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  • A magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocked the East Coast, one of the most powerful ever recorded in that region, prompting evacuations at the Pentagon, White House and Capitol. The tremors, which were felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City, sent people flooding into the streets. Cell phone reception failed as people tried to get in touch with friends and family to figure out what was happening. For many, it was their first time experiencing an earthquake.

    "I've never felt an earthquake before," says Joao Costa, a Yahoo! News editor in New York City. "The office building shook for about 15 seconds.  Jokingly, I yelled out 'quake!' and my colleagues laughed. Some got up and looked at the ceiling, after all, a week before a big chunk had fallen on Dan Gross's desk. It took about a second to realize that it really was a quake, and had nothing to do with the construction on the top floor. Then I saw the news alerts."

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  • Former President Bill Clinton celebrates his 65th birthday

    Bill Clinton sure knows how to ring in another year. The former president, who turns 65 today, will be celebrating his birthday with a special concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 15. His spokespeople told Yahoo! News, the charity event, which also marks the 10-year anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation, is set to include some of the biggest names in music, film and television.

    For his 60th birthday, the baby boomer president celebrated with a fundraising extravaganza in New York hosted by daughter Chelsea and by Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The event, which also benefited the Clinton Foundation,included an invitation-only concert by the Rolling Stones and contributor packages costing $500,000 and higher.

    The William J. Clinton foundation, in the past 10 years, has directed more than $10 billion towards HIV/AIDS treatment, climate change issues, and reducing hunger and poverty around the world.

    Happy

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  • Foreign tongue

    Ever heard of a frenectomy? And no, it's not a procedure to remove your Facebook friends. Or enemies.

    It's a surgical procedure to lengthen your tongue by cutting ... OK, you probably don't want to know the details, but a British teenager recently underwent the procedure to help her speak Korean.

    Student Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones is fascinated by Korean culture, but her shorter-than-average tongue made speaking Korean a difficult task. (Most people would have trouble speaking Korea even with a regular-sized tongue, I'm guessing.)

    If things don't work out for the dedicated linguist, she can always get a job with KISS.

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