LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of Los Angeles and some other major cities have another headache to add to their commuting woes - tow truck "bandits" who arrive unsolicited at an accident scene, tow away cars and hold them for ransom for big bucks.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - A Northern California woman made her first court appearance Tuesday after a road rage incident was captured in a dramatic cellphone video that showed a vehicle forcing a car off a mountain highway.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A civil rights group is calling for an independent probe into allegations of excessive and unfair police tactics on a Northern California man because he is Muslim.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown named a former adviser on Tuesday to be the next head of California's troubled utilities commission, replacing a regulatory chief accused of back-channel dealings with utilities.
SALINAS (AP) - A California woman was reunited with her classic Ford Mustang nearly 30 years after it was stolen, when a man tried to register the muscle car at a Department of Motor Vehicles office.
WINDS EASE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUT MORE ON WAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds were headed toward Southern California on Monday, bringing the possibility of 55 mph gusts and summer-like temperatures just two days before Christmas, forecasters said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state panel on Monday confirmed another California Supreme Court appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown - a move that likely tilts the conservative-leaning court further to the left.
AUBURN (AP) - A 53-year-old Northern California man was identified Monday as the person who was killed by a sheriff's deputy after firing more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses.
CHICO (AP) - A billboard showing Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing controversy in a Northern California town.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest power utility released a dozen more emails Monday that it said showed improper back-channel discussions between the utility and top state regulators.
STOCKTON (AP) - An indictment unsealed Monday charged two men with murder, kidnapping and other crimes in a violent bank robbery and shootout with police that ended with the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other suspects.
MONTEREY (AP) - A natural coast rhythm around the winter solstice is bringing the year's highest tides to California shores.
STANFORD (AP) - Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls like a gecko.
OAKLAND (AP) - A window washer who fell 11 stories from a downtown San Francisco building onto a moving car last month is preparing to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation facility where he hopes to walk again.
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.
DEATH PENALTY VERDICT FOR MAN WHO MURDERED MOTHER, 3 GIRLS: LANCASTER (AP) - A Los Angeles County jury says a man should die for the torture killings of a Lancaster woman and her three young daughters.
ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.
YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Wine sold for nearly $8,000 a bottle was stolen from the French Laundry in Napa Valley, a restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world.
LODI (AP) - Two Northern California police officers were justified when they shot and killed a Gulf War veteran who allegedly charged at them with a knife, prosecutors concluded in a report released Tuesday.
SONOMA (AP) - Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California.
PARADISE (AP) - Falling trees killed two people in separate incidents as winds topped 60 mph in Northern California.
FREMONT (AP) - Police in Northern California shot and killed a wild coyote after it bit a man and a child and tried to attack a third person in separate attacks in residential neighborhoods on Christmas.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California state lawmaker announced this week she is plotting her return campaign three years after a rare autoimmune disease required her to undergo a life-saving double lung transplant.
SURFER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SHARK BITE: LOS OSOS (AP) - A California man who was pulled off his surfboard and bitten by a juvenile great white shark was released from the hospital Monday, a spokesman for the medical center said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups trying to overturn a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags said Monday that they've collected more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.
FORT BRAGG (AP) - A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.