SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has spent billions of dollars and endured years of federal lawsuits to improve conditions in its state prisons, but the problems it has been trying to correct are now trickling down to local governments as county jails deal with thousands of additional inmates.
SINGER MICHELLE SHOCKED MAKES ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked has had several shows canceled after making an anti-gay slur at a San Francisco concert.
MAN CALLS 911 BEFORE SHOOTING HIMSELF: FORT BRAGG (AP) - Police say a 74-year-old Northern California man called 911 to report his own death moments before he shot and killed himself outside a hospital.
NAPA (AP) - James Barrett, a vintner whose chardonnay beat the French in a 1976 tasting that propelled California wines to international prominence, has died. He was 86.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The last airworthy B-29 bomber made a landing at a fog-shrouded Southern California airfield, where it will be on display as part of an exhibition of vintage aircraft.
MAN SHOT IN MODESTO: MODESTO - A man was shot while in his car in a west Modesto neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
LA COUNTY SHERIFF WANTS $900M JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sheriff Lee Baca plans to ask Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday to consider replacing the violence-plagued Men's Central Jail with a facility that could cost more than $900 million.
HESPERIA (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on Monday demanded that San Bernardino County school district officials step in to end discrimination against gay students by teachers and administrators at a district high school.
EUREKA (AP) - Mendocino County officials and the U.S. attorney for Northern California may be trying to reach an out-of-court settlement in a long-running dispute over records from the county's medical marijuana program, a lawyer in the case said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The body of a convicted graffiti tagger has been found over the weekend and police believe he fell to his death after spray-painting a bridge.
SF SUPE SEEKS ANTI-ABORTION PROTESTER BUFFER ZONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants to create a 25-foot buffer zone around Planned Parenthood and other clinics that are the target of anti-abortion protesters.
PASADENA (AP) - After recovering from a computer problem, the Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could be restarted safely and run at full power, but the risk of a breakdown would increase to vexing levels after 11 months, a report concluded Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University plans to spend the projected $125.1 million in extra state funding for the 2013-14 academic year to expand enrollment and online courses, boost employee salaries and pay for increased energy and health benefit costs, officials said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials on Monday charged the former head of the nation's largest pension fund and one of his business associates with falsifying documents and other charges in a long-running influence peddling and bribery investigation.
SWALL MEADOWS, Mono Conty (AP) - Four firefighters were injured battling a wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and destroyed 40 homes in an area that could see more wildfires as the state enters its fourth year of drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California has proposed closing by October up to 140 oilfield wells that state regulators had allowed to inject into federally protected drinking water aquifers, state officials said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - West Coast seaports fully reopened Monday after two days during which no ships were unloaded amid a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers.
PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER KIDNAPPED, RAPED IN ANTIOCH: ANTIOCH (AP) - A pizza delivery woman was kidnapped and raped at gunpoint by a teen customer who was later arrested by Antioch police.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot statue of the priest looms over Interstate 280 in San Francisco.
DEAR DIDI: I am terribly confused about my dog's intentions. He is a German Shepherd mix and is 1.5 years old. He always seems very happy with his tail wagging yet he got into a fight at the dog park for the first time this past week. Luckily, no one was hurt but we were completely taken by surprise. He was wagging and looked happy, then lashed out at the dog he was meeting. Does this mean he has a screw loose? -Scared Doggy Mommy
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tear down your red velvet ropes, Las Vegas.
WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory - and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt - after a critical radar-tracking system failed.
ELK GROVE (AP) - A Sacramento County city with a large number of whooping cough cases despite a high immunization rate is revealing the limitations of the current vaccine used to protect against the disease, a newspaper reported.
SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County (AP) - Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators will likely seek Bruce Jenner's cellphone records to determine if the Olympic gold medalist was texting when he was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a chain-reaction crash in Malibu that killed a woman, authorities said Sunday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say a suspected truck thief was shot by California Highway Patrol officers following a roughly 50-mile chase from Stockton to Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California was hit by a second wet and windy storm on Sunday, though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier.