LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than two years, Christine Stackhouse lived one of a parent's worst nightmares - her son, Greg, had been kidnapped.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Monday approved Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to head the department that oversees banking, financial and consumer regulations.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature resumes its session this week after a monthlong summer recess, giving the Democratic majority one last chance to persuade voters that a statewide tax increase is needed and that lawmakers can be trusted to handle the extra money wisely.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offered its first free online course this spring, Ashwith Rego jumped at the chance to learn from some of the world's leading researchers - without leaving his home in India.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters predicted another day of thunderstorms producing lightning but dropping little rain, which put firefighters in California on high alert again Sunday as crews lost ground on an expanding wildfire in the Plumas National Forest.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that has the backing of California's attorney general would close a loophole in the nation's toughest assault weapons law, making it more difficult for guns to be swiftly reloaded with high-capacity magazines.
BELL (AP) - A police sergeant from the city of Bell who was forced to retire after reporting corruption in local government has been given his job back, along with a $400,000 settlement.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators.
• SUV plummets from SD mall parking garage : SAN DIEGO (AP) - A woman was injured when an SUV crashed through a barrier and plummeted three stories from a parking structure at a San Diego County mall, landing on its roof onto two parked cars.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - This fall San Franciscans will vote on a local measure with national implications: It could return to the American people a flooded gorge described as the twin of breathtaking Yosemite Valley.
SONORA, Calif. (AP) - A series of dry lightning storms could spark wildfires throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains this weekend, officials warned Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Obama administration said Friday it will begin charging $465 this month for temporary work permits for many young illegal immigrants, as it laid out details of one its signature new policies on immigration.
FRESNO (AP) - As demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has increased, so too has the number of urban farmers markets sprouting up across the nation.
AUTHORITIES FIND GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE CLIMBER: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The search for a man who apparently spent the night atop San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is over.
HANFORD (AP) - A California Holstein discovered to have mad cow disease in April was an isolated case and didn't pose a threat to the food supply, a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.
• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.
FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.
• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.