A Sacramento Superior Court judge refused Tuesday to validate a hotly contested will that a prominent lawyer claimed to be the last wishes of a dying friend. The will would have given all but a small portion of Joseph Herb O’Brien’s estate to a mutual friend.

Santa Rosa-based REACH Air Medical Services said it plans to expand its Northern California operations with a new air ambulance base in Rancho Cordova, providing 24/7 emergency medical and services to the Sacramento area by October.

Officials with the University of California, Davis, and China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province have signed an agreement that they said lays the groundwork for establishing the Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China.

A Northern California man is accused of stealing a gold nugget valued at $1,900 from an Alaska mine where he was working, according to a story posted online Wednesday by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

NBA player Matt Barnes has taken to social media to find the suspected killer of his aunt, who was knifed on a Sacramento street.

An art project that beautifies street-side utility boxes downtown will be unveiled to the public early next month.

This week’s Most Wanted List has been released by Sacramento’s Crime Alert Reward Program. The new names on the list (see the entire list and details in a photo gallery here) are:

Furor over an unscheduled Saturday aerial pesticide spraying for West Nile virus in North Natomas has prompted the local mosquito control district to change its alert process when spraying agricultural fields near residential neighborhoods.

Walking with a mall club is especially beneficial for older adults because it establishes social circles wherein friends hold each other accountable for staying active.

State and federal agencies on Tuesday released separate recovery plans for endangered Central Valley salmon and steelhead, aiming to restore habitat and water flows to prevent extinction of the species.

A 21-year-old man is in jail, accused of burglary and using forged credit cards, following an investigation by the Cal Expo Police Department.

Ms. Iwahashi, who died July 16, ran in more than 160 official marathons and finished more than 60 in under three hours. She was inducted into the inaugural class of the Sacramento Running Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bay Area retailer Sports Basement has revived its interest in opening a downtown Sacramento store just as city officials are attempting to buy a building the company eyed as recently as last year.

Rancho Cordova is asking its residents to raise the city’s sales tax by a half a cent to pay for greater police protection, urban redevelopment and other services.

A Central Valley packing company, which has voluntarily recalled some of its fresh tree fruit from grocery stores nationwide due to possible listeria contamination, said Tuesday that its consumer hotline has been overwhelmed.

A toddler was badly injured in Yuba County.

A couple of 100-degree days are on the way to Sacramento this week.

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Meg Arnold, who has overseen many key initiatives of the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance for nearly five years, will step down from the CEO position on Sept. 30, SARTA announced Tuesday.

Upcoming fundraising events include a golf ball drop and an Aggie wine-pairing.

After years of writing about the death penalty in California, I’m convinced that we in the media are part of the reason why the issue is so distorted.

The library will provide between 50 and 75 scholarships to qualified adults who intend to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers.

Whatever happened to the man who killed Sacramento school teacher Greg Beach at his vacation home in Volcano in the early 1990s?

Kaiser Permanante spreads the wealth in the four-county region by giving $1.4 million as part of its community benefits grants

Woodland police announced the arrest of a suspect in a series of robberies that have occurred in the city since July 7.

Banks serving the Sacramento region reported mixed results for the second quarter of this year, but profitability held firm in a generally improving loan market.

Sacramento County officials say a paperwork oversight likely will delay sidewalk construction along Fair Oaks Boulevard, near Jesuit High School and the Five Points Shopping Center, until next spring.

The Sacramento Zoo is offering to help a wildlife rescue group facing financial difficulty raise funds during a Thursday night music and car show at the zoo.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association seeks up to 100 volunteers to interview trail users Saturday as part of an effort to improve alternative modes of transportation to trailheads.

Sacramento and West Sacramento firefighters joined the U.S. Coast Guard for today’s training exercise.

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