Latest Pacific Ocean News

Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

Aug. 15, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. "Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's economic fiction: 'record' GDP, jobs

Aug. 13, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting the truth on U.S. economic growth and jobs, pointing to record-breaking figures that don't exist and not telling the full story on black unemployment. He cites the highest-ever gross domestic product for the U.S. that's not there and predicts a...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's economic mirage; Sanders on Medicare

Aug. 11, 2018 8:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pulling numbers out of thin air when it comes to the economy, jobs and the deficit. He refers to a current record-breaking gross domestic product for the U.S. where none exists and predicts a blockbuster 5 percent annual growth rate in the current quarter that...

Forecasters now expect less active Atlantic hurricane season

Aug. 9, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than they previously predicted. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's updated outlook predicts nine to 13 named storms, including four to seven hurricanes. Up to two hurricanes could be "major" with sustained...

Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Aug. 7, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A growing hurricane absorbed a tropical storm off Mexico's Pacific Coast on Tuesday and a new subtropical storm formed in the northern Atlantic, though none were projected to make landfall. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Ileana was vanishing into the larger system...

Boater pulled from water near Florence dies

Aug. 7, 2018 7:50 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews pulled an unresponsive person from the Pacific Ocean after a boat capsized near the Siuslaw River. The Coast Guard says a helicopter crew was flying from North Bend to Newport whey they saw an overturned boat outside the river's north jetty near...

AP FACT CHECK: Wildfire, water experts rebut Trump's claims

Aug. 7, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires. That's not so, according to wildfire and water experts. A look at his tweets and the facts behind them: TRUMP: "California wildfires are being...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims on Calif. wildfires inaccurate

Aug. 6, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires. That's not so, according to wildfire and water experts. A look at his tweets and the facts behind them: TRUMP: "California wildfires are being...

Storm strengthens to Hurricane John off Mexico's coast

Aug. 6, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land. Hurricane John was centered about 320 miles (515 kilometers)...

Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfire

Aug. 5, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

CLEARLAKE, Calif. (AP) — A utility worker was killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews working in sweltering conditions battled multiple blazes, including twin fires that exploded in size and forced hundreds more to evacuate rural communities, officials said Sunday. The Pacific Gas and Electric...