LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to compiling a list of the great songwriters of the past 50 years, Victor Willis' name likely wouldn't merit more than an asterisk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform in 2009 urged an appeals court Wednesday to overturn his involuntary manslaughter conviction, saying that letting it stand would place police under an increased threat of prosecution for making mistakes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care.
3 ARRESTED FOR HIGH-END CUSTOM BICYCLE THEFTS : LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say three men used Craigslist and Facebook to steal 200 high-end bicycles throughout Southern California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After decades of environmental fights, California's chief coastal regulator approved a scaled-back development plan Wednesday by a Clint Eastwood-backed group on a breathtaking swath of real estate covered by rare Monterey pines.
Skateboarder, 13, dies in pickup crash
*WHAT IT WOULD DO: Lowers the number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 14 to 12, but lets them serve all that time in a single house. Lawmakers currently can serve three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate. The initiative also would close a loophole that allows certain lawmakers to serve up to 17 years in the Legislature. This applies to those who begin their political careers by filling the remainder of a departing lawmaker's term, then run for the seat and serve full terms in the Assembly and Senate.
ACTON (AP) - A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County burned 126 acres and destroyed several structures Tuesday, and authorities evacuated 30 homes as a precaution.
CALIFORNIA MAY BAN GAY TEEN 'CONVERSION' THERAPY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse.
FRESNO (AP) - With a July 1 deadline approaching for dozens of California state parks on a budget closure list, legislators are scrambling to keep them open with bills meant to raise money through specialty license tags and improved entrance fee collections.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California students could face significantly higher tuition if the state doesn't increase funding and voters reject the governor's tax initiative, school administrators said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday.
THE 9th DISTRICT: In a swing district in the Central Valley, the 9th Congressional District, Ivy League-educated law student Ricky Gill has established himself as a newcomer to watch in the GOP. He turns 25 this month - the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House- and has snagged endorsements from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Gill has raised more than $1.1 million, about equal to the amount raised by the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jerry McNerney. National Republicans consider Gill one of their top hopes for defeating a Democratic incumbent this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Members of Congress are facing a new reality in California: competitive elections.
MODESTO (AP) - A Central California county is going after walnut thieves.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh - is hoping to make public policy of her own.
PORTOLA VALLEY (AP) - Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An early morning shootout in a Sacramento parking lot on Sunday left one man dead and at least four others wounded, authorities said.
OAKLAND (AP) - Amelia Rose Earhart has completed the round-the-world flight that her namesake never finished nearly eight decades ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.
REDDING (AP) - A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in Northern California.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Santa Clara County has seen a sharp jump in birds infected with West Nile virus, which has prompted an increase in mosquito spraying that upsets many residents.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants are flocking to churches in Southern California to see a wooden statue of a saint cherished by border-crossers who make the perilous journey to the United States.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy who struck a bridge while standing on the top section of a double-decker tour bus has died.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is beginning to dry up the water supplies for some state parks, including some of the system's most popular places.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Firefighters aggressively attacked a California wildfire that spread quickly after starting Friday afternoon in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest, officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A lower percentage of voters went to the polls in the June primary in California than in any previous statewide election, the secretary of state said Friday as elections officials in Imperial and Kern counties began recounting ballots in the contested race for state controller.