Who is Alix Catherine Tichelman? Police say she's a high-priced call girl from Folsom, arrested and accused of injecting a client, a 51-year-old Google executive, with a fatal dose of heroin before leaving him to die on a boat moored in the Santa Cruz harbor last fall.

To the villagers who fled, Zowiya is now a graveyard for all they’ve ever known. Their houses have been razed, their neighbors are dead, and their tribal codes have been violated in ways they never dreamed possible.

Nationwide health care provider Dialysis Clinic Inc. is guilty of disability discrimination for firing and refusing to rehire a nurse because her treatment for breast cancer was taking too long, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has alleged in a lawsuit filed in Sacramento federal court.

While an historically small number of Californians participated on Election Day, more of them than ever cast their votes by mail.

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.

Authorities say "Harry Potter" actor Dave Legeno has died from heatstroke in California's Death Valley. He was 50.

A former council member in the scandal-ridden city of Bell was given a relatively light sentence Friday of a year in jail, five years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service for misappropriation of millions in public funds.

The Sacramento area ranks 15th nationwide among the best places for graduates specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM for short – according to NerdWallet, the San Francisco-based personal finance website.

A lower percentage of voters went to the polls in the June primary in California than in any previous statewide election, the secretary of state said Friday as elections officials in Imperial and Kern counties began recounting ballots in the contested race for state controller.

A California fugitive who hit his Montana public defender in the head during an extradition hearing, possibly causing permanent injuries, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history.

A California man hooked the catch of a lifetime while on vacation in Alaska.

SMUD must guard its linemen against all raiders as other utilities offer bounties to try and recruit them away.

The California Endowment, Health Law Guide for Business has launched a new Spanish-language website designed to help Latino business owners and employees comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast Saturday near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami. At least one person was injured and a small tsunami was triggered, but no damage was reported.

Twice last year, Alix Tichelman found herself alone with a man suffering from a drug overdose. The first time she called 911. The second time, police say, she just walked away.

A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime.

The Kings have agreed to a sign-and-trade with Phoenix for guard Isaiah Thomas per a league source.

Celebrations aside, LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party's plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie's shores in 2016.

A Sacramento man is in custody and another is sought in connection with an assault that occurred Thursday near San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

An autopsy has failed to pinpoint why the boyfriend of "Glee" star Becca Tobin died at a Philadelphia hotel.

Roseville police are investigating the death of a man who died from injuries suffered Thursday night when he was hit by a pickup truck while crossing Harding Boulevard.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident in rural Yolo County near the town of Clarksburg.

Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida.

Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

A security guard was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography after deputies said he left a computer thumb drive with incriminating evidence at his job.

Fred Buenrostro, who ran the nation’s largest public pension fund from 2002 to 2008, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. He has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors as they pursue charges against his longtime friend, Nevada businessman Alfred Villalobos, a former CalPERS board member.

A burger chain with outposts in Sacramento, Davis, Elk Grove and Granite Bay was just named best in America by Consumer Reports, beating out better-known burger vendors In-N-Out and Five Guys.

In his first public remarks about recent border crossings of young immigrants into the United States, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday called children fleeing violence in Central America a “tragedy” and accused critics of exploiting the situation for political gain.

Prosecutors allege Ken Skogen, who has been recognized for his heroism on duty, had a sexual relationship with a Sheriff’s Department volunteer.

Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year.

If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.

A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

Those unusual, and sometimes wacky, names given by celebrities to their offspring don't always work in the real world.

Cleveland hasn't had this much good news since the first time LeBron James came to town.

Check out the replay of Friday's live chat featuring The Bee's Jason Jones leading a discussion and answering questions about the Kings as their summer camp goes into full swing.

Israel kept up a steady bombardment of the Gaza Strip from the air and sea on Friday as the United States offered to broker a cease-fire that would end an offensive launched to quell rocket fire from the territory.

Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear he will die in custody if he doesn't have his medication.

MyECheck Inc., a developer and licenser of electronic check services that has been operating out of El Dorado Hills, has moved into new offices in Folsom.

The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

Gone are the days when Bruce Ellington would rush from a basketball workout with South Carolina teammates to a football meeting room to learn the complex schemes of coach Steve Spurrier. Ellington's only focus is the San Francisco 49ers and making an impact on the NFL.

California State Fair organizers stayed true to their word, opening the 17-day festival Friday with all the classics – livestock, carnival rides, fried food and games.

Citrus Heights police warn that the official opening of a large casino on Antelope Road could bring traffic congestion Friday night.

A month after a California judge ruled that job protections for teachers violated children's constitutional rights, one lawsuit making the same claim has been filed in New York, another has been announced and critics of teacher tenure in other states say they are preparing litigation as well.

Barcelona prides itself in upholding high moral values and being "more than a club." The Catalan giants, though, have decided to overlook a litany of misdemeanors by Luis Suarez to sign football's most high-profile outcast.

A 33-year-old man who failed to return from a hike in Kings Canyon National Park has been found with a broken leg.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has filed its rebuttal to a lawsuit aimed at forcing the government to reimburse state scientists for work-related travel and meal costs at the same rate as other state workers.

The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks that will float down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie’s Great Race.

Divers have resumed searching a small, rocky ocean cove near Los Angeles for a 19-year-old man who disappeared while swimming with friends.

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