SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with six California police officers was combative, grabbed at one officer's stun gun and struggled so hard against attempts to handcuff him that the officers arresting him asked a dispatcher to broadcast an urgent call for back-up three times, attorneys for two police officers charged in the death said during opening statements.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina, but the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters.
CRAB SEASON HAS BEGUN: EUREKA (AP) - Commercial fishermen on the North Coast of California are getting ready for the start of Dungeness crab season. The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the season is scheduled to kick off on Sunday and not be delayed as in previous years. The crab season off the Central California coast has already begun. State officials tell the newspaper they are expecting an average or below-average year in the number of crabs after several good years statewide. Crab fishermen are operating under a new law this year that limits the number of traps they can set. The ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With the death of Cleveland billionaire and philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, the push for relaxed U.S. marijuana laws lost its most generous supporter. That's left supporters wondering what comes next.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - County jails that account for the vast majority of local inmates in California have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered immigration officials to review their decision not to grant asylum to a gay man who said he was attacked for his sexual orientation in 2002 and 2003 in his native Russia and feared he would be persecuted if forced to return there.
HALF MOON BAY, (AP) - Authorities say a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued three of four people in a vehicle that went down an embankment on Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay. The crash around 12:30 a.m. Thursday resulted in minor injuries. But CHP Officer Art Montiel said the vehicle became stuck about 600 feet down an embankment.
• WOMAN SUSPECTED OF ABANDONING NEWBORN: GALT (AP) - A 30-year-old woman is in custody on suspicion of attempted murder after police say she abandoned her newborn girl in a flower bed in Sacramento County minutes after giving birth. Dwanda Mahoney - described as a transient by police - was being held without bail Thursday, a day after her arrest. Police say they received a report of a crying baby in a flower bed at a home in Galt around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The baby had been born about 20 minutes earlier. She is expected to survive. Galt police Lt. Brian Kalinowski ...