Talk Back: Airline tragedy
Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?
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Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project

The Richmond City Council approved the $1 billion modernization at the Chevron refinery after the company agreed to cap emissions and give $90 million over the next decade in community investments.  
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Obamacare: California far exceeds projections for coverage

Survey: 58 percent of previously uninsured now have health care 
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Youth baseball world descends on Livermore for Little League tourney

The 2nd Annual Little League Intermediate World Series -- an international championship for youth aged 11 to 13 -- kicked off Tuesday at Livermore's Max Baer Park.  
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Albany students uncover gems in Haiti slum

Students on the fourth Haiti trip sponsored by Saint Mary's College High since 2013 visit a program providing a haven in the most impoverished slum in Port-au-Prince. 
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A summer escape to Stinson Beach

There are few California beaches as captivating as West Marin's Stinson Beach, where toddlers build sandcastles, boogie-boarders brave the waves and plovers dabble at the water's edge. 
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Larry Ellison and other Oracle bosses see smaller stock-option grants

Under fire from investors over how much it pays its top brass, technology giant Oracle appears to have slashed by more than half the annual stock options it awards CEO Larry Ellison and some of its other executives.
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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A summer escape to Stinson Beach

There are few California beaches as captivating as West Marin's Stinson Beach, where toddlers build sandcastles, boogie-boarders brave the waves and plovers dabble at the water's edge. 
 
 
 
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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.