FIVE POINTS (AP) - Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly two decades after a court takeover of California's prison mental health system, a federal judge is set to consider this week whether the billions of dollars invested by California taxpayers have improved conditions enough that he can return control to the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California authorities are combing through DNA left behind by dead killers, rapists and other criminals in an effort to solve cases that went cold years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at San Francisco's Palace Hotel have removed a painting considered to be a legendary work of art from the wall of the hotel's main bar and plan on selling it at auction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 9-year-old girl crawled out of a mangled SUV, climbed out of a canyon and walked about a mile in the middle of the night to find help after surviving a highway crash that killed her father in Southern California, authorities said.
CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped three cents over the past two weeks.
• FEDERAL PRISON ESCAPEE CAPTURED IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON - A federal prison escapee and two accomplices were arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase through Stockton Friday evening.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Why couldn't NBC just leave well enough alone?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died Saturday. He was 93.
• 3 HOSPITALIZED SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three men have been hospitalized after an early Saturday morning shooting in a nightclub in San Francisco's South of Market area, police said.
• NO DAMAGE REPORTED AFTER 4.3 QUAKE HITS OFF NORCAL: EUREKA (AP) - Authorities say there are no reports of damage after an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 hit off the coast of Northern California Sunday morning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California disclosed Friday it might push for a rewrite of the facility's operating rules as part of its effort to convince federal regulators that one of the twin reactors is safe to restart.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers on Friday raided Southern California auto parts shops and other businesses suspected of illegally selling nitrous oxide for use as a recreational drug, in what federal authorities said was the nation's largest such raid to date.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eleven air traffic control towers at small airports throughout California were on the Federal Aviation Administration's list of nationwide facilities to be closed starting next month due to automatic spending cuts, according to a list released Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state employee arrested on suspicion of bringing a loaded gun to the California secretary of state's office had been reprimanded for sending unsolicited messages to female co-workers, according to documents obtained Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar - the people they see on TV and in the movies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.
• MEASLES OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN AT DISNEYLAND GROWS TO 87 CASES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday.
FRESNO (AP) - One in four household water wells in parts of California's Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they may dam parts of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in an emergency measure to protect freshwater used by millions of Californians.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 80-year-old Long Beach man was justified in killing a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in declining to charge him.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Police in South Lake Tahoe say a casino security guard was one of three men arrested on robbery and drug charges after a man who answered a Craigslist car-for-sale ad reported he was beaten and robbed of $30,000.
VICTORVILLE (AP) - A Southern California woman who killed a 2-year-old girl by giving her chili powder has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly half of all killings in Los Angeles County went unsolved over the past eleven years, a newspaper reported Sunday.
CAMARILLO (AP) - The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.