Oil and gas regulators in the Los Angeles area routinely fell short in policing oilfield contamination of drinking water, a state review says.

A woman who was attacked by a classmate at UCLA cannot hold the university responsible because a public university has no obligation to protect its students from crimes committed by other students, a state appeals court ruled.

A winner of the Mrs. Orange County pageant has been arrested on suspicion of using a 4-year-old relative to make child porn.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills Thursday aimed at preventing oil spills, minimizing the damage they cause and speeding cleanups in the wake of a pipeline rupture that poured more than 100,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May.

California voters won't be weighing in next year on a new stricter law requiring mandatory vaccinations for schoolchildren.

After San Francisco police officers spent three hours unsuccessfully trying to talk down a suicidal man on a window ledge, they switched to a more effective negotiator: the man's cat.

Police say a man was arrested after intentionally crashing his SUV through the wall of a Los Angeles County hotel where his family was staying.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has temporarily banned movie and TV filming on campuses after a report that some shoots disrupted activities and damaged school equipment.

A Southern California woman who claimed she accidentally shot her husband during an argument in their bedroom has been convicted of second-degree murder.

A Los Angeles man has pleaded not guilty to smuggling swim bladders from an endangered Mexican fish into the United States.

A group that's preserving a portion of a Detroit-area assembly plant where Rosie the Riveter once worked as a museum wants its world record back.

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office has found police were justified in fatally shooting a 29-year-old man who killed his mother and then shot randomly at passers-by before fleeing the scene on a tractor two years ago.

A Los Angeles city councilman is warning nightclubs in Hollywood that city building inspectors will be cracking down on violations such as underage patrons, over-capacity dance floors and over-serving intoxicated customers.

A Fresno High School teacher will be arraigned Friday on 37 felony charges in connection to having sex with his underage former student.

Federal prosecutors say a Fresno man has been indicted for growing more than 400 marijuana plants in the Sierra National Forest.

A 4-year-old boy is recovering at a hospital after being bitten by a baby rattlesnake in San Diego County.

Southern California could experience temperatures 15 to 20 degrees above normal as an early autumn heat wave peaks.

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