Soto, from Porterville, has won six consecutive fights and already was on the undercard to fight Anthony Birchak. When he got the call from the UFC about an hour before weigh-ins Friday, he didn’t hesitate.

Elk Grove’s Double Nickel Smokehouse gets its name from the number on Chicago Bear linebacker Lance Briggs’ jersey, but it is Briggs’ childhood friend Cameron Lee who owns the majority stake in the restaurant and who calls the plays there.

The 49ers must reduce their roster to 53 players today. Here’s the list who have been cut and who have appeared to have made the initial roster. The team can begin building its 10-man practice squad on Sunday.

Get ready for a sunny Labor Day weekend.

The NFL Players Association, which negotiated a nine-game suspension on Aldon Smith’s behalf, released the following statement from the 49ers’ outside linebacker Saturday morning:

A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail.

Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.

Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working Saturday to free the rest, officials said.

A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos will close this weekend and a third will shut down in two weeks.

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.

In the waning hours of their session, California lawmakers passed a measure to provide workers with three paid sick days a year, capping tense negotiations that splintered supporters.

In a year marked by scandal in the state Capitol – including two senators indicted on bribery charges and dozens of politicians warned by the state’s campaign finance watchdog for raising money at the home of a prominent lobbyist – California lawmakers pledged to clean up some of their political practices.

Among the slew of bills lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown as the legislative session ended Saturday morning was one that was not even printed when it got its first hearing at 2:09 a.m.

Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up the raids.

The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.

When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2.

Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

Quick! What exactly did President Barack Obama say from the White House briefing room about Syria, Iraq and Ukraine while dressed in the tan suit buzzed 'round the world?

Real life blended in beautifully with fun and games Friday night in Placer County.

Grant, once the most feared area football program, fell a little off the radar the past three seasons.

The Bee is hosting weekly live chats during Friday night football this season, beginning with tonight's first games. Dennis Hansen will host, with contributions from The Bee's Joe Davidson, SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty and other reporters and contributors from throughout the greater Sacramento region.

The 20th anniversary re-issue of “The Bone Garden,” a book by former Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney William P. Wood, details what may be the most macabre murders in Sacramento’s history.

Follow the closing hours of the California legislative session with updates from The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Bureau staff.

If there’s one player who might keep Michael Sam from making the St. Louis Rams’ roster, it’s Ethan Westbrooks.

For most of its 28-year existence, Burning Man brought to mind a “dirty hippie” image of those attending the annual counterculture arts and music festival now playing out in the Nevada desert north of Reno.

Shane Brand, a homeless veteran, knew the late Joseph “Joey” Graven as Googly Eyes. It was a nickname bestowed for Graven’s gentle spirit and good humor, even as he anxiously kept a knife close for protection.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this garden continues to grow strong with its local support.

Annual tour showcases Victorians and Beamer Park on next Saturday.

The way Buster Posey was swinging, manager Bruce Bochy figures he had at least one more hit in him.

Jered Weaver and Jon Lester both made their big league debuts in 2006. Both have pitched a no-hitter, both are three-time All-Stars.

Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city.

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will appeal the June court ruling that California’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, he decided Friday.

A man convicted of the shooting death of a Sacramento motorist who refused to give him money has been sentenced to 52 years in state prison.

A Corvette crashed and caught fire after hitting a deer in rural Sutter County on Thursday. The driver, a man from Meridian in Sutter County, died.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.

A porn actor who had a half-pound of crystal meth concealed in a body cavity when he was stopped at Los Angeles International Airport has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.

A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.

Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions.

A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S.

A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member.

With Greg Schmidt planning to retire in October, the California Senate on Friday unanimously elected longtime Capitol staff member Danny Alvarez to the top administrative position in the upper house.

Somebody this month has stabbed two men in the neck on Southside Park neighborhood streets in Sacramento.

Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child.

Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday.

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