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Driver jailed for 22 years for killing 4 Australian police

Apr. 13, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A truck driver was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday for hitting and killing four police officers on an Australian freeway. Mohinder Singh was drug-effected and sleep-deprived when his truck veered into an emergency stopping lane...

Administrator at Australian university picked to lead URI

Apr. 13, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A top administrator at an Australian University was named the new president at the University of Rhode Island. Marc B. Parlange, provost and senior vice president of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, who was born in Rhode Island,...

Australian portrait photographer June Newton dies at 97

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Australian photographer and actress June Newton — also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs — has died at 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation said Saturday in Berlin. Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died Friday...

2 kids rescued a mile off Florida's Atlantic Coast

Mar. 25, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Two children were rescued off Florida’s Atlantic Coast after being swept more than a mile out to sea, officials said. The swimmers were spotted clinging to a paddleboard Tuesday afternoon about 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) from the coast of...

School board fires Florida teacher for medical marijuana use

Mar. 24, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teacher has been fired for using medical marijuana. The Brevard County School Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to terminate Allison Enright from her position at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, Florida Today reported. Brevard County is...

Gasparyan retires in final, Kasatkina wins in St. Petersburg

Mar. 21, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Daria Kasatkina won the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday when wild card Margarita Gasparyan retired from their all-Russian final with a lower back injury. The eighth-seeded Kasatkina was leading 6-3, 2-1 when Gasparyan’s back...

Sheriff: Man starved 2 dogs to death inside abandoned home

Feb. 24, 2021 14:02 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing animal abuse charges after investigators said two dogs died in his care, sheriff's officials said. David Fritsch, 33, left two dogs locked in a master bedroom with no food for several weeks, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne...

Osaka back to No. 2; Medvedev No. 3; Karatsev jumps 72 spots

Feb. 22, 2021 14:15 PM EST

Naomi Osaka's Australian Open championship moved her up one spot to No. 2 in the WTA rankings Monday, while men's finalist Daniil Medvedev rose to a career-best No. 3 behind winner Novak Djokovic on the ATP list. Jennifer Brady, the 25-year-old...

Police: Man hits priest, barricades self in Florida church

Feb. 21, 2021 14:47 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A man struck a priest and barricaded himself inside a Florida church on Sunday before he was arrested by police, officials said. News outlets say that police officers in Melbourne, Florida, arrived to the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church...

Medvedev recalls long-ago practice session with Djokovic

Feb. 21, 2021 10:09 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Daniil Medvedev showered Novak Djokovic with praise after losing to him in the Australian Open final, even telling the story of a joint practice session a half-dozen years ago or so in Monte Carlo, where both have homes. Back then, Djokovic...