Colin Kaepernick today credited Alex Smith for helping keep the 49ers locker room stable during what could have been a rocky transition from Smith to Kaepernick during the 2012 season.

SANTA CLARA -- Alex Smith isn’t the only player the 49ers shipped east to Kansas City last year.

The 49ers' strategy for sustainability involves loading up on draft picks and always having an influx of young players who can replace expensive, soon-to-be free-agent talent. Last year, Trent Baalke appeared to hit the jackpot when he traded Alex Smith to the Chiefs for not one but two early-round draft picks.

Amanda Bynes was arrested for suspicion of DUI this week, major trouble has been brewing.

A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was suffering an ordeal worse than his two combat tours in Afghanistan.

San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.

California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him.

Carmel Jennings, 57, of South Lake Tahoe, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after her van collided with a bicyclist in South Lake Tahoe.

Once fire trucks were only red, then a study showed that lime-yellow painted engines were more visible.

The McClatchy Co. said today the sale of car-buying website Cars.com has closed, giving The Sacramento Bee’s parent a payout of $631.8 million.

As one Atlantic City casino after another shut down and left thousands of workers jobless, Mayor Don Guardian insisted that the meltdown that claimed four of his city's 12 casinos since January was actually the opportunity of a lifetime for savvy investors.

Lyon Real Estate is collecting donated winter coats throughout October at its 17 Sacramento-area offices.

A retired Marine who caught a woman as she jumped from the upper deck of a stadium following an Oakland Raiders game was among 21 people honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

It’s all about the wind Wednesday in Sacramento as breezes from the north are expected to blow steady at about 15 mph with gusts up to 24 mph.

SAN FRANCISCO - Sergio Romo, the Giants' eccentric relief pitcher, got roped into catching the ceremonial first pitch before a home game in 2010. The team won that night, and the next, and Romo soon embraced the ritual as his own.

Lifelong high achiever Maria Echaveste, a farmworker’s kid shaped by California’s San Joaquin Valley, has now been tapped for her biggest job yet, as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

The Sacramento Archives Crawl this year not only features some weird and fascinating artifacts, there’s a free set of coasters at the end of the excursion.

Antoine Bethea made No. 100 count.

People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.

The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.

If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked — but at least you can get your money back.

For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market.

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

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As the state’s three systems of public higher education converge, California needs to revisit its master plan, Dan says.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola and Dr. Dre walk into a museum...for their induction into the California Hall of Fame, not just the set-up to this corny joke.

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