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FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, a man writes a condolence message during the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has claimed the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan, File)

Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370

Feb. 19, 2020 7:56 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. Abbott was prime minister when the...

This undated photo provided by the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows one of two new baby Weedy Seadragons that were born at Birch Aquarium this week in San Diego. The Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the sea horse that resembles seaweed when floating. San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in a news release Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, that two weedy sea dragons have hatched this week, making the aquarium one of the few in the world to successfully breed the unusual fish. (Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography via AP)

San Diego aquarium breeds rare weedy sea dragon in captivity

Feb. 13, 2020 8:12 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the sea horse that resembles seaweed when floating. San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in a news release Thursday that two weedy sea dragons have...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, people stand on a balcony during flooding in Girona, Spain. A storm caused rivers to overflow and sea waters to inundate vast agricultural areas in eastern Spain. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the previous month was the hottest January on record since experts began keeping temperature tallies in 1880. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Last month was hottest January on record, US scientists say

Feb. 13, 2020 3:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last month was the hottest January since scientists began keeping temperature records in 1880, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. The global average land and ocean surface temperature in January was 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit (1.14 degrees Celsius) above the average January...

Omega Protein's Menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. The last east coast fishery now produces fish oil for health supplements and faces a possible moratorium over concerns about overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay

Feb. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EST

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) — For a guy who left school after 11th grade, George Ball figures he has the best-paying job available on this rural stretch of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. He catches a fish called Atlantic menhaden, used to make fish oil pills and farm-raised salmon feed, and earns about $50,000 a...

Maldives to enhance security for tourists after stabbings

Feb. 7, 2020 10:38 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government plans to increase security for tourists after suspected Islamic extremists stabbed three foreigners in the Indian Ocean nation. The National Security Council was working with the police and other agencies to find out more about the attack, its motives and...

Report: Poor visibility led Russian chopper to crash in sea

Feb. 6, 2020 10:39 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Poor visibility caused a Russian helicopter to crash into the Arctic Ocean Ocean with eight people on board who all perished, Norwegian accident investigators reported Thursday. The October 2017 crash took place off Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago that belongs to Norway. The body...

In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo a man photographs waves crashing onto the cliffs at Rodea Point in Lincoln County, Ore. during an extreme high tide that coincided with a big winter storm. Amateur scientists are whipping out their smartphones to document the effects of extreme high tides on shore lines from the United States to New Zealand, and by doing so are helping better predict what rising sea levels due to climate change will mean for coastal communities around the world. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Photos of 'king tides' globally show risks of climate change

Feb. 5, 2020 1:02 PM EST

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) — Tourists, nature lovers and amateur scientists are whipping out their cameras to document the effects of extreme high tides on shorelines from the United States to New Zealand, and by doing so are helping better predict what rising sea levels will mean for coastal communities around...

In this handout photo taken in Jan. 2020 and provided by Nekton, scientists lower the “Limiting Factor” submarine into the Mediterranean Sea, part of sea trials before the next stage of the Nekton Mission begins in mid-March. A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean - into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches, but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of climate change in the unexplored area. (Nekton via AP)

Scientists dive into 'Midnight Zone' to study dark ocean

Feb. 5, 2020 12:37 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean — into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of...

Prada partners with UN on 10-city ocean education project

Feb. 5, 2020 11:25 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian fashion house Prada is helping to fund a United Nations program that will enlist high school students from 10 cities to spread awareness about how humans impact the world's oceans, organizers said Wednesday. The Sea Beyond project is part of a wider, decade-long initiative to promote...

Mariners urged to beware as endangered whales gather off US

Feb. 5, 2020 11:20 AM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is asking Atlantic Ocean vessels to slow down in an area off Massachusetts because about one-eighth of the worldwide population of an endangered whale has been spotted nearby. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 50 North Atlantic right...