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?)
("Doug Duran")
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. 
(Karl Mondon/Staff file photo)
Women waiting in the wings for Tesla's Model X

When Tesla Motors' long-delayed Model X -- designed to blend the best of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan -- starts deliveries to customers in late 2015, Tesla will gain entry to two growing and critical markets in the auto industry: female car buyers and SUVs.  
( JOHN GREEN )
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.
 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
East Bay football player of the year: Antoine Custer, De La Salle

Antoine Custer is the East Bay football player of the year 
SPORTS
( JOHN GREEN )
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.
 
BUSINESS
( Richard Vogel )
'The Interview' elevates YouTube to top-tier streaming club

Google's decision to air the controversial film 'The Interview' on its video platform YouTube is far more than a statement on the freedom of speech -- it's a calculated business move that aims to propel YouTube from a go-to entertainment site for free videos of dancing cats and Korean pop stars to a source for Hollywood-grade films that viewers will happily pay to see.
 
( Victoria Will )
50 things we learned in 2014

Here's our annual look back at the 50 things that surprised us, or reassured us, or that we simply didn't see coming.