SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California, once an afterthought in the battle for control of Congress, has become a top target for deep-pocketed political action committees and other groups in an all-out effort to win districts stretching from the farming towns of the Central Valley to the beach communities of San Diego.
EUREKA (AP) - A 25-year-old California surfer who survived a brutal shark attack said Wednesday he punched the shark in the head until it finally released him.
SF MAN ARRESTED IN POST-WORLD SERIES VANDALISM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with the vandalism of a city bus during celebrations following the Giants World Series victory.
Some concerns with the voting process have arisen in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election, including:
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge signaled that she planned to approve a request Wednesday from the state's political watchdog agency to investigate the donors behind an $11 million campaign contribution from an Arizona nonprofit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ecstatic baseball fans crammed the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a confetti-drenched parade and rally honoring the World Series champion Giants - a Halloween treat made even sweeter as a repeat performance from 2010.
Restaurant acknowledges severe roach infestation
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS FILED IN DEPUTY SHOOTING: MODESTO (AP) - Some $61 million in wrongful death claims have been filed by the family of a man shot to death in April by a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman facing trial for animal cruelty is now charged with elder abuse for leaving her ailing 86-year-old mother outside on a chaise lounge for days.
EUREKA (AP) - A 25-year-old surfer was recovering Tuesday after he was apparently bitten by a shark off the coast of Eureka, the latest in a string of attacks between ocean lovers and sharks in California this year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The campaigns for and against the 11 initiatives on California's November ballot have raised an astonishing $350 million so far on causes ranging from Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase to a labeling requirement for genetically modified food.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three former California governors joined prosecutors and families of murder victims Tuesday to urge voters to reject a ballot proposal next week that would abolish the state's death penalty.
STATE NIXES DEAL TO DIVERT 49ERS STADIUM FUND: SANTA CLARA (AP) - The state of California has vetoed a $30 million deal between the San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara County officials that would have allowed some of the money voters earmarked for a new stadium to be diverted to local schools.
DRIVER WHO LEFT FREEWAY FOUND DEAD 29 HOURS LATER: DEL MAR (AP) - A motorist who plunged off a San Diego County freeway has been found dead 29 hours after the crash.
SALINAS (AP) - Isidro Hernandez Tovar lived for more than five decades with the searing memory of a crash in the Salinas Valley that killed 32 of his colleagues, all farmworkers who died when a freight train collided with their bus.
SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley is planning a special celebration at the Sierra ski resort March 21 to honor more than a dozen U.S. Olympians from the Reno-Lake Tahoe area who competed in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, including three who brought home gold.
ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man armed with an assault rifle on Sunday morning after he pointed a handgun at them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction on new Southern California homes is lagging, and that's driving up prices for would-be middle-class homebuyers amid a reduced inventory.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they retrospectively increase the punishments for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area officials have decided to increase tolls for drivers crossing the Golden Gate Bridge by $2 by 2018.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California was lashed Friday by heavy rains that the parched state so desperately needs, though with the soaking came familiar problems: traffic snarls, power outages and the threat of mudslides.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Small but unusual outbreaks of tuberculosis, measles and an extremely rare polio-like disease in several regions across California have set off concerns about the risks of exposure. All the infectious disease reports are actively being investigated, and California health officials say it is sheer coincidence that they arose at the same time.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stripped of their guns and pay, four San Francisco police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges contained in federal corruption indictments that could send each to prison for a decade or more.
LANCASTER (AP) - A former Southern California soccer coach has been convicted of molesting 15 children.
• SAN JOSE FIREFIGHTER WON'T FACE CHILD SEX CHARGE: SAN JOSE (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to charge a veteran Northern California firefighter who was arrested in a drug sting with child molestation, but still plan to pursue felony charges of selling and possessing methamphetamine against him.