SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California, once an afterthought in the battle for control of Congress, has become a top target for deep-pocketed political action committees and other groups in an all-out effort to win districts stretching from the farming towns of the Central Valley to the beach communities of San Diego.
EUREKA (AP) - A 25-year-old California surfer who survived a brutal shark attack said Wednesday he punched the shark in the head until it finally released him.
SF MAN ARRESTED IN POST-WORLD SERIES VANDALISM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with the vandalism of a city bus during celebrations following the Giants World Series victory.
Some concerns with the voting process have arisen in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election, including:
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge signaled that she planned to approve a request Wednesday from the state's political watchdog agency to investigate the donors behind an $11 million campaign contribution from an Arizona nonprofit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ecstatic baseball fans crammed the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a confetti-drenched parade and rally honoring the World Series champion Giants - a Halloween treat made even sweeter as a repeat performance from 2010.
Restaurant acknowledges severe roach infestation
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS FILED IN DEPUTY SHOOTING: MODESTO (AP) - Some $61 million in wrongful death claims have been filed by the family of a man shot to death in April by a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman facing trial for animal cruelty is now charged with elder abuse for leaving her ailing 86-year-old mother outside on a chaise lounge for days.
EUREKA (AP) - A 25-year-old surfer was recovering Tuesday after he was apparently bitten by a shark off the coast of Eureka, the latest in a string of attacks between ocean lovers and sharks in California this year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The campaigns for and against the 11 initiatives on California's November ballot have raised an astonishing $350 million so far on causes ranging from Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase to a labeling requirement for genetically modified food.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three former California governors joined prosecutors and families of murder victims Tuesday to urge voters to reject a ballot proposal next week that would abolish the state's death penalty.
STATE NIXES DEAL TO DIVERT 49ERS STADIUM FUND: SANTA CLARA (AP) - The state of California has vetoed a $30 million deal between the San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara County officials that would have allowed some of the money voters earmarked for a new stadium to be diverted to local schools.
DRIVER WHO LEFT FREEWAY FOUND DEAD 29 HOURS LATER: DEL MAR (AP) - A motorist who plunged off a San Diego County freeway has been found dead 29 hours after the crash.
FRESNO (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Tuesday that pending federal spending cuts could cost thousands of jobs in California.
CHICKEN PLANT TO REOPEN AFTER CLEANUP: LIVINGSTON (AP) - Work at a California chicken plant is to resume Saturday, ending a temporary shutdown ordered by federal inspectors who found cockroaches.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors says it will offer Model S customers new adapters to assuage safety concerns of overheating.
CLAIM FILED FOR GIRL RUN OVER AFTER PLANE CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained.
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal estimates that California owes about $355 billion in debts and unfunded liabilities for benefits promised to former and current state employees. The chart below summarizes the debts and liabilities, as estimated by the Department of Finance:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How's this for an employee perk? Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Silicon Valley campus can now make part of the trek on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.
LIVINGSTON . (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Central California chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches.
Stockton (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California's general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state's days as the nation's poster child of fiscal dysfunction.