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Posted at 5:16 PM ET, 11/23/2010

North Korea vs. South Korea, Opt-Out Day and some flying snakes (Afternoon reading)

By Melissa Bell
Plumes of smoke rise from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Some afternoon links to stories you need to be reading:

North Korea and South Korea exchanged gunfire Monday night, with two people dead on Yeonpyeong island. Today, Life looks back at the Korean War through the eyes of photographer David Douglas Duncan. While all the images are gripping, I can't shake the portrait of a solider shedding a single a tear after realizing that his troop is out of ammunition.

Barbara Bush fact-checks her son's book. (Warning for the squeamish: It includes a reference to a fetus in a jar.)

Really not for the squeamish, read the heart-in-throat story of the survivors of the crash that killed former senator Ted Stevens of Alaska in August.

Traveling for the holidays? Thank the Opt-Out guy if there are super-long lines at your airport. (And don't forget to tweet your travel experiences!)

Is Jay Leno the new Judith Griggs? One blogger thinks so. But, really, I blame Taylor Swift.

And, last but not least: Snakes fly. Dig it:

By Melissa Bell  | November 23, 2010; 5:16 PM ET
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Of course the question is will Washington play into it or will concessions be made? Either way, equity markets across the globe tanked, a side effect that hasn’t been overlooked by both North Korea or the US for that matter.

Posted by: iamandami | November 23, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

To understand NK one must realize that this country is ruled by people with absolute power and no real sense of empathy. Interpreting it is an exercise in applied dysfunctional psychology. In this case, the new ruler Kim Jong-eun, seems to be playing with his new toys to show off for his friends.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 24, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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