• JUDGE REFUSES TO TOSS TICKET OVER CORPORATE CLAIM: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Marin County man has failed to convince a judge to toss out a ticket for driving alone in the carpool lane despite his claims the incorporation papers riding along with him qualified as a person.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with a wide-ranging agenda that includes revisions to school funding, gun control laws and environmental regulations.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants to end a 6-year-old program that has sent thousands of California inmates to private prisons in other states, although he may not get the chance unless he can persuade federal judges to revise an order limiting the number of inmates the state can hold.
OAKLAND (AP) - A California assemblywoman introduced a bill on Monday that aims to regulate ammunition sales.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cal Grant's tighter eligibility standards have disqualified 80 percent of California's for-profit colleges from the financial aid program, according to a state report released Monday.
MOTORIST DRIVES INTO POND AND DROWNS: SAN JOSE (AP) - An elderly Northern California motorist has drowned after missing a turn on a highway onramp, crashing through a fence and plunging into a pond.
PASADENA (AP) - Oxygen television executives weren't talking Monday as negative attention grew about "All My Babies' Mamas," its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers.
FRESNO BUS FIRE MAY HAVE BEGUN IN ENGINE AREA: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in Fresno say a fire that caused $1 million in damage to school buses appears to have started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles.
HOMEWOOD (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has temporarily blocked the planned expansion of a 50-year-old ski resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore, ruling that regional planners did not adequately consider a smaller and, therefore, less environmentally intrusive overhaul of Homewood Mountain Resort before they approved the project.
PASADENA (AP) - Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Huell Howser, the homespun host of public television's popular "California's Gold" travelogues, has died at age 67.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Monday for running what prosecutors claimed was an illegal pot business that only pretended to be legitimate under the state's medical marijuana law.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An empty oil tanker caused minor damage when it struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, and the busy span remained open to traffic, officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are starting the new year with a tail wind they haven't had in 130 years - supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.
• FORMER FIRE CHIEF PLEADS NO CONTEST TO RADIO THEFT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California fire chief has pleaded no contest to stealing more than $300,000 of radio equipment to sell on eBay and setting a fire in a bungled attempt to hide the theft.
ORLAND (AP) - Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Coast Guard says an injured man has been picked up from a charter fishing boat off Baja California and flown to San Diego for medical treatment.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday proposed more than doubling the size of two marine sanctuaries off the Northern California coast, a move that would restrict the movements of cargo ships, aircraft and personal watercraft, and close the areas to oil and gas exploration.
SONORA (AP) - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.
BAKER (AP) - A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert will once again be a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say suicide is suspected in the death of a man who apparently jumped from the top of a popular climbing spot in Yosemite National Park.
• FBI ASKS TO MEET WITH SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI plans to talk with San Francisco city leaders as part of its ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown, the agency confirmed Monday.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of missing paintings by a Polish artist have been found in a storage facility in Northern California.
CHOWCHILLA (AP) - The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.
OAKLAND (AP) - Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting, and engineering experts say it could lead to structural damage if the corrosion worsens, a newspaper reported Sunday.