DA ASSIGNS PROSECUTOR TO 1991 FIRE DEATH: MURPHYS (AP) - A California district attorney says she has appointed a prosecutor with experience in arson investigations to the case of a New York man charged with killing his son and now under investigation in the fire death of his wife more than two decades ago.
SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - A lead attorney probing a deadly pipeline explosion for state regulators says he quit the investigation because he disagreed with managers handling of the case.
FRESNO (AP) - On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005, though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron's Sacramento offices.
BILL WOULD CHARGE 911 FEES ON PREPAID CELLPHONES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.
SF BAGGAGE HANDLER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO THEFT: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A San Francisco International Airport baggage handler accused of stealing items from passengers' bags has pleaded not guilty.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anne Gust Brown, the wife, chief adviser and de facto chief of staff of Gov. Jerry Brown, acknowledged her role in keeping her intellectual but sometimes unfocused husband on track during his second stint in the governor's office.
SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - The lead attorneys probing a deadly pipeline explosion for California regulators have abruptly quit the investigation, putting the integrity of the probe in jeopardy, a San Bruno city official said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.
TACO BELL FIRING RIDGECREST EMPLOYEE FOR TACO LICKING: RIDGECREST. (AP) - Taco Bell is firing a California employee who was photographed licking a stack of taco shells.
CHINO (AP) - Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was denied parole Wednesday for the 20th time.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday said "it is time to throw the book at PG&E" in a brief replying to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the CPUC's penalty consideration cases regarding PG&E's pipeline safety.
FORMER SANTA CLARA POLITICIAN FACING NEW CHARGE : SAN JOSE (AP) - A longtime California politician convicted of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction has been charged in a separate case involving an illegal campaign flier, prosecutors said Wednesday.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.
EX-UCI PROFESSOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN OC ARSONS: SANTA ANA (AP) - A former University of California, Irvine professor has pleaded not guilty to charges he set a series of fires at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.
NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.
TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.
TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.
WORKER ELECTROCUTED AT ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: MISSION VIEJO (AP) - Officials say a man was electrocuted and another badly shocked during a construction accident at an Orange County high school.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of default notices - the first step in the foreclosure process - sent to California homeowners slid to its lowest level in more than eight years in the spring as higher home values left fewer homeowners underwater, a research firm said Thursday.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A frustrated mother of six sobbed uncontrollably outside a Northern California courtroom Thursday after prosecutors announced they were still undecided on whether to file charges accusing her of attacking a 12-year-old boy who is alleged to have bullied her daughter.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The new Captain America will be an African-American.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.