A special election hasn’t even been called yet, but several candidates launched campaigns this week to replace resigning state Sen. Rod Wright, Dan says.

It’s a happy ending for California’s film and television tax credit. Gov. Jerry Brown will sign today the bill expanding the program to $330 million in annual production incentives for the next five years.

Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.

Brazilian superstar vocalist and songwriter Caetano Veloso helped revolutionize the country’s pop music by bringing in elements of rock and social commentary in the late 1960s, helping to create the movement known as Tropicália. A progenitor of world music before there was such a term, Veloso is an international star who continues to be a major creative force and an influential musical figure.

A Fresno County man has been sentenced to 18 years and eight months to life in prison for a head-on drunken driving crash that killed three sisters.

CalPERS board candidate Theresa Taylor has 20 years of financial experience at the Franchise Tax Board and a personal commitment to preserving pension benefits, she says, fortified by watching her husband lose most of his retirement savings.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January order to cut state-government water use 20 percent rippled through the bureaucracy early this year as high-level officials rushed to find ways to conserve.

The traditional celebration of Constitution Day, which was Wednesday, involves naturalization ceremonies, proclamations and the occasional mention in speeches by political officeholders and candidates who happen to find themselves behind a microphone that day.

Sean Doolittle sat in a chair staring at his locker inside a quiet clubhouse before searching for the words to explain the Oakland Athletics' latest meltdown.

Defender James Kiffe, who signed with Republic FC in mid-August, has started the last four matches at left back and should start again in Saturday’s USL Pro semifinal showdown with LA Galaxy II.

With Menlo College’s football team coming to Sacramento State on Saturday night, the Hornets hope their battle cry “Remember the Raiders” will resonate with those with short-term memories.

A ravenous wildfire in El Dorado County devoured swaths of forested terrain for a fifth day Wednesday, leaving nearly 2,200 residents displaced as fire crews battled to protect homes, lives and a major thoroughfare.

The Los Angeles Angels spent an hour after their shutout victory over Seattle waiting in the clubhouse, their eyes glued to televisions while the Oakland Athletics blew a ninth-inning lead.

Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday said he would appeal the more than $11,000 fine he received this week from the NFL for using “inappropriate language” following a fourth-quarter interception against the Chicago Bears.

Playing the part of Cardinals running back Andre Ellington this week as gone to the most obvious actor. Who else better to portray the small but powerful Arizona tailback during 49ers practices this week than the guy who has been shadowing Ellington all his life?

Josh Bist, WR, Ponderosa: At 6-foot-3, Bist is hard to cover. He had 13 catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns against Vista del Lago.

Authorities say a solo pilot crash landed his small plane in the eastern Sierra and had to be rescued.

A grand jury in Louisville has charged a man with murder in the death of a toddler more than 40 years ago.

Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

The Kings teams that featured Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and Doug Christie were the best in the franchise’s Sacramento era. Webber and Divac, the two best players, deserve to have their jerseys hanging from the rafters at Sleep Train Arena. But Stojakovic?

Since taking over as Kings general manager in June 2013, Pete D’Alessandro may be the busiest executive in the NBA.

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.

The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

Sacramento Republic FC, the city’s popular minor-league soccer club, announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement to acquire land in the downtown railyard for a new 20,000-seat soccer stadium that could host a Major League Soccer franchise.

Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble.

A divided House of Representatives gave tentative approval Wednesday to President Barack Obama’s plan to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State, as members of both parties expressed concerns about the plans and insisted he come back in December to ask again.

With the November election drawing closer daily, Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty told reporters and editors in The Bee’s Capitol Bureau why he is running for the state Assembly. Below are some excerpts from our conversation.

Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests.

Seven hundred years ago, Robert the Bruce reclaimed Scottish independence here with the help of a two-handed sword. Thursday, Scotland’s current first minister, Alex Salmond, hopes to repeat that success with the help of 16-year-old voters.

To prevent the problems caused by a sendentary life, get up from that chair.

Anxiety can be like a Chinese finger trap. Try to break free with panicky pulls and it’ll just get worse. But approach it with a calm mind and a bit of patience and you’ll be out in no time.

The California Highway Patrol seeks to find the driver of a minivan involved in a collision that killed a Sacramento woman and injured three other people early Monday in Carmichael.

The Kings reached an agreement with free agent center Ryan Hollins on a one-year contract, a league source confirmed.

Playmakers come in various shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common – the ability to quickly change a game, on a reception, a running play, on special teams or on defense.

More aircraft can be seen flying over the Sacramento area this week as firefighting air tankers shuttle between their base at McClellan Airfield and the King fire in El Dorado County.

The Cardinals today deactivated one of their running backs, Jonathan Dwyer, after he was arrested for aggravated assault in a case involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. Dwyer has been Arizona’s No. 2 running back, averaging six carries in the team’s first two contests.

Applying 20th century laws to 21st century technology is not the answer to protect the free Internet despite the overwhelming amount of public support for that approach, anti-regulation advocates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in a hearing on net neutrality.

Lawmakers this week are showing they can sometimes march together, at least when it comes to helping veterans.

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday tore apart the Obama administration’s strategy to fight the Islamic State, expressing skepticism about the scope, duration and partners involved in what Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged would be a “multi-year effort.”

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.

“We are faced with a large and dangerous fire and the fire has grown significantly,” said Laurence Crabtree, a U.S. Forest Service supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest.

Ted Eliopoulos, a real estate investment specialist who has overseen the CalPERS investment portfolio for much of the past year and a half, was named chief investment officer for the pension fund Wednesday.

Mohinder Singh Rye, a longtime Sacramento businessman who was a leader in the Indian community, died Sept. 10 after a stroke, his family said. He was 78.

Sacramento’s Cambria Solutions can’t hire fast enough for business analysts and software developers, but owner Robert Rodriguez says it’s a good problem to have for his fast-growing consulting firm.

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