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...
Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides
SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing...
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."
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.
International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, will spell out the next decade of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to keep the migratory fish afloat in Pacific waters.
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.
Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Engineers are deploying 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 is being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas.
Latest: Boom on way to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a device intended to pick up garbage in the Pacific Ocean (all times local):
A giant trash collection device has left San Francisco on its way to pick up plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.
The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom is being towed Saturday toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That's an island of trash twice the size of Texas.
Family of boy who drowned in Pacific Ocean sues Oregon city
SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — The family of an Oklahoma teenager who drowned in the ocean while visiting the Oregon coast has filed a $3.6 million lawsuit against the city of Seaside.
The Daily Astorian reports that 14-year-old Conner Miguel Wu Moore, of Tulsa, was swimming with his cousin n July 2016 when lifeguards saw them struggling. Moore died in a hospital. The cousin survived.
Norman grows into Category 4 hurricane in Pacific
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Norman has grown into a Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific Ocean and could become even stronger, though it poses no threat to land.
Forecasters say Norman had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) Thursday morning. It was centered about 630 miles (1,015 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula and was moving west at 8 mph (13 kph).
Strong quake strikes in Pacific Ocean but no tsunami threat
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia but experts say there isn't a tsunami threat.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the magnitude 7.1 quake hit Wednesday afternoon about 230 kilometers (143 miles) east of Tadine in New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands.
The quake was about 290 kilometers (181 miles) from Isangel in Vanuatu. The USGS says it was about 26 kilometers (16 miles) deep.
TS Norman forms over eastern Pacific; could become hurricane
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Norman has formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane on Wednesday.
But the storm is far from land and no coastal watches or warning are in effect.
The National Hurricane Center said Norman was located 455 miles (730 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California Tuesday night and was moving west-north west at 10 mph (17 kph). It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph).
Tropical storm forms in eastern Pacific, may near Hawaii
Weather experts say a tropical storm has developed in the eastern Pacific Ocean that may be heading west near Hawaii.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Tropical Storm Miriam has formed about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) east of the Hawaiian islands. Accuweather, a company that provides weather forecasting services, says Miriam has winds of about 50 mph (80 kph) and is moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).
The Latest: Warnings dropped as Lane turns away from Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Lane (all times local):
The National Weather Service has dropped all warnings for tropical storm Lane, saying it is now moving away from Hawaii.
The weather service said Saturday the storm has turned west, reducing the threat to the state.
Lane had been a Category 5 hurricane just a few days ago but has been steadily weakening as it neared the islands.
Trump administration agrees to protect West Coast humpbacks
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a settlement with environmental groups, the Trump administration has agreed to designate critical Pacific Ocean habitat for endangered humpback whales.
The animals face threats from getting tangled in fishing gear, oil spills and being struck by ships. Federal authorities have designated three groups of West Coast humpbacks as endangered or threatened.
Navy calls off search for missing sailor in eastern Pacific
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy says it is calling off its search for a sailor reported lost at sea earlier this week in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Officials said in a statement Thursday they were ending the four-day search and rescue operation and haven't been able to locate the sailor who disappeared from the USS Lake Erie on Aug. 19.
The Navy initiated a "man overboard" search after the sailor couldn't be found aboard the ship, which was conducting routine training operations.
Tennessee Marine on USS Indianapolis earns sergeant stripes
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cpl. Edgar Harrell floated in the shark-infested Pacific Ocean for four-and-a-half days.
He swam aimlessly in the salt water — mixed heavily with black oil and blood — with a group of 80 other men who had jumped off the fiery USS Indianapolis after it has been torpedoed by the Japanese during the closing months of World War II.
It was July 30, 1945, and it was 110 degrees. They had no water. Dehydration left their lips covered with sores and their tongues swollen.