MAN APPEALS FOR RELEASE AFTER 14 YEARS IN PRISON: PASADENA (AP) - An attorney says a Los Angeles man who was in prison for nearly 14 years is innocent and should stay free, despite prosecutors' argument that missed deadlines for paperwork by defense lawyers mean he should remain behind bars.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Celebrities including Jay Leno and Gloria Steinem have condemned the isolation of inmates to control gang violence at California prisons - a practice that sparked a hunger strike by hundreds of inmates.
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A working class San Francisco Bay Area city is considering invoking eminent domain to condemn and seize hundreds of underwater mortgages to help troubled homeowners. The controversial move would be the first of its kind in the country.
QUINCY (AP) - A Plumas County Superior Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California's largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California.
DUAL BIDS TO RECALL SAN DIEGO MAYOR GET UNDERWAY: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dueling efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are underway as the leader of the nation's eighth-largest city ignores mounting calls that he resign over allegations of sexual harassment.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Bicycle salesman Bert Etheredge locked down the shop where he works and sent customers and co-workers into a back room when he saw a raucous mob moving up the main street of a California beach town after a popular surf contest.
SACRAMENTO(AP) - A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul.
WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Several gay bars in West Hollywood have boycotted Stolichnaya vodka - which is distilled from Russian ingredients - following the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia that ban gay pride events and "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."
OAKLAND CONSIDERS BANNING PROTEST 'VIOLENCE TOOLS' : OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland will consider banning so-called "tools of violence" from protests, two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.