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Scallop harvest to decline again this year, but still strong

Jul. 15, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen are harvesting fewer scallops off the East Coast as the population of the valuable shellfish appears to be on the decline. Sea scallops are one of the most profitable resources in the Atlantic, and the U.S. fishery was worth more than...

UN: Migrant deaths on sea routes to Europe more than double

Jul. 14, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The number of migrants and refugees who died while attempting to reach Europe on dangerous sea crossings more than doubled so far this year compared to the first six months of 2020, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday in a new report. At...

Spanish police arrest 2 for migrant tragedy in Atlantic

Jul. 07, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday that they have arrested two people for their alleged responsibility in the deaths of more than 20 migrants who perished last month while trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands. Police said in a...

SC officials watch Elsa, but don't expect major problems

Jul. 06, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Emergency officials in South Carolina are watching Tropical Storm Elsa, but no evacuations have been ordered during the peak summer tourism season along the state’s beaches. The governor and local leaders stuck to statements Tuesday instead of...

Crew rows 30 days to set record in boat race across Pacific

Jul. 02, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of athletes has rowed a boat from San Francisco to Hawaii in record time. The four-man crew was part of the Great Pacific Race, a rowing competition that pits two- and four-person teams against one another in identical boats on a solitary...

Girl dies during rescue of migrant boat off Canary Islands

Jun. 30, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A young girl died during a rescue operation to save migrants trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands in a small boat, Spanish authorities said Wednesday. Emergency services for the Canary Islands said the girl suffered respiratory failure before the...

Atlantic City's 2 newest casinos nearing top of market

Jun. 28, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Three years ago, when two shuttered Atlantic City casinos came back to life, there was more than a little skepticism over whether it was a good idea to add two casinos to a market that had just lost five of them. But now there is little doubt...

Biden to 'bring every resource' to manage busy storm season

Jun. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration needs to “bring every resource to bear" to deal with natural disasters as huge swaths of the country have already endured extreme weather with the summer season just starting. The president...

New coral protections coming to areas off New England

Jun. 22, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators have signed off on new protections for thousands of square miles of deep-sea corals off New England. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday it has approved a final rule that designates the coral protection areas...

Message in a bottle travels across the Atlantic Ocean

Jun. 15, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Portuguese teenager has found a message in a bottle that traveled at least 2,400 miles from a Vermont teenager. Christian Santos, 17, was spearfishing in the Azores when he found a crumpled plastic bottle that was tossed into the sea near Rhode...