Talk Back: Ferguson shooting
Do you believe the Justice Department should be involved in the police shooting case in Ferguson, Missouri?
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(Tell us why or why not?)
( Doug Duran )
Drought: Livermore winemakers see lighter crop yields, smaller fruit

In one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history, winemakers are striking a delicate balance between meeting mandatory water restrictions and keeping their valuable vines healthy. Some of the Livermore Valley's largest winegrowers are predicting a smaller crop and earlier harvest this year, but are confident existing inventories will preclude any shortages.  
(Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)
Assembly passes statewide plastic-bag ban

If the state Senate approves Senate Bill 270 as expected, California would become the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. 
East Bay teacher reprimanded for nasty tweets about students

On her Twitter feed, a Newark Memorial High School teacher was explicit about her desires for her students. She wanted to pour coffee on them. She wanted to stab them. Some of them, she said, "make my trigger finger itchy." 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
A's Billy Beane: No regrets on trading Cespedes for Lester, Gomes

The Oakland A's pulled a victory out with a three-run ninth inning -- a game-tying RBI single by Eric Sogard and a go-ahead two-run homer by Sam Fuld 
BAY AREA NEWS
( Rich Pedroncelli )
Sacramento: Debate over plastic bag ban takes a weird but familiar turn

What began several months ago as a relatively principled debate about the environment versus jobs has devolved into hot buttons and flash points that have little to do with the substance of the bag ban.  
SPORTS
( Dan Honda )
Petit etches history, Giants tally 4-1 victory over Rockies

San Francisco Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit retired the first eight hitters he faced in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, setting a major league record with 46 consecutive outs. 
BUSINESS
( Gary Reyes )
What's Apple building for its big iPhone event?

For its highly anticipated new-product unveiling this fall, Apple is going back to where it all began. The company sent out a terse invitation Thursday for an event on Sept. 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, where Apple's original Mac was unveiled 30 years ago and where an enormous top-secret, three-story structure is now being built. 
 
 
 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
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
 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
( Nhat V. Meyer )
The 49ers tear up the Levi's Stadium field, and will try to get it right this time, only weeks before the regular season

This is not ideal--this wouldn't be good for a creaky old stadium (like Candlestick), but for the debut days of fancy, shimmering Levi's Stadium, the jewel of the York ownership era, it's just perplexing.