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Zinke's Opportunity to Champion America's Public Lands

Earlier in the hearing, Zinke noted ongoing protests, led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which Trump said he supports completing. In his opening remarks, Zinke said his second-highest priority - after restoring trust between the DOI and states and local governments - would be tackling an estimated $12.5 billion backlog of maintenance and fix work at the country's National Parks.

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Rhode Island sisters taken in 1985 found in Houston, mom arrested

An anonymous tip two days before Christmas led police to Kimberly and Kelly Yates and their 69-year-old mother, Elaine, said Rhode Island State Police Lt. The elder Yates waived extradition and is on her way back to Rhode Island, where she will be arraigned sometime Wednesday, Philbin said. Her sister was 3.

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McDaniels could have had 49ers' job 'if he wanted it'

McDaniels' New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. The other two head-coaching jobs for which McDaniels recently interviewed - Jacksonville and the Rams - have since been filled.

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Ringling Bros. circus to shutter in May after 146 years

The traveling circus troupe made headlines last May when the show stopped using Asian elephants, transitioning the last performing group to a conservatory in Polk County, Florida. Ringling Bros . and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be closing after its last performance in May 2017. After 146 years, for many it's hard to believe that the "greatest show on earth " will be no more after May.

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Massive, Dinosaur-Like Gator Spotted In Florida Reserve

A video posted to Facebook by Kim Joiner shows the huge alligator sauntering across a path at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County Sunday. "Yes, it's real", Joiner told News 6 social media producer Shannon McLellan. Footage of an alligator that looks nearly too massive to be real was posted to the Lakeland Police's Facebook page Monday. Joiner estimates that the alligator was at least 12 feet long, similar in size to one that was spotted on a Florida golf course past year.

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A Black Lady Liberty On A Coin? Yes, Please!

On top of that, in the next two years the Mint plans to depict Lady Liberty in a few other ethnicities and races. But for the first time, Lady Liberty, who symbolises the Roman goddess Libertas, is to be portrayed as woman of colour. The coins weigh one ounce each and will come in a wood presentation case, an anniversary booklet and certificate of authenticity. "Part of our intent was to honor our tradition and heritage, but we also think it's always worthwhile to have a conversation ...