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  1. Burger King launches black burger in Japan and no, it's not just burnt http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2014/sep/11/burger-king-black-burger-japan-menu-food The chains goth-like burger, with black buns, black cheese and black sauce, is a bizarre addition to the menu. But its not the only food to go back to black i.guim.co.uk/w-460/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/9/11/[1410433741401/Burger-Kings-black-burger-010.jpg Burger Kings black burger, with bamboo charcoal. Photograph: Burger King Homa Khaleeli Thursday 11 September 2014 07.24 EDT It may look like leftover burnt scraps of a late-summer barbecue, stuffed with melted tyre fillings, but this bizarre black combination is just Burger Kings latest menu option for Japan. The incinerated-looking buns are darkened with bamboo charcoal, and the same has been used to give the poisonous-looking cheese its melted-tar look. The beef burgers, meanwhile, have added black pepper, and are topped with an onion and garlic sauce mixed with squid ink. The international chain says it is the third time it has released a goth-like burger (the others had black buns and black ketchup) and diners have so far given them a favourable reception. Strange as they seem, however, Burger Kings Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond are not the first black burgers around. Opso in London does a fish burger and squid ink bun, while French burger chain Quick created a black bun named Dark Vador in 2012 to mark the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D. Then there are the regional dishes that prove black foods are more than a gimmick, from the Spanish Arros Negre (a cuttlefish and rice dish) to squid ink risotto, black pasta and, of course, black pudding. While in 2009, jelly-makers Bompas and Parr held an all-black banquet using, among other things, black truffles, blackberries and caviar. The idea, according to Sam Bompas, was based around the fact that black food is actually a luxury, a way of laughing at death to overcome it. It may be an extravagant claim for the purveyors of fast food, but it certainly adds a dash of danger to your burger.
  2. NBC, msnbc.com and news services updated 2 hours 2 minutes ago http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44245009/ns/us_news-life/#.TlP026hfm6U WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated buildings across the East Coast on Tuesday after a moderate earthquake in Virginia that was also felt as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. No tsunami warning was issued, but air and train traffic was disrupted across the East Coast. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were among the areas evacuated. At the Pentagon in northern Virginia, a low rumbling built and built to the point that the building was shaking. People ran into the corridors of the government's biggest building and as the shaking continued there were shouts of "Evacuate! Evacuate!"The quake even broke a water main inside the Pentagon, flooding parts of two floors, NBC reported. Centered some 90 miles south of the nation's capital, the quake was a magnitude 5.9, the U.S. Geological Survey said. At the U.S. Capitol, light fixtures swung and the building shook for about 15 seconds while the tremor hit, NBC News reported. At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. All flights were briefly put on hold and one terminal was evacuated due to a gas smell. In New York City, NBC reported debris fell from the attorney general's office, causing a brief panic as people ran from the area. Airport towers and government buildings in New York, including City Hall, were evacuated. The 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building. A mild tremor was even felt by NBC reporters with President Barack Obama during his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, an island off Massachusetts. In Charleston, W.Va., hundreds of workers left the state Capitol building and employees at other downtown office buildings were asked to leave temporarily."The whole building shook," said Jennifer Bundy, a spokeswoman for the state Supreme Court. "You could feel two different shakes. Everybody just kind of came out on their own."In Ohio, where office buildings swayed in Columbus and Cincinnati and the press box at the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field shook. At least one building near the Statehouse was evacuated in downtown Columbus.In downtown Baltimore, Md., the quake sent office workers into the streets, where lamp posts swayed slightly as they called family and friends to check in.More about the quake at breakingnews.com The earthquake’s epicenter was near Louisa, Va., the USGS reported. It was a very shallow quake, which would explain why it was so widely felt. The D.C. area's previous record for an earthquake was on July 16, 2010, when a 3.6 magnitude quake was felt. The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones than the West Coast and is less prepared for shaking.
  3. A banner on their homepage say 5.8 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/