California

Rise of armed groups in Mexico prompts hope, fear among LA's michoacanos

In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.

Bus crash memorials: 2 counselors and a student to be remembered

Memorials for three victims of the Orland bus crash that occurred when a bus collided with a FedEx truck will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Southern California.

Bus crash: Humboldt State vows to bring back surviving students

Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond said the university will do their best to arrange for surviving students who did not make it for preview weekend due to a fatal bus crash to come back and “try to avoid bringing them up on a bus.”

Bus Crash: NTSB vows to use tragedy to review bus safety laws

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency saw no evidence of the Fed-Ex truck was on fire before crashing. He added the department will use the investigation to examine bus regulations nationally.

Orland bus crash: Family and friends mourn Jennifer Bonilla

Authorities requested dental records and DNA to confirm she is one of five high school students who died Thursday in the fiery bus crash in Northern California. She was remembered as a star student with a knack for listening.

Orland bus crash: FedEx semi didn't brake before crash

Federal safety investigators say the driver of a Fedex tractor-trailer that struck a bus carrying high school students didn't appear to brake before a fiery collision that left 10 dead.

9 dead in NorCal I-5 crash of bus with LA-area high school students (updated)

The fiery crash involved a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California college

Student loan plan for 'Dreamers' at UC, Cal State advances

Under a proposal backed by UC president Janet Napolitano, students brought to the country illegally as children could secure loans through California's public universities.

State of Affairs: State of the City address, no sprinkler use when it rains

KPCC's reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze join Take Two to talk politics.

California water interests prime the pump in Washington

As the state's crippling drought persists, lawmakers and lobbyists wrestle with how to respond. One lawmaker says: 'You can make water run uphill if you have enough money.'

Attorney general honored for rape kit processing

The program, adopted by eight of California counties, automates DNA testing — tripling the number of cases that can be handled, reducing processing time to 15 days.

Should police crack down on UCSB student parties in Isla Vista?

The melee that broke out following the street party known as Deltopia last Saturday night led to more than one hundred arrests and dozens of injuries.

Firefighters battle San Jose blaze, home destroyed

The cause of the fire, which has caused evacuations, is currently unknown.

Report: California crime victims have trouble getting help

Researchers convened focus groups of people touched by violent crime and found many who said they had trouble accessing programs. They are calling on officials to make it easier to access services.

Proposed deal on San Onofre nuclear plant costs called 'loser' for ratepayers

A ratepayer group said the proposed settlement of costs related to the failed San Onofre nuclear plant is a bad deal for customers.

Calif. deportations down after 'Trust Act' goes into effect

Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.