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The National Zoo in Washington said its final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao today. The @smithsonianzoo packed up the American-born panda for a one-way flight to Chengdu, China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program.
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Bao Bao left in a special crate and began her 16-hour flight Tuesday afternoon from Washington Dulles International Airport.
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The cub won't have to worry about finding overhead bin space or dealing with a talkative seatmate on the 16-hour, nonstop flight. She'll be the only panda on the plane, traveling with a keeper and a veterinarian.
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Sgt. Leslie Zimmerman, who joined the army at 18, shares how she's giving back to her fellow veterans, and the special gift she gave President George W. Bush for his granddaughters. Zimmerman is included in Bush's new book "Portraits of Courage."
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A tourist reads the inscriptions carved on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial as the early morning sun flares through the columns during #PresidentsDay on Monday in Washington.
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An injured woman comforts a child at a hospital, after jets believed to belong to the Russian or Syrian Air Forces pounded the Barzeh and Qaboun neighborhoods in the northeast corner of Damascus, #Syria on Monday.
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Airstrikes in the Syrian capital left at least seven people dead Monday as activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces.
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The side-by-side Barzeh, Qaboun, and Tishreen neighborhoods form one of the last two footholds of the Syrian opposition inside the #Damascus city limits.
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(πŸ“· Sarieh Abu Zaid / @epaphotos)

Happy #PresidentsDay! The holiday began in 1885 as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday on February 22, and has now evolved to celebrate all former and current presidents.
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The faces of Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were carved onto Mount Rushmore beginning in 1927, and the 60-foot sculptures were finally completed in 1941. But of the four, the only other president with a birthday this month is Lincoln, who was born on February 12.
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(🎞 @imstilljulie / for @NBCNews)

A man jogs with his dog along a sand berm as storm clouds clear in Seal Beach, California on Saturday.
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A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, left thousands without power.
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See more from the aftermath of the storm via the link in our profile.
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Sergeant Josh Hansen was severely injured during his second tour in Iraq. He and his wife are now helping vets through their nonprofit.
He's just one of the soldiers painted by former President @georgewbush in his new book "Portraits of Courage."
Learn more at @todayshow.

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Captain Jae Barclay, who suffered severe burns after being hit by an IED, is one of the soldiers featured in former President @georgewbush's new book "Portraits of Courage." Go to @todayshow for more on his story.

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A @SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago.
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It was the first flight from @NASA's legendary Launch Complex 39A since the shuttle program ended almost six years ago, and #SpaceX's first liftoff from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer.
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The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket took flight with a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station.
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Happy weekend! Seabirds perch on electric cables beside a river in Manila, Philippines on Friday. Birds regularly fly over Pasig river and Manila bay in search of food.
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See the best 19 photos of the week via the link in our profile.
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(πŸ“· Aaron Favila / @ap.images)

Joseph Kushner, grandson of President Donald Trump, looks out the window of the Oval Office at the White House on Friday. Joseph and his older sister joined President Trump aboard Marine One as he headed to a Boeing plant in South Carolina before continuing on to Florida.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks between the concrete slabs of the Holocaust memorial after a wreath laying ceremony Friday. Canadian leader @justinpjtrudeau is on his first official visit to Germany.
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