Crockett: Amtrak train slams into unoccupied car; no injuries

An Amtrak Capitol Corridor train, headed from Sacramento to San Jose, was delayed for almost two hours and four other trains were also delayed following a collision with an unoccupied car Wednesday evening. 
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Stormy and Cloudy are just two of the more than 6,000 homeless cats and kittens that have been rescued by ICRA over the last 20 years and given a second chance at life. In addition, ICRA has had 17,000 cats spayed or neutered, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens from ever being born.  
The ever widening circles of alternative energy are about to meet local and regional politics as Contra Costa County weighs setting up a clean energy program to bring more affordable wind and solar powered electricity to residents and businesses  
The East Bay Regional Park District will waive normal fees at its 65 sites on Nov. 27 "to encourage people to hit the trails, not the malls," the district announced.  
If you'd like to burn off some accumulated calories, the East Bay Regional Park District stands ready to assist. Post-Thanksgiving activities, some strenuous and some not, are planned at several regional parks.  
HERCULES -- Officers are seeking the public's help with identifying a burglary suspect captured on home surveillance footage Wednesday.Officers responded at 12:24 p.  
The financially strapped Rodeo-Hercules Fire District faces huge challenges. But that doesn't excuse legally questionable property assessments or stiffing creditors.  
Two adults were arrested and a 14-year-old girl was taken to juvenile hall after a fight led to a brief chase Tuesday afternoon, police said.  
Steven Senne
Predictably, American politicians are falling over themselves to exploit this tragedy. And just as predictably, they're coming up with all the wrong answers and pointing their fingers at all the wrong people.  
El Cerrito St. John's Senior Center -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. 6500 Gladys Ave. The center will be closed on Nov. 24 and will reopen on Dec. 1. Needlecrafts, painting and drawing, copper enameling, tai chi, sit-down exercises, card and table games.  
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Alternative gifts: Tips for meaningful holiday giving

Dreading holiday gift shopping? Here are readers' ideas for gifts that are unique and meaningful. 
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Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?