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A NEW NATIONAL MONUMENT

When President Barack Obama today sets aside 346,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles as the newest national monument, he will bring together two top priorities of what he hopes will be his presidential legacy - environmental protection and cultural and demographic diversity. Latino organizations have lobbied nearly 15 years to safeguard the area that provides critical green space and fresh water to the large Latino population.

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SIBERIAN TIGER LOOSE IN CHINA

A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild in May by Russian President Vladimir Putin has strayed into China and may be in danger, Chinese media said Thursday. Russia informed Chinese forestry officials that the tiger, tagged with a tracking device, was observed in a nature preserve in northeastern China, Xinhua News Agency reported. Officials are removing possible traps and setting up more than 60 cameras to try to locate it.

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SCIENCE HISTORY IN AUCTION

A letter by Charles Darwin on barnacles' sex life and a working vintage Apple computer - one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 - are among pieces of science history up for auction Oct. 22 in New York. The Steve Wozniak-designed Apple 1 computer could fetch up to $500,000.

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