Australians vote in tight general election contest

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Polls have closed on the Australian east coast on Saturday in general elections in which the ruling conservative coalition expected to lose ground as it seeks a second term after a divisive first three years in power.

  • Written by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early Saturday in response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli border town of Sderot.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Compensation expert to oversee Orlando donation funds

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The attorney who oversaw the distribution of donations after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing and the BP oil spill compensation fund will now handle the fund for victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Park Service uses 'CSI' tactics in response to bear attacks

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — In what amounts to an innocence project for bears, National Park Service rangers are turning to modern forensic technology, including DNA evidence, to make sure they don't kill the wrong bear when a human is attacked in the mountains.

  • Written by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press

UK shelves balanced budget goal as Brexit vote roils economy

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief on Friday abandoned the government's long-held goal of balancing the nation's books by 2020, warning that the country's vote to leave the European Union had sent shock waves and instability through the U.K. economy.

  • Written by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press