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  • For real? Kim Jong Un’s surprising photo op

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Reuters)

    The leader of North Korea apparently has learned a lesson from Hollywood: Image is everything.

    The man known to the Western world as running a country that starves its population and menaces neighboring countries with a nuclear weapons program is a rock star, a photo released by North Korea's Central News Agency would have you believe.

    More Lil’ Kim than Kim Jong Un, the picture shows the leader mobbed by workers at a mushroom farm. From the looks of it, the leader is loved by his people.

    Dressed in dark shirt and pants, the 29-year-old stands in the middle of a crowd of women wearing immaculate white jumpsuits, with some grabbing his arms and others who appear to be weeping. A female soldier stands beside Kim, holding his other arm protectively in a failed attempt to shield him from the adoring onslaught.

    Is it staged? Reuters, which distributed the photo, notes that it is unable to “independently verify the authenticity, content, location, or date of this image.”

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  • An octocopter hovers during a drone conference, May 14, 2013. (Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters)

    A small town in Colorado is considering an ordinance that would create a license and bounty for hunters to shoot down drones.

    "We do not want drones in town," Phillip Steel, the Deer Trail, Colo., resident who drafted the ordinance, told Denver's ABC7 affiliate. "They fly in town, they get shot down."

    Steel's proposal, recently submitted to the town board, calls for a $25 drone hunting license and outlines "rules of engagement" for hunters looking to shoot down the unmanned aerial devices:

    The Town of Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and the following identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.

    Steel said that while he's never seen a drone flying in Deer Trail, the ordinance is a "symbolic" one.

    "I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are

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  • Ka-boom! Fort Lauderdale power plant razed

    Now that’s power: A controlled explosion by Florida Power and Light brought down the 1960s-era Port Everglades Power Plant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Tuesday.

    The aging power plant’s demise is part of the FPL’s “countdown to energy independence.” The controlled-explosive demolition brought down the candy-cane striped smokestacks – and four giant boiler buildings -- and an end of the foreign-oil burning plant.

    The video captures the blasts as the buildings, and then the four smoke stacks are blown up with 450 pounds of explosives, according to the Miami Herald, which were set off by a series of 90 closely spaced blasts. Each falls to the ground as if in slow motion, leaving the plant in a pile of rubble.

    In its place will be a “more fuel efficient plant that runs on clean, low-cost American natural gas,” according to the company’s website.

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