SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge for the first time in U.S. history heard arguments Monday in a case that could determine whether animals enjoy the same constitutional protection against slavery as human beings.
MODESTO MAN 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ALMOND HEIST: FRESNO (AP) - A Modesto man will serve more than 11 years in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to steal almonds from Central Valley growers and processors.
Ruling near on California same-sex marriage ban
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There's a hidden corner of the City by the Bay where rusted cranes used to build WWII battleships loom over dilapidated artist studios, where working-class fishermen bob up against first-class ocean liners docked for repair.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dozens of Occupy Oakland demonstrators burned an American flag and marched through the streets Saturday night, a week after police fired tear gas to quell violent demonstrations and hundreds were arrested following a mass break-in at City Hall.
• CHOPPER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AT CA PLAYGROUND: MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a helicopter encountered mechanical problems before making an emergency landing at an elementary school playground in a Modesto, Calif., neighborhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California officials still lag on a federal stimulus program that helps people make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes, and some cities risk having to give back some of the funds because of the delays, according to a new state audit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's government pension fund is slashing by two-thirds the $17,089 monthly retirement check for the former director of the association representing local school boards because his pay raises were awarded in secret.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional opponents of California's high-speed rail proposal are working to ensure that a new highway bill won't include more federal money for the project.
ARMSTRONG 'GRATIFIED' BY NO CHARGES IN DOPING CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong on Friday, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates participated in a doping program.
SAN JOSE (AP) - NASA has awarded $73 million to San Jose State University to participate in research on how people interact with new technology that will be introduced during an overhaul of the nation's air traffic control system.
Diocese closes purchase of Crystal Cathedral
TOKYO (AP) - For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places. Especially Silicon Valley.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A second teacher at an inner-city elementary school where a teacher is accused of committing lewd acts on 23 children was arrested Friday on suspicion of fondling two girls in his classroom.
YUBA CITY (AP) - For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica's Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nine people were hurt during a Northern California family gathering when a deck collapsed, authorities said Sunday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two out-of-control wildfires in California are forcing hundreds of residents to flee from their homes.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Flames chewed through brush in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest and sent up a huge column of smoke Friday, but authorities did not order evacuations and said no homes were immediately threatened by the blaze.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California state Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced Friday to three months in prison for lying about where he lived when he ran for office and leaders of the Senate said he should resign immediately.
LOS GATOS (AP) - Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A Southern California high school graduate has filed a federal lawsuit asking that her diploma be invalidated so she can redo part of her senior year.
• MARIA SHRIVER ERASED FROM SCHWARZENEGGER PORTRAIT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - An endearing gesture by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to include an image of his wife Maria Shriver in his official portrait has been covered with a splotch of blue paint.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - It's still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Poorly maintained highways and major roads cost Californians an extra $44 billion each year in repairs, accidents and time and fuel burned in traffic, according to a report issued Thursday by a transportation advocacy group.
BELLA VISTA (AP) - Firefighters battling a seemingly constant string of wildfires in California were tackling a new blaze Thursday in the northern part of the state that threatened more than 100 homes.