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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 )
    Refinery incident draws criticism, raises concerns

    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.

    Editorial: Chevron lacks candor critical for gaining the trust of residents

    Large flare at Chevron refinery; company says no emergency 

    ( Patrick Tehan )
    Water pits neighbor against neighbor

    In the rainiest December in decades, a small group of residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Aldercroft Heights is protesting strict water limits and severe penalties imposed by the volunteers who run the neighborhood water board and fear the Los Gatos Creek that supplies their water could still run dry. 
    (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
    Parents learn how to nurture at group-based Contra Costa program

    Parents voluntarily choose to enroll in the free Nurturing Parenting Program provided by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County.  
    ( Josie Lepe )
    Harbaugh's family, friends want him to take Michigan job

    ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing 'sources close to the situation,' reported that San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's family and friends have encouraged him to take the University of Michigan coaching job but that 'his heart is in the NFL.'
     
    SPORTS
    (Josie Lepe)
    San Francisco Giants still seeking help

    Brian Sabean not done after adding Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Casey McGehee, but Max Scherzer remains out of price range 
    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.