BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox announced Monday, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.
HEAD MOUSKETEER GINNY TYLER DIES AT 86: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Disney head Mousketeer and voice actress Ginny Tyler has died in Washington at 86.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The irregularities at California's state parks department - and the director's resulting departure - blindsided the nonprofit groups that had been scrambling for donations to keep open 70 parks once doomed by funding shortages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Detectives investigating burglaries, auto thefts and other property-related crimes in Los Angeles have been forced to wait an average two to three months to get fingerprints analyzed because of an employee shortage at the Police Department's Latent Print Unit.
Oakland ends 82-year-old ban on dance marathons
SAN JOSE (AP) - Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals.
VALLEJO (AP) - Cobblestones show through the decrepit pavement in Sheila Dodson's downtown neighborhood, prostitutes ply the sidewalks in broad daylight and many of the century-old Victorians stand empty. Yet this is where Dodson wants to raise her family.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two University of California, Davis neurosurgeons have been banned from performing medical research on humans after they were accused of experimenting on dying brain cancer patients without university permission, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Sandwiched between a brake shop, gritty industrial buildings and a few modest storefronts is a little neighborhood that time has seemingly forgotten.
CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions - a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations.
• HAYASHI TO RUN FOR VACANT ALAMEDA COUNTY SEAT: SAN JOSE (AP) - California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi says she's planning to run for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area officials will study a proposal to charge motorists a tax on every mile they drive in the nine-county region as a way to raise money for roads and public transit while reducing traffic and pollution from car emissions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The director of California's state parks resigned and a deputy was fired Friday after officials learned the department sat on nearly $54 million in surplus money for years while parks were threatened with closure over budget cuts.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have handed out raises to more than 1,000 employees of the Legislature in the last year, even as they made deep budget cuts and trimmed pay for other state workers. The news comes as Democrats promote a November ballot initiative seeking to temporarily raise income and sales taxes to help ease California's ongoing budget woes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Remember "Carmageddon"? Get ready for the sequel.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.
BURNEY (AP) - Officials say evacuation orders have been lifted for one of two wildfires in Northern California.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Authorities say about 300 people out for a cruise on Lake Tahoe had to be rescued after their boat hit a sand bar and stranded them offshore.
ALHAMBRA (AP) - A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.
BURNEY (AP) - Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday, at a time when firefighters in Oregon and Washington state also aim to combat destructive blazes.
BERKELEY (AP) - Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County prosecutors can seek the death penalty for a man who admitted killing eight people at a hair salon, but they can't use evidence improperly gleaned from a jailhouse informant in the case, a judge ruled Monday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for a San Francisco man charged with operating an online marketplace for illegal drugs are asking a judge to toss out most of the evidence against him, saying the Fourth Amendment protects their client from "indiscriminate rummaging" through his entire online history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - People with Alzheimer's disease are not liable for injuries they may cause their paid in-home caregivers, California's highest court ruled Monday in a case involving a home health aide who was hurt while trying to restrain a client.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - State park officials say California's drought is forcing them for the first time this year to close a campground to overnight use.
MOUNT BALDY (AP) - When the skies opened up with a vengeance, Michael Honer had a front row seat to the powerful forces of Mother Nature.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews suspended an hourslong air and sea search for a captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat early Monday when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach.