(Kristopher Skinner, Bay Area News Group)
California's budget surplus soars to new heights; schools to benefit

In the clearest sign yet that the Great California Recovery is proceeding on pace, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced Tuesday that the state budget surplus could be as much as $8 billion higher than estimated just four months ago.
 
San Jose suffers another legal setback in bid to lure Oakland A's
The San Jose City Council on Tuesday appeals a judge's recent decision finding a land deal between the city and the Oakland A's violated local laws requiring a vote. 

Twitter challenge to U.S. national security probes moves forward
Oakland federal judge weighs Obama administration's bid to toss Twitter's free speech case challenging government secrecy in national security investigations 

California drought: State water board passes first mandatory urban water limits in state history
More than 100 people assembled in Sacramento for the two-day meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board, including representatives of some cities and industries who said the agency's proposed targets are too strict.
 

California's first edible cricket farm to open; indgredient growing in popularity in protein bars and pizzas
One day soon, the sound of a cricket's chirp could make your mouth water. 

Hinkley: A town with no future

Special report on the chromium-tainted desert town made famous in "Erin Brockovich."

California budget crisis

Get all the latest news and links to resources as the state battles another fiscal mess.

Special report: High-speed rail

Get the latest news on the project to connect S.F. and L.A. Or see the interactive map and Twitter feed.

Special report: Same-sex marriage

Check out full coverage of the California ruling legalizing gay marriage and the passage of Proposition 8 to reject it.