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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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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were down at the close of trading: CSX fell $.34 or 1.1 percent, to $31.72. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $1.07 or 1.5 percent, to $72.11. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Chinese and Indian troops in Himalayan standoff

    By Sanjeev Miglani and Fayaz Bukhari NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) - Hundreds of Indian and Chinese troops have dug into positions on a high Himalayan plateau, leading India's army chief to cancel a foreign trip and monitor a standoff that underscores deep differences between the Asian giants as they seek closer ties. Military officials in New Delhi and Kashmir said on Tuesday that Chinese troops set up a camp about 3 km (2 miles) into territory claimed by India in the Chumar region of the Ladakh plateau more than a week ago. ...

  • Holder: Al-Qaida offshoot hit by airstrikes was close to attack on U.S., allies
    Holder: Al-Qaida offshoot hit by airstrikes was close to attack on U.S., allies

    Attorney General Eric Holder revealed Tuesday that President Barack Obama ordered American airstrikes against the Khorasan Group in Syria because the shadowy al-Qaida offshoot was close to launching attacks on the United States or its allies.

  • Exclusive: U.S. told Iran of intent to strike Islamic State in Syria - source

    By Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau and Arshad Mohammed UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and assured Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. The communication, confirmed in part by a senior U.S. ...

  • Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start
    Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists.

  • Secret Service interviewed accused intruder twice
    Secret Service interviewed accused intruder twice

    Secret Service agents in Virginia and Washington earlier this summer twice interviewed an Army veteran accused of climbing over a White House fence during the weekend and running into the executive mansion in the two months before the embarrassing security breach, a federal law enforcement said Tuesday.

  • Platform Sandals Revealed on Greek Statues Guarding Alexander-Era Tomb
    Platform Sandals Revealed on Greek Statues Guarding Alexander-Era Tomb

    Let these ancient statues be an inspiration to tall girls who want to wear heels: A pair of caryatids revealed in a tomb in Greece stand more than 7 feet tall, and they have a little extra height from their platform sandals.  Archaeologists recently uncovered the feet of the wavy-haired female statues standing guard at the entrance of a huge burial complex in Amphipolis. The stone statues' delicately carved toes have survived for more than 2,300 years, and their thick-soled shoes, known as kothornoi, have even retained traces of red and yellow paint, new photos show. Called caryatids, the ancient sculptures were discovered earlier this month at the Kasta Hill site in Amphipolis, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) east of Thessaloniki in the Central Macedonia region of Greece.

  • U.S. Military Releases Video Of F-22 Strike Against ISIS
    U.S. Military Releases Video Of F-22 Strike Against ISIS

    The Pentagon on Tuesday released an image of the Syrian-based ISIS command center targeted by the first F-22 Raptors ever used in actual combat, along with a video of the successful strike. (RELATED: U.S. Uses F-22 Stealth Fighters For The First Time In Real Combat Against ISIS)

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