FIVE POINTS (AP) - Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly two decades after a court takeover of California's prison mental health system, a federal judge is set to consider this week whether the billions of dollars invested by California taxpayers have improved conditions enough that he can return control to the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California authorities are combing through DNA left behind by dead killers, rapists and other criminals in an effort to solve cases that went cold years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at San Francisco's Palace Hotel have removed a painting considered to be a legendary work of art from the wall of the hotel's main bar and plan on selling it at auction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 9-year-old girl crawled out of a mangled SUV, climbed out of a canyon and walked about a mile in the middle of the night to find help after surviving a highway crash that killed her father in Southern California, authorities said.
CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped three cents over the past two weeks.
• FEDERAL PRISON ESCAPEE CAPTURED IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON - A federal prison escapee and two accomplices were arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase through Stockton Friday evening.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Why couldn't NBC just leave well enough alone?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died Saturday. He was 93.
• 3 HOSPITALIZED SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three men have been hospitalized after an early Saturday morning shooting in a nightclub in San Francisco's South of Market area, police said.
• NO DAMAGE REPORTED AFTER 4.3 QUAKE HITS OFF NORCAL: EUREKA (AP) - Authorities say there are no reports of damage after an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 hit off the coast of Northern California Sunday morning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California disclosed Friday it might push for a rewrite of the facility's operating rules as part of its effort to convince federal regulators that one of the twin reactors is safe to restart.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers on Friday raided Southern California auto parts shops and other businesses suspected of illegally selling nitrous oxide for use as a recreational drug, in what federal authorities said was the nation's largest such raid to date.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eleven air traffic control towers at small airports throughout California were on the Federal Aviation Administration's list of nationwide facilities to be closed starting next month due to automatic spending cuts, according to a list released Friday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on Northern California officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use, a statewide poll found Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer some relief to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A San Jose police officer was shot to death Tuesday after responding to a call about a man threatening to commit suicide.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California's gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.
FRESNO (AP) - Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Venice cafe owner had part of a finger bitten off during a scuffle with a man he had ordered out of his restaurant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charging drivers for access to express lanes on one of Los Angeles' busiest freeways appears to have only partially resolved commuter travel woes: Transportation officials say so many people are using the new toll lanes that the paid route is slowing down too.
MODESTO (AP) - Two men have been sentenced in Stanislaus County Superior Court for first-degree murder and attempted carjacking in an encounter that took the life of a 21-year-old man nearly five years ago.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Four people were arrested Monday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said they rammed a waitress with their Volkswagen while leaving a restaurant without paying the bill.
SANTA YNEZ (AP) - Authorities say Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby hit and injured a jogger with his car in Southern California.
HIKER MISSING 2 DAYS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK FOUND ALIVE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A man missing for two nights in Yosemite National Park has been found alive but suffering from multiple injuries, park rangers said Monday.