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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?)
    (Contra Costa College Advocate)
    Flare-up at Chevron refinery `normal'

    Chevron officials said that a flare that could be seen for miles Thursday night was not a cause for alarm, but a county supervisor called it "not a normal flaring event." 
    (Gary Reyes, Bay Area News Group)
    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. 
    ( Nate Gartrell/Staff )
    Kitten finally rescued from storm drain

    Neighbors and city staff made multiple attempts to rescue the cat, to no avail. Volunteers successfully pulled out the animal Thursday night. 
    (SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD)
    Seeno sues exotic animal hunting ranch

    A $75,000 lawsuit filed in Nebraska federal court by the developer accuses the hunting ranch of backing out of a contract to let him and his son shoot big-horn sheep for $60,000. 
    BAY AREA NEWS
    (SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD)
    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. 
    SPORTS
    (Nhat V. Meyer)
    Giants, Peavy agree on two-year, $24 million deal

    Right-hander Jake Peavy has agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal to return to San Francisco, per multiple reports, all but setting the 2015 rotation. 
    Spotlight
    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. 
    BUSINESS
    ((AP Photo/TiVo, Inc).)
    For first time, TiVo breaks out viewer habits

    Television viewers prefer to watch sports events and animated cartoons in real time, while saving dramas and sci-fi shows for later, San Jose-based TiVo found in its 'State-of-TV Report.' 
    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.