SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some states, including California, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in California:
NEW YORK (AP) - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms.
ISLA VISTA (AP) - About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors say a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi man in a Home Depot parking lot in Northern California has confessed to the crime.
MILL VALLEY (AP) - Authorities are searching on rugged Mount Tamalpais for a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who has been missing for a week.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator indicted on federal charges used campaign money to pay for flights to the Philippines and events at a San Francisco restaurant, activities that have possible links to gun-running and bribery allegations, a newspaper reported Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the U.S.-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty.
LODI (AP) - The family of a Gulf War veteran who was fatally shot by police filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the officers used excessive force.
CONCORD (AP) - A Concord police officer has been placed on paid leave after being accused of taking pain medication from senior citizens.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that he is pressing ahead with a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' future pension benefits, saying he will target the 2016 ballot after losing a court challenge this year.
FRESNO (AP) - A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California's second-longest river is moving forward despite the state's historic drought and complaints from some farmers who reluctantly agreed to give up some of their water allotments to support the effort.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday that he's undertaking a longshot bid to succeed Barbara Boxer as California's next U.S. senator.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN ADDRESSING DRONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Property owners near South Mission Beach are pushing back against a 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower that's been planned for more than a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.
TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.
KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.
• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.
KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.