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The British government and Olympics organizers hope investment in long-neglected parts of East London, where Olympic Park and the shiny new stadium are located, will have a lasting impact. However, behind the regeneration hyperbole of the organizers and politicians, the reality is very different, a shop owner says. (Associated Press)

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The British government and Olympics organizers hope investment in long-neglected parts of East London, where Olympic Park and the shiny new stadium are located, will have a lasting impact. However, behind the regeneration hyperbole of the organizers and politicians, the reality is very different, a shop owner says. (Associated Press)

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Paul McCartney confirmed that he'll be the closing act for the opening ceremony at the Olympics in London. (MPL Communications via Associated Press)

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Paul McCartney confirmed that he'll be the closing act for the opening ceremony at the Olympics in London. (MPL Communications via Associated Press)

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Greek swimming champion Spyros Gianniotis (left), the first torchbearer of the Olympic torch relay, carries the flame to the tomb of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, on Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Ancient Olympia, Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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** FILE ** In this undated file photo made available on July 25, 2011, by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), an aerial photo of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium to mark "1 year to go to the Olympic Games" is seen in London. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Anthony Charlton, File)

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** FILE ** In this undated photo made available on July 25, 2011, by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), an aerial photo of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium to mark "1 year to go to the Olympic Games" is seen in London. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Anthony Charlton, File)

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**FILE** Japan's Yuzo Kanemaru (left) and Britain's Martyn Rooney shake hands Aug. 18, 2008, after a heat of the men's 400 meters during the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Olympics in Beijing. (Associated Press)

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Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, finished third in the women's World Cup downhill on the Sochi Olympics course, in Krasnaya Polyana, near Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb.18, 2012. Vonn clinched her fifth consecutive World Cup downhill title Saturday, although German rival and friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the race on the 2014 Sochi Olympics course. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

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The Surface Transport Traffic Control Center in London will be the nerve center for coordinating traffic during the Olympic Games. Ambulances, which are expecting an increase in demand, have particular fears about traffic not moving. (Associated Press)

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A group of plungers, including Lizzie Evans (center), run out of the Chesapeake Bay during the 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics Maryland on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Annapolis. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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In this photo taken Oct. 28, 2011 and released by Ascent Services Worldwide LLC, climbers Silas Rossi, left, and Angela Hawse, in Halloween costumes, dangle beneath an overhang in the Guide's Olympics during the American Mountain Guides Association's annual conference at the Shawangunk climbing area in New Paltz, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ascent Services Worldwide LLC, Joe Lentini)

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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, police arrest a man for looting in Clapham Junction in south London, as violence and looting spread across some of London's most impoverished neighborhoods, with youth setting fire to shops and vehicles during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer's Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson, File)

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Sohn Hak-kyu, South Korean chairman of the opposition United Democratic Party, says the 2018 Winter Games “should be the Olympics of peace and reunification” involving North Korea. (Associated Press)

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Theresa Herbert (center) cheers from the stands with athletes Michael North (left) and Curtis Merrick (right) during the 2011 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games being held at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Medals are presented following the Unified 4x100 meter relay during the 2011 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games being held at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Air Force Col. Tony Thomas (left) helps tie the shoes of runner Javon McCray (right) prior to his running in the Unified 4x100 meter relay during the 2011 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games being held at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Daishaun Howell (center) races to get the baton to Army SSG. Tanner Welch in the Unified 4x100 meter relay during the 2011 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games being held at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Javon McCray (left) gets his Air Force tee shirt put on by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Steven Mandell (right) prior to the running of the Unified 4x100 meter relay, during the 2011 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games being held at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)