The Sydney Morning Herald National Headlines

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Superquiz and Target, Monday, January 22

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01/21/2018 01:01 PM
'It still hurts my heart': Chinese students sold sick cats by online sellers

Chinese students buying cats online have been snagged by unscrupulous sellers, they claim.
01/21/2018 08:16 AM
Light plane crash kills woman in Tasmania

A woman is dead after the light aircraft she was travelling in overshot the runway and crashed in Tasmania's northeast.
01/20/2018 03:21 PM
Former army member arrested in Serbia had steel business that failed

A former army member arrested in Serbia in a major drug smuggling investigation ran a business with his alleged co-accused that went bust with $11.5 million in debt and was accused of being operated improperly.
01/20/2018 01:15 PM
Inside a secret Border Force warehouse are hundreds of victims of international wildlife trade

An exclusive look inside a hidden warehouse that houses hundreds of endangered wildlife products seized by Australian Border Force officers.
01/20/2018 01:15 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.
01/20/2018 01:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday January 21

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01/21/2018 07:12 AM
Hopes for Tasmania's 'Battery of the Nation' dangle by a cable, or two

Tasmania could become a renewable energy powerhouse for the nation, but the concept largely hinges on interconnection issues that have not always gone well.
01/19/2018 01:15 PM
A year after Bourke Street, the city can still hear the echoes

Those minutes of carnage that would change Melbourne forever – it feels like both a lifetime and a blink of an eye has passed since then.
01/19/2018 11:19 PM
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday January 20

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01/19/2018 01:01 PM
Chicken or the egg? Why free-range eggs 'win' over free-range chickens

In surveys, Australians say they'll pay more for free-range – but then don't. Why do we lie?
01/19/2018 10:22 AM
Finnish education expert critical of NAPLAN ahead of his move to Australia

When world-renowned education expert Dr Pasi Sahlberg moves his family from Finland to Australia this year, his young children will forego the opportunity to get their start in the best school system in the world.
01/20/2018 11:46 AM
'Mystical' contemporary art celebrates Australia

Signed, limited-edition giclee prints of works by iconic contemporary artist Joshua Yeldham are available to purchase at thestore.com.au/yeldham
01/19/2018 06:00 AM
Construction manager with links to Tax Office sting arrested in Belgrade bust

A wealthy property developer entangled in the Australian Taxation Office fraud sting is accused of playing a key role in an international cocaine syndicate busted in Serbia on Tuesday.
01/19/2018 12:58 AM
Major breakthrough as researchers develop blood test for eight common cancers

An annual blood test for eight common cancers could soon become part of Australians' regular health check-up, revolutionising early detection for the deadly disease and potentially saving thousands of lives.
01/18/2018 10:29 PM
Businessman Rohan Arnold raced in Sydney to Hobart weeks before dramatic drug arrest

Rohan Arnold one of three Australians arrested in Serbia over 1.2 tonnes of cocaine seized in Sydney.
01/18/2018 05:49 PM
Water births becoming popular in Australia, but half who want it won't take the plunge

Kelly Boateng has given birth in water three times. Research shows for low-risk women, water births come with many benefits.
01/18/2018 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, January 19

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01/18/2018 01:01 PM
Best of the world in pictures

The best photos from the international wire agencies.
01/18/2018 01:01 PM
Best of the world: January 19, 2018

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.
01/18/2018 01:36 PM
'Best day of my life': Why a New York cop made a special visit to this Canberra nursing home

When 85-year-old Berenice Benson steps into the lift at her Canberra nursing home, she is taken somewhere else.
01/20/2018 12:27 AM
Malaysia Airlines flight MH122 lands in Alice Springs after 'loud noise, shaking'

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur has been diverted to Alice Springs after it suffered "technical issues" in the air on Thursday afternoon.
01/18/2018 02:17 PM
Popular pot plant causes string of serious ear injuries

Doctor says although the yucca is a “nice plant” people may consider giving it a haircut following a series of accidents.
01/18/2018 09:47 PM
New test for STI superbug you've probably never heard of

A new test to detect a superbug similar to chlamydia is being rolled out across the nation – and experts are urging those with symptoms including painful urination to get checked.
01/17/2018 10:21 PM
Pharmacy lobby groups make final push for change as over-the-counter codeine ban looms

There are two weeks left before over-the-counter codeine is banned, but lobby groups remain determined to fight the ban and are targeting state MPs and ministers.
01/18/2018 05:53 AM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday January 18

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01/17/2018 01:01 PM
'Serious case of negligence': Scientists blast controls on coral-eating starfish

Federal-funded efforts to contain the fourth big outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef are "sporadic" and a "serious case of negligence" that will likely fail, a leading scientist said.
01/17/2018 10:59 AM
Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, January 17

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01/16/2018 01:01 PM
Fewer students make the grade for teaching courses as new standards take effect

Victorian students are abandoning teaching courses as tough new entry standards come into force.
01/16/2018 12:45 PM
First round offers: It's getting harder to get into university

Students are flocking to nursing, Victoria's most popular university course has become easier to get into and medicine remains the most competitive degree.
01/16/2018 06:52 AM
You didn't receive an offer - what happens now?

Not everyone will receive a course offer today. Here's what you can do if your name hasn't been published.
01/16/2018 06:30 AM
Tertiary offers: Your questions answered

Frequently asked questions about the first round of tertiary offers.
01/16/2018 03:00 AM
How the offer system works

While some courses select by ATAR, few rely solely on this single measure.
01/16/2018 03:00 AM
Did you get a first round university offer for 2018?

Receiving an offer does not confirm your enrolment in the course. Accepting an offer does not stop reduce your chances for future offers.
01/16/2018 03:57 AM
No Channel Seven, Cottrell is no 'right wing activist'. He's dangerous

Men like Cottrell, smart enough to present as having genuine alternatives to a failing system, are more dangerous than all the bellowing idiots with death’s head tattoos.
01/16/2018 12:05 AM
The university courses the most people are applying for this year

More than 65,000 people have applied for a tertiary place through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre, seeking a place in one of more than 1800 courses. These are the most popular courses.
01/15/2018 11:59 PM
Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, January 16

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01/15/2018 01:01 PM
Australian Bahais fear for relatives in Yemen after detainee sentenced to death

The mayor of Hornsby in Sydney's north, Philip Ruddock, has spoken of his horror at the death sentence.
01/15/2018 09:16 AM
Pregnancy really does make women more forgetful: Study

"Baby brain" during pregnancy is a significant phenomenon that requires more analysis, researchers say.
01/14/2018 08:50 PM
Best of the world: January 16, 2018

Fairfax Media's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.
01/15/2018 01:01 PM
Radford College introduces compulsory building levy for 2018 school year

Radford College has made compulsory a $1190 building levy for new families ahead of an ambitious campus redevelopment aimed at expanding the school by 25 per cent.
01/14/2018 01:00 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, January 15

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01/14/2018 11:57 AM
'Is this it?': Australian mother feared for her life during Hawaii missile false alarm

Missile threat was an 'emotional rollercoaster', says angry Aussie in Hawaii.
01/14/2018 06:42 AM
Alarm over drug companies' extravagant spending and influence on doctors

Sponsoring "educational activities" for doctors is so financially lucrative that drug companies are spending upwards of $200,000 on a single event, sparking fresh calls for a ban.
01/14/2018 05:15 AM
Facebook is making a big change to your news feed

Facebook is radically altering the formula that determines what bubbles to the top of people's news feed.
01/13/2018 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday January 14

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01/13/2018 01:01 PM
FSANZ apologises to nanotechnology experts for misrepresenting views about nanoparticles in baby formula

The Food Regulator had to apologise to its own nanotechnology expert advisory group for misrepresenting their views in a public statement about nanoparticles in baby formula, internal emails reveal.
01/13/2018 01:00 PM
Bunnings to pull pesticide allegedly linked to bee deaths

A controversial pesticide allegedly linked to bee death will be pulled from Bunnings' shelves by the end of this year, a spokesman has confirmed.
01/13/2018 02:12 AM
Code breaker: cracking the tech industry glass ceiling

Tech entrepreneur Ally Watson has turned her passion for teaching coding to girls into a full-time business.
01/12/2018 01:15 PM
Cartoonist Ron Tandberg a clever and liberating mischief-maker

Ron Tandberg once told me that he likened his role to that of a heckler: the irreverent, nimble voice from the crowd who was able to cast an enlightening or corrupting spell of hilarity upon an audience, bringing the whole show into well-deserved ridicule
01/13/2018 09:01 PM
Target, Saturday January 13

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01/12/2018 01:01 PM
Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found

In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in south-eastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.
01/12/2018 10:58 AM
Family of Amy 'Dolly' Everett urges people to 'be kind' at teen's funeral

The devastated family of Amy "Dolly" Everett has issued an emotional plea for parents to do all they can to stamp out bullying as they fondly remembered their own "kind, gentle, loving little girl".
01/12/2018 08:32 AM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, January 12

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01/11/2018 01:01 PM
Thousands claim compensation for misleading Nurofen products

Thousands of compensation claims have been lodged over Nurofen products that were purported to tackle specific types of pain but which all contained the same active ingredient.
01/11/2018 07:42 AM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday January 11

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01/10/2018 08:01 AM
Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, January 10

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01/09/2018 01:01 PM
Record warmth in the east made 2017 Australia's third-hottest year on record

Australia's posted its third-warmest year on record in 2017, with the eastern half including NSW and Queensland notching their hottest annual readings.
01/09/2018 09:21 PM
'Alarm bells ringing': Rising temperatures turn turtles all female, study finds

A new study has found that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest populations of green sea turtles all-female.
01/08/2018 06:27 PM
'Quite surprising': Near-record hot 2017, heat burst point to warming world

Another year of near-record global temperatures and the recent heat spike in major Australian cities should serve as warning of the vulnerability of populations to global warming, a leading climate researcher said.
01/08/2018 09:22 PM
Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, January 9

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01/08/2018 01:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, January 8

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01/07/2018 01:01 PM
The life and loves of Craig McLachlan

Craig McLachlan left school to pursue his dream of being an actor. He auditioned unsuccessfully for TV commercials and screen tested with Nicole Kidman.
01/08/2018 02:31 AM
Labor calls on Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to reverse APVMA relocation

Labor plans to keep up the pressure over a key decision of Barnaby Joyce.
01/07/2018 01:00 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday January 7

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01/06/2018 01:01 PM
'All happening very quickly': Tesla battery sends a jolt through energy markets

When it comes to hype, there is probably nobody as outlandish as US-based billionaire Elon Musk and his Tesla corporation.
01/06/2018 10:15 AM
Australian nutritionist urges parents to ignore snack food advice from Britain

In England, parents are being urged to limit snacks to two a day. But an Australian health expert says this advice is worrying and shouldn't be followed.
01/06/2018 04:11 AM
Target, Saturday January 6

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01/05/2018 01:01 PM
Defence criminal investigations hamstrung by discipline laws: prosecutor

Military prosecutors should take a more active role in investigating case facts, a prosecutor argues.
01/05/2018 01:00 PM
Gallery of Fairfax photos of the week

A week in photos from award winning Fairfax photographers for the week ending January 4, 2018
01/05/2018 10:19 AM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, January 5

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01/04/2018 01:01 PM
'Disoriented' Australian man Kris Larsen rescued in homemade boat off Hawaii

Kris Larsen's homemade boat was knocked off course on a journey from Panama to Australia.
01/04/2018 06:24 AM
ATAR results: International Baccalaureate students receive their scores

Hundreds of Australian students have received their International Baccalaureate results today, almost three weeks after their VCE and HSC counterparts.
01/04/2018 10:25 PM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday January 4

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01/03/2018 01:01 PM
Charge of the batteries: Pressure on NSW as Victoria joins line for large-scale battery

The Victorian government has signed a "support agreement" for a 20-megawatt battery for the Bulgana Green Power Hub.
01/03/2018 10:31 PM
Flight from hell: Couple complain to Jetstar about homophobic slurs from passenger

Melbourne couple claim they were subjected to a barrage of homophobic actions on a flight from Melbourne to Perth.
01/03/2018 01:25 PM
Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, January 3

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01/02/2018 01:01 PM
McGrath Foundation Pink Test aims to raise $1.3m to help breast cancer patients

When Kristy Herschell was going through her breast cancer battle, she always had the physical, psychological and emotional support of a McGrath breast care nurse.
01/09/2018 10:31 PM
Bupa slams comparator websites for diverting funds from healthcare and demands transparency

One of Australia's biggest health funds has accused comparator websites of being a "significant cost on the system", diverting $200 million a year from healthcare to their own bottom line.
01/02/2018 10:47 PM
Australian child sex abusers on notice in Thailand

Thailand had become the "webcam centre for child pornography", warns experts.
01/02/2018 04:49 AM
'Full might': Low-lying coastal areas inundated as sun, moon join to lift tides

A combination of astronomy and meteorology is bringing tidal floods to low-lying regions.
01/02/2018 02:26 AM
Man killed by lightning at Kings Canyon

A man was killed after he was hit by lightning during a family walk along a popular track in central Australia on New Year's Day.
01/01/2018 11:00 PM
Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, January 2

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01/01/2018 01:01 PM
Tasmania Police charge man over alleged Marion Bay Falls Festival assault

A 32-year-old man has been charged in relation to an alleged assault at the Marion Bay Falls Festival.
01/01/2018 10:42 AM
70 years ago today, the 40-hour, five day working week began

This article was first published in The Age on January 1, 1948
01/01/2018 05:56 AM
Why do we have so many flies in Australia? Here's swat's what

As you wave flies away from your face for what feels like the thousandth time, console yourself with this thought: without them, we'd probably be up to our necks in poo.
01/01/2018 02:49 AM
Credit card debt: Typical balance at a 10-year low prior to Christmas

It was once routine for our collective credit card bill to smash records during the festive season. But consumers are now more cautious.
12/31/2017 01:15 PM
Much of nation should expect summer to turn damper, cooler to kick off 2018

A looming heatwave in early 2018 is unlikely to augur an exceptionally hot year for Australia as a weak La Nina in the Pacific will start to tilt the odds to relatively cool and wet conditions for much of the nation.
12/31/2017 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, January 1

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12/31/2017 01:01 PM
What sugar really does to your brain

That craving you feel for something sweet might be a harmful addiction.
01/01/2018 07:07 AM
Screening in the skies above you: the new year's 'supermoon trilogy'

All new years start with a bang, but the special effects rolled out in the night sky this January will be astronomical.
12/31/2017 05:46 AM
Observatory Hill: Sydney's unique repository of data on stars and storms

Sydney's Observatory Hill has witnessed a few storms over the years, and not all of them were meteorological.
12/30/2017 11:07 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday December 31

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12/30/2017 01:48 PM
Teenager sexually assaulted in Falls Festival mosh pit

A teenager has been sexually assaulted in a mosh pit at the Tasmanian arm of the music festival.
12/30/2017 11:48 AM
2017: The year Canberra went troppo, #MeToo mattered and Trump troubled all

2017 was a year on a bender, for better and worse - and with that as the theme we were left staggering in its wake, trying to keep up.
12/30/2017 07:38 AM
Australian Defence Force on alert after Russian military exercise

Defence personnel were operating under "increased readiness" in Darwin earlier this month after Russian bombers reportedly flew out of an Indonesian military base and close to Australia, it has been revealed.
12/30/2017 04:10 AM
Target, Saturday December 30

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12/29/2017 01:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, December 29

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12/28/2017 02:56 AM
Malaysian prosecutors appeal against Australian grandmother's acquittal

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto will not be allowed to return home for months after prosecutors lodged an appeal.
12/28/2017 07:53 AM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday December 28

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12/27/2017 01:01 PM