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  • Ever wonder what happens when the Olympic flame dies?

    Apparently, they get a maintenance guy with a boom lift to help relight it

    The carrying of the Olympic flame always comes with plenty of pomp and circumstance, but once the massive Olympic Cauldron is lit, we usually take for granted that it remains ablaze until the games come to an end. In a rare occurrence, the cauldron at the 2012 London games has been deliberately put out in order to relocate the massive structure to a new part of the stadium, at which point it was relit in a rather casual way. 

    Olympic organizers moved the flame to a holding lantern while the cauldron was put out and relocated. Once the move was complete, rather than make a big deal out of its lighting once again, the organizers simply grabbed one of the torchbearers, tossed him on a dirty boom lift with a member of the maintenance crew, and had him light it again.

    While the cauldron was initially lit by a team of seven young athletes, such an event wasn't staged for the relighting. This time around a man named Austin Playfoot did it solo. Playfoot bore the torch during the flame's trip

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  • The head of Romney's search for a running mate thinks you should follow a small, select group of Republicans this Friday

    With the 2012 Olympic Games now officially underway in England, it can be easy to forget that 2012 is also notable for being a presidential election year... at least for the next few weeks. Well, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney doesn't want you to stop thinking about the close November election. That's why Beth Myers, the person named to head up his search for a vice presidential nominee, took to social network Twitter today to suggest you follow a small group of Republican conservatives, one of whom is likely to be named as Romney's VP pick in a few weeks' time.

    Myers has only tweeted a total of three times, and two of them were shared above. That is leading a number of political observers to interpret Myers' tweets as the Romney campaign's vice presidential short list — the big political names still under consideration for joining Mitt Romney on the November ballot. By announcing the full list, it appears that Romney is trying to avoid the kind of national shock that arose

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  • Hundred of pieces of pizza memorabilia will be displayed at the crowdfunded attraction and restaurant

    Philadelphia, Pa. is home to quite a few historic landmarks, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed by American's founders. In August, it'll welcome another: The world's first pizza history museum.

    The brainchild of Brian Dwyer and his friends, Pizza Brain — with its delicious slogan, "Increase the Piece" — will open its doors next month thanks to the power of Kickstarter, where Dwyer was able to raise enough dough earlier this year to turn his dream into a reality. The combination museum and restaurant will house hundreds of pieces of pizza memorabilia that Dwyer has amassed over the years — a collection which got him recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records last July.

    Dwyer owns more than 500 promotional and other items related to pizza, but his entire collection won't be on display at once. He plans to rotate pieces in and out so that, like the dough he and his friends will be tossing next door, the exhibit will

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  • UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous
    UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

  • Boycott talk taints Burger King deal
    Boycott talk taints Burger King deal

    Some diners object to the chain's plans to move its headquarters to Canada.

  • Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs
    Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

    CHICAGO (AP) — "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

  • Poroshenko to seek ceasefire plan after 'very tough' talks with Putin
    Poroshenko to seek ceasefire plan after 'very tough' talks with Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday not to escalate an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels, and threatened economic retaliation for signing a trade accord with the European Union. At the leaders' first meeting since June, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko replied by demanding a halt to arms shipments from Russia to the separatist fighters. The pair shook hands at the start of talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk, only hours after Kiev said it had captured Russian soldiers on a "special mission" on Ukrainian territory. Responding to a video of the detained servicemen, a Russian defense ministry source told Russian news agencies that the servicemen had crossed the border by mistake.

  • In Iran, love is rarely a many-splendoured thing
    In Iran, love is rarely a many-splendoured thing

    Like an increasing number of Iranians, Mahnaz divorced after marrying young because of the pressures of a conservative society that she feels often ignores a relationship's most important ingredient: love. From the first meeting with my husband's family I had a bad feeling about it," she says. Iran's average divorce rate peaked at 21 percent last year, with big cities showing far higher rates.

  • Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano
    Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement Saturday that the volcano had experienced a subglacial eruption was wrong.

  • Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster
    Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster

    SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

  • What's in the Gaza peace deal?
    What's in the Gaza peace deal?

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Luke Baker GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed. As part of the deal, both sides have agreed to address more complex issues dividing them - including the release of Palestinian prisoners and Gaza's demands for a sea port - via further indirect talks starting within a month. IMMEDIATE STEPS * Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza agree to halt all rocket and mortar fire into Israel. * Israel will stop all military action including air strikes and ground operations.

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