The People's Liberation Army, the world's largest single military, consists of roughly three million members, 2.25 million of which are active. As it's economy has flourished, so has its military, with spending increasing by about 10 percent annually over the past 15 years. Though there are concerns over the size, scope and continually-improving technology of the PLA, the most recent of which were sparked by the official confirmation of the imminent completion of its first aircraft carrier, it's important to note the U.S. military budget is still seven times the size of China's.
Whether it be the pressures of fame, the need to remain in the spotlight, a natural predilection of the rich and famous to alter their identities or just coincidence born from the media's magnifying glass, some of the most well-known names in the world at one point held a different moniker.
Space Shuttle "Discovery" is being prepared for retirement at the Kennedy Space Center. Following its last mission, STS 133, NASA technicians have been "cleaning" the orbiter for display at the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles International Airport.
The FDA released new images on June 21, 2011 intended for use as cigarette warning labels. Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking. UPI/FDA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) holds an anti-fur demonstration in Washington, DC, on June 21, 2011. They say "fur-bearing animals suffer when they're skinned alive, they also suffer during the summer months when confined to cages in extremely hot temperatures."
Defense Secretary Robert Gates shakes hands with Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa during a media availability after a Security Consultative Committee meeting in Washington, DC, on June 18, 2011.
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