Oceans

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a Guadalupe fur seal, foreground, passes by as SeaWorld animal rescue team member Heather Ruce feeds a California sea lion at a rescue facility in San Diego, with rescue crews seeing a higher than average amount of stranded sea lions. Marine biologists nicknamed a patch of persistent high temperatures in the Pacific Ocean between 2013 and 2016 “the Blob.” During that period, decreased phytoplankton production led to a “lack of food for many species,” from fish to marine mammals. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
August 15, 2018 - 12:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. "Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves...
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This Aug. 1 2018 photo shows a board at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., listing the odds on pro football games in the first week of the NFL season. Resorts casino will begin taking sports bets in person on Wednesday, Aug. 15, becoming the fifth Atlantic City casino to do so. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
August 14, 2018 - 2:54 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Sports betting is off and running in New Jersey, with three casinos and two racetracks taking in $40.6 million in wagers in July, the first full month it was legal. Those figures were part of a report that showed that Hard Rock debuted as Atlantic City's No. 3 casino in...
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July 31, 2018 - 1:14 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is surprisingly small, but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual, scientists said Tuesday. Dead zones are areas in which water at and above the sea floor holds too little oxygen to support marine life. This dead...
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This Aug. 11, 2017, photo provided by Cascadia Research shows a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin, in the foreground, swimming next to a melon-headed dolphin near Kauai, Hawaii. Scientists are touting the first sighting of the hybrid off Hawaii. It's also only the third confirmed instance of a wild-born hybrid between species in the Delphinidae family. (Kimberly A. Wood/Cascadia Research via AP)
July 31, 2018 - 11:45 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that's called a whale but is technically a dolphin...
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In this April 11, 2016, photo, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, shows a statement to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The civil aviation chief said Tuesday, July 31, 2018, he resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Flight 370's disappearance four years ago. (AP Photo)
July 31, 2018 - 3:35 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Tuesday he has resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance four years ago. The report...
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Sarah Nor, the mother of Norliakmar Hamid, a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, cries after she attended a briefing on the final investigation report on missing flight MH370 in Putrajaya, Monday, July 30, 2018. Malaysia issues a safety investigation report with detail analysis after a renewed search by a private U.S. firm for missing Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean ended two months ago without finding the wreckage. The plane disappeared in March, 2014 with 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
July 30, 2018 - 5:28 pm
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian-led independent investigation report released Monday, more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, highlighted shortcomings in the government's response and raised the possibility of "intervention by a third party." The report, prepared...
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In this image made from video provided by Chris Rogers, surfer Koa Smith rides a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the Western shore of Africa. Smith rode for nearly a mile over a 120-second span and stayed upright as he traveled through eight barrels--the hollow formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the surfer's head. (Chris Rogers via AP)
July 27, 2018 - 6:12 am
To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate. To say he got lucky — that's missing the point. Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii rode a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the western shore of Africa, for 120 straight seconds. He...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Kina, a 40-year-old false killer whale, works with trainer Jeff Pawloski at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. A U.S. federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports about 17,500 square miles of ocean habitat will be protected under a new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service that goes into effect Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
July 26, 2018 - 1:22 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales. About 17,500 square miles (45,300 square kilometers) of ocean habitat will be protected under a new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's...
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This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawaii Monday, July 16, 2018, injuring at least 23 people. The lava came from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May. (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)
July 17, 2018 - 4:30 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people. The Coast Guard prohibits vessels from...
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July 17, 2018 - 11:41 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get real-time hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales' blowholes. Researchers with the Anderson...
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