The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble.

The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury, British royal officials said.

Thursday’s warm, delightful weather is expected to be followed on Friday by rain showers in Sacramento and late-season snow in the Sierra.

Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.

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The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

The former treasurer of a Rocklin school parent association has been arrested, accused of embezzlement.

Progress is being made by construction workers on the deck of the W-X and traffic is moving smoothly but beginning to slow Thursday morning as Day 3 is underway for Fix50.

Every major candidate for Secretary of State is campaigning to overhaul the office, an indictment of Debra Bowen's two terms of stewardship, Dan says.

Part of this year's forum will focus on the impact of the drought on California fisheries and the state's response. Salmon migration has been particularly affected and an effort to truck hundreds of thousands of fish downstream made headlines last month.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing.

An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.

A former San Diego police officer has been ordered to stand trial in one of several sexual assault cases that have rocked the department.

Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.

Sacramento’s stature as the farm-to-fork capital continues to grow. Even the White House takes notice.

A man found suffering from gunshot wounds in South Natomas on Wednesday morning has died of his injuries.

As part of his return to politics, Mitt Romney is choosing sides in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Buck McKeon in Southern California.

California senators discussed ethical and legal issues Wednesday during special ethics training prompted by corruption charges lodged against two lawmakers and the conviction of a third for perjury.

Would-be successors to Secretary of State Debra Bowen promised Wednesday to inject new life into an office they said has become technologically inept and disengaged.

A Cameron Park man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Cal Bollwinkel, a popular broadcaster who was widely recognized as “the face of Channel 40” for his signature on-air editorials at KTXL, died April 17, his family said. He was 88.

The A’s boarded a flight to Houston on Wednesday to start a 10-game trip after a 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers and being swept at home in a series for the first time since September 2012 – though one could argue they should have taken at least one of the three games from their American League West rivals, and maybe more.

Republic FC president Warren Smith boasted last month that the USL Pro expansion team’s first match in Sacramento would draw at least 20,000 fans to Hughes Stadium.

Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

The first lawsuit stemming from the fatal collision two weeks ago on Interstate 5 between a FedEx truck and a charter bus carrying high school students from Southern California was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

Two major changes in California's public education system - adoption of "Common Core" academic standards and giving extra money to school districts with large numbers of poor and/or English learner students - seem to have gained favor with the state's residents.

A Sikh man is being prevented from serving on a Northern California jury because of the ceremonial weapon he carries as part of his religion.

Sacramento County supervisors on Wednesday unanimously rejected a site just outside Galt for an Indian temple, saying that requirements proposed to placate angry neighbors were unworkable.

President Barack Obama kicked off a tour of Asia on Wednesday with a pointed message to China and the entire region: The U.S. stands resolutely with Japan in a long dispute over some small islands in the East China Sea.

Taking their cue from tweets bashing the New York Police Department, Twitter critics of Los Angeles police have been posting photos of people roughed up or injured in scuffles with officers in the nation's second-biggest city.

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

A Southern California custom auto shop once featured on MTV's "Pimp My Ride" will pay its employees nearly $160,000 to settle claims that it violated federal wage laws.

Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies.

Foreclosures in the first three months of this year were 36 percent below last year’s levels and well below long-term averages.

The 49ers schedule is out, and the highlight? It has to be the Thanksgiving nightcap against the Seahawks. A Seahawks-49ers game is big enough. The first one ever in Levi's Stadium makes it huge. But a nationally televised game on the most American of holidays? This is going to be Turkeygeddon.

The 49ers and Raiders both open the 2014 NFL season on the road.

California senators and their staff attended a special ethics training Wednesday, and were presented with a series of ethical scenarios. Mark Hedlund, communications director for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, said the discussion questions were drawn from actual scenarios that occurred at the Capitol.

Over the course of a 162-game season, every team will go through some rough stretches.

Backup catcher Hector Sanchez played a starring role in a wild win.

Police officers have found evidence that a shooting did occur Wednesday afternoon at a San Francisco Bay Area medical building.

A Northern California city has reached a settlement with a group of homeless people who filed a federal lawsuit to prevent their eviction from a waterfront landfill.

Nearly 39 years after former Manson “family” member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme leveled a Colt .45-caliber pistol at President Gerald R. Ford in Sacramento, one of the more intriguing pieces of evidence from the case has been made available to the public.

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