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Scott Hend wins Maybank Championship in playoff

Mar. 24, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Scott Hend of Australia closed with a 5-under 67, had to wait nearly two hours to see if it would be good enough, and then made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the Maybank Championship on Sunday. Hend was one shot ahead of overnight leader Nacho Elvira...

Another cyclone bears down on northwest Australian coast

Mar. 24, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Residents of Australia's northwest coast were bracing for a torrid night of fierce winds and heavy rain on Sunday as the country's second major cyclone of the weekend slowly wound toward land. A day after Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast, slow-moving Cyclone...

AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

Mar. 23, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey was conducted both before and...

Cyclone lashes remote Australian coast with wind, rains

Mar. 23, 2019 3:39 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A vast and powerful cyclone made landfall Saturday along a remote stretch of the northern Australian coast, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains amid safety fears for a small number of residents who've stayed in the area. Cyclone Trevor crossed the Gulf of Carpentaria coast at 9:50 a.m....

2 powerful cyclones spinning toward north Australian coast

Mar. 22, 2019 3:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two powerful cyclones are blowing toward Australia's sparsely populated north where around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the east coast of the Northern Territory ahead of strong winds, mountainous waves and flooding rain. Cyclones are frequent in Australia's tropical...

Choi stroke back in Founders Cup in return from back injury

Mar. 21, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Na Yeon Choi feared the worst Thursday in her return from a back injury. She ended up high on the Founders Cup leaderboard. Choi shot a 7-under 65 at Desert Ridge in her first tournament round in 11 months, leaving her a stroke behind first-round leader Celine Boutier in the event that...

A closer look at New Zealand's new weapons ban

Mar. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Only a week after attacks on two mosques in New Zealand killed 50 worshippers, the country has banned sales of "military-style" semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. In the world of politics, it's a lightning fast response, especially when compared to the...

Erdogan airs mosque gunman video ahead visit by NZ minister

Mar. 21, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has again screened clips of a video taken by the Christchurch mosque gunman, a day before the foreign minister of New Zealand, which is trying to stop its use, is due to visit Turkey. Erdogan broadcast the video at an election rally Thursday in Eskisehir, central...

Australia moving 2,000 people from powerful cyclone's path

Mar. 21, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — About 2,000 Australians were being moved inland Thursday from part of the northern coast ahead of a powerful cyclone expected to hit this weekend. Evacuees were being moved by air and road from remote, mostly indigenous communities on the east coast of the Northern Territory, with most going...

Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Mar. 20, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context. A diplomatic dispute flared over Erdogan's comments...