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    Talk Back: U.S. and Cuba
    Do you approve of President Barack Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba?
     Yes
     No

    (Tell us why or why not?)
    (D. Ross Cameron/Staff Archives)
    Richmond refinery incident draws criticism

    The fire in the sky that emanated from Chevron's Richmond refinery Thursday night not only alarmed residents and elected leaders but cast fresh doubt on the area's medical emergency response capacity in the event of a major accident at the refinery.

    Refinery flare 72-hour incident report  

    (Steven Senne/AP file photo)
    Bay Area adds more than 23,000 jobs in November

    The Bay Area powered to a gain of more than 23,000 jobs during November, the region's best one-month performance on a records that stretches back to at least 1990, a report released Friday shows. 
    ( Patrick Tehan )
    49ers' season of distractions

    With all these things going on, how could the San Francisco 49ers concentrate on football?
     
    5 itineraries for the perfect Bay Area day

    Just in time for that onslaught of holiday visitors, here are five reader-crafted itineraries to discover the best of the Bay Area, from Golden Gate Park to Devil's Slide. 
    BAY AREA NEWS
    (D. ROSS CAMERON)
    Bay Area public defenders rally for Black Lives Matter

    Bay Area public defenders rallied at county courthouses on Thursday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide call for accountability in cases of police brutality. 
    SPORTS
    ( Patrick Tehan )
    49ers' season of distractions

    With all these things going on, how could the San Francisco 49ers concentrate on football?
     
    BUSINESS
    ( ARIC CRABB )
    Q&A: Rizikitoto's Suraya Shivji, 17, crowd-funds for African orphans

    After teaching herself to program iPhone gaming apps and get them posted on Apple's app store, the Fremont teen is using them -- along with a crowd-funding campaign she began this year on her website, Rizikitoto -- to raise money for African orphans so they can become self sufficient.