrating executives who call the vagrants' presence "unacc

United States

Sacramento police release dozens more videos from Stephon Clark shooting

The Sacramento Police Department released on Monday more than 50 new video files and two audio files of last month’s shooting of an unarmed black man in his grandparents’ backyard.

Politics

California rejects Trump administration plan for National Guard troops on border

California has rejected the Trump administration’s initial plans for National Guard troops to work at the state's border with Mexico, arguing the work is too closely tied to immigration enforcement.

United States

Bodies found in SUV plunged into California river ID'd as missing family members; 1 child sought

The bodies of a man and child found in an SUV that plunged into a California river were identified as members of the Thottapilly family who vanished in early April, authorities said Monday.

United States

Crews find vehicle that went into California river, 2 bodies

Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river have found the vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it.

Technology

Facebook stops fighting California Privacy Act

When your CEO just faced a grilling by the Senate over a lack of privacy and data protection, it looks pretty bad if a company continues to fight against new privacy laws.

United States

Hot air balloon-crash lands in San Diego neighborhood

Residents of a San Diego neighborhood got quite the surprise on Sunday when a hot air balloon made a crash landing just down the street.

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