Talk Back: Afghanistan
Do you think President Obama was right to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan?
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(Tell us why or why not?)
(karl Mondon)
Census: Bay Area leads state in population growth

Alameda County has added more than 100,000 residents since 2010, as the East Bay has received the greatest share of the region's growing population. 
(Mark Duncan)
E-file fraud: Identity thieves filing taxes to steal refunds

Scammers are using social security numbers and other information collected in data breaches to steal a person's identity and file for their tax return. Frequently, the first time that a taxpayer becomes aware that their data has been compromised is after they file their return, are waiting for a refund, and receive a notice from the IRS that somebody has already filed their tax return. 
(Nhat V. Meyer)
ACLU-Gavin Newsom panel releases road map to legal pot

A Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy convened by the ACLU and headed by Lieutenant Govenor Gavin Newsom outlines what legalization would entail in California, and it's not simple. 
Vallejo reels as revelations tumble in on alleged kidnapping case

From Gracie's barbecue joint on Sonoma Boulevard to the quiet street on Mare Island where Denise Huskins was allegedly abducted on Monday and then held for ransom, Vallejo residents are left wondering: Was she in on it? Was her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, a co-conspirator or a victim of a complicated scheme? Are police making wild accusations against the couple that aren't supported by the evidence? 
BAY AREA NEWS
Vallejo reels as revelations tumble in on alleged kidnapping case

From Gracie's barbecue joint on Sonoma Boulevard to the quiet street on Mare Island where Denise Huskins was allegedly abducted on Monday and then held for ransom, Vallejo residents are left wondering: Was she in on it? Was her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, a co-conspirator or a victim of a complicated scheme? Are police making wild accusations against the couple that aren't supported by the evidence? 
SPORTS
(Jeff Chiu)
Warriors' Green launches 'Cool Story, Glenn' shirts days before facing Clippers, Doc Rivers

MEMPHIS – Just in time for the final Warriors-Clippers regular season game, Draymond Green has unveiled a line of "Cool Story, Glenn" shirts in his official online shop. 
Spotlight
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Review: 'Get Hard' is not for the sensitive

Stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are a good comedy team, but 'Get Hard' is full of off-color jokes about race and sex that will offend many viewers, and it gets repetitive at times.  
BUSINESS
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Live tweets: Ellen Pao-Kleiner Perkins verdict due at 2 p.m.

Get all the latest updates from Mercury News staff writers as the verdict in Ellen Pao's $16 million sex discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins is announced.  
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Review: 'Get Hard' is not for the sensitive

Stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are a good comedy team, but 'Get Hard' is full of off-color jokes about race and sex that will offend many viewers, and it gets repetitive at times.