Latest Oceans News

Suit: Offshore drilling done in absence of required report

Jun. 21, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three conservation groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that federal wildlife agencies have failed for years to complete required consultations and reporting on the effects that oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could have on endangered species. The suit comes more than a decade...

Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes

Jun. 21, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has thrown out a policy devised by his predecessor to protect U.S. oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic growth. Trump revoked an executive order issued by President Barack Obama...

Ocean Resort Casino, formerly Revel, gets casino license

Jun. 21, 2018 11:58 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Denver developer and New Jersey gambling regulators made a big bet Thursday on the future of Atlantic City and a casino that flopped four years ago, granting a casino license to the Ocean Resort Casino a week before it is due to reopen. The property is the former Revel casino,...

Dutch skipper Bekking seeks elusive Volvo Ocean Race victory

Jun. 21, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bouwe Bekking has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles during the last 33 years and circled the globe nearly eight times trying to win the Volvo Ocean Race. After seven unsuccessful attempts, that elusive victory is just 700 nautical miles away if the Dutch skipper can place Team Brunel...

Ocean Resort Casino owner: We'll surprise the world

Jun. 20, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The owner of Atlantic City's Ocean Resort Casinos promised to "surprise the world" when the former Revel casino reopens next week. And the surprises began Wednesday when the casino's executives unveiled some optimistic financial projections that would see it do better than...

UN chief: Highest number of conflicts globally in 30 years

Jun. 19, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The number of countries involved in "violent conflicts" is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday. Antonio Guterres added that the number of "violent situations" classifiable as...

Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'

Jun. 18, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was "the opening...

'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million

Jun. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180...

Laid off when casinos closed, back to work with reopenings

Jun. 17, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When Revel, Atlantic City's $2.4 billion casino shut down in 2014, Meg Timson wondered what would happen to a building that was only about two years old, and already out of business. Turns out she didn't need to worry: She's been rehired for her human resources job now that the...

Research shows diet shift of beluga whales in Alaska inlet

Jun. 15, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to fish and crustaceans influenced by freshwater, according to a study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. An analysis of isotopes in beluga bone and teeth showed...