A California Senate report released Thursday said that Caltrans “gagged and banished” at least nine top experts for the new Bay Bridge after they complained about substandard work by the Shanghai, China, firm that built much of the span.

A technical review of the Bay Bridge, released Thursday, provided a mixed review of problems facing the new span – praising some actions by the Caltrans and questioning others.

There were a few slump years, but Reno’s Hot August Nights has been back on track for some time, and ranks as one of the country’s top classic-car events. This weekend marks the culmination of its 28th year, long after the naysayers said that Reno was just a gaming town and couldn’t host a crowd-packed car show and that a nostalgic interest in cruising and sock hops would eventually die out.

A California appeals court on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit seeking to block a ballot measure asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision.

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Friday morning for 72 hours, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the lull in violence did not guarantee an end to the conflict.

They gathered Thursday under a stand of redwoods near the steps of the state Capitol, a modest mix of young people and the graying veterans of the progressive and protest movements. They came to Sacramento, in the words of one, to reclaim the public square.

U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

There have been more recorded federal investigations in the first half of 2014 into how colleges have handled campus sexual assault than in any single year before.

President Obama today will sign an executive order aimed at requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations.

Tesla Motors Inc. confirmed today it has broken ground near Reno for its massive “Gigafactory” but said it’s still evaluating sites in California and other states.

San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide-watch records at the state's troubled new Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating standards imposed in response to federal court orders, according to the union representing psychiatric technicians.

A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online.

Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92.

A former mayor of the scandal-ridden city of Bell who could not read or write English was sentenced to serve a year in Los Angeles County jail and five years of probation.

A horse racing tweet prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for seventies heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf.

The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease.

A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home.

A yellow Camaro crashed into a Starbucks in Folsom at 2 a.m. Thursday, sending driver and passenger to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A suspicious water cooler found taped to the back of a railway car near McClellan Airport this morning was detonated and made safe around 1 p.m. allowing roads in the area to be reopened.

Despite having the best record in the majors, the Oakland A’s opted not to stand pat at the non-waiver trade deadline, making one of Thursday’s biggest splashes by sending slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for prized starting pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes, and also shipping pitcher Tommy Milone to Minnesota for versatile outfielder Sam Fuld.

A CalPERS board member seeking reelection has lost a fight over whether her challenger made a misleading statement tying board actions to soaring pension contribution rates.

With a hidden camera in his backpack and a professional videographer waiting outside, Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for California governor, said he walked into stores, restaurants and car washes throughout Fresno during a recent week spent posing as a regular guy in need of a job.

The Stingray device collects some cell phone data of targeted phones by mimicking a tower.

Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.

Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.

Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child.

Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds.

Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.

Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called "the biggest mistake of his life."

Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.

The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline.

A recreational soccer player will stand trial for the one-punch slaying of a referee who was about to penalize and eject him from a game in suburban Detroit.

Minor league pitcher Evan Reed says he passed a polygraph test earlier this year after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.

Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said Thursday that the recent week he spent sleeping on the streets and looking for work in Fresno underscores the state’s continued economic struggles and the need for new leadership.

CIA personnel improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency’s use of harsh interrogation methods , according to an internal CIA investigation, contradicting denials of such intrusions by spy chief John Brennan.

Its big stars hidden in voice roles, the space-set blockbuster allows lesser-knowns like Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista to shine.

The state’s health insurance exchange released its preliminary insurance rates for the coming year on Thursday, announcing that the average premium will increase 4.2 percent.

Described as a blues vocalist who sings jazz, she brings her interpretations to Sacramento.

Film shot over 12 years carries the audience along through a maturation process

He followed his love of music, which never has gone out of style.

A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.

A citizens’ group opposed to the new Sacramento Kings arena project said today it has appealed a judge’s refusal to issue an injunction halting construction.

The hashtag name of New Edition’s summer tour says it all: “#AllSix.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography.

The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional.

The section of a wildfire burning close to one of Yosemite National Park's treasured giant sequoia groves died down and got no closer to the grove, park officials said Thursday morning.

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