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Secret files reveal threat level to Newman

YOUNG woman who viciously assaulted a 77-year-old partly-blind pensioner on a Gold Coast bus has been sentenced - and slammed as a 'lout and an idiot' by the magistrate. SUPERMARKET giant Woolworths has been slapped with a court action by the Australian consumer watchdog, after allegedly selling unsafe products despite knowing they were potentially dangerous.

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Tue Sep 16, 2014

Food Industry

Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield

Researchers in Adelaide believe they have found a way to increase yield of the wheat central to pasta production, while their colleagues have discovered how to make a bowl of spaghetti more healthy without compromising its taste. The researchers have been working with Adelaide University's durum wheat breeding programme and released DBA-Aurora, a new variety of durum that promises a step-change in potential production in southern Australia.

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Wimmera Mail-Times

Horsham welcomes new Australian citizens at ceremony

NEW CITIZENS: Reza Farzan, Leila Mahmoudi and daughter Tara Farzan, Rhu Tha Thaw Pay, Horsham Mayor David Grimble, Oluwafemi Ogunoye, Oluwafemi Ogunoye, Priscilla Ogunoye, Oluwafemi Ogunoye and Oluwatosin Ogunoye. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI Reza Farzan, Tara Farzan, Leila Mahmoudi, Oluwafemi Ogunoye, Priscilla Ogunoye, Oluwafemi Ogunoye, Oluwatosin Ogunoye and Rhu Tha Thaw Pay took an oath to become citizens in a ceremony led by Mayor David Grimble.

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ABC News

An Australian Story about finding meaning through turtle conservation

Faced with life-threatening cancer, a big-city advertising executive looked to North West Australia's threatened turtles to bring meaning to her life. Dorothy Dickinson is a partner in a successful advertising firm and lives a life with all the trappings that kind of success brings.

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97.1 ZHT

10-Year-Old Goldfish Undergoes Brain Surgery

In the hands of a less skilled surgeon, the patient could have ended up being flushed: After a 45-minute operation that a veterinarian in Melbourne, Australia, describes as "fiddly," a life-threatening brain tumor was removed from a goldfish named George last week, the BBC reports. On its Facebook page , the Lort Smith Animal Hospital explains how Dr. Tristan Rich knocked George out by putting him in a bucket of anesthetic-laced water, removed the tumor, and then sealed the wound with sutures and tissue glue.

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Wall Street Journal

Australia Presses Russia, China on Islamic State

SYDNEY, Australia-The threat posed by Islamic State to global security should prompt Russia and China to give at least tacit backing to an international coalition targeting radical jihadists in Syria and Iraq, rotating United Nations Security Council member Australia said Tuesday.

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Yahoo!

Father of two missing NSW boys arrested

The father of two missing boys has been arrested but his two sons remain unaccounted for on the NSW north coast. Jayden and Joseph Brady disappeared from a Tweed Heads home in the early hours of Sunday morning and were believed to be with their father.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Age

Australian flag-change champions aflutter ahead of Scottish independence vote

That is because Mr Rieben may be Australia's foremost flag change fanatic. He is hoping a break-away Scotland could alter not only the Union Jack but Australians' attitudes towards their own banner.

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NEWS.com.au

PM snubs UN climate summit

TWO students have been taken to hospital after a loud thunderclap affected up to 30 teenagers who were on an school oval. THE grief-stricken friends of the 16-year-old girl killed in a 4WD crash involving an unlicensed driver made an emotional plea for motorists to slow down.

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CBS Local

Australian Mosquito That Contributes To Heartworm In Dogs Found In Monterey Park, Montebello

An Australian mosquito capable of transmitting viruses to humans and a major contributor to heartworm in dogs was discovered at homes in Monterey Park and Montebello, vector-control officials said Monday. It's not known if the discovery of the mosquito, formally known as Aedes notoscriptus but referred to as "Aussie Mozzie," presents a public health risk.

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Central Western Daily

Investigators gather evidence at Mudgee plane crash site

AIR safety investigators will spend the next few days examining the site in Mudgee where a Victorian couple died in a light-plane crash. AIR safety investigators will spend the next few days examining the site in Mudgee where a Victorian couple died in a light-plane crash.

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KRNV-TV Reno

Nicole Kidman's father dies

Dr. Anthony Kidman was pronounced dead in hospital after suffering a fall while visiting Nicole's sister Antonia in Singapore. He was thought to be in his 80s.

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The Age

Edward Snowden reveals tapping of major Australia-New Zealand undersea telecommunications cable

A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and New Zealand to North America has been tapped to allow the United States National Security Agency and its espionage partners to comprehensively harvest Australian and New Zealand internet data. Documents published by The Intercept website by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden show that New Zealand's electronic spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau , worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system based on covert access to the Southern Cross undersea cable network .

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Suria

Environmentalists criticise Australia...

Environmentalists criticised a new Australian government plan released Monday to protect the Great Barrier Reef in the face of UN concerns, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline. Environmentalists have criticised a new Australian government plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline - by Ray Berkelmans The draft plan, now open for consultation, comes after UNESCO threatened to put the reef on its World Heritage "in danger" list and gave Canberra until February 1, 2015 to submit a report on what it was doing to protect the natural wonder.

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WWWM-FM Toledo

Kanye West Asks Handicapped Fans to Stand at Australian Concert

Kanye West had an awkward moment at his concert Friday night in Sydney, Australia, when he insisted that everyone in the audience stand up, including two handicapped people in wheelchairs. A YouTube video of the incident shows the 37-year-old rapper ordering everyone in the audience to stand up for the next song.

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The Globe and Mail

Australia probes 'threats' against hospitals days after stepping up terror alert

Australian police were investigating "threats" on Monday against four hospitals in the city of Sydney amid reports of at least one being partially evacuated over a bomb threat, just days after the country raised its terror alert level to "high". Patients and hospital staff were evacuated from parts of Prince of Wales Private Hospital, while police also went to Royal Prince Alfred hospital, Longueville Private hospital and Royal North Shore hospital, media reported.

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NEWS.com.au

Qld dog stabbed for disobedience

THE 65-year-old Cairns resident faces up to seven years jail for allegedly stabbing his labrador Tangles with a small kitchen knife on Saturday night. "His story was that the dog was being disobedient and we believe that alcohol was involved," Senior Constable Heidi Marek told AAP.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Scoop

RESEND: Infratil shares gain on Australian energy sale

Infratil shares rose to the highest in more than six years on the prospect of a capital return after the A$605 million sale of its Australian energy operations, which will generate a $44 million fee for manager HRL Morrison and Co. The Wellington-based company sold Lumo Energy and Direct Connect Australia after reviewing its ownership of the assets in May, and the deal is expected to complete at the end of this month, Infratil said in a statement late on Friday.

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Daily Mail

Was Australian mining executive MURDERED in Peru? Three arrested...

Was Australian mining executive MURDERED in Peru? Three arrested after man found dead in his apartment surrounded by drugs after spending the night with three women The death of an Australian mining executive who was found dead in his apartment in Peru surrounded by drugs is now the subject of a murder investigation. Jeff Hunter's body was discovered in the luxury unit he rented in Miraflores, Lima, with a plastic bag on his head, after he had spent the night with three women.

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The New Zealand Herald

South Australia: Filling up in ocean's pantry

High praise indeed. The waitress was describing the banana pancakes on the menu at Sarins in the Port Lincoln Hotel.

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