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Sour milk spill prompts centre's evacuation
June 16, 2010 at 2:46 PM


THE source of toxic fumes which sent six people to hospital and forced the evacuation of an Albert Park training centre has been blamed on ... sour milk.
 

Dupas murder trial to go ahead
June 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM


THE murder trial against Peter Dupas will go ahead as the High Court today gave its reasons why it had dismissed his appeal.
 

Tsunami fears over for Papua residents
June 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM


THE tsunami warning issued after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck near north coast of Papua has reportedly been cancelled.
 

Two pedestrians hit, one trapped under car
June 16, 2010 at 1:34 PM


TWO pedestrians have been hit in the Hobart CBD, with one initially trapped under the car.
 

Miners to launch new anti-tax ads
June 16, 2010 at 1:24 PM


THE mining industry has strapped itself in for a long-haul fight over the resources super profits tax, as the prospects for a negotiated deal with Rudd Government appeared no closer.
 

Mansell to plead not guilty to murder
June 16, 2010 at 1:22 PM


CAMERON Mansell will plead not guilty to murdering Perth millionaire Craig Puddy, his lawyer says.
 

Cemetery battle ends with 15 more bodies
June 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM


MEXICAN troops have clashed with the hitmen for suspected drug-traffickers in a cemetery, leaving 15 people dead.
 

Dollar up more than 1c from yesterday
June 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM


THE dollar was higher at noon as firm second tier domestic data failed to excite investors after a strong overnight rally.
 

Train kills woman
June 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM


A WOMAN has died after being hit by a train in Melbourne's south-east, with the incident triggering major delays.
 

Young National Party deregisters
June 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM


THE Young National Party of Australia has been officially deregistered with the AEC after 40 years as a political party.
 

Tahu right to quit - Keneally
June 16, 2010 at 12:16 PM


NEW South Wales winger Timana Tahu's decision to quit the Blues over a racist comment was courageous, Premier Kristina Keneally says.
 

Home building biggest in nearly 6 years
June 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM


BUILDERS started work on a total 42,399 new homes in the three months to the end of March, the biggest quarterly number in nearly six years, data shows.
 

Councils want asylum seekers
June 16, 2010 at 11:56 AM


THE WA outback town of Leonora has been approached by councils across the country interested in housing asylum seekers in their communities.
 

Call for legal help in disaster plans
June 16, 2010 at 11:40 AM


LEGAL assistance should be an essential part of any emergency plan after natural disasters, a report into the Black Saturday bushfires  recommends.
 

Abortion clinic women face Hep C test
June 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM


ALMOST 30 New Zealand women will be tested for Hepatitis C after potentially being exposed to the infection at an abortion clinic.
 

BP backs President Obama on 'mutual goals'
June 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM


BP said today it shares the goals of US President Barack Obama in shutting off the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.
 

NATO troops, Afghan official killed
June 16, 2010 at 10:59 AM


FIVE NATO troops died today, making June among the deadliest months of the nearly nine-year-old Afghan war.
 

Linnell cleared of lying to police watchdog
June 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM


CONVICTIONS against ex-police media director Stephen Linnell for lying to the Victoria Police watchdog have been quashed.
 

Nicole Richie touches down in Sydney
June 16, 2010 at 10:48 AM


HOLLYWOOD It girl Nicole Richie touched down in Sydney this morning sans her rocker fiance and two children.
 

Sperm whale poo helps planet
June 16, 2010 at 9:35 AM


FAECES from sperm whales help remove carbon from the atmosphere, a study shows.
 

Airlines lose 25m bags each year
June 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM


IT looks like having the right travel insurance is more than a good idea with latest figures showing more than 25 million items of luggage go missing at major airports every year.
 

Parents reunited with wandering toddler
June 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM


A NAPPY-CLAD toddler found wandering along a Melbourne main road has been reunited with his parents.
 

Michael Jackson's brother in hospital
June 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM


THE youngest of the Jackson brothers, Randy, was rushed to hospital today after he reported having chest pains.
 

Toddler found wandering on main road
June 16, 2010 at 8:48 AM


A NAPPY-WEARING toddler has been found wandering alone near a major Melbourne road in chilly conditions.
 

Man thrown from car in accident with semi
June 16, 2010 at 8:47 AM


A MAN was thrown from his car in a serious accident with a B-double semi-trailer on the mid north coast overnight.
 

Tax negotiations ongoing, says Albanese
June 16, 2010 at 8:43 AM


CONSTRUCTIVE negotiations are continuing on the controversial mining profits tax but the Government is in no position to seek to legislate the tax just yet, a Government frontbencher says.
 

BP shares rise as politicians grill execs
June 16, 2010 at 8:39 AM


SHARES of BP rose overnight even as politicians in Washington grilled a company executive about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
 

EU warns Spain, Portugal to 'keep cutting'
June 16, 2010 at 8:30 AM


THE European Union has warned Spain and Portugal they will have to keep up budget cuts in 2012 to curb their deficits and rein in a debt crisis that has sapped investor confidence in Europe's economy.
 

Security guard cleans gun, shoots passerby
June 16, 2010 at 8:26 AM


A PASSERBY was accidentally shot as a bungling security guard cleaned his gun outside an Indian bank.
 

Kids left in hot car scrawl 'help' message
June 16, 2010 at 5:55 AM


TWO children scrawled a "help" message to passers-by when they were trapped in a hot car for up to an hour.
 

Transplant patient given smoker's lungs
June 16, 2010 at 4:41 AM


THE grieving father of a British transplant patient who died after being given the lungs of a long-term smoker said his daughter should never have received smoker's organs.
 

Couple survive hit by same lightning bolt
June 16, 2010 at 4:15 AM


A RUSSIAN couple survived being simultaneously struck by the same fork of lightning as they clung to one another in terror.
 

New 'morning after' pill safe, effective
June 16, 2010 at 4:00 AM


A NEW "morning after" pill that can be taken up to five days after a sexual encounter is safe, efficient, and presents no unexpected side effects, US regulatory staff said.
 

Cop jailed for waiving tickets for sex
June 16, 2010 at 2:33 AM


A FORMER policeman was jailed today for having sex with women drivers in exchange for letting them off driving offences.
 

British PM apologises for Bloody Sunday
June 16, 2010 at 1:39 AM


BRITISH Prime Minister apologises for the Bloody Sunday killings, calling them "unjustified and unjustifiable."
 

TV pundit axed over beer babes scandal
June 16, 2010 at 12:23 AM


BROADCASTER fires soccer pundit after World Cup tickets allocated to him were used for unauthorised purposes.
 

Baby boomers 'have no savings to live on'
June 16, 2010 at 12:04 AM


BABY boomer women who retire will have just two years' worth of savings to live on, a report shows.
 

Victoria braced for monster 130km/h winds
June 15, 2010 at 10:44 PM


VICTORIANS can expect a battering from winds of up to 130km/h as a strong cold front approaches the state on tomorrow night.
 

Sick mums may get paid parental leave
June 15, 2010 at 10:27 PM


WOMEN who have to take time off work because of difficulties during pregnancy could be eligible for paid parental leave.
 

Bangladesh landslides leave 42 dead
June 15, 2010 at 10:18 PM


AT least 42 people were killed by landslides and flash floods in southern Bangladesh.
 

Alcoholic drink claims to ease hangovers
June 15, 2010 at 9:59 PM


BUT health and safety experts say Outox is a sham and will only encourage drink driving.
 

Adventurers re-enact Bligh's epic voyage
June 15, 2010 at 9:47 PM


FOUR sailors re-enact harrowing 47-day voyage Bligh made after mutiny on the HMS Bounty.
 

FBI kept files on presidential 'orgies'
June 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM


FBI kept files on "orgies" involving Kennedy brothers, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack.
 

Journalist shot dead at singing contest
June 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM


AN outspoken radio journalist has been shot dead while hosting a singing contest in the Philippines.
 

Another asylum seeker boat arrives
June 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM


A NAVY patrol boat has intercepted a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers off Australia's northwest.
 

Don't embarrass us, government told town
June 15, 2010 at 8:16 PM


THE federal government made sure it wouldn't be embarrassed by sending asylum seekers to the remote West Australian town of Leonora, shire president Jeff Carter says.
 

'Too sexy' banker hires feminist lawyer
June 15, 2010 at 6:58 PM


THE self-proclaimed "too sexy" banker Debrahlee Lorenzana is pulling out the heavy artillery, hiring media-savvy feminist lawyer Gloria Allred.
 

Young couple murdered in 'honour killing'
June 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM


New Delhi police said they had today arrested the father and uncle of a girl found stabbed, gagged and electrocuted along with her boyfriend in an apparent gruesome case of "honour killing".
 

Landslides kill 42
June 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM


OFFICIALS say landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 42 people and left several others missing in southeastern Bangladesh.
 

Japan considering leaving IWC
June 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM


JAPAN is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission if no progress is made towards easing an international ban on commercial whaling, its fisheries minister said today.
 

Housing bubble not real, says RBA
June 15, 2010 at 6:27 PM


THE Reserve Bank of Australia has downplayed concerns over a house price bubble in Australia, but painted a bleak picture for heavily indebted governments.
 

Man hunting bin Laden with sword arrested
June 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM


AN American civilian who said he was hunting for Osama bin Laden and fighting the Taliban was arrested in northwestern Pakistan, according to local media reports.
 

Sex predator who 'read auras' avoids jail
June 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM


A PREDATORY Vietnam veteran who indecently assaulted three women after claiming he could read auras has escaped prison time.
 

Man accused of sexually abusing a baby
June 15, 2010 at 5:40 PM


A SYDNEY man videoed himself sexually abusing eight children, including a baby whose "terror and extreme distress are quite palpable", a judge has been told.
 

'Bloody Sunday' inquiry to make finding
June 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM


THE findings of the longest-running and most expensive public inquiry in British legal history will be published Tuesday.
 

Bar maid fined for scanty clothing
June 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM


A SCANTILY-dressed barmaid has been fined $300 after two police officers sitting at a bar in Perth decided she was showing too much buttock.
 

Barmaid fined for scanty clothing
June 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM


A SCANTILY-dressed barmaid has been fined $300 after two police officers sitting at a bar in Perth decided she was showing too much buttock.
 

Shares close flat after choppy trade
June 15, 2010 at 4:48 PM


THE share market finished flat, amid choppy trading that lacked clear direction.
 

Man not guilty of murdering wife's lover
June 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM


A SYDNEY man has been found not guilty of murdering his estranged wife's former lover, but guilty of his manslaughter.
 

Landslides kill 23
June 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM


OFFICIALS say landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 23 people and left several others missing in southeastern Bangladesh.
 

Trio charged with counterfeiting
June 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM


THREE Cairns residents have been arrested for manufacturing counterfeit money.
 

Pin to identify pregnant women on trains
June 15, 2010 at 4:27 PM


A MELBOURNE man fed up waiting for train passengers to offer a seat to his wife decided to make it clear she is pregnant - with a pin.
 

Wesfarmers warns on mining tax
June 15, 2010 at 4:15 PM


WESFARMERS says the mining tax could dent dividends it pays to shareholders.
 

Australian to sue Timorese president
June 15, 2010 at 3:54 PM


AN Australian woman cleared of plotting to assassinate East Timor's top political leaders intends to sue the country's president for defamation.
 

Bulk carrier 'didn't offer Watson help'
June 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM


TEENAGE solo sailor Jessica Watson and the watchkeepers of a bulk carrier were jointly responsible for their collision off Queensland, an investigation has found.