SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Although California has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to improve psychiatric treatment for convicts, the biggest mental health unit in the state prison system for high security inmates remains in disarray, according to a court-appointed investigator and others familiar with the facility.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz argued to influential Iowa Republicans Friday that the partial government shutdown he help precipitate this month was a success despite a compromise that reopened the government and ultimately funded the health care law he has made his name fighting.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - A federal immigration officer was shot and three local police officers were wounded Friday during a violent confrontation with a suspect in a Sacramento suburb.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The $5.1 billion that JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay hardly ends its legal troubles over mortgage securities it sold.
RIDGECREST (AP) - A gunman fatally shot a woman, injured a man and then led police on a wild chase through the Mojave Desert with two hostages in his trunk on Friday before he was killed in a shootout.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Law enforcement authorities are swarming a neighborhood in a Sacramento suburb searching for a suspect after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was shot and wounded.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Quincy Jones is suing Michael Jackson's estate claiming he is owed royalties on some of the superstar's hits and was improperly deprived of a producer credit on music used in the "This Is It" film.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - They entered the Sistine Chapel in tuxedoes and gowns, the clacking of high heels on marble competing with the Latin chants of a choir filling the frescoed hall.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A white whiskey named for a famed Appalachian moonshiner started out being sold in Mason jars, to honor its roguish roots, but switched to square-shaped bottling. That new look has the upstart distiller embroiled in a trademark infringement fight with Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A squirrel roaming a community college in northern Iowa has become the No. 1 suspect in a vandalized bicycle incident.
Kraft Foods Group Inc. is voluntarily recalling some of its Kraft and Polly-O string cheese because they may spoil and change color before the expiration date on the packages.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A massive landslide in Denali National Park in Alaska rained tons of rock and soil on parts of a road that attracts scores of tourists each summer, park officials said Friday.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park and grew to become one of the largest wildfires in California history is now 100 percent contained.
ARCADIA (AP) - Conan O'Brien brought his humor to the announcing booth on Friday at Santa Anita, calling a race that likely left fans wondering exactly which horse had won.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly a month into the dysfunctional rollout, the Obama administration acknowledged the wide extent of its health care website's problems Friday and abruptly turned to a private company to oversee urgent fixes. Setting a new timetable, officials said most issues will be repaired by the end of November.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court will decide if private emails and other electronic communications of government officials are public records open for inspection.
Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.
BURBANK - Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose Fifth District includes Santa Clarita, joined officials at the opening Friday of the Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license has sold for $15,757 at auction.
LONDON (AP) - Courteney Cox says she is engaged to marry Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is appointing the former executive producer of the "The Hangover" movies to the California Community College Board of Governors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors adjourned for the weekend Friday without reaching a verdict in a trial to determine fault for the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan following a baseball game at Dodger Stadium three years ago.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval Friday for work to begin on the second leg of California's proposed $68 billion high-speed rail line, endorsing the state's environmental review for the section running between Fresno and Bakersfield.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California couple is taking legal action to evict their live-in nanny who they say refused to work or leave.
FILLMORE (AP) - A California firefighter who disappeared two weeks ago after chasing after his dog during a backpacking trip was found dead Friday, authorities said.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) - Police in Central California said on Friday they found a family of four dead inside a home in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of the young man who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last month says it's his "duty" to help prevent future mass killings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sherri Shepherd is leaving "The View" after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she's right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters' retirement from on-camera duties.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting a suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.