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USA basketball team thrash Dominican Republic

The United States hammered the Dominican Republic 105-62 in a basketball World Cup tune-up at Madison Square Garden in New York. Wednesday's lopsided contest gave US coach Mike Krzyzewski a prime opportunity to tinker with his star-studded lineup. He was without Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, who was a late scratch after returning to the game for the first time in eight months on Saturday in an exhibition win over Brazil in Chicago.

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday. The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father, mother or parent when a child is born, a nuanced change from the current birth certificate that backers say is more reflective of growing rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. "This bill seems subtle but I think it’s going to make a profound impact on how people view each other," said the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles. In March, a baby in Tennessee became the first child in that state to have two women listed on her birth certificate, although one was in the spot marked "father." In Florida last year, a judge approved an adoption of a baby girl that listed three people as parents on her birth certificate: a lesbian couple and a gay man, who was the sperm donor for the baby but sought a bigger role in his daughter’s life.

Suits Boss on Midseason Finale: "We Wanted to Pack a Punch"

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GentrificationWatch: Today Isaac Simpson looks at the...

Today Isaac Simpson looks at the path of gentrification through Frogtown (aka Elysian Valley), which was once a refuge for Latinos pushed out of Chavez Ravine. The artists and nonprofits who found the neighborhood a few years back are starting...

Rumormongering: NYC Chef Damon Wise Heading to Charleston?

Eater NY announced, last Thursday, Damon Wise, chef de cuisine of French brasserie Lafayette, was leaving to "to pursue a project of his own." Since the restaurant's opening last year, Layfayette has racked up the praise, from being nominated...

U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He later met privately with Brown's parents at the St. Louis U.S.

Golf - McIlroy targets four in a row as playoffs open

- Top-ranked Rory McIlroy tries to become only the fifth player in PGA history to win four in a row when the US tour playoffs begin Thursday with The Barclays. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland won last month's Open Championship and followed with his first World Golf Championship, before claiming the PGA Championship. "Whenever you're on a run like this, your expectations are sky high," McIlroy said Wednesday.

Giants protest upheld, will finish Cubs game

The San Francisco Giants became the first team in 28 years to win a Major League Baseball protest, and will finish out a rain-shortened game at the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were leading 2-0 on Tuesday night after four-and-a-half innings -- the minimum for a regulation game. The Giants, who are in the thick of the playoff race, claimed that not enough was done to dry the infield in a timely manner. "We appreciate Major League Baseball's careful review of our protest that will allow last night's game to be continued tomorrow," Giants president Larry Baer said in a statement.

Hatch Off: Live Now: Eater Detroit Live Blogs 2014 Hatch Off

Sister Pie at the 2014 Hatch Off. The night has arrived, folks! That special evening when one lucky startup will walk away with a giant $50,000 check and be named the winner of the 2014 Hatch Detroit competition. Since...

Police, protesters clash in Liberia as Ebola toll hits 1,350

By Clair MacDougall and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Police in the Liberian capital fired live rounds and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1,350. In the sprawling oceanfront West Point neighbourhood of Monrovia, at least four people were injured in clashes with security forces, witnesses said. It was unclear whether anyone was wounded by the gunfire, though a Reuters photographer saw a young boy with his leg largely severed just above the ankle. Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew on Tuesday and put the West Point neighbourhood under quarantine to curb the spread of the disease.

Officer who pointed gun, cursed at protesters suspended

Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them.

Ebola: Liberia’s clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it spreading beyond Africa. Four residents were injured in Monrovia's West Point slum when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they tried to evacuate a state official and her family from the quarantined quarter. The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world are scrambling to stem the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, with the latest official toll jumping 106 in two days to 1,350 dead. Liberia, with 576 deaths from 972 diagnosed cases, is the worst hit of the four affected west African countries, with the numbers of deaths and infections rising dramatically.

2 Americans arrested in Bali suitcase murder held on suicide watch

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday.

Ex-Virginia gov. testifies in his corruption trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell took the stand Wednesday in his own defense, testifying at his public corruption trial about his sometimes volatile relationship with his wife, Maureen.

Sriracha Wire: Sriracha has been all over the...

Sriracha has been all over the news this year, and now the condiment is being celebrated at the 1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival that'll be held in Liberty Station on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Liberty Station. Randy Clemens,...

Ukrainian fighter plane shot down as clashes kill dozens

A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next week for the first time in months. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a Su-25 jet was shot close to the second-largest insurgent bastion of Lugansk, where government forces claim to have battled back control over several districts in the past few days. Clashes in and around the other major rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours, local authorities said.

Health Obsessed: For those hell bent on weight...

For those hell bent on weight loss (sexy nurse season is fast approaching), here's 30 local restaurant dishes with 600 calories or less, including: La Cocinita's fish tacos, Tableau's truffled crab fingers, and more.