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FILE - In this May 15, 2020, photo, the Miami skyline is shrouded in clouds as a cyclist rides along Biscayne Bay at Matheson Hammock Park, in Miami. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center, said Thursday, May 21, 2020, that six to 10 of the storms could develop into hurricanes, with winds of at least 74 mph. They're also predicting that three to six of those could develop into major hurricanes. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Forecasters predict busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

May. 21, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With forecasters predicting another intense Atlantic hurricane season with as many as 13 to 19 named storms, disaster preparedness experts say it’s critically important for people in evacuation zones to plan to stay with friends or family, rather than end up in shelters...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, artifacts recovered from the Titanic sit on shelves at a storage facility in Atlanta.  A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner.  In an order released Monday, May 18, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith agreed that the telegraph is historically and culturally important and could soon be lost within the rapidly decaying wreck site.  (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

Judge: Salvage firm can recover Titanic's telegraph machine

May. 19, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner. In an order released Monday, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith agreed that the telegraph is...

NOAA extends waiver for monitors on fishing ships

May. 19, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is continuing to waive the need for some fishing vessels to carry at-sea monitors. At-sea monitors and fishery observers collect data on board fishing boats that help inform the management of U.S. fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Officials find pregnant Hawaiian monk seal dead on beach

May. 12, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Wildlife officials reported the death of a pregnant Hawaiian monk seal who was found at a beach on Kauai. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the seal known as R313 was found April 25, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. Another female monk seal named...

Hawaiian monk seal pups benefit from virus beach closures

May. 6, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Beach park closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic have benefited Hawaiian monk seal pups, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Agency researchers said the endangered seals have been able to nurse and rear newborn pups with relatively little disturbance from humans...

Hawaiian monk seal appears uninjured after chase by dogs

May. 5, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — There did not appear to be any injuries among a group of Hawaiian monk seals after one of the animals was chased by unleashed dogs on the Big Island, officials said. The chase last week in North Kona resulted in the Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal...

NOAA again extends waiver to allow fishing without monitors

May. 5, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is extending its suspension of the requirement for at-sea monitors in some East Coast fisheries until at least the middle of the month. Some fishing boats are required to carry workers on board who collect data about commercial fishing. They’re called observers...

NOAA extends protection zone for rare whales off Boston

Apr. 28, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal ocean managers are asking mariners to continue slowing down east of Boston because of sightings of rare whales in the area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is asking mariners to go around the area or travel through it at 10 knots or less until May 9. The...

NOAA to allow boats to fish without monitors into May

Apr. 21, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is extending its suspension of the requirement for at-sea monitors in some East Coast fisheries until May. Some fishing boats are required to carry workers on board who collect data about commercial fishing. They're called observers or at-sea monitors, and the data they...

NOAA reveals name of tourist who harassed Hawaiian monk seal

Apr. 20, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the name of a tourist caught on video harassing an endangered Hawaiian monk seal while visiting Oahu, despite a request by his attorney to keep his name confidential. Veniamin Khavrunyak paid a $500 settlement last month for a...