SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano officially takes over as the University of California's president today, but she already has survived her first leadership challenge - a "no-confidence" vote sought this month by student activists who think her work in Washington makes her unsuitable to run the nation's largest public higher education system.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's major health care plans is racing to translate materials into Spanish. A small businessman in Burbank is perplexed over what "Obamacare" will mean for him and his workers. Home Depot Inc., Trader Joe's and other large employers are slashing health benefits for part-time workers and directing them into the nation's reordered health insurance marketplace.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The father of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan stabbed to death after a San Francisco Giants game last week asked on Sunday for witnesses who may have captured the chaotic melee on mobile devices to come forward.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Saturday he is "disappointed" in a judge's ruling striking down a policy that made it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars following traffic stops. He added he looks forward to the ruling being appealed.
DOG GETS REPRIEVE AFTER BITING FIREFIGHTER: PETALUMA (AP) - A dog that bit a Northern California firefighter has been granted a reprieve by animal control officers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.
RIO VISTA (AP) - A wind energy farm in Northern California could become the first in the nation to agree to protect golden eagles under a conservation plan being worked out with federal officials.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed legislation that would have required county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the California medical board but signed two other bills intended to address abuse of prescription drugs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is designed to deter the illegal dumping of old mattresses and keep them out of landfills by creating a recycling system.
SALINAS (AP) - A trio of artists soon will travel from Oklahoma to California, retracing the steps the Joad family from "The Grapes of Wrath" took as part of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's novel-turned-film.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found clinging to life in the trunk of a parked car in a quiet Sacramento neighborhood.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A national health policy nonprofit on Thursday announced it is making California the focal point of a long-term research project to examine whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to expectations for the uninsured.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A 19-year-old man has appeared in a California courtroom to face charges of hacking webcams at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women then trying to extort nude photos from them.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting.
FRESNO (AP) - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.
STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.
• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.
MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.
REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.
FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.
STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.
MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.
OAKLAND (AP) - State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.