DA ASSIGNS PROSECUTOR TO 1991 FIRE DEATH: MURPHYS (AP) - A California district attorney says she has appointed a prosecutor with experience in arson investigations to the case of a New York man charged with killing his son and now under investigation in the fire death of his wife more than two decades ago.
SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - A lead attorney probing a deadly pipeline explosion for state regulators says he quit the investigation because he disagreed with managers handling of the case.
FRESNO (AP) - On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005, though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron's Sacramento offices.
BILL WOULD CHARGE 911 FEES ON PREPAID CELLPHONES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.
SF BAGGAGE HANDLER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO THEFT: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A San Francisco International Airport baggage handler accused of stealing items from passengers' bags has pleaded not guilty.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anne Gust Brown, the wife, chief adviser and de facto chief of staff of Gov. Jerry Brown, acknowledged her role in keeping her intellectual but sometimes unfocused husband on track during his second stint in the governor's office.
SAN FRANCICSO (AP) - The lead attorneys probing a deadly pipeline explosion for California regulators have abruptly quit the investigation, putting the integrity of the probe in jeopardy, a San Bruno city official said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.
TACO BELL FIRING RIDGECREST EMPLOYEE FOR TACO LICKING: RIDGECREST. (AP) - Taco Bell is firing a California employee who was photographed licking a stack of taco shells.
CHINO (AP) - Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was denied parole Wednesday for the 20th time.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday said "it is time to throw the book at PG&E" in a brief replying to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the CPUC's penalty consideration cases regarding PG&E's pipeline safety.
FORMER SANTA CLARA POLITICIAN FACING NEW CHARGE : SAN JOSE (AP) - A longtime California politician convicted of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction has been charged in a separate case involving an illegal campaign flier, prosecutors said Wednesday.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Addressing prospective jurors in his death penalty trial, defendant Joseph Naso on Monday mocked the prosecutor and asked odd questions.
EAST PORTERVILLE. (AP) - Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered sex offenders in California don't have to disclose their email addresses, Internet service providers, screen names and other electronic information to authorities as required by a voter-approved law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles has opened three new temporary outlets as it expects to issue over 1 million licenses to people in the country illegally.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife biologists at the Oakland Zoo are working to save the highly endangered yellow-legged frog.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STOCKTON POLICE CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say a man was arrested after he rammed several cars, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle and then led police on a 10-mile chase.
CORCORAN (AP) - Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Candlestick Park will become the site of a 500,000-square-foot "urban outlet" shopping center under a new agreement announced Monday between home builder Lennar Corp. and retail developer Macerich.
STOCKTON (AP) - The surviving suspect in a bank robbery that left a hostage and two suspects dead in a shootout with police pleaded not guilty in San Joaquin County Superior Court.
SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Target employee has been arrested on suspicion of snapping cellphone photos of a woman in a dressing room stall at a Southern California store.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.
ANAHEIM (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating a complaint that animal care officers cruelly slit the throat of a four-point buck, allowing it to bleed to death without anesthesia, after it was found with its leg impaled on a wrought-iron fence in the upscale Anaheim Hills neighborhood.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has taken down its Facebook page after a man accused it of violating his free speech rights and sued for deleting his comments.