What is an RSS feed?
RSS - also known as Really Simple Syndication - is an XML-based format for distributing news articles. The Contra Costa Times has RSS feeds for both news stories and blogs. The feeds include headlines and summaries of stories, and link back to contracostatimes.com for the full stories. The feeds are completely free to use, both through an RSS reader or to include Contra Costa Times headlines on your web site.
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