• OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT UC IRVINE GRADUATION CEREMONY: IRVINE (AP) - President Barack Obama will speak at the University of California, Irvine, commencement in June after students and staff delivered thousands of postcards requesting him, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board on Thursday granted 14 rape victims who had been working as prostitutes the right to be compensated, the first such action since it reversed its policy on the issue last year.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police and child-welfare investigators were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy at a Southern California school sexually assaulted another boy several times during two school years, officials said.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A man who killed a California deputy after a carjacking and attack at a tourist attraction is also a suspect in the slaying of a retired Oregon educator, police said Thursday.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The National Park Service says a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve would harm wildlife and should be built elsewhere.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border Patrol officials say three adult Mexican immigrants were found inside a wooden box carried under a recreational vehicle stopped at a checkpoint near the California-Mexico border.
FRESNO (AP) - Rural California schools expect to see attendance drop as the drought worsens and families leave the state's agricultural region in search of work elsewhere.
MARYSVILLE (AP) - Three Northern California teens who attempted to kidnap another teen planned to sexually assault him as part of a plan to break up his relationship with a girl, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to paying the bills, the mortgage is once again more of a priority for many U.S. homeowners than their credit cards.
MAXWELL (AP) - Two members of California's congressional delegation on Wednesday called for building a new reservoir north of Sacramento, displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential solution to California's long-term water problems.
FRESNO (AP) - Farmers holding signs protesting dramatic cuts to their irrigation supplies packed Fresno City Hall for a congressional hearing Wednesday, delving into the politics of California's drought crisis striking the state's agricultural heartland.
IRVINE (AP) - Golfers are urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames.
HEMET (AP) - A California appeals court has refused to overturn the conviction of a man who repeatedly tried to kill a Hemet police officer, likening his zany efforts to those of Wile E. Coyote.
CLEONE (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's deputy was killed Wednesday in a shootout with an armed suspect who fled the scene and was later found dead in an apparent suicide, authorities said.
MODESTO –The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Immune Activation in Autism" by Judy Van de Water, Ph.D., of the University of California, Davis on Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus.
• SUMPTUOUS SEASIDE HOTEL SELLS FOR RECORD-SHATTERING $360M: LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.
DETROIT (AP) - The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.
DENVER (AP) - Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.
BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.
The future of California's state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state's vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.
• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.
ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.