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Amateurs lead Australian Open after 1st round

Dec. 5, 2019 3:10 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — World No. 1-ranked amateur Takumi Kanaya birdied his final two holes Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a tie for the first-round lead with fellow Asian amateur Chun An-you of Taiwan. Playing the back nine at The Australian Golf Course to open his round, the Japanese player had five birdies. He...

3 charged over Australia’s largest crystal meth seizure

Dec. 5, 2019 2:55 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two customs agents and an information technology worker appeared in a court on Thursday charged with drug offenses over Australia’s largest seizure of methamphetamine, which had been smuggled to Melbourne from Bangkok in stereo speakers. Police estimate the 1.6 metric tons...

No. 1-ranked Japanese amateur takes Australian Open lead

Dec. 4, 2019 10:29 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — World No. 1-ranked amateur Takumi Kanaya birdied his final two holes Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the Australian Open. Playing the back nine at The Australian Golf Course to open his round, the Japanese player had five birdies. He bogeyed the par-4 third hole...

World No 1 amateur takes early lead at Australian Open

Dec. 4, 2019 8:53 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — World No. 1-ranked amateur Takumi Kanaya birdied his final two holes Thursday for a 6-under 65 a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the Australian Open. Playing the back nine at The Australian Golf Course to open his round, the Japanese player had five birdies. He bogeyed the par-4 third hole...

Australia death is 25th from faulty Takata air bag inflators

Dec. 4, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Authorities are reporting the death of another driver who was injured by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, raising the worldwide death toll to 25. The unidentified driver was killed in Australia in a 1998 BMW 3 Series car. The location and date of the death and the driver's identity are unknown. Takata's...

Police searching Australian Outback for woman find body

Dec. 4, 2019 3:54 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police found a body on Wednesday they suspect is the only casualty among three people who became stranded in the arid central Australian Outback almost two weeks ago. Police have yet to formally confirm that the remains found south of the town of Alice Springs are of Claire...

Smoke haze provides added hazard at Australian Open

Dec. 4, 2019 12:25 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and other players at this week’s Australian Open could have another course hazard to contend with: smoke from nearby bushfires. A temperature inversion which formed over Sydney on Monday night trapped smoke in the region on Tuesday and caused...

Paul Simon and Peter Singer discuss 'The Life You Can Save.'

Dec. 3, 2019 4:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon, world famous singer-songwriter, isn’t only inspired by fellow musicians. Simon is an admirer of the author-philosopher Peter Singer, the longtime Princeton University professor whose “The Life You Can Save” has been a guide for Simon and others looking for...

Israeli court OKs evaluation of Australia sex crimes suspect

Dec. 3, 2019 10:47 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a former educator accused of sexually abusing students in Australia, paving the way for a new psychiatric evaluation to determine her fitness to stand trial for extradition. Australia wants Malka Leifer extradited to face 74 charges of...

Golf Glance

Dec. 3, 2019 9:33 AM EST

PGA TOUR HERO WORLD CHALLENGE Site: Nassau, Bahamas. Course: Albany Golf Club. Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon (Golf Channel), noon-3 p.m. (NBC). Purse: $3.5 million. Winner’s share: $1 million. Defending champion:...