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   Imprisoned former lawman accused of charity scam
For years, former Santa Clara County sheriff's lieutenant Armand Tiano and his law enforcement ex-wife lived the high life, buying boats, luxury cars, RVs and expensive sculptures. Now the district attorney's office says it knows how the couple could afford it: Both have been charged with running a bogus police charity to steal millions.




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Abduction alert system makes dramatic debut
Roy Suruki thought he'd come upon a bad accident on his Thursday morning commute from San Mateo to Milpitas, but it wasn't crumpled cars slowing his drive to a crawl through Palo Alto.
Teens' kidnapper shot dead
Two teenage girls abducted at gunpoint early Thursday from a lovers' lane were rescued 100 miles away after sheriff's deputies closed in on the suspect's stolen car and shot him to death, authorities said.
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Coalition claims Hollywood shuns actors over 40
They're among your favorite character actors, who brought to life such memorable TV roles as the irascible Lou Grant and Jerry Seinfeld's Uncle Leo. But now they say they're struggling to find work in an industry that's obsessed with youth.

BUSINESS  

Executive returning to Silicon Valley roots
Rick Belluzzo isn't returning to Silicon Valley for the perks. When he becomes chief executive officer of Quantum next month, the 48-year-old former president and chief operating officer of Microsoft will have eat in the company cafeteria and hunt for a parking place along with everyone else.

PG&E stock plummets 30 percent
PG&E's stock skidded 30 percent Thursday as financial troubles fueled fears that its once-prosperous energy trading business could slip into bankruptcy.
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Enjoy watching Tejada while A's can afford him
Columnist Tim Kawakami says Oakland A's shortstop is on a different path than a normal major leager -- one that could lead to Cooperstown.

Chavez's 2 homers lead A's to victory
Eric Chavez went 27 games without a homer before going the distance Wednesday. Apparently, the A's All-Star third baseman liked the feeling because he homered twice Thursday in the 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Long, short of it: Giants lose again
Damon Minor's bid for a three-run home run in the ninth inning turned into a 400-foot mystery Thursday as the Giants lost 2-1 to the Phillies.
»Golf: Commission lets CordeValle off the hook

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT  
  Eerie `Signs'
I see dead people. They don't know they're dead. They think they're making a big summer movie on that timeless cinematic theme: crop circles! But really they're in another one of writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's conducted tours of limbo, this one called ``Signs.''
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  The Mexican Rock Invasion
If you remember when the Rolling Stones were the ``street fighting men,'' then you'll want to hear Mexico's hottest rock band, El Tri -- even if you don't speak Spanish.
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