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State foster care reform ends group homes

Under a new law taking effect in January, California's Department of Social Services will begin a multiyear plan to replace privately run group homes with 'short-term residential treatment centers' where youth will mostly stay no more than six months. 
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S.F.'s 'hot cop' feels flipside of fame

Need a primer in the double-edged nature of fame? Consider the story of Chris Kohrs, the "hot cop of Castro'' arrested in the hit-and-run injury of two men in San Francisco last weekend. 
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Kawakami: 49ers stuck in Singletary mode

Jim Tomsula and Trent Baalke's 49ers aren't moving backward step by step, they're actually in an NFL time warp, speeding rapidly in reverse. 
The Raiders and A's have taken Oakland for granted while looking for a new mate. While the teams have been stepping out, the spurned city has grown tired. It's hard enough surviving day-to-day without uncertainty that your partner will abandon you.  
Wesley Hitt
The Raiders, for all their promise, are still hampered by inconsistency and the thorns of inexperience. Their talent seems greater than the production. And just when it seems they deserve a tongue-lashing, they do something to remind you of what might be in store.
Drones are expected to be a popular gift this holiday season, but new owners may have to register with the Federal Aviation Administration and other new rules may be heading their way.  
Rob Latour
Olivia Culpo couldn’t get Tim Tebow to break his vow of not having sex until he’s married.  
Seva Foundation
Dreading holiday gift shopping? Here are readers' ideas for gifts that are unique and meaningful.  
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Coldplay to headline Super Bowl 50 halftime?

Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 are all in the running to play Super Bowl 50 in February at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, according to report.