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Rare East Coast Earthquake Damages National Cathedral, Washington Monument [VIDEO]

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that unnerved millions of people on the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday forced schools in three states to close and damaged several buildings and federal landmarks.

At least four aftershocks followed the powerful quake, including a 3.4-magnitude tremblor that hit near the nation’s capital overnight.

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The Pentagon was evacuated after the earthquake
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Virginia Earthquake Felt as Far Away as New York, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

An earthquake epicentered in Virginia occurred Tuesday afternoon, with people in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Toronto reporting they felt the tremors, as well.

Reports thus far indicate the quake registered a 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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Starbucks Pulls the Plug on ‘Jonathan’s Card’ Experiment

Well, you knew someone would ruin it.

Jonathan’s Card, which we told you about last week, was a nifty social experiment that used a shared Starbucks card in a modern version of the “take a penny, leave a penny” tray. People could use the card to buy themselves coffee and/or contribute to the card and earn themselves a little good karma. Now, alas, it’s no more.

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Bernie Madoff’s Wife of 52 Years, Ruth, Abandons Him to Fix Relationship with Their Son

Ruth Madoff, 70, who stood by her husband Bernie after he was convicted in 2008 of bilking his clients out of $65 billion in a 20-year Ponzi-scheme, has now reportedly abandoned her marriage of five decades, although it’s unclear if she plans to seek a divorce.

Her initial devotion to her husband cost her a relationship with their two sons, Mark and Andrew. Ruth stopped visiting Bernie in prison after Mark committed suicide in December of 2010, and she now wants to patch things up with her only remaining child.

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Indiana State Fair Concert Stage Collapses, Killing Five [VIDEO]

Thousands of people were gathered at an outdoor stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night when high winds from a storm caused the stage rigging to collapse, killing five and injuring at least 40 others, multiple outlets report.

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Pentagon Releases Names of 30 Troops Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash [VIDEO]

The Pentagon has released the names of 30 American troops who were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade downed their Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan last weekend

The attack represented the biggest single day loss of military personnel America has suffered during the nearly ten-year Afghanistan war.  Overall, 1648 Americans have died in the conflict.

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Back to School – 5 Tips for Kids Waiting at the Bus Stop

School is almost back in session, which means it’s time to start brushing up on tips for taking the bus. The school bus can be a great resource for time-strapped parents and independence-seeking children alike. But it also needs to be approached with safety and care.

Here are five tips to make your child’s bus ride the best it can be.

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Did Woman Who Won Four Lotteries Cheat Her Way to a Fortune?

Since 1993, Joan R. Ginther has hit the lotto jackpot four times, to the tune of $2 million, $3 million, $5.4 million and $10 million.

The chances of this happening are one in 18 septillion. For a point of reference, there are about one septillion grains of sand on earth.

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Budweiser Can Gets First Makeover in a Decade

Anheuser-Busch will be rolling out a redesigned can for its iconic Budweiser brand this summer. Bud’s first updated look in ten years will feature more red then before, and will give more space to Budweiser’s bow-tie shaped logo.

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Missouri Makes It Illegal for Teachers and Students to Be Facebook Friends

An new Missouri law, aimed at protecting children from sexual predators, has made it illegal for teachers and their past and present school-aged students to friend each other on Facebook.

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President Obama, Congressional Leaders Reach Debt Deal, Plan to Face Vote

President Barack Obama said Sunday night that he and Congressional leaders had reached a debt deal that cuts trillions in federal spending. The debt ceiling plan was set to face a vote on Monday in hopes of enacting it before a Tuesday deadline, thus averting default, The New York Times reported.

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Is Apple Wealthier Than the US Government?

According to the latest daily statement from the US Treasury, as well as Apple’s latest earning report, the tech company now has more cash on hand than the US government.

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