A New Zealand man whose legs were severed below the knees after suffering frostbite more than two decades ago became the first double amputee to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain on Monday.
Mark Inglis, who has spent a gruelling 40 days on Mount Everest, had set out in his bid to reach the peak on his prosthetic legs with an early morning start in perfect weather from Camp 4, less than 450 metres below the 8,850-metre summit.
John Suhrhoff found the Louis Vuitton bag on a Sausalito park bench during a lunch stop in the scenic city following a weekend hike.
Inside the bag, police say, was a treasure trove: a 12-carat diamond ring, pearl and emerald jewelry, a Cartier watch and roughly $500 in Canadian and American cash. The contents were worth a cool $1 million US.
But the respiratory therapist didn't think of heading to a pawn shop - he returned the bag to Sausalito police headquarters Monday afternoon after failing to track down the owners. The bag is en route to the Ghannadian family of Toronto, who were in Northern California for a daughter's wedding.
After more than three-quarters of a century working for public transit angencies, a bus maintenance worker will retire Wednesday on his 100th birthday.
For decades, Arthur Winston reported to work at a bus yard at the crack of dawn. By 6 a.m. he would be supervising a crew of workers as they cleaned and refueled the region's bus fleet.
But on Tuesday, Winston abandoned his routine and put on a suit, tie and black fedora and headed downtown to meet the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. There, he was lauded for his nearly perfect work record and decades of service with what is currently called the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
A 20-year-old California Institute of Technology student set a new world record for solving the popular Rubik's Cube puzzle, turning the tiled brain-twister from scrambled to solved in 11.13 seconds.
Leyan Lo is part of Caltech's Rubik's Cube Club, a student group that hosted the competition at the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. Lo's record-setting time came early Saturday, among his first five tries in the preliminary rounds.
The record-setting solve caught competitors and Lo himself by surprise.
A woman who was handing out cash to strangers this week said Wednesday she was simply enjoying spreading happiness.
"I unexpectedly came into some money recently, and I don't really need it," 79-year-old Ruby Dickens explained. "It's a lovely feeling to give it to someone and brighten up their day. It's always nice to get some free money, isn't it?" she said.