ISIS: A moniker no more

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If getting rid of ISIS were only that easy.

With the emergence of the Islamic State terror group, the World Meteorological Organization has removed the name from the official hurricane list, according to USA Today.

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Hurricane Iselle (left) is followed by Hurricane Julio as they approach Hawaii from the east in early August 2014. Photo: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response via Getty Images

Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess, was on the list of names for 2016 for storms to form in the eastern Pacific. Its replacement? Ivette.

Names on the hurricane lists are recycled every six years, unless a storm causes enough damage that its name is retired, such as in the recent case of Odile, which walloped Mexico in September, killing 11 and causing in excess of $1 billion in damage.

 

 

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Dubai, or Mars?

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Under an orange haze caused by a huge sandstorm, the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city could have been mistaken for the Red Planet on Thursday.

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai amid a sandstorm. (Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images)

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai.
Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A Dubai metro train navigates through the haze. Photo: Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A metro train disappears into the dust. Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

The sandstorm could last until the weekend, BBC reports.

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ObamaCare’s hidden marriage penalty …

Childless couples and empty nesters would pay more under ObamaCare, Garance Franke-Ruka writes in The Atlantic. When she looked at eligibility “for subsidies through the exchanges in New York state  — where insurance is comparatively expensive and the state exchange was set up in such a way as to not provide lower rates for younger people” — she found that a family of two that earns more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level — $62,040 — doesn’t qualify. “But if that same couple lived together unmarried, they could earn up to $45,960 each — $91,920″ — and be eligible. Continue reading
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Recognize any relatives? Even foreign publications are fascinated by the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. The Guardian published a series of photos from the 50th reunion of Civil War veterans. Is that great-great grandpa?

No bold names: Soledad O’Brien, the former CNN host who made her stamp with documentaries that examined race in America, has hopped aboard the Al Jazeera America express. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she will be joining CNN’s Ali Velshi and NBC’s Michael Viquerira in the observation car when the cable news channel starts broadcasting.  No word yet on when, but we have word on where.

Don’t tickle me, Elmo: Three sex-abuse suits filed by men against the longtime voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo have been tossed by a judge, the Baltimore Sun reported. The New York statute of limitations in reared its ugly head. One plaintiff remains, a 24-year-old who filed in Pennsylvania. Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who left Sesame Street in November, denies the allegations.

“Young fella, if you’re looking for trouble, I’ll accommodate ya”: The man was certainly big enough — in girth, in talent and, it turns out, in insults. Orson Welles had more than a few choice words for fellow performers, according to tapes of conversations found in a garage that will be published this month. Laurence Olivier’s  “stupid.”  Richard Burton “ruined his great gifts.” Spencer Tracy’s “a hateful man.” But John Wayne, Welles said, had “some of the best manners of almost any actor I’ve ever met in Hollywood.” Just a citizen giving the duke his due. h/t The Guardian

The sun’s July 4th: NASA’s High Resolution Coronal Imager captured five minutes of solar activity, to which astronomers have assigned a most difficult scientific name: sparkles. The BBC reports that the images help explain what’s going on inside the hot spots of the corona. Watch the sparklers on YouTube. Happy Independence Day!

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