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Rick Lord History unearthed in Washington, the power of the sun in Nevada, and coming out of their shell in Florida on this USA Update

February 14, 2014
Reporter: Rick Lord


Washington... curiosity has people flocking to a construction site in downtown Seattle. Construction workers building an apartment complex recently discovered a massive mammoth tusk. The property owners have decided to give the ancient relic to a nearby museum, so paleontologists have begun digging up the fossil lodged 30- feet below the surface. The tusk is estimated to be about seven feet long and 500 pounds. They think the fossil could be up to 60,000 years old...

Nevada... a new solar energy plant has opened its doors. It is the largest power plant of its kind in the world, and spreads across five square miles of the Mojave Desert southwest of Las Vegas. It features an electric generating system that costs 2.2 billion dollars, and uses computer-controlled mirrors to reflect sunlight into boilers. The steam from the boilers is used to drive the plant's turbines and create up to 400 megawatts of electricity...

Florida... a male and a female turtle get sent back into the wild together on this Valentine's Day. Gizmo and Kristi were nursed back to health at the Marathon turtle hospital by a Keys-based protection agency. The artist Wyland-- best known for his giant marine life murals-- helped with the release, launching a partnership between "Save-a-Turtle" and the Wyland Foundation. And with that, we've made a splash on this USA Update.

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