• 49ers' season of distractions - 12/19/2014 01:18 PM PST
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    Talk Back: U.S. and Cuba
    Do you approve of President Barack Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba?
     Yes
     No

    (Tell us why or why not?)
    (Contra Costa College Advocate)
    Chevron official downplays refinery flare-up

    Chevron officials said that a flare that could be seen for miles Thursday night was not a cause for alarm, but a county supervisor called it "not a normal flaring event." 
    (Steven Senne/AP file photo)
    Bay Area adds more than 23,000 jobs in November

    The Bay Area powered to a gain of more than 23,000 jobs during November, the best one-month performance on record for the region, a stretch that reaches back to at least 1990, a report released on Friday shows. 
    ( Nate Gartrell/Staff )
    Kitten finally rescued from storm drain

    Neighbors and city staff made multiple attempts to rescue the cat, to no avail. Volunteers successfully pulled out the animal Thursday night. 
    5 itineraries for the perfect Bay Area day

    Just in time for that onslaught of holiday visitors, here are five reader-crafted itineraries to discover the best of the Bay Area, from Golden Gate Park to Devil's Slide. 
    BAY AREA NEWS
    (D. ROSS CAMERON)
    Bay Area public defenders rally for Black Lives Matter

    Bay Area public defenders rallied at county courthouses on Thursday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide call for accountability in cases of police brutality. 
    SPORTS
    (NHAT V. MEYER)
    Giants, Peavy agree on two-year, $24 million deal

    Right-hander Jake Peavy has agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal to return to San Francisco, per multiple reports, all but setting the 2015 rotation. 
    Spotlight
    ( Randy McMullen )
    Best of 2014: These great video games flew under the radar

    'Fantasia: Music Evolved,' 'LittleBigPlanet 3' and 'Lords of the Fallen' among the releases that should not be overlooked. 
    BUSINESS
    ((AP Photo/TiVo, Inc).)
    For first time, TiVo breaks out viewer habits

    Television viewers prefer to watch sports events and animated cartoons in real time, while saving dramas and sci-fi shows for later, San Jose-based TiVo found in its 'State-of-TV Report.' 
    ( Randy McMullen )
    Best of 2014: These great video games flew under the radar

    'Fantasia: Music Evolved,' 'LittleBigPlanet 3' and 'Lords of the Fallen' among the releases that should not be overlooked.