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Shortly before sunrise Saturday the U.S. Senate quickly and without debate passed the National Park Service Centennial Act, assuring the Park Service a relatively small, but helpful, infusion of dollars to help maintain the sprawling National Park System.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s 109-year-old steam-powered tugboat has been honored by the Steamship Historical Society of America for the history it holds.
A march on Washington to reject the divisive, insulting, and demonizing rhetoric of the presidential campaign could conflict with President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural events, though the National Park Service has not yet ruled out allowing the Gathering for Justice event to include the Lincoln Memorial.
A congresswoman from Washington state who in the past has supported legislation to sell off federal lands was expected to be nominated as Interior secretary for the incoming Trump administration, several media outlets and others reported Friday.
With the House of Representatives already recessed for the year, and the Senate needing to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government open after midnight Friday, the odds that the National Park Service Centennial Act with its additional funding for the parks would die in the Senate seemed to increase as the hours ticked by.
Searchers were hoping for good weather Friday that would allow them to go out onto Lake Clark to search for a plane with four aboard that apparently went down into the lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve shortly after takeoff from Port Alsworth, Alaska.

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