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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a fire aboard the Conception dive boat fire in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Southern California. Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in the massive scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show the divers died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday, May 21, 2020. (Ventura County Fire Department via AP, File)

Coroner: Smoke inhalation killed 34 in California boat fire

May. 21, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in a scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show they died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday. All thirty-three scuba divers and one crew member died in the Sept. 2 fire aboard...

Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

May. 20, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment. Dow said the ponds held only...

Coast Guard taps cellphone location data to speed searches

May. 10, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to quickly locate distressed boaters. The voluntary i911 program lets the Coast Guard access mariners' cellphone locations to help rescue crews find them faster. The software is a free service for all first responders, including the...

Libya gov't warns of escalation after attacks near embassies

May. 8, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya’s U.N.-supported government on Friday warned of an escalation in the battle for Tripoli after rockets struck near foreign embassies in the capital, drawing sharp condemnation from the European Union and United Nations. The Tripoli-based health ministry said an attack...

East Libyan forces bomb Tripoli despite cease-fire; 2 killed

May. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s eastern-based forces trying to capture the country's capital bombed civilian homes on Friday, killing at least two people, health authorities in the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli said. The intensified bombardment of the city by forces under the command of Khalifa Hifter...

FILE - In this July 23, 2018, file photo, a duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised after it went down the evening of July 19 after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds. The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a virtual meeting Tuesday, April 27, 2020, to announce the results of an investigation into the tragedy that killed 17 of the 31 people on board. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, File)

Coast Guard, Ripley Entertainment criticized in boat crash

Apr. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A duck boat sinking on a Missouri lake that killed 17 people two summers ago likely would not have happened if the U.S. Coast Guard had followed recommendations to improve the safety of such tourist attractions, federal safety regulators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety...

Search ends in Texas bayou after no sign of anyone missing

Apr. 21, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended a search of a Texas bayou, a day after receiving a distress call that a boat with seven people had taken on water. The Coast Guard said Tuesday that a search of the water found no sign of a boat or any people in Cedar Bayou near Baytown, about...

FILE - This Wednesday, May 5, 2010 file picture shows a plume of oil as a shrimp boat uses booms to collect oil in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La. On April 20, 2010,  a well blew wild under a BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers were missing that day, and would later be declared dead. Ten years after the explosion on that Deepwater Horizon rig off Louisiana's coast, The Associated Press is making the original story and photographs available. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AP Was There: Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion

Apr. 20, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE: On April 20, 2010, a well blew wild under a BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers were missing that day, and would later be declared dead. The blast touched off the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. Millions of gallons of crude oil spewed...

Coronavirus confirmed on offshore platforms in Gulf

Apr. 16, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been confirmed in more than two dozen people working on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said. While an offshore rig might seem like an unlikely place for the virus to show up, workers share close quarters and frequently...

Passengers look out from the Coral Princess cruise ship while docked in Miami, Monday, April 6, 2020. Authorities say 14 people have been taken to hospitals from the cruise ship that docked in Florida with coronavirus victims aboard and one of them has died at a hospital. Two fatalities were reported earlier aboard the Coral Princess. The Coral Princess had more than 1,000 passengers and nearly 900 crew members. It began disembarking fit passengers Sunday. Any with symptoms of COVID-19 or recovering were being kept on ship until medically cleared. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

US travelers wait days to leave cruise ship with virus cases

Apr. 6, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of Americans aboard a cruise ship that docked last weekend in Miami with coronavirus cases still waited Monday to disembark, delayed by new federal rules requiring cruise companies to bring them directly home to avoid more infections. Two passengers died before the Coral Princess docked...