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Walnut Creek winery gets OK to expand

Approval of Shadowbrook expansion could open door for other wineries to set up shop 
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Young Bay Area couple steps up to raise siblings

As a struggling single mother, Falelima Puaauli embraced her children with unconditional love amid sometimes dire conditions while impressing upon them the importance of generosity, community and family. Her values seeped in. When metastatic cancer claimed her life at age 46 two years ago, her then-teenage son and his girlfriend stepped up to care for his younger siblings and fulfill Puaauli's wish the family stay together. ( 
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Jim Harbaugh, Bob Melvin are new old friends

Budding relationship in the Bay Area between San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, writes Tim Kawakami
 
Celebrities
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Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter. 
SPORTS
( Jim Gensheimer )
Sharks take away Thornton's captaincy; Raffi Torres out indefinitely

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Joe Thornton will have chance to earn back his captaincy; forward Raffi Torres will need additional surgery on his right knee because of an infection and will be sidelined for months.  
Spotlight
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Five great Bay Area playgrounds for kids

From the carousel at Los Gatos' Oak Meadow Park to the twisty ladders of Walnut Creek's Arbolado Park, this quintet of Bay Area parks is sure to delight parents and kids alike. 
BUSINESS
Cupertino to get super-fast AT&T broadband service

This city is about to get a GigaPower boost to speed up Internet service. AT&T is set to announce it will bring super-fast broadband service, dubbed GigaPower, to Apple's hometown. 
(Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Five great Bay Area playgrounds for kids

From the carousel at Los Gatos' Oak Meadow Park to the twisty ladders of Walnut Creek's Arbolado Park, this quintet of Bay Area parks is sure to delight parents and kids alike. 
(Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter. 
 
 
 
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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
 
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Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
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Thompson: 49ers defense shows fight even after Bowman injury

The San Francisco 49ers defense was not as dominant as it needed to be Sunday. But when things looked most bleak against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the defense got the ball back to the offense with a chance to win. Twice. Even without the unit's best player.