EDITOR'S NOTE _ An occasional look at claims made in political campaigns and how they adhere to the facts.
POMONA (AP) - The ex-director of a Southern California community college fire technology program has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $443,000 restitution for defrauding students.
COMPTON (AP) - A Southern California school bus driver on a new route got lost for hours with more than a dozen special needs kids.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police will investigate an arrest in which an officer was videotaped tackling a handcuffed woman to the ground, said Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Medical marijuana advocates said Wednesday they have gathered enough signatures to place a referendum before voters that would halt the forced closure of dispensaries next week and overturn a ban on new pot clinics in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fresh off a legal battle with Apple, Samsung is announcing a new version of theGalaxy Note, an offbeat, oversized smartphone that's become a surprise hit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of downtown clergy members has taken the unusual step of publicly urging other religious organizations to stop feeding homeless people on the streets of Skid Row, saying the effort is well meaning but misguided.
WASHINGTON (AP) - One by one, Republican leaders have lined up at their national convention to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under threat from a hurricane, they welcomed federal government aid. One GOP governor even accused Obama of being miserly with the help.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California heat waves are trending toward being more humid with elevated nighttime temperatures and are becoming stronger in populous coastal areas, a new study by climate researchers found.
FOWLER, Calif. (AP) - A California mother has furiously battled an masked intruder trying to kidnap her toddler daughter from their home.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man who stole 3,500 Pillow Pets from an Oceanside warehouse has avoided jail.
BOSTON (AP) - A foundation set up by Julia Child is locked in a legal battle with the manufacturer of Thermador ovens for touting the late chef's use of the company's high-end appliances.
BRAWLEY, Calif. (AP) - The earthquake swarm in southeastern California has led the Brawley City Council to declare a local state of emergency as a step toward dealing with damage.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say a major Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and led to a massive evacuation is about to be fully contained.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A professional tennis referee beat her elderly husband to death with a coffee cup and used the broken handle to repeatedly stab him before judging a tennis match and getting a manicure, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - More than 10,000 people could die when - not if - a monster earthquake and tsunami occur just off the Pacific Northwest coast, a new study predicts.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state employee furloughs started under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greatly increased the cash-out liabilities owed by California taxpayers when those workers leave government service.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon rig has discovered cement samples possibly tied to the ill-fated drilling project that weren't turned over to the Justice Department after the 2010 oil spill, a lawyer for the contractor said Thursday.
HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - Police SWAT teams navigated a cluttered, abandoned bar to find the suspect in four fatal shootings holed up in a small room, killing him in a shootout early Thursday with officers after a nearly 19-hour standoff that paralyzed an upstate New York village.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting an obscure vegetable oil in its Gatorade right before the Super Bowl, one of the loudest cheers came from a high school student who had made it her mission to get rid of the ingredient.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California would allow private, online education companies to offer courses for credit at state colleges and universities, under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state Legislature.
ATLANTA (AP) - Kobe Bryant has been playing some of his best basketball since the All-Star break, almost single-handedly pushing the Los Angeles Lakers into the playoff race.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style of papacy than his tradition-minded predecessor, who tended to stay ensconced in the frescoed halls of the Vatican.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former "Price is Right" model in a pregnancy discrimination case and says a new trial is necessary.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - An earthquake warning system that has been under development inCalifornia worked during this week's light but widely felt temblor, scientists said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey.
Women treated with radiation for breast cancer are more likely to develop heart problems later, even with the lower doses used today, troubling new research suggests. The risk comes from any amount of radiation, starts five years after treatment and lasts for decades, doctors found.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With their Ivy League pedigrees and East Coast addresses, Supreme Court justices often are rightly described as unrepresentative of the nation. But in one area, the justices look a lot like the rest of America.
MIAMI (AP) - A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.
NOME, Alaska (AP) - Last year, the youngest musher ever to win Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race said his 25-year-old stamina gave him the advantage.