Talk Back: PG&E tax break
Should PG&E be able to write off its $1.6 billion fine for the San Bruno fire as a tax deduction?
 Yes
 No

(Tell us why or why not?)
 
 
 
 
(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group archives)
A's don't support Oakland, county coliseum buyout

While A's owner Lew Wolff declined to elaborate, sports executives questioned whether Oakland buying out Alameda County's share of the Coliseum complex would really help simplify stadium talks. 
 
(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Training exercise brings hundreds of soldiers to Alameda

U.S. Army reservists are practicing loading and unloading equipment from ships at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, Camp Parks in Dublin and the Military Ocean Terminal in Concord. The exercise makes sure that the reservists are trained and ready to go if and when a major disaster strikes and a relief camp is needed.  
Lion killer faces onslaught from social media mob

When the Internet collectively sets out to get somebody, its search algorithms don't always discriminate. On Twitter, anyone with the same name as the dentist demonized for killing Cecil the lion -- Walter Palmer -- was fair game for furious derision and death threats. 
Gas prices could fall to under $2.50 a gallon

And they may slip to under $2 nationwide by Christmas. 
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Political Blotter: Tauscher ramps up independent redistricting effort

07/31/2015 11:09 PM PDT
Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher names a Republican co-chair for her effort to urge more states to adopt citizen redistricting commissions; also, Rep. Jackie Speier wants to lift the ban on sending booze through the U.S. Postal Service. 
J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back.