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Jury gets murder case of Hayward man accused of killing Castro Valley woman

Jury deliberations have begun at the murder and arson trial of a 20-year-old Hayward man who says he was coerced by his best friend into strangling a Castro Valley woman and burning her body and home during a 2012 burglary. 
Elsewhere: Hayward Rotary Club honors four scholars.  
 
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Focus on 'housing first' followed by drug and alcohol rehabilitation and mental health services has lasting, positive impact, advocates say  
 
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Fire crews responded just before 11 p.m. to 948 C St. after a passer-by reported La Imperial in downtown Hayward was on fire.  
 
Peregrine falcons are amazing predators. They hunt other birds and occasionally even bats, seizing them in midflight. Probably the fastest birds in the world, they have been clocked at more than 200 miles per hour during their power dives.  
 
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has appointed Livermore resident William Macedo to fill the vacancy on the district's Board of Trustees left when Dr. Barbara Mertes retired in December.  
 
The shipment from a San Leandro warehouse also had cellphones loaded with an app to help volunteers fight Ebola.  
 
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Twenty-four birds sullied by an unknown substance were released Wednesday morning at Fort Baker under the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge after being cleaned by rescue workers over the past several days.  
 
A 20-year-old Hayward man testified Tuesday that he participated in the killing of a Castro Valley woman in 2012 because he feared that his best friend would kill him and his family if he didn't.  
 
Oakland firm DR3 Recycling offers bounty for discarded beds and box springs to learn if cash will entice people to bring them in for recycling.  
 
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SF IndieFest: 5 films you shouldn't miss

From the inspiring 'F R E E' to the creepy 'Black Mountain Side' to the charming and illuminating 'Beyond Clueless,' IndieFest is packed with low-budget gems.