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Exclusive: Apple, employees raise $50 million for charity, program to expand globally

mercurynews.com — Three years after Apple began matching employee donations, the program has yielded more than $50 million for charity. And on Thursday, Apple will begin expanding the program to all the countries in which it has a presence, up from just the U.S. and a handful of other nations.
Oct 02, 2014

Latest on Apple's program to match employee gifts to charity, which is expanding globally. bit.ly/1CHsn8q #aapl

Oct 02, 2014

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Oct 02, 2014

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Oct 02, 2014

RT @jowens510: Exclusive: Apple, workers donate $50M to charity under program that will be expanded. bit.ly/1CHsn8q @byJuliaLove tip @Techmeme

Oct 02, 2014

Exclusive: Apple, workers donate $50M to charity under program that will be expanded. bit.ly/1CHsn8q @byJuliaLove tip @Techmeme

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Enterovirus D68: Eight California cases of rare illness that has paralyzed some children

mercurynews.com — By Susan Abram, Los Angeles News Group Posted: 10/02/2014 08:42:15 AM PDT Updated: 10/02/2014 08:49:39 AM PDT Two more California children were reported sickened with enterovirus D68, the rare respiratory illness that has hospitalized more than 400 children nationwide, is appearing locally.
Oct 02, 2014

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Oct 02, 2014

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Charlie Sheen allegedly pulls knife on dentist

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/02/2014 08:12:48 AM PDT Updated: 10/02/2014 08:14:22 AM PDT Charlie Sheen is being investigated for pulling a knife on his dentist last week. To be fair, haven't we all wanted to do that at some point? The 49-year-old actor was allegedly under the influence of ... wait for it ...

Three Central California teens arrested for killing 920 chickens with golf club

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/02/2014 07:51:55 AM PDT Updated: 10/02/2014 07:51:56 AM PDT FRESNO -- Deputies in central California have arrested four people -- one adult and three juveniles -- who are suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club.
Oct 02, 2014

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Mercedes-Benz to test self-driving cars at former Concord Naval weapons station

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/02/2014 06:53:47 AM PDT Updated: 10/02/2014 06:54:31 AM PDT CONCORD -- German automaker Mercedes-Benz and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority are turning the Concord Naval Weapons Station property into the nation's largest secure testing site for self-driving vehicles and new transportation technology, officials announced Wednesday.
Oct 02, 2014

Wave of the future. Via @mercnews @lisa_p_white Mercedes-Benz to test self-driving cars at old #Concord Naval station mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_266…

Police: Santa Clara man stabbed after confronting suspected burglar

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/02/2014 06:57:08 AM PDT Updated: 10/02/2014 06:57:17 AM PDT A Santa Clara man is expected to survive after being stabbed multiple times inside his home by an alleged burglar, according to police. The man was coming to the aid of his sister, who first confronted the intruder inside the family's home on Cabrillo Avenue, police Lt.
Oct 02, 2014

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Giants pound Pirates in wild-card game, advance to face Nationals in NLDS

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/01/2014 08:25:42 PM PDT Updated: 10/01/2014 08:35:45 PM PDT PITTSBURGH -- The chants were deafening and in unison. "Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!" With one swing of Brandon Crawford's bat, 40,000 voices gave way to one. "Come on, Eddie!" a frustrated fan behind the plate screamed at pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Oct 02, 2014

"It went over the fence and it was just silent." Crawford stuns Pirates, helps Bumgarner lead Giants to next round: bit.ly/1rO3JzX

Oct 02, 2014

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Jameis Winston, David Shaw, Stanford football and their Gwyneth Paltrow moment

blogs.mercurynews.com — Not a headline I would have every expected to write, but it's appropriate in the aftermath of yet another act of knuckleheadedness (not a word, but it works!) by the Florida State quarterback, national champion and Heisman winner. That's the same Florida State quarterback/national champ/Heisman winner whose second choice during the 2012 recruiting process was Leland Stanford Junior University, by the way.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @wilnerhotline: Jameis Winston picked Fla State over Stanford. What if he'd gone the other way? A Sliding Doors discussion: bit.ly/1nMxy3O

Oct 01, 2014

RT @wilnerhotline: Jameis Winston picked FSU over Stanford. What if he'd gone other way? A Sliding Doors discussion: bit.ly/1nMxy3O

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New quarterback thriving at McClymonds

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/01/2014 04:30:23 PM PDT Updated: 10/01/2014 04:30:26 PM PDT The McClymonds High football team may have found the final piece it needed to take another big step in the postseason.
Oct 01, 2014

East Bay football notebook: New quarterback Kevin Davidson thriving at McClymonds: contracostatimes.com/sports/ci_2664…

Photos from Free Speech Movement 50th anniversary celebrated at UC Berkeley

photos.mercurynews.com — By Lynne Hollander Savio, widow of activist Mario Savio, was one of the many speakers during a rally commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

POSTGAME NOTES: Belt never gave up on October, and he's taking advantage of his chance; Bumgarner is life of the party on and off mound

blogs.mercurynews.com — Is it really All Brandon Weekend if Brandon Belt isn't there? The first baseman was rehabbing in Fresno when the Giants celebrated their young infielders, giving away Belt and Crawford bobbleheads. "We better have another one," Belt said late Wednesday night, his clothes soaked in champagne and beer.
Oct 02, 2014

Also in that postgame blog, Peavy on the Nationals, Hurdle on Bumgarner, and Pence on what comes next: bit.ly/1x1a62K

Oct 02, 2014

Poor throws from a Dodger and a teammate cost Brandon Belt 96 games. He's making up for lost time: bit.ly/1x1a62K

Santa Clara schools trustee ordered to stay off campus

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/01/2014 07:14:15 PM PDT Updated: 10/01/2014 07:14:18 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge SUNNYVALE -- Santa Clara schools trustee Christopher Stampolis has been ordered to stay away from Peterson Middle School and its principal, who accused him of harassing her and the staff while violating policy at the school his son attends.

Madison Bumgarner: The Tractor That Plows The Postseason Field. With 200 Horsepower.

blogs.mercurynews.com — Here's the unedited Director's Cut version of the column that will appear in tomorrow morning's Mercury News and BANG papers . .. . PITTSBURGH No way that Madison Bumgarner was coming out of the game. Not after all he had done.
Oct 02, 2014

My column from tonight's game on Madison Bumgarner, the Giants' tractor that plows the postseason field: bit.ly/1yzS9x1

'Survivor' recap: Beware of false idols

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/01/2014 09:12:00 PM PDT Updated: 10/01/2014 09:12:01 PM PDT Welcome back to Coyopa and post tribal council insanity. Josh, who is in a secret alliance with Baylor, attempts to explain to her why he wrote her name down at that night's tribal council.

Renowned Stanford physicist, Nobel laureate Martin Perl dies

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/01/2014 08:33:39 PM PDT Updated: 10/01/2014 08:38:31 PM PDT PALO ALTO -- Martin L. Perl, a pioneer in the physics field who also won a Nobel Prize during his illustrious five-decade career, died Tuesday, officials at Stanford University confirmed Wednesday. He was 87.
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