Latest Oceans News

Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

Aug. 15, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. "Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the...

New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July

Aug. 14, 2018 7:46 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Sports betting is off and running in New Jersey, with three casinos and two racetracks taking in $40.6 million in wagers in July, the first full month it was legal. Those figures were part of a report that showed that Hard Rock debuted as Atlantic City's No. 3 casino in terms of...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's economic fiction: 'record' GDP, jobs

Aug. 13, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting the truth on U.S. economic growth and jobs, pointing to record-breaking figures that don't exist and not telling the full story on black unemployment. He cites the highest-ever gross domestic product for the U.S. that's not there and predicts a...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's economic mirage; Sanders on Medicare

Aug. 11, 2018 8:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pulling numbers out of thin air when it comes to the economy, jobs and the deficit. He refers to a current record-breaking gross domestic product for the U.S. where none exists and predicts a blockbuster 5 percent annual growth rate in the current quarter that...

Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean

Aug. 10, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are documenting a die-off of Alaska seabirds stretching from north of the Bering Strait to the Gulf of Alaska that may be connected to a trend of warming ocean water. Carcasses examined so far have shown no indication of disease, and tests are pending for...

AP FACT CHECK: Wildfire, water experts rebut Trump's claims

Aug. 7, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires. That's not so, according to wildfire and water experts. A look at his tweets and the facts behind them: TRUMP: "California wildfires are being...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims on Calif. wildfires inaccurate

Aug. 6, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires. That's not so, according to wildfire and water experts. A look at his tweets and the facts behind them: TRUMP: "California wildfires are being...

Hector grows to hurricane force over the Pacific Ocean

Aug. 2, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new hurricane has formed far out in the Pacific Ocean and forecasters say they expect it to continue gaining force. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Hector will continue to move deeper into the Pacific and won't pose a threat to land over the next few days, but it...

Storms force swimmer to suspend attempt to cross Pacific

Aug. 1, 2018 1:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Severe storms have forced a French-American long-distance swimmer to suspend his attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Ben Lecomte and the yacht accompanying him have returned to a port in Yokohama, Japan, to wait out the weather, his team said Wednesday in an...

'I thought I was dying': Injured tourist recalls lava blast

Jul. 31, 2018 9:32 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Jessica Tilton wanted to see lava flowing into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island but thought her sightseeing boat got too close to the explosive phenomenon. "It was too close for comfort," the 20-year-old from Washington, Illinois, told reporters Tuesday from her Honolulu hospital bed. She...