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NTSB: Broadcasting only boat size led to fatal towboat crash

Sep. 25, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fatal head-on crash between barges pushed by two towboats in Louisiana was caused by inadequate communication and failure to broadcast their total sizes, the National Transportation Safety Board says. The RC Creppel overturned and sank after the...

12th inmate dies as New York City's jail crisis intensifies

Sep. 22, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An inmate on a New York City jail barge died Wednesday after a medical emergency, the city’s Department of Correction said. It is at least the 12th death of a city inmate this year and the second this week amid what some elected officials and advocates have deemed a...

Man sentenced in $4 million fraud scheme involving boats

Sep. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Rogersville man was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison for running a boat building scheme that defrauded customers out of more than $4 million. Michael Michael David Dismer, 53, was sentenced for tax evasion for failing to pay...

Staffing shortages cause canceled ferry sailings

Sep. 16, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — Staffing shortages at Washington State Ferries resulted in 51 canceled sailings on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13. A lack of Coast Guard-documented crew meant several ferries had to be taken out of service...

Latest: Australia's capital extends lockdown until Oct. 15

Sep. 13, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s capital city of Canberra will remain locked down for a second month after the local government reported 22 new coronavirus infections. The Australian Capital Territory locked down Aug. 12 after a single case linked to a Sydney...

WA State troopers, other workers sue over vaccine mandate

Sep. 13, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state troopers, prison correctional officers, ferry workers and other public sector employees have filed a lawsuit to try to overturn Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Northwest News Network reports the lawsuit filed by...

Anchors aweigh: Cruise ship prepped to leave Baltimore port

Sep. 12, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Cruise ship passengers readied to leave Baltimore’s port for the first time in 18 months on Sunday, a celebratory moment after putting in place plenty of COVID-19 safety precautions for guests. As a steel drummer played in the port terminal, the...

Taiwan cancels airline flights as typhoon approaches

Sep. 11, 2021 06:40 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Airline flights, ferries and train service were canceled as Typhoon Chanthu roared toward Taiwan on Saturday and authorities warned of high wind and heavy rain along the island's south and east coast. Chanthu's center was forecast to pass Taiwan's...

Missouri River species recovery plan sees deep budget cuts

Sep. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Beneath the swirling waters of the Missouri River, underwater microphones eavesdropped on fish. A boat of biologists drifted downstream, listening for the crisp beeps that would indicate a pallid sturgeon, tagged with an electronic tracker,...

Coast Guard opens lower Mississippi River to all traffic

Sep. 04, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

NEW ORL.EANS (AP) — The Lower Mississippi River is now reopened to all vessel traffic in New Orleans and key ports throughout southeast Louisiana after Hurricane Ida, authorities said Saturday. In a news release, Coast Guard Capt. Will Watson said the successful...