Two top executives from Major League Soccer will be in Sacramento on Sept. 18 and 19 to assess the region’s viability as a potential expansion market into the nation’s premiere professional soccer league.

The California Highway Patrol is asking for help in finding the driver of a pickup truck that may have hit a pedestrian killed while crossing Madison Avenue.

The 49ers currently are in “fact finding mode” when it comes to defensive end Ray McDonald, general manager Trent Baalke said this morning, and no decision has been made yet whether McDonald will play Sunday in Dallas.

The average wage for full-time workers in the Sacramento region is now $52,448, according to new figures from the state Employment Development Department. That figure has remained essentially stagnant for several consecutive years.

California regulatory judges issued a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday against the state's largest utility for a lethal 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in flames, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about the oversight of aging pipelines.

Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

Members of California’s state legal corps has approved a labor contract with Gov. Jerry Brown, their union has told members in an email.

Driving under the influence arrests were down in the Sacramento area during a long summer enforcement period that ended with Labor Day.

Jim Harbaugh said there are two strongly held principles at work in the case involving defensive end Ray McDonald: His repulsion of domestic abuse, which he said he would not tolerate on his team, and his belief in due process of the law.

Only 45 percent of California voters hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance, according to a new Field Poll released today, down 5 percentage points from June and dropping below 50 percent for the first time since late 2011. Disapproval climbed to 43 percent.

Responding to patron requests, Sacramento International Airport today will open a new pedestrian walkway from the daily surface parking lot to both air terminals. Officials said the walkway will allow fliers to chose a five-minute walk, rather than wait for a shuttle bus.

A senior headed to Washington, Jake Browning became the state’s career passing leader with 11,505 yards.

Preventing future water shortages will require a three-pronged approach that includes investment in infrastructure; improving the balance between north state and south state needs; and addressing the projected effects of climate change.

Derick Milgrim is the sudden face of the Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack. He has taken over a program nearly rocked to its foundation when college buddy Ryan Gomes was not retained after summer workouts.

At least two people were injured tonight when a car was driven into a house in the 8900 block of Bridalsmith Drive, causing a fire in the south Sacramento residence, a fire spokeswoman said.

There were pans of barbecue, live music and union-friendly politicians making the rounds Monday at the Sacramento Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day picnic, with hundreds of union members and their families showing up with lawn chairs and umbrellas.

Over the last six decades – mile by expensive mile – California’s transportation department has upgraded Highway 101 on the scenic North Coast from a narrow, twisting, two-lane road into a modern four-lane expressway.

It's unknown how long it will take Alex Boone to seize the 49ers' starting right guard position after missing the team's entire preseason. But he'll arrive at team headquarters today in very good shape, said the man who trained with him in Cleveland.

Detectives are investigating how a 7-year-old Bay Area boy was injured Saturday while shooting at targets on his family’s property in Georgetown. The boy was flown to a Sacramento-area hospital to be treated, El Dorado County Sheriff’s officials said Monday.

As landlines and paper handouts disappear, local school districts are experimenting with new ways of reaching families. At Folsom Cordova and Natomas unified school districts this year, that means launching an app that allows parents to keep tabs on their children almost anywhere and anytime.

Temperatures will be falling this week, according to the National Weather Service, as Sacramento avoids anymore 100-degree readings in the immediate future.

Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season.

How do mystery-thriller-paranormal writers do what they do? Find out at two free presentations featuring members of Sisters in Crime, a national organization of women mystery writers. They’ll discuss their craft, answer questions and reveal some of their writing secrets.

Sacramento City Unified School District students are learning how to utilize aquaponics to produce plants, fruit and vegetables in an urban garden at Luther Burbank High School as a component of the Summer of Service program.

Alex Boone, as expected, passed his physical with the 49ers today after his months-long holdout. The team has been granted a roster exemption for Boone; the right guard must be added to the 53-man roster before he can play in a game.

Corey Pereira will be the 90th name engraved on the California State Fair Men’s Amateur Championship trophy.

The warmly lit classroom of It’s All Yoga was silent Monday morning but for the sounds of deep, contemplative breathing and the light thud of bare feet on foam mats. On the other side of the studio window, curious onlookers crowded a registration table and a free massage stand, seeking to join a healthful Labor Day alternative.

The 2014 fall/holiday movie season – a.k.a. the awards season – brings with it four candidates for McConaissance-style comebacks: Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Michael Keaton and Shia LaBeouf. All have films on tap that could alter their career trajectories.

Just as 143 games had not been enough to separate the River Cats and Reno Aces in their Pacific Coast League division race, neither were the first nine innings of Monday’s do-or-die affair at Raley Field.

It was about noon on a weekday, and Jordana Steinberg, 20, sat at a round-topped kitchen table in her Rocklin apartment, her therapist by her side. A faint aroma of tomato sauce on toasted crust lingered from the previous night’s pizza.

McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.

Joe Davidson, longtime high school sports reporter for The Sacramento Bee, and Mike Finnerty look at the best of high school sports in The Bee Preps Show.

September starts with a sizzle, then simmers below 100 for rest of the week.

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

The intergalactic misfits of "Guardians of the Galaxy" are the summer's box-office superheroes.

The Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved a new $22.1 million state-of-the-art animal services center in north Auburn. The 36,657-square-foot facility, expected to open in 2016, will replace the county’s existing animal shelter, a small cinder- block building from 1975.

After nearly a decade of struggles, Sacramento Regional Transit’s Blue Line light rail extension project is now full throttle. It needs to be. The local bus and rail agency is up against a “use it or lose it” $135 million federal deadline. Either it has trains rolling by Sept. 6, 2015, or risk losing its federal financial backing.

The Gonzalez family wages a fight with Huntington's disease, the inherited, degenerative and fatal brain disorder that usually strikes in mid-life. Raul Gonzalez, 35, was diagnosed with the disease a little more than two years ago, four years after it was detected in his daughter, Lizvet, now 16.

As Gov. Jerry Brown runs for re-election, he has adopted “California Comeback” – voiced during his State of the State address in January – as his informal slogan.

A sport traditionally played in rural Indian villages is heading to arenas in Sacramento and Stockton this month when the World Kabaddi League holds its first U.S. matches.

The Kings reportedly have reached an agreement to trade veteran guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets. In the deal, reported first Sunday by Yahoo Sports, the Rockets would send a package of players with non-guaranteed contracts, including small forward Alonzo Gee, to the Kings, who would waive the players to gain salary gap space.

With the River Cats needing a victory Monday against Reno in the final game of the regular season to advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs against the Las Vegas 51s after losing to the Aces 7-3 Sunday at Raley Field, Scarsone approaches his occupation with a similar minimalist efficiency.

Elizabeth Feytser’s tiny pink toes tap ever so slightly to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” playing at her cribside in the Sutter Children’s Center ICU. The soothing timbre of music therapist Kathleen Humphries’ voice rolls over the hum of heart monitors and oxygen pulsers as the 6-month-old’s lips curve into a curious smile.

The missing pieces to the 49ers’ offensive line are beginning to reappear. Alex Boone is expected to end his months-long contract holdout Monday after he and the team compromised on the remaining years of the right guard’s deal.

Needing only a double to hit for the cycle in the seventh inning on Sunday, Pablo Sandoval worked a full count against Brewers reliever Alfredo Figaro – and took a pitch in the dirt for ball four. The show of restraint was less than exciting, but in the spirit of the weekend for the Giants’ offense, it kept the line moving.

China’s top legislative body on Sunday struck a blow to democracy advocates in Hong Kong, ruling that Beijing can effectively veto candidates it deems undesirable from seeking the region’s top leadership job in a 2017 election.

On paper, it was hardly a legacy fight, the type of matchup UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw had anticipated for days, weeks, months. He wanted a rematch with No.1 challenger Renan Barao so badly, right here in his back yard, that during his recent honeymoon in Mexico, he slipped out of bed in the wee hours and resumed training on a treadmill.

Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-affiliated outside group, has added a second TV ad into the rotation that takes on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove. The ad, nearly identical to a spot running in San Diego against fellow freshman Rep. Scott Peters, faults the congressman for presiding over a spiraling national debt and for refusing to back a GOP-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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