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Isfahan Is Home to Iranian Missile and Nuclear Facilities
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Isfahan Is Home to Iranian Missile and Nuclear Facilities

Isfahan is one of Iran’s most famous and historic cities, known for its beautiful turquoise and purple tiled mosques, picturesque arched bridges and Grand Bazaar. The area also hosts a number of Iranian military sites.In the early 17th century, Shah Abbas I, known as Abbas the Great, of the Safavid Dynasty, set to work creating a showpiece in Isfahan. He built the country’s most famous mosques, including the stunning Imam Mosque, capped by onion-shaped domes, and the Ali Qapu Palace. Shah Abbas and his son also built bridges to arch over the Zayanderud River, whose waters filled the fountains outside the palace and the mosques, and irrigated their gardens.That has made the city, home to roughly two million people today, one of the tourist centers of Iran.Isfahan is also a center of missile...
Paris F.C. Set Tickets To $0. Should Others Do the Same?
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Paris F.C. Set Tickets To $0. Should Others Do the Same?

Neither Paris F.C. nor St.-Étienne will have much reason to remember the game fondly. There was, really, precious little to remember at all: no goals, few shots, little drama — a drab, rain-sodden stalemate between the French capital’s third-most successful soccer team and the country’s sleepiest giant.That was on the field. Off it, the 17,000 or so fans in attendance can consider themselves part of a philosophical exercise that might play a role in shaping the future of the world’s most popular sport.Last November, Paris F.C. became home to an unlikely revolution by announcing that it was doing away with ticket prices for the rest of the season. There were a couple of exceptions: a nominal fee for fans supporting the visiting team, and market rates for those using hospitality suites.Every...
Maulik Pancholy’s Anti-Bullying Talk Canceled by School Board Over His ‘Lifestyle’
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Maulik Pancholy’s Anti-Bullying Talk Canceled by School Board Over His ‘Lifestyle’

A Pennsylvania school board canceled an anti-bullying speech by the actor Maulik Pancholy, who is gay, after board members raised concerns about his “lifestyle,” prompting outrage from the surrounding community.The Cumberland Valley School District school board voted unanimously to pass a motion to cancel Mr. Pancholy’s speaking event next month at Mountain View Middle School in Mechanicsburg, a community of about 9,000 people roughly 100 miles west of Philadelphia.The board drew criticism after the members voiced what some called homophobic concerns about Mr. Pancholy’s activism and his lifestyle.Mr. Pancholy played the obsequious assistant to Alec Baldwin’s character on the TV show “30 Rock” and voiced Baljeet in the cartoon “Phineas and Ferb.” He is also an author who has written childr...
Heavy Rainfall Kills 18 in Oman as Dubai Airport Floods
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Heavy Rainfall Kills 18 in Oman as Dubai Airport Floods

Record rains that inundated the United Arab Emirates and surrounding countries, killing at least 18 people in Oman and bringing air travel to a standstill in Dubai, were expected to continue into Wednesday, the authorities said.Dubai typically records around five inches of rain in a year. The deluge that fell by Tuesday evening alone equaled that amount.For the United Arab Emirates, it was the largest rainfall event in 75 years, the country’s National Center of Meteorology and the government announced on social media.Flights heading to Dubai International Airport were being diverted on Tuesday, the airport said, and it suspended operations for at least 25 minutes earlier in the day because of the intense storm. The airport said there was “major flooding” on roads leading to the airport and...
Heavy Rainfall Kills 18 in Oman as Dubai Airport Floods
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Heavy Rainfall Kills 18 in Oman as Dubai Airport Floods

Record rains that inundated the United Arab Emirates and surrounding countries, killing at least 18 people in Oman and bringing air travel to a standstill in Dubai, were expected to continue into Wednesday, the authorities said.Dubai typically records around five inches of rain in a year. The deluge that fell by Tuesday evening alone equaled that amount.For the United Arab Emirates, it was the largest rainfall event in 75 years, the country’s National Center of Meteorology and the government announced on social media.Flights heading to Dubai International Airport were being diverted on Tuesday, the airport said, and it suspended operations for at least 25 minutes earlier in the day because of the intense storm. The airport said there was “major flooding” on roads leading to the airport and...
Fritz Peterson, Yankee Pitcher in an Unusual ‘Trade,’ Dies at 81
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Fritz Peterson, Yankee Pitcher in an Unusual ‘Trade,’ Dies at 81

Fritz Peterson, who was a stalwart pitcher for the ineffectual Yankees of the late 1960s and early ’70s, but whose lingering renown derived more from one of baseball’s most notorious “trades” — his exchange of wives with a teammate — has died at his home in Winona, Minn. He was 81.Julie Wimbish, a representative of the Winona County Vital Records Department, confirmed on Tuesday that Peterson died of lung cancer on Oct. 19, 2023. His death was initially announced on Friday by Northern Illinois University, Peterson’s alma mater, and by the Yankees, but neither announcement said when or where he died or cited a cause.Peterson had previously been treated for prostate cancer, and in 2018 he disclosed in an interview with The New York Post and in a Facebook post that he had Alzheimer’s disease....
What to See, Eat and Do in New Haven, Conn.
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What to See, Eat and Do in New Haven, Conn.

The 75-foot-long brontosaurus at the newly reopened Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, Conn., is the same dinosaur that the natural history museum has had on display since 1931. Yet it looks different. A fresh pose. New front ribs. The head is repositioned at a more inquisitive angle. The museum’s four-year renovation not only refreshed the nearly 100-year-old building, but also included an overhaul of the fossil mounts that research has proved to be inaccurate.The Peabody’s update — 15,000 square feet were added, creating more spacious galleries and dynamic displays — was a long time coming. Like other Yale museums, it is now free, offers more Spanish-language programming, and is inviting more voices into the conversation, with some exhibits being interpreted by students and artists, openi...
Fueled by donor spending spree, Ryan Day confident Ohio State can finally break through
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Fueled by donor spending spree, Ryan Day confident Ohio State can finally break through

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At his postgame news conference following Ohio State’s 30-24 loss to Michigan last November, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day looked defeated and despondent. He surely realized at that moment that despite winning 88 percent of his games as a head coach, he and his program would now be defined by their unthinkable three-year losing streak to the Wolverines.Four-plus months later, sitting in his office at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the 45-year-old Day is smiling, giddy and seemingly at ease. He exudes the confidence of a coach who knows how loaded his roster is, after getting back nearly every one of Ohio State’s juniors who could have turned pro while adding some of the most accomplished transfers in the portal.“At Ohio State, you’ve got to beat the Team Up North and win every...
Israel Intercepted Nearly All of Iran’s Missiles, Drones: Live Updates
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Israel Intercepted Nearly All of Iran’s Missiles, Drones: Live Updates

The start of a direct military confrontation between Iran and Israel has brought renewed attention to Iran’s armed forces. Early this month, Israel attacked a building in Iran’s diplomatic compound in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing seven of Iran’s senior commanders and military personnel.Iran vowed to retaliate, and did so about two weeks later, starting a broad aerial attack on Israel on Saturday involving hundreds of drones and missiles aimed at targets inside Israel and the territory it controls.Here’s a look at Iran’s military and its capabilities.Why is Iran’s military relevant right now?Israeli officials had said they would respond to any attack by Iran with a counterattack, which could prompt further retaliation from Iran and possibly expand into a wider regional war. There i...
A Soccer Bridesmaid Readies the Crown, and Germany (Mostly) Likes the Look
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A Soccer Bridesmaid Readies the Crown, and Germany (Mostly) Likes the Look

Executives at Bayer Leverkusen, the longstanding but habitually middleweight German soccer team, have been fielding the messages since at least February. Some were delivered in person, a quiet blessing after yet another victory. Others came via WhatsApp, unsolicited and unexpected notes from peers and acquaintances and, to their occasional surprise, foes.Soccer, after all, is fiercely tribal. Rivals do not easily offer one another encouragement or congratulations. But as the German league season gathered pace, plenty wanted to laud Leverkusen’s impending achievement: It was, with each victory, getting closer and closer to being crowned national champion for the first time.And, that meant — just as importantly — that Bayern Munich was not.Leverkusen will, this weekend, surge over the line a...