William David Meek Jr. is the 47-year-old Citrus Heights man being sought by authorities for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s 12-year-old border collie by tying a bowling ball around her neck and dumping her into the American River to drown.

Vivek Ranadive has spent the past year breathing new life into the Sacramento Kings, helping the tired franchise boost ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. His software company in Palo Alto hasn’t fared as well. Capping nearly two years of disappointing financial results and a decline in its stock price, Tibco Software Inc. agreed to be sold Monday to a private equity firm for $4.3 billion. The deal will give Ranadive a personal payout of $316.4 million for his share of the company he founded 17 years ago, according to regulatory filings.

Jim Harbaugh had a strong reaction to Deion Sanders’ comments that the 49ers’ head coach is losing the locker room and his players want him out. “Personally, I feel that’s a bunch of crap,” Harbaugh said at his news conference today. The coach also addressed other anonymous reports about discontent in the organization.

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.

The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season.

Before the Kings made their run at free agents in the offseason, their first big sales pitch was to Rudy Gay in June. They were trying to persuade the small forward to stay in Sacramento for the 2014-15 season.

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 prosecutor harshly criticized a North Natomas church Monday in her closing arguments in a murder case where the pastor’s son is accused of murdering a 5-month-old baby.

The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life.

In what could portend a monumental shift in public higher education in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor’s degrees programs in vocational fields.

Led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, more than 30 mayors from across the nation heard impassioned discussion Sunday about America’s racial divide and policing in minority communities.

Sacramento’s second Farm-to-Fork celebration, capped by a gala dinner Sunday night on the Tower Bridge, outdid last year’s installment in nearly every way. Even rain – agriculture’s best friend and a welcome visitor to the region over the weekend – seemed to know it should make way for Farm-to-Fork 2.0.

With the death toll lingering just shy of 3,000 and West Africa’s stash of medical supplies wearing thin, allies in the region are working almost around the clock to collect the needed inventory.

Syd Quan Thompson keeps his cellphone handy, just in case. He’s a cornerback for hire. But the former Grant High School and Cal star awaits a call that may not materialize, a victim of a tendon operation that is often the kiss of death for athletes who rely on backpedaling, quick stops and starts. Thompson pointed to his right foot and sighed. A sock conceals the scar from reconstructive surgery in 2011, when a ruptured Achilles’ derailed his NFL dreams.

Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January, Rep. Ami Bera joined in delivering a response on behalf of the group No Labels, a bipartisan coalition he says is working to build trust, find common ground and break the gridlock in Washington.

All around the central city, there are reasons to thank people like Karen Jacques. Jacques and her kind are a pain in the you-know-what. But they’re also the kind who would stand in front of a bulldozer to save something they thought was worth saving.

Arturo Venegas, who served as Sacramento’s chief of police from 1993 to 2003, spent most of the last three years in Mexico helping to professionalize Mexico’s criminal justice system, notorious for its corruption and lack of transparency.

The King fire has reached 87 percent containment and is moving into a mop-up phase, thanks in part to recent rains. Thousands of firefighters have been sent home after two weeks of work, though about 4,800 remain on the job.

The Village Square, a national organization created to foster civic discourse on topics of public importance, has arrived in Sacramento. The local chapter is an initiative of Valley Vision, a nonprofit focused on economic, environmental and social issues in the Sacramento region.

The 49ers’ coaching staff wanted to make Friday’s practice so taxing on the defense that Sunday would seem like a breeze by comparison.

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray against pro-democracy protesters Sunday in the city’s harshest crackdown on free assembly since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California colleges to adopt rape-prevention policies that include an “affirmative consent” standard for sexual actvity, his office said Sunday.

Under a proposed plan, a felon would be considered a recidivist only if convicted of a new felony or misdemeanor committed within three years of release from custody or of being placed under parole or probation supervision.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed nationally watched legislation requiring California colleges to adopt rape-prevention policies that include an “affirmative consent” standard for sexual assault, his office said Sunday.

Check out the most interesting Tweets and Instagram photos from Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge Dinner.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Sunday that would have changed procedures in farm labor disputes to make it harder for California farmers to stall new contracts.

The Kings made a lot of changes in the offseason. Six players return from the team that finished last season. So how do the Kings fix the defense? Kings coach Michael Malone believes a better offense will help because the Kings will be able to set their defense more effectively.

Sacramento County supervisors and a group of residents are asking the grand jury to re-investigate the Herald Fire Protection District. In June, the grand jury released a report detailing political and financial problems, including an “off the books” bank account used for revenue from district-owned rental property. But supervisors and Herald district critics say the grand jury didn’t capture the full extent of disarray.

Sacramento police are searching for a man suspected of animal cruelty for allegedly tying a dog to a bowling ball and drowning it in the American River.

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