SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In most courtrooms, spontaneous applause could get you thrown out.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The people became the paparazzi Friday, aiming their lenses not at the latest starlet, but toward the sky to catch a glimpse of an aging superstar headed for retirement.
VALLEJO (AP) - An outcry has intensified for independent investigations against the Vallejo police following the shooting death by officers earlier this month of a man outside his home - the city's fifth fatal officer-involved shooting since May.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Clandestine cooks who have been selling homemade food at local stores and farmer's markets will no longer have to fear legal consequences under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former gang member's long-awaited exoneration was delayed Friday only hours before a scheduled hearing because of a judge's illness, leaving him to wait in prison another weekend before he is formally cleared of a murder conviction.
LAW WILL BOOST CALIFORNIA'S SPACE TRAVEL INDUSTRY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the space shuttle Endeavour's final flight capturing the attention of Californians, Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had signed legislation intended to boost the fledgling private space travel industry.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another attempt by conservatives and corporate interests to limit labor unions' ability to collect dues for political purposes is being viewed skeptically by California voters, according to a poll released Friday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate dipped slightly in August to 10.6 percent, down from 10.7 percent the previous month, the state reported Friday.
FOLSOM (AP) - Federal regulators have intensified an investigation into JPMorgan Chase & Co. electricity trading in California.
Police wound suspect; shooting spurs SF protest
METAL THIEVES TARGETING MODESTO FIRE HYDRANTS: MODESTO (AP) - Metal thieves are targeting Modesto fire hydrants, putting residents at risk and costing the city thousands of dollars.
OAKLAND (AP) - An 11-year-old Oakland boy struck by a bullet as he lay sleeping in his bed early Thursday was in serious condition following multiple surgeries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three weeks ago, Clint Eastwood shared the spotlight with a single chair.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A scrawny Georgia teen who was discovered at a bus station told police his abusive stepfather gave him $200 and a list of homeless shelters before he was put on a bus to Los Angeles on his 18th birthday, authorities said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax increase initiative has only slim support with likely California voters, with just 51 percent backing it and 38 percent opposed, according to the results of a Field Poll released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.
• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.
FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.
• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.