Acting under a 1906 federal law called the Antiquities Act, Obama established National Monument in California, the Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas and the Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada. The White House said Obama has used that law, which allows a president to create national monuments at his "discretion," to establish or expand 19 national monuments and has protected more than 260 million acres (105 million hectares) of public lands and waters, more than any other president.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag has been an albatross around David Beasley's neck for 20 years, costing him the political legacy of a second gubernatorial term, a seat in the U.S. Senate and beyond.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: "potty watches" where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For weeks the Miss USA pageant has been overshadowed by comments made by Donald Trump denigrating Mexican immigrants. But as women from across the country take the stage Sunday, organizers hope the focus will finally shift to the talented women taking part in the 63rd annual contest.