LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that he will join a think tank after leaving office this summer - and he'd also like to be California's governor someday.
DUNLAP (AP) - A female intern-volunteer was killed Wednesday by a lion at a private wild animal park in Central California, and state and local authorities were trying to determine what might have caused the fatal attack.
POLICE STANDOFF ENDS WITH ARREST IN SF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police arrested a robbery suspect Wednesday after a nearly seven-hour standoff that began when he barricaded himself inside a marijuana growing site in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Francisco's Presidio that would house an art collection he amassed over more than four decades.
GALT RESIDENTS FAVOR CASINO: There was a lot of love for the Wilton Rancheria Indian Tribe and their casino proposal Tuesday evening at the Galt City Council meeting.
CREWS REMOVE YACHT GROUNDED BY ALLEGED THIEVES: PACIFICA . (AP) - Crews removed an 82-foot yacht from a Northern California beach early Tuesday after authorities say three people stole it, stocked it with pizza and beer, then drove it a little more than 20 miles before running it aground.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some workers in the San Francisco Bay Area suffer through commutes that are longer and cover greater distances than in any other major metro area in the country.
OAKLAND (AP) - A federal judge has appointed a former police commissioner from Baltimore to oversee the embattled Oakland police department.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Impoverished Californians, including those who are homeless, soon will be able to get free cellphones and service thanks to the recent expansion of a statewide program.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - An elderly woman who died after a nurse at her elder home refused to provide CPR had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS FLIES INTO TRACY: TRACY –Buffalo Wild Wings, winner of scores of best wings and best sports bar awards, is opening its newest location in Tracy on Monday, March 18, with a ribbon cutting celebrated at
MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County mom is literally standing up for her daughter.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year's Oscar ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane's routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.
VALLEJO POLICE: 2 DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE: VALLEJO (AP) - Vallejo police say a man and woman found dead inside an apartment were fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.
WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.
• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.
CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Farmers on Wednesday welcomed the first of three storms expected this week in drought-stricken Northern California.
2 PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.
BERKELEY (AP) - Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.
EAST PORTERVILLE. (AP) - Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered sex offenders in California don't have to disclose their email addresses, Internet service providers, screen names and other electronic information to authorities as required by a voter-approved law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.