Prosecutors say a “significant mental health issue” was a key factor in why they agreed to let a man plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of a 79-year-old woman he apparently stomped to death.

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An El Dorado County murder trial was abruptly interrupted Tuesday morning when defendant Todd Winkler erupted, screaming at a deputy district attorney during her opening statements.
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Dina Hidalgo, the longtime head of human resources for the California Senate, is retiring amid allegations of nepotism and favoritism, an issue that came to light this spring when The Sacramento Bee revealed that her son, a Senate peace officer at the time, was high on marijuana and cocaine the night he was involved in a fatal off-duty shooting.
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The Kings gave Ben McLemore every opportunity to play a lot of minutes to end his rookie season in 2013-14.
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A Connecticut couple is suing US Airways and an affiliate for allowing a California man now charged with kidnapping to fly their 14-year-old daughter to Sacramento last year.
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Gov. Jerry Brown, appealing to world leaders for joint action on climate change, issued a forceful defense Tuesday of plans to expand California’s cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels next year.

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