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#21 Her remarkable ability with sharks allows for a hands-on approach toward helping them

Cristina Zenato, who has been diving off the Bahamas for 24 years, appears to enjoy a special bond with the region's Caribbean reef sharks. The renowned instructor refers to them as "my babies," and if they're in distress she tries to help.

Earlier this month, on the same day, sharks nicknamed "Scrunchy" and "Grandma" appeared at Zenato's dive site with fishing hooks in their mouths.

Scrunchy, lured close with a piece of fish, was caressed into a relaxed state and turned over in Zenato's lap while she reached carefully extracted the hook. Grandma, just as remarkably, remained calm until Zenato's work was complete.

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#22 Lost, starving lamb finds new home with grandparents

Wherever Arnie Skoog goes, Georgette (long for "Curious George") wants to go, too. He thinks it's about time she returns to the ranch. Frostbite took the tip of her ears and tail.

GREAT FALLS, MT -- Arnie and Ginger Skoog are in their 80s, but they've suddenly found themselves caring for a white-haired, pink-nosed newborn, and, boy, is she a handful.

"She's just naughty," Ginger says. "If you say, 'Don't do that,' she'll grab a piece of it and run."

Her name is Georgette, and she's a 3- or 4-week-old lamb with a penchant for chewing on cords.

The farm animal has made herself right at home in the Skoogs' West Side Great Falls residence along the Sun River, prancing around the living room like a family dog, jumping on the furniture and into Arnie's lap.

Montana's nasty winter is to blame — or thank — for bringing the lost sheep and the elderly shepherds together.

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#23 The ideal salary you need to own a home in your state

A new study from GOBankingRates found the minimum salary needed to afford a home is much steeper in some states than others.

Keep reading to see the cities where most Americans can’t afford a home.

The study determined each state’s average monthly mortgage payment based on the median list prices in the state and the average APR on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Then, assuming that 30 percent of your monthly income is devoted to this specific housing cost, GOBankingRates worked backwards to determine the ideal income that would allow you to afford that average mortgage payment.

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This Is the Salary You Need to Afford the Average Home in Every State

At the upper end, Hawaii would require an annual income of $110,520 to afford the staggering $2,763 mortgage payment that would be typical for the state. On the other end of the spectrum, homeowners in Ohio can expect to secure an average mortgage for a little over $700 a month, meaning they would only need to earn $28,800 per year to afford their mortgage.

It’s also clear that, if you’re looking for a place where you can buy a decent home without needing to make a mint, the upper Midwest might be your ticket. Three bordering states in the Great Lake basin — Indiana, Michigan and Ohio — are among the five states with the lowest salary necessary to afford a mortgage there.

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#24 This Inspiring Organization Builds Tiny Houses for Homeless Veterans

While veterans often put their lives on the line to serve their country and their fellow citizens while in service, it doesn’t mean that they don’t face challenges when they return to civilian life.

Readjusting to society and being able to find the proper medical support and employment can prove to be a struggle for many veterans after leaving the service, leading to everyday struggles, including homelessness. In fact, homelessness for veterans is a problem that’s uncomfortably commonplace in the U.S.; according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 11% of the adult homeless population is made up of vets in the country.

One organization is aiming to end veteran homelessness, however, one tiny house at a time; the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City, MO. has started by building a “Veterans Village” of tiny houses for homeless vets in an empty lot in their city. The organization, which was founded by three veterans, has already completed 13 houses and plans to complete 37 additional units on the property before the year’s end.

Notice anything different about Veterans Village??

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#25 Being Overweight Actually Means You Live Longer, Says Science

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Did you know that some extra weight might just give you some extra life?

It's not like you'll live forever, or even year per additional pound, but perhaps doctors might just not be totally truthful when addressing the health risks associated with people whose BMIs — that is, Body Mass Indexes — are between 25 and 30 ("overweight") on the scale.

For those of you who are unaware of BMI — which is not someone who's a habitual dieter, let me tell you — it's the chart that doctors and other healthcare professionals swear by to determine a person's percentage of fat based on their weight and height.

If you've ever seen one of these BMI charts, they're typically littering doctors' offices with user-friendly color-coated squares. Green is normal or "good," and then there's orange for "overweight" or "not so great," and red for "obese" which means "STOP."

Doctors have lectured on and on about the dangers of being "overweight," but as it turns out, it might actually just be better for you to have a little extra weight than to be at a "normal" BMI.

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What to Ask For: Chin-grazing styles, as seen on celebrities like Nina Dobrev, are still trending for spring, but you can completely transform the look of your bob by adding a set of blunt bangs. Ask for longer styles that can be parted in the center or swept to the side once they start growing out.

What to Ask For: Ask for a little trim to clean up dead ends, but add in subtle layers and wispy, piece-y bangs like Selena Gomez. This allows for flawless grow-out if you decide fringe isn't for you.

What to Ask For: This is one of the best options if you're ready to grow out a shag haircut. Once length is on your side, ask your stylist for a set of bangs and longer layers that you can pull up into a ponytail. If you want even more texture, go for a perm like Jaime King.

What to Ask For: This is a true pixie cut, but make sure to ask your stylist for a little bit of length on top so you can add in texture and waves with gel or paste. Your inspiration image? Kate Hudson.

What to Ask For: Face-framing layers, but they shouldn't be choppy! Ciara's angled hairstyle demonstrates the look perfectly.

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#27 New York City sees record-high tourism numbers in 2017

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Both international and national tourism numbers hit record highs.

So much for the Trump slump.

New York City drew a record number of tourists in 2017, officials announced Tuesday - proving wrong their own dire warnings that President Trump’s ‘America First’ rhetoric would scare away international visitors.

The total number of visitors jumped to 62.8 million, an increase of 2.3 million since 2016.

International visitors also increased from 12.7 million in 2016 to 13.1 million in 2017 - the opposite of what the city projected a year ago after Trump took office.

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#29 U.S. soybeans would be China’s biggest weapon in a trade war

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Import tariffs announced by the Trump administration threaten to spark a global trade war that could put a dent in the U.S. agricultural market—and domestic soybean prices could suffer the most.

U.S. trading partners world-wide have threatened to retaliate against tariffs on steel and aluminum and have voiced similar sentiments about previously announced import tariffs on residential washing machines, as well as solar cells and modules, earlier this year.

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#30 Pension fund CalSTRS opposes Tesla’s compensation package for Musk

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U.S. public pension fund CalSTRS said on Wednesday it is opposed to Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) recommendation to support Chief Executive Elon Musk's compensation arrangement at the electric car maker's shareholder meeting.

The Silicon Valley billionaire's compensation package announced in January involves no salary or cash bonus but sets rewards based on Tesla's market value rising to $650 billion over the next 10 years.

Tesla shareholders are due to vote on Wednesday, and the company needs majority approval for the proposal to go through.

California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), one of the nation's largest public pension plans, is the 59th largest investor in the car maker, with a 0.13 percent stake.

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