SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans on Sunday turned to a familiar face to lead the party back from the brink of irrelevance in a state that once was a GOP stronghold but is now home to a powerful Democratic political machine.
• FEDS LOOK FOR ESCAPED SUSPECTED MARIJUANA DEALER: FRESNO (AP) - Federal authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected marijuana dealer who remains on the loose after escaping custody while undergoing medical treatment at a Central Valley health care facility.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans began gathering for a round of soul-searching Friday at the start of their spring convention as they seek to restore the party's luster after years of election defeats.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A prominent Los Angeles civil rights attorney said Friday she will conduct an independent review of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's firing.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most Californians are downright gloomy about the state's economy and very few voters think the job market will improve this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday.
CULVER CITY (AP) - Californians could end up paying the highest gasoline taxes in the nation when a 3.5-cents-per-gallon increase kicks in this summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials are trying to force convicted sex offenders out of some neighborhoods by building parks near their homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The enduring mystery of why young people joined Charles Manson's murderous family appeared to be at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown's decision Friday to reverse a parole board's recommendation and keep Bruce Davis in prison.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Firefighters stopped the spread of a 311-acre wildfire in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom Friday, despite gusty Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions amid a late-winter heat spell.
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SURFACES IN HOMELESS DEATH CASE: FULLERTON (AP) - An attorney for a popular bar says his client did nothing wrong by making a police call that set in motion a fatal confrontation between several Fullerton officers and a mentally ill homeless man.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto lost a bid to block the California high-speed rail line along the Caltrain corridor south of San Francisco after a judge dismissed a five-year-old lawsuit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Great white sharks off the coast of California will likely enjoy greater protection, as state officials consider whether to add the predator to California's list of endangered species.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rose Gilbert wanted to be a schoolteacher since she was in the first grade and was inspired by the teacher who taught her to read and write.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A five-year scientific assessment of California's first marine protection zones established off the Central Coast has found that some struggling fish species are showing early signs of recovery, officials said on Thursday.
TOLL OFFICIALS APPROVE $5.6M BAY BRIDGE BASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transportation officials have agreed to spend up to $5.6 million to pay for part of the inaugural celebration for the new east span of the Bay Bridge.
SONORA (AP) - Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.
BREA (AP) - A fiery crash involving two big rigs on an Orange County freeway Tuesday destroyed about 120,000 pieces of mail, postal officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state auditor says utility regulators are not doing enough to protect ratepayers from possible unfair hikes to gas and electric bills.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Just months after stepping down as head of the nation's largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.
RIVERSIDE . (AP) - Police in Southern California say an officer flagged down by a frantic mother saved the life of a baby who was choking on a plastic bottle cap.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California teenager charged in the alleged thrill-killing of a high school classmate told police his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill and he had already killed a rabbit and a cat, according to a recently released transcript of his interview with investigators.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state's rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats' supermajority, the state Senate leader said Monday.
LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The families of two pedestrians fatally struck by a California sheriff's deputy have reached a multi-million dollar settlement.
TRUCKEE (AP) - Rescuers say one person is dead and one is alive after a single-engine plane crashed a few miles from California's Truckee Tahoe Airport.
WEARVERVILLE (AP) - Scientists say a disease that kills oak trees along the California coast has spread into yet another county.
• TWITTER INSTALLING LOG CABINS AT HEADQUARTERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers say hikers can now apply for permits to ascend the summit of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - There's a whole lot of shakin' going on at the University of Nevada, Reno.