Talk Back: Refugees
Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria and Iraq?

(Tell us why or why not?)
(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
When Old Faithful turns faithless

Calistoga's Old Faithful Geyser usually spouts every five to 40 minutes, depending on the season. It's a scenic place to relax and learn about local geology and history. But when fickle, there's trouble brewing in its underground plumbing system. Here in earthquake country, that means it's time to cork the wine bottle, fold up the picnic blanket and head home. 
Raiders, A's fans growing weary of unrequited love

The Raiders and A's have taken Oakland for granted while looking for a new mate. While the teams have been stepping out, the spurned city has grown tired. It's hard enough surviving day-to-day without uncertainty that your partner will abandon you.  
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Emissions plan touted as toughest in U.S.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District proposes six refinery rules to curb emissions but environmentalists and refiners sharply criticize plan. 
(Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
Holiday 2015 historic home tours, antique shopping

Holiday events are scheduled at historic Bay Area homes, from McConaghy House in Hayward to Ainsley House in Campbell. Plus, a roundup of holiday teas and shopping events.

Special section: Holidays 

( Josie Lepe )
Shoppers head to stores on Black Friday

Consumers headed to malls in the Bay Area on Black Friday, just hours after seeking deals on Thanksgiving night, kicking off what is expected to be a strong holiday shopping season amid a hot regional job boom. 
(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Holiday events 2015: Bay Area tree lightings, ice rinks and more

A community-by-community guide to holiday happenings, including parades, light displays and boutiques.