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Warner Bros.(ORLANDO) — Dwayne Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue helicopter pilot searching for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California in his latest action flick, San Andreas.

“It’s big. It’s epic. It’s relentless. It’s non-stop. It’s a ride that’s non-stop,” the former wrestler said of the film on Thursday’s Live with Kelly and Michael.

Several key scenes in San Andreas take place underwater, something Johnson said was a challenge to film.

“We built to scale the top of these high rises that are in downtown San Francisco. So when downtown San Francisco — without giving the movie away — gets hit with a tsunami, it gets submerged,” he explained. “And in this massive water tank, the size of a football field…we had to shoot these scenes underwater for weeks and weeks [with] four or five hundred members of the crew. It was pretty intense.”

Johnson said filming those particular scenes required specialized training. “I spent a lot of time just in terms of the prep because being a first responder, I had to be down there,” he said. “The scenes were long and I have to save my daughter who’s drowning, and it required me to swim through these office buildings.”

San Andreas, also starring Paul Giamatti and Kylie Minogue, shakes up theaters May 29.

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Pete Souza / The White House(MOSCOW) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is a big fan of Apple.

After meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Medvedev’s new wrist candy was spotted by reporters.

Russian reporter Dmitry Smirnov tweeted a photo of the prime minister talking to a reporter, his watch visible to the cameras.

While watches are a status symbol, Medvedev didn’t opt for the $17,000 Apple Watch Edition, instead choosing a space grey version of the Apple Watch Sport, which starts at $349.

Medvedev’s love for Apple was first noticed in 2010 when he was photographed with Steve Jobs, who showed him the iPhone 4. Medvedev is also known for using an iPad and joined Twitter in 2010.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Every region has local favorite foods, and now, with the help of data from Foursquare, we know definitively what those are.

By using a mix of data sets such as menus, tips, ratings and more, and normalizing for size against other states, Foursquare editors analyzed the data to determine the winning taste that is “most special and unique to each state.” Plus, they put it all into a nifty interactive map.

The resulting tastes are a mix of regional dishes, some more obscure than others. For example, Georgians love Brunswick stew 1,864% more than the rest of America.

Here are some examples of the regional dishes:

Arizona: Prickly Pear
816% more popular than in other states

More commonly known as cactus. Arizonans eat prickly pear raw, sauteed as a side dish or with eggs, in jams and jellies and more. When sautéed, the plant has a similar texture and taste to string beans.

Florida: Conch Fritters

3,870% more popular than in other states

Chances are you’ve held a conch shell up to your ear at some point in your life, claiming you can hear the ocean. Well, turns out in former lives those shells had snails in them, and you can eat those snails. Floridians like to batter and fry them into fritters, usually served with a spicy citrus aioli.

Georgia: Brunswick Stew

1,864% more popular than in other states

This thick tomato-based stew — sort of like a chili — typically contains barbecue sauce, beans, corn and smoked meat such as rabbit, chicken, pork or beef.

Hawaii: Poke

1,120% more popular than in other states

Poke is most easily compared to a ceviche, but it typically is made with raw tuna meat, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and scallions and often served over rice.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were higher last week, increasing by 10,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending May 16, the number of people filing for benefits climbed to 274,000. The previous week, claims stood at 264,000.

The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting that week’s figures.

The four-week moving average, however, decreased by 5,500 to 266,250.

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NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Eight men are expected to appear in Westminster Magistrates Court in London Thursday morning to face charges in the Hatton Garden jewelry heist.

The thieves stole from up to 70 safe deposit boxes from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Limited building over Easter weekend.

Police did not disclose exactly what was stolen, but it is believed that diamonds and gold were part of the haul. Hatton Garden is a district of London famous for being the largest jewelry quarter in the U.K. specializing in the diamond trade.

A “significant” amount of the “high-value property was recovered and will be returned to their owners, British authorities said Tuesday.

A ninth man who was also arrested has been released on bail, pending further enquiries, police have said.

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 6-5 in overtime Wednesday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals.

Nikita Kucherov was the difference-maker, scoring 3:33 into overtime to give Tampa Bay the win.

“You’ve got two of the highest scoring teams in the league. You’re going to get some nights with the skill level out there [that] there’s going to be more goals,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said after the loss. “This was one of those nights.”

Game 4 is Friday night in Tampa.

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MacXever/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department is sharing new details about the deadly fighting in Ramadi, Iraq, last Sunday, saying the city fell into ISIS hands after the militant group set off 30 suicide car bombs in the city center, 10 of which each were comparable in power to the Oklahoma City truck bomb of 1995.

The explosions took out “entire city blocks,” said a senior State Department official who spoke to reporters at the State Department Wednesday on condition that he not be named.

The vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, or VBIEDs, were able to gain access to the city center after an armored bulldozer plowed through T-wall barricades lining the city’s critical government buildings, the official said, adding that the same bulldozer was later used as a power VBIED, itself.

Soon after the bombs went off, the Iraqis deployed a reinforcing column into the city center, but they were forced to retreat after coming under heavy enemy fire, the official said. That retreat led to a larger exodus of Iraqi security forces and the civilian populations, leaving the streets looking “barren,” according to this official.

The State Department and the Pentagon insist the fall of Ramadi does not closely resemble that of Mosul in 2014, when, after only a week of fighting, Islamic State forces were able to take over the entire city as ISF forces abandoned the posts, equipment and even their uniforms.

The State Department official argued that Ramadi has been fiercely contested for 18 months, as both sides controlled equal parts of the city. It wasn’t until the critical government center fell this weekend that ISIS was able to lay claim to the entire provincial capital.

But the official admitted that, in this case, the Iraqi forces did leave some U.S.-made weapons behind. The official suggested that if the enemy attempts to commandeer any of the bigger weapons, they would be killed in airstrikes.

“I’m told that when we see Daesh [another word for ISIS or ISIL] trying to get ahold of that equipment, we’ll take care of that problem,” the State Department official said.

The official also argued that, unlike what happened in Mosul, the Iraqi forces have not collapsed. Rather, they have “regrouped” and “consolidated” and remain mostly intact while they make plans for a counter-offensive, the official said.

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Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Commission Adam Silver is so far enjoying the way the NBA Playoffs are unfolding.

Silver told ESPN that the current playoff format is working out just right between the league’s two divisions.

“With this playoff format as you said when we opened, that we have one and two in the West playing one and two in the East, so something’s working,” Silver said. “I think where we maybe need to make an adjustment is the weight that goes to division winners in the seeding. I’m not ready to go one through 16 East and West, but I think we should go one through eight in the West, and one through eight in the East.”

So why not then have the best 16 teams in the NBA play each other in the playoffs?

“The reason I’m not ready to go one thru 16 and mix the East and West (Divisions) is because of travel,” Silver told ESPN.

Silver pointed to the fact that if that system were in place, the Boston Celtics would have played the Golden State Warriors, creating travel concerns and adjustments to time zones.

Silver was also asked about the current “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy that some teams use around the league, most recently with Los Angeles Clippers center Deandre Jordan.

“I’m on the fence,” Silver told ESPN. “And that Game 4 in particular, Deandre Jordan was on the line four times. Of course the Clippers won the game. And they won the game by like roughly 30 points.”

“So I don’t want to overreact. We’ve spent a lot of time studying the issue. I think throughout the playoffs 75 percent of the ‘Hack-A-Shaq’ incidents are connected to two players. 90 percent to two teams. So I think the question becomes should we change a rule for in essence two players?” he added.

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(LAWRENCE, Mass.) — A Massachusetts police sergeant and an inmate leaped into action together to save a man who had overdosed on heroin — but little did they know that they both had complicated connections to drug abuse.

Sgt. Dennis Laubner had just finished supervising a work crew of minimum-security inmates along a highway Monday afternoon and were preparing to leave the site when a car pulled up. A woman rushed out of the car asking for help, saying her boyfriend was dying and that he had overdosed, Essex County Sheriff’s office spokesman Maurice Pratt told ABC News.

While Laubner told 911 their exact location, the inmates worked to move the unconscious man from the car to the ground. “The inmates were wonderful,” Pratt said.

Then Laubner and an inmate named Dennis Dicato worked together to administer CPR until paramedics arrived. “The inmate gave breaths and the sergeant gave sternum rubs and chest compression,” Pratt said.

While paramedics worked on the overdosed man, Pratt said the inmates cheered him on and shouted his name to encourage him to wake up.

“When he came to, they were all high-fiving each other,” Pratt said. “They were thrilled.”

The rescue was particularly emotional because both Laubner and Dicato have personal connections to drug abuse, according to ABC News’ Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.

“I lost my son a year ago, and that is a tragedy.” Laubner said of losing his son to heroin. “I believe God put me there [Monday] to save a life.”

“This really hit home for him,” Pratt said.

Dicato told WCVB-TV that he suffers from addiction issues himself, and could understand the suffering.

“At that time, I was not a Correctional Officer and these men were not inmates,” Laubner said. “We were just human beings trying to save another human being.”

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(LAWRENCE, Mass.) — A Massachusetts police sergeant and an inmate leaped into action together to save a man who had overdosed on heroin — but little did they know that they both had complicated connections to drug abuse.

Sgt. Dennis Laubner had just finished supervising a work crew of minimum-security inmates along a highway Monday afternoon and were preparing to leave the site when a car pulled up. A woman rushed out of the car asking for help, saying her boyfriend was dying and that he had overdosed, Essex County Sheriff’s office spokesman Maurice Pratt told ABC News.

While Laubner told 911 their exact location, the inmates worked to move the unconscious man from the car to the ground. “The inmates were wonderful,” Pratt said.

Then Laubner and an inmate named Dennis Dicato worked together to administer CPR until paramedics arrived. “The inmate gave breaths and the sergeant gave sternum rubs and chest compression,” Pratt said.

While paramedics worked on the overdosed man, Pratt said the inmates cheered him on and shouted his name to encourage him to wake up.

“When he came to, they were all high-fiving each other,” Pratt said. “They were thrilled.”

The rescue was particularly emotional because both Laubner and Dicato have personal connections to drug abuse, according to ABC News’ Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.

“I lost my son a year ago, and that is a tragedy.” Laubner said of losing his son to heroin. “I believe God put me there [Monday] to save a life.”

“This really hit home for him,” Pratt said.

Dicato told WCVB-TV that he suffers from addiction issues himself, and could understand the suffering.

“At that time, I was not a Correctional Officer and these men were not inmates,” Laubner said. “We were just human beings trying to save another human being.”

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