Korean War II could be bloodier than the first, a reason why U.S. and North Korea may meet

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Korean War II could be bloodier than the first, a reason why U.S. and North Korea may meet North Korean artillery, unconventional weapons could cause catastrophic casualties if war breaks out. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 6 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY Published 1:26 p.m. ET March 10, 2018 | Updated 1:37 p.m. ET March 10, 2018 CLOSE President Trump shocked the world, accepting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to discuss a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. It’s historic and high-stakes. Just the FAQs CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 6 COMMENT EMAIL MORE WASHINGTON — War on the Korean Peninsula would be catastrophic.   How much blood would be shed and how nasty the fighting would be are the outstanding questions, according to Defense estimates and experts.  Even a conventional war could kill tens of thousands of civilians in its first days if thousands of North Korean artillery shells fell on the 10 million citizens of Seoul, 35 miles from the demilitarized zone. The number of dead and wounded multiply if war goes nuclear, as North Korea has threatened. More: Will Trump be ready for North Korea meeting? U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson fears he won't More: North Korea-U.S. talks: Why make the offer now, what does North Korea want in return? More: White House seems to add conditions to summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un In November, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered a lethal promise in remarks to reporters, suggesting the toll in North Korea could be higher. “Make no mistake, any attack on the United States or Continue Reading

Restaurant Scene: Gather for breakfast or lunch at The Pancake Club

Gather for breakfast or lunch at The Pancake Club Diners looking for a place to have breakfast, won't go wrong choosing The Pancake Club in Schererville.The eatery, located in a strip mall on busy U.S. 41, has a cozy small town atmosphere and friendly servers.During a recent visit to the restaurant on a recent Sunday morning, the eatery was packed. The hostess asked if we wanted to be seated at a booth or table so we chose a booth near the eatery's counter and open kitchen.The Pancake Club features a setting akin to an old-fashioned diner where families and groups of friends can easily gather to enjoy a meal and conversation. Many diners in the restaurant that day seemed to know one another as they shared conversation across the various tables.The restaurant's menu is fairly extensive and includes everything from specialty pancakes and waffles to Gourmet Burgers, Gourmet Sandwiches and Greek specialties.For our breakfast, we decided on Crepes, ($7.99) which is one of the restaurant's specialties, and the Golden Malt Waffle ($6.19).The Strawberry Crepes are served either stuffed with fresh strawberries or have fresh strawberries sprinkled on top. For my crepes entree, I had the crepes stuffed with strawberries and a side of strawberries sprinkled atop. As a berry fan, it was a perfect combo.The Pancake Club's menu also features French Crepes ($6.49), which are ultra-thin; Country Skillet ($8.59); the Gypsy Skillet ($8.99); Omelets such as The Works ($8.99); Tex-Mex ($8.29); Hawaiian Paradise ($8.29); Eggs Benedict ($7.99); Breakfast Sandwiches, Wraps and various Breakfast Combos.There are also items for healthy eaters under the For The Healthy Enthusiasts category. Dishes include Bill's De-Lite ($7.99); Veggie Omelet ($7.99); and Wheat French Toast ($6.99).On the A Little Touch of Greece side of the menu, guests will find dishes such as Spinach Pie ($9.99); and Chicken Kabobs ($9.99).Among other menu items are Chicken Caesar Salad ($8.99); Ham & Cheese Club Continue Reading

Restaurant Scene: Visit Sophia’s for breakfast and lunch favorites

Restaurant Scene: Visit Sophia's for breakfast and lunch favorites Sophia's House of Pancakes beckons food fans with a large menu of comforting breakfast and lunch dishes.The restaurant, located on Indianapolis Boulevard in Highland, may be known as a place to get a great pancake but many other creations at the local eatery stand out for flavor and presentation.Sophia's menu stars various categories of food from Eggs, Eggs Eggs, and Fluffy Omelettes to Sizzling Skillets, Cool and Refreshing items, Open Face Sandwiches and Wraps-N-Stuff.Visitors won't leave this restaurant hungry. Most portions are huge and will fill you up.When we visited Sophia's on a recent Saturday afternoon, the eatery was filled with diners. At Sophia's, guests may order breakfast all day, so there were plenty of tables with egg dishes, pancakes, skillets and more.Our lunch that day was the Chuck Wagon Skillet and the Popeye Salad. Both entrees were extra large portions. The Chuck Wagon Skillet featured  a choice of eggs, potatoes, ham, corn, red peppers and a choice of pancakes or toast.The Popeye Salad starred spinach, mushrooms, chopped bacon, tomatoes, red onion and egg with a vinaigrette dressing. Guests may choose a different dressing if they'd like as well.Among other menu items available at Sophia's are Multi-Grain French Toast; German Pancakes; Bananas Foster French Toast; Silver Dollar Pancakes; Sophia's Crepes; Belgian Waffles; Biscuits & Gravy; Ribeye Steak with Eggs; and more.In the South of the Border section, guests may order Huevos Rancheros or the Rio Grande Breakfast. Benedicts include the Seafood Benedict; Country Benedict and others.The Skillets category offers a variety of flavors including Italian, Greek, Rajun Cajun and more.Diners also may order Black Angus Burgers; Open Face Sandwiches such as Hot Beef, Pork Tenderloin and Meatloaf; as well as Triple Decker Clubs; Paninis, Croissant Sandwiches and much more.In addition to the Highland location, Sophia's also Continue Reading

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Updated 1:15 pm, Friday, January 19, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Continue Reading

Restaurant Scene: Bohemian Joe’s beckons with convivial setting

Restaurant Scene: Bohemian Joe's beckons with convivial setting If you're looking for flavorful dishes in an unpretentious setting, stop by Bohemian Joe's.The restaurant, located on Torrence Avenue in Lansing, offers a varied menu with sandwiches, salads, specialty pizza, assorted appetizers and more. Many of the dishes have a different spin to them and are not items you'd find everywhere.Bohemian Joe's has interesting decor throughout as it features geometric shapes on the wall as well as some retro designs.Booth, table and bar seating is available at the eatery, which is housed in the former Popolano's restaurant that was a longtime Lansing dining spot.When entering Bohemian Joe's, guests walk through a foyer first before stepping into the actual restaurant. There's a convivial atmosphere within the eatery. A separate private/party room is located in the back of the restaurant and there are TVs located in the bar and even slot machines in one corner of the eatery.The restaurant is an ideal locale for diners of all ages with varied appetites. A children's menu also is featured at the restaurant.Among favorite dishes at Bohemian Joe's is BBQ Mac ($11), which is the eatery's specialty mac and cheese layered with pulled pork. A tasty Honey BBQ sauce accompanies the dish.Other items include Small Plates such as Beer Nuggets ($9); Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado ($9); Beef and Mushroom Poutine, ($10); and Buffalo Curds and Cauliflower ($9).In the entrees category at Bohemian Joe's, diners will find dishes such as Angry Chop ($18), which is topped with an Angry Orchard Hard Cider reduction and includes fried onion straws; Joe's Catch, ($11); Blackened Ribeye ($23); burgers such as Portobello Burger ($10); and BBQ Burger ($11); salads such as Grilled Sweet Potato ($10); Apple Feta ($10); and Citrus, Chicken and Quinoa ($12); and more.Specialty pizzas include Hawaiian; Margherita; and Oinker (which are $15.99 for 12-inch; and $21.99 for 16-inch); and sandwiches such as Continue Reading

Restaurant Scene: Miner-Dunn offers a bit of nostalgia in setting and food

Restaurant Scene: Miner-Dunn offers a bit of nostalgia in setting and food Diners looking for a retro feel won't mind stepping into Miner-Dunn for a meal.The restaurant, located on Indianapolis Boulevard in Highland, is an old-fashioned eatery with stools, a counter, booths and retro decor.Miner-Dunn opened its doors in 1932 when Harold Miner and Ralph Dunn established the eatery on Calumet Avenue in Hammond. It's been a popular Region joint for burgers, fries, hot dogs, shakes and more.The restaurant's reputation was built on what's called "real hamburgers" as the eatery's outdoor sign proudly proclaims. The burgers are hand-crafted on the premises. Other popular items include fresh-cut French fries, sherbet made in-house and homemade onion rings.While visiting Miner-Dunn for a recent weekend late lunch, it was easy to feel as though you were stepping into a retro soda shoppe. Canned music played in the background and restaurant personnel were extremely welcoming.We enjoyed a Chili Dog ($4.49) as well as a Mushroom Burger ($7.99 for deluxe). Deluxe orders come with French fries and the eatery's signature soft serve sherbet.Among other items available on Miner-Dunn's menu are dinners such as Homemade Meatloaf ($8.99); Cod Dinner ($8.99); roast beef meals including Italian Beef ($5.99); French Dip ($5.99); Hot Beef Dinner ($8.99); and salads such as Chef's Salad ($7.69); and Grilled Chicken Salad ($6.99).There's also a Kiddie Size menu category at Miner-Dunn, featuring such items as Burgers, Hot Dogs and Chicken Tenders.Hamburgers are a specialty at Miner-Dunn and the restaurant's burger category stars recipes such as The Miner-Dunn Hamburger ($4.29); Western Cheeseburger ($6.69); Salad Burger ($5.09) and other dishes. On the sandwich list are items such as Egg and Cheese Melt ($4.99); BLT ($4.69); Turkey Club ($5.99); and a Meatloaf Sandwich ($5.99).With the variety available at the eatery, guests likely will find something on the menu they like. Italian Continue Reading

Restaurant Scene: Italian cuisine stars at Frankie V’s

Restaurant Scene: Italian cuisine stars at Frankie V's Diners looking for a casual place to enjoy a good, hearty meal will be more than satisfied with a visit to Frankie V's Bar & Grill.Frankie V's, on Calumet Avenue in Whiting, is housed in what was formerly Up For Grabs. The intimate pub-style eatery specializes in Italian cuisine.Upon entering the small restaurant, guests walk right into the bar area with booths located across from the bar. Diners may choose to sit at the bar or at one of the booths to enjoy a meal.We visited Frankie V's on a recent Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. Our booth was located near the door and across from a large-screen TV. Three televisions, displaying different programs, are set up in the bar area.Spending time in Frankie V's, it's easy to feel as though you're in an old-time saloon from the 1950s or '60s. The day we visited, the waitress was attentive and gladly answered our questions about the menu offerings.Various menu categories at the eatery include sections for Appetizers; Soups & Salads; Cold Sandwiches; Hot Sandwiches; Steaks; Pasta; and more.After checking out the menu, we decided on an old-fashioned meaty offering: the Pork Chop dinner. ($8.95).Visitors to Frankie V's will, no doubt, be pleasantly surprised at the serving sizes as well as the prices at the restaurant. The $8.95 price tag was a deal for the portion served.The tender, juicy Pork Chop dinner came with two good-sized chops, a side salad, bread, a side of green beans, choice of potato (we chose baked) and a side of applesauce. There was definitely plenty to enjoy later at home.Among other menu choices at the restaurant are Fried Calamari ($8.50 for appetizer); Toasted Ravioli appetizer ($6.95); Chicken Caesar Salad ($7.95); Chicken Vesuvio sandwich ($9.95); Meatball Sandwich ($8.95); The Ultimate Grilled Cheese, ($8.95) which is a triple-decker sandwich; Ribeye Steak ($23.95) for a 14-ounce steak; Chicken Dinner ($9.95); Spaghetti Carbonara Continue Reading

These were the most downloaded Apple apps of 2017

LOS ANGELES — Snap, Inc., the parent company of the Snapchat app, had a rough first year on Wall Street. Consumers couldn't have cared less. The Bitmoji app, owned by Snap, came in at No. 1 on Apple's annual list of the most downloaded free iTunes apps of the year, followed by Snapchat in second place. Last year, Snapchat was the top app of the year, and Bitmoji, which can be used to create avatars that slip into Snaps and e-mails, wasn't in the top 10. As with years past, consumers mostly gravitated towards familiar favorites.The rest of the top 10 include:—3. YouTube (up from No. 6 in 2016). Video viewing. —4.Facebook Messenger (No. 2 last year). Chat.—5. Instagram (5th place, like in 2016). Photo sharing.—6. Facebook (No. 6 again). Social network.—7. Google Maps (No. 7 again). Navigation.—8. Netflix, (up from No. 9). Video viewing. —9. Spotify (up from No. 10). Music streaming. —10. Uber, which wasn't in the 10 last year.The only new entry to the top 15 was Wish, a shopping app offering low-price goods from China, at No. 15.Last year's new entry to the top 10, Pokemon Go, was a short-lived smash. This year, it didn't make the top charts, in either the free apps — or the free games — which were led by Super Mario Run. Music streaming service Pandora left the top 10 to clock in at No. 12. Apple apps, like Apple Music and Pages, come pre-loaded on devices, and thus don't get ranked in Apple's year-end charts. In making its selections, Apple editors also identified several trends of 2017 worth noting.  More: Cord-cutter shakeup: Amazon Prime Video now on Apple TV as YouTube and Amazon spar More: On YouTube, sexualized 'Frozen' and Nickelodeon cartoons aren't barred from kids Augmented reality apps came to recent iPhones in the fall, with the introduction of IOS 11. Apple touted the IKEA Place app, from the retailer, which Continue Reading

4K TV: Should you get one this year? Here’s how to decide

They are likely never wrapped — who wants to wrestle with all that wrapping paper? — but big-screen televisions historically top holiday wish lists.This year is no exception. Retailers and customers alike love deals on televisions, and TV sales make up 20% of holiday revenue, according to market-tracking firm The NPD Group. For the first time, most of the TVs in holiday promotions will be 4K television sets. And many of them will tout the ability to handle High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.That's made shopping trickier than the usual experience, when TV shoppers only had to think about: "How much can I spend?" and "How big a TV can I get?""I would say the preponderance of the deals that I have seen thus far all have to deal with 4K TVs," said Steve Koenig, senior director of market research at the Consumer Technology Association. "People are going to be hard-pressed to not come across a 4K deal that is appetizing to them."If you are a consumer who cherishes the best video quality available, you will eventually want a 4K TV. But there are some trade-offs with making that technological leap.A majority of what you watch on TV today isn't available in that higher quality format, though there is a growing library of 4K live sports and movies, and a 4K TV can handle all your current high-def programming, too.New 4K TVs will cost more than an HDTV of equal size. Shoppers looking at holiday deals should understand what they get for 4K TV and HDR — and what they could miss out on if they they make the wrong choice.  4K TV, or 4K Ultra High Definition TV, was developed to make big-screens look even better than standard HDTVs. 4K TVs have four times as many pixels as HDTVs. That extra helping of pixels lets you display video on a larger display without degradation."You are going to see the difference in the colors, crisper lines and sharper details than on HD," said Kerrie Downey, vice president for product Continue Reading

Dr. Mehmet Oz’s specialty is being the top doc, with No. 4 audience in syndicated TV

It’s taken him less time to learn how to be a TV star then it did to finish medical school. Heading into his fifth year as host of “The Doctor Oz Show,” Mehmet Oz, 52, has become one of the most recognized faces on Earth. One of the top cardiothoracic surgeons of his generation is also now the go-to guy for housewives around the world looking to drop belly fat. “I had no interest in this,” says Oz, who, despite a frenzied TV production schedule still sees patients at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights on Thursdays, where he does rounds and heart surgeries. For nonurgent cases, th ere’s a three-week waiting list for an appointment with the doctor. That he’s joined daytime TV’s top earners and become the fourth-most-watched syndicated TV host (behind Ellen DeGeneres and ahead of Maury Povich) is a career afterthought. “It’s really my wife’s fault,” the father of four says of his TV career. “She was moping around about how many of my patients didn’t appreciate how they had brought these illnesses upon themselves and the things that they could have done to avoid me doing invasive procedures on them. “You can’t deliver that message in the long green corridor to the operating room,” says Oz. Television, however, offered the perfect means to blast his message to millions at once. “I had never thought about the media as a way of talking to my patients, and in fact it’s a much better way to talk to them, because I can talk to people who would never be my patients.” Oprah Winfrey thought so too. She booked him so many times on her own daytime show that she eventually created one for him. Oz quickly seized the opportunity, using his tremendous platform as a bully pulpit to focus on medical issues he feels strongly about. In 2011 the apple industry turned sour when Oz, who was nominated for his fifth and sixth Emmy Continue Reading