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FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, Gene Dasher, left, and Frankie Crosby, center, use wire baskets on the end of 14-foot handles to tong oysters while Misty Crosby separates clumps of oysters at Apalachicola Bay, near Eastpoint, Fla. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation will shut down wild oyster harvesting for as long as five years. The Commissioners hope that the pause and $20 million in restoration and monitoring, will restore a portion of the oyster fishery. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)

To save the Apalachicola oyster fishery, shut it down

Aug. 8, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) — The tourism video opens with a scene of boats, birds and blue water, lit by a postcard dawn. “If you’re looking to do the real Florida, look no further,” a deep-voiced narrator says. “We’re in Apalachicola Bay, where the birds are four-feet tall,...

The Mayflower II sails through the waters of Fishers Island Sound off Groton, Conn., Tuesday, July 28, 2020, on the seventh day of two weeks of sea trials. The vessel, a replica of the original Mayflower that carried the Pilgrims to America in 1620, left Mystic Seaport Museum last week after a three-year, $11.2 million restoration by the workers at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The 400th anniversary festivities scheduled for Boston and Cape Cod this spring and summer were all postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

32 new COVID-19 deaths; Mayflower II nixes Rhode Island stop

Aug. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts reported 32 newly confirmed deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thursday — bringing the total number of confirmed and probable deaths to 8,691 since the start of the pandemic. It's the most deaths reported on a single day in a month. There were just two confirmed deaths reported...

Visitors wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Tourists have returned to the popular seaside town in a state that ranks one of the lowest in the nation in positive cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine gov: State needs 10% spending trims due to pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The departments have until Aug. 19 to submit their proposals to the administration of Gov. Janet Mills, the Bangor Daily...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 1990 file photo, Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque (77) reaches over the back of Hartford Whaler Dean Evason (12) trying to get to the puck behind Boston's goal during first period action in the Boston. The NHL hasn't had best-of-five playoff series since 1986. That's changing for this year with the league expanding to 24 playoff teams as part of its restart. The qualifying round will feature 16 teams facing off in best-of-five series to determine who moves on. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Throwback 5-game series force players to 'embrace the grind'

Jul. 29, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

Fans counted down the seconds to the final buzzer, “Brass Bonanza” played over the speakers at Hartford Civic Center and Whalers players Dave Tippett, Joel Quenneville and Dean Evason celebrated a three-game sweep of the Quebec Nordiques. Wait, Hartford Whalers? Quebec Nordiques? Three-game sweep? ...

Shellfish harvest resumes on Atlantic Coast

Jul. 25, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has announced that the ban on harvest of shellfish due to a harmful algal bloom has been lifted along the Atlantic Coast. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said the harvest closure, due what often is...

El jefe del grupo de trabajo de la Comisión Europea para las Relaciones con el Reino Unido, Michel Barnier, escucha el himno de la UE después de dar un discurso a profesores y estudiantes universitarios en el Parlamento Europeo en Bruselas, el miércoles 26 de febrero de 2020. En su discurso, Barnier explicó los desafíos que enfrenta la Unión Europea mientras trata de cerrar un acuerdo comercial con el Reino Unido antes de fin de año. (Foto AP/Francisco Seco)

EU negotiator cites 'objective risk' of no post-Brexit deal

Jul. 23, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British and European Union negotiators failed to agree on underlying principles in the latest round of talks on post-Brexit trade between the bloc and its one-time member, again raising concerns about far-reaching economic damage if no deal is reached by the end of the year. In comments...

Maui marine Institute receives $15K to recycle fishing nets

Jul. 21, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii marine center received has grant funding of nearly $15,000 to collect and recycle fishing nets around Maui. The Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute received the funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Maui News reported Monday. The foundation announced...

Honolulu businessman accused of murder, organized crime

Jul. 15, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu businessman led a violent organized crime ring that committed acts including murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering and chemical weapons attacks, U.S. authorities said Wednesday. Michael Miske Jr. whose businesses included a termite and pest company and...

FILE - In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, speaks with the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost during Brexit trade talks between the EU and the UK, at EU headquarters in Brussels. EU and U.K. negotiators have yet to find a way to overcome

EU says 'significant divergences' remain in Brexit talks

Jul. 9, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU and U.K. negotiators have yet to find a way to overcome “significant divergences" in their attempt to seal a post-Brexit compromise, the European Union's chief negotiator said on Thursday. Following Britain's departure from the EU's political institutions on Jan. 31, the two...

Report: Chesapeake Bay crab population remains healthy

Jul. 2, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A new report says that blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are not being over harvested. The Daily Press in Newport News reported Thursday that the bay's blue crab population isn’t depleted and that there’s no need for any big changes in how many crabs watermen can...