Northern California man drowns on his birthday trying to swim while carrying a rock

OROVILLE -- A man drowned on his 21st birthday while trying to swim across an Oroville pond while carrying a large rock. 
Mammoths swam to Channel Islands well before last glacial period, fossil indicates
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a fossil discovery shows mammoths reached the Channel Islands off Southern California much earlier than was previously known. 

California budget: Democrats release dueling spending plans
Both proposals assume the state will collect more revenue than Gov. Jerry Brown's administration predicts -- roughly $2.5 billion more -- but Democrats in the Senate and Assembly apparently have starkly different views on how to spend the extra money.  

California wildfire: Marijuana grower fined $6.5 million for Nicolls Fire
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A convicted marijuana grower was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison and ordered to pay a $6. 

Highway 50 closure: Rock slides cause delays at Lake Tahoe
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (AP) -- Motorists can expect travel delays on part of the highway around Lake Tahoe through Wednesday at Cave Rock on the lake's east shore. 

Hinkley: A town with no future

Special report on the chromium-tainted desert town made famous in "Erin Brockovich."

California budget crisis

Get all the latest news and links to resources as the state battles another fiscal mess.

Special report: High-speed rail

Get the latest news on the project to connect S.F. and L.A. Or see the interactive map and Twitter feed.

Special report: Same-sex marriage

Check out full coverage of the California ruling legalizing gay marriage and the passage of Proposition 8 to reject it.

POINT REYES STATION, Calif. (AP) — Another dead whale has washed ashore in Northern California, the twelfth carcass to beach in the past few months.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say an officer shot and wounded a man who pointed a gun at police and at residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood.   Full Story
 
 
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Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield reunited?

'The Amazing Spider-Man' co-stars have been spotted together around L.A. amid reports their romance is back on.