TRUCKEE (AP) - A storm has left up to 18 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and raised the hopes of skiers and snowboarders after a subpar snowpack last winter.
DEPUTIES SAY SOUTHERN CAL MAN TORCHED FAMILY DOG: CAMARILLO (AP) - Ventura County sheriff's and fire investigators say an 18-year-old has been arrested for dousing his family's dog with lighter fluid and setting it on fire in a ravine near their home.
FRIANT (AP) - Two men have been arrested in the shooting of an off-duty Fresno County Sheriff's deputy with a pellet gun.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland city officials have asked a judge not to let its embattled police department be the first in the nation to be taken over by the federal government.
Mavericks surfing contest window opens
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say they're looking for a man accused of raping a mentally disabled woman on a city bus.
• TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.
Columbia dean named Berkeley chancellor
SALINAS VALLEY FERTILIZER SELLER FACES PRISON TIME: GONZALES (AP) - The former president of Salinas Valley farming company has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to falsely labeling chemical-based fertilizer as organic.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the balance of power in the California Assembly at stake, both political parties were watching just two tight legislative contests that will determine if Democrats win uncontested power to raise taxes without Republican votes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who was among the best-known faces of America's televangelist heyday, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry he founded used them freely, including on the Internet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment slots, officials said Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A lawsuit over the use of Julia Child's name by the maker of Thermador ovens will be transferred to California, where a related lawsuit is pending, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - To celebrate the day he became a man, a Los Angeles 13-year-old donated a sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help mend injured American war veterans and active duty soldiers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost the sales of painkillers behind the nation's prescription drug addiction problem.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eight current or former members of the California National Guard have been indicted on federal charges alleging that they fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in recruiting referral bonuses, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Thursday.
SALINAS (AP) - A police officer was injured when demonstrators protesting recent police shootings in Salinas attacked officers as they tried to assist a victim who had been shot in an unrelated incident, authorities said.
• FARMERS SUE TO STOP LAKE WATER RELEASE: FRESNO (AP) - A group of Central California farmers have asked a judge to halt the release of water from behind a dam east of Fresno.