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
PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The new Captain America will be an African-American.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.
SUSANVILLE (AP) - California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday.
REDDING (AP) - California fire officials say a body has been found in the area charred by a Northern California wildfire that has been burning since Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a billionaire landowner made a final plea Wednesday to a judge to allow a locked gate to block a popular beach in the San Francisco Bay Area - a case seen as a test of a state law mandating that beaches in California be open to all.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.