Firefighters gained ground in recent days in the battle with a wildfire that burned 84 buildings and blackened 28,000 acres of dense forest in northern California.
California is poised to become home to the nation's first truly high-speed rail system with Gov. Jerry Brown's signing Wednesday of a law authorizing the first leg of construction for a line that will eventually connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Facebook's upcoming IPO could be a golden egg for the Golden State.
The California Supreme Court handed Gov. Jerry Brown a victory Thursday by ruling the state legislature had the authority to eliminate more than 400 redevelopment agencies funded with property tax dollars.
Warren Buffett's utility company is making a big buy in the turmoil-filled solar energy market.
In the latest case of government belt-tightening, a Southern California county is charging prisoners for the daily cost of their stay.
Just how bad is the civil unrest associated with the Occupy protests in some U.S. cities?
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday a bill that prohibits most teenagers from getting bronzed in tanning beds, making the Golden State the first to do so.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday a bill that prevents local governments from banning the practice of male circumcision.
A fire caused by a plane crash that destroyed 27 homes in Tehachapi, California, was 83% contained by early Thursday, according to state and local officials.
A fire caused by a plane crash threatened 800 homes or structures in Tehachapi, California, on Monday, with nearly 5,000 acres ablaze in rugged terrain, according to state and local officials.
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Amazon said Thursday it is terminating its relationship with thousands of California associates because of a new law that would require the online mega-retailer to collect sales taxes if it has affiliates in the state.
California lawmakers approved an $86 billion budget late Tuesday that imposes deep spending cuts but does not extend tax hikes.
First the good news: State and local tax revenues climbed 4.7% in the first quarter, fueled by a surge in personal income taxes.
Conceding defeat on his tax extension proposal, California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a budget Monday that imposes deep spending cuts.
California lawmakers will forfeit their pay until they pass a balanced budget, the state controller said Tuesday.
California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Thursday the budget passed by state lawmakers the day before that relied on spending cuts, fund transfers and one-time revenue boosts.
California lawmakers passed a balanced budget Wednesday that relies on spending cuts, fund transfers and one-time revenue boosts, but allows them to keep collecting their paychecks.
California lawmakers unveiled a balanced budget Tuesday that cuts billions from education but likely allows them to keep collecting their paychecks.
California lawmakers can kiss their pay goodbye if they don't pass a balanced budget by June 15.
California is enjoying an unexpected $2.5 billion spike in tax revenue, which could help the state close its massive budget shortfall.
Keep paying higher taxes or face deep, painful cuts in services. Those are the options Californians are faced with.
California's San Quentin prison, famous for hosting both Johnny Cash concerts and the state's most dangerous inmates, won't be getting a new death row facility as planned.
There is a bipartisan tide of lawmakers who are trying to fix our nation's out-of-control corrections system, and make funding for education the priority.
Always wanted to own a little piece of your local incinerator? Well you might be out of luck.
The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state of California and Gov. Jerry Brown because prison authorities required a Sikh prison inmate to cut his beard.
California Governor Jerry Brown is getting serious about his state's $25 billion shortfall. He has frozen state hiring, cut official cell phone use, and now, he's cracking down on coffee mugs and key chains.
The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed Wednesday to take up the issue of whether state or county officials have the authority to defend Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative defining marriage as only between one man and one woman, court spokeswoman Lynn Holton said.
Rolling out more draconian measures to deal with a $25 billion budget deficit, California Governor Jerry Brown imposed a statewide hiring freeze Tuesday across all government agencies.
California Gov. Jerry Brown canceled Wednesday the proposed sale of 11 government buildings, an Arnold Schwarzenegger initiative that Brown called "shortsighted."
Californians should decide whether they want to pay $12 billion more in taxes to help plug the state's massive budget shortfall, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Monday.
Malcolm X once said that the one man you should be most afraid of is a man who is willing to die for what he believes.
California authorities were investigating graffiti Friday that threatened the life of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.
New York's new governor, one of several greeted by billions of dollars in budget gaps, acted to cut his salary Monday amid reports he will freeze the pay of most other state workers.
After years of cutting billions and billions in spending, California has to do it again.
California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled Monday a draconian budget plan that would slash $12.5 billion in spending and extend $12 billion in tax hikes.
Don't get too attached to those work cell phones, California employees. Half of you are going to lose them in coming months.
Yo, Mayor Bloomberg, you ready to try again?
From coast to coast, new governors warn of tough times ahead but vow a commitment to bi-partisanship.
Former California Gov. Jerry Brown returned to his state's highest office Monday -- restoring an old political dynasty while helping to usher in a new balance of power in statehouses across the country.
Wells Fargo, in an agreement with California's attorney general announced Monday, said it would provide $2 billion worth of loan modifications to nearly 15,000 homeowners.
Thanks to voters, alcohol will no longer be taxed in Massachusetts. Candy won't be subject to a levy in Washington anymore. And California drivers won't have to pay a proposed $18 fee to fund state parks.
On a day that millions of Americans in other parts of the country turned the electoral map red by electing a sea of Republicans, California voters stayed true blue and kept doing what they usually do on Election Day -- elect Democrats.
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A Green Party candidate in the California's governor's race was arrested Tuesday after trying to get into a debate she was not allowed to participate in.
Talk about burying the hatchet. When former President Bill Clinton turned out to rally for California Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown on Friday night, the former rivals hugged and made up. Really, they embraced.
American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to Joe Hagan with New York Magazine about the upcoming California governors race.
Now that she has cluttered a controversy over an undocumented housekeeper by making excuses, refusing to admit mistakes and blaming opponents for her troubles, Meg Whitman needs to go on eBay and buy a clue.
Meg Whitman's former housekeeper responds to allegations that she is part of a scandal orchestrated by the opposition.
The husband of Meg Whitman, California's Republican nominee for governor, said "it was possible" he saw a 2003 letter that questioned his housekeeper's Social Security number, but he insisted it did not make him suspect she was an undocumented worker.
During an interview with Rick Sanchez, Jerry Brown vows to chase down corruption in other California cities.
State Attorney General Jerry Brown will announce a development Wednesday in the investigation of high salaries of several leaders of the small California city of Bell.
The Bell City Council is expected to be asked Monday to approve a property tax rate that meets state law. The California city, which has drawn anger for the high salaries paid to its leaders, plans to repay $3 million in property tax overcharges.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked a federal judge Friday to allow same-sex marriages while an appeal over the struck-down law that banned them makes its way through the courts.
Three officials in a Los Angeles suburb whose high salaries sparked statewide outrage will step down from their jobs, the city's mayor said Friday.
California Republicans nominated two women Tuesday to lead their political ticket in November, bringing an end to two bruising GOP primary battles for governor and Senate.
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman wins the Republican nomination for governor in California.
First-class commercial air travel for two or a private jet -- "must be a Lear 60 or larger" -- from Alaska to California and back. A deluxe hotel suite "registered under an alias." And two unopened bottles of still water with "bendable straws."
CNN's Brian Todd reports on the financial controversy surrounding one of Sarah Palin's speaking engagements.
The California Medical Board will start its own process to strip Dr. Conrad Murray of his medical license, state Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday.
The attorney for Michael Jackson's father announces that a lawsuit will be filed against Dr. Conrad Murray.
Actor Corey Haim was the "poster child" for the problem of addicts "doctor shopping" for dangerous drugs, California's top law enforcement official said Tuesday.
California is referred to as a bellwether, a state that produces social trends and political movements that spread throughout the country.
A string of "brazen attempts" to kill members of a gang task force in Riverside, California, has led to a $200,000 reward for information.
An arrest has been made in the investigation of an illegal prescription drug ring connected to actor Corey Haim, a spokesman for California's attorney general said Wednesday.
Democrats opposed to Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign are hoping to get an assist from the public in their latest bid to push voters away from the Republican candidate.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Tuesday his candidacy for governor.
Jerry Brown wants another shot at running California. Jessica Yellin looks at this unique politician.
You could make a serious argument that Jerry Brown is the most unconventional politician America has ever known.
Jerry Brown: California's attorney general on Tuesday launched his bid to regain the top office in Sacramento. Brown was California's governor for two terms from 1975 to 1983. His father, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Sr., was also a two-term governor.
They've been committed to each other for eight years and have four sons together, but there's a component missing in one Berkeley, California, couple's life that's out of reach for them: getting married.
The most ridiculed players in the financial markets have found a new tormentor.
Is Jerry Brown planning to run for governor of California next year? He sure sounded like it when I spoke with him this week.
A defense attorney used the courthouse steps Tuesday for a blistering attack against the California attorney general for bringing conspiracy charges against his client, Howard K. Stern, in the Anna Nicole Smith case.
Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend appears in court as his attorney blasts the felony charges
Stern knew Smith was an addict when he provided her with drugs, alleges Calif. Attorney General Jerry Brown
A lawyer for Howard K. Stern says the longtime partner of late sex symbol Anna Nicole Smith will fight conspiracy charges announced Thursday.
Dangerous cocktails of prescription drugs were pumped into Anna Nicole Smith "almost to the point of stupefaction" and eventually led to her death, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday.
Gay couples from around California and the nation are feverishly tying the knot ahead of Election Day to avoid missing out if voters approve a ballot initiative aimed at banning same-sex marriage
Four food manufacturers agreed to reduce levels of a cancer-causing chemical in their potato chips and french fries under a settlement announced Friday by the state attorney general's office
Why waiting to announce a running mate until the conventions might be a boon for Obama -- and a liability for McCain
Toy recalls this year have shocked America but dangerous items are still on store shelves, an advocacy group says.
California's Jerry Brown, age 68 and ageless, is running for statewide office this year, 36 years after he did it the first time, and the question you have to ask is, Why doesn't he give it up? It's Thursday morning, and Brown, mayor of Oakland, is standing in incandescent sunshine outside the renovated Sears store he calls home. Not much is going smoothly this morning: the city had its 50th murder the night before, adding to a huge spike above 2005; his opponent in the race for California attorney general has just called him soft on crime; one of the two charter schools he helped start is in need of cash; and now Fox television wants him to go on camera as a commentator and defend a new text-messaging service being marketed to teens that offers information on sex. "I am a little stressed today," he says.
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