PARENTS JAILED FOR SHACKLING TEEN TO CHAIR: TWENTYNINE PALMS (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California couple has been jailed for shackling their teenage son to a chair in the living room each night for about six months.
STOCKTON (AP) - Authorities say a car speeding away from Stockton police crashed into a utility pole, killing the driver and critically injuring the passenger. The crash occurred in a residential area after midnight on Sunday. The 53-year-old driver's name was not immediately released. Stockton police spokesman Joe Silva says police had tried to stop the speeding sedan, ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students.
UKIAH (AP) - A change in the weather was making things more difficult for the thousands of firefighters who were struggling to contain a series of wildfires burning across California, fire officials said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As the fourth anniversary of a deadly Metrolink crash approaches, many survivors say a federal liability cap has left them inadequately compensated.
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - A Southern California woman was killed, a second woman was hospitalized and a Walnut Creek motorist faces charges after a pickup truck jumped a curb and hit the two women on a Walnut Creek sidewalk, police said.
FRESNO (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan extolled the values of free enterprise and self-determination at a Fresno fundraising dinner Saturday as he swept through California during a western campaign swing.
• FIERY CAR CRASH INTO LA PIZZERIA KILLS 3 PEOPLE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into a pizzeria in Los Angeles, killing three people and triggering a blaze.
SONOMA (AP) - Jean-Charles Boisset, new owner of California's oldest premium winery, is building the future of 155-year-old Buena Vista Winery on its rich and eclectic heritage.
MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO CHOKING PELICAN AT MALIBU: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A transient pleaded no contest to misdemeanor animal cruelty for choking a brown pelican to death near Malibu Pier.
MERCED (AP) - A Merced County woman has become the fourth person in the state to die of West Nile virus this year. Health officials said Thursday that the 86-year-old woman died this month after becoming infected in August. There have been three other West Nile virus-related deaths in the state in 2012: an elderly Fresno County woman, ...
ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts. The theft, estimated at nearly $400,000, occurred Sunday in the small Central Valley town of Escalon. Investigators say it was one of the biggest to hit the booming industry. Last month, about 12,000 pounds of walnuts worth $50,000 were stolen from a trailer parked on Highway 99 north of Sacramento. This ...
HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet giant Google says it is exploring using two large barges on the East and West coasts as interactive learning centers.
EX-49ER CONVICTED IN FORMER BOYFRIEND'S BEATING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris has been found guilty of several misdemeanors involving a violent dispute with an ex-boyfriend at a Chinese restaurant last year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/HFurXI) the 31-year-old former lineman was convicted Monday of misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and assault for the August 2012 attack. Harris was acquitted of felony domestic violence and assault. He's scheduled to be sentenced ...
STOCKTON (AP) - A sales tax measure that officials in this bankrupt California city have said is essential to their economic fortunes was ahead in voting Wednesday, though several thousand ballots remained to be counted. Stockton's Measure A had more than 13,000 votes, or 53 percent of the ballots cast. The figure put it up by about 1,300 votes. Though officials said they still had more than 3,300 ballots to count, supporters of the measure ...
OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California man faces a long road to recovery after he was set on fire this week as he rode a public bus, but hundreds of people already have donated tens of thousands of dollars to help pay his medical bills. Debbie Fleischman told the Oakland Tribune that her 18-year-old son, Luke Fleischman, will require massive skin grafting. She also said she is torn about whether the fire was a prank ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Tuesday announced his 2014 bid for California governor, wading into a race against Gov. Jerry Brown despite the incumbent's seemingly unstoppable money and campaign machinery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his hands tucked behind his head, then-Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co appeared relaxed with a large stack of $100 bills in front of him on a table.
SAN JOSE STATE FORCED TO CANCEL SPRING COURSES: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State University students may have a tough time getting into classes as budget problems force it to make deep cuts to programs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
REDLANDS (AP) - Police in Southern California have busted a cattle costume rustler after he tried to sell the stolen suits online. Redlands police say the two 7-foot cow costumes created for the Chick-fil-A chain were nabbed in separate restaurant burglaries. The costumes turned up for sale for $350 apiece on Craigslist on Oct. 30. An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire in time for Halloween. When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, ...
OC COLLEGE SAFETY OFFICER FIRED OVER HITLER PHOTO: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A public safety officer at two Orange County campuses has lost one of his jobs after being accused of posting pro-Nazi and racist photos on social media.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's insurance commissioner announced an agreement Tuesday with one of the state's major health insurance companies to delay the cancellation of more than 115,000 individual policies under the new federal health care law.