Talk Back: Obama's speech
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Northern California wildfire shows explosive growth

An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday.  
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WC: Starting today, retailers can no longer offer plastic bags

Nearby cities' bans don't take effect yet. 
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Open season on Dennis Allen, Raiders coaching situation

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen faced the media in advance of Sunday's game at New England. 
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Grand jury transcripts recount 2012 Oakland nursing school massacre

One Goh told police his original plan was to kill one person and himself 
SPORTS
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A's collapse in ninth, lose to Rangers

The A's free-fall toward mediocrity continued unabated Wednesday when they couldn't capitalize on eight brilliant shutout innings from Jeff Samardzija in a 6-1 loss to Texas that saw closer Sean Doolittle give up five ninth-inning runs 
Spotlight
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Review: 'The Maze Runner' perks up tired YA action formula

The action film based on James Dashner's books has its flaws, including a somewhat disappointing ending, but it's compelling and well-made and should appeal to young viewers. 
BUSINESS
Wolverton: iOS 8 brings new and long-requested features to iPhones, iPads

Apple has made some big changes to iOS with its new update, adding a host of useful new features and addressing some long-standing shortcomings; you can think of iOS 8 as the completion of what Apple started last year.  
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Review: 'The Maze Runner' perks up tired YA action formula

The action film based on James Dashner's books has its flaws, including a somewhat disappointing ending, but it's compelling and well-made and should appeal to young viewers.