CALIF. STORMS BOOST SNOWPACK, CONDITIONS STILL DRY: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - State water managers say a recent spate of storms has brought California's water supply up to more than half of normal levels, but that is still not enough rain to change dry conditions in Southern California.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Former drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for leading one of the world's most brutal cartels, a Tijuana-based ring that raised Mexico's drug violence to a new level and tried to hide the bloodshed by dissolving bodies in drums of chemicals or burning them in the desert.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California's ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities.
BERKELEY (AP) - Sharp-eyed dog walkers along the San Francisco Bay waterfront may have spotted a strange-looking plane zipping overhead recently that that looked strikingly like the U.S. stealth drone captured by Iran in December.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter to rescue three injured sailors aboard a battered yacht about 270 miles off the California coast, authorities said Sunday.
• WINDOWS BROKEN DURING OAKLAND PROTEST: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects after windows were broken and slogans were spray-painted on buildings during an Occupy Oakland anti-police march Saturday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The case of a Vietnamese ex-con accused of brutally slaying five people in a San Francisco home has shed harsh light on Supreme Court rulings that have allowed the release of thousands of criminal immigrants into U.S. communities because their own countries refused to take them back.
FRENCH CAMP (AP) - Authorities on Friday released the identities of two Northern California teenagers whose remains were among hundreds of bone fragments found last month inside an abandoned well linked to two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers."
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CAN ID SELF AS ASTRONAUT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento County judge has ruled that a candidate for U.S. Congress from the Central Valley can use the ballot designation "astronaut."
ROHNERT PARK (AP) - A Native American tribe's plans for a Las Vegas-style casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco got a big boost on Friday when the governor signed a gaming compact with the tribe.
SF considers enforcing parking meters on Sunday
LONG BEACH OWED $18M IN UNPAID PARKING TICKETS: LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A councilwoman says Long Beach is owed $18 million in unpaid parking tickets.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than a dozen California lawmakers wore hooded sweat shirts Thursday on the floor of the Legislature in a symbolic gesture to protest the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It wasn't a laughing matter for Heejun Han on "American Idol."
$1.5B deal approved to electrify Caltrains
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place, a newspaper reported.
STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states including California and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.