EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Hilda Vasquez squirreled away the money for her U.S. citizenship application by selling batches of homemade tamales at South Texas offices. Carmen Zalazar picked up extra babysitting jobs at night after caring for kids all day in Houston.
LODI (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered at a Sikh temple in Lodi to mourn and demand answers in the death of an Army veteran who was shot and killed by local police.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials again are trying to improve residents' health and raise money for government coffers by taxing soda and other sweetened drinks, an effort that's previously failed to gain traction locally and in other U.S. cities.
LA HABRA HEIGHTS (AP) - What began as a stink over llama feces has escalated into a running battle that has brought turmoil to a to a Los Angeles suburb known for its quiet locale and sprawling lots.
MENDOTA (AP) - Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Walter Cottle Lester, a third-generation California farmer who stubbornly refused to sell his family's 237-acre ranch to developers even as Silicon Valley rose up around it and made the land worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has died at age 88.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nurses at a San Francisco hospital did not heed doctors' orders to maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days later, a newspaper reported.
NAPA (AP) - A Northern California woman wanted for questioning in the death of her 3-year-old daughter was detained along with her boyfriend Sunday at a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train station and turned over to authorities who are investigating the child's death as a homicide, police said.
MARIN (AP) - A Northern California teenager convicted of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini planned to sell the car and also commit a jewelry heist, according to court documents.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prison officials revealed new rules Friday that they say will make California the first state to recognize that inmates can quit prison gangs and put that lifestyle behind them, allowing them to escape the tough restrictions that gang members are subject to.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure aimed at controlling public pension costs in California is less likely to make it onto the state's November ballot after proponents said they would sue to challenge the ballot language.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of eight felonies this week introduced a bill that would have allowed those in similar circumstances to have their crimes reduced to misdemeanors.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants who are in the United States illegally are often called "undocumented" despite carrying a long list of papers: passports, consular ID cards, birth certificates from their home countries, and those of their children born here.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials said Friday that 147 people in the state have died from the flu this season, surpassing last season's death toll.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State surveyors checking California's snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.
DISNEYLAND CLOSES INNOVENTIONS HALL, BUILDS SPECULATION: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland is closing its Innoventions exhibit hall in Tomorrowland, bringing flurries of speculation over what might replace it.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California man put up a new sign on his house Tuesday, a day after a protester tore down swastikas posters and a wooden statue that accompanied the display.
• SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS CURB DEPUTY IN-CAR COMPUTER USE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A year after a deputy hit and killed a bicyclist while driving and typing on his in-car computer, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has implemented new rules governing the use of technology while driving.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco could become the first city in the country to require warning labels on advertising for soda and other sugary beverages.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - A survivor of the Columbine High School massacre who lost his championship football ring more than a decade ago got it back after an improbable discovery by a homeless veteran in California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When law enforcement officers from around the U.S. visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles for training these days, they are faced with a choice between entering a door marked "prejudiced" and another marked "unprejudiced."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A community college working to put its students on the path to law school, a California State University branch offering a computer science degree that can be completed in three years, and a University of California campus using intensive summer classes to make sure transfer students hit the ground running.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco firefighter filed a legal claim alleging that colleagues and managers harassed and discriminated against him after learning he tested positive for HIV.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of an upscale San Francisco neighborhood are complaining about plans to move the Alcatraz ferry from its longtime home on the Embarcadero to Fort Mason because it would snarl traffic in the wealthy residential neighborhood and hurt businesses on Fisherman's Wharf that depend on the ferry traffic.
MAN INJURED WHEN E-CIGARETTE EXPLODES: SANTA ANA (AP) - An exploding e-cigarette has left a Santa Ana man with burns to his face and hands.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When a California college student council banned the display of the American flag from a common area in the student government offices, the action was quickly denounced by the student body president and a higher student panel overturned it two days later.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A carpenter has been fired for freeing a raccoon that had been trapped by exterminators at the San Francisco construction site where he worked.