After more North Korea missile testing over the weekend, a Feb. 12 nuclear test plus mounting saber-rattling and elevated tensions spurred by its young leader Kim Jong Eun, the Pentagon decided to strengthen U.S. defenses against a possible attack by the communist country by adding missile systems to protect the West Coast and Alaska, notes Grumpy Editor.
North Korea a few days earlier surprised the U.N., South Korea and U.S. by declaring the armistice that suspended Korean War hostilities 60 years ago was now invalid.
At the same time, it tossed in bolder rhetoric by threatening a nuclear strike on Washington.
With Washington’s sudden growing concern on North Korea’s long-range missile advances, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday said the U.S. will deploy 14 more ground-based missile interceptors.These will be added to the current 30 long-range missile interceptors already in place in Alaska and California.
Vogue cover again spotlights First Lady
Shortly after the election, buzz around New York and Washington was that First Lady Michelle Obama was behind a push to award top Obama campaign fundraiser and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour with a European ambassadorship, perhaps to Great Britain (Wintour was born in the U.K.) or France.But the diplomatic post assignment idea faded.
However, Vogue’s April issue features Michelle Obama on the cover, in a “cobalt blue dress, with the line: How the First Lady and the President Are Inspiring America.
It marks the second Vogue cover appearance for the First Lady. She last appeared wearing a pink dress on the magazine’s March 2009 cover.
Wintour got a boost last week, though.
Condé Nast announced the Vogue editor in chief is taking on the newly-created additional position of artistic director of Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications.
Las Vegas Strip shooter remains in L.A.
Remember that widely-covered shooting spree on the Las Vegas Strip back on Feb. 21 that resulted in three people killed and five injured?
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