• TRAFFIC FINE POLICY BANNED IN CALIFORNIA COURT SYSTEM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Motorists in some California counties will no longer have to pay traffic tickets before they can contest them in court under a new rule adopted Monday by the state court system's governing body.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With California's budget deadline a week away, Democratic state lawmakers are using higher revenue estimates to bolster their argument for spending more on social programs for the poor despite Gov. Jerry Brown's cost concerns.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people were critically injured and a sheriff's deputy badly stung after a catering truck lost control and jumped a curb, hitting a tree and triggering a swarm of angry displaced bees.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well underway, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tucked below the Hollywood sign, on a street where tourists stop to pose for pictures, is Beachwood House, a pale blue two-story home for foster kids without one. It's known as the place you go if you are good.
FULLERTON (AP) - It would have been a success story if Fullerton High School senior Fernando Rojas, the son of Mexican immigrants whose schooling stopped in the eighth grade, was accepted to college. But the 17-year-old achieved a surprising clean sweep - he was accepted to every Ivy League school.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Californians voted last fall to reduce penalties for certain crimes, a decision that abruptly lowered jail populations and promised more money for jail alternative programs starting next year.