• Occupy protestors outside San Quentin: SAN QUENTIN (AP) - As many as 700 peaceful Occupy demonstrators gathered outside San Quentin State Prison this afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to call for prison reform.
• WHITNEY HOUSTON'S DRESS, EARRINGS UP FOR AUCTION: LOS ANGELES (AP) - There had to be an auction, but so soon?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Work has gone so smoothly on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that the westbound direction of the bridge will be open Sunday night, well ahead of Tuesday morning's expected opening, a Caltrans official said.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the family of a California boy molested by his troop leader in 2007 has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over confidential files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around the nation.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - An anglers' group is asking the federal government to protect a stretch of the Upper Truckee River south of Lake Tahoe with a "wild and scenic" designation.
• PLANE, COPTER COLLIDE NEAR RIO VISTA: RIO VISTA (AP) - Officials say a small plane and a helicopter landed safely after making contact in the air in the Sacramento Delta with both pilots sustaining slight injuries injuries.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Both houses of the Legislature met for less than an hour Friday, offering eulogies to departed constituents, introducing guests and commemorating Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping began the last day of his U.S. visit Friday by urging closer ties and arguing that Americans benefit from their trade relationship with China.
District didn't notify state of teacher dismissal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Southern California congressman is invoking the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion in his bitter primary fight with another incumbent, saying it was wrong for his opponent to accept help from a political action committee that took money from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
UC DAVIS CHANCELLOR FACES FACULTY CONFIDENCE VOTE:DAVIS (AP) - The chancellor of the University of California, Davis faces a faculty vote Friday on her ability to lead the campus following the widely condemned pepper-spraying of student protesters.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The deadliest prison blaze in a century has drawn attention to an unfortunate U.S. export to Central America: street gangs.
LONG BEACH . (AP) - It had all the ingredients of workplace violence: a manager, an angry employee, a discussion about job performance and at least one gun.
Westbound Bay Bridge set for weekend closure
NAPA (AP) - California winemakers think the days of rice wine in China are waning as vintners find success marketing high-end cabernets to a new generation of upscale consumers.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Hundreds of thrill-seekers paid for the chance to run with 2,000-pound bulls - despite protests from animal-rights activists.
MERCED (AP) - The son of a California district attorney has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three teenagers at an Easter party.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are looking for a man who fatally punched another man who intervened while he was screaming at a 3-year-old boy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place, a newspaper reported.
STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states including California and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.