(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
Chevron-funded campaign attacks Richmond mayor

The criticism focuses on Gayle McLaughlin's travel — but Chevron's favored candidate has taken more trips at greater taxpayer expense and missed far more City Council meetings. 
( Kristopher Skinner )
Contra Costa County drug bust: $18 million in meth, 22 arrests

Drug agents seized nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested 22 people in the largest bust of its kind in Contra Costa County history, authorities said.  
Raiders' injury update: Usama Young, LaMarr Woodley

Oakland Raiders Usama Young and LaMarr Woodley were both injured in loss to Arizona Cardinals; Young, was having an MRI and ESPN reported he was out for the season with an ACL/MCL tear 
(Mercury News)
Yosemite entrance fee could rise by 50 percent

The Obama administration proposes increasing Yosemite National Park's entrance fee from $20 to $30 per car, as part of a wider increase at 130 parks nationwide. 
( Alison Rosa/Fox Searchlight )
Review: 'Birdman' soars with innovative brilliance

With a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, this surreal head-tripper is one of 2014's most innovative movies, an energetic and exciting existential black comedy that's challenging yet accessible and wildly successful in the risks it takes.