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Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Dec. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EST

TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on...

Search on for missing kayak with Polish man, Thai companion

Dec. 9, 2019 5:18 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Rescue teams in southern Thailand were searching Monday for a Polish man and a Thai woman who went missing when the kayak they were paddling carried them away from shore into the open sea. Marine Police Lt. Col Suriya Khunto said 26-year-old Mateusz Juszkiewicz and 23-year-old Werakan...

Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

Dec. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer)...

No excessive radiation at Detroit River aggregate spill site

Dec. 6, 2019 6:40 PM EST

Tests at a Michigan industrial site where limestone construction aggregate recently spilled into the Detroit River turned up no indication of excessive radiation levels, a state agency reported Friday. Staffers with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy inspected the Detroit Bulk Storage property...

Voluntary evacuation order lifted for Texas coastal city

Dec. 5, 2019 5:17 PM EST

PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — Officials in the Texas coastal city of Port Neches lifted a voluntary evacuation order Thursday that was issued overnight because of concerns about air quality following a pair of chemical plant explosions last week. Officials issued the voluntary order for the city of roughly...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Dec. 4, 2019 5:12 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made in 2015,...

Miami Beach scene inspires Dior’s first US runway show

Dec. 3, 2019 11:26 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kim Jones was clearly inspired by Miami’s pastel beach scene as he designed his men’s fall 2020 collection for Christian Dior. Tuesday’s show was the first foray on US soil for the iconic Parisian fashion house. Intense pastels inspired by South Beach’s...

Honolulu lifeguards find body of man swept out to sea

Dec. 2, 2019 3:39 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu lifeguards have found the body of a man believed to have been swept off a rocky shoreline by a wave over the weekend. Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright says lifeguards found the body Monday morning. The body matches the description of a 19-year-old man swept...

Moore, Marks earn US women’s Olympic surfing spots

Dec. 2, 2019 12:05 AM EST

HONOLUA BAY, Hawaii (AP) — Carissa Moore of Honolulu and Caroline Marks of Melbourne Beach, Florida, qualified for the two spots on the U.S. women’s Olympic surfing team Sunday. Moore and Marks finished as the top two American women on the 2019 World Surf League rankings. Lakey Peterson of Santa...