Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers accepted free meals totaling thousands of dollars from the private company that operates the county’s red-light intersection cameras, then recommended that the county choose Redflex Traffic Systems over several competitors for a new contract worth up to $11.8 million, a Sacramento Bee review has found.

If your offense includes designed runs by the quarterback, you may have to live with an ugly-interception game every now and then. That was the take of NFL Films’ Greg Cosell after he watched Colin Kaepernick’s performance against the Chicago Bears last week.

For a week now, firefighters have been trudging up and down the steep ravines of Eldorado National Forest carrying shovels, hoses and protective gear while they try to do the near-impossible: save every single building threatened by the King fire.

It seemed almost hopeless Saturday night for Republic FC in its USL Pro semifinal playoff match against the rival LA Galaxy II in front of an announced sellout crowd of 8,000 at Bonney Field.

Republican Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator and probable presidential candidate, urged a fundamental transformation of his party Saturday, challenging California’s GOP leaders to swell their ranks with diverse candidates that embrace a broad range of ideas.

The Eviva Midtown building, featuring ground floor retail and five stories of upscale apartments at the corner of 16th and N streets, broke ground Thursday. It will be made of prefabricated units manufactured at McClellan Park in a former Air Force hangar. The units arrive by truck nearly complete – right down to the toilets, floor coverings and kitchen cabinets – and are hoisted and stacked by crane.

At C.K. McClatchy High School, an ad hoc colectiva is exploring ways to encourage minority students to return to teach – a grow-your-own approach to adding greater diversity to the faculty.

Less than a month before Aqueline Talamantes was arrested for the murder of her 5-year-old daughter, Tatiana, Sacramento County Child Protective Services received a report questioning her mental health and her ability to take care of Tatiana and her son. The agency did not pursue the report beyond leaving a card on the door of Talamantes’ apartment.

Dunsmuir is steeped in railroad history but also a place to fish and enjoy the Sacramento River.

A loosely knit group of local architects, designers and planners has been busy touting one of Sacramento’s least talked about assets – its rooftops.

A 19-year-old man killed late Friday in Citrus Heights was the victim of an apparent drive-by shooting, police said Saturday.

LOS ANGELES-After years of skirmishing over a rock star's proposal to build a secluded compound on a rugged Malibu ridge, the California Coastal Commission staff recommended Friday that the project move forward - with modifications.

The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar.

In the days after his mother’s murder, “the doorbell would ring, and Jayden would run to the door with a big smile, thinking his mom had finally come to get him,” the 2-year-old boy’s grandfather recalled in a letter read to the court.

Major League Soccer executives completed an intense two-day evaluation of Sacramento as a potential expansion market today and proclaimed they were "incredibly impressed" by the city.

Malcolm Thomas thinks of his football jersey often and embraces it as if it’s a newborn puppy.

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents.

With new repairs starting over the weekend at the troubled Board of Equalization building, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a measure aimed at eventually moving state employees out of the downtown Sacramento high rise.

An otherwise quiet school board election in the Natomas Unified School District took a bizarre turn this week when a letter from the district chastising one of the candidates for using obscene language on school campuses became public.

Stella, described as the world’s first solar-powered family car, made its sleek debut in Davis on Friday. Designed by students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, the car can drive up to 500 miles on a single charge and is intended to be “energy positive,” producing twice as much energy as it uses. Equipped with rooftop solar panels, it seats four comfortably.

Sacramento’s unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of four-tenths of a point, while California’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.4 percent.

A former legislative director has filed a discrimination lawsuit against freshman Assemblyman Steve Fox, alleging that the Palmdale Democrat forced her to perform menial tasks for his private law office and created an untenable work environment that included exposing himself at his apartment.

LOS ANGELES – Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari insisted Friday he was joking when on a talk radio show he proposed mandatory drug tests for all California legislators and statewide officeholders earlier in the day.

Long lines of several hundred people - and a few protestors - greeted the dawn Friday and the birth of a new cellphone at Arden Fair Mall.

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives seek the public’s help in identifying juveniles believed to be breaking down front doors and burglarizing homes in northeast Sacramento County.

The King Fire has damaged a number of power generation systems connected to Sierra reservoirs, but utility officials still don't know how bad it is. Treasured public recreation areas at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir and the Rubicon River canyon also may have been affected.

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