SHERIFF WANTS POLITICIANS TO RETURN BADGES: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sheriff Lee Baca is recalling about 200 official-looking badges that were given to politicians for use during disasters.
FORESTHILL. (AP) - A 120-acre fire in a steep, heavily wooded area of the American River Canyon is forcing the evacuation of several homes.
Berkeley voters to decide sidewalk-sitting ban
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who perched on a San Diego freeway sign for more than eight hours, jamming traffic for miles, has surrendered to authorities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pluto may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, her politically active family's sole Democrat, and a sister with three brothers, Laura Ricketts is comfortable being the odd woman out.
OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that has been billed as the largest pot shop on the planet has been targeted for closure by federal prosecutors in Northern California, suggesting that a crackdown on the state's medical marijuana industry remains well under way.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats fell short in efforts Wednesday to block cuts to the food stamp program as the House Agriculture Committee moved ahead on a half-trillion-dollar bill to fund farm and nutrition programs over the next five years. Similarly, a Republican attempt to make deeper cuts to the program was defeated.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown issued a furlough order Wednesday for more than 11,000 California workers whose unions have yet to reach a deal for a 5 percent wage cut.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - In this sweltering Southern California city, officials tried to keep the budget in check by selling assets, cutting spending and asking public employees to take a hit as tax revenues dwindled.
POLICE: TRACY MOTEL OWNER, 62, KILLED BY NAKED MAN: TRACY (AP) - Tracy police are investigating the death of a motel owner who was allegedly killed by a naked man in her business office.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peter O'Toole is retiring from show business, saying he no longer has the heart for it and that it's time to "chuck in the sponge."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An appeals court is asking the California secretary of state to explain why Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative should be first on the November ballot.
UC tuition could rise sharply if tax measure fails
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The family of a California soldier killed in Afghanistan sued a military contractor for rehiring an Afghan national as a security guard after he allegedly threatened to attack U.S. troops and eventually killed two service members and wounded four others.
FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.
MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.
SANTA ANA (AP) - GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.
CERES (AP) - Police in Northern California say a body was found inside a freezer at an abandoned auto shop.