Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he claims is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.
Authorities say a 12-year-old student at a San Diego County middle school has been arrested for allegedly threatening via email to shoot a teacher and 23 classmates.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting California, and he hopes to return home with something more than a Disneyland souvenir.