PROPOSED MEASURE WOULD CHANGE CRIME CLASSIFICATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's top prosecutor is seeking to reclassify some crimes that could save money which could be used to fund crime prevention and mental health services.
ARCATA (AP) - An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California.
BIG SUR (AP) - Officials are optimistic that a wildfire in California's Big Sur region that has destroyed 14 homes and several other buildings will soon be put out.
INDIO (AP) - More than 1,500 staff and students at a Southern California high school were tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the bacterial infection last month, health officials said Friday.
BOY HELD IN ATTACK ON WWII VET WILL GO TO REHAB: FRESNO (AP) - A judge on Thursday decided to send a 12-year-old Fresno boy accused of helping beat and rob a World War II veteran to a rehabilitation program instead of a juvenile correctional facility.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The identity of the person whose Mega Millions ticket is worth half the $648 million jackpot remained a mystery Friday, but lottery officials said it's not unusual for big winners to delay claiming the prize while they seek advice about their new fortune.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his son killed by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million claim against the city Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Groups trying to overturn a new California law allowing transgender students to choose public school restrooms and sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders have filed a lawsuit claiming state officials are unfairly refusing to count signatures seeking a referendum.
ESCONDIDO POLICE CHIEF APOLOGIZES FOR GAG GIFT: ESCONDIDO (AP) - A Southern California police chief has apologized for a holiday party gag prize that included mug shots of intoxicated people.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped to 8.5 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department said Friday, continuing a positive trend after increasing temporarily over the summer.
OAKLAND (AP) - A judge on Friday ordered a California hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.
EUREKA (AP) - A civil liberties group has accused a Northern California school district of pervasive racism and of condoning weekly traditions in which female students are groped.
PG&E FINED $14M OVER INCORRECT RECORDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been fined with $14.35 million for failing to promptly notify state officials of incorrect records related to a Northern California natural gas pipeline.
MOORPARK (AP) - Authorities say a student who spurred a lockdown with a threatening note at a Ventura County high school killed himself by stepping in front of a train.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge abruptly interrupted a weeks long hearing so that he could begin considering whether the prolonged solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates in California prisons violates their civil rights.
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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.