California to propose new student achievement testing

The new testing will emphasize critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be aligned with Common Core, a new national curriculum standard.

Should US citizens' relatives get green cards faster?

There is growing support and also criticism of the latest in a string of Obama Administration policies aimed towards reaching immigration reform.

Poll: What do you think of the ruling that an unmarried woman wasn't raped?

A California appeals court surprised people with a controversial ruling that overturned a 2009 rape. Weigh in by voting in our poll.

California lawmaker proposes 'Homeless Bill of Rights'

State law already protects residents from discrimination based on sex, race, religion and sexual orientation. An assembly member wants to add homelessness to the list.

Leader of US movie-pirating group gets 5 years in prison

A man who admitted to being the leader of the IMAGiNE Group, which released unauthorized versions of theatrical films online, has been sentenced to serve 60 months in prison.

World's tallest thermometer in Baker may become billboard

The world's tallest thermometer is looking for a new owner. It's part of a 4.3-acre property listed for $1.75 million.

Health union alliance could threaten larger rival

Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten the dominance of a powerful rival and lead to a new round of labor tensions.

New state law to let some immigrants get driver's licenses might have little effect

A new state law that allows some undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license might have little effect. Many had already applied.

Facebook blamed in part for California's $900M tax shortfall

California starts this year with nearly $1 billion less in tax revenue than expected. The shortfall results mostly from Facebook’s slumping stock price.

CA homeowners behind on payments get some mortgage relief

A new law went into effect January 1 giving troubled homeowners some protection when facing foreclosure. It is supposed to make it easier for people to modify mortgages.

UC Irvine course explores Vietnamese American oral history

Conducting and presenting oral histories reveals to UC Irvine students some ways that Vietnamese culture adapted when it arrived in America.

New laws: Driver's licenses, in-state OK for some immigrants

Two new California laws allow some undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license and to apply for financial aid at public universities.

Fiscal Cliff could undermine prop 30's gains

A plunge over the 'fiscal cliff' could hurt California's effort to harness billions in Prop. 30 tax revenue to protect school funding and balance the state budget.

3 die in small plane crash in San Diego County

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the four-seat Lancair IV-P had departed from San Diego's Montgomery Field en route to Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix

California missions undergo upgrades to resist quakes

Conversion these days at the state's Spanish missions isn't only about religion; it's also about seismic retrofitting.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants more analysis at San Onofre

Federal regulators are asking for more information as they try to determine if the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant should be restarted.