The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief.

A Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it has reserved more than $800,000 in television time for the home stretch of the November general election in California.

As a young man 40-plus years ago, Gilbert Hyatt invented – and eventually patented after a two-decade-long struggle – a microprocessor chip that earned him many, many millions of dollars in payments from companies that transformed the technology into digital devices that have become indispensable to, or at least ubiquitous in, modern life.

The San Jose Sharks got a spark from an unusual place and turned a close game into another laugher against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings.

One year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, runners started filtering in Monday morning as the sun rose over the center of Hopkinton, where the race starts.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.

A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.

Ask any NFL agent or salary cap guru and he’ll tell you that picking up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith’s contract is the prudent, no-brainer move for the 49ers.

The River Cats split a doubleheader with the host Tacoma Rainiers on Sunday, losing the first game 1-0 and winning the second 8-3 to give Steve Scarsone his 500th career managerial victory.

With no head coaching experience coming into his first season in Sacramento, Michael Malone had a reputation as a sold NBA assistant coach with a penchant for teaching tough defense.

Less than half the students who enrolled in five Sacramento-area community colleges during the depth of the recession had completed their coursework as of last year, new state data show.

Loaves & Fishes is floating a plan to relocate and expand Friendship Park, where hundreds of homeless people receive meals and other services each day, on its property north of downtown Sacramento.

Scott Raab reaches into a bin full of candy and grabs a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans with a message of good will on the package printed in Arabic and Pashto. It’s known as “candy diplomacy” and it reads, “A gift from the American people in hope that your country will one day enjoy the freedom and opportunities that we have in the United States.”

LaMarcus Aldridge had just fouled out late in overtime after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 points when he went to Portland teammate Damian Lillard with a simple message.

For a decade, Todd Leras rode a wave of stardom at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. He tried big cases, won most of them, and in 1998 was named its top prosecutor.

A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews, Fort Myers police said.

Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution.

A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.

Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

Several hours before the start of Sunday’s game between the A’s and Houston Astros, as a handful of A’s hitters took batting practice at the Coliseum and pitchers stretched and played catch down the left-field line, a slender, solitary figure in a green warmup top leaned against a section of fencing near the A’s dugout, watching.

With the closure of the W-X portion of Highway 50 starting Tuesday, readers have many questions about how to avoid the expected gridlock.

The Grim Reaper has a message for you: The people who peddle vegan hot dogs and flaxseed inside the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op are destroying our city.

The public is invited to a free forum on drought and water issues at Sierra College in Rocklin on Tuesday, which is also Earth Day.

Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy, died Monday, He was 85.

Toward the end of last season, those following the A’s started to see Josh Donaldson getting more starts in the No. 2 spot in the order, with Jed Lowrie behind him. That plan, meant partly to get Donaldson more at-bats and batting behind leadoff hitter Coco Crisp, continued into the first week of this season -- and has already changed.

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.

Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this.

As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

The San Francisco Giants are totally in favor of instant replay.

A team official says a goalkeeper has died after being kicked in the head during a championship tournament match in the West African country of Gabon.

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