Pregnant Berkeley woman tests negative for Zika virus

Berkeley resident Brook Meakins, who is pregnant with her first child, says test results confirm that she does not have the mosquito-borne virus. 
San Francisco: Three die in fiery car crash near Super Bowl City
Three people in a speeding car fleeing a California Highway Patrol officer were killed after the car slammed into a taxi cab and exploded into flames near Ninth and Brannan streets in San Francisco, less than a mile from Super Bowl festivities that were in full swing Saturday night. 

Official: California overpaid state employees and the government wants money back.
Officials say California overpaid at least $700,000 to state employees last month and the government wants the money back. 

Man who gave name to 'Peanuts'' Linus dies at age 90
Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus in his 'Peanuts' comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90. 

Federal disaster loans offered to commercial Dungeness crab fishermen
Help is on the way in the form of federal disaster loans for commercial fishermen who have suffered financial losses from California's canceled commercial Dungeness crab season this year. 

Hinkley: A town with no future

Special report on the chromium-tainted desert town made famous in "Erin Brockovich."

California budget crisis

Get all the latest news and links to resources as the state battles another fiscal mess.

Special report: High-speed rail

Get the latest news on the project to connect S.F. and L.A. Or see the interactive map and Twitter feed.

Special report: Same-sex marriage

Check out full coverage of the California ruling legalizing gay marriage and the passage of Proposition 8 to reject it.

SACRAMENTO (AP)—The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the California Lottery's "Daily 3 Midday" game were: 4-1-6 (four, one, six)   Full Story
 
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.   Full Story
 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alicia Keys was energetic when she performed for a loud and excited audience at a pre-Super Bowl party, but she also got serious at the top of her show.   Full Story
 
 
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Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7