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Sportscaster Adam Lefkoe of WHAS11 in Louisville, Kentucky dropped 41 Seinfeld references into five minutes on air. More at Syracuse.com.

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In today’s pictures, a man tends to one of his goats in Ireland, injured people receive treatment after an explosion in Syria, a holy man helps his adopted child into a yoga headstand in India, and more.

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In today’s pictures, a firefighter careens through rapids in Kentucky, a dancer stretches before an audition in Madrid, riot police secure an embassy in Yemen, and more.

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People walk on the OCBC Skyway linking the Supertrees in the nearly completed Gardens By The Bay just next to Singapore’s busy financial district on Monday April 30, 2012 in Singapore. This is part of the city-state’s efforts to bring and nurture greenery within the city and capture the essence of Singapore as a tropical [...]

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New York City firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze at 1717 W. Sixth St. in Brooklyn Wednesday. The roof of the building, a commercial furniture operation, fell in. (Peter J. Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


Serkan Ozkaya’s double-size, golden replica of Michelangelo’s David was toted through Manhattan streets on a flatbed trailer Tuesday, as part of its trip from Istanbul via New York to Louisville, Ky. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


A dancer auditioned Sunday in Manhattan for a spot in the Manhattan Youth Ballet’s Summer Intensive workshop. About 80 participants will take part in a three-week workshop in August. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Harriette Rose Katz looked through the Chanel handbags in a walk-in closet in her Upper East Side apartment Monday. Ms. Katz is a well-regarded event planner in New York City. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


The pizza of the day included shrimp as a topping one recent day at Da Mikele on Church Street in Manhattan. (Byron Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


The new Espresso Book Machine at work binding ‘Super Sudoko Variants’ at the Brooklyn Central Library. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Roman Baca, 37, of Astoria, worked with fellow dancers Meaghan Doherty, left, a 25-year-old Upper East Side resident, and Jennifer Cadden, 28, of Hell’s Kitchen, at Dany studios in Manhattan Wednesday. Mr. Baca, a former Marine, will teach dance to children in Erbil and Kirkurk, Iraq, in April. (Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal)


Honorees talked among themselves before the start of the sixth annual ceremony recognizing Brooklyn’s Extraordinary Women by Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes in Downtown Brooklyn Tuesday. This year 33 women were recognized. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

Fashion designer Isabel Toledo, shown here in her Manhattan studio in February, aims to use her own experiences to build a case against the corporate nature of the New York fashion industry, in her book ‘Roots of Style
Fashion designer Isabel Toledo, shown here in her Manhattan studio in February, aims to use her own experiences to build a case against the corporate nature of the New York fashion industry, in her book ‘Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion.’ (Byron Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


Dancer Christopher Klein, 21, right, on the court at a basketball game between St. John’s University and Syracuse at Madison Square Garden. For the last two years, he has been the lone male on the St. John’s dance team. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Friends of the High Line staff member Yvette Weaver helped at the start of the ‘spring cutback’ at the High Line elevated park in Manhattan Tuesday. Volunteers and staffers are trimming back the plants in preparation for spring. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal )


Artist Michael Riedel, left, and Paul Pisoni, director of production at the David Zwirner Gallery, discussed Mr. Riedel’s work as they prepared to install a piece at the gallery’s booth at The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan Tuesday. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal )


From left, Steven Holz, Michael Goldberg, Jonathan Cline and Ira Rothstein at H. Herzfeld Fine Men’s Haberdashery in Midtown. Step into the shop, barely noticeable on a busy East Midtown block, and you enter Old New York. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )


A new exhibition at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, called ‘Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,’ opened Wednesday and runs through June 3. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Sushi chef Akira Nakazana at work in the sushi bar of Lure Fishbar, 142 Mercer St. in Manhattan. (See related article.) (Byron Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


Brian Martin and Emily Riley enjoyed the warm weather in Manhattan’s Central Park Thursday, as temperatures pushed near 70 degrees. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

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Powerful storms leveled two small towns in southern Indiana, transforming entire blocks of homes into piles of debris, tossing school buses into a home and a restaurant and causing destruction so severe it was difficult to tell what was once there. As night fell, dazed residents shuffled through town, some looking for relatives, while rescue [...]

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Developer Illfonic's re-invention of Alientrap's Nexuiz lands on XBLA February 29 for 800 MS Points as part of Microsoft's House Party. Nexuiz will also appear on PlayStation 3 and Steam later this spring.

Nexuiz takes classic, arena first-person shooter gameplay and mixes it up with dynamic mutators-- game-changing power ups that can turn the tide of battle in an instant. Graphics are pretty darn fancy, too, being powered by CryENGINE 3.

It's a bit premature to talk about, but a quick glance at Illfonic's self-labeled "upcoming shit" reveals a crazy game called Ghetto Golf. I think the team is playing it safe releasing something solid and safe like Nexuiz first. Fighting the urge to talk about the racy, satirical golf game, I asked creative director Kedhrin Gonzalez a few questions about their collaboration with Alientrap on Nexuiz, what arena FPS titles are doing wrong today, and what the Denver, Colorado indie scene is like.

Have you always been a nine-man team throughout the development of your game?

We started off as four, and slowly grew from there as we needed people. We knew we had to hire more people for specific tasks, and can't believe we pulled off what we did with such a small team. We outsourced things like the Character/Weapon models with Art Bully Productions, some design/story elements with Skyward* Corp and other developers here and there.

We also provided opportunities for up-and-coming developers with internships. Throughout the development cycle, the largest our team ever grew was 12 people. It was rough, and we worked hard. Thankfully, our guys are champs and really rocked the show.

What collaboration, if any, was there with Alientrap?

We are really good friends with the guys at Alientrap and one of the programmers on Classic Nexuiz, Forest 'Lord Havoc' Hale, wrote the bot code for bots in Nexuiz. I also remade the level 'Strength' based off of a design from the Classic Nexuiz by Paul Evers. The creator of Classic Nexuiz, Lee Vermeulen, was very supportive and helped us with whatever we needed. They were really cool to work with and we are really thankful to have that opportunity.

Could you expand on how you re-invent classic, fast-paced arena first-person shooter gameplay?

The biggest issue players deal with when they play a game for a long time is repetition. In an Arena FPS, game sessions are always frantic. Generally, players go head to head on a mission to dominate each other with raw skill. Dynamic Mutators add an extremely innovative layer of strategy. Amidst the chaos, competitive players will be able to plan with their team how and when to use specific Dynamic Mutators. Some Dynamic Mutators are simple things, like double jump or infinite ammo. Others are more crazy, like Jetpacks or Instagib.

These changes to the game at any time can really make for some interesting experiences. You'll never play the same game twice. With over 1.7 million possible combinations of Dynamic Mutators available at any given time, gamers have the ability to really create unique strategies. I'm super excited to see what players come up with.

What are other games doing wrong in the arena FPS genre that you are doing right? And how are you doing it?

One thing we did with Dynamic Mutators is give players the ability to spend points they earn in a match to adjust the rate at which specific Dynamic Mutators appear. There are 118 types of points, so this adds a huge layer of persistence and replayability to the game.

Certain Dynamic Mutators are also big gameplay changers. These mutators are really expensive and take a long time for players to save toward.

The Arena FPS also needed to evolve, adopting some gameplay functionality present in this generation's first person shooters. For example, we added melee to every weapon. Veterans of the genre will now have to be more aware and cautious when rapidly approaching a player. Of course, players will still find old school techniques like Rocket Jumping and Pogo Jumping.

Furthermore, by including elements like wider hallways and open areas, we've flexed out levels to be accepting to the Dynamic Mutator system. On top of that, we feature 64 individual leaderboards, 110 Medals, and 66 individual stats tracked.

What is the Denver and surrounding area indie scene like? Who else is there cooking up tasty gaming goodness?

The Denver area used to be the hub of a few studios. Now, the primary ones around here are Idol Minds in Louisville and, of course, IllFonic. New World Interactive is also starting up out here and they have some pretty cool stuff in the works!

There are also some iOS and social developers out here. I know quite a few of them, like the guys over at END Games and Backflip Studios! I'd love to connect with other developers out here to promote the unity of the indie community and do something that will benefit all of us. If there are any devs out there in Colorado, by all means contact me!

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A half-century ago, much of the world was in a broad state of change: We were moving out of the post-World War II era, and into both the Cold War and the Space Age, with broadening civil rights movements and anti-nuclear protests in the U.S. In 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space, Freedom Riders took buses into the South to bravely challenge segregation, and East Germany began construction of the Berlin Wall. That year, Kennedy gave the okay to the disastrous Bay of Pigs Invasion into Cuba and committed the U.S. to "landing a man on the Moon" with NASA's Apollo program. JFK also oversaw the early buildup of a U.S. military presence in Vietnam: by the end of 1961, some 2,000 troops were deployed there. Let me take you 50 years into the past now, for a look at the world as it was in 1961. [50 photos]

John F. Kennedy speaks for the first time as President of the United States in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 1961, during the inaugural ceremonies. (AP Photo)

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Tribal elders say the Taliban are far from defeated.  The Taliban continue to wage a brutal war, taking a toll on Afghan citizens and American forces.  The Department of Defense has identified 1,761 American service members who have died in the Afghan war and related operations as of Sept. 21, about 10 years since the start of the war. In visiting Afghanistan monthly in The Big Picture, we try to reflect our troops presence in the country as well as their interaction with the Afghan people.  -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)
US soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment fire 120-mm mortar rounds toward insurgent positions at Outpost Monti in Kunar province on Sept. 17. After a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, 130,000 troops from dozens of countries continue to battle resilient Taliban, who use homemade bombs and guerrilla tactics in a bid to undermine the Afghan government and the NATO mission. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

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