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Summer of Blob: Maine sees more big, stinging jellyfish

Sep. 15, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seaside New England is known for rocky shores, seafood shacks, chance whale sightings and, in recent months, lots of gooey, tentacled blobs. The Gulf of Maine and some of its beaches, ever popular with tourists, have recorded a high number of sightings of a big jellyfish that has the...

Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

Sep. 15, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas (AP) — Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground to hunt for passports and other documents at the place where his family's home stood before Hurricane Dorian blasted into Grand Bahama Island. What was underneath was sodden and unrecognizable. He shuffled across...

The Latest: Humberto moves away from Bahamas

Sep. 15, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Humberto (all times local): 5 a.m. Gusty winds from Tropical Storm Humberto are still affecting portions of the northwestern Bahamas, which is struggling to recover from Hurricane Dorian. The U.S. National Hurricane Center expects Humberto to strengthen into a...

Works of art or monuments to ego? Rock-stacking stirs debate

Sep. 14, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — To some along the north shoreline of Lake Superior in Minnesota, building stacks of rocks, or cairns, is akin to making sand castles and can even be meditative. To others, these manmade rock formations despoil nature's beauty and stand as monuments to the human ego. Those who live...

The Latest: Tropical Storm Humberto forms near Bahamas

Sep. 13, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the northern Bahamas (all times local): 10:55 p.m. A tropical depression near the Bahamas has strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto. Parts of the northwestern Bahamas that were recently pummeled by Hurricane Dorian are...

County OKs shoreline permits for Kalama methanol plant

Sep. 13, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — The proposed methanol plant in Kalama, Washington, has taken another step forward after Cowlitz County affirmed the project should get the shoreline permits as previously granted. The Daily News reports the county Department of Building and Planning reviewed the shoreline permits under...

US biologists eye unusual deaths of Alaska ice seals

Sep. 12, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast have been dying at uncommon rates, and federal marine mammal biologists Thursday declared an "unusual mortality event." The cause of death for nearly 300 ringed, bearded and spotted seals since June 1, 2018, is not known,...

House votes to bar Arctic drilling; Senate action unlikely

Sep. 12, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing a plan by President Donald Trump to drill in the pristine refuge. The 225-193 vote...

English Channel dolphins carry 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals

Sep. 12, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel harbor a "toxic cocktail" of chemicals, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the rare marine mammals' health, scientists said Thursday. Belgian and French scientists said they've detected high accumulations of...

Swim! Be free! Trapped manatees escape Florida river wall

Sep. 12, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials believe a manatee and her baby have been freed from being trapped behind an underwater retention fence where they found refuge last week from Hurricane Dorian. At least that's the working theory, since no one could see clearly into the murky water. The...