FIVE POINTS (AP) - Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly two decades after a court takeover of California's prison mental health system, a federal judge is set to consider this week whether the billions of dollars invested by California taxpayers have improved conditions enough that he can return control to the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California authorities are combing through DNA left behind by dead killers, rapists and other criminals in an effort to solve cases that went cold years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at San Francisco's Palace Hotel have removed a painting considered to be a legendary work of art from the wall of the hotel's main bar and plan on selling it at auction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 9-year-old girl crawled out of a mangled SUV, climbed out of a canyon and walked about a mile in the middle of the night to find help after surviving a highway crash that killed her father in Southern California, authorities said.
CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped three cents over the past two weeks.
• FEDERAL PRISON ESCAPEE CAPTURED IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON - A federal prison escapee and two accomplices were arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase through Stockton Friday evening.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Why couldn't NBC just leave well enough alone?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died Saturday. He was 93.
• 3 HOSPITALIZED SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three men have been hospitalized after an early Saturday morning shooting in a nightclub in San Francisco's South of Market area, police said.
• NO DAMAGE REPORTED AFTER 4.3 QUAKE HITS OFF NORCAL: EUREKA (AP) - Authorities say there are no reports of damage after an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 hit off the coast of Northern California Sunday morning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California disclosed Friday it might push for a rewrite of the facility's operating rules as part of its effort to convince federal regulators that one of the twin reactors is safe to restart.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers on Friday raided Southern California auto parts shops and other businesses suspected of illegally selling nitrous oxide for use as a recreational drug, in what federal authorities said was the nation's largest such raid to date.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eleven air traffic control towers at small airports throughout California were on the Federal Aviation Administration's list of nationwide facilities to be closed starting next month due to automatic spending cuts, according to a list released Friday.
MODESTO (AP) - A man shot and killed his wife and two grown children before taking his life at a Modesto home on New Year's Day, police said Friday.
INDUSTRY (AP) - A man and a woman were arrested after leading authorities on a car chase on several Southern California freeways at speeds topping 105 mph.
LONG BEACH (AP) - The family of a man who died after a violent confrontation with Los Angeles County deputies in Compton won an $8 million jury verdict.
FRESNO (AP) - The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A paddle-wheel cruise boat ran aground on the California side of Lake Tahoe only minutes into the new year, stranding hundreds of revelers for about two hours in sub-freezing temperatures, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Police in Orange County say a 26-year-old man was intentionally run over and killed in a parking lot shared by a strip club and a fast food restaurant.