Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Coast Guard leader: More money needed to compete in Arctic

Mar. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strapped with an aging fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard is about to award a contract for a much-needed new icebreaker to help compete against Russia and China for a presence in the Arctic, but the service needs more funding for operations and infrastructure, its commandant said Thursday. Adm....

Man accused of bludgeoning crew member on vessel off Florida

Mar. 20, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

A Florida man has been charged with bludgeoning to death a sleeping crew member aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal authorities said Wednesday that Casey Hickok was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. According to a complaint, the captain of the "No Bitchin" vessel radioed for help...

2 rescued, 1 missing after Louisiana tug capsizes

Mar. 19, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

MYRTLE GROVE, La. (AP) — The captain of a tug boat is missing but two crew members were rescued after the vessel capsized in the Mississippi River in Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard says the Seattle Slew overturned near Myrtle Grove downstream from New Orleans around 8 p.m. Monday. Petty Officer Brandon...

The Latest: Weather service confirms 4 tornadoes in Michigan

Mar. 15, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

VERNON, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on a powerful storm system moving through the Midwest (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Authorities say four tornadoes touched down in mid-Michigan during a fast-moving storm that swept across the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Danny Costello says two tornadoes...

Midwest flooding forces evacuations, closing of road, river

Mar. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the central U.S. on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a difficult spring flooding season. The...

Officer accused of making hit list pleads not guilty

Mar. 11, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard officer accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists pleaded not guilty on Monday to drug and firearms charges. An attorney for Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, entered the plea on his behalf at an arraignment on...

Dozens rescued after being trapped on Lake Erie ice floe

Mar. 9, 2019 6:45 PM EST

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheet of ice holding fishermen on Lake Erie broke loose in windy weather Saturday morning, sending many of them scrambling to safety but leaving nearly four dozen stranded on the floe for three hours more than a mile offshore until emergency crews could rescue them. About 100 of...

Young humpback whale freed from fishing gear off Hawaii

Mar. 8, 2019 1:12 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A number of private boats helped a team of federal responders free a young humpback whale from heavy gauge fishing gear off Hawaii, officials said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a joint statement that the "subadult" humpback was first spotted Wednesday...

National Guard to supply Puerto Rico islands with food, gas

Mar. 5, 2019 9:42 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor activated the National Guard on Tuesday to rush food, medicine and gasoline to the popular tourist islands of Vieques and Culebra following a major breakdown in transportation that critics say could have been avoided. The announcement came after cargo...

The Latest: 2 young California sisters found alive

Mar. 3, 2019 2:50 PM EST

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on two sisters who went missing from their home Friday (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Authorities say two young sisters missing from their Northern California home for since Friday have been found alive. Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal says 8-year-old Leia Carrico and...