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LOS ANGELES | The Latest: 10 new Iridium satellites delivered to orbit

LOS ANGELES — Jan 11, 2019—The Latest on the launch of 10 communications satellites by SpaceX (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Ten new satellites for Iridium Communications‘ global network have been successfully deployed in orbit after launch from California. The satellites were individually released from the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket that blasted … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | The Latest: 10 new Iridium satellites delivered to orbit

SAN DIEGO | The Latest: US arrests 32 at San Diego border protest

SAN DIEGO — The Latest on a demonstration at San Diego’s border with Tijuana, Mexico (all times local): 3:10 p.m. U.S. authorities have 32 people at a demonstration organized by a Quaker group at the border separating San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico. Border Patrol spokesman Eduardo Olmos said 31 people were arrested for trespassing by … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | The Latest: US arrests 32 at San Diego border protest

SEATTLE | Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

SEATTLE — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to restore endangered … Continue reading SEATTLE | Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 2 found, 5 missing

TOKYO  — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet … Continue reading TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 2 found, 5 missing

TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 rescued, 6 missing

TOKYO  — Two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and … Continue reading TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 rescued, 6 missing

TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan coast, rescue under way

TOKYO  — Japanese and U.S. officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and search and rescue operations are underway. The U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday an FA-18 fighter and a KC-130 tanker aircraft were involved “a mishap” off the Japanese coast early … Continue reading TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan coast, rescue under way

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck about 168 kilometers (104 miles) east of Tadine in New Caledonia at a shallow depth of … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

TOKYO | French-American man abandons attempt to swim Pacific

TOKYO — A French-American man has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean after a storm broke the mainsail of his support ship, organizers said Monday. Ben Lecomte, who had completed about 1,500 nautical miles (2,780 kilometers) of the 5,000-mile (9,260-kilometer) journey, called the premature end to the swim a deep disappointment. … Continue reading TOKYO | French-American man abandons attempt to swim Pacific

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump tours wildfire-ravaged Malibu area

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is getting a personal look at the wildfire damage in Southern California’s Malibu area. Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the damage in the town of Paradise. In Malibu, the president … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump tours wildfire-ravaged Malibu area

PARADISE, Calif. | The Latest: Southern California buildings burned top 400

PARADISE, Calif. — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Authorities picking their way through burned-out neighborhoods say a Southern California wildfire has now destroyed at least 435 buildings, most of them homes. The new figures released Monday evening come as a wildfire continues to burn its way through scenic but … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif. | The Latest: Southern California buildings burned top 400

LOS ANGELES | California wildfire pushes toward tony Malibu, Pacific Ocean

LOS ANGELES  — A wind-driven wildfire raged through Southern California communities on Friday, burning homes and forcing thousands of people to flee as it relentlessly pushed toward tony Malibu and the Pacific Ocean. Fire officials couldn’t estimate how many buildings were lost from the so-called Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | California wildfire pushes toward tony Malibu, Pacific Ocean

MEXICO CITY | Tropical Storms Willa and Vicente swirling off Mexico

MEXICO CITY  — Two tropical storms are swirling in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, and one is forecast to become a hurricane and approach the country’s west coast late next week. Tropical Storm Willa is the 21st named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. It was about 305 miles (490 kilometers) south-southwest of the … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | Tropical Storms Willa and Vicente swirling off Mexico

SAN FRANCISCO | Massive boom will corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash

SAN FRANCISCO— Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom will be towed Saturday from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Massive boom will corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash

CLEARLAKE, Calif | The Latest: Parts of Yosemite National Park to stay closed

CLEARLAKE, Calif.— The Latest on the wildfires raging in California (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The National Park Service says that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed indefinitely because of growing fires in areas near and on the park. “Park administrators and fire managers have made the decision to extend the current park … Continue reading CLEARLAKE, Calif | The Latest: Parts of Yosemite National Park to stay closed

TOKYO  | Deadly month: Japan’s weather-related deaths top 300 in July

TOKYO  — More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan’s deadliest months in recent years. First came record rainfall. Disaster authorities say at least 220 people were killed early in the month by severe flooding and landslides in western Japan, with nine more still missing and presumed dead. That … Continue reading TOKYO  | Deadly month: Japan’s weather-related deaths top 300 in July

U.S. Department of State News: Kiribati National Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Kiribati celebrate your National Day. The United States and the Republic of Kiribati share a close partnership based on mutual respect and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Kiribati National Day

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine | Former President George HW Bush hospitalized, misses parade

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — The hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush caused him to miss out on the local Memorial Day parade that he traditionally attends. The 93-year-old was taken to a hospital Sunday after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue. A spokesman said he’d likely be in the hospital for a couple … Continue reading KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine | Former President George HW Bush hospitalized, misses parade

LOS ANGELES  | Discovery of World War II soldier’s plane brings closure

LOS ANGELES  — Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy before World War II got in the way. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces instead, and on March 11, 1944, the 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant was aboard a B-24 bomber with 10 others when it … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | Discovery of World War II soldier’s plane brings closure

LOS ANGELES | Family rejoices at finding of soldier’s World War II plane

LOS ANGELES — Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy before World War II got in the way. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces instead, and on March 11, 1944, the 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant was aboard a B-24 bomber with 10 others when it … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Family rejoices at finding of soldier’s World War II plane

Officials seek clues in SUV cliff crash that likely killed 8

SAN FRANCISCO/March 30, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Accident-reconstruction investigators are trying to figure out what caused an SUV carrying a family to plunge off a California cliff in a deadly wreck that happened shortly after child-welfare authorities went to their home to investigate possible abuse. Five members of the Hart family — a free-spirited brood from … Continue reading Officials seek clues in SUV cliff crash that likely killed 8

SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

LOS ANGELES/February 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — An Earth-observation satellite built for Spain and two experimental satellites for internet service were successfully launched into orbit from California at dawn Thursday, creating a brief light show as it arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, reusing a first stage that … Continue reading SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

Rescuers comb Taiwan quake rubble for remaining 7 missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan/February 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Rescuers in Taiwan continued their search for survivors in a dangerously tilted building Thursday, more than a day after it was damaged in an earthquake that shook the island’s east coast and killed at least 10 people. The Yunmen Tsuiti building was one of several damaged by late Tuesday’s … Continue reading Rescuers comb Taiwan quake rubble for remaining 7 missing

7 rescued from life raft in Pacific Ocean after ferry sank

WELLINGTON, New Zealand /January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Six adults and an unconscious baby were rescued Sunday from a life raft in the Pacific Ocean after drifting for four days in the blazing sun without water. The survivors had scrambled onto the small wooden dinghy after the ferry they were aboard sank, according to authorities. … Continue reading 7 rescued from life raft in Pacific Ocean after ferry sank

3-year global coral bleaching event easing, but still bad

WASHINGTON/June 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday. About three-quarters of the world’s delicate coral reefs were damaged or killed by hot water in what scientists say was the largest coral catastrophe. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a global … Continue reading 3-year global coral bleaching event easing, but still bad