** Obama, Romney Share Jokes and Insults at Charity Dinner**
U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney made fun of themselves and each other at a high-profile charity dinner Thursday in New York.
The formal event hosted by the city's Catholic Archdiocese at the Luxury Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was a chance for the candidates to take a break from an often combative presidential campaign.
Mr. Romney, a multi-millionaire, began the evening by taking a shot at his own wealth.His speech also poked fun at the media, who many Republicans accuse of favoring Democrats.
President Obama also took aim at Mr. Romney's wealth, noting that while he had earlier gone shopping at some stores in Midtown Manhattan, Mr. Romney "went shopping for some stores."
Mr. Obama made light of his performance in the first debate, during which many said he looked tired and uninterested.
The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, named after a former Democratic governor of New York and the first Roman Catholic presidential candidate in 1928, is expected to raise $5 million for Catholic charities.
**North Korea Threatens Military Attack if Activists in South Korea Launch Balloons with Leaflets**
North Korea has threatened to shell South Korea if activists in the South send anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Friday that the Western Front Command of the Korean People's Army would conduct a "merciless strike" without warning on northwestern Phaju City, where activists say they will launch balloons Monday carrying the leaflets.
The KCNA accused South Korea's military of directly engineering propaganda, but Seoul has said it has nothing to do with the launches.
North Korea has lashed out at previous balloon launches, threatening to shell South Korea in response to such actions, which it calls deliberate provocation by Seoul that could lead to war.