SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans on Sunday turned to a familiar face to lead the party back from the brink of irrelevance in a state that once was a GOP stronghold but is now home to a powerful Democratic political machine.
• FEDS LOOK FOR ESCAPED SUSPECTED MARIJUANA DEALER: FRESNO (AP) - Federal authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected marijuana dealer who remains on the loose after escaping custody while undergoing medical treatment at a Central Valley health care facility.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans began gathering for a round of soul-searching Friday at the start of their spring convention as they seek to restore the party's luster after years of election defeats.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A prominent Los Angeles civil rights attorney said Friday she will conduct an independent review of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's firing.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most Californians are downright gloomy about the state's economy and very few voters think the job market will improve this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday.
CULVER CITY (AP) - Californians could end up paying the highest gasoline taxes in the nation when a 3.5-cents-per-gallon increase kicks in this summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials are trying to force convicted sex offenders out of some neighborhoods by building parks near their homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The enduring mystery of why young people joined Charles Manson's murderous family appeared to be at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown's decision Friday to reverse a parole board's recommendation and keep Bruce Davis in prison.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Firefighters stopped the spread of a 311-acre wildfire in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom Friday, despite gusty Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions amid a late-winter heat spell.
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SURFACES IN HOMELESS DEATH CASE: FULLERTON (AP) - An attorney for a popular bar says his client did nothing wrong by making a police call that set in motion a fatal confrontation between several Fullerton officers and a mentally ill homeless man.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto lost a bid to block the California high-speed rail line along the Caltrain corridor south of San Francisco after a judge dismissed a five-year-old lawsuit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Great white sharks off the coast of California will likely enjoy greater protection, as state officials consider whether to add the predator to California's list of endangered species.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rose Gilbert wanted to be a schoolteacher since she was in the first grade and was inspired by the teacher who taught her to read and write.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A five-year scientific assessment of California's first marine protection zones established off the Central Coast has found that some struggling fish species are showing early signs of recovery, officials said on Thursday.
TOLL OFFICIALS APPROVE $5.6M BAY BRIDGE BASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transportation officials have agreed to spend up to $5.6 million to pay for part of the inaugural celebration for the new east span of the Bay Bridge.
RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) - A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.
BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - A damp weekend helped firefighters stop the growth of a huge Southern California wildfire, one of many burning around the state.
MERCED (AP) - A teenager spent the night at a central California jail after he was arrested on a warrant for a murder charge a judge had cleared him of months earlier.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state budget that takes effect on Wednesday includes $20 million in grants for local law enforcement agencies, but lawmakers are linking the money to the national debate over killings by police.
CUPERTINO (AP) - A state lab has found a fruit fly infestation in a Northern California neighborhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.
PETALUMA . (AP) - He's overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Regulators on Friday told San Francisco to stop taking some of the river water it routinely stores in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A slight break in the weather Friday slowed a week-old wildfire that is threatening thousands of buildings in the Southern California mountains.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - An Orange County water district said Friday it is adding more purified wastewater to its groundwater basin, helping to continue its reliance on mostly local water sources during the drought.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two San Diego firefighters were hospitalized with multiple stab wounds but one of them was expected to go home late Thursday night, a day after a bystander attacked them as they were helping a drunken man on a packed trolley platform.