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Wednesday marks the 112th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake and subsequent inferno that ravaged San Francisco and surrounding areas.
More than 3,000 people are believed to have died and an estimated 28,000 buildings were wiped out as a result of the catastrophic events, according to research. The quake itself, which featured shaking lasting for some 45 to 60 seconds, was said to have been felt from as far away as Los Angeles, southern Oregon and central Nevada, according to the United States Geological Survey.
"The California earthquake of April 18, 1906, ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time," according to the USGS.
Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking.
Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smoke at 4:20 p.m. local time.
How the marijuana-loving world came to mark the occasion is believed traceable to five Northern California men now in their 60s with bad backs and graying hair. They are the unofficial grandmasters by virtue of the code they created nearly 50 years ago as students at a suburban San Francisco high school in 1971.
"We thought it was a joke then," said David Reddix, a filmmaker and retired CNN cameraman. "We still do."
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Olympic gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzscher, who have both accused former Dr. Lary Nassar of sexual assault, testified before Congress Wednesday about the need to protect athletes from the pervasive abuse in sports, calling on lawmakers to hold athletic organizations accountable for continued misconduct.
Wieber and Dantzscher, along with speedskater Bridie Farrell and figure skater Craig Maurizi, spoke to members of the Senate Commerce Committee about their own abuse and suggested changes to keep athletes safe in the future.
Wieber, who was on the "Fierce Five" team that won gold in 2012, told the committee that the abuse she experienced "caused me to feel shame and confusion" and that she was "betrayed by everyone" involved. She said that she felt if she questioned Nassar's treatment, she would not be considered for Olympic or national competitions.
Authorities say a dispute over bologna and cheese at a Pennsylvania rooming house ended in a stabbing that left a man seriously injured.
Bethlehem police say Manuel Martinez and another man had argued Monday night about food placement in a refrigerator used by all of the home's residents. The dispute soon ended, but somehow was reignited around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The first lawsuit has been filed by a victim of the Parkland shooting, just over two months after a former student opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 students and staff.
Freshman Anthony Borges became a hero in the eyes of many when he was shot five times while protecting 20 other students during the Feb. 14 mass shooting by barricading the door to a classroom with his body. He was shot in his legs three times and twice in his lungs. A third of his lung had to be removed and one bullet came close to his liver.
Fellow students nicknamed Borges, a former boy scout and avid soccer player and fan, "the real Ironman."
The chief accuser at Bill Cosby's sexual-assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005, a key defense witness testified on Wednesday, a day that also featured prosecutors introducing Cosby's explosive deposition testimony about giving a 1970s party drug to women before sex.
Defense witness Marguerite Jackson, an academic adviser at Temple University, said accuser Andrea Constand told her she could fabricate sexual-assault allegations and "get that money" from a lawsuit, bolstering Cosby's efforts to show Constand made up the allegations against him to extort a big civil settlement.
Jackson's account was immediately challenged by prosecutors, who suggested she wasn't on the trip on which she says her conversation with Constand took place.
Amazon started Prime Day. Alibaba capitalized on Singles Day. Now another e-commerce company is hoping for success with an invented shopping holiday.
Online furniture seller Wayfair is calling April 25 Way Day and will offer discounts that it says are comparable to its Black Friday deals.
Those kind of days are a tactic online retailers use to try to increase customer excitement and boost sales. Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015 to mark its 20th anniversary and has brought it back every July since. Singles Day was started in the 1990s by Chinese college students as a version of Valentine's Day for people without dates, but it has since been closely linked with Alibaba, which adopted it as a shopping event about a decade ago. Both have become windfalls for the companies.
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TaskRabbit says it's investigating a cybersecurity incident that has caused it to shut down its online on-demand services platform.
The Ikea-owned service has been offline since Monday and showed no signs of restarting Tuesday. A notice sent to users advises them to change their passwords if they use the same password on other sites.
TaskRabbit is an online platform for people to hire someone to help them move, clean up the house, mount a TV or assemble furniture. Furniture seller Ikea bought the San Francisco-based firm last year.
Since Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney accused former Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse six months ago, the gold medalist is making her first public comments about the "hundreds" of times she says he abused her and the “big secret” she was forced to keep.
In an interview to be aired Sunday on “Dateline,” Maroney told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that she was just 13 when she first visited the ex-USA Gymnastics doctor for an exam.
“He told me that he was gonna do a checkup on me. That was the first day that I was abused,” said Maroney, now 22.
The porn actress alleging a sexual affair with President Donald Trump released a composite sketch Tuesday of the man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about the relationship.
Stormy Daniels unveiled the image on ABC's "The View." She said she was threatened to keep quiet about her 2006 tryst with Trump by an unidentified man in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 and didn't report the alleged threat at the time because she was scared.
Daniels said if she had reported the threat at the time, she would have had to reveal the affair and she "didn't want my life to turn upside down."
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The Cuban government has nominated First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate for president, guaranteeing that the 57-year-old engineer will succeed Raul Castro.
Wednesday's announcement confirms the long-held expectation that Diaz-Canel would take over from Castro in a transition meant to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.
The nomination must be now approved by the 604 delegates attending the National Assembly, which always approves nominations with total or near-total unanimity.
A San Diego family caught in the deluge in the Hawaiian island of Kauai this weekend found safety with the help of legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton.
Record rain, 27 inches in just 24 hours, stranded the Gwilliam family on their last day of vacation in Kauai.
In the middle of the flooding and mudslides, Hamilton swooped in to save the stranded vacationers staying just across the river from his home.
The Gwilliams, traveling from Encinitas, California, were huge fans before this, now they're seeing their super surfer in a whole new light.
Donald Trump's campaign paid more than $66,000 to the law firm that represents Keith Schiller, his former longtime bodyguard, newly filed campaign records show, NBC News reported.
Schiller, who left a White House job in September, testified to the House Intelligence Committee in November that someone made an offer to send five women to Trump's hotel room in Moscow in the lead-up to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.
Two people familiar with the matter told NBC News that Schiller painted the incident in a light favorable to Trump, saying he turned down the offer on Trump's behalf, treated it as a joke and no women ever came, as far as he was aware. It is presumed by congressional investigators that Schiller told the same story to special counsel Robert Mueller.
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