COUPLE PICKS UP CUSTOMERS' TABS AT LIVERMORE WALMART: LIVERMORE (AP) - Christmas came early for some shoppers at a Walmart in Livermore.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A barefoot, shirtless man who climbed down from an overpass on to a freeway sign and appeared ready to jump onto the 110 Freeway below brought traffic to a halt for about two hours in downtown Los Angeles.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A billboard put up by a San Diego millionaire who's seeking a Latina girlfriend has been removed.
OAKHURST (AP) - A Fresno man is recovering after a fall during a hike and a complicated rescue in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said.
OAKLAND (AP) - Members of the union behind a one-day strike that shut down the Port of Oakland last month have ratified a new contract.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Monday ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to turn over to the court the top-secret files it has kept for decades on dozens of priests accused of sex abuse, bringing the documents closer to public scrutiny.
PORTERVILLE (AP) - Gravediggers work the old-fashioned way on the Tule River Indian Reservation, chipping away at the hard pan by hand with pickaxes and shoveling the dirt aside. They say it's a sign of respect not to use machinery, but never has the crew had to dig so many graves at one time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A graduate student who was shot to death during a furious struggle with campus police at California State University, San Bernardino, had a long history of mental illness and had stopped taking his medication at least a week earlier but hadn't appeared to be violent, authorities said Monday.
PASADENA (AP) - Two attorneys representing dozens of children in lawsuits brought against the Los Angeles Unified School District over alleged teacher sexual misconduct said Monday they are dropping out of settlement negotiations and want to go trial.
BART STATION PARKING LOT COSTS COULD TRIPLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters in the San Francisco Bay area could see parking lot costs triple at BART stations.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After nearly a decade of debate, Lake Tahoe land-use regulators are prepared to take action on a sweeping plan that will guide development for decades to come at the Sierra gem.
FRESNO (AP) - Some fog creeps in poetically on little cat feet through the Golden Gate. And then there is the prosaic fog of California's San Joaquin Valley that erupts from the soil in certain wintry conditions to put a stranglehold on the region.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders say they have no plans to change their longstanding practice of adding and changing thousands of votes after their votes are cast on the Legislature floor, despite criticism from good government groups that say it allows lawmakers to obscure their real positions and curry favor with lobbyists.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California patients are at risk from reckless prescribing by doctors because of a lack of oversight at the state Medical Board, an investigation has found.
PORTERVILLE (AP) - A man suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding three children, including his two daughters, died Sunday from his injuries in a police shootout, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.
OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.
LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.
• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.