Talk Back: Airline tragedy
Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?
 Yes
 No

(Tell us why or why not?)
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Dublin man battles tax officials over granddaughter's six-dollar refund

Apparently never before in California history has someone battled the state Franchise Tax Board to make sure his young grandchild didn't hold on to her first-ever tax refund.  
For Google executive, heroin was the killer app

With a tech boom lubricated by VC cash, a startup culture cranked up by fiercely competitive VPs and adrenaline-driven coders, and a corporate model that encourages stressed-out managers to look the other way, illicit drugs and black-market painkillers have become part of the landscape here in the world's fountain of tech. 
(Mike Groll)
Tony La Russa thankful in Hall of Fame speech

Tony La Russa accepts Baseball Hall of Fame induction, thanks A's legends such as Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley for his success 
(LM Otero)
Virgin America files for $115 million IPO

Virgin America filed for an initial public offering on Monday, setting up a Wall Street debut for the only Bay Area-based airline carrier and adding yet another big-dollar deal to an already record-breaking year of IPOs. 
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Virgin America files for $115 million IPO

Virgin America filed for an initial public offering on Monday, setting up a Wall Street debut for the only Bay Area-based airline carrier and adding yet another big-dollar deal to an already record-breaking year of IPOs. 
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. 
 
 
 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
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
 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
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.