SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two men are accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl to work on a Northern California marijuana grow, sexually abusing her and locking her in a metal toolbox for days, authorities said.
DAVIS (AP) - The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at UC Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 incident.
CONGRESSMAN WANTS REVIEW OF MOJAVE WATER PROJECT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Republican congressman is echoing Sen. Dianne Feinsteins calls for a federal environmental review of a plan to pump water from Mojave Desert aquifers for cities across California.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A third woman publicly identified herself on Wednesday as a target of Mayor Bob Filner's sexual advances, as the beleaguered leader of the nation's eighth-largest city named his third chief of staff in less than two weeks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Andy Vidak has a substantial lead in the hotly contested race for a San Joaquin Valley state Senate seat, with county election officials reporting Wednesday that nearly 9,500 ballots remain to be counted.
COURT PETITION SEEKS EPA ACTION ON PESTICIDE DRIFT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California could see more than $300 million invested in television and online ads, billboards, door-to-door visits and other sales pitches and promotions to convince uninsured residents to enroll in national health care coverage, a potentially unprecedented level of spending to sell a government program in the nation's most populous state.
MOTORIST FACES TRIAL IN ELECTROCUTION DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in spite of his attorney's argument that the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans trying to help after the crash were not his fault.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.