SALINAS VALLEY FERTILIZER SELLER FACES PRISON TIME: GONZALES (AP) - The former president of Salinas Valley farming company has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to falsely labeling chemical-based fertilizer as organic.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who was among the best-known faces of America's televangelist heyday, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry he founded used them freely, including on the Internet. Schuller, 86, testified Wednesday in U.S. District Bankruptcy Court in Los ...
TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's redrawn political map opened the door this year to the priciest and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs, ousting the state's longest-serving congressman and leaving several contests undecided Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County voters have approved a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes, prompting a pledge by the adult entertainment industry to sue to overturn the measure.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Activists seeking special labels on food made from genetically engineered crops vowed Wednesday to continue their push despite a loss at the California ballot box where they were vastly outspent by biotechnology giants.
• TODDLER HURT IN FALL FROM WINDOW OF FREMONT HOME: FREMONT (AP) - An 11-month-old girl is hospitalized after authorities say she fell out of a third-story window at a Fremont home.
• Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated: BERKELEY (AP) - Voters in a California city known for free speech and tolerance have narrowly struck down a measure that would have banned sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks.
MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday. After weeks of speculation that barge would be "a party boat," a data storage center and a store to sell its Internet-connected glasses, Google on Wednesday revealed that it plans to ...
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday. Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, were arrested Friday in Fresno, a day after the FBI arrested 34-year-old Hossein Nayeri in Prague in the Czech Republic, Orange County authorities ...
$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest. Nicholas Dirks, a history and anthropology scholar, became chancellor of California's flagship public university on June 1 and was inaugurated Friday afternoon. The chancellor serves as executive head of all activities on the campus. In a speech Friday, he promised to expand and revise the university's approach to its primary ...
BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.
HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.
SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September. Tuolomne County, which is home to the northern part of Yosemite National Park, will potentially have to rebuild roads and other damaged infrastructure with only state and local resources. Kelly Huston, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown's office, says FEMA has declined to extend a major ...
SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said. The determination came as the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights announced its agreement Wednesday with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to ensure compliance with Title IX, a 1972 law guaranteeing equal gender treatment, and reduce ...
OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.