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Canada reapproves contentious Pacific coast pipeline

Jun. 18, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has once again approved the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. The approval Tuesday comes 10 months after the Federal Court of Appeal halted the project...

Japan pushes 300 North Korean boats out of fishing grounds

Jun. 18, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese coast guard said Tuesday its patrol boats have been pushing back hundreds of North Korean boats trying to poach in fishing grounds rich with squid off Japan's northern coast. More than 300 North Korean boats have been forced out of Japan's exclusive economic zone near Yamatotai...

Louisiana governor: Upriver floods a disaster for fisheries

Jun. 17, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's governor says floodwaters from the Midwest are severely hurting people who make their living from coastal seafood, so he's asking the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. Floodwaters rushing from the Bonnet Carré Spillway north of New Orleans...

South Carolina man charged with branding sharks like cattle

Jun. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) — A man has been charged with branding sharks like cattle off the South Carolina coast. News outlets cite South Carolina Natural Resources officials who say a 56-year-old Awendaw man was charged with illegal tagging of a saltwater fish last week. The misdemeanor can net a fine of up to...

Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird

Jun. 17, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

GLEN HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate. "Nest exchange! Did you see it?" Van Zoeren calls to...

Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in Australia

Jun. 17, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An encrypted phone message sent by a missing Belgian tourist could hold a clue to the 18-year-old's disappearance from an Australian coastal town, his father said on Monday. Theo Hayez was last seen leaving a Byron Bay nightclub late on May 31. Police say they are baffled by his...

Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

Jun. 16, 2019 2:04 AM EDT

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale carcasses have washed up this year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says it has run out of...

Strong quake hits island chain off New Zealand; no tsunami

Jun. 15, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck an arc of islands off New Zealand on Sunday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it may cause only minor sea level changes in some coastal areas. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit a spot about 873 kilometers (541...

Endangered birds could stop the music at Chicago beach fest

Jun. 14, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Some endangered birds could ground a Chicago beachfront music festival proposed for late August. Promoters of Mamby on the Beach are seeking a permit from the Chicago Park District to move the show to Montrose Beach on the city's north side. But two piping plovers lately have been making the...

NOAA: 279 dolphins dead on Gulf Coast, triple usual number

Jun. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least 279 dolphins have stranded across much of the U.S. Gulf Coast since Feb. 1, triple the usual number, and about 98 percent of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. Scientists will investigate whether lingering effects...