Fathers and other pre-Christmas procrastinators are expected to hit the stores in force on Friday, kicking off a calendar-enhanced flurry of holiday shopping that should warm retailers' hearts.
Mythbusters cannonball goes wrong: a cannonball shot for the television show Mythbusters missed its target, becoming a destructive juggernaut in a family neighborhood.
San Francisco earthquake strikes again: a second earthquake struck San Francisco just six hours after the first. Both quakes occured almost 22 year to the day after the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.
Many of those who died on 9/11 jumped from the upper floors of the World Trade Center in New York. San Francisco doctor Kevin Stone has invented the "Rescue Reel" personal escape device that might have saved lives that day.
A poignantly dark comedy follows a 1970s Californian businessman who takes wing as a fledgling smuggler.