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US defense chief in Hawaii amid distrust after fuel spill

Sep. 30, 2022 22:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Hawaii this week amid lingering community frustration and distrust after jet fuel from a military storage facility last year spilled into Pearl Harbor’s drinking water, poisoned thousands of military families and threatened the purity...

Hawaii fines US Navy for unauthorized sewage release

Sep. 27, 2022 23:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday it has fined the U.S. Navy $8.8 million for repeatedly discharging untreated or partially treated sewage into state waters from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The department said in a news release that it recorded 766...

32 pilot whales rescued out of 230 stranded in Australia

Sep. 22, 2022 04:41 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Wildlife experts on Thursday rescued 32 of the 230 whales that were found stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania a day earlier. Half the pod of pilot whales found stranded in Macquarie Harbour were presumed to...

Around 200 stranded whales die in pounding surf in Australia

Sep. 21, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — A day after 230 whales were found stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, only 35 were still alive despite rescue efforts that were to continue Thursday. Half the pod of pilot whales stranded in Macquarie...

4 families sue US over Navy fuel-tainted Hawaii tap water

Aug. 31, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy “harbored toxic secrets” when jet fuel contaminated drinking water for 93,000 military members and civilians in Hawaii, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday from four families who say they're still suffering from seizures, gastrointestinal disorders and...

Body near Lake Mead swimming site 3rd to surface since May

Jul. 26, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Another body has surfaced at Lake Mead — this time in a swimming area where water levels have dropped as the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam recedes because of drought and climate change. The National Park Service did not say in a statement how long...

Genetic genealogy grants help solve Washington cold cases

Jul. 11, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday that grants from his office have recently helped local law enforcement agencies solve three cold cases using genetic genealogy, and 20 more investigations are underway. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office used...

SC Governor seeks to protect port from landmark's pollution

Jul. 11, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The nation’s ninth-busiest port is at risk of pollution by more than 100,000 gallons (378,500 liters) of fuel from a Navy aircraft carrier that served in World War II and the Vietnam War before its decommissioning and designation as a National Historic Landmark. ...