During a "series of secret meetings in recent months," the White House began to "consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes" aimed at terrorist groups operating in North Africa, The Washington Post writes this morning.
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A short list of mishaps that befall characters in Live by Night, Dennis Lehane's new novel: stabbed with a potato peeler ("It sounded like fish parts sucked into a drain"); stabbed in the Adam's apple; shot in the face ("the exit hole splattered pink all over the ferns"); tied to the hood of a car; devoured by alligators. A woman commits suicide by cutting off her genitals and slashing her own windpipe. How can a book packed with macabre acts of violence possibly be dull? Live by Night offers an excellent opportunity to contemplate this question.
An Osprey arrives at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan city on Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Monday. Six Ospreys were deployed in Okinawa, drawing sharp reactions from residents amid persistent concerns about the aircraft's safety.
A new deployment of U.S. military aircraft to Okinawa has sparked protests and reignited residents' long-simmering resentment of America's military presence there. Opponents say the vertical takeoff Osprey has a poor safety record and poses a danger to inhabitants of the densely populated Japanese island.
U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is surrounded by the city of Ginowan. At Futenma No. 2 Elementary School, 200 yards outside the base, the roar of rotor blades can be so deafening that classes can't be held without keeping heavily reinforced windows shut.
And here in the U.S., for retailers, the cost they pay for consumer fraud is going up. Merchants who sell their products using mobile devices or sell internationally are seeing their costs climbing higher still - almost 40 over last year.
'Tis the season for new car buying. Fall is when automakers roll out their latest models - with new technologies and better fuel efficiency. And to talk about the latest trends, we reached Michelle Krebs in Detroit. She's a senior analyst at the auto information website Edmunds.com.
President Obama has held a lead over Mitt Romney in the polls for several weeks now, and that's prompted a conservative reaction. Some are charging that big media outlets are intentionally designing their polling to make it look like the president is getting the kind of voter surge he had in 2008. NPR's David Folkenflik has the story.
1962: The tagline across the top confidently announces that Dr. No will be the first in a series of Bond films. Adding to the "passionate" colors of red and yellow, the simple graphics of a bullet and lipstick are clear signs that violence and sex are on the menu.
1963: Painted by renowned, Russian-born poster artist Boris Grinsson, this tropical fantasy conveys the tension of Bond and Honey's arrival on Crab Key — Dr. No's Island. Grinsson worked from photographs and his distinctive, painterly style distinguished hundreds of posters for French, American and Italian films. Title translation: James Bond Versus Dr. No.
1963: Instead of a Walther PPK, Bond holds a more impressive-looking, long-barreled Walther LP-53 air pistol, which belonged to the photographer. This pose became a famous, instantly recognizable Bond image. The poster was designed by Eddie Paul, with art by Italian film poster artist Renato Fratini.
1970s: An arresting, hand-tinted image of Bond with a silenced Walther PPK, accompanies stirring action scenes. The usual image of Bond in the center of a target, is positioned over Tatiana's laughing mouth. The tagline translation reads: "A film of unparalleled intrigue, Bond returns with this sequel."
1977: This poster is more stylized and darker in tone than previous Bond film campaigns, creating an image that attracts with mystery rather than an all-guns-blazing action approach. Main campaign artwork by innovative American poster artist Bob Peak.
1989: During the 1980s, photography was at the forefront of the new realism in art. The aim with the License to Kill poster campaign was to produce images that were real but at the cutting edge of what was artistically possible. Art director: Robin Behling. Photography by Keith Hamshere and Douglas Kirkland.
2008: The poster for the 22nd Bond film reflects Bond's single-minded vengeful agenda. It is striking in its minimalism — there are no background action scenes, no exotic locations. Design: Empire Design. Art Director: Capo. Creative director: Tommy Gogota. Photography: Greg Williams.
There is something deliciously enticing about the advance poster for the 1962 movie Dr. No. It featured a bright yellow Technicolor background, lipstick, a gun and the numeral 007 — all teasing the audience about what was to come. "The First James Bond Film!" (Their exclamation point, not mine.) It was part of a campaign that launched the celluloid franchise that today, half a century later, is still one of the biggest draws of the big screen.
Richard Lapointe confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. But in the 23 years since, experts in criminal justice have come to better understand how sometimes people make false confessions — especially someone with brain damage, like Lapointe. On Monday, Connecticut's state Appellate Court ordered a new trial, saying prosecutors wrongly withheld potentially important evidence.
In this year's presidential campaign, $11 million has been spent so far on ads targeting Hispanics, according to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG.
That's eight times the amount spent four years ago on Spanish-language ads, and it's focused in just a handful of battleground states: Florida, Nevada, Colorado and, perhaps most surprisingly, North Carolina.