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Transgender weightlifter Hubbard makes history at Olympics

Aug. 02, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard finally got to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. It didn't last long, but it was significant. Hubbard couldn’t complete any of her first three lifts on Monday night, ruling her out of medal contention in the women’s...

The Latest: Australia city extends lockdown as clusters grow

Aug. 02, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia — A lockdown of Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane was extended until Sunday because of a growing COVID-19 outbreak. Brisbane and several surrounding municipalities in Queensland state were due to end a three-day lockdown on Tuesday. But the...

New Zealand apologizes for historic raids on Pacific people

Aug. 01, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sat motionless Sunday as members of the Pacific Island community pulled a large white mat over her head, completely covering her. Moments later they removed it and embraced her. It was part of a...

Olympic Latest: Bencic wins tennis gold for Switzerland

Jul. 31, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Belinda Bencic of Switzerland won the women’s tennis...

New Zealand beats France to clinch gold in women's rugby 7s

Jul. 31, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Zealand won a gold medal that was five years in the making, beating France 26-12 on Saturday for the women’s rugby sevens title at the Tokyo Olympics. New Zealand lost to Australia in the 2016 final when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut in Rio de...

US beats Australia, China reaches quarterfinals in rugby 7s

Jul. 30, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Cheta Emba finished off an attacking move with a powerful burst, Abby Gustaitis scored the clincher and the United States became the first team to beat defending champion Australia in Olympic women's rugby sevens competition on Friday. The American players...

Child porn plea for NZ man accused of kidnapping attempt

Jul. 29, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A New Zealand man accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old Virginia girl he met online pleaded guilty Thursday to production of child pornography, federal prosecutors announced in a news release. Troy George Skinner, 28, of Auckland, New Zealand,...

Rocket Lab launches US Space Force satellite

Jul. 29, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A research and development satellite for the U.S. Space Force was successfully launched into orbit Thursday from a launch pad in New Zealand, California-based Rocket Lab said. The satellite named Monolith was placed into low Earth orbit by an...

COVID-hit Fiji celebrates Olympic rugby sevens gold

Jul. 28, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Emerging gingerly from their homes in a nation under curfew, Fijians cheered, sang hymns and danced in the streets Wednesday to celebrate the victory of their rugby sevens team at the Tokyo Olympics. Fiji is battling a severe COVID-19...

US rowers looks to extend Olympic dynasty in women's eight

Jul. 28, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For more than a decade and across three Olympics, there was no greater force in women's rowing than the American eight boat. Three consecutive Olympic gold medals. Eleven years undefeated at major international meets. But all dynasties...