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Gas leak being investigated in Wedge Island camping tragedy

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Police are investigating why the safety mechanism on a camping fridge failed to stop a gas leak that killed a father, his son and the family dog.

Alleged gunman leads police on chase after shots fired at ex-girlfriend’s house

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A man is in custody after allegedly shooting up his ex-girlfriend’s house and leading police on a pursuit through Sydney’s west.

British Airways halts all direct flights to China

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Website bookings for direct flights from London to Beijing have been suspended by British Airways due to the coronavirus.

Morrison Says Australians Quarantined On Christmas Island Will Be Processed As Quickly As Possible And Can Expect To Be Off The Island Within 14 Years

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Australia’s rapid processing protocols mean those quarantined on Christmas island due to coronavirus fears can expect to be home by the end of 2034, the Prime Minister has confirmed. Addressing the media this afternoon, Mr Morrison said he had enacted standard procedures to ensure the process was as painless as possible. “This is now a […]

Mosquito population booms due to hot wet weather

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Brisbane City Council is declaring war on mosquitos as hot weather and rain creates the perfect conditions for a population boom.

Gianna Bryant Honoured With Jersey From UConn Women’s Team She Aspired To Join

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The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team honored Gianna Bryant at a game Monday night, the day after she and her father Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash.

Gianna, who was 13 when she died, had aspired to play for the NCAA team, and attended several UConn Huskies games with her dad, who once said she was “hellbent” on attending the college.

In the wake of the tragic accident in Calabasas, California, that killed the pair and seven other people on Sunday, the UConn women’s team paid tribute to Gianna before their game against Team USA.

“Mambacita is forever a Husky,” they wrote, using the name Bryant had planned for his daughter to carry on his “Black Mamba” legacy on the court.

They set aside a No. 2 jersey ― the number Gianna wore ― on a courtside seat.

Mambacita is forever a Husky 💙 pic.twitter.com/3wdAbdK0Ye

— UConn Women’s Hoops (@UConnWBB) January 27, 2020

In August, Bryant had shared images of his daughter’s team, the Mambas, at a training session with some UConn players.

In a 2018 interview, Bryant said his daughter idolized Chicago Sky player Gabby Williams, who was drafted to the WNBA after attending UConn.

“My daughter loves Gabby Williams, absolutely loves Gabby, loves [all of them],” Bryant said, according to the Hartford Courant. “She watches their interviews, watches how they play and learns — not just in wins, but in tough losses, how they conduct themselves. It’s great, as a parent, to be able to see my daughter pull inspiration from them.”

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Bryant was known for his vocal support of not only his daughter’s budding basketball prowess but also women’s leagues in the sport. The WNBA released a statement honoring him for his “passion for the WNBA and women’s basketball along with his passion for helping young girls and boys follow their dreams.”

Snoop Dogg wears a Lakers sweatsuit during a performance in Detroit on Jan. 26.

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Snoop Dogg wears a Lakers sweatsuit during a performance in Detroit on Jan. 26.

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Fans seen paying homage to Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. 

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Fans seen paying homage to Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. 

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Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Boston Celtics in New Orleans on Jan. 26. Bryant's Lakers jerseys were Nos. 8 and 24. His daughter Gianna's number was 2.

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Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Boston Celtics in New Orleans on Jan. 26. Bryant’s Lakers jerseys were Nos. 8 and 24. His daughter Gianna’s number was 2.

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Priyanka Chopra with a 24 written on her nails in honor of Kobe Bryant at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. 

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra with a 24 written on her nails in honor of Kobe Bryant at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. 

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Darrin Dnote Milton with his car, the Laker Bug, at a vigil for Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. 

Darrin Dnote Milton

Darrin Dnote Milton with his car, the Laker Bug, at a vigil for Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. 

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Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers wearing sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 26.

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Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers wearing sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 26.

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P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets wears sneakers decorated in honor of Kobe Bryant during a game against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 26.

P.J. Tucker

P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets wears sneakers decorated in honor of Kobe Bryant during a game against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 26.

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Marcus Morris Sr. of the New York Knicks wearing sneakers in honor of Kobe Bryant at a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 26. 

New York Knicks’ Marcus Morris Sr.

Marcus Morris Sr. of the New York Knicks wearing sneakers in honor of Kobe Bryant at a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 26. 

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A fan in a Kobe Bryant jersey at the Los Angeles Clippers versus Orlando Magic game in Florida on Jan. 26.

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A fan in a Kobe Bryant jersey at the Los Angeles Clippers versus Orlando Magic game in Florida on Jan. 26.

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Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Boston Celtics on Jan. 26. 

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Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Boston Celtics on Jan. 26. 

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Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Clippers wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 26. 

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Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Clippers wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant during a game against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 26. 

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Jaxson Hayes of the New Orleans Pelicans wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who nicknamed himself the Black Mamba, during a game against the Boston Celtics on Jan. 26.

Jaxson Hayes

Jaxson Hayes of the New Orleans Pelicans wears sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who nicknamed himself the Black Mamba, during a game against the Boston Celtics on Jan. 26.

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Nick Kyrgios warms up in a Kobe Bryant jersey during the Australian Open on Jan. 27.

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios warms up in a Kobe Bryant jersey during the Australian Open on Jan. 27.

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Catherine McNally's sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant at the Australian Open on Jan. 27.

Catherine McNally

Catherine McNally’s sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant at the Australian Open on Jan. 27.

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A spectator at the Australian Open seen wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey on Jan. 27.

A Spectator at the Australian Open

A spectator at the Australian Open seen wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey on Jan. 27.

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Coco Gauff's sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi during the Australian Open on Jan. 27.

Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff’s sneakers dedicated to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi during the Australian Open on Jan. 27.

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A spectator at the Australian Open seen wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey on Jan. 27.

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A spectator at the Australian Open seen wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey on Jan. 27.

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Death toll rises as another person dies following New Zealand volcano eruption

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Another person has died in hospital from injuries sustained after the Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand in December.

Story About Kobe Bryant Being A Proud ‘Girl Dad’ Causes ESPN Anchor To Cry On-Air

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Kobe Bryant really doted on his daughters — that is, according to Elle Duncan, an anchor on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

A day after the tragic and sudden death of the basketball legend — who died Sunday in a helicopter crash along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna — Duncan decided to share her one-time encounter with the five-time NBA champion.

“I would have 5 more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.”@elleduncanESPN‘s story about how much Kobe loved his daughters is something special. pic.twitter.com/1KJx17QRjY

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 28, 2020

Duncan begins her anecdote by saying she met Bryant backstage at an ESPN event about two years ago, and wanted nothing more than to get “a picture for the ’gram” with the Lakers star. Duncan had to wait a bit for that photo, however, because Bryant was completely distracted by something else.

“He immediately commented on my rather large eight-month pregnant belly,” Duncan said.

She said that Bryant excitedly peppered her with questions about her pregnancy, including if she knew the sex of her unborn child yet. When Duncan responded that she was having a girl, Bryant excitedly offered her a high-five and said, “Girls are the best.”

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“I asked him advice on raising girls,” Duncan continued. “As he quite famously had three at the time. He said, ‘Just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing.’ His third daughter, Bianka, was about a year and a half old at the time, so I asked if he wanted more children. And he said that his wife, Vanessa, really wanted to try again for a boy, but was sort of jokingly concerned that it would be another girl.”

When Duncan asked Bryant what he thought about raising four girls, she said that Bryant said, “without hesitation,” that he would “have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.” (The couple welcomed their fourth daughter, Capri, in 2019.)

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Duncan then began to choke up as she explained that Bryant then complimented his daughters’ athletic abilities. Duncan’s voice shook as she recalled what Bryant said about his middle child at the time.

“[She’s] a monster, a beast, she’s better than I was at her age [on the basketball court],” Duncan said Bryant told her.

“Of course, that middle one was Gigi,” Duncan said, her voice trembling, referring to Gianna.

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With tears in her eyes, Duncan concluded: “When I reflect on the tragedy and the half an hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago, I suppose the only small source of comfort for me is knowing he died doing what he loved the most. Being a dad. Being a girl dad.”

In response to Duncan’s story about Bryant, many men posted on Twitter how they were proud “girl dads” as well, sparking the hashtag #girldad. Duncan was touched by the hashtag and tweeted about it on Tuesday.

I’m so moved by the outpouring of support behind my story about Kobe. And I love that #girldad is trending.. so for all those proud fathers who still have their girls to love on can you flood my timeline with pics of you and your flock. Honestly I need it as much as anyone rt now

— Elle Duncan (@elleduncanESPN) January 28, 2020

“I’m so moved by the outpouring of support behind my story about Kobe,” she wrote Tuesday. “And I love that #girldad is trending.. so for all those proud fathers who still have their girls to love on can you flood my timeline with pics of you and your flock. Honestly I need it as much as anyone rt now.”

Cop channels Kobe Bryant to school Aussies playing basketball

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An Adelaide police officer has channelled his inner Kobe Bryant to battle a group of basketballers shooting hoops in a park.

Belgian king forced to admit fathering a child in extramarital affair after court-ordered DNA test

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Former Belgian King Albert II has admitted to having fathered a child after an extramarital affair in the 1960s, ending a paternity suit that he has contested for seven years.

Man strokes teenager girl’s hair at Melbourne train station

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Police are investigating after a man stroked a teenager girl’s hair at a Melbourne train station.

Lawyer X: ‘I’ll walk away for $30 million’

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Nicola Gobbo claimed she helped Victoria Police to seize up to $80 million worth of cash and assets from crooks – and she would walk away for a $30 million share.

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