North Korea is planning on building a replica of Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower in a miniature theme park scheduled to open in the capital later this year.
Last year, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bring to an end decades of austerity and hardship with the slogan: “No More Belt-Tightening,” despite reports of mass starvation across the country. To that end, the country has kick-started a construction boom that has transformed Changjon street, in downtown Pyongyang and introduced such luxuries as cappuccinos, facials and tanning booths to the upper classes of North Korea. In addition to gussying up the shopping district, plans for Pyongyang also include a “miniature world” park, which will also boast a replica of London’s Big Ben clock tower and Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The theme park is slated to open later this year, according to the Associated Press, the only Western news organization allowed…
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Starting in October, Americans without access to affordable health care coverage through their jobs will be able to shop for insurance for themselves and their families through state-run exchanges.
This week, the government unveiled the forms shoppers will fill out to apply for coverage through Obamacare. The government won’t start accepting and processing those applications until later this year.
The form for individuals is a scant three pages — a big improvement from the 21-page draft version circulated earlier this year. The revised application, unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), asks individuals for little more than their personal information, Social Security number, citizenship, job and income details, and current health coverage. Income, citizenship status and other information will be verified by other federal agencies, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the HHS unit that is coordinating the process.
Those applying for family coverage will need to fill out an 11-page application that delves into additional details.
This 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur, who calls himself “Danny,” had just pulled over in his new Mercedes on a Boston street to send a text message when a man jumped in.
In his first television interview, he tells his story. At his request, CBS News is concealing his identity and has altered his voice.
“I thought it was just a robbery, you know?” Danny said. “He took out his gun, pointed to me. He told me that ‘You now I am serious. Don’t be stupid.'”
As the Obama administration girds for “glitches and bumps” along the path to full implementation of the health-care law, a new poll indicates many Americans are still unclear about the details of the new law and, in some cases, unaware it’s actually law of the land.
A whopping 42 percent of Americans do not know that the Affordable Care Act is, in fact, law. Included in that 42 percent — 12 percent believe it has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent think the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it, and 23 percent are unsure of its status, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll.
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Speaking of trouble in paradise: a troop of baboons recently climbed through an open window sill in Betty’s Bay, South Africa, and began ransacking a vacation home while the owners were away. Howard Fyvie and Kyle Peters happened to be nearby when they decided to take matters into their own hands and attempt to shoo away the group of party animals, who were defecating and causing general chaos.
The video, which has been going viral ever since it was uploaded to YouTube early last week, shows Fyvie and Peters participating in a Cops-style showdown with the baboons, armed with nothing but brooms and mops. “You better recognize… get out of here! Out the door!” the two shout, as they corner a last baboon sitting in the bathroom. Despite Fyvie’s and Peters’ courage, you’re probably better off…
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