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    Talk Back: U.S. and Cuba
    Do you approve of President Barack Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba?
     Yes
     No

    (Tell us why or why not?)
    (D. Ross Cameron/Staff Archives)
    Richmond refinery incident draws criticism

    The fire in the sky that emanated from Chevron's Richmond refinery Thursday night not only alarmed residents and elected leaders but cast fresh doubt on the area's medical emergency response capacity in the event of a major accident at the refinery.

    Refinery flare 72-hour incident report  

    (Gary Reyes, Bay Area News Group)
    Feds forecast wet conditions for next three months

    On Thursday, federal scientists issued a seasonal forecast that said there is a 75 percent probability of average or above-average precipitation between January and the end of March for California -- the first time in five years that such a wet outlook has been predicted for the state for the first three months of the year. 
    ( Josie Lepe )
    49ers' season of distractions

    With all these things going on, how could the San Francisco 49ers concentrate on football?
     
    5 itineraries for the perfect Bay Area day

    Just in time for that onslaught of holiday visitors, here are five reader-crafted itineraries to discover the best of the Bay Area, from Golden Gate Park to Devil's Slide. 
    BAY AREA NEWS
    (D. ROSS CAMERON)
    Bay Area public defenders rally for Black Lives Matter

    Bay Area public defenders rallied at county courthouses on Thursday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide call for accountability in cases of police brutality. 
    BUSINESS
    ( ARIC CRABB )
    Q&A: Rizikitoto's Suraya Shivji, 17, crowd-funds for African orphans

    After teaching herself to program iPhone gaming apps and get them posted on Apple's app store, the Fremont teen is using them -- along with a crowd-funding campaign she began this year on her website, Rizikitoto -- to raise money for African orphans so they can become self sufficient.