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Fred Buenrostro, who ran the nation’s largest public pension fund from 2002 to 2008, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. He has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors as they pursue charges against his longtime friend, Nevada businessman Alfred Villalobos, a former CalPERS board member.

The Sacramento Association of Realtors will host a free homeownership workshop on July 19 to help buyers negotiate a market that, despite improvements, remains extremely challenging. Federal authorities will hold an event later this month to help struggling homeowners keep paying their mortgages and stay in their homes.

A man convicted of torture and domestic violence for pouring boiling water over a woman’s head has been sentenced to seven years to life in prison.

Who is Alix Catherine Tichelman? Police say she's a high-priced call girl from Folsom, arrested and accused of injecting a client, a 51-year-old Google executive, with a fatal dose of heroin before leaving him to die on a boat moored in the Santa Cruz harbor last fall.

Nationwide health care provider Dialysis Clinic Inc. is guilty of disability discrimination for firing and refusing to rehire a nurse because her treatment for breast cancer was taking too long, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has alleged in a lawsuit filed in Sacramento federal court.

A Sacramento Superior Court jury found a woman guilty Friday of first degree murder in the stabbing death of 27-year-old Foothills resident.

SMUD must guard its linemen against all raiders as other utilities offer bounties to try and recruit them away.

Roseville police are investigating the death of a man who died from injuries suffered Thursday night when he was hit by a pickup truck while crossing Harding Boulevard.

MyECheck Inc., a developer and licenser of electronic check services that has been operating out of El Dorado Hills, has moved into new offices in Folsom.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident in rural Yolo County near the town of Clarksburg.

Last September, Alix Catherine Tichelman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had collapsed and fallen unconscious as she showered in the Georgia home the couple shared.

Police officers and sergeants in the city of Sacramento will begin paying into their pensions after an arbitrator’s ruling last month, officials said Thursday. Those officers were the only city employees who did not pay anything into their retirement accounts.

The Sacramento area ranks 15th nationwide among the best places for graduates specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM for short – according to NerdWallet, the San Francisco-based personal finance website.

A Foresthill man has received a one-year prison sentence for destroying United States mail boxes in several Placer County communities.

About 500 contestants are expected to compete this weekend at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s 44th annual Classic Wildfowl Art Festival in Sacramento. And organizers anticipate a crowd larger than last year’s 2,000 visitors, however, based on the upward climb in the popularity of wildlife art since the early 2000s, said association spokesman Jim Burcio

Friday’s weather should be tolerable, but by Monday triple-digit heat is forecast to return to Sacramento.

The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks that will float down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie’s Great Race.

A three-alarm fire hit the Happy Harbor Bar & Grill in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Friday morning.

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A proposal to relocate Citrus Heights’ city hall and make way for a medical office building at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive received the backing of the city Planning Commission.

A Roseville woman was knocked out by a burglar who entered her home late Monday night.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday returned a one-count indictment against a Seattle man who reportedly escaped while serving a prison sentence in the Federal Correctional institution Herlong in Lassen County.

A Sacramento man accused of pursuing sexual encounters with teenage boys has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Cotton candy and corner kicks: Cal Expo officials say the State Fair and FC Republic soccer team can benefit each other by sharing the same site during the next few weeks. FC Republic soccer tickets will double as free admission to the State Fair.

A man wanted in connection with the June 28 slaying of a woman at a midtown Sacramento apartment was booked into Sacramento County Jail early Thursday.

A police standoff in El Dorado Hills Wednesday night resulted in the surrender of a man who was then jailed on child molestation-related charges.

The owners of two massage businesses have been arrested on suspicion of pimping in Placer County.

The State Water Resources Control Board has proposed emergency regulations that would limit lawn watering and car washing statewide – with fines of up to $500 per day for residents who break the rules.

Cal Expo General Manager Rick Pickering is looking to steadily make modest changes that attract new visitors to the 160-year-old fair, while keeping those that already love the fair coming back.

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