The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento has cleared the way for the sale of bonds for California's controversial high-speed rail project, overturning a lower court ruling that blocked the state from issuing the bonds.

Federal drought monitors say 58 percent of California now is locked in their highest category of drought.

A Sacramento man is in custody and two other suspects are being sought in connection with the early morning burglary of a Tahoe City jewelry store.

Documentary offers fascinating insights into the late movie reviewer’s relationships to his wife and to fellow critic Siskel

Former El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting’s attempt to retain his seat and halt a special election was rejected Thursday by California’s Third District Court of Appeal.

In an uphill slog to unseat Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, Republican Neel Kashkari had $198,000 in the bank and about $164,000 in debt as of June 30, according to his latest financial report filed Thursday.

Transportation planners often talk about improving “connectivity.” That’s their word for finding ways to get people from point A to point B without having to zigzag past point C. Here’s a quick list of notable connections they’re making out there now:

Construction crews have begun demolishing the outside lanes of Interstate 80 in the eastbound direction through Natomas this week as part of a $133 million reconstruction and widening of the aging freeway, state highway officials said.

Hours before the federal government was set to reduce payments to states for road and bridge projects, Congress approved a temporary fix Thursday that would maintain funding through the middle of next year.

In a stunning series of stops and starts to resolve the border crisis Thursday, the House of Representatives debated a bill to help resolve the flow of unaccompanied children over the southeastern border, then GOP leaders, facing defeat, pulled it from the floor only to reverse course after an outcry from supporters.

Mrs. Scott, who died July 20, won awards for her ceramics and batiks at the California State Fair and Crocker-Kingsley competition. She sold antiques at the historic Murphy Building in Fair Oaks for 27 years.

Facebook’s Small Business Boost, a collaboration formed nearly three years ago to help small businesses through Facebook’s massive social network, will be in Sacramento next week to lead a workshop to help local businesss optimize their presence on the site and grow their businesses.

Residents of the rural community of Day were moving out Thursday afternoon as flames from a 2,500-acre fire prompted the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office to issue a mandatory evacuation notice.

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted D’Andre Leon Monroe of second-degree murder in the Jan. 3, 2010, shooting death of 15-year-old Aliyah Smith in an apartment on Nedra Court in south Sacramento.

Last-minute changes to eligibility requirements for athletes and part-time students have delayed the rollout of California’s new Middle Class Scholarship.

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.

Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day — in fact, for more than a week — and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.

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. has started building its battery plant in Reno, Nev. But that doesn’t mean Tesla has ruled out building the plant in California instead.

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.

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