California

Bill would return illegal taxes to public

Tax time is fast approaching, and some lawmakers in California’s Capitol think, in some cases, you should be getting even more money back from the government.

Lack of interpreters among the barriers to justice in California

When talking about language diversity in California, most think Spanish. But Californians speak over 200 languages — and courts need translators.

Transgender student recants sexual assault report

A transgender teen who said he was beaten and sexually assaulted in a California high school bathroom recanted the story, police said Tuesday.

$10 million in gold coins could be from San Francisco Mint theft

New information lends credence to the theory that the coins come from an inside-job heist from the San Francisco Mint over 100 years ago.

Ruling could mean more murderers paroled in California

A federal judge recently struck down portions of two tough-on-crime ballot initiatives that hampered the ability of prisoners to be paroled. The decision could lead to the release of many serious felons.

Gov. Brown signs drought relief bill

The weekend storm notwithstanding, California still faces a severe water shortage that legislators addressed in a wide-ranging bill.

Calif. drought: New survey finds snowpack still below normal

California's Department of Water Resources says the Sierra Nevada snowpack is still well below normal despite the current rainstorms — bad news for the drought-stricken state.

California court: It's legal for drivers to read cellphone maps

Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

In San Diego, ardent atheists evangelize disbelief — every Saturday

Amid the religious evangelists in San Diego's Balboa Park, you'll also find a table with a banner that reads, "Relax, Hell Does Not Exist."

What a rush! California couple finds gold coins worth $10M

It's thought to be the richest cache of coins ever discovered in the U.S. Minted in the 1800s, they were stuffed into eight cans and buried on a Sierra Nevada ridge.

Asiana Flight 214: Airline penalized $500K over crash

The fine announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation was a first: No airline has broken U.S. laws requiring prompt, generous assistance to the families of crash victims.

Biden gives a public nod to California's high-speed rail project

Vice President Joe Biden, an admitted "train guy," told new "Late Night" host Seth Meyers that Gov. Jerry Brown was "leading the country in having high-speed rail."

State high court assigns liability in liquor cases

Hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else, California's high court has ruled.

Ex-tribal chair accused of killings faces hearing

Former Cedarville Rancheria chairwoman Cherie Lash Rhoades is accused of killing four people, including three relatives.

Transgender rights repeal misses California ballot

A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot.

Giants say former athletic trainer has died

Barney Nugent, a former athletic trainer for the San Francisco Giants, died in Massachusetts Saturday. He was 61.