Best soups in San Francisco and the Bay Area

As the season’s first rainstorm of the season descends on the Bay Area, it’s hard to not think about all those rainy-day things we haven’t had the chance to do in months. And one of those things is to eat a hearty bowl of soup.  To take the work out of finding the best in the Bay Area, SF Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer’s already done the legwork and found slurp-worthy soups. His 2014 list of favorite soups in the Bay Area has been refreshed for this year, with new additions from the food staff and the SFGATE team. For those of you who know how to chop vegetables and simmer a stock — and have the patience for it — here are five soup recipes …

Boy, elderly man hit by car on Springvale Road, Nunawading A young boy and an elderly man have been hit by a car in Melbourne's east. The pair were walking near the corner of Springvale and Springfield roads in Nunawading at 5pm when they were struck, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said. Do you know more? Email scoop@theage.com.au The man has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The boy, whose age has not been confirmed, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. The female driver stopped to help the injured pair, the police spokeswoman said. She was uninjured. Springvale Road is closed southbound for motorists as emergency services deal with the accident. UPDATE: Paramedics are treating four people, two children and two adults, and all Springvale Rd lanes are closed southbound. #9News ...

Australia v South Africa 2016: Faf du Plessis guilty of ball tampering, but cleared to ... South Africa captain Faf du Plessis is free to play in the third Test despite being found guilty of ball tampering for the second time in three years by the International Cricket Council. The Proteas confirmed on Tuesday night they would appeal the decision, leaving du Plessis again at risk of a suspension as the ICC has the power to increase the original penalty. It's unlikely the appeal will be organised in time before the day/night Test starts on Thursday. The ICC had the power to suspend du Plessis but chose instead to dock him his entire match fee, about $2500, and handed him three demerit points. Du Plessis was punished for a first offence despite being found guilty of the same charge in a Test ...

Hot hybrid Honda worth $400,000-plus to hit the streets of Perth $420,000... That's how much it will probably cost to own Honda's latest incarnation of its iconic NSX designed to compete with supercars like the Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 Turbo. This second generation NSX is a hybrid supercar packing a rear mounted electric motor wedged between a 75-degree 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 powering a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. For extra grunt, there's also a another pair of electric motors coupled to the front axle, and all told the NSX generates 427kW and puts down 646Nm of torque. The original Honda NSX first hit Australian roads back in the early 1990s and had an immediate impact with car lovers, taking out the 1992 and 1993 editions of the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally. Back then the car went ...

EMF exposure is causing insomnia, depression, anxiety, illness and memory loss People who pass off concerns about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as belonging in the "tin foil hat" category of paranoia might want to take a closer look at some of the evidence of harm caused by EMF exposure.While it's true that some EMFs are naturally emitted by the sun and even the earth, the human race is being exposed to previously unheard-of levels of artificial EMFs in the year 2016, and the problem is only set to grow with the prevalence of wireless technology.As the name implies, electromagnetic fields are made up of electric and magnetic fields, which are situated perpendicular to one another and travel together in the form of an invisible wave. Man-made EMFs are classified by the National Institute of Environmental Health...

Win double passes to the Palace Centro’s ‘Summer of Cinema’ Brisbane Times and Palace Cinemas have joined forces to help readers escape the summer heat for an advance screening of one of the season's best flicks. At the same time, movie goers can check out the refurbished Palace Centro with five new luxurious cinemas featuring chairs handcrafted in Spain, which partially recline in the front rows. Dev Patel stars in Lion. Photo: Supplied What will you see?  It's a mystery but it could be one of the following films as part of the Summer of Cinema at Palace Centro. Lion Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham, Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierly's needle-in-the-haystack search on the streets of Calcutta for his lost mother and ...

Patty Mills takes the front as young San Antonio Spurs chase NBA championship Patty Mills' love for the San Antonio Spurs has never been stronger and his performance at NBA level has never been better. And this is not a coincidence. Patty Mills has emerged as a leading force for the San Antonio Spurs in 2016. Photo: Brian Babineau In the Spurs' first 17 games Mills has been among their most consistent performers, and both his minutes and points per game are well up against his career averages. Mills has also taken on a bigger leadership role in his sixth Spurs season. With addition of four rookies to the roster the team is inexperienced, particularly after the retirement of Tim Duncan. Mills said on Sunday his love for the Spurs made him want to ensure the team's success for another generation. "It's ...

Turnbull government ditches plans for new banking tribunal A Coalition backbench plan for a new banking tribunal appears to have been dropped by the Turnbull government, after an expert review found it was not needed. In October, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was preparing to set up a low-cost tribunal for victims of poor practices by Australia's biggest banks, amid pressure from Labor for a royal commission into the banks, and calls by Queensland Liberal MP Warren Entsch and Nationals senator John "Wacka" Williams for a new consumer-focused tribunal. After calling the bosses of the big four banks to face parliamentary hearings in Canberra, Mr Turnbull said a new tribunal was a proposal the government was "working towards". "What we are working towards is having one tribunal that deals with consumer ...