Talk Back: Cigarette tax
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Concord: Predator will not move into area

Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith will not be moving to a Concord neighborhood after the property management company renting the house backed out, a Contra Costa prosecutor said. 
(Eric Risberg/AP)
$5 million price for private island in Bay

In a city with some of the highest home prices in the country, a private island in the San Francisco Bay is now for sale for $5 million.  
Scottish Games' big draw: the Mountain

Pleasanton: Hafthor Bjornsson from "Game of Thrones" joins heavyweight competition at 150th annual Scottish Games. 
(Courtesy of Nicole Ludwig)
Kate Steinle slaying: Judge rules suspect will stand trial for murder

A judge has ruled the Mexican national who allegedly shot and killed a woman at a San Francisco pier, setting off an intense debate on illegal immigration, should stand trial for murder. 
(Gene J. Puskar)
Toyota announces $50M tie-up with Stanford, MIT

The auto giant is the latest hoping to vault ahead of the highly competitive race to build self-driving vehicles, but the company and its academic partners Friday repeatedly referred to their mission as 'human-centric' and distinguished their goals from the fully autonomous cars that Google is testing in nearby Mountain View.