BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox announced Monday, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.
HEAD MOUSKETEER GINNY TYLER DIES AT 86: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Disney head Mousketeer and voice actress Ginny Tyler has died in Washington at 86.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The irregularities at California's state parks department - and the director's resulting departure - blindsided the nonprofit groups that had been scrambling for donations to keep open 70 parks once doomed by funding shortages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Detectives investigating burglaries, auto thefts and other property-related crimes in Los Angeles have been forced to wait an average two to three months to get fingerprints analyzed because of an employee shortage at the Police Department's Latent Print Unit.
Oakland ends 82-year-old ban on dance marathons
SAN JOSE (AP) - Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals.
VALLEJO (AP) - Cobblestones show through the decrepit pavement in Sheila Dodson's downtown neighborhood, prostitutes ply the sidewalks in broad daylight and many of the century-old Victorians stand empty. Yet this is where Dodson wants to raise her family.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two University of California, Davis neurosurgeons have been banned from performing medical research on humans after they were accused of experimenting on dying brain cancer patients without university permission, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Sandwiched between a brake shop, gritty industrial buildings and a few modest storefronts is a little neighborhood that time has seemingly forgotten.
CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions - a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations.
• HAYASHI TO RUN FOR VACANT ALAMEDA COUNTY SEAT: SAN JOSE (AP) - California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi says she's planning to run for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area officials will study a proposal to charge motorists a tax on every mile they drive in the nine-county region as a way to raise money for roads and public transit while reducing traffic and pollution from car emissions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The director of California's state parks resigned and a deputy was fired Friday after officials learned the department sat on nearly $54 million in surplus money for years while parks were threatened with closure over budget cuts.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have handed out raises to more than 1,000 employees of the Legislature in the last year, even as they made deep budget cuts and trimmed pay for other state workers. The news comes as Democrats promote a November ballot initiative seeking to temporarily raise income and sales taxes to help ease California's ongoing budget woes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Remember "Carmageddon"? Get ready for the sequel.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials are looking for a cheaper way to extend the Bay Bridge pedestrian path and give walkers, joggers and bikers a way to get all the way from Oakland to San Francisco.
BIG SUR (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an off-duty California Air National Guard airman who was swept by a wave into the sea south of Monterey.
DMV EXPANDING HOURS TO MEET IMMIGRANT DEMAND: SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding office hours as it prepares to issue an expected 1.4 million licenses to people in the country illegally.
SAN BRUNO (AP) - Google is remixing the music on its YouTube video site with the addition of ad-free subscription service "Music Key" and a new format designed to make it easier to find millions of songs that can still be played for free.
• WOMAN KILLED BY LOOSE TRACTOR-TRAILER'S WHEEL: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California woman killed when her car was hit by a tractor-trailer's wheel is being remembered as a shining example for students.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A candidate for a seat on a Central California board may win his race, despite having died last month in a small plane crash.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is buying digital video advertising service BrightRoll for $640 million in the Internet company's latest attempt to boost its revenue after years filled mostly with financial futility.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A statewide sting has nabbed 112 unlicensed contractors who could face criminal charges for offering home repair services in seven cities, a state board said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Master Chief stormed Hollywood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The last U.S. icebreaker capable of crushing through the thickest ice of the Antarctic and Arctic is about to resume its mission after the latest repairs to postpone its already past-due retirement.
TRACY (AP) - A high school student in Tracy had his grade docked for dropping the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
BODEGA BAY (AP) - A 4-year-old boy suffered broken bones but survived falling more than 200 feet from a seaside cliff and landing on a rocky beach in Northern California, authorities and his family said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.
Brock Dennis Elliott was 18 years old when he died. He was 17 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 27, 1966. Less than a year later, on May 26, 1967, he was killed in action in Vietnam. He was the first Manteca resident killed in that unpopular conflict.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.