DEPUTIES SAY SOUTHERN CAL MAN TORCHED FAMILY DOG: CAMARILLO (AP) - Ventura County sheriff's and fire investigators say an 18-year-old has been arrested for dousing his family's dog with lighter fluid and setting it on fire in a ravine near their home.
FRIANT (AP) - Two men have been arrested in the shooting of an off-duty Fresno County Sheriff's deputy with a pellet gun.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland city officials have asked a judge not to let its embattled police department be the first in the nation to be taken over by the federal government.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say they're looking for a man accused of raping a mentally disabled woman on a city bus.
• TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.
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SALINAS VALLEY FERTILIZER SELLER FACES PRISON TIME: GONZALES (AP) - The former president of Salinas Valley farming company has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to falsely labeling chemical-based fertilizer as organic.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the balance of power in the California Assembly at stake, both political parties were watching just two tight legislative contests that will determine if Democrats win uncontested power to raise taxes without Republican votes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who was among the best-known faces of America's televangelist heyday, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry he founded used them freely, including on the Internet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment slots, officials said Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A lawsuit over the use of Julia Child's name by the maker of Thermador ovens will be transferred to California, where a related lawsuit is pending, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - To celebrate the day he became a man, a Los Angeles 13-year-old donated a sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help mend injured American war veterans and active duty soldiers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal observers traveled from Washington to Sacramento on Thursday to ensure every vote is counted in a congressional race near the state capital, one of three U.S. House contests in California too close to call two days after the most hotly contested congressional elections the state has seen in decades.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday was searching for a missing sailor whose boat sank near the Golden Gate Bridge.
MOJAVE (AP) - An environmental group says a mining company's plan to extract more than a billion dollars' worth of gold and silver from a mountain near the desert town of Mojave threatens a snail's existence and must be halted.