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Tuesday January 21st, 2020 evening edition

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Constructed by the Gunditjmara people more than 6,600 years ago, it is older than Egypt's pyramids.

While the aquatic system was known to archaeologists -- it was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List last July -- additional sections were revealed by the fires that have ripped through the state in December.

Gunditjmara representative Denis Rose, project manager at non-profit group Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, told CNN that the system was significantly bigger than what was previously recorded.

"When we returned to the area, we found a channel hidden in the grass and other vegetation.

It was about 25 meters (82 feet) in length, which was a fairly substantial size," Rose said.

"It was a surprise continually finding new ones that the fires revealed," he added.

UNESCO said Gunditjmara people used the system to redirect and modify waterways to maximize aquaculture yield. »

The American Dream is much easier to achieve in Canada

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In other words, Canadians have a better shot at the American Dream than Americans do.

The report was published Monday to coincide with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where global income inequality is a recurring theme.

The index ranks economies across five dimensions: health, education, technology access, work (in terms of opportunities, conditions and fair wages), and protection and institutions. »

49ers' Katie Sowers to make history as first female and openly gay person to coach at Super Bowl

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At this year's Super Bowl — when the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers take the field — many will be watching the sideline for Katie Sowers to make history.

Sowers, an offensive assistant coach with the 49ers, will become the first female and openly gay person to be calling the shots during football's biggest game.

She was just the second woman hired as a full-time coach for an NFL team and the first openly LGBTQ coach in the league's history, the Washington Post reports. »

U.S. Supreme Court lets Flint, Michigan residents sue over water contamination

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FILE PHOTO: The Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan, U.S. on February 7, 2016.

The lower court rejected a demand for immunity by the officials, finding that they violated the residents’ right to “bodily integrity” under the U.S. Constitution by providing the tainted water after switching water sources in a cost-cutting move in 2014.

Flint switched its public water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River to reduce costs during a financial crisis. »

The cost of giving birth in America is now more than an average month’s salary

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In America, 98% of mothers with an employer-sponsored health care plan can still expect to pay out-of-pocket for birth costs.

The average cost is $4,500, while the average American woman's monthly salary is $3,300, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When a co-pay for birth costs a mama a month of her salary (or worse, means going into debt) we can't be surprised when fewer people are giving birth. »