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Red Panda Missing from Virginia Zoo

This isn't the first time a Red Panda has escaped from the zoo. The zoo believes Sunny is somewhere on zoo grounds. A similar incident happened at the Memphis Zoo back in July when Zimm the monkey escaped his enclosure. Red pandas are generally not considered aggressive animals, but zoo staff warn that Sunny is still a wild animal and her behavior could be unpredictable.

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Nikki Haley confirmed by Senate as new envoy to United Nations

The intergovernmental organization has 193 member states. Now that Haley is an ambassador, a succession process is triggered to replace her as SC governor. She added: "I don't think we can trust them". Although Haley criticized Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, Trump's transition team announced her nomination to the United Nations post in November.

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Sunny skies back in the forecast, if only for a little bit

Winds could gust as high as 25 miles per hour. Breezy, with a southeast wind 9 to 14 miles per hour becoming west northwest 18 to 23 miles per hour in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Saturday - A chance of snow showers. Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

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Hoekstra Confident of Senate Confirming DeVos Nomination

She never joined his cheerleading squad like Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson. Her confirmation hearing Tuesday made that very clear. Not to be outdone, Sen. School choice is an important issue but it will remain a state and local issue rather than a federal one. On Monday, Education Lab looked at what might happen in Washington state with Betsy DeVos as USA secretary of education.

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This is what $20M hidden in a mattress looks like

The cash was inside a box spring and police say it is connected to a pyramid scheme involving TelexFree , a Marlborough-based company that purportedly sold VOIP telephone service. The cash was found earlier this month by investigators who'd tailed a Brazilian man from NY. One of the ringleaders of the scam has already pleaded guilty, while another remains in hiding in Brazil.

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Obama released $221M to Palestinians in final hours

According to a State Department official, former Secretary of State John Kerry informed some lawmakers of the decision on Thursday. The funds are to be used for political reform and governance, as well as humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza, according to reports.