Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County reportedly paid $2 in damages and $197,000 in attorney fees to settle a civil rights case. The Sacramento Bee reports a jury awarded the attorney's two clients $1 each on their claims that they endured excessive force while inmates at the county's downtown jail. The trial earlier this year was the second in the 7½-year-old civil rights lawsuit.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Internet giants are buying up businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country by the hundreds. The Mercury News reports that since 2010, Google has purchased nearly 200 small companies — at a rate of more than one deal every week. Last year, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Cisco Systems were among the nation's top five purchasers of privately held tech firms, typically startups.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 39-year-old man who served as a court-appointed volunteer advocate for children in Santa Cruz County has been was arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse. KPIX-TV reports that sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Criswell on Friday on charges that he molested two children, including one that lasted from 2009 to 2011. Officials say Criswell had passed an extensive background check.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 2 cents over the past two weeks to $3.36 for a gallon of regular. Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, San Francisco has the highest at $3.81. In California, the lowest average price was $3.64 in Sacramento.