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Pompeo threatens US will ‘crush’ Iran through sanctions and pressure campaign

Washington (CNN)The US will aim to “crush” Iran with economic and military pressure unless it changes its behavior in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday in a speech that many analysts saw as a policy of regime change in everything but name. Pentagon preparations As Pompeo spoke at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday the US will take “all necessary steps to confront and address Iran’s malign influence in the region.” Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said the Defense Department…

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Manchester remembers attack victims

Skip Twitter post by @ArianaGrande thinking of you all today and every day 🐝 I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2018 Image Copyright @AndyBurnhamGM @AndyBurnhamGM Report Report Report End of Twitter post by @doraa92 ‘I must’ve died 200 times in my nightmares’ Arena bomb ‘injured more than 800’ Manchester attack: The victims Who will be at the memorial service? Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince…

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Yanny or Laurel Sucks, Brainstorm or Green Needle Is Far More Interesting

if you think of the word “brainstorm†you hear the word brainstorm. if you think of the words “green needle†you hear green needle. pic.twitter.com/kNBfIINpgL — Vinny Skywalker (@sirvinnyd) May 17, 2018 While Yanny & Laurel swept the Internet this week, a far more interesting example using similar audio tricks also surfaced. “Brainstorm or Green Needle” however, puts you in charge of your destiny. Try it for yourself! Think of which word you want to hear and you will. Now go back and forth between the two and really have…

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Naval Academy freshmen climb greased Herndon Monument in annual tradition

Video Naval Academy freshmen complete Herndon Monument climb First year students at the Annapolis Naval Academy climb the greased obelisk on the school’s ground. A tradition dating back to 1940. The U.S. Naval Academy’s plebe class has capped a greased-up Herndon Monument, as about 1,000 first-year students took part in the unusual annual tradition Monday afternoon. With teamwork and perseverance, the students formed a human pyramid to help classmates climb the slippery monument and replace the hat known as the “Dixie cup” from the top of the monument with a…

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A monkey gets free at the San Antonio airport

(CNN)A monkey that was being transported escaped its cage Monday afternoon and briefly ran loose at San Antonio International Airport, officials said. American released a statement, saying the monkey was being taken to an animal sanctuary and refuge. “American Airlines, the San Antonio Aviation Department and officials from the San Antonio Zoo all worked in conjunction to ensure his safety and wellbeing as he continues his journey to his new home,” the statement read. No passengers or flights have been affected. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/21/us/baboon-loose-texas-airport/index.html

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Costa Rica Is Planning To Abolish All Fossil Fuels

Costa Rica’s green credentials already put the Central American nation near the top of the list when it comes to battling climate change, but if their newly elected President is to be believed, then it’s going to climb higher still. In his inaugural speech, which he turned up to riding a hydrogen-fueled bus, Carlos Alvarado Quesada announced that he wants to lead Costa Rica to become the first decarbonized country in the world. This will include scrapping the use of all fossil fuels – even those used for transport.   “Decarbonization…

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Janet Jackson Becomes First Black Woman To Receive Billboard Icon Award

She slayed a medley of her most popular songs ― including “Nasty” and “Throb” ― and gave a powerful speech that pledged solidarity to #MeToo while calling for an end to “loud and harsh” public discourse. Then Jackson went to work on stage in reportedly her first televised performance since 2009. “This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh,” she added. “My prayer is that, weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source — that source is God. Everything…

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It Turns Out That Trees Have A “Heartbeat” Too

Many people alone in forests at night have developed a suspicion the trees are somehow awake and moving. Tolkien made use of the idea in the Old Forest and Fangorn. Science has found there is more to the fear than folklore or general paranoia – some trees raise and lower their branches several times in the course of the night, indicating a cycle of water and sugar transportation, like their own version of a heartbeat. We still don’t know why, however. Plants need water to photosynthesize glucose, the basic building…

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Downtown Halifax horse stable quarantined after highly contagious infection discovered – CBC.ca

CBC.ca Downtown Halifax horse stable quarantined after highly contagious infection discoveredCBC.caHorses at a downtown Halifax stable are in quarantine after a highly contagious respiratory infection was discovered Sunday. The Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers made the announcement in a Facebook post. "We have just received word back from our … Read more: www.cbc.ca

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