LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anthony Wayne Smith spent seven years as a menacing defensive end for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders whose mission was to put quarterbacks on the turf.
ROSEMEAD (AP) - A slaughterhouse in a small Los Angeles suburb is raising a big stink as the owners fight an order to shut it down, accusing the city of discriminating against Asian culture.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heartthrob singer Justin Bieber has been ticketed for speeding on a Los Angeles freeway after being chased by at least one other vehicle, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers approved billions of dollars Friday in construction financing for the initial segment of what would be the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Welfare officials can take children from parents who negligently cause the death of a son or daughter, such as failing to place them in a car seat, even if there was no criminal harm, the California Supreme Court ruled.
Jockey killed in fall during Alameda race
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Trolley was packed. Hotel rooms facing the bay were sold out. And local radio was set to simulcast a patriotic score for the Fourth of July show.
STOCKTON (AP) - A convicted serial killer could be temporarily freed from death row to help search for the remains of long-dead victims under a bill state lawmakers approved Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 250 more criminals will serve their time in county jails instead of state prisons each year under a new California law, a sharp increase from the state's original projections, corrections officials said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a mentally ill homeless man sued the Southern California city of Fullerton on Thursday alleging that a brutal beating by police officers a year ago led to his son's wrongful death.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A man who beat up a priest who allegedly molested him as a child was acquitted Thursday of assault, a surprising verdict that allowed the defendant to escape a prison sentence.
Body of missing Dodgers fan found floating off SF
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers voted Thursday to delay voters' consideration of an $11 billion water bond from this November until 2014 - the second time the measure has been postponed.
LAWMAKERS APPROVE 'ANTI-ARIZONA' IMMIGRATION BILL : SACRAMENTO (AP) - Illegal immigrants arrested for minor offenses will no longer have to fear deportation if a bill approved by the state Senate becomes law.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Blue whales, the world's largest animal, are being seen in droves off the Northern California coast.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown has a lead of 16 percentage points over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the governor's race.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the federal government.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.
RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities say five students got sick - including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious - after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't have much on the line as he faces his Republican challenger in the only gubernatorial debate scheduled so far this election season.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of California state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about his legal residence, as his defense completes paperwork seeking a new trial.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - The cost of feeding horses and cows in California is climbing as the drought sends hay prices to historic highs, a newspaper reported.
BERKELEY (AP) - A judge has removed the words "high-calorie" and "sugary drinks" from a soda tax measure set to go before voters in Berkeley in November.
RIGHT-TO-DIE GROUP DENIED BOOTH AT AGING EXPO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Visitors browsing the booths at this week's AARP convention on aging in San Diego won't find one featuring Final Exit Network.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.