Talk Back: Obama's speech
Do you approve of President Obama's new strategy to combat ISIS?

(Tell us why or why not?)
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King Fire rages on Hwy. 50

An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday.  
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Walnut Creek: Plastic bag ban starts today

Nearby cities' bans don't take effect yet. 
Open season on Dennis Allen, Raiders coaching situation

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen faced the media in advance of Sunday's game at New England. 
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Grand jury transcripts recount Oikos massacre

One Goh told police his original plan was to kill one person and himself 
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A's collapse in ninth, lose to Rangers

The A's free-fall toward mediocrity continued unabated Wednesday when they couldn't capitalize on eight brilliant shutout innings from Jeff Samardzija in a 6-1 loss to Texas that saw closer Sean Doolittle give up five ninth-inning runs 
Wolverton: iOS 8 brings new and long-requested features to iPhones, iPads

Apple has made some big changes to iOS with its new update, adding a host of useful new features and addressing some long-standing shortcomings; you can think of iOS 8 as the completion of what Apple started last year.