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Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks about the latest coronavirus update at a news conference Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

The Latest: Arizona reports more than 4,000 virus cases

Jul. 14, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX -- Arizona reported 4,273 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday and an all-time high in hospitalizations. The state Department of Health Services says the statewide infection total is 128,097. On Monday, 3,517 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, with record numbers using ICU beds and ventilators. There...

FILE - This June 8, 2020 file photo shows a bulkhead recently built in North Wildwood, N.J. where the state Department of Environmental Protection says the city destroyed sand dunes without permission. The city acknowledges it built the wall without a permit, but says it had to because of erosion and damage to the beachfront. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, file)

Shore town sees political revenge in dune destruction flap

Jul. 14, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

New Jersey's threat to make a shore town rip out a sea wall and other oceanfront structures feels like political retribution, North Wildwood officials say. North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, a Republican, said Tuesday it’s more than a coincidence that shortly after he criticized Democratic Governor...

Surfrider Foundation challenges Hawaii military sea wall

Jul. 14, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Surfrider Foundation Oahu and neighbors of a Hawaii military installation are challenging the proposed construction of a sea wall, raising concerns about possible impacts of the shoreline alternation. Marine Corps Base Hawaii conducted an environmental assessment that found the wall at...

Florida men charged with poaching protected sea turtle eggs

Jul. 14, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men have been charged with stealing 93 protected sea turtle eggs. Federal prosecutors in West Palm Beach announced charges Monday against Carl Lawrence Cobb, 63, and Bruce Wayne Bivins, 63. They each face three felony counts, including violating the Endangered...

Tsunami the Green sea turtle is released into the Shark Canyon Habitat at the St. Louis Aquarium on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The turtle came to St. Louis from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center after being hit by a boat three years ago with injuries that keep her from being released back into the wild. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

1st sea turtle nest of the season hatches in South Carolina

Jul. 13, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's first known sea turtle nest of the summer has hatched. The Department of Natural Resources says volunteers on Kiawah Island early Saturday morning discovered dozens of tiny sea turtle tracks leading from the beach to the ocean. DNR sea turtle biologist Michelle...

Body of 64-year-old missing swimmer found in Rhode Island

Jul. 13, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — Authorities early Monday recovered the body of a 64-year-old Massachusetts man who drowned after going swimming at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said a Narragansett Fire boat recovered the body after...

Bob Chestnut stands outside of his Ride the Wind Surf Shop on North Carolina's Ocracoke Island on June 25, 2020. The secluded travel destination was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian in September and then hit with coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the spring. Residents and business owners are hoping to recoup some of their losses as tourists return, albeit in smaller than usual numbers. But they're wary of a possibly busy hurricane season ahead. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)

Outer Banks island ravaged by storms and virus restrictions

Jul. 13, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — When Hurricane Dorian pounded the wisp of earth that is Ocracoke Island, a wall of Atlantic seawater flooded Bob Chestnut’s home, surf shop and four vehicles. Seven months later, his shop was ready for business. But the coronavirus pandemic kept the doors locked. Now, as the...

Officials: 65-year-old swimmer dies at North Carolina beach

Jul. 13, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — A swimmer that had been reported missing at a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks has died. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Rangers received a call about the 65-year-old man from Pennsylvania 15 minutes after he went missing near Pony Pen beach on Ocracoke Island Sunday, the...

A woman wearing a face mask exits the Atwood Building, a downtown Anchorage, Alaska, building where many state offices are located on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Municipality of Anchorage on Monday instituted a requirement that most people should wear masks in indoor public settings, but Attorney General Kevin Clarkson sent an email to state employees saying that state buildings within the municipality were exempt from that order. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

Jul. 12, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus. Sunday’s rise to...

Sea turtles nesting at healthy rate on Georgia beaches

Jul. 12, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are nesting in healthy numbers this year on Georgia beaches. More than 2,200 loggerhead nests have been counted along the state’s 100-mile coast since the nesting season began in May, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reported. Wildlife...