LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five years after a man dressed as Santa Claus massacred nine members of her family on Christmas Eve, the surviving daughter of the Ortega clan worked to master her mother's pozole recipe to serve at a traditional family dinner that's now forever tinged with tragedy.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A decade after a Christmas Day mudslide swept through a Southern California church mountain retreat, worshippers have continued their mission at a new spot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students enrolled in the University of California system soon will be able to take online courses offered by campuses besides their own.
DEATH VALLEY (AP) - The Badwater 135, a sweat-lathered, endurance race that runs through the hottest place in the world in the middle of the summer will be taking a detour in 2014 after Death Valley National Park placed a moratorium on cycling and running competitions until it can determine how safe they are.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's health insurance exchange offered a bit of breathing room for consumers who tried but failed to meet Monday's deadline for coverage starting in the new year, as its website and call centers were overwhelmed by last-minute demand.
JUDGE: SAN JOSE CANNOT CUT EMPLOYEE PENSIONS: SAN JOSE (AP) - A judge has ruled that San Jose cannot implement voter-approved cuts to employee pensions, but can cut salaries to meet the savings expected from the reduced pensions.
OAKLAND (AP) - With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators have refunded $375,000 to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over concerns the fine payment could jeopardize a potentially larger penalty against the utility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a newspaper reported.
NEW YORK (AP) - Universal Pictures has delayed the release of "Fast & Furious 7" for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles woman accused of making hundreds of phony and harassing 911 calls has been sentenced to jail.
PAJARO (AP) - As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift.
SANGER AP) - When Yadir Sanchez arrived in this San Joaquin Valley agricultural town at age 5, she joined a well-traveled path to academic failure that children of other Mexican farmworkers had been on for years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sara Pasquinelli doesn't shop at the grocery store much anymore. The busy mother of two young boys buys nearly all her food from a new online service that delivers to her front door - but it doesn't bring just any food.
LODI (AP) - Army Cpl. Chris Petrossian was in Afghanistan when his frightened wife called to say robbers stole the thousands of dollars' worth of Christmas gifts he had ordered online and shipped to his Northern California home.
OAKLAND (AP) - A news reporter for a San Francisco television station has reunited rock guitarist Carolos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn't seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves drove a car through a high-end electronics store in the latest crash-and-grab heist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police on Thursday asked for the public's help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in Northern California are warning Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters for a second time this month that they may have been exposed to measles on trains.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers on Thursday demanded that a Sacramento man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, calling the signs racist and vulgar but acknowledging the person had a right to free speech.
EASTON (AP) - After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives - together.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.
OXNARD (AP) - A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who bit off a fingertip during a fight at a Rose Bowl concert in Pasadena has pleaded no contest to mayhem.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.
• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.