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Ashes of Winter the movie star dolphin released into Gulf

Jan. 13, 2022 17:11 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The ashes of Winter the dolphin were returned to the sea on Thursday, about two months after the beloved marine mammal of movie fame died at a Florida aquarium. Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff members released a Himalayan sea salt urn containing Winter's...

US to close Gulf ports to Mexican fishing boats for poaching

Jan. 12, 2022 21:17 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government will prevent Mexican fishing vessels from entering U.S. ports on the Gulf of Mexico, arguing the Mexican government has not done enough to prevent its boats from illegally fishing in U.S. waters. Starting Feb. 7, Mexican fishing boats in the...

Old Florida Keys bridge reopens to pedestrians, bicyclists

Jan. 12, 2022 17:31 PM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A segment of a 110-year-old Florida Keys bridge reopened to pedestrians and bicyclists on Wednesday following a $44 million restoration project. Rehabilitation construction on the oft-photographed 2.2-mile (3.5-km) span of the Old Seven Mile Bridge began in...

How did a giant buoy become a Key West tourist attraction?

Jan. 09, 2022 03:11 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 20-ton concrete buoy, which marks the Southernmost Point and 90 miles to Cuba, is one of Key West’s famous landmarks. Tourists flock to the marker every day to take photos, snap selfies, buy a souvenir or two. But how did such a magnet arrive in 1983 on an...

Nearly $232M project to upgrade freight rail in Alabama

Jan. 04, 2022 15:50 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A nearly $232 million project funded mostly by Norfolk Southern Corp. will upgrade rail transportation between the Port of Mobile and central Alabama, the governor's office said Tuesday. Gov. Kay Ivey's office said the A-USA Corridor, which is meant to...

US requires higher safety standards for more pipelines

Dec. 16, 2021 20:44 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A new federal regulation requires higher safety standards for pipelines carrying oil and other hazardous liquids through the Great Lakes region, marine coastal waters and beaches, officials said Thursday. The rule issued by the U.S. Pipeline and...

Florida man arrested after body found floating in Gulf

Dec. 11, 2021 15:34 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida have arrested a 29-year-old man on manslaughter charges in connection to the death of an older man whose body was found floating offshore earlier this month in the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater police say Shane Dugan was on a boat with...

Florida aquarium creates legacy for famed Winter the Dolphin

Dec. 10, 2021 11:32 AM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida aquarium has created a legacy for its famed Winter the Dolphin following her recent death, including virtual reality encounters with the prosthetic-tailed star of the Dolphin Tale movies. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium announced Friday that...

Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban

Nov. 26, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water. The long-awaited report...

Detective: 'Tiger King' star won't talk about missing spouse

Nov. 18, 2021 18:44 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A detective in Florida investigating the disappearance of Carole Baskin's second husband said Thursday that the “Tiger King” star had three times refused requests for interviews, and that the probe was ongoing. Cpl. Moises Garcia of the...