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PICTURED: The emotional moment Obama visits best friend of tragic Boston Marathon bombing victim

President Obama has visited the bedside of dozens of Boston Marathon bombing victims, including Karen Rand - who lost her best friend in the horrific blasts. After attending the interfaith service in Boston on Thursday morning, he visited with hospitalized victims still recovering from the devastating twin blasts. Miss Rand was one of them. She was waiting near the finish line with her best friend Krystle Campbell to cheer on Karen's boyfriend when the first explosion hit. Scroll down for video Emotional visit: President Obama visited the bedside of Karen Rand- who lost her best friend Krystle Campbell in the Boston Marathon blasts - on Thursday High-profile visitor: President Obama speaks with the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he visited with victims of the bombing Krystle was killed in the blast. Karen will survive. Krystle, a 29-year-old steakhouse manager who went to the race every year, was the second fatal victim to be identified. Doctors initially to

Blair 'deserves a funeral as big as Thatcher's'

Tony Blair could get a funeral on the scale of that of Margaret Thatcher, the minister in charge of planning her ceremonial send-off has suggested. Despite claims that Britain is unlikely to see another political funeral on the scale of Baroness Thatcher’s, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said he would have no objection to a similar service when Mr Blair passes away. Whitehall sources dismissed claims that it had already been decided that future prime ministers would not be afforded ceremonial services of the type watched by tens of thousands in London on Wednesday. Honour: Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said that he would have no objection to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, left, getting a funeral on the same scale as that of Margaret Thatcher, right Fitting: Mrs Thatcher's ceremonial service, pictured, was watched by tens of thousands in London on Wednesday Mr Maude, asked about plans for Mr Blair’s demise, and whether he envisaged a similar funeral to

Police officer in 'drew his gun on a teen McDonald's customer

A Georgia police sergeant has been accused of pulling a gun on a teen customer ahead of him in a McDonald's drive-thru line after becoming enraged over the wait for food. Detective Sgt Scott Biumi, 48, of the DeKalb County Police Department, was arrested this week and charged with aggravated assault - a felony - after the incident at a McDonald's in Cummings. Forsyth County Sheriff's spokesman Courtney Spriggs said Biumi pointed a gun at 18-year-old Ryan Mash, who was in front of him on the drive-thru line waiting for his food at about 10:30pm on April 9. Scroll down for video Threat: Police say that Detective Sgt Scott Biumi pulled a gun on a teen as he waited for his food at a McDonald's drive-thru Suspect: Scott Biumi has been charged with aggravated assault in the incident Surveillance footage from inside the restaurant shows Biumi step between the man's car and the drive-thru window and point a gun into the car as he leaned into the driver's side wi

One small step for Ed Miliband: Labour leader pontificates

For a man who seeks to claim the statesman-like mantle of Margaret Thatcher, Ed Miliband has an odd way of going about it. The Labour leader triggered comparisons with the much-mocked soapbox of the Iron Lady’s hapless successor John Major yesterday as he stood awkwardly on a pallet, microphone in hand, to address voters outside a shopping centre. Despite cutting a rather ridiculous figure campaigning in the South Shields by-election – the seat left vacant by his brother David’s move to New York – Mr Miliband is clearly determined to acquire some of Lady Thatcher’s gravitas. Scroll down for video Boxing clever? Labour leader Ed Milliband used a wooden pallet to address locals in South Shields but was confused with his brother David who quit as the town's MP Onlookers questioned how useful the box was at making him visible to shoppers as they milled around the town centre In an audacious speech today, he will suggest he has the same strength of conviction and determination t

Bungling coach driver takes school children on 80 mile diversion

A coachload of schoolchildren was taken 80 miles in the wrong direction in the middle of the night after a driver misspelt their destination by just one letter. The driver accidentally typed Towyn into his satellite navigation system, then promptly drove to the village near the seaside resort of Rhyl in north Wales. Unfortunately, his sleepy passengers had hoped to wake up in Tywyn, near Cardigan Bay in west Wales. The Llew Jones International coach, like the one pictured above, was returning from Paris The blunder occurred when the coach swapped drivers at Shrewsbury towards the end of a 13-hour journey following a trip to Paris. Parents of the 37 pupils aged 11 to 14, from Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn, were left waiting to collect their children for an extra two hours on Tuesday morning. More... Truck driver using sat nav blunders onto £100m guided busway after ignoring warning signs Getting the green light: Newcastle to trial new sat-nav technology which will tell drivers the EXACT s

Obama administration has SLASHED budget for domestic bombing prevention

Barack Obama's administration has cut the budget nearly in half for preventing domestic bombings, MailOnline can reveal. Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million. That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others. He told MailOnline that the Obama-era DHS is, on the whole, about as well-positioned as it was during the Bush administration to handle the aftermath of the April 15 bombings in Boston, 'but the Obama administration has continued to cut the budget for offices such as the Office for Bombing Prevention from $20 million started under Bush, to $11 million today.

Did this magical little crystal help the Vikings rape and pillage across the world?

Deep in the waters off Alderney, third largest of the Channel Islands, there lies the wreck of an Elizabethan warship. Sunk there in 1592, it has surrendered many treasures to divers over the years. They include the armour, muskets and cannon proudly displayed in Alderney's museum. But it is an almost forgotten object, long hidden away in the museum's storeroom, that may prove the most momentous find of all. Magical crystal: New research suggests this is a fabled Viking sunstone, which has long been the stuff of legend Salvaged from the depths in 2002, it looks like a bar of soap and is just as opaque, but only because its surface has been scratched and dulled by sand and seawater over hundreds of years. More... Priceless 14th century Latin 'dictionary' that let nuns translate the Bible and survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries goes on display for the first time Mystery face among first class Britons: John Archer, first Afro-Caribbean elected to public offi