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Owner of fire-stricken ship to pay $2.3M for Sri Lankan help

Sep. 26, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka’s coast has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official said Saturday. MT New Diamond, which was carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil, was...

Pilot whales lie stranded on a sand bar near Strahan, Australia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. An estimated 250 whales are stuck on sandy shoals and government marine conservation staff have been deployed to the scene to attempt to rescue the whales. (Brodie Weeding/Pool Photo via AP)

Still no cause for mass pilot whale stranding in Australia

Sep. 26, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species involved may have played a part, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday. Officials said 108 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued...

EPA approves dredging site off coast of Maine, New Hampshire

Sep. 25, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated an area about 12 miles off the coast of Portsmouth as a long-term disposal site for dredging material from Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, the agency announced Friday. The Isles of Shoals North Disposal Site...

FILE- A Sept. 8, 2020 file photo released by Sri Lankan Air Force shows ships fighting fire on the MT New Diamond, about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka. The owner of the large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka's coast has agreed to pay $1.8 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official said Thursday, Sept. 24.(Sri Lankan Air Force via AP, File)

Owner of fire-stricken ship to pay $1.8M for Sri Lankan help

Sep. 24, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka's coast has agreed to pay $1.8 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official said Thursday. MT New Diamond, which was carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil, was damaged by...

Alabama coastal towns delay beach reopening after Sally

Sep. 24, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s largest beach towns are delaying the reopening of their beaches because the cleanup from Hurricane Sally is taking longer than expected. Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach said the beaches won’t reopen until Oct. 2 rather than this Saturday as...

Financially hurting Hawaii candy maker offers vendors a deal

Sep. 24, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A financially hurting Hawaii candy maker known for a memorable slogan is trying to shore up its business by offering a deal to vendors as the company faces difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout. Hawaiian Host Inc. has asked vendors to settle invoices with the...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., as the Hennessey Fire burns. Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions. The resulting ashy flavor could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

Sep. 24, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this...

Dead squirrels washing up on a Lake Michigan beach

Sep. 24, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Dead squirrels have been washing up on a Lake Michigan beach at a state park. The squirrels likely drowned while trying to cross the Grand River and then flowed to the lake and Grand Haven State Park, an expert said. Nick Kalejs, a wildlife biologist at the Muskegon State Game...

A whale is in the water near Strahan, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia's worst-ever mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows. (Patrick Gee/Pool Photo via AP)

88 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching

Sep. 24, 2020 5:23 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities have rescued 88 pilot whales and are attempting to free 20 others that survived Australia’s worst mass stranding, as crews prepare to remove 380 decomposing carcasses from the shallows of Tasmania state, officials said Thursday. Crews found the 20 whales that...

Orcas knock into sailboats, force Spain to limit yachting.;

Orcas knock into sailboats, force Spain to limit yachting

Sep. 23, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain has temporarily prohibited yachting across 100 kilometers (62 miles) of its northwestern coast after orca whales apparently got carried away while playing and damaged several sailboats. Spain’s transport ministry issued the week-long prohibition for sailboats under 15...