SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers voted Thursday to raise the legal age for purchasing and using tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21, putting the nation's most populous state on the brink of becoming only the second after Hawaii to bar teenagers from lighting up, dipping or vaping.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twenty Los Angeles-area boys who say a Torrance High School wrestling coach sexually abused them are suing the school district and administrators, claiming they failed to protect the teens and ignored past allegations, attorneys announced Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Speaker Anthony Rendon, a former Head Start director who ascended to the chamber's top spot Monday, says he plans to use his new role to steer the Legislature toward initiatives that expand educational programs for California's 2.5 million impoverished children, raise California's minimum wage and increase voter participation.
SIMI VALLEY (AP) - The funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan will be held on Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of Western snowy plover in its overwintering grounds in San Francisco has quadrupled this year but experts say the increase doesn't mean the snowy plover population is growing.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have great confidence in my doctor, but my friends and family are concerned about my medical care. I'm in my late 60s, fit and enjoy good health. I have high blood pressure, which is now well-controlled with one pill a day. Last year, my annual physical was very cursory, and my doctor didn't give me an order for blood work. I don't know if it was an oversight or whether he is cutting back on health-care costs. I plan to bring this up at my next exam, but would like to hear your ...