The Cannabis Cup festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Denver is hosting it for the first time since state pot laws were relaxed.
Some stories are just too weird, too funny or too sad to ignore. They may not be "serious news," but are so fascinating you must read them. NPR correspondents are on the watch for such tales. We pass along the best, from NPR and other news outlets.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it's hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it's across the street from Walt Disney World.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter's story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.
A revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet survived periods of global warming intact.
When a box was opened in Southern California, two little fur balls were inside. Now named Mouse and Wifi, the kittens survived a long trip. Their story's a nice change from the week's heavier news.
The death toll surpasses what had been the single deadliest day on the world's tallest mountain. Officials say all of those killed were Sherpa guides.
Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.
Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"— where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.
The trespasser relieved himself into one of the city's reservoirs of treated water. Officials say there's not much of a danger to public health, but they're being cautious.
Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?