Tropical cyclone Mekunu, bearing hurricane strength, is growing ever stronger in the Arabian Sea

Cyclone Mekunu poses severe and possibly unprecedented storm threat to Oman • World News

Mekunu is presently classified as a very severe cyclonic storm and packs peak winds of 90 mph. Its predicted path brings it very close to or just to the west of the city of Salalah, Oman’s second-biggest, with a population of about 200,000.

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Al-Qusayr is an Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah stronghold

Israel reportedly just launched missile attack near Homs in Syria • World News

"One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to hostile missile aggression, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim," state news agency SANA said.

That Golden State fields four All-NBA-worthy players does not eliminate their need for a sharp and reliable fifth

The Costs and Complications of Losing Andre Iguodala • Sports

The pain of losing a player like Andre Iguodala to injury—as the Warriors did for Game 4 against the Rockets—is that his minutes are not just his own. They are a pillar at the center of a much larger structure, and to remove them requires that something else bear weight in their place.

According to Outside the Lines, no formal vote was held before the league announced its new anthem policy

NFL owners reportedly didn't vote on the league's new national anthem policy • Sports

The league's new policy mandating that all players and team and league personnel who are on the field for the singing of the national anthem must stand during the anthem or else be subject to penalties was approved by a unanimous vote of NFL owners.

"When you pick a quarterback or anybody in the first round, it means something"

Ravens QB Joe Flacco focused on winning, not backup Lamar Jackson • Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco broke his silence over Lamar Jackson on Thursday, shooting down any notion that he holds a grudge against the first-round pick and repeatedly emphasizing that he's not focused on what the future holds.

“Hardworking taxpayers should not foot the bill for a member’s misconduct"

U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment • Politics

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers.

The move came after threats from Kim to call off the talks himself

White House pulls out of summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un • Politics

President Trump on Thursday canceled the highly anticipated summit with North Korea that had been set for next month, calling the talks “inappropriate” following the “hostility” displayed in the latest comments from dictator Kim Jong Un.

The issue has grown deeply personal

Trump donor to cut off GOP contributions over DACA • Politics

A Chicago-area businessman who has donated more than $1 million to President Donald Trump is threatening to deny contributions to Republican candidates unless they act on an immigration bill before Congress.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said the overturned semi lost about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers

Overturned Truck Flips Commuters The Bird, Spilling 40,000 Lbs. Of Feathers • Interesting

Commuters in Washington state found themselves stuck in a massive traffic jam before dawn Wednesday after a semi-truck rolled over on Interstate 5, spilling some rather curious cargo onto the asphalt: feathers. Lots and lots — and lots — of feathers.

After notifying their son five times and offering him cash, he still refused to leave

Judge Rules 30-Year-Old Must Finally Move Out Of His Parents’ House • Interesting

On Tuesday, a New York judge ruled in favor of the parents, Christina and Mark Rotondo, and ordered the 30-year-old man to leave. However, he isn’t going down without a fight. He claims he’s owed a six-month notice, which would give him ample time to prepare for such a big step.

Investigators in Manhattan are said to be preparing to arrest the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

Harvey Weinstein Expected to Surrender on Sex-Crime Charges • Entertainment

The charges from the Manhattan district attorney’s office are in connection to claims made by Lucia Evans—who claims that, in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting.

Ninety-nine percent of 25,000 union members favored authorizing a strike

Las Vegas casino workers vote to authorize strike • Business

Contracts for around 50,000 workers expire at the end of May at nearly three dozen casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas.

Netflix officially rules the media world.

Netflix is now worth more than Disney and Comcast • Business

Shares of Netflix (NFLX) were up Thursday even as Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) and the broader market fell. Netflix's market value is now $153.1 billion. Disney's market cap as of Thursday afternoon was $152 billion.

The Taliban warned residents of Kabul to avoid military and intelligence centres as they plan to target those

Afghanistan: Policemen killed in deadly Taliban attacks in Ghazni • World News

The Taliban has launched a series of attacks in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, killing police officers, including a district police chief and a reserve unit's commander, Afghan officials have said.

The Rockets don’t have any great options, especially if Curry is going to go off like he did in Game 3

The Rockets May Need to Ride ‘Tuckwagon’ to Success Against Warriors • Sports

Steve Kerr stopped being cute and has started his Hamptons Five lineup from Game 1, a unit comprised of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. That group had an absurd 40.9 net rating together as this series started.

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