NEW YORK (AP) — Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly...
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese aerospace startup funded by a former internet maverick successfully launched a small rocket into space Saturday, making it the first commercially developed Japanese rocket...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised...
San Francisco hang glider dies after crashing into ocean
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say a hang glider pilot died after crashing into the ocean near Pacifica.
KGO-TV reports the 45-year-old San Francisco man was out...
Coast Guard offloads seized drugs worth $62.5 million
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is offloading marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of $62.5 million dollars at Florida's Port Everglades.
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Mexican man who drowned while trying to swim into the United States is expected to be cremated and his ashes scattered in the ocean where he died.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman is on a hunger strike to raise awareness of a lack of food for orca whales.
Lanni Johnson says she began her protest April 1 and intends to...
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a night training flight and parts of the jet were recovered, the defense ministry said...
MILAN (AP) — Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel down the world's 10 most polluted rivers on makeshift rafts, tracing the routes of plastics that pollute the world's...
Coast Guard offloads 27,000 pounds of seized cocaine
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is offloading more than 27,000 pounds (12247kilo grams) of cocaine in Miami Beach that was seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Ex Colombia soccer star arrested for drug shipments
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Southampton and Portsmouth midfielder Jhon Viafara has been arrested in his native Colombia on a U.S. drug warrant, officials said Wednesday.
Guam declared clear of danger from powerful Pacific typhoon
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Authorities have declared Guam clear of the danger of a powerful typhoon in the Pacific Ocean.
Acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio says the U.S. territory will in the coming days...
Authorities ask for help to ID woman found dead along coast
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help to identify the body of a woman found in the Pacific Ocean near Lincoln City.
OSP says authorities recovered the woman's body around 5 p.m. Sunday from a cove just north of a unique coastal feature called "God's Thumb."
Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from California resorts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California's mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with...
New storm brings more rain and snow to the West
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More rain, snow and wind hit the West on Wednesday, flooding roads, toppling trees and cutting power while raising threats of debris flows from wildfire scars.
The tempest, aimed at California and southern Oregon and barreling toward Nevada, was feeding on a deep plume of moisture stretching across the Pacific Ocean to near Hawaii, the National Weather Service said.
New scale will measure ‘atmospheric rivers’ on US West Coast
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Scientists in California are introducing a scale to measure "atmospheric rivers," the weather phenomenon that can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on the U.S. West Coast, carrying it through the air from as far away as Hawaii.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego announced Tuesday that the 1-through-5 scale will characterize the strength of atmospheric rivers from "weak" to "exceptional."
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US Coast Guard seizes 35,000 pounds of cocaine in Pacific
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized nearly 35,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine from apparent drug smuggling vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The drugs were off-loaded Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cmdr. Michael Sharp told reporters the drugs were found over the last three months aboard fishing vessels and go-fast boats outfitted to conceal contraband and evade authorities.
Wyoming lawmakers seek bigger role in coal-export litigation
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday that Wyoming isn't being more aggressive with legal action involving a disputed coal-export facility and advanced a measure to pursue their own lawsuit against Washington state.
The bill passed 7-2 by the House Judiciary Committee would authorize lawmakers, after the legislative session concludes in March, to consider suing Washington for denying a crucial permit for a proposed Pacific Ocean coal-shipping terminal.
Small earthquake hits Pacific Ocean off coast of Oregon
YACHATS, Oregon (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon.
The agency says the earthquake hit a spot 286.5 miles (462.0 kilometers) west of Yachats at 7:40 p.m. Yachats is a town of about 750 people.
The earthquake had a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).
Huge trash-collecting boom heads to the Big Island for fix
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A trash collection device that broke apart while deployed in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii was scheduled to arrive to the Big Island on Sunday.
The Latest: 10 new Iridium satellites delivered to orbit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the launch of 10 communications satellites by SpaceX (all times local):
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 off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday morning.
Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii has broken apart and will be hauled back to dry land for repairs.
Tugboat headed to burning ship in Pacific Ocean
HONOLULU (AP) — A tugboat will try to recover bodies of crewmembers who abandoned a ship that caught fire while carrying cars from Japan to Hawaii.
The Sincerity Ace, a 650-foot (198-meter) car carrier, had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started Monday.
Ships in the area rescued 16 people. Four were listed as unresponsive in the water and the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for one crewmember listed as missing.
Correction: Fire at Sea-The Latest story
HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Jan. 2 about a vessel that caught fire in the Pacific Ocean, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the ship. The ship's name is Sincerity Ace, not Serenity Ace.
A corrected version of the story is below:
The Latest: Search suspended for crew after vessel fire
The U.S. Coast Guard is suspending its search for a crew member from a vessel carrying cars from Japan to Hawaii who went missing after the ship caught fire
1 missing, 16 rescued after ship catches fire in Pacific
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday suspended its search for a crewmember who abandoned a vessel that caught fire in the Pacific Ocean while carrying cars from Japan to Hawaii.
Sixteen others were rescued, while four crewmembers were listed as unresponsive after rescue ships spotted them and lowered life rings but got no reply.
The Sincerity Ace, a 650-foot (198-meter) car carrier, had 21 crew members on board when the fire started Monday while traveling to Hawaii from Japan.
16 of 21 crew members rescued from burning ship near Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — Good Samaritans on nearby merchant vessels rescued 16 members of the crew of a Panamanian car carrier heading from Japan to Hawaii that caught fire in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Three of the remaining five crew members of the Sincerity Ace were found, but they are still in the water because they are unresponsive, the Coast Guard said Sunday. The other two crew members haven't been found, the agency said.
Car carrier on fire in Pacific, some crew abandon ship
HONOLULU (AP) — A Panamanian car carrier heading from Japan to Hawaii caught fire in the Pacific Ocean, with some crew members abandoning the ship and the U.S. Coast Guard and other vessels heading to its rescue Monday.
The Coast Guard said in a statement that crew members launched a life raft and four of the 21 mariners aboard left the Sincerity Ace wearing life jackets. The agency could not confirm if they reached the life raft. The remaining 17 crew members stayed on board to fight the fire.
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Huge barrier isn’t trapping plastic waste in Pacific Ocean
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A floating device sent to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste — but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works.
Boyan Slat, 24, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, said the speed of the solar-powered barrier isn't allowing it to hold on to the plastic it catches.
British sailor Goodall brought to Chilean shore after rescue
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — British sailor Susie Goodall is back on dry land after being rescued by a cargo ship in the southern Pacific Ocean where her boat capsized during a solo round-the-world race.
Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.
The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near the French territory of New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu, about 630 kilometers (390 miles) away
Reused rocket takes off carrying 64 satellites
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites lifted off from California on Monday, marking the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions.
The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, arcing over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward space.
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French-American man abandons attempt to swim Pacific
TOKYO (AP) — 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.
Deadly collisions prompt new sleep policy on Navy carriers
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has changed its policy to allow all sailors working on aircraft carriers to get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the change is a reaction to two fatal ship collisions that killed 17 crew members in the Pacific Ocean last year. The Navy found that fatigue and poor sleep management contributed to the collisions.
Razor wire is most visible result of $210M deployment
The towering metal fence that divides the United States and Mexico at the edge of the Pacific Ocean has an imposing new feature: row upon row of razor wire.
The wire that's typically used in battlefields and on prison barriers is the most visible result of the $210 million military deployment along the U.S.-Mexico border, creating an imposing sight for the crowd of Central American migrants gathering in Tijuana.
El Salvador navy seizes record 6.3 metric tons of cocaine
MEXICO CITY (AP) — El Salvador's navy has seized 6.3 metric tons of cocaine from a semi-submersible boat in the Pacific Ocean.
The Salvadoran anti-narcotics police division says that four Colombians and a Guatemalan were detained aboard the vessel.
Police said Monday the boat was spotted about 185 nautical miles offshore. It had been modified to sit low in the water to avoid detection.
Gabe Kapler loses home in California wildfires
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is among the homeowners who lost their house in Southern California's wildfires.
Kapler told The Athletic his ex-wife and two sons lived in the Malibu house and evacuated last week. A friend sent him photos over the weekend showing only a steel staircase remained of the property, about a mile from the Pacific Ocean.
Kapler moved to Philadelphia after the Phillies hired him last October, but kept the house for his family.
Aid group flies supplies to typhoon-struck Pacific islands
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based relief organization is flying tons of emergency supplies to a U.S. island territory in the Pacific Ocean struggling to recover from a massive typhoon late last month.
Samaritan's Purse says a DC-8 jet left Greensboro on Sunday for the Northern Marianas island of Saipan, almost 8,000 miles (about 12,800 kilometers) west.
Large earthquakes off Vancouver Island
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.6 magnitude quake about 160 miles (260 kilometres) west of Tofino, followed by a 6.8 tremor and then a third measuring 6.5.
Survey geophysicist Zachary Reeves said all three quakes occurred in the same general area over about an hour and at a shallow depth of approximately six miles (10 kilometres).
Tropical Storms Willa and Vicente swirling off Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — 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 280 miles (450 kilometers) south-southwest of the port city of Manzanillo on Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph).
Hurricane Sergio in Pacific could make U-turn toward Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Sergio will do an about-face in the Pacific Ocean and head back toward Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sergio is a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph).
It was nearly 1,000 miles (more than 1,500 kilometers) from the southern tip of the peninsula Friday, and the center said its "ragged eye" was "wobbling" even farther away, heading toward the west-southwest.
Coast Guard brings 11 tons of seized cocaine to San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Coast Guard has brought more than 11 tons of cocaine seized in the eastern Pacific Ocean to San Diego.
The crew of the cutter Stratton offloaded the cocaine in port Wednesday.
The Coast Guard says the cocaine was seized from eight vessels off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America between late August and mid-September.
UN court rejects Bolivia’s Pacific Ocean access case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court has rejected landlocked Bolivia's bid to force Chile to the negotiating table over granting access to the Pacific Ocean.
In a legal ruling Monday from the Hague-based International Court of Justice that was broadcast live throughout Bolivia, the 15-judge panel said that a string of agreements, memorandums and statements produced over decades of talks hadn't created a legal obligation on Chile to enter negotiations.
NASA satellite launched to measure Earth’s ice changes
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday.
A Delta 2 rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 a.m. and headed over the Pacific Ocean.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires. That's not so, according to wildfire and water experts.
NEW YORK (AP) — The retired federal agent who discovered what he believes is the first photographic evidence of Amelia Earhart alive and well after crash-landing in the Pacific Ocean during her attempted round-the-world flight says he didn't initially capture the significance of the image until years later.