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California man gets second life term for synagogue attack

Dec. 28, 2021 18:27 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 22-year-old white supremacist was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison for killing a woman and injuring three others in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue in 2019, adding to the life term he received three months earlier in state court. John T....

SailGP adds Chicago, Dubai to Season 3 regatta lineup

Dec. 07, 2021 20:45 PM EST

The SailGP global league has added Chicago and Dubai to the lineup of regattas for its third season starting in 2022. The Chicago regatta, to be held off Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, is set for June 18-19. It follows the season opener in Bermuda on May 14-15. SailGP will visit the...

Lawyer says New Zealand mosque gunman is considering appeal

Nov. 07, 2021 23:01 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The gunman who killed 51 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is considering appealing his convictions and prison sentence, his lawyer said Monday. Australian Brenton Tarrant was subject to inhumane and degrading...

Tonga's main island locks down after 1st virus case found

Nov. 01, 2021 03:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tonga's main island will go into lockdown for a week after the South Pacific nation reported its first case of the coronavirus, the government said Monday. The far-flung archipelago identified its first virus case last week, after a...

Tonga reports its first COVID-19 case from plane traveler

Oct. 29, 2021 03:37 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The island nation of Tonga on Friday reported its first-ever case of COVID-19 after a traveler from New Zealand tested positive. Tonga is among the few remaining nations in the world that have avoided outbreaks of the virus. Like many of...

New Zealand eases quarantine but won't welcome tourists yet

Oct. 27, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials said Thursday they will gradually loosen their border quarantine requirements, which have been among the toughest in the world throughout the pandemic. But while the changes will make it easier for New Zealanders...