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Group works to protect Michigan's Point Betsie Lighthouse

Feb. 17, 2020 11:52 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site's shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan's high water levels. High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan's shoreline,...

Village along unfrozen Lake Erie reports 'erosion emergency'

Feb. 17, 2020 10:39 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio village along Lake Erie is experiencing what officials describe as an “erosion emergency” because the lake hasn't frozen over. With more waves pounding the shore, erosion has eaten away more than 40 feet (12 meters) of land from a park in Geneva-on-the-Lake in a...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Salvage firm asks US judge to halt removal of capsized ship

Feb. 14, 2020 6:59 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A maritime salvage company is asking a federal judge to stop the Coast Guard and a rival firm from carrying out their plans to remove a cargo ship that overturned five months ago on the Georgia coast. The multiagency team overseeing removal of the South Korean freighter Golden Ray...

Plan to trap rabid foxes spurs complaints from animal lovers

Feb. 14, 2020 12:06 PM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — A city in Maine's mid-coast area is having a difficult time managing cases of rabid wild animals, and a government plan to stop the disease has been met with some opposition. Bath, a city of 8,000 people on the Kennebec River that is home to a large shipyard, had 16 animals test positive...

Residents of Maine city want to halt large salmon farm

Feb. 14, 2020 1:15 AM EST

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Dozens of Maine residents told the state they're opposed to the building of a large salmon farm in the coastal city of Belfast. The proposal from Norwegian-owned Nordic Aquafarms would create a $500 million salmon farm that uses land-based facilities to grow the fish for human...

FILE - In this May 25, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers works against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Fiers and the Athletics might have reason to be downright mad. They won 97 games each of the past two seasons to finish as the second-place team in the AL West behind the Houston Astros, whom Fiers called out in November in a story by The Athletic for a sign-stealing scheme that led to season-long MLB suspensions for Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch. Fiers insisted at Fan Fest that he is moving forward, declining to address anything regarding what he did by speaking out or even his role cleaning up the sport. He said he owes that to his teammates. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Mike Fiers took his workouts to another level, cleared mind

Feb. 12, 2020 10:53 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — In the ocean off the Florida coast, Mike Fiers found a way to get his mind off everything this winter for a couple of hours at a time and prepare for another baseball season. Far away from the Astros scandal. No whistleblower chatter. Just tough swims in the surf and workouts with his...

In this photo provided by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards sticking a large pin in a mural of Louisiana's coast, in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, to show the location of the Maurepas Swamp. A council created to allocate money from water pollution fines paid after the catastrophic BP oil spill voted Wednesday to give Louisiana $130 million to link the state's second-largest coastal swamp back up to the Mississippi River, providing fresh water and sediment to nourish it. (Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority via AP)

$130M in BP spill money to help reconnect big swamp to river

Feb. 12, 2020 7:21 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana will get $130 million in BP oil spill money to link its second-largest coastal swamp back up to the Mississippi River, and Alabama will receive funds to add up to 12,000 acres (4,800 hectares) to a wildlife management area. The RESTORE Council, made up of officials from the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 12, 2020 3:09 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Feb. 10 The Tampa Bay Times on legal notices in newspapers: Local governments have been required for decades to make a modest effort to keep residents informed about issues affecting their communities, from the common to the consequential. They have to publish...

Former PG&E attorney to head EPA West Coast office

Feb. 12, 2020 11:47 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency has named a former attorney for the nation's largest utility to head its West Coast office, replacing the regional director ousted from the post last week. John Busterud, who worked for Pacific Gas and Electric for three decades, will manage more than 600 staff employees and...

2 dead dolphins found with bullet wounds in Florida

Feb. 11, 2020 4:48 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two dolphins have been found with gruesome and life-ending injuries along Florida's Gulf coast in recent weeks, and federal authorities are offering a reward of up to $20,000 to help solve the case. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the...