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US Congress(WASHINGTON) — With the nation focusing on Boston a year after the marathon was the subject of a bombing attack, chatter among terrorist groups continues to suggest a desire to strike high-profile sporting events in the United States, Rep. Peter King said.

“We always have to assume that major sporting events are going to be targets,” King, R-N.Y., told ABC’s Rick Klein and ESPN’s Andy Katz, in an interview for the new podcast series Capital Games.

“Now we don’t get that many specific threats against sporting events per se. But we know from listening to the chatter how terrorist want to attack iconic events,” he continued. “So whether it’s a major Fourth of July celebration or the Super Bowl or the World Series, we assume that that is what they’re targeting.”

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Big outdoor events with access to the public — like the Boston Marathon — pose particular security challenges, said King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the sub-committee on counterterrorism and intelligence.

“All we can do is try to minimize the chances for an attack and maximize the security to the extent that we can,” he said. “But in the real world in which we live, it’s a dangerous world. And you know the old saying is that we have to be right 100 percent of the time, the terrorists only have to be right once.”

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Office of the Governor(NEW YORK) — As Boston prepares to hold its 2014 marathon a year after the attacks, security planning has been “on steroids,” with new preparations — both visible and less apparent — that draw on lessons learned last year, Gov. Deval Patrick said.

“We’ve had every conceivable asset engaged in the planning for this year,” Patrick, D-Mass., told ABC’s Rick Klein and ESPN’s Andy Katz, in an interview for the new audio podcast Capital Games.

“I will say that planning has been pretty rigorous in the past, and every year after the marathon or other large public events the team does a recap of what we’ve learned and how we can improve for the next time. You have to imagine this was on steroids this time, of course,” Patrick said.

“We feel very prepared,” he continued. “At the same time, it’s important for us to strike a balance between stepping up security, both that which people will see and that which they won’t see — the undercover and the cameras and so forth — and also preserving the family-friendly nature of what is a civic ritual.”

Organizers have put in place a host of new security restrictions and regulations this year, anticipating the increased public and media interest and the potential for the marathon to again be a target for would-be terrorists.

Runners and fans will notice some differences. But the race will mark an important moment for the city and the nation next Monday, Patrick said.

“We came through this stronger. We were reminded of the strength of this community and the way people pull together at every level,” Patrick said. “To some extent the innocence of that day was surely affected. But at the same time, the courage and the kindness and the grace of that day it turns out was deep in us all along. And we’re proud of that, and you’ll see that on display.”

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Not all preparations will be apparent to runners or those along the race route in Massachusetts: “There will be a large presence of undercover law enforcement as well as uniformed law enforcement. People who are behavior specialists and so forth are just trying to keep an eye on people without sort of freaking them out,” Patrick said.

“I think we have planned to the greatest extent possible for just about everything, and then kicked that up a notch or two,” he said. “The strength of this community was so on display for the world and for ourselves. And that is something I think has been enormously important to call out and to celebrate and to encourage, because it is the source of our strength not just in recovering from that tragedy but in solving all kinds of problems in front of us.”

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Kate Upton’s chest has helped make her an international star, but the swimsuit model told The Sun she wishes her breasts were smaller.

Upton told the British tabloid, “I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I would love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs,” adding, “Every single day I’m like, ‘Oh man, it would be so much easier’, especially if people didn’t constantly bring them up.”

The 21-year-old supermodel added wistfully, “If I could just take them off like they were clip-ons…”

However, Upton seems to backtrack in the same interview and is quick to point out that she’s comfortable in her own skin. “I love my boobs and I’m proud of my size. That’s an important message to young girls — love who you are,” she added.

She continued, “It’s so easy to feel negative about yourself and it is totally self-destructive. If you can only love and accept who you are you will be a lot happier.”

Upton thinks Cameron Diaz, her co-star in the upcoming movie, The Other Woman, has the perfect figure.

The Other Woman, also co-stars Leslie Mann and Nicki Minaj. It hits movie theaters April 25.

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20th Century Fox/WETA(NEW YORK) — James Cameron revealed during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Saturday that the scripts for his three Avatar sequels “should be finished…within the next, I would say, six weeks.”

He also told fans that all three films will “go into production simultaneously.”

The first Avatar sequel will debut in December of 2016.

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SyFy/The Asylum(NEW YORK) — Sharknado 2 is the latest film to be swept up in the crowdsourcing craze.

The producers of the Syfy channel film have launched an IndieGoGo campaign in an attempt to raise $50,000. With that money, they would shoot an extra scene that will be included in Sharknado 2: The Second One.

The campaign site says the scene “will involve chainsaws.”

The more you donate to the cause, the more goodies you’ll receive. For $25,000, you’ll receive an associate producer credit, plus a VIP trip to the film’s premiere.

Sharknado 2: The Second One, starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander and many more, premieres July 30.

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HBO(NEW YORK) — The new season of Game of Thrones is only into its second episode, and already, a major character has been killed off.

Evil teen King Joffrey, the character that most Game of Thrones fans absolutely love to hate, died on his wedding day, poisoned by an unknown assailant. His uncle, Tyrion Lannister, is being blamed for his death, though it’s not clear who actually perpetrated the crime — unless you’ve read the books, of course. Here’s how it all went down:

King Joffrey and his betrothed, Margaery Tyrell, were married in an elaborate ceremony. Afterwards, during the wedding feast, the king, new queen and all the wedding guests were enjoying a variety of entertainments staged for their amusement. One of those amusements was a show involving dwarves, who all pretended to be the various kings fighting over the Iron Throne.

Joffrey’s uncle Tyrion, a dwarf himself, was understandably not amused by this display, and was further infuriated when Joffrey tried to make him get up and take part in the buffoonery. Instead, Tyrion subtly insulted Joffrey’s lack of skill on the battlefield; Joffrey then reacted by pouring a cup of wine over his uncle’s head, in full view of everyone.

Joffrey then commanded Tyrion to be his cupbearer, and bring him a new goblet of wine. When Tyrion tried to hand him the cup, Joffrey commanded him to kneel, but Queen Margaery saved Tyrion from the embarrassment by calling everyone’s attention to an enormous pie that was being brought out for the guests. At that point, Tyrion’s wife, Sansa Stark, who despises Joffrey, and was upset at the dwarves’ display because it insulted her late brother Robb Stark, asked her husband if they could leave. But Joffrey wouldn’t let them, and commanded Tyrion to bring him a cup of wine to wash down the pie. When he did, Joffrey drank it, but then began choking.

Joffrey stumbled down from the dias, retching and gasping, while his mother, Cersei, and his uncle Jaime Lannister — who is secretly also his father — rushed to his side. But there was no helping him: Joffrey died a horrible death, his face turning purple and blood streaming from his nose. As Tyrion went to pick up the cup to examine it for poison, Cersei immediately accused him of being the one who poisoned her son, and commanded the guards to seize him.

Meanwhile, Dontos, the King’s fool, appeared at Sansa’s side and told her, “If you want to live, come with me.” He then whisked her away from the wedding.

Who will inherit the Iron Throne of Westeros, now that Joffrey is dead? What will happen to Tyrion? Where is Dontos taking Sansa? You’ll have to tune in next week to find out.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — While the Supreme Court considers one challenge to a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal appeals court located just blocks away is contemplating a separate challenge that could have much more dire consequences for the future of the law.

“What you’re asking for is to destroy the individual mandate, which guts the statute,” Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said to an attorney representing the challengers during a hearing on March 25.

The case — Halbig vs. Sebelius — was heard by Edwards and two other judges and they are expected to rule in the coming months.

It concerns the American Health Benefit Exchanges (known as “exchanges”). The ACA provides for the establishment of the exchanges that are meant to help individuals (who in general are not getting insurance from an employer) to purchase competitively-priced health insurance. The philosophy behind the exchanges is that collective purchasing power will lead to more affordable insurance.

The ACA states that states can establish or operate the exchanges, or the federal government will step in to do so.

So far, 16 states and the District of Columbia have elected to set up their own exchanges, while 34 states rely on federally run exchanges.

The conflict at the center of the Halbig case (and three other challenges across the country) has to do with tax subsidies granted to those who seek to obtain insurance from the exchanges. The ACA grants the credits to qualifying individuals in order to defray the cost of the insurance. Millions of Americans are expected to take advantage of the subsidies.

But challengers to the law dispute who is eligible for the tax credits.

On one side, the IRS interprets the law as authorizing the agency to grant tax credits to individuals using either the state or federal exchanges. On the other side are challengers to the law who question that interpretation.

The challengers say that while the text of the law allows the subsidies for the state-run exchanges, there is nothing in the law that says the subsidies should be available for the federal exchanges.

“This is yet another example where the president and his agencies are playing fast and loose with the text of the law because they are trying to get the result they want,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, who is a critic of the ACA.

Michael A. Carvin, a lawyer for the challengers, argued in court briefs that the IRS is wrong in its interpretation of the law and the agency purports to “dispense billions of dollars in federal spending that Congress never authorized.”

Carvin is representing individuals and employers who are likely to face fines because of the IRS rule.

Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute, was a very early critic of the IRS interpretation of the law. Cannon said he believes that the supporters of the law never imagined that so many states would decline to set up the exchanges. “Congress gave states the power to veto exchange subsidies,” Cannon said. “That’s the last thing President Obama wants, so the president decided to issue the subsidies in federal exchanges, even though he only had the authority to issue them for state exchanges.”

As of March 7, 2.6 million people have selected a federal exchange and 85 percent of them have selected a plan with financial assistance, according to U.S. Health and Human Services statistics.

Ron Pollack of Families USA is a strong supporter of the law and the exchanges. He dismisses Carvin’s arguments about costs. “If you just look at the provision of subsidies, it does cost money — there is no question. But the overall budget impact of the ACA is that it reduces the federal deficit,” he said. “There are many provisions in the ACA that create significant economies. Those economies more than offset the overall additional costs in the ACA.”

Pollack said the law and the intent of Congress is clear: subsidies should be available for all those who qualify, whether the exchanges are run by the state or the federal government.

The Department of Justice says the challengers are reading the ACA the wrong way. “Congress made clear that an exchange established by the federal government stands in the shoes of the exchange that a state chooses not to establish,” the agency argued in court briefs.

The challengers in Halbig vs. Sebelius are simply political foes of the law giving an artificial read to the statute, Pollack said. He worries if the challengers ultimately prevail, “it would mean that the key purpose of the ACA — which is to extend affordable health coverage to the many millions of people in the country who don’t have it today — would be frustrated.”

During the Halbig argument, Judge Edwards (appointed to the bench by President Jimmy Carter) strongly supported the government’s interpretation of the law. He told the challengers’ lawyer that Congress’ intent was to expand the availability of affordable health coverage not to restrict subsidies for the states that have opted for the federal exchanges. At one point he called Carvin’s arguments “preposterous.”

But he was contradicted by his own bench mate, Judge A. Raymond Randolph (appointed by George H.W. Bush). Randolph made clear his disdain for the law as a whole calling it “cobbled together” and “poorly written.”

Randolph suggested that the textual ambiguity in the law represents not a drafting error, but Congress’ intent. “Congress acted on the assumption that dangling this carrot in front of the states and the politicians and the governors of the state would lead to the fact that the states themselves would set up exchanges, rather than the federal government,” he said.

The third judge on the panel, Thomas B. Griffith (appointed by George W. Bush), held his cards more closely to the vest. But at one point he suggested that if Congress hadn’t made itself clear, “is it our job to fix the problem?”

If this panel of judges rules against the law in this case, the government could ask that a larger panel of judges on the same court hear the case. But supporters are concerned that one of the challenges, currently playing out in four different federal courts across the country, could one day end up, front and center, at the highest court in the land.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York City gained access this weekend to an unlimited coffee subscription service that tries to compete with brew giants like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.

CUPS, the Israeli-originated app, currently partners with 40 independent coffee shops across the city to offer unlimited drinks for a flat monthly fee.

Though 40 shops may sound like a lot, they’re pretty much all located in downtown Manhattan. But CUPS founder Gilad Rotem said the service plans to expand to 200 shops in the next few months, and other cities across the country after that.

“People love their coffee, and the idea of unlimited coffee — especially not in Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, but rather high-quality, cool independent coffee shops — is something that’s appealing to many,” Rotem said.

He declined to discuss the financial agreement between the app and the shops.

The service is $45 for brewed coffee and $85 for espresso-based drinks, and seems like a deal for the joe-obsessed. But is it worth it for anyone else?

Brew Coffee- $45/month

A medium coffee a day in a 31-day month would set you back nearly $73.* That makes the $45 subscription worth it. Only go on the way to work? Twenty medium coffees are $47, so you’re still safe. But that’s only if you get the medium or larger and go every day before work. Don’t plan on getting sick.

Espresso Shots- $85/month

More of an espresso shot taker? One a day for 31 days is only $70 — so the $85 price tag is a rip-off. Unless, of course, you’re ripping shots at least twice a day.

Espresso Drinks- $85/month

If you go for the espresso-based drinks every day for a month, you’re at $132, which is a significant amount of savings using the app. And if you only go before work, that’s $85 and you still come out even. This is definitely the part of the deal that gives you the most bang for your buck.

One thing to note, though, is that the subscription doesn’t include “extras” like soy or almond milk, flavored syrups, whipped cream or extra shots.

*Numbers based on prices at The Bean in New York City, one of the app’s partnered shops.

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Johnson County Police(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — The shooting rampage outside two Jewish community centers over the weekend was officially classified a “hate crime” by authorities on Monday.

The third victim of the mass shooting, which happened on the eve of Passover, was identified by Overland Park, Ill., police as Teresa Lamanno, 53. The other two victims were identified Sunday as high school freshman Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon.

The alleged perpetrator of the crime was identified as Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the last name Miller. The suspect, who has been a white supremacist for decades, allegedly yelled a Nazi salute after the shooting Sunday in Overland Park, witnesses told police. The shooter then drove to a nearby Jewish assisted-living facility, shooting another victim to death before surrendering, police said.

The well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader was later recorded screaming “Heil Hitler!” during his arrest.

The shooting spree started outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, where parents and their children were gathering for a singing contest and another event. Cross was armed with at least one shotgun and was allegedly shooting at people in the parking lot, witnesses say.

Overland Park police Chief John Douglass spoke at a news conference Sunday, saying the investigation is far from complete. “Today is a sad and very tragic day,” Douglass said.

Police say high school freshman Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon were shot and killed in their car. Two other would-be victims were able to dodge the bullets and run inside, officials said.

Suspect Glenn Miller, as he’s known, has always been an honest and open white supremacist, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which tracks hate groups.

“We have been tracking Miller, literally for decades,” Beirich said. “He is literally one of the most hardcore anti-Semites I have ever spoken to.”

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew signed a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Ukrainian government at the Treasury Department Monday morning.

Lew was joined by Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak at the signing ceremony.

“We view today’s documents and today’s signing as a sign of…support from the United States of America of the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to freedom, democracy and European values,” Shlapak said. “We view today’s signing as the first step towards broad financial assistance to our nation.”

Secretary Lew also said the U.S. was willing to impose “additional significant sanctions” against Russia as tension in eastern Ukraine escalates.

“[W]orking with our allies, we are fully prepared to impose additional significant sanctions on Russia as it continues to escalate the situation in Ukraine, including apparently through support to a…campaign by armed militants in east Ukraine,” Lew said Monday in the Cash Room at the Treasury Department.

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