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Naval Academy Transgender Ban Starts in 2020

Coast Guard, Air Force academies say they are also complying with Trump policy

(Newser) - President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military is beginning to take effect at the US Naval Academy and other military institutions. The Defense Department confirmed to the Capital Gazette this week that the Naval Academy will stop accepting transgender students as of 2020, but those enrolled... More »

Coast Guard 'Threat' Program Flagged Weird Computer Use

That reportedly led to investigation into Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson

(Newser) - The charges filed against a Maryland Coast Guard officer "are the proverbial tip of the iceberg," per federal prosecutors—who were on Thursday given 14 days to come up with the rest of said iceberg. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson has been hit with fairly minor illegal drug and... More »

Suspect Planned to Assassinate Top Democrats, Officials Say

Christopher Paul Hasson wanted to establish a 'white homeland,' court told

(Newser) - A lieutenant stationed at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, DC, planned to carry out terrorist attacks on Democratic politicians and journalists and use violence to "establish a white homeland," prosecutors say. Investigators found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the home of self-proclaimed... More »

Burning Cargo Ship Adrift Between Japan, Hawaii

5 crew members are feared dead

(Newser) - Good Samaritan ships rescued 16 sailors after a cargo ship caught fire New Year's Eve—but four others are still in the water, another is missing, and the burning car carrier is still adrift. The Coast Guard says the Sincerity Ace, which was en route from Japan to Hawaii,... More »

Girl Shot by Coast Guard Dad Dies 9 Days Later

Case is now a triple murder-suicide

(Newser) - McKenna Presnar should have spent Christmas Day celebrating with her family. Instead, the 8-year-old succumbed to her injuries Christmas morning at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami—nine days after she was shot by her own father . Police say the case is now a triple murder-suicide, WPLG reports. Police say... More »

Coast Guard Says No More to 14-Year-Old Oil Leak in Gulf

Taylor Energy has to start cleaning up mess that started in 2004 or risk fine of up to $40K per day

(Newser) - A massive cleanup effort has been ordered on a quietly devastating oil spill that's been contaminating the Gulf of Mexico for 14 years. The Washington Post reports the US Coast Guard has mandated Taylor Energy "institute a … system to capture, contain, or remove oil" from the affected... More »

This Is a Turtle on Drugs*

*Or rather trapped by a pile of cocaine, as Coast Guard saves the day in international waters

(Newser) - Coast Guard officials on a recent patrol managed to arrest 24 suspected smugglers—and save a life. While patrolling in international waters near Central America, officials came across a sea turtle entangled in ropes connected to floating contraband, later identified as 1,800 pounds of cocaine, according to a release... More »

'Terror on the High Seas': the Coast Guard's Floating Prisons

Fishermen carrying drugs from South America detained on US vessels for days or weeks

(Newser) - Seth Freed Wessler wrote a story last week for the New York Times that he describes to PRI as one of "real terror … on the high seas": what amounts to "floating Guantanamos" in the Pacific, Coast Guard cutters sent far from US shores to bust smugglers trying... More »

Coast Guard Report: Captain to Blame in El Faro Sinking

Capt. Michael Davidson underestimated hurricane, overestimated ship

(Newser) - A Coast Guard report released Sunday says the primary cause of the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro , which killed all 33 aboard, was the captain underestimating the strength of a hurricane and overestimating the ship's strength. The report says Capt. Michael Davidson should have changed the... More »

100 Years Later, California Shipwreck Found

The McCulloch is now a skeleton draped with anemones

(Newser) - The McCulloch, a US Coast Guard ship that saw action in the Spanish-American War in 1898, sank in just a half-hour after it collided with the SS Governor in heavy fog off the coast of California. It had been put back to work during World War I in 1917, but... More »

Plane Carrying 6 Disappears Over Lake Erie

No sign of plane in overnight air search

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has found no sign of debris while searching Lake Erie for a small plane carrying three adults and three children that took off from Cleveland, then vanished Thursday night, reports the AP . All passengers attended a Cleveland Cavaliers game before boarding the twin-engine Cessna Citation 525 and... More »

After Husband Saves Dog, Wife Has to Save Them Both

Everybody gets rescued

(Newser) - Rescue authorities in England have a message for the public: If your dog falls into dangerous waters, don't try to save it yourself. The reminder came after a man came very close to death trying to save his mother-in-law's dog from a fast-flowing river Monday, the Times of... More »

Man's Quick Swim Turns Into 4-Hour Nightmare

Randall Hackett found a buoy amid heavy fog

(Newser) - A swimmer who vanished off a Massachusetts beach was found safe and sound Tuesday after treading water for 4 1/2 hours. Randall Hackett, 58, and his 28-year-old son-in-law, Alexander Auerbach, had decided to swim part of the 4-mile distance of Crane Beach in Ipswich around 5pm Tuesday, report the Salem ... More »

Eagle Snatches Hiker's Phone

It happened in a 'birder's paradise' in Alaska

(Newser) - Unalaska is described as a "birder's paradise" on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website . But a Coast Guard officer had a decidedly different experience in this town nestled in the Aleutian Islands when a leisurely hike turned into a blitz against him by a bald... More »

46 Rescued From Sinking Boat Off Alaska

Good Samaritan ships rushed to remote location

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard says. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships in fairly... More »

Coast Guard Hunts Hoaxer Who Cost It $500K

Unamused after 28 mayday hoaxes

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says it's looking for a man who has cost the service about $500,000 after responding to nearly 30 of his fake distress calls, reports the AP . In a press release published Friday, the Coast Guard says the 28 calls have originated from around the... More »

Pair Rescued as Boat Teeters Near Edge of Niagara Falls

Only a section of engine kept the boat from drifting

(Newser) - A man and woman got closer to Niagara Falls than they probably ever wanted on Sunday. The US Coast Guard was called in to rescue the pair from Buffalo after their boat became disabled and drifted "very close" to the Canadian side of the falls, reports the Niagara Gazette... More »

3 Fishermen Vanish Off Oahu

Their overturned boat was found Monday

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching for three men whose fishing boat overturned off Oahu's North Shore. Authorities say Jensen Loo, Clint Oshima, and Derek Tomas—all aged 30—left Haleiwa around 5:45am Sunday and were to return by 5pm. The Coast Guard was alerted when the men still... More »

Boy Critical After Near-Drowning on Cruise Ship

He was in the water for 8 to 10 minutes

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition, says the US Coast Guard. A rep tells the New York Daily News that the boy was in the water for eight to 10 minutes... More »

Body Found in Search for Boating Family

3 still missing off Florida's Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Coast Guard rescuers fear the worst but have not given up after finding a body in the search for a father and three teenage children who disappeared off the coast of Florida Sunday. The Coast Guard says it found the body, which was wearing a life jacket, after finding debris... More »

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