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Attendees gather at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington on Thursday. President Donald Trump will address the group Friday.
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Speaking at #CPAC, Vice President Mike Pence said Trump's victory provided the nation with what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to install conservative solutions to the nation's problems.
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Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to receive an #AcademyAward for best actress in a supporting role in 1939 for her work as "Mammy" in "Gone With the Wind" on Feb. 29, 1940 in Los Angeles.
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“I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel,” McDaniel said after she was presented the award by actress Fay Bainter. The ceremony was held in a segregated hotel where an exception had to be made in order for her to attend.
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In 2002, Halle Berry became the first black woman to win the best actress award.
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In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are looking back at key moments in African-American history.
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(📷 Courtesy Everett Collection) #tbt

Meet Michael "Rod" Rodriguez, who comes from a long, proud line of family members who served their country. He was deployed 9 times over 21 years, and learned a surprising trade in his recovery. He is one of the veterans featured in President George W. Bush's new book "Portraits of Courage."
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Some San Jose residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of #California homes. With water levels from Coyote Creek receding late Wednesday, officials said some of the 14,000 evacuated residents would be allowed to return home.
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The water level in 30-mile long Coyote Creek reached a 100-year high during this week's storm. Flood warnings were in place until Saturday because waterways were overtaxed, and another storm was forecast Sunday.
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Downpours in the past few weeks have saturated the once-drought-stricken region and wreaked havoc for residents.
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Some of the last remnants of the #DakotaAccess pipeline protest camp went up in flames Wednesday as opponents of the project set fire to makeshift wooden housing as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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The #OcetiSakowin camp has been home to #NODAPL demonstrators for six months as they tried to thwart construction of the pipeline. Many of the protesters planned to go peacefully, but authorities were prepared to arrest others who said they would defy the deadline in a final show of dissent.
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Famine was formally declared this week in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. The conflict has increasingly split the country along ethnic lines, leading the @UnitedNations to warn of a potential genocide. @UNICEF said 270,000 children in the country were severely malnourished.
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Swipe ➡️ to see Siegfried Modola's images of U.N. efforts to provide healthcare and food in the the hardest hit areas of #SouthSudan. And visit the link in our profile for more.
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(📷 @siegfriedmodolaphoto / @reuters)

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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(📷 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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