LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.
FRESNO - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.
FORT BRAGG (AP) - A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping.
YUCAIPA (AP) - Joy Anderson thought she and her adult son would spend Christmas like they do each year, eating and sleeping in the compact car they call home and maybe listening to Christmas carols on the radio.
LOS OSOS (AP) - A man in his 50s surfing on the Central California coast survived an attack Sunday by a juvenile great white shark, state officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California mall has closed early after two separate large-scale brawls erupted among after-Christmas shoppers near the food court.
UPLAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy riding a motorized scooter he got for Christmas has been fatally struck by a car in front of his home in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angela Lansbury has moved yet again.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is under the influence of a cold air mass that could bring the first widespread frost of the winter across the Central Valley, as southern areas see more damaging winds.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Nathanael Blair went to the garage to move his truck early Christmas morning when he was surprised by a ski-mask-wearing burglar who threw a pipe wrench at him, hitting him in the jaw and neck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state is drawing criticism from taxpayer groups for buying California's top elected officials new hybrid cars while many ordinary residents still struggle financially.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager's cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.
CARSON (AP) - A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say a security guard was shot and killed trying to stop a pair of men stealing cigars from a Northern California liquor store.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.
FRESNO (AP) - California's citrus growers already grappling with a fourth year of drought say their exports are taking a hit from a labor dispute at West Coast seaports, costing farmers millions of dollars a week.
REDDING (AP) - A police chief in Northern California has drawn criticism from homeless advocates for saying charities are to blame for attracting more transients to town by offering them services, a newspaper reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.
CONCORD (AP) - Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous - and arguably most pot-infused - state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Cyberspace is the new "Wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. every day.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seaports from Southern California to Seattle reopened - for a day - as negotiators labored to resolve a crippling contract dispute and resume the free flow of international trade across the West Coast waterfront.
TRUCKEE - With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.