BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, and she had prescription drugs in her room, authorities said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the state's elite campuses.
LA BUSINESSMAN GETS 8 YEARS FOR MEDICARE FRAUD: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The co-owner of two Los Angeles-area health care companies has been sentenced to eight years in prison for scheming to defraud Medicare out of millions.
LINDEN (AP) - The search for more human remains in what appears to be a mass grave used by two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers" was suspended because of rain Monday, a day after authorities unearthed hundreds of bone fragments.
Police seek suspects in stomping attack on dog
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pet advocates are fighting like cats and dogs to stop a deficit-slashing proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown that aims to save $23 million by ending reimbursements to animal shelters for the cost of keeping strays alive.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Documents detail the terms of a discounted mortgage loan received by U.S. Rep. Howard McKeon from the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp. under a VIP program, according to a published report.
2 OCCUPY PROTESTERS ARRESTED AFTER OAKLAND MARCH: OAKLAND (AP) - Police have arrested two Occupy Oakland protesters and are looking for a third suspect after a confrontation between the protesters and police Saturday night.
STOCKTON (AP) - Information provided by a California death row inmate who was one of the two notorious "Speed Freak Killers" led to the discovery Friday of a second set of human remains, this time believed to belong to a 16-year-old girl who went missing nearly three decades ago.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - To the young women who got into trouble partying in San Diego's popular downtown Gaslamp Quarter, officer Anthony Arevalos offered a way out: In return for sex, he would look the other way on traffic infractions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The former third-grade teacher who has been charged with committing lewd acts on students was paid $40,000 to drop an appeal of his firing, a newspaper reported Friday.
LA CRESCENTA (AP) - A 15-year-old boy plunged to his death from a suburban Los Angeles school building in front of classmates on their lunch break Friday in what may have been a suicide, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Republicans challenging California's newly drawn congressional maps, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission announced Friday in its latest court victory.
WINE GRAPE HARVEST WAS DOWN IN 2011; PRICES HIGHER: NAPA (AP) - The late freezes and untimely rain impacted California's wine grape harvest just as vintners had predicted: The 2011 harvest was down 7 percent to 3.3 million tons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.
ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday appealed a San Diego suburb's decision to reject a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol.
RARE WHALE FOSSIL PULLED FROM BACKYARD: RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.
STOCKTON (AP) - The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery said he wants to know whether police made mistakes or suffered a communication breakdown, a newspaper reported.
SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - A 76-year-old Fontana man has won a $60 million Powerball jackpot - the largest Lotto award in San Bernardino County history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.
ALTURAS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California were battling several lightning-sparked wildfires Friday, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that forced about 120 people to evacuate.
FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.
DENVER (AP) - Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.
FRESNO (AP) - The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.
FRESNO - Advocates for the homeless say a clean-cut man who showed up at a Fresno shelter last week looked out of place.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.