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. 
Bay Area stowaway says she's mentally ill, targeted by police

A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket in California and arrested at a Phoenix airport earlier this week said Thursday that she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness.  
( ANDA CHU )
Live updates: Raiders vs. Seahawks, Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders finish up the preseason by hosting the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Keep up with all the action with our live Twitter feed. 
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
(Patric Schneider/AP)
49ers rout Texans, but Gabbert struggles

Blaine Gabbert got the surprise start in the San Francisco 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday night, a 40-13 win over the Houston Texans, and he reverted to the sketchy form that won't inspire confidence as Colin Kaepernick's top backup.
 
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
 
( Nhat V. Meyer )
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.