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  • Jaguar owner plans to take it with him

    If you saw this Jaguar on the street, I doubt you would think this beautiful car is 51 years old. As an industry leader in styling, the Jaguar tradition has largely been evolutionary as opposed to ...

    By David Krumboltz For the Contra Costa Times|

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

    LOS ANGELES -- California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know...

    By Justin Pritchard Associated Press|

  • Vallejo: Man's body found on shoulder of I-80

    The death of a man whose body was found on next to Interstate 80 in Vallejo on Sunday morning is considered suspicious, a police lieutenant said....

    Bay City News|

  • Sunnyvale: WWII vet re-enacts parachute jump that almost killed him 70 years ago

    BYRON -- Seventy years after he was shot down by the Germans and bailed out of a B-24 bomber on his 19th birthday, World War II veteran Thomas Boyd of Sunnyvale jumped out of another plane -- this ...

    By Julia Prodis Sulek jsulek@mercurynews.com|

  • Stanford 'lizard brains' create gecko-like paws that allow humans to scale glass walls

    PALO ALTO -- It doesn't mean experiments taking place at Stanford's Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab are any less science-y just because they sometimes resemble scenes from a "Spider-...

    By Bruce Newman bnewman@mercurynews.com|

  • Oakland Raiders honor 4-year-old girl

    OAKLAND - Raiders second-year offensive tackle Menelik Watson and the Raiders went out of their way to make Sunday special for a 4-year-old girl who has undergone 14 surgeries....

    By Steve Corkran scorkran@bayareanewsgroup.com|

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  • Bridge: December 22, 2014

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    By Frank Stewart Tribune Media Services|

  • Word game: December 22, 2014

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  • Sound Advice: Pairing a new receiver with old speakers

    Q My wife and I have a pair of 1982 Klipsch Heresy speakers that she bought new. Our vintage Yamaha R-900 receiver (also bought new) died. Do you have any receiver recommendations to pair with our ...

    By Don Lindich Tribune News Service|

  • Ask Amy: The best charities for holiday giving (a subjective list)

    DEAR READERS: Many of us have pulled our candy cane sweaters out of mothballs and are now deep into the most satisfying aspect of the holiday season -- attending and hosting holiday events,...

    By Amy Dickinson Tribune Content Agency|

  • Roadshow: 3-foot bike rule gets a thumbs up

    Q I live in Willow Glen and have commuted via bicycle to work in North San Jose off of Brokaw Road and Interstate 880 for over four years. Before the law requiring drivers to give bicyclists 3...

    By Gary Richards grichards@mercurynews.com|

  • Review: Adams' big eyes make this 'Big Eyes' a must-see biography

    Casting Amy Adams to star in "Big Eyes" is one of the great no-brainers in Hollywood history. ...

    By Roger Moore Tribune News Service|

  • Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) One week after shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to move into playoff contention, the Buffalo Bills came up short against rookie Derek Carr and the lowly Oakland Raiders.Carr threw two touchdown passes,...

    By Josh Dubow, AP Sports Writer|

  • Horoscope: December 22, 2014

    BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Chris Carmack was born in Washington, D.C., on this day in 1980. This birthday guy has co-starred as Will Lexington on "Nashville" since 2012. He played Luke Ward on "The O.C." ...

    By Jeraldine Saunders Tribune Media Services|

  • Review: In 'Gambler,' Wahlberg never lets us see him sweat -- unfortunately

    Mark Wahlberg takes on his most ambitious acting job ever in "The Gambler," a gritty remake of a 1974 film that starred James Caan. And the new gambler doesn't embarrass himself. ...

    By Roger Moore Tribune News Service|

  • AP: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they...

    By Holbrook Mohr And Garance Burke, Associated Press|

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. POLICE DEPARTMENTS ON ALERT AFTER COP KILLINGSThe rank and file is warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on...

    By The Associated Press|

  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S....

    By David Crary, AP National Writer|

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    In the Middle East and the wider region this past week, Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawer, Pakistan, killing 148 people —most of them children — in what was one of the country's deadliest attacks in years. In the days that followed,...

    By The Associated Press|

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    The image of a woman escaping from a Sydney cafe where a gunman had taken 18 people hostage captured the terrifying drama that shook Australia last week. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed the cafe to free the captives, two of...

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  • California man dies in gunbattle, standoff in burning house

    AUBURN, Calif. (AP) — Deputies shot and killed a man who holed up inside a burning house in Northern California and fired more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses for several hours, authorities said.The standoff near Auburn started...

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  • Hearing set for California Supreme Court nominee

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown's third nominee to the state Supreme Court this term is expected to be confirmed at a hearing in San Francisco on Monday despite criticism that she lacks judicial experience and familiarity with...

    By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press|

  • Stocks edge higher in early trade, extending rally

    U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Monday, extending big gains from last week. Traders monitored the trajectory in oil prices, which have been moving higher from recent lows.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 74 points,...

    By Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer|

  • Landslide blocking traffic in Northern California

    SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a landslide is blocking commute traffic north of San Francisco and it could be hours before the mass of earth is cleared.The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1zNWpq5 ) two southbound lanes of...

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  • Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in a downtown park in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday.Milwaukee County District Attorney...

    By Todd Richmond, Associated Press|

  • Express Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal

    The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying it will cover a new drug from AbbVie while pulling back on more expensive options from rival drugmakers.Express...

    By Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer|

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

    LOS ANGELES -- California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know...

    By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press|

  • NBA prepares for Christmas coming-out party

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two months have passed since the San Antonio Spurs collected their championship rings and began their title defense.The NBA season may have opened Oct. 28, but Christmas is the real coming-out party.Football's popularity...

    By Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer|

  • Political Blotter: New campaign highlights how clean-energy laws benefit poorer communities

    This is a sampling from Bay Area News Group's Political Blotter blog. Read more and post comments at www.ibabuzz.com/politics....

    By Josh Richman jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com|