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More “no burn” days coming to air district vote

“No burn” days for fireplaces would double under a proposal up for a vote Thursday. But people owning cleaner-burning devices would get...

Suicidal man tries to crash into CHP officer

A 21-year-old Merced man allegedly tried to crash his vehicle into a California Highway Patrol vehicle over the weekend in an apparent suicide attempt, officers told the Sun-Star.

Heartbreak: Homes burn before residents’ eyes, 33 destroyed near Bass Lake in Oakhurst area

The fire began off Road 426 outside Oakhurst and quickly climbed a hill, engulfing many homes around the crest before it descended to the edge of ...


Amid calls to sit Ray McDonald, Harbaugh says 49ers won’t “flinch”

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declines to comment when asked if he thinks defensive end Ray McDonald will be cleared of wrongdoing.

San Francisco’s Ray McDonald against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

49ers notes: Harbaugh seeks clarity on bad-language foul

Coach Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers is seeking more information on the “inappropriate language” penalty given to 49ers quarterback Colin...

Adding to Colin Kaepernick’s woes Sunday was a personal foul called against him for inappropriate language. The quarterback said he didn’t say anything.

Toll in GM crashes may top 125

At least 125 people may have been killed in crashes related to defective ignition switches in General Motors cars, according to the first batch of...

At least 125 people may have been killed in crashes related to defective ignition switches in General Motors cars, including Ryan Backus, who died in a 2006 crash involving this 2005 Chevy Cobalt.

Endorsement: John Chiang is best choice for state treasurer

In an election in which the California Republican Party has provided few good alternatives for voters, Controller John Chiang is the best choice to...

California State Controller John Chiang attends the inauguration of Attorney General Kamala Harris at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts on January 3, 2011 in Sacramento.

Dan Walters: If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it

Hilary Abramson is one of the most talented and prolific journalists ever to practice the craft in Sacramento. She’s also a personal friend for the past four decades, and thus it was horrifying to learn that she had been clobbered by a young...

Living & Entertainment

Ex-POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch has landed a lead role in a Christian film.