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Saturday May 5th, 2018 day edition

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In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, 20 and five dollar bills are displayed in San Anselmo, California.

California's economy has surpassed that of the United Kingdom to become the world's fifth largest, according to federal data made public Friday.

Meanwhile, the UK's economic output slightly shrunk over that time when measured in U.S. dollars, due in part to exchange rate fluctuations.

All economic sectors except agriculture contributed to California's higher GDP, said Irena Asmundson, chief economist at the California Department of Finance.

California last had the world's fifth largest economy in 2002 but fell as low as 10th in 2012 following the Great Recession.

Since then, the largest U.S. state has added 2 million jobs and grown its GDP by $700 billion.

The United Kingdom has 25 million more people than California but now has a smaller GDP, he said. »

​Hugh Jackman: Changing lives, one cup of coffee at a time

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"It's like, you're better to have risked something, even if it doesn't work out, than to have never tried.

Jackman's "have-a-go" DNA was on polite display as we headed out for coffee.

It's been a wildly-successful franchise for Jackman, but a few years ago he decided to claw his way into the coffee business, too. »

Representative Kelly Townsend Wants to Know What a Furry Is

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State representative Kelly Townsend, a Republican from Mesa with a habit of making inflammatory comments, is getting a real education after she asked what a furry was in a Twitter post on Friday morning.

A furry, for the uninitiated, is a member of an internet-fueled subculture centered around an obsession with anthropomorphic animal characters.

She also inexplicably tweeted a photo of coconut-and-lime scented wax cubes with the caption "You know this is all wrong...". »

North Korea changes its time zone to match South

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North Korea has changed time zone to match the South after last week's inter-Korean summit, according to state media.

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The moment Kim Jong-un crossed into South Korea.

Two clocks - showing the time in North and South Korea - sit side by side in Panmunjom, the town in the so-called Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where the two countries' leaders recently met. »

John Wick: Chapter 3 gets a suitably violent new working title

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Hey, who wants a little Latin mixed into their enjoyably stupid, over-the-top action thriller?

ScreenRant reports today on a minor-but-telling behind-the-scenes change at the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 3, which has now had its working title shifted from the largely meaningless Alpha Cop to the far more menacing Parabellum.

The spin-off series will track the lives of all the other improbable murder masters who populate the bizarre mythology of Baba Yaga’s world. »