Talk Back: Airline tragedy
Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?

(Tell us why or why not?)
Thompson: Lester trade is clear indication A's are going for World Series

Oakland A's will have their own beast mode rotation with Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and now Jon Lester  
(Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
Fremont electric scooter startup comes to 'Innovation District'

GenZe, an electric-powered scooter maker, moved last month from Palo Alto to south Fremont, where Tesla's factory and other cleantech companies have set up shop. 
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Oakland Zoo animals dine on tropical fruit thanks to a spilled truckers' shipment

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.  
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More on Bay Bridge project say Caltrans tried to muzzle their criticism

07/31/2014 06:16 PM PDT
Caltrans workers and contractors say they suffered job repercussions when they voice concern about bridge work quality and costs 
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.