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    Talk Back: Airline tragedy
    Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?
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    (Tell us why or why not?)
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    Bay Area News Group sues California Senate to get indicted state Sen. Leland Yee's calendars

    Following the Senate's refusal to release portions of the legislative calendars of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who have both been indicted on public corruption charges, Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles News Group have sued to get the documents. 
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    Obamacare: New California rates increase only 4.2 percent

    Covered California health-exchange officials say strong enrollment in the state led to a balanced risk pool and competition between health plans.  
    Accused Concord molester calm during cross examination

    Joseph Martin, Concord elementary schoolteacher charged with 150 counts of molestation against 14 victims, defends teaching methods, innocence 
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    Levi's Stadium to offer 49ers fans high-tech treats

    Fans at Levi's Stadium can get instant replays, have food delivered to their seats and get point-by-point directions to the nearest bathroom, thanks to an app and high-tech features. 
    Spotlight
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    Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf

    Long scoffed at as the bad toupee of the landscaping world, today's high-end fake grass is realistic-looking, kid-friendly, nonflammable, nontoxic, recyclable and low-maintenance. Better yet, hosing it off once a week, which is recommended if you have pets, consumes way less water than a live lawn. 
    BUSINESS
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    Pricey home sales hit record in Bay Area

    Fueled by the booming tech economy and seemingly insatiable demand for housing, the Bay Area set records in the second quarter of this year in the number of homes sold for $1 million or more as well as those costing at least $2 million, according to a real estate information service.
     
    This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

    Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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    Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf

    Long scoffed at as the bad toupee of the landscaping world, today's high-end fake grass is realistic-looking, kid-friendly, nonflammable, nontoxic, recyclable and low-maintenance. Better yet, hosing it off once a week, which is recommended if you have pets, consumes way less water than a live lawn. 
     
     
     
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    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
     
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    Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

    This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
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    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.