SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift Monday in federal sentencing policies, targeting long mandatory terms that he said have flooded the nation's prisons with low-level drug offenders and diverted crime-fighting dollars that could be far better spent.
AUTOPSY: YOLO COUNTY INMATE HAD FATAL AMOUNT OF WATER: WOODLAND (AP) - An inmate who died after being found struggling to breathe at a Northern California jail drank a fatal amount of water, an autopsy concluded.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A close family friend suspected of abducting a 16-year old girl after killing her mother and younger brother fired his rifle at FBI agents before they killed him deep in the Idaho wilderness, authorities said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge has dismissed a shareholders lawsuit against computer maker Hewlett-Packard and its former CEO Mark Hurd, saying that a company's standards of business conduct amount to "puffery" that can't be used in securities fraud lawsuits.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's beleaguered mayor faced a Monday deadline to respond to organizers of a recall effort who say he should leave office after more than a dozen women alleged he made unwanted advances or inappropriate statements to them.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Trained school employees can administer insulin shots to diabetic students if a nurse is not available, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday.
YUBA CITY (AP) - Authorities say one person is missing and another injured after their boat capsized in a Northern California reservoir.
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BANNING (AP) - Firefighters continued to make progress overnight battling Southern California's latest destructive wildfire, which burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.
RICHMOND (AP) - Two banks are suing the working class San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond over its plan to invoke eminent domain to condemn and seize hundreds of underwater mortgages.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The horseback riders who encountered a missing California teen and her abductor said Sunday that "red flags" went up for them because the pair seemed out of place and ill-equipped for the Idaho back country.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A component of California's landmark offensive against greenhouse gas emissions is not sitting well with some environmental groups.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new monthly subscription service run by a pair of San Francisco Bay Area brothers aims to ease suffering for those with a serious case of Pac-Man fever.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The victory of a union-backed incumbent over a reform-minded political novice in the unusually heated race for California's K-12 schools chief on Wednesday had leaders of state and national teachers unions expressing satisfaction that voters were more interested in supporting teachers than holding them responsible for what ails public education.
TEEN REMOVED AFTER TWEETING FROM POLLING PLACE: WESTMINSTER (AP) - A teenage poll worker who was tweeting obscenities and taking photos of voters was removed from an Orange County polling place on election day.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A vacation-home rental website has sued San Francisco, claiming a new law making it legal for residents to rent out their homes online for short periods unfairly gives rivals such as Airbnb an advantage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Passing a $7.5 billion water bond may turn out to be the easy part. Agreeing on how to spend all the money could be much harder.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans on Wednesday moved closer to preventing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature as a few races remain too close to call.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in California's Santa Barbara County rejected a ban on fracking and most other intensive drilling in the oceanside county's more than century-old oil fields, while two other California coastal communities with comparatively little oil adopted stringent prohibitions.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Californians are eager to tax medical marijuana, but they want limits on who can grow it and sell it.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Residents in coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to cut back even more, residential per-capita water use figures released for the first time Tuesday show.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area woman was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for running what prosecutors said was a sham university that served as a front for an immigration scam.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a driver charged with fleeing in his SUV after fatally striking three Southern California teenage girls as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The U.S. Navy has transferred hundreds of acres of land to the Department of Veterans Affairs for an outpatient clinic and national cemetery that will eventually house the remains of 300,000 veterans.
COACHELLA (AP) - No one was hurt when gunfire struck a mosque in the desert city of Coachella before dawn Tuesday, authorities in Southern California said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to create two national monuments in the Mojave Desert, and she's considering asking the White House to act without Congress' approval.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.
UKIAH (AP) - Authorities allege a Northern California mother tried to kill her two young sons by intentionally driving off a 300-foot cliff, injuring both children.