The high-flying rookie put out a call over the loudspeaker for the "biggest person in the building" and out strolled the 7-foot-1 O'Neal who is considered one of the greatest players in league history.
US stocks were staging a furious late-afternoon rally on Thursday, closing with gains after erasing a near 600-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Massachusetts State Police said a total of 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odour had been reported.
Elite competitors began in rain coverings and at a slow pace in the coldest start since 1988 at 3 degrees celsius with rain often blowing into runners' faces.
Coastal flooding alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts with winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and high wind warnings in effect from the Northeast to the mid-Atlantic.
"The Last Jedi" is now the eighth-highest grossing domestic movie of all time with $517.1 million, only $15 million behind last year's "Rogue One." It has cleared the $1 billion milestone worldwide.
The launch in the setting sun created a shining, billowing streak that was widely seen throughout Southern California and as far away as Phoenix.
Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law had been hospitalised in Rome. The film 'Spotlight' chronicled The Boston Globe's reporting of the church's cover-up of the sexual abuse of children and Law's role in it.
Elon Musk's Tesla gets into the truck business, while Firefox plans to shake Chrome's dominance with Quantum. The honourable mention goes to Boston Dynamics' jumpy robot, Atlas.
The experiment done earlier this week in California on Brian Madeux, 44, is seen as a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to cure a disease.
The arrest came just hours after the University of Texas at Austin said it removed four statues tied to the Confederacy.
A “Free Speech” rally organised by the far-right was dwarfed by tens of thousands of protesters in a face-off which grew heated but remained mostly non-violent. At least 33 people were arrested, largely for “scuffles”.
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