SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seeking to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags cluttering California's beaches and landfills, the state Legislature in 2006 passed a law requiring grocery stores and other large retailers to give consumers an easy way of returning used bags.
JUDGE PROPOSES $6.7M FINE FOR PG&E PIPELINE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge is proposing that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pay $6.7 million in fines for improperly declaring safe two natural-gas pipelines and using misleading records in an attempt to minimize the lapse.
LANCASTER (AP) - A former funeral home apprentice has pleaded not guilty to stealing gold crowns from the teeth of corpses in the Antelope Valley.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - More than 1,000 people marched Tuesday to protest the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a Northern California sheriff's deputy in an encounter that sparked community outrage and an FBI investigation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS says "The Price is Right" is planning a milestone birthday celebration for former host Bob Barker.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California courts fail to tell state justice officials when someone is determined to be mentally ill, undermining efforts to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners, according to a state audit released Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could gain tens of millions of dollars annually in federal reimbursements for prison health care under the nation's new health law, state and federal officials said Tuesday.
PARASITES FOUND IN CALIF. 'SEA SERPENT' DISSECTIO: SANTA BARBARA (AP) - One of two oarfish found in Southern California waters earlier this month had a host of parasites living in its giant, serpent-like body.
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - A man who authorities say had been hallucinating and talking about zombies was fatally shot over the weekend after he allegedly broke into an Orange County home.
INGLEWOOD (AP) - One man has been killed and two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies wounded in a shooting in Inglewood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police officers will begin field testing 60 on-body cameras starting in November as part of a pilot program designed to increase accountability and reduce complaints against officers.
LOS ALTOS (AP) - The Silicon Valley home where Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers is now on the city's list of historic properties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A foot of snow fell in the upper elevations of the Sierra overnight and a 103 mph wind gust blew across the mountains near Lake Tahoe before an early winter storm blew out of the area early Monday.
HIKER FOUND AFTER BEING MISSING FOR 5 DAYS: LAKE ARROWHEAD (AP) - An injured hiker missing for five days was found over the weekend near Lake Arrowhead after he started a fire to keep warm, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
• MAN SHOCKED 20 TIMES DURING JAIL BOOKING SUES: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.
CORONA (AP) - Southern California police are searching for an expensive wheelchair stolen from the home a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.
BENICIA (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.
WOODLAND (AP) - A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.
NATIONAL CITY (AP) - Moviegoers watching "The Hobbit" in San Diego County were treated to a real-life drama after police chased down a carjacking suspect who'd dashed into the theater and arrested him at gunpoint.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health care exchange has exceeded last year's insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver's license databases to track down people for deportation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.