SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has spent billions of dollars and endured years of federal lawsuits to improve conditions in its state prisons, but the problems it has been trying to correct are now trickling down to local governments as county jails deal with thousands of additional inmates.
SINGER MICHELLE SHOCKED MAKES ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked has had several shows canceled after making an anti-gay slur at a San Francisco concert.
MAN CALLS 911 BEFORE SHOOTING HIMSELF: FORT BRAGG (AP) - Police say a 74-year-old Northern California man called 911 to report his own death moments before he shot and killed himself outside a hospital.
NAPA (AP) - James Barrett, a vintner whose chardonnay beat the French in a 1976 tasting that propelled California wines to international prominence, has died. He was 86.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The last airworthy B-29 bomber made a landing at a fog-shrouded Southern California airfield, where it will be on display as part of an exhibition of vintage aircraft.
MAN SHOT IN MODESTO: MODESTO - A man was shot while in his car in a west Modesto neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
LA COUNTY SHERIFF WANTS $900M JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sheriff Lee Baca plans to ask Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday to consider replacing the violence-plagued Men's Central Jail with a facility that could cost more than $900 million.
HESPERIA (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on Monday demanded that San Bernardino County school district officials step in to end discrimination against gay students by teachers and administrators at a district high school.
EUREKA (AP) - Mendocino County officials and the U.S. attorney for Northern California may be trying to reach an out-of-court settlement in a long-running dispute over records from the county's medical marijuana program, a lawyer in the case said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The body of a convicted graffiti tagger has been found over the weekend and police believe he fell to his death after spray-painting a bridge.
SF SUPE SEEKS ANTI-ABORTION PROTESTER BUFFER ZONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants to create a 25-foot buffer zone around Planned Parenthood and other clinics that are the target of anti-abortion protesters.
PASADENA (AP) - After recovering from a computer problem, the Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could be restarted safely and run at full power, but the risk of a breakdown would increase to vexing levels after 11 months, a report concluded Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University plans to spend the projected $125.1 million in extra state funding for the 2013-14 academic year to expand enrollment and online courses, boost employee salaries and pay for increased energy and health benefit costs, officials said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday charged the former head of the nation's largest pension fund and one of his business associates with falsifying documents and other charges in a long-running influence peddling and bribery investigation.
• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.
DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.
OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.
LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.
• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.