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    Borenstein: Pension-spiking fire chief faces big cut

    When Peter Nowicki retired in 2009, the then-50-year-old chief of the tiny Moraga Orinda Fire District made national news by trading his $194,000 salary for a starting pension of $241,000 a year. The pension board will consider rolling that back 25 percent.

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    Predator will not move into Concord neighborhood

    Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith will not be moving to a Concord neighborhood after the property management company renting the house backed out, a Contra Costa prosecutor said. 
    San Pablo: Man's death in home was homicide

    Detectives on Thursday were looking for a West Contra Costa man suspected in the death of a 54-year-old man, authorities said.  
    WC homeless shelter plan draws fire

    Walnut Creek's Trinity Center seeks 90-day use of downtown armory for 30 homeless people. Nearby residents writing letters against idea.  
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    Kate Steinle killing: Judge refuses to throw out evidence in Pier 14 killing

    SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge ruled Thursday that police acted in good faith when they detained a Mexican national in the Pier 14 killing of Kate Steinle and held him for seven hours before questioning him. 
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    'Star Wars' BB-8 droid is an instant hit

    'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ merchandise unveiling has fans waiting in line outside stores. 
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    Quinn: Netflix, trying to be hero, can't win here

    Netflix shouldn't have to extend benefits to its hourly workers that its salaried workers enjoy. But it should do better getting word out about how it does treat its warehouse staff.  
    (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)
    'Star Wars' BB-8 droid is an instant hit

    'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ merchandise unveiling has fans waiting in line outside stores.