South Korea denies U.S. senator statement on THAAD

South Korea disputed claims a U.S. senator said portions of the U.S. defense budget for THAAD deployment could be reallocated if the decision is overturned.

Chloe Grace Moretz Is Furious Over Her Film’s Body-Shaming Ad

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz, who lent her voice to the animated ?Snow White? parody, ?Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs,? had plenty to say Wednesday about the movie?s controversial marketing.

Cries of body-shaming erupted after an ad for the movie appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, featuring a thin Snow White next to a heavier version of herself. ?What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 Dwarfs not so short?? the tagline read.

Moretz, who voices the fairy tale princess, apologized in a series of tweets Wednesday, saying she did not approve the ad and was fuming over it.

The South Korean producers of the movie, animation studio Locus, scrapped the campaign.

?Our film, a family comedy, carries a message designed to challenge social prejudices related to standards of physical beauty in society by emphasizing the importance of inner beauty,? producer Sujin Hwang said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. ?We appreciate and are grateful for the constructive criticism of those who brought this to our attention. We sincerely regret any embarrassment or dissatisfaction this mistaken advertising has caused.?

The studio described the plot of ?Red Shows and the Seven Dwarfs? thusly: ?After seven handsome princes are magically transformed into seven ugly dwarfs, they set out on a quest to break the curse by getting a kiss from the most beautiful princess in all the land.?

No release date has been set.

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Highest rate taxpayers at record level

An estimated 364,000 people, 1.2% of taxpayers, are in the 45p tax bracket for income over £150,000.

Uber posts improved financial numbers but loses another executive

Uber is growing its revenue and losing less money than it was at the end of last year, according to he first quarter financials shared by the company this week.

Obamas Buy Their D.C. Rental Home

Barack and Michelle Obama are now Washington homeowners.

The former president and first lady bought the nine bedroom, eight-and-a-half bathroom home in D.C.?s historic Kalorama neighborhood that they had been renting since leaving the White House in January. They closed on the $8.1 million purchase on Wednesday, according to property records. 

The Obama family has said they plan to stay in D.C. at least until their youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes high school. Their oldest daughter, Malia, will head to college in the fall. 

?Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property,? Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement. 

The Obamas were renting the 8,200-square-foot home from former President Bill Clinton?s press secretary, Joe Lockhart, and his wife, Giovanna Gray Lockhart.

See photos of the Obamas? D.C. home.

The sprawling Tudor home was built in 1928 and renovated in 2011. It includes an au pair suite, sprawling gardens, an oversized terrace, a two-car garage and a ?gated motor court for 8 to 10 vehicles,? according to the property listing.

The Obamas will also hang on to their $1.5 million six bedroom, six bathroom home in Chicago?s South Side neighborhood of Kenwood ? to the chagrin of some neighbors who don?t want the home to be a tourist attraction. The forthcoming Obama Presidential Library will be built nearby.

Neighbors in the posh Kalorama neighborhood include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; first daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner; and Dianne Bruce, the fur-draped, wine-sipping neighbor who broke new ground in the art of schadenfreude. 

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U.S. Missile Intercept a Success. Now What?

The United States Defense Department successfully stops a mock long range missile but North Korea still pursues a nuclear missile that could reach the continental United States. What’s next?

British Soldier Runs ‘A Whey’ With Cheese Rolling Championship

Competitors risked injury and ridicule as they flung themselves down a steep incline after a nine-pound wheel of cheese in the English county of Gloucestershire.

The Cooper?s Hill Cheese Rolling challenge, which dates back to 1826, sees chasers slip and slide down the muddy 200-yard (180-metre) track in pursuit of a large wheel of double Gloucester cheese, which can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

Thousands of spectators lined up around the hill in Brockworth on a rainy Monday to enjoy the chaotic spectacle, which always results in numerous bumps, bruises and concussions.

Local soldier Chris Anderson, 29, won the men?s race and 18-year-old Keavy Morgan took the women?s title. Both took home the large cheeses as trophies.

?The wet weather has made it particularly tough,? Anderson, a multiple winner of the event, told the Gloucester News.

 

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Family in Hawaii finds illegal bearded dragon in their home

A family in Hawaii managed to capture an illegal bearded dragon lizard they found inside their home on Monday.

Trump Buys Into Putin Plan To Melt The Arctic

WASHINGTON ?- The genius of Vladimir Putin is that he makes his aims crystal clear, as clear as a block of ice in the Arctic. 

Ice and cold have always defined and limited his vast country. For centuries the chief Russian geopolitical imperative was the search for ?warm-water? ports to its south. 

Now the grand aim is to allow global climate change to melt the Arctic and turn the water at the top of the world into a lucrative oil and gas field, as well as a network of efficient new sea lines Russia will control.

Putin, in essence, is gaining U.S. backing for his vision as his pal, President Donald Trump, signals that America will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on combating climate change.

The Russian leader has made no secret of his plan. In fact, he has proclaimed it from the literal rooftop of the world, most recently at a conference on the future of the Arctic region in March.

 ?Climate change brings in more favorable conditions and improves the economic potential of this region,? Putin said told CNBC while attending the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia. ?Today, Russia?s GDP is the result of the economic activity of this region.?

Russia planted a flag on the floor of the Arctic Sea in 2007 and claimed most of it based on an extensive continental shelf beneath.

Exxon Mobil ? notwithstanding its official support for the Paris accord ? and Russia have extensive plans to drill in the Arctic. But so far even the Trump administration has been unwilling to lift sanctions on those projects imposed after Russia invaded the Ukraine.

But Russia has other places and other partners in the region, and is racing ahead with its drilling plans. And it is probably only a matter of time before Exxon Mobil and its allies get a sanctions rollback. 

The Russian military, meanwhile, is rapidly expanding land and sea forces in the Arctic region in what Putin hopes will be new short-cut routes to Europe.

?We see what the Russians are up to,? a top European diplomat in Washington told HuffPost in an interview, speaking on background to avoid confronting the administration by name. 

?It seems to us that President Trump wants Putin to succeed. Maybe we will get cheaper gasoline, but at what cost to the world??

 

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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss targets Premier League title after signing deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is targeting next season’s Premier League title after signing a new two-year deal at the club.

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