SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cynthia Nixon learned the hard way this week that when it comes to gay civil rights, the personal is always political. Very political.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Friday upheld a new political map drawn by the state's independent redistricting commission in a ruling that gives Democrats their long-awaited opportunity to control two-thirds of a legislative chamber, the threshold needed to pass tax increases.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death asked a judge Friday to release him from jail pending his appeal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seeking to influence other states and Washington, California air regulators passed sweeping auto emission standards Friday that include a mandate to have 1.4 million electric and hybrid vehicles on state roads by 2025.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook is partnering with Washington state to combat a type of spam called "clickjacking" that is plaguing the social networking site, company and state officials announced Thursday.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - The state Assembly on Thursday passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and health care services covered by private insurance plans.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California prison psychologist accused of staging a home invasion and sexual assault pleaded no contest to a felony conspiracy charge.
FRESNO (AP) - A California auto thief who boasts 1,000 heists in less than a year has been placed on probation rather than serve jail time for the crime spree.
SACRAMENTO - (AP) - A bill that would delay the elimination of the 400 community redevelopment agencies in the state does not have sufficient support to pass by the Feb. 1 deadline, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday.
There is probably no more popular law in California today than term limits, the result of a 1990 ballot proposition limiting state legislators to six years in the Assembly and eight in the state Senate.
JUDGE REFUSES TO LIFT STAY-AWAY ORDER FOR SHERIFF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge has refused to lift a stay-away order for embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi meaning he still must stay away from his family after being charged with domestic violence and other misdemeanors.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lone survivor of a 2008 traffic shooting that killed his father and two brothers tearfully testified Wednesday that the alleged gang member on trial for the triple murders committed the crimes alone.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Danny Hopkins was making a quick stop at a drug store to buy his wife a pack of cigarettes when a man burst inside and screamed for help.
OAKLAND (AP) - Mayor Jean Quan vowed Wednesday to quickly reform the scandal-plagued Oakland Police Department after a frustrated judge threatened a federal takeover if it fails to quickly make good on changes agreed to nine years ago.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The fight over a new $1billion stadium for the 49ers in Santa Clara appears headed to court after city officials rejected an attempt to put the project in front of voters again.
Manteca Mayor's Committee on the Arts is holding their Chili Cook Off on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park will cap visitors at current levels in its most popular areas, but it will add campsites and maintain bike and raft rentals under a plan announced Friday to protect the river that runs through its heart.
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ABOUT 3 OTTERS THAT WERE FATALLY SHOT: PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say three California sea otters were fatally shot on the Monterey Peninsula and are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area health officials issued a public warning that a college student with measles could have exposed thousands of others when he attended classes and rode public transit.
PALMDALE. (AP) - A camel escaped from an enclosure in a Southern California high desert community Friday, stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it, and chased other people before it calmed down and was corralled.
SOUTH PASADENA AP) - A 9-year-old southern California boy who called 911 as his little sister choked on a grape has been saluted by authorities, who say his quick thinking saved precious minutes and possibly her life.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once a strong supporter of California's high-speed rail project, told a conservative radio show host Friday that he no longer backs the bullet train and would like to see the money diverted to other projects.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration won at least a partial victory Friday in the legal wrangling over California's high-speed rail project when a state appellate court said it would hear an expedited review of two lower court rulings.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday.
REDDING (AP) - Authorities prepared Friday to burn down a mobile home where they said more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, making it risky for deputies to walk the California property and forcing the evacuation of dozens of nearby residents.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A veteran Northern California firefighter is in custody on suspicion of selling and possessing methamphetamine, providing narcotics to minors and child molestation, state justice officials said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the East Coast shivers, Southern California is basking in unseasonably warm weather and the National Weather Service predicts it will continue through Friday.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Police say a woman who advertised "vampire face-lifts" and other cosmetic procedures she wasn't licensed to perform has been arrested after a suspicious death at a Southern California salon.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal a state lawmaker announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three former California governors announced a proposed ballot initiative Thursday designed to speed up the state's lengthy death penalty process.