A 5.8 earthquake hit the U.S. at around 1:55 p.m. EST, reportedly originating from Mineral, VA according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt across the country, from Washington, D.C. and New York City to North Carolina. Buildings were evacuated across the East Coast, including the Pentagon.
Nafissatou Diallo, the woman who has accused former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, and Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson speak to the media after a meeting with the District Attorney at the 80 Centre Street in New York City on August 8, 2011. Prosecutors in the office of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, have filed papers requesting that all charges be dropped against Kahn.
The $120 million memorial to Martin Luther King Jr opens to the public today August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. The memorial features a 30-foot-tall statue of civil rights leader and is located near the Tidal Basin on the Washington Mall. The official opening dedication will be on Sunday, August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
A funeral is held for five Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike. Israeli fighter jets bombed Gaza in retaliation to a series of coordinated attacks on August 18 near the southern Israeli sea resort of Eilat that left eight dead.
The new Kim Kardashian in wedding dress wax figure is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on August 18, 2011. Kardashian is allegedly to be married this weekend in a private ceremony. UPI/Phil McCarten
Funeral for Staff Sergeant Moshe Naftali in the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, August 19, 2011. Naftali was killed in southern Israel in a terrorist attack yesterday. Eight Israelis were killed in three terrorists attacks by Palestinians from Gaza who crossed into Israel through Egypt. UPI/Debbie Hill
China has 271 billionaires, including Sany Group construction giant's Liang Wengen, the richest with $11 billion, the 2011 Hurun Rich List reported.
China's most affluent group expanded rapidly again this year, spurred by the country's construction boom and growing retail market, the Hurun Research Institute, which prepared the list, said Wednesday, China Daily reported.
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