BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, and she had prescription drugs in her room, authorities said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the state's elite campuses.
LA BUSINESSMAN GETS 8 YEARS FOR MEDICARE FRAUD: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The co-owner of two Los Angeles-area health care companies has been sentenced to eight years in prison for scheming to defraud Medicare out of millions.
LINDEN (AP) - The search for more human remains in what appears to be a mass grave used by two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers" was suspended because of rain Monday, a day after authorities unearthed hundreds of bone fragments.
Police seek suspects in stomping attack on dog
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pet advocates are fighting like cats and dogs to stop a deficit-slashing proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown that aims to save $23 million by ending reimbursements to animal shelters for the cost of keeping strays alive.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Documents detail the terms of a discounted mortgage loan received by U.S. Rep. Howard McKeon from the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp. under a VIP program, according to a published report.
2 OCCUPY PROTESTERS ARRESTED AFTER OAKLAND MARCH: OAKLAND (AP) - Police have arrested two Occupy Oakland protesters and are looking for a third suspect after a confrontation between the protesters and police Saturday night.
STOCKTON (AP) - Information provided by a California death row inmate who was one of the two notorious "Speed Freak Killers" led to the discovery Friday of a second set of human remains, this time believed to belong to a 16-year-old girl who went missing nearly three decades ago.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - To the young women who got into trouble partying in San Diego's popular downtown Gaslamp Quarter, officer Anthony Arevalos offered a way out: In return for sex, he would look the other way on traffic infractions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The former third-grade teacher who has been charged with committing lewd acts on students was paid $40,000 to drop an appeal of his firing, a newspaper reported Friday.
LA CRESCENTA (AP) - A 15-year-old boy plunged to his death from a suburban Los Angeles school building in front of classmates on their lunch break Friday in what may have been a suicide, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Republicans challenging California's newly drawn congressional maps, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission announced Friday in its latest court victory.
WINE GRAPE HARVEST WAS DOWN IN 2011; PRICES HIGHER: NAPA (AP) - The late freezes and untimely rain impacted California's wine grape harvest just as vintners had predicted: The 2011 harvest was down 7 percent to 3.3 million tons.
FRESNO (AP) - Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly GOP caucus on Tuesday chose Kristin Olsen, a former Modesto college administrator, as its new leader.
MURRIETA (AP) - A flight carrying migrants from overcrowded facilities on the Texas border with Mexico arrived Tuesday in Southern California but protesters blocked immigration authorities from taking the group to a suburban Border Patrol facility for processing.
IDYLLWILD (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say a 51-year-old woman has been arrested after her 2-year-old granddaughter drank tea with methamphetamine in it.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities in San Bernardino County are warning of a phone scam seeking to bilk residents out of phony fines for supposedly missing jury duty.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say a teenage boy is in custody and another remains at large after they broke into a couple's home and sexually assaulted an 85-year-old woman.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect today and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that recognizes bitcoins and other virtual currencies in California.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.
• OYSTER FARM OWNERS EYE OPTIONS AFTER RULING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the appeal of a popular oyster farm that federal officials want to shutter and return to wilderness along the coast of Northern California.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tourism officials at Lake Tahoe say that obtaining Nevada-based sponsorship for their annual Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will help free them from California regulators after settling a lawsuit over pollution.