“North Korea Tipped its hand”


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Police review London Marathon security plans


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The security plan in place for the London Marathon this weekend will be reviewed following the deadly bomb blasts in Boston, London’s Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.

“We will be reviewing our security arrangements in partnership with London Marathon,” said event commander Chief Supt. Julia Pendry.

Police and race organizers said they are working closely together on security arrangements for Sunday’s race, which attracts tens of thousands of competitors and spectators each year.

The organizers of the London Marathon said they expected the event “will go ahead as originally scheduled.”

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April 16, 2013 – Emancipation Day


Emancipation Day in United States


The municipality of Washington, D.C., celebrates April 16 as Emancipation Day. On that day in 1862, PresidentAbraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia.[4] The Act freed about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia nine months before President Lincoln issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation. The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act represents the only example of compensation by the federal government to former owners of emancipated slaves.[5]

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Amid Nuclear Talks, A Chinese Beer Business Fails in North Korea


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For years, China has been North Korea’s biggest trading partner. Beijing helps keep the Kim regime propped up with supplies of food, fuel and pretty much everything else it needs to survive. But there is one market that even the Chinese have failed to crack: the beer industry.

Harry Kim, a Chinese national of Korean descent, told Reuters how his attempt to launch a brewery foundered in the North Korean coastal city of Chongjin after Beijing and Washington announced new sanctions against Pyongyang, prompting open criticism of Chinese investors in North Korean state media.

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It is not that the North Koreans don’t drink beer. They love alcohol as much as (if not more than) everybody else. Jang Gwang Ho, a senior North Korean official who met with Coca-Cola representative Gabriel Schulze in Pyongyang…

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‘Secretan. James Secretan’: How James Bond Nearly Ended Up with a Different Name


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It is one of the most famous lines in film history: “The name’s Bond. James Bond.” But had the British secret agent’s creator Ian Fleming had his way, things might have turned out differently.

An extract from a 1952 draft of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, made public this past weekend to coincide with the book’s 60th anniversary, revealed that the novelist had another name in mind for his most famous creation. “Ian’s first idea was to give James Bond an assumed name as his cover,” niece Kate Grimond told the Sunday Times of London (Grimond’s family owns the draft).

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The idea, apparently, was that while the character would still be named Bond, he’d use a different handle in the field. And so when a CIA operative introduced himself to 007 at the Hotel Splendide…

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WATCH: Kmart’s ‘Ship My Pants’ Commercial is Going Viral


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Are you just a tad immature? Kmart’s latest commercial will have you shipping your pants with laughter.

Kmart will send items directly to shoppers’ homes for free if they can’t find what they need in the store. In other words: shoppers can very easily ship their pants, ship their drawers or even ship their beds. (See what they did there?)

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In the past few days, the buzzy video has racked up millions of views on YouTube and thousands of likes and shares on Facebook. Though it seems to be getting plenty of positive reactions for its funny, lighthearted approach, the spot has also faced some disapproval. Since it’s just a little bit juvenile and inappropriate.

Either way, the ad has stirred up plenty of chatter across the web, drawing lots of attention to the Kmart name…

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After Asking Students to ‘Explain Why Jews Are Evil,’ Teacher Placed on Leave


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A New York high school has apologized after students were assigned the task of “explaining why Jews are evil” as part of a persuasive writing class and the teacher responsible has been placed on leave, reports the Albany Times Union.

TheTimes Union broke the story last Friday, reporting that sudents at Albany High School were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, and then pretend their English teacher was a fascist official whom they must convince of their loyalty.

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Around 75 kids were told to they “must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich” in five paragraphs.

Participants were urged to use information garnered from their history classes as well as “any experiences you have” to present…

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