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  • San Jose: Firework starts fire in home, displaces four adults

    SAN JOSE -- Four adults were displaced Saturday after a firework landed in their backyard and started a two-alarm fire that extended into the house, a fire spokesman said....

    By Katrina Cameron kcameron@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • East Oakland: Firework sparks brush fire near Skyline Boulevard

    OAKLAND -- A firework ignited a vegetation fire Saturday night in East Oakland, a fire official said....

    By Katrina Cameron kcameron@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • Northern California wine events

    Culinary Garden Harvest Adventure: Learn gardening tricks and techniques with wineglass in hand, then enjoy a garden-centric luncheon, paired with wine and served family style. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July ...

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  • San Jose: Firework starts fire in neighbor's home, displaces four adults

    SAN JOSE -- Four adults were displaced after a firework landed in their backyard and started a two-alarm fire that extended into the home Saturday night, a fire spokesman said....

    By Katrina Cameron kcameron@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • At least 14 hurt after deck collapse at North Carolina beach

    EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house as a family got set to take a group photo, leaving at least 14 people injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities said.A spokeswoman at a nearby hospital...

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  • 320-acre wildfire threatens homes in Northern California

    VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres is threatening homes in a Northern California city.The fire started around 10 p.m. Saturday, and wind gusts up to 40 mph are fanning the flames, said Vacaville city spokesman...

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  • 320-acre wildfire threatens homes in Northern California

    VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres is threatening homes in a Northern California city.The fire started around 10 p.m. Saturday, and wind gusts up to 40 mph are fanning the flames, said Vacaville city spokesman...

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  • Oakland City Council to decide future of Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

    OAKLAND -- For decades the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center was the community gathering place for Oakland, hosting school pageants, rock concerts, boxing matches, pro wrestling shows -- even a...

    By Mike Blasky mblasky@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • Word game: July 04, 2015

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  • Ask Amy: 'Mean girl' wants to shed title

    DEAR AMY: Years ago, when I was in my early 30s, I landed a great job with an excellent company. I've been happy here all this time, except in the past 15 months or so. ...

    By Amy Dickinson Tribune Content Agency|

  • Horoscope: July 04, 2015

    BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Andrea Gabriel was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on this date in 1978. This birthday gal may be best recognized for playing Nadia Jaseem on "Lost." She's also played recurring ...

    By Jeraldine Saunders Tribune Media Services|

  • Who sold what, published July 4, 2015

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  • Bridge: July 04, 2015

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    By Frank Stewart Tribune Media Services|

  • Quotations in the News

    "This is not a protest. It is a celebration to overcome fear and blackmail." — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at a rally in Athens, imploring a "no" vote in Sunday's bailout referendum.___"The time has come for the candidates to distance...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Trivia Bits: Despite gaffe, song's still a hit

    1. When the Rolling Stones sang "I can't get no satisfaction," they were illustrating what grammatical error?...

    Paul Paquet Trivia Hall of Fame|

  • Super Quiz

    Subject: "THE SOMETHING" FILMS...

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  • Carolyn Hax: They think everything I say is either bragging or whining

    While I'm away, readers give the advice....

    Carolyn Hax Washington Post Writers Group|

  • Fireworks shoot into Colorado crowd; 9 suffer minor burns

    AVON, Colo. (AP) — Officials say nine people suffered minor burns during an accident at a fireworks show in Colorado.Virginia Egger, the town manager in Avon, says a malfunction caused a fireworks shell to explode in its tube rather than firing...

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  • Police kill 3 men in 2 days in Southern California

    LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Police have confronted and killed three men in two days in Southern California.West Covina police shot a man they say came at them with a knife Friday night.Police say the man stabbed his brother, left his apartment and...

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  • San Jose: Man shot dead is city's third homicide in eight days

    SAN JOSE -- A man died after he was stabbed in East San Jose in the early morning hours of the Fourth of July, marking the city's third homicide in just over a week, police said....

    By Katie Nelson knelson@mercurynews.com|

  • San Jose: Man shot dead is city's third homicide in eight days

    SAN JOSE -- A man died after he was stabbed in east San Jose in the early morning hours of the Fourth of July, marking the city's third homicide in just over a week, police said....

    By Katie Nelson knelson@mercurynews.com|

  • After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past...

    By Gene Johnson, Associated Press|

  • Owners of former Michael Vick dogfighting house clash with county

    SMITHFIELD, Va. -- The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road -- a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick...

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  • Pilot in Colorado medical helicopter crash dies, 2 injured

    FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — The pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed in Colorado on Friday has died, but a flight paramedic and flight nurse aboard the crash are being treated at Denver-area hospitals and are expected to survive.The fiery crash...

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  • Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea ...

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  • Sunol wildfire contained at 45 acres

    SUNOL -- A wildfire near Sunol Regional Wilderness was contained Friday night after burning 45 acres, firefighters said....

    By Rebecca Parr rparr@bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • Listening to the Giants on KNBR: A few thoughts

    I cannot bear to watch baseball on television --- it feels like an utter waste of time -- but I love to listen to the Giants on the radio. Almost every night during the summer, I welcome my old...

    By Scott Herhold sherhold@mercurynews.com|

  • Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing...

    By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press|

  • Exhibit opens July 4 about black experience in WW2

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About to be overrun by Germans, a young black lieutenant called in an artillery barrage on his own position, knowing he'd be killed. It was the only way to hold off the enemy.The sacrifice by 1st Lt. John Fox is one of many...

    By Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press|

  • 2 Los Angeles officers hurt in patrol car crash

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crash involving a Los Angeles police car and a hit-and-run driver has injured two officers.Police say a black sedan struck the cruiser around 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Park area, causing the patrol car to hit a...

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