WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state's bleak financial condition.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay area city council members are moving up to the state Assembly to fill vacant seats in Alameda County districts.
FULLERTON (AP) - Fullerton police say they have arrested a 42-year-old man suspected of posing as a photographer to lure two teenage girls into taking sexy photos.
TORRANCE (AP) - The convertible hit Phillip Moreno so hard it knocked him out of his shoes and lodged him in the windshield.
CHOWCHILLA (AP) - Authorities say three San Francisco Bay area residents are dead and a fourth hospitalized after a head-on crash on a Central California highway.
• 27 indicted in Mexican Mafia gang extortion case: VENTURA (AP) - More than two dozen people have been charged in connection with case where the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang controlled the street drug activities of local gangs through extortion, authorities said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert Schuller has lost a court bid to obtain more than $5 million from the ministry he founded, a now-bankrupt religious empire that included worldwide "Hour of Power" broadcasts and Orange County's landmark Crystal Cathedral.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials are seeking $1.2 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers to cover the unpaid medical costs for Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as 10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has won an open seat in the state Senate, expanding the Democrats' supermajority, while election officials announced that a special election runoff will be needed for another Senate seat.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended an eight-year sentence for a California campaign treasurer who pleaded guilty to defrauding at least $7 million from Democratic politicians.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A murder suspect on the FBI's most wanted list gained weight and switched identities to evade authorities for 14 years, but his notoriety and a $100,000 reward finally led to his capture, the agency said Monday.
ARCATA (AP) - A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
MERCED (AP) - Steps are being taken to reinforce a dorm cell at a correctional facility in Merced after jail officials say inmates forced open the door to attack members of a rival gang.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are saying the fatal shooting of a Jordanian man in a Home Depot parking lot was a racially motivated killing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loss of the state's teacher tenure laws would be bad for students and teachers alike, an attorney for teachers told a judge Thursday.
MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old Modesto boy was struck and killed by a city bus while crossing the street in front of his school.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Assemblyman Mike Morrell easily beat four challengers to win a state Senate seat representing portions of three Southern California counties, according to state figures Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The governor's race in California looks like a one-man show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a Southern California teen drowned at Yosemite National Park while helping his family members who were struggling to swim in the Merced River.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the state in the grip of a severe drought, most Californians are getting anxious over dwindling water supplies and making an effort not to waste a drop, a poll found Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are going to have to start offering commuter subsidies as a way of encouraging their workers to use public transportation or other alternatives to driving alone.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate is calling on Sen. Leland Yee to resign after being indicted on federal corruption and firearms charges.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters are predicting that the rain that began to fall in the drought-stricken San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday morning may be the beginning of the longest stretch of wet weather yet this year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state assemblyman had a runaway lead and appeared the clear victor over four opponents Tuesday night in a race to replace a state senator who represented a district spanning parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.