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Experts find early ocher mine in Mexican underwater caves

Jul. 3, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts and cave divers in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula have found ocher mines that are some of the oldest on the continent, which could explain why ancient skeletons were found in the narrow, twisting labyrinths of now-submerged sinkhole caves. Since skeletal remains like...

In this photo taken on Thursday, July 3, 2020, migrants and SOS Mediterranee staffers stand aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A charity ship says it has declared a state of emergency on board after six of the rescued migrants aboard tried to kill themselves. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement Friday, July 3, 2020 that some of the 180 migrants have started physical fights among themselves or are threatening fellow survivors and crew. (Flavio Gasperini/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

Jul. 3, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel...

Part of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse complex revealed by waves

Jul. 1, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A portion of a 150-year-old brick fence that once surrounded the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been exposed by ocean waves that carved a cliff into the sand, The National Park Service said. The once-elaborate fence was finished in 1871 when the lighthouse was a year old and it was...

Santa Cruz County auto pursuit ends in ocean cliff plunge

Jul. 1, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A carjacking suspect fleeing Santa Cruz County authorities ended up in the drink and then the clink. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of a man shooting a handgun in the air near Davenport. Soon after, the same man...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...

FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a small load of pollack being sorted as it comes off a boat at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The amount of commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help jeopardized species of sea life to recover. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

Jun. 29, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help endangered species of marine life recover. Hours logged by fishermen at sea fell by nearly 10% around...

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 36th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, June 26, 2020. Leaders from the Southeast Asian ten-nation bloc hold the bi-annual summit via online video conference to discuss regional issues. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

ASEAN takes position vs China's vast historical sea claims

Jun. 27, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders said a 1982 U.N. oceans treaty should be the basis of sovereign rights and entitlements in the South China Sea, in one of their strongest remarks opposing China’s claim to virtually the entire disputed waters on historical grounds. The leaders of...

In this May 22, 2020, photo, a window is cracked open in Associated Press journalist Sheila Norman-Culp home in Belsize Park, a neighborhood in north London. For those with family on one side and work obligations on the other, the Atlantic Ocean is becoming an enormous barrier once again in the coronavirus era. (AP Photo/Sheila Norman-Culp)

VIRUS DIARY: `Across the pond' becomes an Atlantic chasm

Jun. 24, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — “Across the pond …” The arch phrase describing the Atlantic Ocean has long been an inside joke for those who regularly hopscotched over its untamed expanse. It implied that an ocean known for dashing helpless schooners upon jagged shores for centuries, swallowing the...

Waikiki jetty reconstruction expected to be finished in July

Jun. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state official says reconstruction of a jetty protecting the Waikiki shoreline is expected to be completed by the end of July. Work began in May on the $1.5 million reconstruction of the structure, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The rock-and-concrete jetty fronting...

Tourist dies in ocean in while defying Hawaii quarantine

Jun. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist from Oklahoma who was supposed to be obeying Hawaii's 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving to the state, was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in the ocean. The Honolulu medical examiner's office identified him as Kristopher Michael Oliphant, 39, of Tulsa,...