WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama used his executive authority Tuesday to designate his 10th national monument, a 1,665-acre nature preserve on the Northern California coast.
The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands – which includes jagged bluffs as well as tidal pools and sand dunes – provides habitat for several types of migratory waterfowl as well as the threatened Point Arena mountain beaver. The Garcia River, which runs through the area, is home to coho and chinook salmon.
The preserve will be added to the existing Coastal California National Monument, a collection of 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs and pinnacles along California’s 1,100-mile coast.
Body found may be that of missing man
A man’s body was found Tuesday in a Michigan Wal-Mart parking lot in an SUV matching the description of one belonging to a missing minor league hockey player.
The dead man’s identity was not confirmed, state police Lt. Brian Cole told the Saginaw News. He said the body was in a green GMC Sierra in the parking lot in Saginaw County’s Saginaw Township.
A state police crime lab was called to the scene, he said.
We’ve got to confirm the identification. It’s going to take some time, Cole told the station.
More children than ever suffer in Syria
The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million – more than half the country’s children – with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children’s agency said Tuesday. The conflict, which enters its fourth year this month, has unleashed massive suffering across all segments of Syrian society, but the impact on children has been especially acute, according to a new report by UNICEF.
Pistorius fired guns in public, friend says
Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public in the months before he killed his girlfriend – once out of a car sunroof on a road and once in a crowded restaurant, a onetime friend said at the athlete’s murder trial Tuesday, drawing an aggressive effort from the chief defense lawyer to pick holes in his testimony.
Darren Fresco’s description of how Pistorius once berated a police officer fit the prosecution’s attempts to cast the double-amputee athlete as prone to flashes of anger and blinded by an inflated sense of entitlement at a time when his public image was that of a clean-cut poster boy for overcoming adversity.
Journalist killed in Afghanistan
A Swedish journalist was shot to death while he was out reporting in an affluent and well-guarded area in Kabul on Tuesday, highlighting fears of rising violence ahead of a crucial election to choose a new leader for the country.
Nils Horner, 51, had worked for Swedish Radio since 2001 as a foreign correspondent.
The killing came a day after the Taliban vowed to use all force necessary to disrupt the April 5 presidential vote.
Libya parliament ousts prime minister
Libya’s parliament ousted the prime minister in a Tuesday vote of confidence, a move prompted by a crisis this week when a militia controlling an eastern port defied Tripoli’s authority by trying to sell oil.
The chamber named the defense minister as an interim prime minister until a replacement for Ali Zidan is found.