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Bay Area native was bus driver killed in horrific Northern California crash

A San Mateo native who for years worked for her hometown transit service in San Mateo County was the bus driver killed Thursday in the horrific crash in Orland that claimed 10 lives. 
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Oakley teen comes back swinging after being critically burned

Seven months after a campfire accident, 16-year-old baseball player Trevor Gillilan returns to the game 
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Purdy: 49ers should channel Bill Walsh, drop Aldon Smith

Why would San Francisco 49ers even mess around with Aldon Smith after this latest mess he's created?  
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AC Transit officials: No indication that CFO took agency funds

A day after AC Transit's chief financial officer, Lewis Clinton Jr., appeared in court on charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from one of Oakland's largest churches, his colleagues expressed surprise, but said that the transit agency's ongoing financial audits made it very unlikely that any public funds could have been taken. 
This church floor was transformed into a huge psychadelic light show

This rather ordinary church in Casablanca, Morocco was transformed into an explosion of color and pattern during the "Magic Carpet" show by French artist Claude Mossessian. Full Story
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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.
 

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Following Richard Sherman's great play in the end zone with 22 seconds left that clinched the Seahawks' 23-17 win over the 49ers in the NFC Championship, the Seattle cornerback went off on Michael Crabtree in a post-game TV interview.  
 
 
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.