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Half of our national parks started as monuments

National Park Service staff will hold a series of public listening sessions throughout the Katahdin region starting the week of September 12. The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument encompasses "awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central ME", the White House said in a press release.

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Fisherman Has Craziest Pearl Tale You'll Ever Hear

WHAT would you do if you discovered a pearl worth millions of dollars? Since he had to shift to another region in the province, he handed over the pearl to his aunt, Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, who is a tourism officer with the local government.

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Biden: US committed to protecting Baltic states from Russia

US Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO's collective defence Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russian Federation and White House hopeful Donald Trump. Biden's visit here coincides with the 27th anniversary of the Baltic Way, when more than 2 million people joined hands across the three countries - then part of the Soviet Union - to demonstrate their desire for independence.

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More tests set for Yellowstone, tributaries after fish kill

Montana is closing a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River to all recreational activities to prevent the spread of a parasite that is believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish. However, state officials have acknowledged the order is all but impossible to enforce and they're counting heavily on voluntary compliance. Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid said park biologists are monitoring waters inside the park, which are upstream from the affected areas.

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Ryder Cup mix excites Clarke

That, combined with Thomas Pieters' failing to defend his title and Shane Lowry not managing to finish in the top four at the Wyndham Championship, confirmed the nine automatic European qualifiers with a week to spare. Russell Knox: He would be a sixth first-timer for the Europeans, but Knox would be hard to ignore, given his victory in his last PGA Tour event, the Travelers Championship.

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France, Germany want limits on encryption to fight terrorism

Both ministers said they favor the creation of an electronic system authorising entrance into Europe for non-EU citizens who don't require a visa, similar to the ESTA system in the U.S. Cazeneuve singled out an app operated by Telegram, which he said did not cooperate with governments, adding that legislation should target both European Union and non-EU companies.

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Pokemon GO is losing its American users

For more on Pokemon Go, including the best Pokemon Go tips and the most powerful Pokemon in Pokemon Go , check out IGN's Pokemon wiki guide . The Redditor, known as pokemongodev, used burner SIM cards to launch thousands of simultaneous scans of the Pokemon GO servers, with all the scans tied to a specific IP address.

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Bolt captures gold No. 9, bids adieu to Olympics

So far, there's only one opponent that can really beat Bolt - and that's time. Great Britain's Mo Farah won the Olympic 5,000 metres gold medal to complete the distance double-double, having won the 10,000m earlier in the week after claiming both titles in 2012.

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Obama to visit Baton Rouge next week

It said as many as 110,000 homes worth $20.7 billion, - most without flood insurance, were likely damaged in about half of the flooded parishes. Following his return from the first family's vacation on Martha's Vineyard this week, the president will tour flood-damaged areas in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Aug.

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Obama administration to phase out some private prison use

And Hawaii is locked in with the new contract with CCA for three years - or up to five years, if the state exercises its option to extend it twice on one-year increments. The U.S. government began to use private prisons in the late 1990s because of an explosion in the prison population that began the previous decade.

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July 2016 is the Hottest Month in Recorded History

July is now the tenth consecutive month to have broken records for heat. Nasa calculated that July was 0.84C (1.51F) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average. Karoly pointed out that Nasa's baseline temperatures , which new measurements are compared against, already included about 0.5C of warming in global temperatures .

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Ford and Baidu team up for $150M investment in Velodyne LiDAR

Typically used to make high-resolution maps, LiDAR is a surveying technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser light. Ford says its goal is to have true self-driving cars in which everyone inside is a true passenger.

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Intel Made a VR Headset and It's Totally Cord

Intel engineer Craig Raymond showed it off by approaching Krzanich on stage while wearing an Alloy prototype headset. Merged reality is about more natural ways of interacting with and manipulating virtual environments - by liberating you from the controllers and the nun chucks of today's VR systems by immersing your hands - your real-life hands - into your simulated experiences thanks to readily available new sensing technologies.

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No Man's Sky Data Mine Hints at Possible Xbox One Version

Creator Sean Murray tweeted last week that No Man's Sky was, at the time, the second-most popular game on Twitch and that he was blown away by the number of active players and in-game discoveries those players had made. No Man's Sky is a procedurally generated space exploration game featuring a staggering 18 quintillion planets. Meaning, more powerful hardware does not mean upgraded textures or a higher frame rate.

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Did Usain Bolt's Olympic victory spark gunshot reports at JFK Airport?

The Port Authorities quick reaction and smooth coordination with the NYPD lead to a great deployment of police men in both Kennedy and La Guardia Airports saving lives and preventing injuries. Another wrote: "One person told authorities they heard gunshots, which were likely to be people celebrating Usain Bolt's latest gold". On Saturday, reports of gunfire sent a crowded mall in Raleigh, North Carolina, into chaos.

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US Declares Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico Due to Zika Virus

The US Department of Health and Human Services has shifted $81 million in funds from other projects to continue work on developing vaccines to fight Zika in the absence of any funding from US lawmakers. More than 1,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico have been infected. In late July, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention set up a fund of almost $60 million to states, cities, and territories battling the virus.

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Green water temporarily shuts down Olympic pool

Though organizers did not reveal the diving well's water temperature on Tuesday, Olympic pools are supposed to be kept at a temperature of 79 F (26 C). But it's the colour of the pool that has left athletes reeling, as it yesterday emerged the polo pool has also turned a grimy shade of green. "Chemistry is not an exact science", Andrada said .

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No Man's Sky team acknowledges a 'number of issues,' patch incoming

For players getting past the title screen, stable frame rates are proving elusive even on newer hardware. No Man's Sky was originally supposed to launch on the PC at the same time as the PS4 but it was pushed back a few extra days at the last minute.

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Clinton to portray Trump economic plans as handouts for rich

Clinton says Trump's plan would cut more than 3.5 million jobs nationwide, which would cut 33,000 jobs in Iowa since he outsources much of his own business. She said that according to independent analysis "under my plans, we'll create about 10.4 million new jobs". Clinton also pointed out Zandi's analysis called Trump's economic proposals "fiscally unsound" and would "result in very large deficits and much higher debt load".

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Poke Balls: Pokemon Go Makes $200 Million

What does this incredible popularity equate to, in terms of dollars and cents? The analytical platform called Sensor Tower revealed the global revenue data this Friday. It turns out that Pokemon Go outperformed all of the other company games after just eighteen days from being launched by Niantic. And, what's more, Sensortower's data shows Pokemon GO initially experienced a similar profit trajectory to Clash Royale until a certain country came into the picture.

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New spyware detected targeting firms in Russia, China: Symantec

Strider is the nickname of the fantasy trilogy's widely travelled main character Aragorn. A hacking group called Strider has been conducting cyber espionage against selected targets in Belgium, China, Russia and Sweden, according to independent research conducted by security firms Symantec and Kaspersky Lab.

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Wal-Mart pays again for past mistakes

They will also pay an additional $300 million in shares over time. There are a few specific things Walmart will acquire in the Jet.com deal that might aid in the company's fight to fend off Amazon. The Jet management team has had experience battling Amazon through Quidsi and its brands such as Diapers.com. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from NY to Texas.

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New iPhone tipped to have 3GB RAM

While it isn't clear which iPhone model will be getting the RAM upgrade, Apple has always stuck to similar chipset and RAM combinations across iPhones in the past. This right here is another unconfirmed addition to the upcoming iPhone 7 , but it definitely would be a very interesting feature. The analyst laid out that this new amount of RAM was needed to run the new camera system.

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Turkish ruling party purges US-based cleric's followers

The "urgent clean-up in the party organisation" was aimed at expelling those linked with the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation - as Ankara calls the movement blamed for the July 15 attempted putsch, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

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July US auto sales could fall on weaker demand

Analysts polled by Bloomberg said they expected a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.6 million vehicles for the month, reflecting less confidence that the year's sales will break last year's peak of about 17.9 million. KBB lowered its full-year sales forecast to between 17.4 million to 17.8 million vehicles. Nonetheless, GM shares shed 4.4 percent, Ford slid 4.3 percent and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV FCHA.MI FCAU.N dropped almost 4 percent.