LOS ANGELES (AP) - Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren really need a category just for women - a singular kind of affirmative action - to snare one of Hollywood's favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was so taken by Lance Armstrong's first memoir of battling back from cancer to win the Tour de France multiple times that he immediately read it "cover to cover" and recommended it to several friends.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say an airplane in Northern California has made an emergency landing after striking a bird shortly after takeoff.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS ANOTHER DAY OF RECORD HEAT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Diego has broken a 103-year-old daily temperature record but a winter heat spell may be easing.
OAKLAND (AP) - Despite hundreds voicing opposition, the Oakland City Council early Wednesday overwhelmingly approved hiring former New York City police commissioner and Los Angeles police chief Bill Bratton as a police consultant.
FONTANA (AP) - The school police force in this Southern California city has acquired 14 high-powered semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses.
FIREBALL ACROSS SKIES IN WEST WAS FLAMING COMET: MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A California researcher says a fireball seen streaking across Western skies last week was a flaming comet.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Phil Mickelson turned to his biggest blunder on the golf course to apologize for his latest mistake with his mouth.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Rising prices sent California home foreclosure activity to a six-year low in the fourth quarter, a real estate research said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of California on Wednesday charged that about a quarter of California school districts are violating state and federal laws by failing to provide English language instruction to all students who need it and demanded state education officials take action.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican state lawmakers reacted Tuesday with an "I told you so" after golf champion Phil Mickelson said he might leave California because voters approved higher income taxes on the wealthy.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A gated California senior community overrun by deer has decided to sterilize the critters.
POLICE: SACRAMENTO HOMEOWNER KILLS MAN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police say a homeowner in Sacramento shot and killed a man in self-defense after the man refused to leave his yard and became increasingly violent.
LONG BEACH (AP) - California State University officials said Tuesday they will need nearly $250 million more in state funding for the next academic year than is currently proposed, an amount that Gov. Jerry Brown called "a dream more than reality."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse was arrested for committing a sex act with a corpse at a hospital, police said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.
OYSTER FARM TO ASK US SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The owner of a popular Northern California oyster farm says he'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case challenging a federal decision not to renew the facility's lease.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With no end in sight to California's drought, the Sacramento City Council has voted to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against people who flout the rules.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court Wednesday affirmed the federal government's long-standing policy that California medical marijuana dispensaries have no protection under state law from drug prosecutions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of U.S. homes that got started on the path to foreclosure fell last year to a low not seen since before the high-flying days of the housing boom, the latest evidence that the threat of foreclosures continues to diminish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Video from the helmet camera of a firefighter responding to the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows at least one rescuer was aware someone was on the ground outside the aircraft and even warned a colleague. Yet two fire trucks subsequently ran over an injured passenger.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials sought Wednesday to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state's high-speed rail project, including a $180 million payment due in April.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - It's just another spa day in the 90210. A valet parks the car, then it's off for a facial, manicure and shopping for couture fashions. The reward for a long day of pampering: a raw meat treat. The pets of tony Beverly Hills enjoy the good life as much as their owners.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Large swaths of California remained at risk for wildfires Wednesday as dry and windy weather conditions persisted.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A surge in thefts from mailboxes across the Central Valley last year victimized more than 2,100 people and sparked a federal crackdown that has led to charges against at least 27 people, authorities said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's biggest public pension system reported its biggest annual investment gains in a decade, thanks to strong performances in its stock, private equity and real estate portfolios.
UC CALENDAR SHIFTS TO AVOID RELIGIOUS CONFLICT: DAVIS (AP) - The University of California has shifted the academic calendar of its campuses on the quarterly system to avoid religious conflicts with move-in days.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city that gave the world Carmageddon has a new traffic jam to offer - and avoid.
OC TO DEFEND OFFENDER RULES AT STATE HIGH COURT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office will go to the California Supreme Court to defend local regulations banning sex offenders from parks and beaches.
CALABASAS (AP) - Detectives searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said Tuesday.