EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Hilda Vasquez squirreled away the money for her U.S. citizenship application by selling batches of homemade tamales at South Texas offices. Carmen Zalazar picked up extra babysitting jobs at night after caring for kids all day in Houston.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials again are trying to improve residents' health and raise money for government coffers by taxing soda and other sweetened drinks, an effort that's previously failed to gain traction locally and in other U.S. cities.
MENDOTA (AP) - Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Walter Cottle Lester, a third-generation California farmer who stubbornly refused to sell his family's 237-acre ranch to developers even as Silicon Valley rose up around it and made the land worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has died at age 88.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nurses at a San Francisco hospital did not heed doctors' orders to maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days later, a newspaper reported.
NAPA (AP) - A Northern California woman wanted for questioning in the death of her 3-year-old daughter was detained along with her boyfriend Sunday at a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train station and turned over to authorities who are investigating the child's death as a homicide, police said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prison officials revealed new rules Friday that they say will make California the first state to recognize that inmates can quit prison gangs and put that lifestyle behind them, allowing them to escape the tough restrictions that gang members are subject to.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure aimed at controlling public pension costs in California is less likely to make it onto the state's November ballot after proponents said they would sue to challenge the ballot language.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants who are in the United States illegally are often called "undocumented" despite carrying a long list of papers: passports, consular ID cards, birth certificates from their home countries, and those of their children born here.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two major California newspapers say they've received emails from a person claiming responsibility for a woman's abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.
• BOY CATAPULTED ACROSS ROOM WHEN TRUCK HITS SANTA ROSA HOME: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old Sonoma County boy is lucky to be alive after a pickup crashed into his bedroom, split his bed in half and catapulted him across the room and through a closet door.