FRESNO (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan extolled the values of free enterprise and self-determination at a Fresno fundraising dinner Saturday as he swept through California during a western campaign swing.
• FIERY CAR CRASH INTO LA PIZZERIA KILLS 3 PEOPLE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into a pizzeria in Los Angeles, killing three people and triggering a blaze.
SONOMA (AP) - Jean-Charles Boisset, new owner of California's oldest premium winery, is building the future of 155-year-old Buena Vista Winery on its rich and eclectic heritage.
MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO CHOKING PELICAN AT MALIBU: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A transient pleaded no contest to misdemeanor animal cruelty for choking a brown pelican to death near Malibu Pier.
MERCED (AP) - A Merced County woman has become the fourth person in the state to die of West Nile virus this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some of the little tchotchkes that decorate the staid homes of Beverly Hills were tossed off their coffee-table perches this week, but their owners were only shaken and a little bit stirred by a pair of earthquakes that rattled the city of the rich and famous.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in the case of a property management firm accused of laundering thousands of dollars in contributions to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's election campaign last year.
WILLOWS (AP) - A series of burgeoning wildfires in Northern California was threatening 23 homes and has forced residents to leave the area as a precaution, officials said Friday.
CRESCENT CITY (AP) - A Northern California mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend's heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic drugs has pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.
YOSEMITE (AP) - A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has now stricken eight people in all, health officials said Thursday.
SAN DIEGO PARAPLEGIC SKATEBOARDER CRUSHED BY TRUCK: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say a 36-year-old paraplegic riding a skateboard on his stomach while hanging onto the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer rig is hospitalized in critical condition after he was crushed by the truck's wheels.
MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect accused of fatally shooting a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay area freeway had been treated for mental health problems, his father said.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Ernstein was walking home from school when she vanished on March 19, 1968.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's travel ban has saved California taxpayers at least $85 million since he took office, state officials announced Thursday.
PASADENA (AP) - NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars, in a way so big that it can be seen from space.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys would be able to reject fewer jurors in misdemeanor trials under a bill passed Tuesday by the California state Senate.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - BB guns and pellet guns would have to look clearly different from those that fire bullets to be sold in California under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate in response to several recent shooting tragedies involving children.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.
NAPA (AP) - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.
OAKLAND (AP) - An 81-year-old Oakland woman was shot and wounded Tuesday by an intruder in her usually tranquil neighborhood.
FRESNO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.
The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren't developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.
FRESNO (AP) - The winter air is so bad in the San Joaquin Valley that even healthy people are being urged to stay indoors.
AROMAS (AP) - In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market's cattle auction on California's Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation's most ethnically diverse states.
OAKLAND AP) - Police sought a 14-year-old California boy on Friday in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old sister as the family of the teenager pleaded for him to surrender.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After numerous delays and cost overruns, pressure to complete the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge led to pieces being created with cracked welds and other subpar work, government and private engineers told a state Senate commission on Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court ruled Friday that state Controller John Chiang overstepped his constitutional powers in 2011 when he withheld state lawmakers' paychecks after he decided they had not passed a balanced budget.