WASHINGTON D.C. - E&E News reported early on Tuesday morning about a deceptive effort underway by anti-mining groups to negatively impact the bipartisan Southeast Arizona Land Exchange, signed into law in December 2014, by designating the land acquired in this exchange as a National Historic place. This government land grab could further limit public access and undermine a copper project that is projected to create nearly 3,700 jobs and generate $60 billion for Arizona’s economy.

Congressman Gosar and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) sent a letter yesterday to the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) and the Keeper of National Register of Historic Places requesting NPS formally withdraw the nomination of this land from consideration for listing as a Historic Place.

SOUTHWEST ASIA — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, according to officials.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 16 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL vehicles and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.

Ice rescue crew members from Coast Guard Station St. Joseph pose after the rescue of a dog from the ice on the Paw Paw River near St. Joseph, Mich., Jan. 30, 2016. The crew rescued the dog and worked with local authorities to reunite the dog with its owners. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station St. Joseph)

CLEVELAND — An ice rescue crew from Coast Guard Station St. Joseph, Michigan, rescued a dog from the ice in the Paw Paw River in Benton Harbor Township, Michigan, Saturday morning.

The dog is currently being checked by animal control for a microchip in an attempt to find an owner.

"Countless hours of training contributed to a successful rescue of this dog," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Butler, one of the rescuers at Station St. Joseph. "Despite only training to rescue humans, many of the same techniques and precautions are applicable to animals and are performed to save them if safe to do so; this was proven today."

By Cheryl Pellerin

An Iraqi army noncommissioned officer directs Iraqi soldiers during squad movement training at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 15, 2015. Several Iraqi army battalions were training throughout Iraq with the assistance and support of coalition forces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White

WASHINGTON — Over the past week the coalition has kept pressure on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant across the depth and breadth of the battlefield, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren.

During a video briefing live from Baghdad, Warren told the Pentagon press corps that the coalition’s fundamental concept is to provide simultaneous pressure on ISIL.

“Keep pressure on this enemy, all the time, everywhere,” he said, “because that forces them to have to make very difficult decisions.”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ardit Ferizi, 20, a citizen of Kosovo, has made his initial appearance on charges alleging that he provided material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and committed computer hacking and identity theft violations in conjunction with the theft and release of personally identifiable information (PII) of U.S. service members and federal employees.

Ferizi, who was detained by Malaysian authorities on a U.S. provisional arrest warrant, was charged by criminal complaint on Oct. 6, 2015. The criminal complaint was unsealed on Oct. 15, 2015.

In the early morning hours of January 27, 2016, the FBI and Oregon State Police (OSP) established a series of checkpoints at major roads in and out of the refuge. In the hours prior to the checkpoints, several vehicles are known to have left the area. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of eight people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released five and arrested three.

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