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    Talk Back: Preschool
    Do you believe the state should implement universal preschool?
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    (Patrick Tehan)
    Ten years after his death, Pat Tillman's spirit lives on in a military scholar program

    Tillman Military Scholars try to carry on the tradition of service exemplified by Pat Tillman, the San Jose native who turned his back on the NFL to join the Army after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and died in Afghanistan 10 years ago.  
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    Chevron's plan to modernization Richmond refinery draws criticism

    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. 
    ((D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group))
    California drought: March rains mean small increase in water supply, but not enough to make a major difference

    California's drought-stricken farms and cities were told they would get slightly more water from the State Water Project than expected, but water shortages persist and the basic picture has not changed. 
    ( Peter Mountain )
    Review: 'Transcendence' doesn't entirely compute, but Johnny Depp is good

    The cerebral thriller spends a lot of time on talk as it delves into a not-so-distant future in which a supercomputer has a soul. 
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    Bay Area loses jobs, but Santa Clara County gains

    The Bay Area lost 2,500 jobs during March, all due to a big loss in the San Francisco-San Mateo-Marin region, while Santa Clara County and the East Bay both added jobs last month, state labor officials reported Friday. 
    ( Kristopher Skinner )
    Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

    As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
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    Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

    Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season. 
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    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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    ( Nhat V. Meyer )
    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.