Coastlines and beaches - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Coastlines and beaches Agency-by-agency look at Trump's budget How President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion federal spending plan would affect individual government agencies. AGRICULTURE Up or down? Down 5 percent Highlight: The proposed budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including a cut in government help for purchasing crop insurance. Crop insu... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:03:00Z Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades. The weekend slide in Big Sur buried a port... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-05-23T23:22:00Z Oil company watches over pregnant polar bear under bridge ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pregnant polar bear seeking to dig her maternity den chose an unlikely spot: a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast of Alaska. As a threatened species, polar bears are entitled to peaceful pregnancies and the operating oil company, Hilcorp Alaska LLC, took vigorous measures to ... Fri, 19 May 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T20:23:00Z Sinking feeling: SUV gets stuck in surf at New Jersey beach BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A man's plans to take photos of his SUV by the Atlantic Ocean on a New Jersey beach didn't turn out as planned. The vehicle started sinking as it was buffeted by waves. WNBC-TV ( ) reports Island Beach State Park police responded on Tuesday to a report of a vehicle stuck in the sand. A tow company arrived around the same ti... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:13:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:13:00Z Oregon port vote is latest local action on fossil fuels SEATTLE (AP) — Residents of a coastal community in Oregon are considering whether to try to derail a fossil fuel export project in their rural county, a decision that could put them at odds with the Trump administration. The ballot measure before Coos County voters Tuesday would block the $7.5 billion Jordan Cove Energy Project, a proposed liquefied natur... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-14T19:42:00Z Multinational Military Drill in Guam Postponed Multinational military drills on Guam designed to show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters were indefinitely postponed after... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:33:00 GMT 2017-05-12T05:33:00Z Gov't to begin seismic surveys in Atlantic in drilling push WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades. The Interior Department said it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration. Environmental g... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:21:00Z 'Perfect Storm' ship sunk, becomes part of artificial reef CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — The ship made famous in the book and subsequent film "The Perfect Storm" has been intentionally sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts so it can become part of an artificial reef. The sinking of the Tamaroa, a 205-foot (62-meter) Coast Guard vessel, took place Wednesday morning. The sinking initially was scheduled to occur sever... Wed, 10 May 2017 20:32:00 GMT 2017-05-10T20:32:00Z The Latest: 'Perfect Storm' ship now part of artificial reef CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the intentional sinking of the ship made famous in the book and film "The Perfect Storm" (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The ship made famous in the book and subsequent film "The Perfect Storm" has been intentionally sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts. The Tamaroa was sunk Wed... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:25:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:25:00Z Best-selling authors discuss art of 'the beach read' NEW YORK (AP) — For author Elin Hilderbrand, the art of the beach novel is very much a matter of location. Starting with where she writes. "I write my books in longhand, so I actually work on them at the beach," Hilderbrand, who sets her best-sellers at home on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:45:00Z Threatened bird nesting again on Los Angeles area beaches LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western snowy plover is nesting along the Los Angeles area coast for the first time in nearly seven decades, federal officials said. Nests for the small, rare shorebird were found last month at Santa Monica Beach, Dockweiler State Beach, and Malibu Lagoon State Beach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported Monday. Biologists placed wire cages arou... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:19:00Z Researchers seek better ways to farm popular Pacific fish PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The dark gray fish prized for its buttery flavor live deep in the ocean, so researchers keep their lab cold and dark to simulate ideal conditions for sablefish larvae. A biologist shines his dim red headlamp and uses an ultrasound to scan the belly of an anesthetized sablefish about the length of his forearm to tell if it's female and has eggs to c... Sun, 07 May 2017 18:33:00 GMT 2017-05-07T18:33:00Z New rules or rain? Lake Ontario residents seethe over floods Four months after an international body approved a new plan for regulating Lake Ontario's water level, property owners who had claimed the rules favored muskrat lodges over lakeside homes are piling sandbags against just the kind of floodwaters they had feared. But a joint U.S.-Canadian commission says its new rules aren't to blame for the waves crashing ... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:29:00Z Beachgoers will have to shake off loss in Swift's shore town PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A court has ruled against beachgoers who sought more access to the sand in a Rhode Island town where Taylor Swift owns a vacation home. The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that said landowners in a section of Westerly could put up fences to keep the public off their 2-mile stretch of beach. ... Tue, 02 May 2017 19:39:00 GMT 2017-05-02T19:39:00Z Woman critical after shark attack on California beach CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A woman who lost part of her right leg in a shark attack while wading at a popular Southern California beach was listed in critical condition Monday at a hospital. Leeanne Ericson was rescued Saturday by a handful of Camp Pendleton beachgoers, including one who used a tourniquet fashioned from a surfboard leash to stanch the bleeding. ... Mon, 01 May 2017 23:52:00 GMT 2017-05-01T23:52:00Z Fyre Fest fiasco: Bahamas party lives, dies on social media In this day and age, the young and beautiful live and die on social media. And it's been a sudden and ugly death for the ill-fated Fyre Festival, a multiday music, art and culture party that promised "an invitation to let loose and unplug with the likeminded" on the Bahamian island of Exuma. The festival's rise and fall has played out i... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:11:00 GMT 2017-04-29T21:11:00Z Fyer Fest fiasco: Bahamas party becomes huge disappointment In this day and age, the young and beautiful live and die on social media. In the case of the ill-fated Fyre Festival — a multiday music, art and culture party that promised "an invitation to let loose and unplug with the likeminded" on the Bahamian island of Exuma — it's been a sudden and ugly death, chronicled in real-time on YouTube and filtered through Facebook. ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:55:00 GMT 2017-04-29T18:55:00Z Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling isn't likely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and legal battle. Trump signed the order Friday aimed at dismantling a key part of former President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:13:00 GMT 2017-04-29T07:13:00Z California says oceans could rise higher than thought SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said. The state's Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as the climate warms. The forecast helps agencies in the nation's mos... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:20:00 GMT 2017-04-27T22:20:00Z As Trump calls for wall, a look at the world's barriers As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S. government has been soliciting bids and test sections could be built as soon as this summer. P... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-04-27T06:23:00Z Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. They found that almost 15 percent of the whales, which come to New... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:21:00 GMT 2017-04-23T14:21:00Z North Carolina's long summer vacations are being challenged RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some folks can't get enough of summer. Others see it as a problem that needs fixing. For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and end of summer vacation for public schools. The law was designed to support tourism at the state's beaches and mountain getaways, and appease parents who were unhappy as some districts kept moving ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:32:00 GMT 2017-04-22T21:32:00Z New Zealanders evacuated from parts of coast as storm hits WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of people in New Zealand were evacuated from some coastal areas on Thursday as the second major storm in just over a week made landfall near the North Island town of Whakatane. But residents of the nation's largest city, Auckland, breathed a sigh of relief as the remnants of Cyclone Cook moved past them to the east.... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT 2017-04-13T10:00:00Z EPA: US Steel leaks chemical into Lake Michigan tributary PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A spill at a U.S. Steel plant in northern Indiana that sent wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a Lake Michigan tributary was apparently caused by a pipe failure but testing has found none of that toxic substance in the lake, the company and federal officials said Wednesday. Tuesday's spill of an unknown amo... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-04-12T23:40:00Z 'Perfect Storm' ship to be sunk next week, barring storms CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. (AP) — The ship made famous in the book and film "The Perfect Storm" will be intentionally sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts next week, assuming it doesn't encounter any more storms. A spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection told The Record newspaper ( ) that the Coast Gua... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:27:00 GMT 2017-04-12T18:27:00Z Killing of key militant a success and worry for Philippines MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The killing of a Muslim extremist leader on a resort island in the central Philippines this week was a clear victory for the military, but it also drove home an unsettling reality: that the militants are venturing farther from their jungle hideouts to spread terror. Military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said that troops recov... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:40:00 GMT 2017-04-12T13:40:00Z Philippines: Troops killed militant blamed for beheadings MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops battling militants in a central province killed a key Abu Sayyaf commander who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage and was apparently attempting another kidnapping mission, the military chief said Wednesday. Military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:21:00 GMT 2017-04-12T04:21:00Z Dead gator in Florida dorm room means warning for students FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they've issued warnings to three Florida Gulf Coast University students who took a dead alligator to a dorm room and posted pictures of it on social media. The News-Press ( reports that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sent an officer to the college after getting a c... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:52:00 GMT 2017-04-06T11:52:00Z 'Winter White House' a winning brand for Trump's business PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No doubt Florida's oceanfront Mar-a-Lago resort is an impressive site for a summit between the presidents of the U.S. and China. And it's a pretty nice business advertisement, too, for the owner of the luxurious, members-only private property. That would be Donald J. Trump. Even before this week's summit, President Trump and his ai... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-04-05T15:52:00Z California cuts abalone catch, eliminates 2 diving months SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California wildlife managers have reduced the season to dive for red abalone by two months and sharply cut the amount of the mollusks divers can catch this year because of concerns about declining populations. April and November have been removed from this year's fishing calendar for the mollusks, which usually runs April through June... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:41:00 GMT 2017-04-04T00:41:00Z