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Five people managed to escape Monday from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, where they had been detained by an armed assailant who was still holding several hostages. Meanwhile, Australian authorities, from police to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, pushed to defuse the crisis.

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Actor Jeremy Piven wants you to turn your lights off. Especially you, Atlanta. It's part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

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The word "seafoam" might call to mind a posh shade of light green that would color, say, select Restoration Hardware or J. Crew products. However, for seaside dwellers along a stretch of Australian coastline in New South Wales, the term quite literally describes the frothy substance that completely covered their beaches after a nearby storm stirred up the Pacific.

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