- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on President Barack Obama’s move to create three national monuments in Southern California deserts (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

President Barack Obama has granted national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of Southern California deserts.

The White House on Friday released Obama’s proclamations establishing the Mojave National Trails, Castle Mountains and Sand to Snow national monuments.

The proclamations cite the scenic, natural, cultural and historical qualities of the areas.

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