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    Residents criticize Chevron Richmond's modernization project

    More than 60 people addressed the city's Planning Commission on Thursday, with most saying the environmental report describing Chevron Corp.'s proposed $1 billion modernization of its local refinery does too little to reduce pollutants and ensure safety. 
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    East Bay high school teacher charged in sexual relationship with student

    San Leandro High School teacher Leon Chang, 27, surrendered to San Jose police Thursday after he was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office with statutory rape and arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes, San Leandro police said in a statement. 
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    Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal ready for playoff challenge

    If experience counts for anything, the Golden State Warriors at least have a man replacing injured Andrew Bogut who has sizable playoff assets in his career account: Jermaine O'Neal has played in 90 postseason games, almost double that of any player on either the Warriors or Los Angeles Clippers. 
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    Live blog: Apple-Samsung patent trial continues

    Apple and Samsung return to federal court in San Jose on Friday in round two if their epic patent battle, with Samsung's attorneys scheduled to continue their defense. Mercury News reporter Howard Mintz will cover all the action from court.  
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    Why it's smart to keep electronic devices out of the bedroom

    'In the middle of the night, just a tiny amount of light -- so brief it doesn't even wake you up, just opening your computer (or glancing at your phone) -- can shift your clock by hours. It can make an early bird into a night owl.'
     
    Jonathan Ferrey
    Richard Sherman's game-saving tipped pass in front of Crabtree that sealed the Seahawks' 23-17 victory with 22 seconds left was payback for something that happened with he and Crabtree in the summer  
     
    Grading the 49ers' loss to Seahawks
    Here is how the San Francisco 49ers graded in their 23-17 NFC Championship game loss at Seattle.
     

    JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO
    Following Richard Sherman's great play in the end zone with 22 seconds left that clinched the Seahawks' 23-17 win over the 49ers in the NFC Championship, the Seattle cornerback went off on Michael Crabtree in a post-game TV interview.  
     
     
    Updated: January 19, 2014
    Nhat V. Meyer
    San Francisco 49ers' hopes of winning another Super Bowl end in Seattle in an NFC Championship game that also included a postgame trash-talk lashing from the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and a gruesome injury to NaVorro Bowman.

    49ers not blaming calls for loss to Seattle Seahawks

    Photo: 49er Patrick Willis reflects on NFC Championship loss over a bowl of ice cream

    49ers lose to Seahawks 23-17

    Richard Sherman blasts Michael Crabtree

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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.