San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, center, is greeted by teammates Brandon Belt, left, and Hunter Pence right, after hitting a grand slam against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's game. Don Wright/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Grand Slam Helps Giants Shutout Pirates In Playoff Game

The San Francisco Giants decisively beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

In New Jersey in March, Dianna Lopez of the Center for Family Services (right) speaks with Betsy Cruz, of Camden, N.J., about health insurance coverage during an Affordable Care Act information session. Lori M. Nichols/South Jersey Times/Landov hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Obamacare's First Year: How'd It Go?

It has been a year since Obamacare launched with a difficult start. Now, supporters are confident about the program's future. But critics say it's too early to gauge its success.

Lake Oroville in California has little water after three years of drought. Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources via Getty Images; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Science

When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with campaigners against female genital mutilation at the Girl Summit in London in July. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Movement Against Female Genital Mutilation Gains Spotlight In U.K.

The U.K. tended to treat the issue as a practice from a foreign culture, which did not demand attention. But it has become a central focus for police, doctors and even the British prime minister.

Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans as they gather next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Asia

Hong Kong Protests Offer A Revelation To Mainland Chinese

Chinese mainlanders visiting Hong Kong have expressed amazement, even jealousy at the polite, civic-spirited and considerate crowds of protesters. But some on the mainland see the activists as traitors.

Tonio Borg of Malta, the European Union's Health Commissioner, is spearheading the EU response to the Ebola outbreak. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Europe's 'Moral Obligation' Is To Repair West Africa's Health Care System

With money and manpower, the European Union hopes to help stop the Ebola outbreak. But the EU has a long-term goal as well: Improving health care in West Africa to prevent future medical crises.

President Obama boards Air Force One after attending a Democratic fundraiser in Newport, R.I. in August. Ahead of this fall's midterm elections, he's not doing big public rallies for Democratic candidates, instead opting for private events. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Politics

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.

San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos (right) walks with drag queen Sister Roma to a news conference on Sept. 17 about a Facebook policy that requires people to use their "real" names on their profiles. The site said Wednesday it will modify how the policy is enforced. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

The new tribute album Dionne Dionne is a collaboration between singer Dionne Farris (known for her work with Arrested Development) and guitarist Charlie Hunter. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Reviews

Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence

On an unlikely tribute album, singer Dionne Farris and guitarist Charlie Hunter tackle Warwick classics with revealing subtlety — and nods to the musicians' own origins in early-'90s rap.

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