President Barack Obama on Friday burnished his environmental legacy by establishing the world's largest marine reserve, home to thousands of rare sea creatures in the northwestern Hawaiian islands. Obama's announcement more than quadrupled the size of the existing protected area, known as the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which is now 582,578 square miles (1.5 million square kilometers) -- about four times the size of California. The marine monument was established in 2006 by then president George W. Bush and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.
The first funerals for victims of the devastating earthquake that hit central Italy this week were held Friday as the country prepared for an emotionally charged day of mourning. The Civil Protection agency's emergency unit said no new survivors had been found Friday in the remote mountain villages blitzed by Wednesday's powerful pre-dawn quake. "We will go on searching and digging until we are certain there is no one left," said Luigi D'Angelo, a Civil Protection officer working in the town of Amatrice, where 218 people died.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he powered through his rivals in the Republican primary, Donald Trump sold himself as the "tell-it-like-it-is" candidate, a brash truth-teller whose policy pronouncements wouldn't be swayed by the polls.