Updated: 12/26/2008 - Bruce Pardo, stinging from an acrimonious divorce, plotted revenge against his ex-wife and carried it out in the most gruesome way imaginable: He dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws' Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at least eight people before killing himself hours later.
Posted: 12/24/2008 - Authorities say a woman stabbed and wounded three people outside an Orange County childcare center.
Posted: 12/24/2008 - Union City police are asking for help in finding a 12-year-old girl who has been missing since Friday.
Updated: 12/23/2008 - The alleged gang rape of a lesbian in Richmond caps what experts say is a year that will be remembered for a rash of anti-gay violence.
Posted: 12/23/2008 - A camouflaged gunman has been killed during a standoff with police that began when he snatched a boy off the sidewalk and held him hostage in a suburban Los Angeles restaurant.
Posted: 12/23/2008 - With Republicans on the sidelines, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic leaders are trying to fashion a midyear fix for California's swelling budget deficit.
Posted: 12/23/2008 - The Tracy Police Department has received donations from around the country for a 16-year-old boy who police say was held captive and severely abused for more than a year.
Posted: 12/22/2008 - California's controller is warning that the state will run out of money in about two months, even as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger raised hopes of a budget deal this week.
Posted: 12/22/2008 - A longtime Santa Monica middle school teacher has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts involving the sexual molestation of nine female students.
Posted: 12/22/2008 - Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is not happy that an upcoming HBO drama exploring prostitution is set to be filmed in the city.
Updated: 12/22/2008 - Authorities say a Los Angeles County sheriff's records clerk was gunned down on a sidewalk, the apparent victim of a nearby deadly shooting.
Updated: 12/22/2008 - A man died after sheriff's deputies shot him three times with a Taser stun gun, the Sonoma County Sheriff's department said.
Posted: 12/21/2008 - A magnitude-4.1 earthquake shook central California Sunday, but there were no reports of property damage or injuries.
Posted: 12/20/2008 - Authorities say a small plane crash has killed two people in a rural, hilly part of northern San Diego County.
Posted: 12/20/2008 - A Dixon child has died of an E. coli infection, and officials are waiting for test results to determine if a second child was infected with the bacteria.
Updated: 12/20/2008 - California Attorney General Jerry Brown changed course on the state's new same-sex marriage ban Friday and urged the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
Posted: 12/19/2008 - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday ordered a state hiring freeze and payroll cuts as part of a belt-tightening move to conserve cash as California struggles to deal with a $42 billion budget deficit.
Updated: 12/19/2008 - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered lawmakers to return to the Capitol to try once again to resolve California's budget crisis.
Posted: 12/19/2008 - A Riverside County man has been mauled to death by two pit bulls.
Posted: 12/19/2008 - A woman has pleaded no contest to a charge she stalked Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton.
Posted: 12/19/2008 - Nearly two weeks after a military jet killed four people when it slammed into a San Diego neighborhood, questions linger about the decision to direct the hobbled fighter over homes to an inland airfield when a nearby base offered a route across open water.
Posted: 12/18/2008 - A dermatologist was arrested Thursday after being indicted on charges that he injected patients at his West Hollywood clinic with fake Botox that could have caused a muscle-paralyzing condition.