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Businesses, workers adjusting to Oakland's higher minimum wage

Oakland workers will greatly benefit from the minimum wage hike from $9 to $12.25 an hour, academics say, but business owners have struggled to handle the sudden payroll increase, some say.  
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Credit unions in the Bay Area outperformed their counterparts statewide during 2014, a trend that underscores the strength of this region's economy, according to information released Friday by the California Credit Union League.  
 
 
REVIEWS & TIPS
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PlayStation's Vue not much different from cable

Sony's new PlayStation Vue television service probably won't save you money over cable. Instead of a lower bill, what you get is an attempt to modernize how we watch TV.  
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Oakland: Old Sears building lands gourmet market as first tenant

Downtown Oakland's old Sears building, now renamed Uptown Station, has landed its first tenant, a specialty market that will feature high-quality and organic foods, cuisine for people on the go, a cafe, and wine and liquor offerings, the project's developers said. 
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Renewables make energy harder to manage

Because nearly 23 percent of California's energy now comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind -- and the state is on track to reach its goal of generating one-third of its energy from renewables by 2020 -- the energy has become much harder to manage.
 
 
 
 
 

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Keeping wild birds healthy is tricky business

Dosing water supplies is not a recommended treatment for dealing with outbreaks of disease among wild birds. 
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.