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  • Volcanic eruption creates new island

    January 21, 2015 2:02 AM

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island - although scientists say it could soon disappear. The volcano has been erupting for a month in the ocean about 65 kilometers 40 miles northwest of the capital, Nuku'alofa. Last week it disrupted international air travel... more »
  • Tar mats prompt La. to close small area off island

    July 2, 2013 2:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed an area off East Grand Terre Island to all but recreational rod and reel fishing because tar mats were removed from the area. BP PLC says the closing appears groundless and began well after the mats were found... more »
  • NJ teen wants Easy-Bake Oven to appeal to boys

    December 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Four-year-old Gavyn Boscio asked for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. But when his big sister went to buy one, she could find it only in girly pink and purple. So the Garfield, N.J., girl started an online petition asking Hasbro to make the toy ovens in gender-neutral... more »
  • $336 million Powerball winner

    March 6, 2012 10:47 AM

    CRANSTON, R.I. - The winner of last month's $336 million Powerball jackpot is an 81-year-old woman. Rhode Island lottery officials said Louise White of Newport won the sixth largest jackpot in US history. The winning ticket for the February 11th drawing was sold at a Stop & Shop supermarket in... more »
  • Cleanup of oil-tainted Gulf Coast nears end

    December 30, 2010 12:55 PM

    EAST GRAND TERRE ISLAND, La. - Dig 2 feet into the sand on this wind-swept beach and up comes the foul smell of oil. The unmistakable whiff of crude eight months after the BP spill is one of the last in-your-face reminders of the long, tainted summer on the Gulf... more »
  • State, Shell team up for coastal reef project

    December 14, 2010 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that Shell was donating $1.5 million to the state for coastal conservation projects, including a reef project due to begin this spring. The donation was made to the Coastal Conservation Association, and will be used first for reef restoration projects on... more »
  • Hog Island closed after shrimpers pig out

    October 5, 2010 12:09 PM

    People at the Hog Island Gully Recreation Area have been such pigs that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shut it down only three weeks after it reopened. Spokeswoman Diane Borden-Billiot says people casting nets for shrimp left dead, stinking fish all over the docks, creating health and safety hazards.... more »
  • Island builds wall of sand to protect land from oil

    May 4, 2010 10:20 AM

    One of Alabama's barrier islands is building a sand wall on the beach to protect homes and roads from the oil leaking in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials from Dauphin Island hope that BP will pay for the construction. Dauphin Island is so flat that a high tide or... more »

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