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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a worldwide, devastating crisis, scientists say, and they predict it will likely get worse.

Triggered by global warming and the El Nino, record hot ocean water is causing fragile coral to go white and often die, threatening picturesque reefs that are hotspots of marine life, experts say.

Environmentalists ask court to stop Hawaii tuna quota shift

HONOLULU (AP) -- Environmentalists on Friday asked a federal judge to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from allowing Hawaii-based fishermen to attribute some of the bigeye tuna they catch to U.S. territories.

They argue the agency is enabling the fishermen to circumvent international agreements aimed at controlling the overfishing of a popular tuna species known as ahi.

'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Get ready for a rare double feature this weekend, starring our very own moon.

A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called supermoon Sunday night or early Monday, depending where you are. That combination hasn't been seen since 1982 and won't happen again until 2033.

Samoa team to play Springboks announced

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Samoa picked inexperienced Mike Stanley at flyhalf as one of three changes to the side for the key Rugby World Cup Pool B match against South Africa on Saturday.

The New Zealand-born Stanley, who came off the bench in last Sunday's 25-16 win against the United States, takes the place of Tusi Pisi, the regular standoff and goalkicker.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Plunging headlong into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation." President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is "shaking us out of our complacency" with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.

Study: Type 2 diabetes pill Jardiance cuts risk of death

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Jardiance sharply reduced chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications, a study shows, making the Type 2 diabetes medication the first shown to lengthen diabetics' lives.

The study found Jardiance reduced deaths from heart complications by 38 percent, deaths from any cause by 32 percent and hospitalizations due to chronic heart failure by 35 percent.

Over 2,000 enslaved fishermen rescued

AMBON, Indonesia (AP) -- More than 2,000 fishermen have been rescued this year from brutal conditions at sea, liberated as a result of an Associated Press investigation into seafood brought to the U.S. from a slave island in eastern Indonesia.

Oh Marcus: Mariota ties NFL record with 4 TD passes

(AP) — Marcus Mariota must have thought he was back at Oregon again.

The Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota looked like he was playing Madden football in his rookie debut, taking aim at the NFL record book against Tampa Bay.

The No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft threw for four touchdowns in his first half of the Titans’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. In so doing, Mariota became the first player in NFL history to throw four or more TD passes in the first half of his debut, according to STATS.

Buccaneers waive 10, including draft pick Iosefa

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seventh-round draft pick Joey Iosefa was among 10 players released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first wave of cuts.

The rookie fullback out of Hawaii was waived Sunday, when the roster was trimmed to 80 players. NFL teams face a deadline Tuesday to get down to the league-mandated limit of 75 players for the final preseason game.

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