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    Talk Back: PG&E tax break
    Should PG&E be able to write off its $1.6 billion fine for the San Bruno fire as a tax deduction?
     Yes
     No

    (Tell us why or why not?)
    (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group archive)
    Patients can seek payment for vaccine-related injuries

    Depending on the severity of their reaction, many vaccine-injured victims have received monetary settlements from a little-known government entity called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program -- but only if they can prove their injury was more likely than not caused or aggravated by a vaccine. 
    (Walnut Creek Police Department)
    Walnut Creek: Police nab wanted sex offender

    James G. Beldin, 52, was wanted on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon and had been seen driving in a gold 1991 Honda Accord, according to earlier reports. 
    Fire out at Rodeo refinery, health advisory lifted

    Multiple reports of an incident at the refinery spurred the Contra Costa County health department to issue a public health advisory for the towns of Rodeo and Crockett. 
    (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)
    49ers' Smith primed for big comeback year

    Outside linebacker says: 'My body feels well, and I'm ready to go' 
    BAY AREA NEWS
    ( DAN ROSENSTRAUCH )
    Meals on Wheels looking beyond food

    Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services sees a role in the Affordable Care Act mandate to reduce costly readmissions of seniors to hospitals.  
    Celebrities
    J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

    The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back. 
    SPORTS
    (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
    Raiders' Mack deflects praise from Carr

    Team's top pick in 2014 doesn't want to be called 'Franchise,' even if he is Oakland's highest-rated player in NFL players poll 
    Spotlight
    (Courtesy of Mike Gordon)
    Should we help out hungry, thirsty deer?

    It seems like a kind thing to do, but you may create more harm than good by putting out food and water during the drought. 
    (Courtesy of Mike Gordon)
    Should we help out hungry, thirsty deer?

    It seems like a kind thing to do, but you may create more harm than good by putting out food and water during the drought. 
    J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

    The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back.