Talk Back: Airline tragedy
Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?
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Oakland Zoo animals dine on tropical fruit thanks to a spilled truckers' shipment

About 13,000 pounds of bananas and jackfruit were donated to the Oakland Zoo Wednesday afternoon; zookeepers were grateful but some animals were slightly standoffish toward the unfamiliar produce.  
Accused Concord molester calm during cross examination

Joseph Martin, Concord elementary schoolteacher charged with 150 counts of molestation against 14 victims, defends teaching methods, innocence 
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Thompson: Lester trade is clear indication A's are going for World Series

Oakland A's will have their own beast mode rotation with Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and now Jon Lester  
LOCAL NEWS
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Stanford surgeon's love of Rodin leads to high-tech exhibit

The interior anatomy of Rodin's sculpted hands are created in high-quality 3-D "virtual models" in a new exhibit at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center. Diagnoses are offered, and surgical solutions are proposed. The high-tech exhibit is part of a time-honored intersection of art and anatomy that dates back to the Renaissance -- offering new insights into old ailments. 
Spotlight
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5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

What's wrong with 'You're so smart'? Nothing, if you don't mind raising kids who are more likely to be motivated by praise than their own determination. We dissect five common parenting phrases and provide the more appropriate -- and effective -- alternatives. 
BUSINESS
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Tesla breaks ground in Reno for potential gigafactory, ramps up Model S production

Tesla Motors revealed Thursday that it is drastically ramping up production with a new final assembly line at its Fremont factory while breaking ground on a potential site for its much anticipated gigafactory just across the California border in Reno. 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

What's wrong with 'You're so smart'? Nothing, if you don't mind raising kids who are more likely to be motivated by praise than their own determination. We dissect five common parenting phrases and provide the more appropriate -- and effective -- alternatives. 
 
 
 
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Kawakami: Kaepernick shoulders blame for loss

Colin Kaepernick's late-game interception allows the Seattle Seahawks to hold off the San Francisco 49ers and advance to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos
 
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Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
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Thompson: 49ers defense shows fight even after Bowman injury

The San Francisco 49ers defense was not as dominant as it needed to be Sunday. But when things looked most bleak against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the defense got the ball back to the offense with a chance to win. Twice. Even without the unit's best player.