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Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

Aug. 7, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even unusual marine life behavior - and Discovery...

FILE - In this June 26, 2017 file photo Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling, left, and teammate Blair Tuke cross the boat during the ninth race in America's Cup sailing competition against Oracle Team USA, in Hamilton, Bermuda. The defending America's Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists have launched a New Zealand team in the SailGP global league. Two of the world's most accomplished sailors, will serve as co-CEOs of the Kiwi team, which will join the circuit during the rescheduled second season next year. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

New Zealand sailing stars Burling, Tuke, to lead SailGP team

Aug. 6, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

Defending America’s Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have launched a New Zealand team in the SailGP global league. Two of the world's most accomplished sailors, Burling and Tuke will serve as co-CEOs of the Kiwi team that will join the circuit during the rescheduled...

Police search outside the Chartwell Shopping Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Would-be thieves appear to have denoted two homemade bombs at an ATM machine outside a shopping mall early Thursday and left other unexploded bombs behind, according to police. (Belinda Feek/NZ Herald via AP)

New Zealand criminals try to blast open ATM with pipe bombs

Aug. 5, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say two criminals tried to blast open a shopping mall ATM early Thursday using seven homemade pipe bombs. The attempt failed after only one of the bombs exploded and a second partially detonated before the suspects ran away, according to police. The ATM was...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, a woman lights candles during a candlelight vigil for murdered British backpacker Grace Millane at Cathedral Square in Christchurch, New Zealand. A New Zealand man found guilty of murdering Millane appealed his conviction and punishment on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 with his new lawyer arguing he didn't get a fair trial and his sentence was too harsh. A jury had earlier determined that tourist Grace Millane was strangled to death on her 22nd birthday in December 2018 by a man she had met through the dating app Tinder. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand man appeals guilt in British backpacker slaying

Aug. 5, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man found guilty of murdering a British backpacker appealed his conviction and punishment on Thursday, with his new lawyer arguing he didn't get a fair trial and his sentence was too harsh. A jury had earlier determined that tourist Grace Millane was strangled...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

A department store employee wheels clothes across the Bourke Street Mall as retail businesses prepare to close their doors to walk-in customers as lockdown of Melbourne forces people to stay at home if not working due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

Asia Today: Australian state reports record virus increase

Aug. 5, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s virus hot spot, Victoria state, announced a record 725 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday, while businesses in Melbourne prepared to close their shutters as new pandemic restrictions go into effect. The 24-hour record was marginally higher than the 723...

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, an Australian Army helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia, where three men were found, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, safe and healthy after missing for three days. The men were missing in the Micronesia archipelago east of the Philippines for nearly three days when their

3 men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

Aug. 4, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say. The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday on...

Rescue workers evacuate residents on a rubber boat to a safer place in Cheonan, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Korean Meteorological Administration issued a warning of heavy rain for Seoul and central area. (Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP)

3 New Zealand citizens killed by landslides in South Korea

Aug. 4, 2020 5:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three New Zealand citizens have died after landslides triggered by heavy rains destroyed and buried their vacation cottage near Seoul, South Korean officials said Tuesday. They were among 14 people in South Korea who died in landslides and floods caused by days of torrential rains...

In this July 2020, photo supplied by Feeonaa and Neville Clifton, Neville and Feeonaa Clifton are pictured by the San Aotea II fishing boat in the Falkland Islands. The Cliftons, a honeymoon couple who were stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus have managed to get home to New Zealand, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 by hitching a lift of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat. (Feeonaa/Neville Clifton via AP)

Stranded by virus, honeymooners hitch home on Antarctic boat

Aug. 3, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand honeymoon couple stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus has managed to return home by hitching a ride of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat. Feeonaa Clifton said she had never spent...

A woman's temperature is measured before riding a passenger jeepney to help curb the spread of COVID19 as drivers at the Tandang Sora terminal were recently allowed back on the road after months of not being able to work on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Italy's tally of new virus cases down to 239

Aug. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MILAN — The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy nudged lower to 239 in the last 24 hours, while all eight deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the epicenter of the country's epidemic. That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,070 and deaths to 35,154, according to Health...