Talk Back: Obama's speech
Do you approve of President Obama's new strategy to combat ISIS?
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( Kristopher Skinner )
Raids uncover wage fraud
at senior care homes

A yearlong investigation culminated in the arrest Tuesday of the owners of 19 senior care homes throughout Contra Costa County. Authorities said the owners were working employees for up to 16 hours a day while paying them as little as $4 an hour. 
El Cerrito: Elderly couple grateful to survive beating, home invasion robbery

For 44 years, Jamie Nagal and his wife, Paz, lived in peace at their home on Richmond Street in an El Cerrito neighborhood that Jamie described as open and friendly. He said on Tuesday they never thought they were inviting trouble when they welcomed a man and woman into their home last weekend. 
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Insect killer of crops, gardens arrives in Bay Area and is spreading north

Only six years after landing in Los Angeles, invasive Bagrada bugs have moved north into Santa Clara County, especially in greenhouses growing arugula and mizuna in the Gilroy and Hollister area. Last month, the African insect turned up in Redwood City.  
( Gary Reyes )
Testing the new buffer zone for bicyclists

Newspaper columnist tests the new buffer zone for bicyclists on Tuesday, the first day California drivers were required to keep 3 feet away when passing  
BAY AREA NEWS
El Cerrito: Elderly couple grateful to survive beating, home invasion robbery

For 44 years, Jamie Nagal and his wife, Paz, lived in peace at their home on Richmond Street in an El Cerrito neighborhood that Jamie described as open and friendly. He said on Tuesday they never thought they were inviting trouble when they welcomed a man and woman into their home last weekend. 
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Beyonce and Jay Z working on new record together

'Drunk in Love’ duo also reportedly buying huge Beverly Hills mansion. 
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(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Four great Santa Cruz restaurants

Santa Cruz is rapidly turning into a dining destination, thanks in large part to the team behind Penny Creamery, Assembly and the Picnic Basket.  
BUSINESS
(Susan Walsh/AP photo)
Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.
 
(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Four great Santa Cruz restaurants

Santa Cruz is rapidly turning into a dining destination, thanks in large part to the team behind Penny Creamery, Assembly and the Picnic Basket.  
(Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
Beyonce and Jay Z working on new record together

'Drunk in Love’ duo also reportedly buying huge Beverly Hills mansion.