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DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.


Kvitova, Rybarikova win in Connecticut Open semis

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday.


Rosol, Janowicz advance to Winston-Salem final

Winston-Salem (United States) (AFP) - Poland's Jerzy Janowicz and Czech veteran Lukas Rosol reached the final of the ATP Winston-Salem hardcourt tournament with three-set victories.


Tennis - Kvitova joins Rybarikova in WTA New Haven final

- Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova joined Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in the final of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament on Friday, after both players won their semis in straight sets.


Didier wins US stage, Van Garderen keeps lead

Luxembourg's Laurent Didier won the fifth stage of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race, while American Tejay Van Garderen finished ninth to maintain his 20-second overall lead. Trek racer Didier on Friday captured the 167.6-kilometer (104.14-mile) stage from Woodland Park to Breckenridge in three hours, 50 minutes and 38 seconds with Colombian Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle second and Canada's Rob Britton third, both in the same time. Van Garderen was 1:33 off the pace in ninth but that was enough to keep the BMC Racing rider's margin over second-place overall rider Rafael Majka of Poland, who placed 10th in the stage just behind the American. "It was definitely a tough day," Van Garderen said.


Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

All three major mobile operating systems now have a virtual assistant, but there still isn’t a final verdict on which is the best. In fact, with such frequent updates, it might be impossible to ever declare a winner, but that doesn’t mean we can’t constantly compare the three anyway. Earlier this year, WPCentral posed the same questions to all three assistants at once in order to see which was more effective. In another series of videos stretching all the way back to last November, Phonebuff has been testing each assistant individually to see how they respond to 50 unique voice commands. Google Now was the first candidate, then came Siri, and now it’s Cortana’s turn. Even though Cortana is still technically in beta


Sideways rain no problem for Phelps at Pan Pacs

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Michael Phelps added the "crazy, sideways rain" to the list of things he's learning from in his comeback to international competition, handling the bad weather conditions without too much trouble Saturday to qualify for the 100-meter butterfly final at the Pan Pacific championships.


GentrificationWatch: The Downtown revitalization has "squeezed out"...

The Downtown revitalization has "squeezed out" the homeless and pushed them right over to the Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights areas—particularly to the County-USC Medical Center, says a six-month-long study released yesterday. With all the development and money coming into...


Manziel fined $12K for obscene gesture on Monday Night Football

The Browns rookie quarterback received a $12,000 fine from the NFL for an obscene hand gesture during Monday's 24-23 preseason loss to the Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Manziel extended his middle finger at the Washington bench following a third-quarter incompletion.


EventWire: Miami-based James Beard Award-winning chef Norman...

Miami-based James Beard Award-winning chef Norman Van Aken will join Atlanta's own JBA winner Linton Hopkins in the kitchen at Restaurant Eugene on Wednesday, September 3. The special dinner — $125 per person — includes five courses with dishes such...


Deathwatch: Artisanal

Odds are you probably haven't thought of Artisanal, the Murray Hill restaurant from Shitshow All Star Terrance Brennan, in a while. His other restaurant, Picholine, is the one that's always in the news — and not for the right...


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