20 percent of U of Cal freshmen from outside state

(AP) — Officials say that more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from such places as Texas, Washington, China and India and each will pay an additional $23,000 in tuition, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue that officials say helps support the education of Californians.

Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets 

(AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

(AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Last scream for California's Colossus coaster

(AP) — It's last call for Colossus.

California moves to keep film production at home

(AP) — Hoping to keep film production in California, lawmakers have moved to quadruple tax subsidies for location shoots.

California unemployment remains at 7.4 percent

(AP) — California's unemployment rate held steady at 7.4 percent in July, the same rate as a month earlier, but two surveys used to calculate the rate showed different results.

SeaWorld plans new killer whale environments

(AP) — SeaWorld says will build new, larger environments for killer whales at its theme parks, and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.

Utility company fined for electrocution of family

(AP) — The Riverside Press Enterprise reports that Southern California Edison was fined $16.5 million Thursday for the January 2011 electrocution of three members of a San Bernardino family.

Bill would expand stealth bomber tax credit

(AP) — Dueling bidders for a major Pentagon stealth bomber contract would be eligible for massive tax credits under a bill before the governor's desk.

California regulators approve PG&E rate hike

(AP) — California regulators have approved a nearly $2.4 billion rate hike for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers that will see the typical customer's monthly bill increase by $7.50 starting in the fall.