SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seeking to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags cluttering California's beaches and landfills, the state Legislature in 2006 passed a law requiring grocery stores and other large retailers to give consumers an easy way of returning used bags.
JUDGE PROPOSES $6.7M FINE FOR PG&E PIPELINE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge is proposing that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pay $6.7 million in fines for improperly declaring safe two natural-gas pipelines and using misleading records in an attempt to minimize the lapse.
LANCASTER (AP) - A former funeral home apprentice has pleaded not guilty to stealing gold crowns from the teeth of corpses in the Antelope Valley.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - More than 1,000 people marched Tuesday to protest the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a Northern California sheriff's deputy in an encounter that sparked community outrage and an FBI investigation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS says "The Price is Right" is planning a milestone birthday celebration for former host Bob Barker.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California courts fail to tell state justice officials when someone is determined to be mentally ill, undermining efforts to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners, according to a state audit released Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California could gain tens of millions of dollars annually in federal reimbursements for prison health care under the nation's new health law, state and federal officials said Tuesday.
PARASITES FOUND IN CALIF. 'SEA SERPENT' DISSECTIO: SANTA BARBARA (AP) - One of two oarfish found in Southern California waters earlier this month had a host of parasites living in its giant, serpent-like body.
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - A man who authorities say had been hallucinating and talking about zombies was fatally shot over the weekend after he allegedly broke into an Orange County home.
INGLEWOOD (AP) - One man has been killed and two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies wounded in a shooting in Inglewood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police officers will begin field testing 60 on-body cameras starting in November as part of a pilot program designed to increase accountability and reduce complaints against officers.
LOS ALTOS (AP) - The Silicon Valley home where Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers is now on the city's list of historic properties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A foot of snow fell in the upper elevations of the Sierra overnight and a 103 mph wind gust blew across the mountains near Lake Tahoe before an early winter storm blew out of the area early Monday.
HIKER FOUND AFTER BEING MISSING FOR 5 DAYS: LAKE ARROWHEAD (AP) - An injured hiker missing for five days was found over the weekend near Lake Arrowhead after he started a fire to keep warm, authorities said.
SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Target employee has been arrested on suspicion of snapping cellphone photos of a woman in a dressing room stall at a Southern California store.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.
ANAHEIM (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating a complaint that animal care officers cruelly slit the throat of a four-point buck, allowing it to bleed to death without anesthesia, after it was found with its leg impaled on a wrought-iron fence in the upscale Anaheim Hills neighborhood.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has taken down its Facebook page after a man accused it of violating his free speech rights and sued for deleting his comments.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.
SAN JOSE (AP) - California's third most-populous city finally knows who its next mayor will be now that Santa Clara County election officials have decided against recounting ballots in the close San Jose mayoral election.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.
HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's chronic drought is causing hardships on the coast south of San Francisco for property owners who ordinarily get their water from creeks and wells that have gone dry after four years of scant rainfall.
STOCKTON (AP) - A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments - even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.
LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - A Southern California elementary school has shut down a fundraising idea to let youngsters skip homework if their parents donate money.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles could save billions of gallons of water under an agreement announced Friday that allows it to use waterless methods to control dust at Owens Lake.
STOCKTON (AP) - A major investment firm has challenged a court-approved bankruptcy plan for the California city of Stockton, possibly jeopardizing resolution of one of the country's biggest city bankruptcies stemming from the 2008 housing bust.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who set another teen's clothes on fire on a public bus has been sentenced to seven years at a California juvenile facility.
VALLEJO (AP) - Two maintenance workers at Vallejo High School were seriously injured Friday in an explosion inside a classroom that was under construction, authorities said.
NAPA (AP) - Hot air balloons drifting in multicolored splashes against a blue heaven are a common sight in the Napa Valley. But lately, more than balloons have been taking to the wine country skies.