Players and coaches aren’t the only ones charged up for high school football season openers Friday night and Saturday.

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The state Senate approved legislation Friday to reduce the value of gifts lobbyists may give lawmakers and state officials, moving the bill forward at the end of a legislative session marked by scandal.
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Editors note, 3:18 p.m.: This story has been changed to include a quote from Mike Lopez, president of California Department of Forestry Firefighters Local 2881.
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Aldon Smith and the 49ers on Friday received the news they’d been bracing for since last year: The team’s star outside linebacker has been suspended nine games without pay this season for his long list of legal run-ins. Smith is eligible to return to the playing field Nov. 10, one day after the 49ers’ game against the Saints in New Orleans.
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Sacramento County homicide detectives have arrested another man allegedly at the scene of a fatal July shooting on Fulton Avenue.
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Suicide is now the most prevalent cause of death in California resulting from the misuse of a firearm, slightly outpacing murder and far outpacing accidents, the latest state figures show.
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Firefighters are battling a commercial structure fire in Arden Arcade.

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