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Rough seas prevented the NOAA's Okeanos Explorer from collecting data in the the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in February.

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Protected marine area bear Hawaii is now twice the size of Texas

The Papahānaumokuākea monument was created by President George W. Bush. Now President Obama is quadrupling its size — making it the biggest marine reserve in the world.

Health More

Guess how many Zika cases showed up at the Olympics?

Mosquitoes hover around South Korea's bronze medalist Ki Bo Bae during the medal ceremony for archery, held on Aug. 11 at the Rio Games.

Before the games, computer scientists weren't worried about the spread of Zika. But some public health experts were. What does the data show?

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Stanford sex assault case judge wants transfer to civil court

Activists rally to call for the removal of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in San Francisco in June over his ruling in a sexual assault case. On Friday, the judge was transferred from criminal to civil court.

Judge Aaron Persky's six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman continues to cast a shadow over his career.

Business & Economy More

America's real mountain of cheese is on our plates

Lenny Zimmel puts Colby cheese curds into forms to make 40-pound blocks of cheese at Widmer's Cheese Cellars in Theresa, Wis. Record dairy production in the U.S. has produced a record surplus of cheese, causing prices to drop.

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA will buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But that's barely a drop in the bucket.

Politics More

Big Tobacco blowing smoke in claim about Prop 56

PolitiFact California: Big Tobacco Blowing Smoke In Claim About California's Prop 56

Opponents of Proposition 56, California’s proposed $2 per pack cigarette tax hike, are flooding radio airwaves with attacks on the measure.

Arts & Entertainment More

The Aztecs revered it. Will you fall for amaranth?

Matthew Blair, a researcher at Tennessee State University, examines different varieties of amaranth growing in the university's experimental fields.

Hardier than corn, this ancient grain has a subtle, nutty flavor and is full of nutrients. But for most Americans, amaranth is still obscure. Researchers in Tennessee hope to change that.

US & World More

Food world rallies for quake-hit Amatrice, home of famous pasta dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the devastated Italian town.

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town.

Environment & Science More

SoCal Gas says homes could run short of gas this winter

A state report on energy reliability says the risk of outages will be lower in the winter. SoCal Gas calls that "overoptimistic" if the gas storage field stays closed.

Education More

$10.1 million gift creates rare music education scholarships

Los Angeles City College music

Thanks to a $10.1 million donation from the Herb Alpert Foundation, hundreds of music majors at the Los Angeles City College will be able to study for free starting next fall.