Talk Back: Ferguson shooting
Do you believe the Justice Department should be involved in the police shooting case in Ferguson, Missouri?
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Carr stands out in Raiders' win over Seahawks

Derek Carr completes 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards in his start against the Seattle Seahawks. 
Oakland special education students stranded

The school district is apologizing to parents of special education students who were left on the side of the road this week when a new school bus vendor failed to pick them up, calling the situation 'embarrassing and unacceptable.' 
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Huge Scottish games festival this weekend in Pleasanton

Celebrated British Army pipe and drum group joins the two-day festival and games to celebrate Scottish culture and history. 
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Oakland: After hiatus, Grand Lake Smoke Shop reopening

Peter Brady is reopening at a time when Grand Avenue is experiencing a major resurgence as part of Oakland's overall transformation in recent years into a dining, night life and travel destination. 
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Inbox filled with kitty litter-box tips

Readers offer their suggestions on making the litter box more attractive to cats. 
BUSINESS
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What's Apple building for its big iPhone event?

For its highly anticipated new-product unveiling this fall, Apple is going back to where it all began. The company sent out a terse invitation Thursday for an event on Sept. 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, where Apple's original Mac was unveiled 30 years ago and where an enormous top-secret, three-story structure is now being built. 
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Inbox filled with kitty litter-box tips

Readers offer their suggestions on making the litter box more attractive to cats. 
 
 
 
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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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The 49ers tear up the Levi's Stadium field, and will try to get it right this time, only weeks before the regular season

This is not ideal--this wouldn't be good for a creaky old stadium (like Candlestick), but for the debut days of fancy, shimmering Levi's Stadium, the jewel of the York ownership era, it's just perplexing.