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Olympics Are Seen Broadly Favorably, Even Without Rafalca Fever

Olympics Are Seen Broadly Favorably, Even Without Rafalca FeverABC News(NEW YORK) -- Americans are favorably anticipating the Olympics in general, and the swimming competition in particular, according to the findings of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.  But Rafalca fever hasn’t exactly gripped ...

US Intelligence Sets Up Threat Integration Center as Olympics Get Underway

US Intelligence Sets Up Threat Integration Center as Olympics Get UnderwayMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies have established a threat integration center with British Security officials to analyze threat info...

US Intelligence Sets Up Threat Integration Center as Olympics Get Underway

US Intelligence Sets Up Threat Integration Center as Olympics Get UnderwayMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies have established a threat integration center with British Security officials to analyze threat info...

Greek Jumper Expelled from Olympic Team for ‘Racist’ Tweet

Greek Jumper Expelled from Olympic Team for ‘Racist’ TweetStu Forster/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Fans have taken to the Internet to defend Paraskevi "Voula" Papachristou after the Greek triple jumper was expelled from her country's Olympic team for a Tweet perceived as racist.Papachristou, 23, was preparing to h...

USA Swimming Calls for Emergency Hearing Over Abuse, Payoff Claims

USA Swimming Calls for Emergency Hearing Over Abuse, Payoff ClaimsUSA Swimming requested an emergency hearing on July 24, 2012 after learning that one of its coaches, Rick Curl, pictured in this undated photo, had been accused of sexual molestation. (Curl-Burke Swim Club)(WASHINGTON) -- Days before its first Olympic ...

Zoo’s Cheetah Cubs to Be Named After Fastest US Sprinters

Zoo’s Cheetah Cubs to Be Named After Fastest US SprintersJen Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo(WASHINGTON) -- When the runners take their mark for the 100-meter dash at the Olympic Games in London this month there will be more at stake than just a gold medal, at least for the Americans in the field.On the lin...

Boy, 11, Flies to Rome With No Ticket or Family

Boy, 11, Flies to Rome With No Ticket or FamilyBryan Mullennix/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Authorities are investigating how a solo 11-year-old boy boarded a plane from Manchester, U.K., and arrived in Rome, Italy, with no money or documentation. The Jet2.com flight departed the Manchester airport Tues...

Europe’s Last Dictator Barred from London Olympics

Europe’s Last Dictator Barred from London OlympicsNIKOLAI PETROV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Who is blocking Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko from attending the London Olympics? That’s what the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee wants to know after the man dubbed Europe’...

Mitt Romney Lands in London

Mitt Romney Lands in LondonChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A day after he declared he was "not ashamed of American power" and cast himself as an "unapologetic believer in the greatness of this country," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney landed on foreign soi...

UK Immigration Staff Calls off Planned Strike on Eve of Olympics

UK Immigration Staff Calls off Planned Strike on Eve of OlympicsMedioimages/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...

Beach Volleyball Players May Be Forced to Cover Up in London

Beach Volleyball Players May Be Forced to Cover Up in LondonBuda Mendes/LatinContent/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Beach volleyball is known to many as the sport of “beach babes,” but when Olympic preliminary competitions begin July 28 in London, fans may see a new outfit adorning the athletes’ bron...

UK Deploys Additional 1,200 Troops to Secure Olympic Games

UK Deploys Additional 1,200 Troops to Secure Olympic GamesMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- With just three days to go before the summer Olympics kick off in London, the British government has decided to deploy an additional 1,200 troops who were on standby to boost security at the Games.The move come...

Obama Campaign Pressures Romney for Policy Specifics

Obama Campaign Pressures Romney for Policy SpecificsJoe Raedle/Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Officials speaking for President Obama’s campaign today challenged Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to provide clarity and specifics about his foreign policy positions when ...

Made in America: USOC, Sens. Announce Deal for Olympic Uniforms

Made in America: USOC, Sens. Announce Deal for Olympic UniformsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The United States Olympic Committee and a group of Democratic U.S. Senators today announced a deal that requires U.S. Olympians’ opening and closing ceremony uniforms to be “Made in America” start...

IOC Turns Down Minute of Silence to Honor Slain Israeli Athletes

IOC Turns Down Minute of Silence to Honor Slain Israeli AthletesMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The International Olympic Committee has officially ruled out holding a minute of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of 11 Israeli team members who were killed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 ...

Spice Girls Singing at the Olympics

Spice Girls Singing at the OlympicsFred Duval/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- For the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the 90’s female pop sensation confirms they will perform at the closing ceremony on Aug. 12, according to Entertainment Weekly.The quintet is composed of Victoria Beckman (Po...

McDonald’s Announces Menu for Olympic Park

McDonald’s Announces Menu for Olympic ParkOli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Four McDonald’s restaurants will takeover Olympic Park at this year’s events in London.Traditional McDonald’s items -- the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Filet-O-Fish and Chicken McNuggets -- comprise the...

Female Olympians Fly Coach While Men Go Business Class

Female Olympians Fly Coach While Men Go Business ClassiStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- When the Japanese women’s soccer team set out on their quest for Olympic gold, they found themselves at a disadvantage before the games even began: They were jammed into economy class on a grueling flight to Europ...

US Olympians’ Arrival Marked by Logistical Snafus

US Olympians’ Arrival Marked by Logistical SnafusAndrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British officials were hoping Monday would bring relief from a barrage of bad news in the countdown to the London Olympics, now just 10 days away. But while Heathrow Airport shuttled through a record number of t...

Report: Supermodels, Top Musicians to Close London Olympics

Report: Supermodels, Top Musicians to Close London OlympicsMIGUEL 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...

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