SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California, once an afterthought in the battle for control of Congress, has become a top target for deep-pocketed political action committees and other groups in an all-out effort to win districts stretching from the farming towns of the Central Valley to the beach communities of San Diego.
EUREKA (AP) - A 25-year-old California surfer who survived a brutal shark attack said Wednesday he punched the shark in the head until it finally released him.
SF MAN ARRESTED IN POST-WORLD SERIES VANDALISM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with the vandalism of a city bus during celebrations following the Giants World Series victory.
Some concerns with the voting process have arisen in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election, including:
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge signaled that she planned to approve a request Wednesday from the state's political watchdog agency to investigate the donors behind an $11 million campaign contribution from an Arizona nonprofit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ecstatic baseball fans crammed the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a confetti-drenched parade and rally honoring the World Series champion Giants - a Halloween treat made even sweeter as a repeat performance from 2010.
Restaurant acknowledges severe roach infestation
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS FILED IN DEPUTY SHOOTING: MODESTO (AP) - Some $61 million in wrongful death claims have been filed by the family of a man shot to death in April by a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman facing trial for animal cruelty is now charged with elder abuse for leaving her ailing 86-year-old mother outside on a chaise lounge for days.
EUREKA (AP) - A 25-year-old surfer was recovering Tuesday after he was apparently bitten by a shark off the coast of Eureka, the latest in a string of attacks between ocean lovers and sharks in California this year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The campaigns for and against the 11 initiatives on California's November ballot have raised an astonishing $350 million so far on causes ranging from Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase to a labeling requirement for genetically modified food.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three former California governors joined prosecutors and families of murder victims Tuesday to urge voters to reject a ballot proposal next week that would abolish the state's death penalty.
STATE NIXES DEAL TO DIVERT 49ERS STADIUM FUND: SANTA CLARA (AP) - The state of California has vetoed a $30 million deal between the San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara County officials that would have allowed some of the money voters earmarked for a new stadium to be diverted to local schools.
DRIVER WHO LEFT FREEWAY FOUND DEAD 29 HOURS LATER: DEL MAR (AP) - A motorist who plunged off a San Diego County freeway has been found dead 29 hours after the crash.
FRESNO (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Tuesday that pending federal spending cuts could cost thousands of jobs in California.
CEDARVILLE (AP) - Practically everyone in this tiny town in the high desert of northeastern California's Surprise Valley knew Cherie Lash Rhoades.
PHOENIX (AP) - Customers of some medical marijuana dispensaries are discovering this week that they don't have to go far if they have a case of the munchies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Meteorologists forecast a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout California in the coming week, bringing welcome news to a state that has just endured its driest year in recorded history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending more state money on the project.
SANTA ANA (AP) - The financially strapped University of California system is losing about $6 million each year due to risky bets on interest rates under deals pushed by Wall Street banks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drought and water issues will play a prominent role in this year's legislative session as most of California is dealing with the consequences of one of the driest periods on record.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say they have found dozens of meatballs suspected to be poisonous in a Twin Peaks neighborhood where a similar incident happened last year.
ESCONDIDO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who stole from a group of Girls Scouts in San Diego County who were collecting money toward a program that sends cookies to U.S. troops.
FRESNO (AP) - Without a lot more rain and snow, many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state, federal officials announced Friday.
ALTURAS (AP) - The woman who police say killed three family members and a worker at the headquarters building for an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land was the target of a federal investigation into at least $50,000 in missing tribal funds.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Friday that a fellow Democratic lawmaker should resign or face suspension after he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges.
PETALUMA (AP) - A California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef circumvented federal inspection rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum's favor, ending a long legal dispute that began with allegations that he left a townhouse he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of five Sacramento-area United Methodist congregations are leading a push to sanction same-sex weddings, in clear defiance of international church rules.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A training exercise designed to showcase the government's ability to recover a space capsule at sea was scrubbed after NASA ran into trouble off the Southern California coast, the space agency said Friday.