Nearly two thirds of the French believe companies should be allowed exemptions to the country's 35-hour working week if they reach agreements with trade unions, two polls showed on Saturday. France's new pro-business Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron caused a stir this week - in an interview made before his appointment on Tuesday - for floating the idea as a measure that could help companies gain in confidence and competitiveness. The comments drew immediate fire from trade unions and the government was quick to stamp out speculation there could be a change in the law. Introduced by a previous Socialist-led government in 2000 in a bid to redistribute work and create jobs, the 35-hour week is fiercely protected by the French left - despite the fact that many French in reality work much longer hours than that.
- Malaysian world number one Lee Chong Wei secured a third straight men's singles finals appearance at the badminton world championships in Copenhagen while women's top seed Li Xuerui of China also advanced to the title match.
A Red Bluff woman is talking about her husband's alleged plot to have her killed.
Butte County is home to three reusable bag companies that would stand to benefit from a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.
Redding police said 32-year-old Erik Lebak was the man fatally shot by deputies Thursday night.
CSU's Associated Students have put together a list of weekend activities for students only. Friday night, for example, there's a Luau and later that midnight is a free breakfast. More events are planned for Saturday and Sunday in what is called the Wildcat Way. "Our idea is to hopefully provide an alternative way for students to continue to have fun but in a safe environment," said Darion Johnston, who is the Associated Students director of Legislative Affairs at Chico State. The idea has the blessing of University President Paul Zingg. "The first two or three weekends of every semester tend to be a little more frisky and active than others. But will it cut down on the illegal drinking and roudy partying that oftentimes bring out police during three-day weekends? "I think it would keep us out of trouble ," said Julia Brewer, a junior at Chico State. "We're not going to parties; we're getting pancakes." Zingg acknowledges that bad students will still do bad things. But he is cautiously optimistic that this will be a safe weekend for all students if they at least give some of the Wildcat Ways a chance.
With bidding for the Buffalo Bills entering its final stages, rocker Jon Bon Jovi reportedly has parted ways with the Toronto-based group hoping to purchase the NFL franchise.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have become concerned enough about Yasiel Puig's nearly monthlong batting slump that manager Don Mattingly held him out of the starting lineup for Friday night's game in San Diego.
Jered Weaver outpitched Jon Lester, Albert Pujols hit his 516th career homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Oakland 4-0 on Friday night, extending their AL West lead over the A's to three games.
Texas Tech and Kliff Kingsbury have agreed to a contract extension through 2020 that will pay $3.1 million in 2015 with a $200,0000 raise each year to $4.1 million in 2020, the school announced.