There is a new frontier for illegal immigrants entering the United States - a roughly 400-square-mile ocean expanse that stretches from a bullring on the shores of Tijuana, Mexico, to suburban Los Angeles.
Federal officials last week commissioned NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, a state-of-the-art research vessel that will study a wide range of marine life and ocean conditions along the West Coast.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed banning all sewage discharges from vessels in California's coastal waters. The proposed ban would make the California coast line the largest "No Discharge Zone" in the U.S.
A 48-foot Sea Ray yacht, named Makin Waves, washed ashore Wednesday morning on Redding Beach, near St. Petersburg on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Danielle, which poses no immediate threat to land, strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm this morning, with maximum sustained winds of 135 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center reports.
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