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California audit identifies state government waste, misuse
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California state district engineer approved $3.9 million in payments to the firm that employed the worker's spouse and the state public health department improperly reimbursed an official $75,000 for driving to work, according to an audit released Thursday....

Judge in Stanford swimmer case switching to civil court
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A judge whose six-month sentence in the sexual assault case of a former Stanford swimmer has removed himself from handling criminal matters, but efforts to recall him remain....

Legal fight ends with brain-dead boy taken off life support
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A brain-dead California toddler died after being taken off life support under a judge's order, bringing a sudden end to a complex legal battle that had appeared it was going to go on much longer....

Couple wanted in California killing arrested in Colorado
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado....

The Latest: Bill would notify inmates of immigration rights
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):...

LA mom charged in death of malnourished son found in closet
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles woman has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son whose body was found in a closet....

Activists asking if police will be charged in sex scandal
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to know if any of the more than two dozen law enforcement officials implicated earlier this year will face criminal charges....

Volkswagen, dealers reach tentative deal in cheating scandal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Volkswagen has reached a tentative deal with its U.S. dealers to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal, attorneys for the carmaker and dealers told a federal judge Thursday....

Fewer ex-cons return to prison as crime rates remain steady
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Corrections officials say former California prison inmates are being arrested and convicted of new crimes at a relatively steady rate after release....

What's in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts
BOSTON (AP) -- Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names....