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Rhode Island governor signs climate change bill into law

Apr. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wide-ranging climate bill that requires Rhode Island to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “With four hundred miles of coastline, urban and rural coastal communities, fishing and...

Beachgoer finds body of man whose truck plunged off bridge

Apr. 10, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The body of a Maryland man whose truck plunged off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in December was found Friday on a beach in North Carolina, according to his relatives. Erik Mezick’s family posted on Facebook that they were notified...

Virus recovery funds to promote tourism on Alabama coast

Apr. 10, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Beach season is heating up, and Alabama’s coast is getting federal money to help recover from tourism losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration said Thursday it will provide the...

Chicago expands protected site for endangered shorebirds

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Park District is adding about 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of Lake Michigan lakefront to a protected area set aside as nesting ground for an endangered shorebird. The district's move means several sand volleyball courts used at the south end of...

Couples rebook their Florida weddings after COVID delays

Apr. 10, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — 2020, with its rhythmic sound and attractive numerals, was supposed to be a great year to get married. But we all know what happened last year: COVID-19 destroyed everything we had planned. Now, tired of postponing...

4 gray whales found dead in San Francisco Bay Area in 9 days

Apr. 09, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four dead gray whales have washed ashore San Francisco Bay Area beaches in the last nine days, with experts saying Friday one was struck by a ship. They were trying to determine how the other three died. “It’s alarming to respond to four dead...

Plan would return beachfront taken from Black family in '20s

Apr. 09, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County plans to return prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who built a seaside resort for African Americans but suffered racist harassment and were stripped of it by local city leaders a century ago, a county official said Friday. ...

Body found on beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Apr. 09, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — A man’s body has been found on a beach at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, authorities said Friday. The National Park Service said in a news release that at 9:14 a.m., a local resident reported finding a man’s body on the beach between the...

Legislation to fight sea level rise goes to Florida governor

Apr. 08, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation hailed as some of the most robust yet to defend U.S. coasts against sea level rise is headed to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a proposal that would provide millions of dollars annually to communities threatened with losing ground to rising oceans because of...

Salvage crews tow drifting Dutch freighter to port in Norway

Apr. 08, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Despite heavy seas, a joint Norwegian-Dutch salvage operation managed to safely tow to land Thursday an abandoned Dutch cargo ship that had been adrift off the coast of Norway. The Eemslift Hendrika, a Netherlands-registered ship designed to carry large...