More and more states are saying yes to medical marijuana. But local governments are increasingly using their laws to just say no, not in our backyard.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday reversed the death sentence for a man who was convicted of killing a woman who was robbed, raped, tortured and beaten while walking to a Long Beach store to use $6 worth of food stamps.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A drunken father who tossed his 7-year-old son overboard in a busy Orange County harbor, forcing another boat to veer to avoid hitting the boy, pleaded guilty Monday to felony child abuse and endangerment.
CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A Marine sergeant charged in the biggest criminal case against U.S. troops in the Iraq war made a series of fatal assumptions and lost control of himself when he and his squad killed 24 Iraqis, including unarmed women and children, a military prosecutor said Monday.
TRIO RETURNS TO CRIME SCENE FOR SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Investigators say three young robbers are in jail after returning to a Southern California crime scene to retrieve liquor store surveillance camera video.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An advocacy group is pushing a "bill of rights" for student-athletes aimed at increasing financial assistance to college players.
San Francisco launches Golden Gate anniversary
TRUCKEE (AP) - Having an Olympic champion call your local ski resort home has its privileges.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - While California is likely to remain out of the presidential spotlight in 2012, the state will undergo dramatic political changes that will alter elections and potentially transform the Legislature. At the same time, voters likely will be asked to consider tax increases even as the state's economy remains stalled by slow growth and high unemployment.
OAKLAND (AP) - Staring at a colorful display of balloons, flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial in East Oakland, Todd Walker estimated he went to at least 50 of the funerals for this city's 110 homicide victims in 2011.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's new sheriff has been sworn into office amid controversy over a domestic abuse investigation.
Police arrest 6 at Oakland protest: OAKLAND (AP) - Six people are facing charges after Oakland police say they broke the windows of police cars, vandalized a television news van and threw bottles at police officers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawmaker pleaded no contest Friday to stealing leather pants and other merchandise from a Neiman Marcus store in an incident her attorney blamed on a benign brain tumor.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - While most other states are limiting expectations as they try to recover from the recession, Gov. Jerry Brown is dreaming of a bright future for his native California.
EFFORT TO BLOCK CALIFORNIA 'DREAM ACT' FALLS SHORT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The attempt to block a California law that allows public financial aid for college students who are in the country illegally has failed to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, the leading proponent said Friday.
RIVERSIDE . (AP) - Police in Southern California say an officer flagged down by a frantic mother saved the life of a baby who was choking on a plastic bottle cap.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California teenager charged in the alleged thrill-killing of a high school classmate told police his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill and he had already killed a rabbit and a cat, according to a recently released transcript of his interview with investigators.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state's rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats' supermajority, the state Senate leader said Monday.
LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The families of two pedestrians fatally struck by a California sheriff's deputy have reached a multi-million dollar settlement.
TRUCKEE (AP) - Rescuers say one person is dead and one is alive after a single-engine plane crashed a few miles from California's Truckee Tahoe Airport.
WEARVERVILLE (AP) - Scientists say a disease that kills oak trees along the California coast has spread into yet another county.
• TWITTER INSTALLING LOG CABINS AT HEADQUARTERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers say hikers can now apply for permits to ascend the summit of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - There's a whole lot of shakin' going on at the University of Nevada, Reno.
SALINAS (AP) - Isidro Hernandez Tovar lived for more than five decades with the searing memory of a crash in the Salinas Valley that killed 32 of his colleagues, all farmworkers who died when a freight train collided with their bus.
SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley is planning a special celebration at the Sierra ski resort March 21 to honor more than a dozen U.S. Olympians from the Reno-Lake Tahoe area who competed in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, including three who brought home gold.
ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) - With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.