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The Latest: WCC postpones conference fall competition

Aug. 13, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the...

Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake

Aug. 13, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A bald eagle launched an aerial assault on a drone operated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — known as EGLE — ripping off a propeller and sending the aircraft into Lake Michigan. The attack happened July 21, when the drone was mapping...

Tropical Storm Josephine forms; no warnings in effect

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning, making it the earliest “J-named” storm in a record-setting hurricane season. Josephine was located 975 miles (1,569 kilometers) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the 11 a.m....

The MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, can bee seen from the coast or Mauritius, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Anxious residents of this Indian Ocean island nation have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves in an effort to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores. (AP Photo/ Kooghen Modeliar-Vyapooree-L'express Maurice)

Grounded ship emptied of oil, but heavy damage for Mauritius

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Almost all the remaining oil has been pumped from a Japanese ship that ran aground off Mauritius, but its initial spill of 1,000 tons of fuel has severely damaged the Indian Ocean island's coral reefs and once pristine coast, environmental groups said Thursday. Nearly all the 3,000 tons...

Volunteers take part in the clean up operation in Mahebourg, Mauritius Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020 surrounding the oil spill from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Anxious residents of this Indian Ocean island nation have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves in an effort to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores. (AP Photo/Beekash Roopun-L'express Maurice)

Mauritius seeks compensation as oil spill cleanup continues

Aug. 12, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mauritius says it is seeking compensation from the owners of a Japanese ship that spilled oil after it grounded in the shallow waters off the Indian Ocean island nation, while urgent efforts continue to pump out the remaining fuel. The MV Wakashio has spilled 1,000 tons of its cargo of...

Environmental group says Indiana mill exceeds toxicity cap

Aug. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An environmental group that sued a steelmaker in December for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility says the company continues to release excess amounts of chemicals into a Lake Michigan tributary. The Environmental Law & Policy Center said...

Oil spill in Venezuela stains treasured Caribbean beaches

Aug. 12, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An oil spill in Venezuela has coated a stretch of the crisis-wracked nation's Caribbean coastline, treasured for its white sand beaches, clusters of small islands and wildlife. Fisherman and locals living around Morrocoy National Park began reporting oil washing ashore last week...

Lifeguards back at 4 Seattle beaches with COVID-19 guidance

Aug. 11, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Lifeguards have returned to four of Seattle’s beaches: Madison, Magnuson, west Green Lake and Pritchard. People have flocked to the city’s nine swimming beaches, which hadn’t been staffed all summer due to concerns about the coronavirus, said Rachel Schulkin, a...

Carolina Country Music Fest canceled for 2020

Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — One of the biggest tourist draws to South Carolina’s Atlantic coast is the latest to succumb to the coronavirus pandemic. This year's Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach has been postponed until 2021 amid concerns about COVID-19. It is now scheduled for June 10-13,...

This photo provided by the French Army shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, Tuesday Aug.11, 2020. Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a tanker ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of 4 tons has already escaped into the sea, officials said. (Gwendoline Defente, EMAE via AP)

Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near Mauritius

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a race against tides and time, workers pumped tons of fuel on Tuesday from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island's eastern lagoons and shore. The Japanese ship, MV Wakashio, ran...