Talk Back: Preschool
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Stowaway: San Jose airport eyes security changes after 'very serious' incident

The director of San Jose's airport on Tuesday called the remarkable security breach involving a teen stowaway who sneaked onto the airfield a "very serious" incident that could spark changes in how the airport protects its passengers. 
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After deaths of two hikers on Mt. Tam, investigators try to ease fears

Amid intense speculation about the deaths of two hikers on Mount Tamalpais, the sheriff's department emphasized Tuesday that the women showed no signs of sexual assault or criminal injuries, and there is no evidence that an attacker is on the prowl.  
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Kiper says Raiders should trade down in upcoming NFL draft

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. thinks it would be wise for the Raiders to trade down and get additional picks for the second consecutive year 
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On Earth Day, Apple exec gets to core of environmental initiative

Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency who now runs Apple's Environmental Initiatives, marked Earth Day on Tuesday night by asking a Stanford audience to challenge the idea that people must choose between the environment and the economy.

Apple vs. Samsung: Google agreed to protect Samsung against some patent claims  

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Jake Shimabukuro leads the worldwide ukelele revival

The ukulele is the Chihuahua of musical instruments -- small, overlooked but loaded with personality, and in Jake Shimabukuro it has found its very own Eric Clapton.  
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Congress is using Twitter, but which party is most active?

Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Full Story
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Review: 'Dark Souls 2' is really hard, and really terrific

The game has drawn controversy because of its difficulty, but players should embrace that, and the team-building it fosters. 
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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.
 

Police say two men were injured in a shooting at house party in Fresno after a San Francisco 49ers fan was taunted by fans of the Seattle Seahawks.  
 
 
Updated: January 19, 2014
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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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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
 
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Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
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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.