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State seeks public's help to protect plovers, all shorebirds

May. 30, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A piping plover nest has been discovered at Rhode Island's busiest beach for the first time since monitoring of the threatened birds began in the 1980s, prompting state and federal wildlife agencies to ask the public to help protect all shorebirds at beaches across the state this...

In this picture taken on Thursday, May 21, 2020, Italian Lazio region's environmental agency biologist Salvatore De Bonis shows how they perform tests on sea water during an interview with The Associated Press on a Coast Guard boat off Fiumicino, near Rome. Preliminary results from a survey of seawater quality during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown indicate a sharp reduction in pollution from human and livestock waste in the seas off Rome. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole credit for the change. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

May. 30, 2020 3:30 AM EDT

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole credit for the...

Wildlife conservationist from Philly ‘grew up in the hood’

May. 30, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — ‘It’s important you know I grew up in the ’hood,’ says this wildlife conservationist from Philly by Stephanie Farr, Updated: May 20, 2020- 9:00 AM ___ Meet Corina Newsome, a Philly native and wildlife conservationist who’s known online as the Hood...

A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. The memorial is part of the Naming the Lost project which attempts to humanize the victims who are often just listed as statistics. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

May. 29, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Two United Nations peacekeepers serving in Mali have died...

Master of cargo ship charged over Australia container spill

May. 29, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The ship master of a Singapore-registered vessel that spilled some of its cargo off the Australian east coast has been charged with damage of the marine environment and pollution. The APL England was en route to Melbourne from China when rough seas caused 50 shipping containers...

A member of the Rhode Island National Guard directs motorists as volunteers with the Dairy Farmers of America distribute free milk to families in need, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Pawtucket, R.I. Dairy farmers have a milk surplus because demand has dropped as schools and restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and some farmers have had to pour excess milk away. Farmers donated the 4,300 gallons of milk given away today at McCoy Stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Salons, gyms and beaches: State continues reopening economy

May. 29, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

Rhode Island will be opening the door to a wide range of businesses Monday as the state’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be subsiding, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Friday. The Democrat said she’ll sign an order to officially begin the second stage of the state’s plan to reopen its economy because...

A view of a 40 foot-long whale that has washed up on the beach at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, England, Friday, May 29, 2020. The giant marine mammal, which has died, swept to shore on Friday. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

12-meter long fin whale washes up dead on UK beach

May. 29, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police have urged people to stay away from a 40-foot (12-meter) long whale, believed to be a juvenile, that washed up dead on a beach in southeast England. Images posted on social media show the giant mammal, thought to be a fin whale, on its back very close to a sandy shore in...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, pallbearers, who were among only 10 allowed mourners, walk the casket for internment at the funeral for Larry Hammond, who died from the coronavirus, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans. Hammond was Mardi Gras royalty, and would have had hundreds of people marching behind his casket in second-line parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

May. 27, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars...

A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

May. 27, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming, making landfall within two hours and was downgraded before sundown, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems. Forecasters expected the bad weather, but didn't predict it to...

Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall on South Carolina's coast shortly after forming

May. 27, 2020 9:52 AM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall on South Carolina's coast shortly after forming.