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Robin Abcarian

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Dying for abalone: Thrills and perils of diving for the slimy delicacy

They get smashed against the rocks. They have heart attacks. They get tangled in ropes of kelp. In the hunt for abalone, people can die all sorts of ways.

This year, seven abalone seekers have perished off the coasts of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, all for the love of a slimy white mollusk that is more sublime texture than taste.

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Kevin McCarthy's radical honesty: 'Benghazi' was about hurting Hillary

The other night, I was working in a hotel room in Carmel, half-watching my favorite source of entertainment, Fox News.

Sean Hannity was interviewing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the Republican congressman from Bakersfield, about his bid to replace John A. Boehner as speaker of the House.

Scratch that.

Hannity was hectoring McCarthy rather than interviewing him.

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Is Junipero Serra's sainthood a mixed blessing for Carmel-by-the-Sea?

The first act of vandalism occurred at the north end of town, on the day Pope Francis canonized Father Junipero Serra. The weekly Carmel Pine Cone reported that someone had poured black paint on a statue of Serra, and that a neighbor had cleaned it up within hours.

The second act, a few days later, was even bolder.

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Waterless Slip'N Slide? Dream on, Silicon Valley kids.

 Mountain View, Calif. -- How are tech wizards and high-profile political leaders handling California’s most severe drought? I mean, up close and personal?

On Thursday, in the Computer History Museum here, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group gathered for its annual policy conference.

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At Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina snuffed out a beloved tech culture

It’s hard to overestimate the impact that two young Stanford graduates, working in a small wooden garage behind a brown shingled house in 1939, had on the world of high technology. Without David Packard and William Hewlett, there would probably be no Silicon Valley.

The pair were known not just for technical innovation and global success.

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In the GOP debate spin room, the truth goes for a whirl

In the spin room, like the carnival, everyone wins.Step right up!Who won the debate? I asked top Jeb Bush strategist David Kochel, a spin room vet from Des Moines who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.“Gov. Bush, hands down,” Kochel said. “Great night for him.”I raised my eyebrows.“I’m right,” Kochel said. “I’m sure on this. He shut down Donald Trump for 40 minutes.

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