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|The Latest: Iran supreme leader critical of FM in nuke deal ||Howard returns to Michigan as new hoops coach |
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):
| Michigan has found its replacement for John Beilein, agreeing to a five-year deal with former Wolverines star Juwan Howard. |
|Mississippi judge who blocked 15-week abortion ban hears arguments on fetal heartbeat law ||Lowry playing through pain; Kawhi 'feeling good' |
Mississippi's fetal heartbeat law which bans abortions after approximately six weeks could be blocked or upheld by Judge Carlton Reeves.
| While Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry are expected to be fine for Game 5, Raptors forward OG Anunoby remains "a ways away" after undergoing an emergency appendectomy last month. |
|Researchers say a tiny planet slammed into the Moon a long time ago ||FIFA scraps plan for 48-team World Cup in 2022 |
Earth's Moon only ever shows us one face. It's locked into its current orientation, with a permanent nearside and farside, but it wasn't until the Apollo missions that scientists were able to see just how different the two sides really are. The nearside, with its sea of dark gray basins standing in contrast to the brilliant white powder that covers the rest of its face, varies dramatically from the farside, which is marked with countless smaller craters in a more uniform distribution.The debate over how the Moon's split personalities developed has raged for decades, but new research seems to indicate that one of the possible explanations does indeed hold water. The theory, that Earth's Moon was struck by a tiny dwarf planet long ago, is the subject of a new research paper published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.Using computer models to simulate what may have happened to the Moon's surface long ago, researchers suggest the most likely scenario seems to be the collision between the Moon and a very large body. The impact of a dwarf planet as large as 480 miles across would have struck what we see today as the Moon's nearside at a speed of 14,000 miles per hour.This theory stands in contrast to other proposed explanations, including the theory that Earth may have once had not one Moon, but two. The two-moon theory suggests that Earth's moon duo may have at one point collided and merged, leaving the Moon as we see it today looking oddly unsymmetrical.The dwarf planet collision scenario assumes that whatever the body that struck the Moon was, it was in its own path around the Sun and just happened to be in the right place at the right time to strike Earth's natural satellite. This, the researchers say, would also explain why the crust on the farside of the Moon is different than that of its nearside."We demonstrate that a large body slowly impacting the nearside of the Moon can reproduce the observed crustal thickness asymmetry and form both the farside highlands and the nearside lowlands," the paper explains. "Additionally, the model shows that the resulting impact ejecta would cover the primordial anorthositic crust to form a two‐layer crust on the farside, as observed."
| FIFA has given up on its efforts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, football's world governing body announced on Wednesday. |
|Ukraine's New Leader Sets Snap Parliamentary Election for July ||NFL draft headed to Cleveland in 2021, KC in '23 |
(Bloomberg) -- Ukraine’s new leader started a two-month countdown to snap parliamentary elections as the TV comedian-turned-politician tries to consolidate power after his rapid rise to power.
| The NFL draft is heading to Cleveland in 2021 and Kansas City in 2023. A site for 2022 has been delayed because about 20 cities are interested in hosting that year. |
|New Feature on 2020 Chevrolet and GMC Models Won't Let Car Move Till Driver Fastens Seatbelt ||Giannis' ex-agent blasts Drake for trolling ways |
The new tech is called Buckle to Drive, and it rolls out on several Chevrolet and GMC models for 2020 as part of the Teen Driver package.
| An executive at the company that represents Giannis Antetokounmpo, who used to be the Bucks star's agent in Europe, ripped rapper Drake for trolling Antetokounmpo in the Eastern Conference finals. |
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Living Wages Are A Global Problem
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Ukraine: Not What It Seems
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In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder
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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.