New CA prisons chief described as nerdy, politically savvy

If confirmed, Jeffrey Beard will lead one of the largest prison systems in the nation, rattled by transition and mired in politics.

Governor nominates California's new head of prisons

Governor Jerry Brown today nominated a new Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Wednesday.

Free wireless service for low income Californians

The Public Utilities Commission has given provisional approval to the program, which is seen as a big help to the homeless.

Study: Little post-election change in perception of Mormonism

A new report suggests that the presidential election did little to change Americans’ public opinion of the Mormon faith. even after Mitt Romney's run for president.

UC suspends new logo after protests (poll)

University senior vice president for external relations Daniel Dooley announced Friday that the logo will be looked at again in due course.

First transsexual to play college basketball as man and woman in CA

Gabrielle Ludwig, a member of the Mission College women's basketball team in Santa Clara, is reportedly the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.

Large earthquake off Southern California coast Friday

The U.S. Geological Survey says a large earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California and Mexico.

Recession factors into California’s modest population growth

Economy, lower birth rates and fewer people moving in keeps state population growth below one percent.

Census Bureau releases data on indigenous Latin American groups

The US Census is starting to track indigenous Hispanic populations more closely. For many, identity rests on their indigenous heritage, not where they are from.

CA state workers highest paid out of 12 most-populous states

In a new six-part series, Bloomberg News finds that state workers in California today make far more than comparable workers in other states, and in the private sector.

CA may grant special driver's licenses to cross US-Mexico border

The license would give holders access to special "Ready Lanes" to enter the US, rather than wait in regular lanes, where a crossing can take more than an hour.

PHOTOS: The Virgin of Guadalupe, Saint Juan Diego and their roots

For the first time, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will follow Mexican tradition and offer a late-night Mass for the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Riverside gets a second federal judge

Jesus Bernal graduated from Stanford law school and for the past six years has headed the federal public defender’s office in Riverside.

Kamala Harris' comments on Secure Communities face scrutiny

A policy shift at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has provoked responses among people on many sides of the immigration issue.

Gunman, 4 dead in Tulare County Indian reservation shootings

The shooting rampage left a daughter, his mother and her two brothers dead. The suspect was wounded by deputies and died hours later at a hospital.

3 dead in Tulare County Indian reservation gunfight

Four others were wounded in the incident. Authorities say the suspect, now detained, shot and wounded his two daughters.