Talk Back: Afghanistan
Do you think President Obama was right to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan?
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Poverty rates near record levels in Bay Area

Despite being a nationwide leader in job growth, the Bay Area suffers from a poverty rate that still hovers near historic highs, with more than 800,000 people in the region living below the poverty line, a report released on Wednesday shows. 
(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
State's first-ever mandatory water reductions

Snow surveyors announced Wednesday that no snow was found at measuring site -- the first time in 75 years of measurements at the Phillips snow course. This shatters the previous low record of 25 percent, set last year and in 1977.  
( Ben Margot )
A's have questions about Zito and more

Athletics' Cactus League record was best in the majors, but injuries to outfielders Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick, and closer Sean Doolittle will test team's depth when American League opens Monday against the Texas Rangers. 
Are rumors true about Walnut Creek Safeway?

Rumors abound, but permitting is all that's holding up The Orchards at Walnut Creek; also, did Obamacare help expedite demise of San Pablo hospital? 
Celebrities
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Will Forte and January Jones dating

Forte, a former Lafayette resident, has been stepping out with his 'Last Man on Earth' co-star, reports say. 
SPORTS
(Doug Duran)
Giants' Bumgarner just the same ol' Bum

Madison Bumgarner hasn't been fazed in the slightest with all the offseason attention he's garnered. 
BUSINESS
( Nhat V. Meyer )
Tech firms give ambassadors crash course in Silicon Valley culture

More governments around the world are confronting the challenge of managing Bay Area imports such as the 'sharing economy' of ride-hailing apps and e-commerce.
 
( Alberto E. Rodriguez )
Will Forte and January Jones dating

Forte, a former Lafayette resident, has been stepping out with his 'Last Man on Earth' co-star, reports say.