Brekky Wrap: Young Mum Fatally Shoots Toddler Son, Then Herself
All the news you need to know this Wednesday morning.
A mother, believed to be pregnant, has allegedly fatally shot her toddler son before turning the gun on herself in America's Rocky Mountain National Park.
Colorado authorities discovered the bodies of Tristen Watson, 24, and her 17-month-old son, Christopher, on the Beaver Meadows Trail, not far from their parked car, according to local news reports.
The Colorado Spring Gazette said authorities found the pair while responding to reports of a “suicidal subject".
On Monday, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office declared Watson had shot her son in the head before turning the gun on herself, ruling the incident a murder-suicide.
The Coloradoan also reported that a Facebook post from Watson indicated she was pregnant with a girl and due in June. Officials have not confirmed this.
A Melbourne-based laboratory is the first outside China to develop a lab-grown version of the coronavirus.
This is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly disease which has claimed more than 100 lives -- and that figure is expected to rise.
ABC News reports that the discovery means Australian scientists can now develop tests to identify people who might be infected, even before they show symptoms.
Experts at Melbourne's Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity have deemed the discovery "game-changing" and will hopefully help scientists determine whether vaccines might be effective in treating the disease.
it is understood they now plan to share their findings with the World Health Organisation which will share it with labs worldwide.
The team of scientists grew the virus from a patient who had been infected since Friday, according to ABC News.
Parents of public school students on the Gold Coast have been left outraged after the school reportedly asked them to pay for the ongoing cost of air conditioning.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that the parents had already fundraised cash to install the air conditioners.
But now members of the Gold Coast Parents and Citizen groups (P&Cs) -- who worked to install the units -- have been calling for annual contributions of up to $50 to cover additional fees for ongoing maintenance.
It is understood only a handful of schools were approved for air conditioning in the state's 2019-2020 budget. They were chosen based on having the highest number of days over 30 degrees in terms one and four.
Environmental consultant Larissa Rose, director of Glowing Green Australia, believes the cost of running air conditioning systems for a year can cost schools between $5,000 and a $15,000.
Almost one-in-two Australian adults released from prison are back behind bars within two years, the Productivity Commission has found.
The latest report on justice services in Australia released on Wednesday showed recidivism rates have been slowly on the rise since 2014-15.
During that financial year, 44.5 percent of adults released were back in prison for a new offence within two years, and in 2018-19 it was 46.4 percent.
The commission also found nearly a quarter of people discharged from community corrections orders were back under a new order or in prison within two years.
Figures show slightly fewer community corrections orders were completed in 2018-19 than 2009-10.
An American recovery team has recovered the bodies of two US service personnel from the site of a Air Force plane clash in Afghanistan.
They were the only two people on board the Air Force E-11A electronic surveillance aircraft when it went down on Monday in Ghazni province, a US defence official said.
The identities of the two have not been publicly announced, pending notification of their relatives.
Earlier on Tuesday, Afghan forces and Taliban fighters clashed in a central region where the US military plane crashed as the government tried to reach the wreckage site in a Taliban stronghold.
The US defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said multiple attempts had been made to recover the remains but they had been hampered by the terrain and weather.
US President Donald Trump has revealed his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem.
It ends speculation as to whether his administration, in preparing a proposal without input from Palestinian leaders, would abandon a "two-state resolution" to the conflict.
Trump's plan, unveiled at the White House on Tuesday, more than doubles the territory currently under Palestinian control, although it also recognises Israeli sovereignty over major settlement blocs in the West Bank, something to which the Palestinians will almost certainly object.
However, the Palestinians have already rejected the proposal, accusing Trump of being biased in favour of Israel as he has adopted policies that bolster Israel at their expense.
The plan does call for a four-year freeze in new Israeli settlement construction, during which time details of a comprehensive agreement would be negotiated.
However, it was not immediately clear if the freeze could be extended if a final deal is not concluded in the four years.
An emotional Novak Djokovic choked back tears in a post-match interview with tennis great John McEnroe after he asked the world number two to reflect on the news of Kobe Bryant's death.
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in California on Monday morning.
After Nick Kyrgios paid tribute to the NBA great by wearing a Lakers jersey on court, Djokovic followed suit donning a jacket featuring Bryant's initials as he walked out on Rod Laver Arena.
"I don't know what we could say ... it really caught us by surprise," Djokovic told McEnroe.
"He was one of the greatest athletes of all time. He inspired myself and many other people around the world.
"I had the fortune to have a personal relationship with him and when I needed some advice and some support he was there for me.
"He was my mentor, my friend, and it's just heartbreaking to see what has happened to him and his daughter."
The Serbian sensation knocked over Milos Raonic in straight sets to progress to the semi finals.