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( Brian Kersey )
Giants win protest of rain-shortened game against Chicago Cubs

The San Francisco Giants-Chicago Cubs game that was halted Tuesday night with the Cubs leading 2-0 will resume in bottom of the fifth. 
( Elaine Thompson )
Epic environmental battle: Plastic bag ban opponents up the ante in Sacramento

Lobbyists have launched an eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. 
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Jim Harbaugh, Bob Melvin are new old friends

Budding relationship in the Bay Area between San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin, writes Tim Kawakami
 
Celebrities
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Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter. 
SPORTS
( Brian Kersey )
Giants win protest of rain-shortened game against Chicago Cubs

The San Francisco Giants-Chicago Cubs game that was halted Tuesday night with the Cubs leading 2-0 will resume in bottom of the fifth. 
Spotlight
(Nicole diGiorgio)
Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm scales back, forges ahead

He's the beloved, maverick winemaker who led the way for screw caps, ingredient labeling and little-known varietals. Today, eight years after the sale of his big brands, the envelope-pusher is forging ahead as he tries to reseize Bonny Doon Vineyard and breed new wine grapes. 
BUSINESS
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Apple ramps up spending on R&D

As rumors swirl about new Apple products that may be on the way, one thing is for sure: The company is doubling down on research and development. That suggests Apple has much more in store than a new version of one of its signature devices, analysts say. 
(Nicole diGiorgio)
Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm scales back, forges ahead

He's the beloved, maverick winemaker who led the way for screw caps, ingredient labeling and little-known varietals. Today, eight years after the sale of his big brands, the envelope-pusher is forging ahead as he tries to reseize Bonny Doon Vineyard and breed new wine grapes. 
(Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter. 
 
 
 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Kawakami: Kaepernick shoulders blame for loss

Colin Kaepernick's late-game interception allows the Seattle Seahawks to hold off the San Francisco 49ers and advance to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos
 
( Nhat V. Meyer )
Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Thompson: 49ers defense shows fight even after Bowman injury

The San Francisco 49ers defense was not as dominant as it needed to be Sunday. But when things looked most bleak against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the defense got the ball back to the offense with a chance to win. Twice. Even without the unit's best player.