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    Talk Back: U.S. and Cuba
    Do you approve of President Barack Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba?
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    A 'Mr. Christmas' finale after 36 years

    Health issues lead Bruce Mertz to say that central Contra Costa's most famous and popular Christmas display will shine for the last time this season. 
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    Sony bringing 'The Interview' to YouTube

    Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy about assassinating North Korean dictator to be released Dec. 24 online, and in some theaters the next day. 
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    49ers' Harbaugh on the trading block?

    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, the subject of trade speculation, could join Jon Gruden, Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick as NFL coaches who have been dealt.
     
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    Top 10 concerts of 2014

    Lady Gaga, Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Nas, Kraftwerk were among the best concerts of 2014. 
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    Reward in slaying of Oakland teacher increased to $25K

    David Ruenzel, 60, of Oakland was fatally shot during Nov. 25 along a hiking trail along Skyline Boulevard. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his killers. 
    SPORTS
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    49ers' Harbaugh on the trading block?

    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, the subject of trade speculation, could join Jon Gruden, Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick as NFL coaches who have been dealt.
     
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    New Year's Party: 3 great cocktails, 3 dazzling noshes

    Host a sparkling New Year's Eve party with this easy party plan that includes tips from The Kitchn's Sara Kate Gillingham. 
    BUSINESS
    Google vs. NORAD: Santa trackers get put to the test

    After five years with Google as its official Santa-tracking tech partner, NORAD went with Microsoft's Bing. Google upped its tracking game, and competition with its former partner heats up with each new holiday season. 
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    New Year's Party: 3 great cocktails, 3 dazzling noshes

    Host a sparkling New Year's Eve party with this easy party plan that includes tips from The Kitchn's Sara Kate Gillingham.