Reports of sexual assaults on or near University of California campuses rose by almost 50 percent last school year, an indication that widespread protests over the way colleges handle allegations of rape and assault are having an impact.

Michael Lyon, the disgraced former head of Lyon Real Estate, was arrested earlier today on felony drug possession and eavesdropping charges, according to online booking records from the Sacramento County Jail.

Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game.

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, a federal bankruptcy judge today struck down the sanctity of government pensions in California, saying the city of Stockton has the right to sever its contract with CalPERS.

It wouldn’t be too much hyperbole to say the Kings have been obsessed with dribbling the basketball in recent seasons.

A pair of blunders by the Sacramento County elections office that omitted information from the sample ballot booklet sent to thousands of registered voters is costing taxpayers more than $68,000 and has the potential to affect voting in the November election.

With little fanfare or public announcement, The Kitchen Restaurant has replaced its executive chef and, for the next month or so, brought back founder and frontman Randall Selland to cook and perform at his family’s landmark eatery.

A California skirmish in a national clash over religious objections to health care coverage flared on Wednesday, with a Catholic group challenging a policy requiring abortion coverage.

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.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

In the small, modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, neighbors of Mayor Daniel Crespo struggled Wednesday to come to terms with how the friendly, outgoing political leader could have been shot to death by his wife of 28 years.

It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys.

Dr. Sophia Yin, a veterinarian and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of animal behavior as it relates to training pets, died Sept. 28 of suicide at her Davis home, according to the Yolo County coroner’s office. She was 48.

A long-delayed $52 million housing and retail project K Street in downtown Sacramento awaits final City Council approval.

Time to invest in a reusable shopping bag.

A former state employee has been sentenced to 210 days in jail for using his work computers in pursuit of ways to commit identity theft.

A Roseville staffing company is looking to hire more than 500 employees to staff a Covered California call center in south Sacramento.

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.

A woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver while on her way to work.

Police said the parolee has surrendered.

The trial of a former Air Force fighter pilot charged with killing his wife with a pair of scissors in their Cameron Park house took a step back in time Tuesday to a fiery crash on a remote Georgia highway 15 years ago.

Omri Casspi was traded by the Kings to Cleveland after the 2010-11 season, but Sacramento was always home to him.

The killings were unfathomable, the crimes unspeakable, and Daniel William Marsh was sane when he committed them, a Yolo Superior Court jury found Tuesday.

Gov. Jerry Brown took mixed action on several gun control bills Tuesday, approving a measure allowing temporary restraining orders to block gun use but vetoing legislation that would have required Californians to register homemade guns.

Veteran forwards are off to a good start as the team sorts out who will play amongst their power forwards.

A California appellate court’s ruling favors gold seekers in battle with state over dredging.

A custodian/security guard at Las Plumas High in Oroville has been arrested after being accused of possessing child pornography and having an inappropriate relationship with a student at the school.

Rejecting major parts of an ethics package in a year tainted by scandal, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have required more campaign finance disclosure and reduced the value of gifts lobbyists can give state officials.

Larry Kelley is one of the most significant individual jobs creators in Sacramento today, but his next act may top it all.

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.

Telemarketing maven Cathy Mitchell has sold a million cookbooks featuring recipes for the easy-to-make cakes

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

Folsom Lake College will celebrate its 10th year of accreditation on Oct. 11 with tours of the 151-acre campus, stage performances, demonstrations, exhibition games and history and art displays.

One year after signing California’s ban on so-called “revenge porn,” Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation expanding on the bill to include “selfies,” his office announced Tuesday.

Jeremy Anthony Mendivil walked into the courtroom Tuesday, nodded at his brother Johnathan, who was on trial for murder, and told a jury how the older sibling pulled out a shotgun and shot to death a 15-year-old kid he’d tussled with a couple weeks earlier.

The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday that some recreation areas in the Sierra closed by the King fire have re-opened.

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.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man armed with an assault rifle who is linked to an attempted bank robbery in Sacramento in 2012, as well as bank robberies in multiple states.

Former Assemblyman Richard “Dick” Dickerson, a former Redding mayor, died Tuesday, the Redding Record Searchlight reported.

David Y. Lee promotes organ donation in his Facebook and Instagram campaign, “The Waiting List.” On it, he posts photos and narratives about people who have been affected by organ donations.

Homer Bosserman Jr. is a century-old marvel, a World War II Marine veteran who flew in the Pacific Theater with actor Tyrone Power. On Thursday, state officials honored him for his latest mission: 14 years of volunteer work for the California Highway Patrol.

A Roseville resident and three co-defendants have been sentenced in federal court in Sacramento for their roles in a scheme that victimized homeowners facing foreclosure.

Located in the shadows of thriving attractions like Golfland Sunsplash and Westfield Galleria, Roseville’s 81-year-old Placer County fairgrounds have been left behind in this prosperous suburban enclave.

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