HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge in San Diego says a 43-foot war memorial cross must be removed from the top of a mountain in 90 days because it violates the principle of separation of church and state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state's ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.
MERCED (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say one worker was killed and two others seriously injured in a fuel tank explosion on a ranch near Merced.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fifteen counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs.
CAR DEALER TO BE SENTENCED FOR $1 MILLION FRAUD: SUNNYVALE (AP) - A luxury used car dealer in Northern California faces prison time after pleading no contest to defrauding customers of more than $1 million in cash and cars.
OAKDALE (AP) - Authorities in Oakdale said they are searching for a man who is a person of interest in the theft of a gold crucifix necklace from a dead man's body that later turned up at a pawn shop.
LIVERMORE . (AP) - A driver who rear-ended another driver on Interstate 580 in Livermore has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Wednesday extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18, while ordering that negotiations continue over how best to reduce inmate crowding.
SUSPECT BROUGHT INFANT CHILD ALONG FOR BURGLARY: DIXON (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California burglary suspect apparently couldn't find a baby sitter. The man brought his infant child along while he and a partner burglarized a shop.
OAKLAND SETTLES WITH VET HURT IN OCCUPY PROTEST: OAKLAND (AP) - The city of Oakland has agreed to settle a claim by an Iraq War veteran who was beaten by a police officer during an Occupy Oakland protest two years ago.
LIVERMORE (AP) - A popular golf coach in Livermore has been charged with child molestation after allegedly sexually assaulting multiple boys during a three-year period, authorities said.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A preliminary review by a Northern California sheriff's office shows a deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy did not violate department procedure governing the use of deadly force, sheriff's officials said.
MAN, 72, ACCUSED OF VIEWING PORN AT RESTAURANT: MENIFEE (AP) - A 72-year-old Southern California man was arrested after allegedly using free Wi-Fi at a restaurant to view child porn on his laptop, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez pledged Wednesday to cautiously begin restoring funding to some social programs that were slashed during the recession and said lawmakers will ask voters to approve a revised rainy day fund on the November 2014 ballot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Much-needed rain fell on downtown San Francisco and elsewhere in California on Wednesday at the outset of what the parched state hopes is the start to a one-two punch of stormy weather.
KING CITY (AP) - A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes.
REDDING (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in far Northern California say the operation that ended in the incineration of an explosive-laden mobile home cost the county more than $170,000.
MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.
VANDENBERG (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against an anti-war activist who was barred from a protest area near the main gate at a California Air Force base.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - The two-year chain reaction of controversy that a gigantic sculpture of a nuclear mushroom cloud has set off across Santa Monica's otherwise friendly shores may finally be ending.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.
KING CITY (AP) - Police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme in which more than 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were impounded, towed and later sold when the car owners couldn't pay the fees, authorities said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud took an indefinite leave of absence Tuesday as he awaits sentencing in May.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else, California's high court has ruled.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - More than three months after it opened for business, California's online health insurance marketplace had what federal officials described as a potential security flaw in its computer system and one that had already been disclosed publicly.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police are trying to identify three suspects in an altercation over Google's new Internet-connected, head-mounted computer at a city bar.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.
CULVER CITY (AP) - The state Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to reduce a gasoline tax by 3.5 cents per gallon - but that doesn't mean consumers will see a dip at the pump.
FRESNO (AP) - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.