A report by the nonprofit foundation MapLight finds that contributions for the 11 ballot initiatives on California's November ballot have already topped $350 million, thanks in large part to a handful of ultra-wealthy individuals supporting specific causes. Here are the biggest initiative donors this year:
Judge agrees to audit of $11M Arizona donation to ballot measure committee
IRVINE (AP) - Animal activists want a California roadside memorial sign to honor fish killed during a container truck crash.
ROSEVILLE . (AP) - A First Amendment squabble is brewing in California over high school newspaper and yearbook advertising content.
DOWNEY (AP) - A convicted felon was charged Monday with the murders of three people and the attempted murder of two others at a fire extinguisher business and a nearby home in suburban Downey last week.
BOY SAYS HE WAS MAD AT HIS DOG SO HE KILLED IT: SALINAS, (AP) - A 12-year-old California boy says he killed his dog because he wanted to see the terrier mix die.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The district attorney and the mayor said Monday they are seeking legislation to prohibit the reinstated San Francisco sheriff from overseeing any domestic violence programs in his department while he's on probation in such a case.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Just 10 when he was arrested for killing his neo-Nazi father, the small, blonde child told police he pulled the gun from a low-lying closet shelf and aimed it at the man's ear while he slept in the family's California home.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Two decades ago, Mi Pueblo Food Center began modestly as a small butcher shop run by an illegal immigrant. Now, the supermarket that caters to the Latino immigrant community has grown into a popular chain of 21 stores in California.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A Central Valley woman is describing how what had started as a pleasant walk one morning earlier this month in Yosemite National Park turned into a three-day ordeal.
INDPEDENDENCE (AP) - Rescue teams were back in the mountains Sunday resuming separate searches for two hikers missing in California's Sierra Nevada.
IRVINE (AP) - The city of Irvine is considering selling off more than 1,000 acres of land that had been destined for a signature park to rival the likes of New York City's Central Park after running out of money to develop it.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a "re-imagining" of the personal computer market's dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK.
• Malibu lifeguards need rescue after getting stuck: MALIBU (AP) - Two lifeguards got stranded on a Malibu cliff face while they were trying to rescue a stuck climber and had to be rescued themselves.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California will examine whether it admits too many out-of-state and international students as it develops a budget for the next academic year that might include the system's first tuition increases in four years, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.
BELL GARDENS (AP) - The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.
FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.
BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.