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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ DUTERTE TRIP TO...

Coast Guard reports oil spill in southern Louisiana

Aug. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil spill has been spotted near an estimated 200-foot (61-meter) by 600-foot (183-meter) area of marshland near Plaquemines Parish in southern Louisiana. In a news release, the Coast Guard said late Thursday that OMI Environmental Solutions has put out about 300 feet (91 meters) of...

Coast Guard finds 43 bales of pot floating off California

Aug. 15, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have found 1,300 pounds (590 kilograms) of plastic-wrapped marijuana floating in the ocean near Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast. The Daily News reports Wednesday that the U.S. Coast Guard acting on a tip discovered 43 bales of pot worth about $1...

Coast Guard rescues 37 people from boat off Central America

Aug. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has rescued 37 people from a fishing boat that capsized and sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. The agency said 12 Coast Guardsmen were inspecting a 160-foot Ecuadorian fishing boat on Wednesday when it began listing, forcing them and 25...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 5, 2019 2:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...

US Coast Guard brings haul of seized cocaine to San Diego

Jul. 26, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard ship has brought a huge haul of cocaine seized from Pacific Ocean smugglers to San Diego. More than 26,000 pounds (11,793 kilograms) of the drug was being taken off the vessel Friday. The Coast Guard says the estimated $350 million worth of cocaine was seized from...

Correction: Alaska Plane Down story

Jul. 22, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story July 19 about a fatal plane accident in Alaska, The Associated Press, relying on information from Alaska State Troopers, reported erroneously the last name of a Maryland killed in the accident. The victim's name was Joseph Patanella, not Joseph Patenella. A corrected...

The Latest: Troopers identify man killed in Alaska plane

Jul. 19, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on fatal plane incident in Alaska (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Alaska authorities say a passenger killed when a floatplane's takeoff was aborted was a Maryland man. Troopers say 57-year-old Joseph Patenella died in the Friday incident at the mouth of Tutka Bay south of...

Senator urges federal agencies to wrap up duck boat probes

Jul. 19, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says everyone affected by last year's duck boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake near Branson "deserves answers," and he is urging federal agencies to wrap up their investigations. The Republican senator released a statement on Friday marking the one-year...

The Latest: National Guard trying to rescue family of 5

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station reports...