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Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida....

NJ will trap turkeys troubling Jersey Shore neighborhood

Nov. 13, 2019 6:58 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has drumsticked up a plan to deal with flocks of wild turkeys that are ruffling some feathers in a Jersey Shore neighborhood. And it doesn’t involve them winding up on dinner plates in two weeks. The state Department of Environmental Protection will trap scores of...

Cows cast away by Dorian found alive on N Carolina island

Nov. 13, 2019 9:48 AM EST

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) — A trio of castaway cows has been discovered on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where they apparently washed up after swimming for miles to escape Hurricane Dorian ’s storm surge. Cape Lookout National Seashore officials think the stranded cows swam up to 5 miles (8...

Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

Nov. 11, 2019 11:10 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Havana has been ruled by Spanish colonial governors, American-backed strongmen and communist revolutionaries. It's an architectural jewel box where buildings collapse from lack of maintenance. It's a coastal capital facing a sea nearly devoid of boats, thanks to U.S. sanctions and Cuban...

Authorities ID hunter attacked by alligator in Florida

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida have identified a man they say was hunting hogs when he was attacked by an alligator. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Sunday said 46-year-old James G. Boyce, of Palm Beach Gardens, suffered a "substantial" bite to his leg while...

Classroom on Chesapeake Bay island is closing its doors

Nov. 10, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FOX ISLAND, Va. (AP) — In the hallway of a weatherworn lodge that has stood on stilts in the Chesapeake Bay for more than 90 years, a negotiation is underway. Who will take the maps? The arrowheads? The turtle skeletons adorned with wigs and leis? How much student art, accumulated over more than 40 years...

Cyclone kills at least 14 in India, Bangladesh

Nov. 10, 2019 7:52 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone lashed northeastern India and Bangladesh on Sunday, killing several people in both countries after more than 2 million moved to shelters across Bangladesh's vast coastal region, officials and news reports said. Cyclone Bulbul left at least seven people dead in...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 9, 2019 11:56 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation's vast coastal region. Packing winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph), Cyclone...

Croatia boasts of record tourism season

Nov. 8, 2019 7:17 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia says a record 20 million people visited the Adriatic Sea country this year. The Ministry of Tourism said Friday in a statement this is the first time that so many arrivals have been recorded in one year in Croatia. Croatia is a popular tourism destination because of its...