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Marine Corps admits misidentifying another WWII hero in iconic, flag-raising Iwo Jima photo

Marine Corps admits misidentifying another WWII hero in iconic, flag-raising Iwo Jima photoThree historians using film footage from Mount Suribachi identified one of the six flag-raisers as Cpl. Harold 'Pie' Keller – not Pfc. Rene Gagnon.



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Iran's iconic anti-US murals make way for a new generation of artwork

Iran's iconic anti-US murals make way for a new generation of artworkFamous murals celebrating Iran’s Islamic revolution daubed on walls of the former US embassy in Tehran have been erased to make way for new paintings to be unveiled on the fortieth anniversary of the hostage crisis. Three workers were on Sunday afternoon seen removing the original artwork with a sandblaster against the wall of Taleqani avenue, bordering the south side of what was once dubbed a US “spy nest” in central Tehran. On November 4, 1979, less than nine months after Iran’s last shah was toppled, pro-revolution students took Americans hostage at the embassy to protest the ex-shah’s admission to hospital in the US.



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Easter Islanders seek outside help for iconic statues 'leprosy'

Easter Islanders seek outside help for iconic statues 'leprosy'The giant heads, carved centuries ago by the island’s inhabitants, represent the living ancestors of Easter Island’s Polynesian people – the Rapa Nui – and have brought it UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Dozens of giant “Moai” statues dominate the hillsides surrounding the island’s Rano Raraku wetland, but they are facing the threat of what locals describe as a kind of leprosy, white spots that are appearing on their iconic facades. The statues must also contend with coastal erosion, rising sea levels, high winds and damage from freely roaming livestock.



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Visitors Chainsaw Iconic Joshua Trees in National Park During Gov't Shutdown

Visitors Chainsaw Iconic Joshua Trees in National Park During Gov't ShutdownJoshua trees are beautiful, but humans can be pretty awful.

That's what park rangers learned during the first week or so of the partial government shutdown.

Joshua Tree National Park is about the size of Delaware, but only eight law-enforcement rangers were tasked with protecting the 1,238 square mile (3,207 square kilometers) wonderland during the shutdown.

The result? Visitors did not play by the rules, cutting illegal roads, chopping down the park's most famous occupants — the Joshua trees — and damaging federal property, according to the nonprofit National Parks Traveler.

"There are about a dozen instances of extensive vehicle traffic off roads and in some cases into wilderness," said the park's superintendent David Smith, as reported by National Parks Traveler. "We have two new roads that were created inside the park. We had destruction of government property with the cutting of chains and locks for people to access campgrounds. We've never seen this level of out-of-bounds camping. Every day use area was occupied every evening." [All Yours: 10 Least Visited National Parks]

Smith added, "Joshua trees were actually cut down in order to make new roads."

Due to the vandalism and sanitation issues, Smith had scheduled a park closure beginning today (Jan. 10). However, instead the park has allocated funds from recreation fees, averting a temporary closure, he said.

"National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to address sanitation issues, the park will be able to maintain some visitor services, including reopening the campgrounds," read a park statement. "The park will also bring on additional staff to ensure the protection of park resources and mitigate some of the damage that has occurred during the lapse of appropriations."

The cut-down trees, however, are irreplaceable, as they take some 60 years to mature and live for more than 500 years. The tree, called Yucca brevifolia, often grows alongside its relative the Mojave yucca, Yucca schidigera — both are part of the Agave family.

As if posing for an album cover or a backdrop in a Dr. Seuss book, Joshua trees look both stoic and whimsical, their spindly, sometimes bushy, limbs twisting out from the trunk. Legend has it that Mormon immigrants who made their way across the Colorado River in the mid-19th century named the trees after the biblical Joshua, "seeing the limbs of the tree as outstretched in supplication, guiding the travelers westward," vegetation specialist Jane Rodgers writes on the National Park Service website.

Read more about the ecological wonders of the Joshua Tree National Park, including its range of sights, from sand dunes and dry lakes to granite monoliths and oases, and two distinct desert regions — the Mojave and Colorado.

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* Top 10 Most Visited National Parks

Originally published on Live Science.



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The 12 Iconic Movie Cars You Missed in Walmart's Golden Globes Commercial

The 12 Iconic Movie Cars You Missed in Walmart's Golden Globes Commercial



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Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosqueIraqis on Sunday laid the cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul’s Al-Nuri mosque and leaning minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious battle against the Islamic State group. The famed 12th century mosque and minaret, dubbed Al-Hadba or “the hunchback,” hosted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s only public appearance as IS chief, when he declared a self-styled “caliphate” after the jihadists swept into Mosul in 2014. The structures were ravaged three years later in the final, most brutal stages of the months-long fight to rid Iraq’s second city of IS.



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The Perfect Wine Glass, A Reissue of an Iconic Sofa, and More Great New Products to Source

The Perfect Wine Glass, A Reissue of an Iconic Sofa, and More Great New Products to Source



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Was Burt Reynolds Broke? Iconic Actor Believed to Be in Financial Ruin at the Time of His Death

Was Burt Reynolds Broke? Iconic Actor Believed to Be in Financial Ruin at the Time of His DeathThe actor famously sold off some of his most notable items in 2014, including the "Smokey and the Bandit" Pontiac Trans-Am.



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Kate Spade death: Iconic handbag designer found dead in New York apartment in apparent suicide, police say

Kate Spade death: Iconic handbag designer found dead in New York apartment in apparent suicide, police sayKate Spade, one of America’s most successful and admired fashion icons, has been found dead in her New York apartment in what police are said to be treating as an apparent suicide. Police confirmed the 55-year-old Spade had been found unresponsive at her home on the city’s Park Avenue. “Upon arrival, officers discovered a 55-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive,” the New York Police Department said in a statement, adding she was pronounced dead at 10.26am.



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Larry Burrows revisited — iconic images of the Vietnam War

Larry Burrows revisited — iconic images of the Vietnam WarIn the 1960's, Larry Burrows became the preeminent photographer documenting the Vietnam War. “Larry Burrows Revisited” exhibition will be on view at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York City through June 29, 2018.



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