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AIA East Bay Home Tours features six houses

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) East Bay Home Tour on Aug. 9 has selected six contemporary homes for a self-directed tour that promises a day full of architectural experiences.  
For helping shape conversation about culture, gender and race, Maxine Hong Kingston was to receive the National Medal of Arts award Monday from President Obama at the White House.  
The fire started at 9:19 a.m. Thursday at the house in the 1800 block of Brentwood Road not far from Dimond Canyon in Oakland and was under control at 9:49 a.m.  
About 13,000 pounds of bananas and jackfruit were donated to the Oakland Zoo Wednesday afternoon; zookeepers were grateful but some animals were slightly standoffish toward the unfamiliar produce.  
It's been a long time since I've checked out Lake Merritt at night. I really need to get out more.The change is impressive. There are cafés and people everywhere -- a beautiful blend of humanity coming together to celebrate the near-perfect weather in Oakland.  
Kenneth Williams will become Skyline High School's seventh musical director since the school opened in 1961.  
A police officer fired for throwing a tear gas grenade into a crowd of Occupy Oakland protesters who were tending to a wounded comrade is getting his job back.  
The osprey, a fierce and powerful fishing bird, used to be just another San Francisco Bay shoreline visitor, flying over and feeding without setting down roots. These days, however, the acrobatic divers are becoming natives, constructing elaborate stick nests on cranes, poles or other man-made structures.  
I've been getting anxious phone calls from people all over Berkeley because of rumors that Berkeley Hardware, one of the most beloved stores in the city, is going out of business, just a year short of its 120th birthday.  
"Catch Me If You Can" tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who successfully pretended to be a Pan American pilot, a doctor in Georgia and a prosecutor in Louisiana.  
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
(Hector Casanova/Kansas City Star)
5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

What's wrong with 'You're so smart'? Nothing, if you don't mind raising kids who are more likely to be motivated by praise than their own determination. We dissect five common parenting phrases and provide the more appropriate -- and effective -- alternatives.