Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality

NEW YORK (AP) — In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality — in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park.

  • Written by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

Obama creates world's largest marine protected area

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday expanded a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world's largest marine protected area.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

Italy buries quake dead, recalls sisters embracing in rubble

ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — A young man wept over a little girl's white coffin, while a woman nearby gently stroked another small casket, as Italians bid farewell Saturday to victims of the devastating earthquake that struck a mountainous region of central Italy this week.

  • Written by TRISHA THOMAS, Associated Press VANESSA GERA, Associated Press