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Place Your Bets, As Olympics Begin

Place Your Bets, As Olympics Begin

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Danny Boyle’s opening extravaganza highlighted the best of the British, icons like Potter, Bond and Bean, but London 2012 also spotlights another British cultural favorite – betting. For the first time Ol…

2012 Olympics: Opening Ceremony to Bring Spectacle, Surprises

2012 Olympics: Opening Ceremony to Bring Spectacle, Surprises

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) — Now that the Olympic torch has made its way through the streets of London, even passing Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace, excitement is building for the opening ceremony.  But as the world w…

2012 Olympics: Michelle Obama Cheers on US Team in London

2012 Olympics: Michelle Obama Cheers on US Team in London

Adam Jacobs/Getty Images(LONDON) — First lady Michelle Obama spoke to members of the U.S. Olympic team on Friday, telling the athletes that she’s thrilled to be in London to cheer them on in person.”I’m proud to have the chance to cheer you guys on in…

2012 Olympics: Michelle Obama Cheers on US Team in London

2012 Olympics: Michelle Obama Cheers on US Team in London

Adam Jacobs/Getty Images(LONDON) — First lady Michelle Obama spoke to members of the U.S. Olympic team on Friday, telling the athletes that she’s thrilled to be in London to cheer them on in person.”I’m proud to have the chance to cheer you guys on in…

Saudi Woman’s Headscarf Could Keep Her from Competing in Olympics

Saudi Woman’s Headscarf Could Keep Her from Competing in Olympics

MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Saudi women’s judo competitor Wodjan Shahrkhani is fast becoming the most sympathetic figure at the London Summer Olympics.She’s just one of two women Saudi Arabia sent to the Games and has had to overcome slu…

Olympics 2012: London Eye Ferris Wheel Changes Color Based on Tweets

Olympics 2012: London Eye Ferris Wheel Changes Color Based on Tweets

EDF(LONDON) — London is jumping on the trend to bring Twitter to inanimate objects. On the heels of Stanley, the piano that took requests via Twitter, the London Eye Ferris Wheel is getting some Twitter integration.For the next two months (through the…

UK Immigration Staff Calls off Planned Strike on Eve of Olympics

UK Immigration Staff Calls off Planned Strike on Eve of Olympics

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Travelers flying into London just in time for the summer Olympic Games will be spared from massive delays at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.The union representing British border guards on Wednesday called off a…

Romney Advisers Tell Brits Obama’s ‘Comfortable with American Decline’

Romney Advisers Tell Brits Obama’s ‘Comfortable with American Decline’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Mitt Romney would do a better job than President Obama of highlighting the Anglo-Saxon relationship between the U.S. and Britain, according to the London Telegraph’s interview with two Romney advisers who dec…

Eight Charged in Rupert Murdoch Hacking Scandal

Eight Charged in Rupert Murdoch Hacking Scandal

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — After more than a year in the headlines, eight of Rupert Murdoch’s reporters and editors in Britain have been charged with hacking the voicemails of more than 600 people over a period of five years — all …

Rupert Murdoch Resigns from Numerous News Corp Boards

Rupert Murdoch Resigns from Numerous News Corp Boards

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Rupert Murdoch stepped down as the director of various companies under the News Corp umbrella including The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, according to The Telegraph.Besides quitting several News Corp&rsqu…

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — As the clock continues to tick towards the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Olympic torch made its arrival in the host city on Friday, but not without some drama. After taveling for 63 days a…

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — As the clock continues to tick towards the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Olympic torch made its arrival in the host city on Friday, but not without some drama. After taveling for 63 days a…

Nazis Planned to Kill Winston Churchill with Exploding Chocolate

Nazis Planned to Kill Winston Churchill with Exploding Chocolate

Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images(LONDON) — Sir Winston Churchill was Britain’s most famous prime minister, renowned for his love of history, cigars and fine brandy.  But it was his sweet tooth that lay at the center of a dast…

Report: Supermodels, Top Musicians to Close London Olympics

Report: Supermodels, Top Musicians to Close London Olympics

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The crème of British fashion models will strut their stuff in front of the world during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Games, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Kate Moss, Naomi C…

Military Called In as London Olympic Security Shows Cracks

Military Called In as London Olympic Security Shows Cracks

Steve Rose/Getty Images(LONDON) — With just 16 days before the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, British officials are struggling to put the finishing touches on the $2 billion security package they have been working on for 7 years — and…

London Olympics: Effort to Ban Missiles from Apartment Buildings Rejected

London Olympics: Effort to Ban Missiles from Apartment Buildings Rejected

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — A British judge has rejected an effort by residents of a 17-story apartment building near the London site of the upcoming Summer Olympics to ban a surface-to-air missile battery from their roof.The residents cl…

UK Places Anti-Aircraft Missiles Atop Homes As Summer Olympics Near

UK Places Anti-Aircraft Missiles Atop Homes As Summer Olympics Near

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The British government confirmed Tuesday that it had placed missile batteries at six sites around London in advance of the upcoming Summer Olympics, including atop two apartment buildings where residents had …

T-Mobile Customer Trashes Store Over Refund Refusal

T-Mobile Customer Trashes Store Over Refund Refusal

Image credit: YouTube Channel Niall42(MANCHESTER, England) — When a T-Mobile customer in Manchester, England, learned he would not get a refund, instead of writing an angry review on Yelp he tore apart the store, using a fire extinguisher to spray the…

Rufus the Hawk, a Wimbledon Fixture, Stolen

Rufus the Hawk, a Wimbledon Fixture, Stolen

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) — The hawk that patrols the skies over Wimbledon tennis courts to scare away the pigeons that interfere with play has been stolen, UK Metropolitan police told ABCNews.com.Rufus, a 4 ½-year-old Harris hawk, and hi…

Queen Elizabeth II Shakes Hands with Former IRA Leader

Queen Elizabeth II Shakes Hands with Former IRA Leader

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) — In an event that was once considered unthinkable, Queen Elizabeth II shook hands on Wednesday with Martin McGuinness, a former commander of the Irish Republican Army who was once her sworn en…

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