The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific with a visit to Sydney’s Opera House and Taronga Zoo.
The Duchess of Sussex – known as Meghan Markle until her May wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry – is pregnant, Kensington Palace announced Monday.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace tweeted.
In a second post, the palace added: “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, “is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” the palace said in a statement, according to People magazine.
Reporters from multiple news outlets said the palace would not say whether Meghan had told her father, Thomas Markle, that she was pregnant.
The news came as Meghan and Harry began a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, The Associated Press reported.
A runner at the University of Oregon became the first professional athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with Nike, Sports Illustrated reported.
Justin Gallegos, a 20-year-old junior, thought he was being filmed for completing a cross country race for the university’s running club last Saturday. Instead, cameras captured the moment as John Douglas, Nike’s Insights director, handed Gallegos a contract.
In a video that has since gone viral, Gallegos sinks to his knees in joy as his teammates applaud.
“You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes!” Gallegos wrote on Instagram.
Gallegos began running as a ninth-grader. One of his coaches had gone to the University of Oregon, so Gallegos decided to attend the school and join the running club, Running magazine reported.
Gallegos used a walker as a child and endured plenty of physical therapy to improve his walk, the magazine reported.
He was noticed by Nike when he attended high school in California, and he has helped the athletic retail giant develop a shoe for runners with disabilities, called the FlyEase, Running reported.
Gallego said he was stunned by the contract offer from Nike.
“I’m still at a loss for words,” Gallego wrote on Instagram. “Beyond blessed to officially represent the swoosh!”
Lindsey Buckingham is not happy that Fleetwood Mac told him to go his own way.
The band’s longtime guitarist filed a lawsuit against the group, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, Rolling Stone reported.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Buckingham asked the group to delay their tour for three months so he could tour with his solo band in support of his upcoming solo release, Rolling Stone reported.
Buckingham said his manager told him in January that the other members of Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him when their North American tour began in August, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The guitarist said in his complaint that none of his bandmates would return his calls to give him an explanation.
According to the lawsuit, a deal was made with Live Nation that would pay each member of Fleetwood Mac between $12 million to $14 million for their 60-concert tour. Buckingham, learning that the group would play just three shows a week, asked permission to book his own shows when Fleetwood Mac was idle, Rolling Stone reported.
Buckingham was told Jan. 28 that Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him, the complaint alleges. That was two days after the band performed together at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where the band was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year, The Hollywood Reporter said.
The group replaced Buckingham with Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell, lead guitarist of the Heartbreakers.
A spokesman for Fleetwood Mac told Rolling Stone in a statement that “It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen. It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”
In the second royal wedding of 2018, Princess Eugenie of York has married Jack Brooksbank.
A 23-year-old Australian woman suffered horrific bruises to her body while shielding her infant daughter from hailstones during a freak storm that ripped through her car, The West Australian reported. Simpson used her body to protect her child as hailstones smashed her car windows, the newspaper reported.
“I’ve learnt my lesson today, NEVER drive in a hail storm!” Fiona Simpson wrote on Facebook.
Simpson, her 4-month old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother were caught in their car when the hailstorm hit near Kingaroy -- located north of Brisbane in southern Queensland -- on Thursday, News.com.au reported.
Simpson pulled her vehicle to the side of the road when heavy rains began to fall.
"I wasn't driving very fast because I couldn't see very well,” Simpson told the Australian Broadcasting Company. “I couldn't see in front of me, I couldn't even see the line on the road.”
Simpson said she then heard a loud bang.
"All this rain starts coming in, and the back window where my daughter was was just open ... it's gone," she told the ABC.
Simpson jumped into the back seat of the car to protect young Clara.
On Facebook, Simpson described covering her baby and suffering bruises on her back, arms and head.
After a front window was smashed, Simpson moved to help her grandmother but both women were pelted by the stones, the ABC reported.
When the storm passed, Simpson drove her damaged car to a nearby home, where the residents called an ambulance, the ABC reported. Simpson’s grandmother spent the night in the hospital after she suffered cuts to her left arm while her right arm was left "completely black" from bruising, the television station reported.
Clara suffered minor injuries.
Simpson posted Friday on Facebook that she and Clara were “safe at home,” while her grandmother was recovering in the hospital and would be home soon.
“Thank you all for your concern,” Simpson wrote, adding that she had received hundreds of messages, friend requests and telephone calls.
A rare white tiger mauled a zookeeper to death in southern Japan on Monday, The Telegraph reported.
Akira Furusho, 40, was discovered bleeding from bites to his neck inside a compound at the Hirakawa Zoological Park in Kagoshima just after the zoo closed Monday.
The 5-year-old, 375-pound male tiger, named Riku, is one of four at the zoo. The animal was tranquilized with a dart after the attack, but it was not killed at the request of Furusho's family, CNN reported.
“A zookeeper was found collapsed in a cage, bleeding,” a local police official told Agence France Presse. The official said Akira was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Express Tribune reported.
According to zoo officials, the tiger was scheduled to be moved to a sleeping chamber, and there are rules against keepers entering the cage before the animal is transferred, The Telegraph reported.
The zoo was open Tuesday, but the area around the tigers’ cage was cordoned off, the newspaper reported.
Twenty-seven Cuban migrants jumped off a makeshift wooden board and scrambled onshore near Miami on Sunday, the Miami Herald reported.
Fifteen of the migrants were found and arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Miami police, but 12 of them remained at large, the newspaper reported.
There were 25 men and two women on the boat, WTVJ reported.
The migrants in custody were taken to the Dania Beach Border Patrol station for “further processing and removal,’’ according to Keith E. Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Border and Customs Protection Office.
“There's like 20, 30 people inside the boat and they're all getting out, you know. People have been out there for eight days,” Juan Montoya, who was on the beach at Virginia Key, told WPLG. "One of them told me he was there working on it for three weeks at his house.”
Miami Fire Rescue officials said they gave medical evaluations to 12 men and one woman, WTVJ reported.
The migrants will most likely be sent back to Cuba, the Herald reported.
Before he left office in January 2017, President Barack Obama lifted the “wet foot, dry foot policy” that guaranteed residency to Cubans when they landed onshore in the United States.
At least 14 people were killed and almost 200 injured when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northern Haiti Saturday night, Reuters reported.
Update 6:35 p.m. EDT Oct. 7: As the death toll in Haiti rises, a 5.2-magnitude aftershock rattled the northern part of the island nation, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, a day after more than a dozen people were killed by a strong earthquake.
Emergency response efforts were underway Sunday in the harder-hit areas of Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, the town of Chansolme and the northern island of Tortuga, according to a statement from Haiti’s civil protection agency, Reuters reported.
“The shock was felt across all departments of the country, giving rise to panic in several towns,” agency officials said.
Parts of Haiti are still recovering from a powerful 2010 earthquake that decimated the island and killed as many as 230,000 people.
Update 11:10 a.m. EDT Oct. 7: Haiti’s civil protection agency said in a statement that the hardest-hit areas are Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island, The Associated Press reported. The quake has left 135 people injured The AP reported.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake, which hit about 8:11 p.m. EDT, occurred 11.8 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix and about 7.3 miles under the surface. Police said at least seven people died near the epicenter of the quake, Reuters reported.
Haiti is “especially vulnerable to earthquakes,” The Associated Press reported. A 7.1-magnitude quake in 2010 killed hundreds of thousands of people there.
A girl with a balloon popped into a prestigious auction and popped out with a destructive shred.
Art patrons quickly realized they had been framed.
“Girl With Balloon,” a painting by British artist Banksy, was sold at a Sotheby’s auction Friday night in London for more than $1 million, the BBC reported.
As soon as the winning telephone bid had been verified, the street artist’s most recognized work suddenly passed through a shredder that was installed in the frame, the BBC reported.
Posting a picture of the moment on Instagram, Banksy wrote: "Going, going, gone ...
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, the auction house’s head of European contemporary art, said after the sale. “He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius.”
Girl With Balloon first appeared on a wall in east London, The Guardian reported. The 2006 gallery version featured spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on a board.
Banksy’s identity has never been officially revealed. He is noted for a series of satirical graffiti pieces that appeared on buildings in the United Kingdom, the BBC reported.
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