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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of manatees have gathered together in a Florida spring to escape the winter chill, drawing scores of visitors.

While there are believed to be more than 1,000 manatees currently gathered in Kings Bay, the headwaters of the Crystal River in Florida, most of the animals are crowded together in a one acre-area of the 60-acre bay known as Three Sisters Springs, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official.

For decades, hundreds of manatees have swum to the bay every winter to escape the Gulf of Mexico’s cold waters, according Ivan Vicente, a visitor services specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

But this year, the bay is believed to be seeing the largest number of manatees ever gathered together in recent history, Vicente told ABC News today. He added that an official state survey would confirm the 1,000 estimate this Saturday.

The Three Sisters Springs in particular are seeing an “overwhelming” number of manatees, Vicente said.

“The waters in this particular area appear to be the most ideal wintering habitat for manatees in Kings Bay,” he explained. “The water is just over 72 degrees, which is nice and warm for them. The water is shallow and the area is confined by beautiful trees that protect it from harsh winds.”

Visitors have been flocking to the Three Sisters Springs area to see and photograph the gentle giants snuggled together up close.

The manatees – which are on average 10 feet long and weigh 1,500 pounds – “can rest in these springs for weeks and weeks without food,” Vicente said. “Not having food isn’t a problem as long as the manatees can do so without too much disturbance from humans, so they can conserve their energy.”

However, manatees may sometimes “take a break from resting” and “get very, very close to people” since they’re “very curious creatures,” Vicente said.

But there’s no need worry if the animals do get close to visitors, as manatees are not known to be violent at all, he said.

“There has never been a recorded manatee-related emergency ever,” Vicente joked.

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Jeff Gross/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles are in negotiations with free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, ESPN reports.

The three-year deal is expected to be valued in the range of $40-45 million, sources told ESPN.

Gallardo went 13-11 last season for the Texas Rangers.

If the team is able to reach a deal with Gallardo, the O’s would relinquish their first-round pick in this year’s MLB draft, according to ESPN.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FBI has surrounded the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the bureau said in a statement Wednesday night.

According to the agency, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia. When the FBI tried to approach the driver, he sped back, they said.

The FBI said that it has secured barricades both in front of and behind where the occupiers are camping.

The bureau said negotiations continue.

“It has never been the FBI’s desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully,” said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “However, we reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene, and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Fresh off his victory in the Granite State, Donald Trump told a crowd at Clemson University in South Carolina it’s now their turn to deliver the billionaire another win.

“Believe me if you vote for Trump, and again I don’t want your money, I want your vote,” the real estate mogul said, predicting a win here would eliminate his competition for the GOP nomination.

“You vote for Trump, we win here, we’re going to run the table.”

With nine days left until voters in the Palmetto state go to the polls, the Trump campaign has staff and volunteers hitting the phones and the streets to get out the vote – even driving around several RVs with Trump’s face and his “Make America Great Again!” slogan pasted all over.

“People are tired of stupidity,” Trump said of his victory Tuesday night. “We’re not gonna have it anymore!.”

In his speech, Trump took a harder hit than usual at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

“He’s a schlepper,” Trump said about Bush. “Spent 38-39 million in New Hampshire. I spent 3 and a half, I’m number one. He’s at the bottom. Think of it!”

Bush finished fourth in the field, ahead of Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and Ben Carson.

The billionaire earlier in his remarks said “the last thing we need is another Bush” to which is crowd booed.

Trump is set to campaign Thursday in Baton Rouge, LA.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(BAYONNE, New Jersey) — The Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by stormy weather arrived back in New Jersey Wednesday night, where it is expected to be inspected by the Coast Guard.

The Anthem of the Seas arrived in Bayonne, New Jersey around 9 p.m.

The ship, which left from the same port on Saturday and was due to head out on a week-long cruise to the Bahamas, was supposed to arrive sooner after the captain made the decision to turn around, but that arrival time was pushed back further because the “weather isn’t great,” a Royal Caribbean spokesperson said on Tuesday.

“The Captain has been very sensitive to the rough ride guests have already experienced. So he’s slowed down his speed to smooth it out,” the spokesperson said.

Coast Guard officials are expected to be on hand to inspect the ship.

“The Coast Guard will participate in an investigation that will help determine if there are any contributing causal factors or lessons learned from this event that could help prevent injuries or damage in the future, as occurs with any commercial vessel operating in U.S. waters under similar circumstances,” the Coast Guard said in a statement released Wednesday.

In a statement Wednesday night, the cruise line apologized “for exposing our guests and crew to the weather they faced, and for what they went through.”

They said the ship encountered “sustained 120-mph winds” which “far exceeded forecasts.”

“Even so, it is our responsibility to eliminate every surprise we possibly can,” said the company, which plans to bolster its planning system going forward.

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Peyton Manning reportedly got an unexpected delivery after comments he made in his post-Super Bowl interviews.

When asked what his next move would be after his Super Bowl win, Peyton said, “… I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.”

The Brewers Association’s Craft Brew director Julie Herz decided to send Manning a variety set of the company’s best-sellers which she says are better than Budweiser, according to ESPN.

“We’ve included a variety of choices which may satisfy the celebratory occasion more than a light American lager,” Herz said in a letter that NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport posted on Twitter.

The Brewers Association sent Peyton Manning craft beer, so he won’t drink Budweiser. My suggestion? Drink it all pic.twitter.com/jLb4l6rLS7

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2016

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A 4-year-old boy experienced his first political disappointment when he realized he couldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and it was all caught on video.

Aiden Gerety, of Manchester, New Hampshire, went to the polls with his mother and, when he overheard his mom had not voted for the Democratic candidate, he started crying because he couldn’t vote for her himself.

“I want to vote for Hillary Clinton,” Aiden is heard saying in a video his mother, Amanda Gerety, took of the moment.

“I think he must have seen a commercial, one of her ads. I don’t know where it came from, it was very random,” Gerety told ABC News, declining to share who she voted for. “He got very upset and said ‘No, I want to vote for Hillary Clinton’ … and he got more and more upset about it.”

Clinton ended up losing the country’s first primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by about 20 percentage points after a close victory in the Iowa caucuses.

Gerety recorded the video of the heartbroken Aiden for her husband and family members, and then decided to post it online. In mere hours, the video has gotten more than 2,000 views on Facebook, plus hundreds more on YouTube.

“I thought it’d be funny to show my family and people started sharing and sharing,” the 39-year-old nurse said.

So how did she calm young Aiden down? “I literally had to pretend to call the place to tell them I wanted to change my vote to get the tears to stop!” Gerety wrote in the Facebook post.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Vincent Van Gogh once said, “I’m not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”

Now the Art Institute of Chicago is launching an interactive experience that will allow you to live out your own artistic adventure just like the painter.

With the help of Airbnb, you can stay in an exact replica of Van Gogh’s famous “The Bedroom” from his beloved “Yellow House” for just $10 a night. The masterpiece was created to celebrate the Art Institute’s exhibition of “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” series, which runs through May 10.

“Response has been great so far,” Art Institute spokeswoman Amanda Hicks wrote to ABC News. “We’re releasing the rooms in cascading blocks, so that people can have multiple opportunities to check in and grab a night during the run of the Van Gogh exhibition (Feb 14 – May 10). We have two re-creations of the bedroom in play right now. The one we did as the AirBnB venue, and another one in the museum itself that is a to-scale replica built on a gallery floor that marks out the actual blueprint of the second story of Van Gogh’s yellow house in Arles, France.

“The re-created bedroom in the museum is an immersive digital/sound experience, surrounded by big screens that scroll images and text from Van Gogh’s letters and sketchbooks, with music tying it all together. It’s really exciting!”

Van Gogh’s actual “Yellow House” was located in Arles, France, and the recreated room is in the Chicago neighborhood of River North.

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Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Usher’s New Look Foundation(NEW YORK) — The WNBA announced Wednesday that former Atlanta city council president and current Coca-Cola executive Lisa Borders will become its fourth president, ESPN reports.

Borders will replace Laurel Richie, who left the league last November after serving as WNBA president for five seasons.

Borders discussed how her past experience will help in her new role.

“I’ve been a public servant, and that means you have to listen to your constituents,” Borders said. “The same thing would be true being president of the WNBA. No one of us has all the answers, so it’s important to be willing to be a good listener. My job is to serve the players, owners, and fans and be able to coalesce all that energy to amplify the league.”

Borders added that she is a fan of the game as well. “I’m a raving fan of the Dream,” she said, laughing, though now she’ll be in the neutral corner as league president. “I have spent the lion’s share of my career carrying the torch for women, because I think it’s the right thing to do.

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Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, after the city rejected a deal that would have brought sweeping changes to its embattled police department, which allegedly engaged in “racially discriminatory policing.”

The lawsuit, announced Wednesday by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, alleges a pattern or practice of law enforcement conduct that violates the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as federal civil rights laws and says the citizens there “have waited decades for justice.”

“The residents of Ferguson have waited nearly a year for their city to adopt an agreement that would protect their rights and keep them safe,” Lynch said. “They have waited nearly a year for their police department to accept rules that would ensure their constitutional rights … They have waited decades for justice. They should not be forced to wait any longer.”

Ferguson came under the national spotlight after a city police officer fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August 2014. Officer Darren Wilson was never charged in the shooting, but a Justice Department investigation into the Ferguson police department found what Lynch called “systemic and systematic” racial bias within the force’s policing practices.

After the results of that investigation were announced last year, the Justice Department began “painstaking negotiations” lasting 26 weeks, seeking to reach a deal that would address the Justice Department’s findings, according to Lynch. An agreement was reached weeks ago, but last night the Ferguson City Council “rejected” the deal “approved by their own negotiators,” said Lynch, calling the move “extremely unfortunate” and “profoundly disappoint[ing].

“I think that the city of Ferguson had a real opportunity here to step forward, and instead they’ve chosen to turn backwards,” Lynch added. “They’ve chosen to live in the past, and they’ve chosen to adopt a means of really ignoring the voices of their citizens, they’re choosing to ignore the complaints of their citizens.”

Ferguson leaders expressed concern that the agreement reached would cost the city up to $3.7 million in the first year alone.

Nevertheless, the failure to reach final agreement left the department “no further choice” but to file suit, said Lynch, whose department is now urging a federal judge to compel a litany of changes within the Ferguson police department.

The lawsuit filed today lays out much of what the department detailed in its 104-page report last year.

According to the Justice Department, from October 2012 to October 2014, African Americans were more than twice as likely to be searched, to receive a citation or to be arrested, than other stopped individuals. In addition, of all incidents from 2010 to August 2014, African Americans accounted for 88 percent of all incidents in which a Ferguson police officer reported using force; and while African Americans make up 67 percent of Ferguson’s population, they made up more than 90 percent of all charges involving “manner of walking in roadway,” “failure to comply,” “resisting arrest,” and “disturbing the peace.”

“The city and residents of Ferguson deserve what every American is guaranteed under the Constitution: the right to be free from excessive force, from unconstitutional stops [and] from unconstitutional arrests,” Lynch said during her announcement today. “We intend to aggressively prosecute this case and we intend to prevail.”

The City of Ferguson said it is aware of news reports about the expected suit but had no immediate comment.

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