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This photo, provided by Alex Fogg, shows a lionfish in April 2019 at an artificial reef off of Destin, Florida. A disease caused open sores on many lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean during 2017 and 2018 and apparently contributed to an abrupt drop in their numbers in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a study published online Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Scientific Reports. But scientists are quick to note that this is probably far from the end of the showy invasive fish.  (Alex Fogg via AP) .

Open sores, lower numbers likely not invasive lionfish's end

Feb. 4, 2020 11:09 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new disease has caused open sores that can eat into the muscles of invasive lionfish and appears to have contributed to an abrupt drop in their numbers in the northern Gulf of Mexico, scientists reported Tuesday. But they hasten to say it’s probably far from the end of the showy...

Pelicans fly over and sit on man made rock revetment on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, La., Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. The island provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds and is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and the devastating blow of an offshore oil spill 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

Feb. 4, 2020 3:55 AM EST

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and a devastating offshore oil spill 10 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the island Monday, unveiling...

Bodies of 2 crewmen missing since boat-tanker crash found

Jan. 31, 2020 6:06 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The bodies of two men missing since the collision of a fishing boat and a chemical tanker near Galveston, Texas, have been found in the fishing boat's capsized hull, officials said Friday. The bodies were recovered Thursday afternoon from the 81-foot fishing boat Pappy's Pride,...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speaks with her relatives through a safety glass prior the launch of Soyuz MS-12 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  Koch told The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, her 319th consecutive day in space _ that taking part in the first all-female spacewalk was the highlight of her mission. She's been living on the International Space Station since March and returns to Earth on Feb. 6, landing in Kazakhstan with two colleagues aboard a Russian capsule.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

Astronaut craves salsa and surf after record 11 months aloft

Jan. 28, 2020 9:56 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly 11 months in orbit, the astronaut holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman can't wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico. NASA astronaut Christina Koch told The Associated Press on Tuesday — her 319th...

Pemex: Oil platform fire injures 3 workers in Gulf of Mexico

Jan. 7, 2020 3:17 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire on an oil platform off Mexico injured three workers Tuesday before being put out about an hour later, state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos reported. The company commonly referred to as Pemex announced via Twitter that the injured employees were taken from the Akal-C 6 platform in...