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    Talk Back: Obama's speech
    Do you approve of President Obama's new strategy to combat ISIS?
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    Fast-moving wildfire threatens Pollock Pines

    Just days after a wildfire tore through the small Northern California town of Weed and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.

    Weed residents shocked by wildfire damage  

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    Raids uncover wage fraud at Contra Costa senior care homes

    A yearlong investigation culminated in the arrest Tuesday of the owners of 19 senior care homes throughout Contra Costa County. Authorities said the owners were working employees for up to 16 hours a day while paying them as little as $4 an hour. 
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    Raiders facing key losses heading to New England

    Sio Moore, Rod Streater among those not practicing Wednesday as Patriots game looms. 
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    Testing the new buffer zone for bicyclists

    Newspaper columnist tests the new buffer zone for bicyclists on Tuesday, the first day California drivers were required to keep 3 feet away when passing  
    BAY AREA NEWS
    El Cerrito: Elderly couple grateful to survive beating, home invasion robbery

    For 44 years, Jamie Nagal and his wife, Paz, lived in peace at their home on Richmond Street in an El Cerrito neighborhood that Jamie described as open and friendly. He said on Tuesday they never thought they were inviting trouble when they welcomed a man and woman into their home last weekend. 
    SPORTS
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    San Francisco Giants win, gain on Dodgers

    With 4-2 victory over Arizona Diamondbacks, Giants pull within two games of Los Angeles Dodgers in National League West race 
    BUSINESS
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    Biz Break: Dow hits record high after Fed maintains low rates

    Today: Stocks swing wildly but end up after the Fed issues a cautious but reassuring report, keeping short-term interest rates near zero while mapping out an exit strategy after years of stimulus. Also, Apple gains, Twitter slips after getting ripped, and Zynga puts its fate in Bugs Bunny's hands.