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Shutdown Showdown: How the Strait of Hormuz Factors into the U.S.-Iran Crisis

Shutdown Showdown: How the Strait of Hormuz Factors into the U.S.-Iran CrisisThe recent mining of two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, attributed to Iran by the United States, offers an important window into the strategic thinking of Iran and similarly situated regional powers. The incident is notable because the act of mining a limited number of vessels makes relatively little sense when viewed through the lens of traditional patterns of coercive behavior. Limited coercive acts typically have little value with regards to gaining concessions from a determined opponent. Generally, these acts may serve as a visible demonstration of a state’s willingness to enact some other, more substantial threat, such as shutting down the Strait of Hormuz outright. However, this requires the state making the threat to have the capacity to make good on its more substantial threats and for its opponents to believe that it is willing to incur the risks entailed. Iran, however, could not shut down the Strait of Hormuz for very long even if it wished to—something noted by President Donald Trump—and is unlikely to incur the substantial risks that an attempt would entail. Iran’s opponents, then, clearly don’t see its limited provocations as harbingers of something worse.



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New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines

New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelinesThe recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, last issued in 2013, acknowledge recent research showing the benefit of very low levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which contributes to fatty plaque buildup and narrowing of arteries. The medical groups, which announced the guidelines on Saturday at the AHA’s annual meeting in Chicago, still emphasize a healthy diet and exercise as the first line of defense against heart disease, the No. 1 killer in the country. When cholesterol is not controlled by lifestyle efforts, patients are typically prescribed statin drugs, available as low cost generic pills that have long been proven to safely and effectively lower LDL levels and heart disease risk.



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'Killer Clown Case': DNA Evidence Among Factors That Led To Sheila Keen's Arrest After 28 Years

'Killer Clown Case': DNA Evidence Among Factors That Led To Sheila Keen's Arrest After 28 YearsWitnesses also claimed they may have sold Sheila Keen a clown outfit two nights before Marlene Warren was shot dead.



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Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also tied to Alzheimer’s

Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also tied to Alzheimer’sBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Middle-aged people with risk factors for heart attacks and stroke are also more likely to develop changes in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked so-called vascular risk factors, including obesity, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure, to higher odds of dementia, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. “Each alone may not be enough to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but having a number of these risk factors appears to be associated with an even higher risk,” Gottesman said by email.



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Some Factors 'Don't Add Up' In Sherri Papini Case

Some Factors 'Don't Add Up' In Sherri Papini Case"Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen," a syndicated investigation series, aired an episode about Papini's kidnapping Tuesday that included an interview with her friend Lisa Jeter.



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