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09/25/2017 01:28 PM
A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack pleads guilty to child porn charges
A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack has pleaded guilty to two child porn offences.
09/25/2017 11:54 PM
Canberra mother dies after contracting influenza
Jennifer Thew has died after complications linked to the flu.
09/25/2017 11:51 PM
'Let's paint the cows!': Black cattle get fluoro yellow stripe in Tiger tribute
Victorian farmer has painted cows so they look like Richmond and given them numbers into the bargain.
09/25/2017 11:45 PM
Police step up hunt for gunmen who chased, killed man on Roxburgh Park street
Homicide squad detectives have released an image of a man they wish to speak to over fatal shooting.
09/25/2017 11:40 PM
North Korea v Donald Trump war of words: a most dangerous game
orth Korea emerged from Donald Trump's weekend twitterstorm, with a Monday threat of its own. Is it time to worry?
09/25/2017 11:47 PM
Kathmandu lifts annual profit 14%
Kathmandu Holdings lifted annual profit 14 per cent in 2017 as sales grew in New Zealand and Australia, while it cut its debt levels to record lows.
09/25/2017 11:35 PM
New England's Tom Brady labels US President Donald Trump's comments 'divisive'
Last weekend, every NFL player and team had to make a decision about what to do during the national anthem: whether to stand, kneel, sit, lock arms or just remain in the locker room.
09/25/2017 11:34 PM
Bold Businesses podcast: Turning specialty coffee into a $50 million business at Veneziano Coffee
Focusing on the top end of the market pays off for Rocky Veneziano and Craig Dickson.
09/25/2017 11:25 PM
Sydney Airport Holdings names Geoff Culbert as CEO
Sydney Airport Holdings has appointed former GE executive Geoff Culbert as chief executive, replacing long-time boss Kerrie Mather.
09/25/2017 11:26 PM
Markets Live: ASX set to nudge higher
The ASX is set to open with mild gains, shrugging off a listless overnight performance from US and European equity markets.
09/25/2017 11:22 PM
Is this how it ends?: How we can make aged care better
There are plenty of challenges confronting policymakers and ageing Australians.
09/25/2017 11:15 PM
The 'complete nonsense answer' that Microsoft chief Satya Nadella regrets
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has long been a fan of dropping literary references into business conversation. He quoted Nietzsche in an investor call. He's paraphrased Oscar Wilde in an employee memo. He's tweeted book lists that include Plato and Piaget, and shared insights about teamwork from a nonfiction tale of the rowing team that won the 1936 Olympics.
09/25/2017 11:01 PM
Two alleged thieves ram police car in Curtain to escape arrest
A man and a woman charged with stealing a car drove at police and rammed into their car in an attempt to evade arrest on Monday night.
09/25/2017 11:14 PM
Michael Cheika frustrated as Wallabies move training base in South Africa due to small field
The Wallabies have decided to change training grounds in South Africa after a visibly frustrated Michael Cheika was seen pacing out his own steps to measure the length of what was a shorter rugby field than normal.
09/25/2017 10:50 PM
Snakes alive and biting, with three people in hospital in one night
The hot weather has brought snakes out into the open in south-east Queensland, with three people taken to hospital on Monday night after being bitten.
09/25/2017 10:46 PM
Jeremy Howe missing out on AFL Mark of the Year left many scratching their heads
Perhaps the only other sure thing heading into Brownlow Medal night, besides Dustin Martin taking home the coveted individual award, was Jeremy Howe winning the mark of the year.
09/25/2017 11:04 PM
'You can't help who you fall in love with': Frances Abbott films video for Yes campaign
Frances Abbott has thrown her support behind the Yes campaign for marriage equality, speaking about her desire to see her aunt, City of Sydney Liberal Councillor Christine Forster, able to legally wed.
09/25/2017 10:39 PM
Pharrell Williams 'takes a knee' as artists join anthem protest
Singer and producer Pharrell Williams is the latest entertainer to show solidarity with NFL players protesting President Donald Trump's call to fire players who refuse to stand during the national anthem.
09/25/2017 11:24 PM
'This is disgusting': Seven Network under fire after cadet dismissed
A Seven Network cadet lost her job at the TV station soon after she made a complaint of sexual harassment about an older male reporter.
09/25/2017 11:11 PM
Andrew Bogut hits town to join Los Angeles Lakers, with no plans to go 'Hollywood'
Andrew Bogut has arrived in Los Angeles and the big Australian joked that he hoped he will not go Hollywood.
09/25/2017 10:21 PM
Brownlow medal 2017: It’s done and Dusted
It loomed as a two-horse race that was in effect a one-horse race.
09/25/2017 11:44 PM
Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice for Arsenal in win over West Brom
Arsenal have kept up their 100 per cent home record this season with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday.
09/25/2017 10:30 PM
Woman dies after driving into the path of a road train
It's been a horror night on Queensland roads, with a passenger of a truck also killed in a rollover near Bundaberg.
09/25/2017 09:48 PM
'No warnings': Police blitz to target drivers who've got their eyes elsewhere
Using your mobile phone while driving? Chances are if you're in North Melbourne, Carlton and Parkville you will get caught.
09/25/2017 09:46 PM
People are being asked to take photos of carp getting it on around Canberra
What would Barnaby Joyce say? #carplove20
09/25/2017 09:46 PM
8@eight: US-North Korea tensions rise again
Tensions between the US and North Korea take another sour turn to knock Wall Street lower but the local sharemarket is still set for a positive start. .
09/25/2017 09:40 PM
China blocks Facebook's WhatsApp, in broadening of online censorship
China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance before a big Communist Party gathering next month.
09/25/2017 09:34 PM
'It's a basket case': Solly Lew unloads on Myer
Veteran retailer Solomon Lew has unleashed his views on what he really thinks about Myer, and the verdict?
09/25/2017 09:23 PM
NSW Police apologise to State of Origin referee Matt Cecchin over Facebook post
NSW Police have issued an apology to State of Origin referee Matt Cecchin over a Facebook post depicting him in a Queensland jersey.
09/25/2017 09:31 PM
Melbourne Express: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Melbourne Express is your morning primer - a live blog with breaking news, headlines, transport updates and weather.
09/25/2017 09:12 PM
Colliers founder lists the penthouse that made him fall for the Gold Coast
Bill McHarg, founder and former chairman of Australia's largest commercial property agency Colliers International, has been at the helm of billions of dollars worth of property development during his career — but it's his latest sale that has his heartstrings pulled tight.
09/25/2017 09:04 PM
Trent Cotchin gets what he deserves
The Trent Cotchin case boiled down to whether his collision with GWS' Dylan Shiel was "careless" or "accidental". The difference is hairline, but crucial. And the match review panel got that fine judgment right.
09/25/2017 09:03 PM
Teenagers smash stolen 4WD head-on into wall, then yell out for help
Three teenagers are lucky to be alive after the stolen car they were in burst into flames after it crashed into a concrete wall in Brisbane’s inner north.
09/25/2017 09:01 PM
At least 20,000 killed each day: What war with North Korea would look like
Scenarios of war are a sobering corrective to the notion that North Korea's nuclear capacity could be taken out in a single strike.
09/25/2017 08:59 PM
Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for September 25, 2017
The Grammy-award winning 90s R&B star now living in Canberra
09/25/2017 08:52 PM
North Korea accuses US of declaring war, threatens countermeasures
North Korea's foreign minister says that President Donald Trump has declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US strategic bombers even if they are not in the country's air space.
09/25/2017 08:40 PM
Uber CEO apologises for 'mistakes' after company hit with London ban
Uber's chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, apologised in an open letter Monday for the company's "mistakes," after the transport authority for London said last week that it would not renew the ride-hailing service's license to operate in the city.
09/25/2017 08:37 PM
Hand gesture gets Khaled Ali, Egyptian opposition, figure jail term
An up-and-coming challenger to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may be barred from running against him after receiving a jail sentence on Monday for public indecency.
09/25/2017 08:27 PM
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle cosy up at Invictus Games
Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have made their first official public appearance as a couple.
09/25/2017 11:44 PM
After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's 35-metre Guajataca Dam may collapse
Much of the Caribbean island, a US territory with a population of 3.4 million, is still without electricity five days after Maria struck.
09/25/2017 07:59 PM
No easy answers as the world's second biggest gas exporter prepares to run short
Exporters have shipped a lot of extra gas overseas in addition to the gas they were contractually obliged to export.
09/25/2017 10:25 PM
The top 10 reasons I'm voting 'no' on same-sex marriage
John Birmingham has given this some thought and come up with the only reasons you'll ever need to deny people equal rights.
09/25/2017 09:28 PM
NFL Sunday ratings fall after Donald Trump's call for boycott of games
National Football League ratings declined on Sunday in the US, though it was unclear whether the drop was related to President Donald Trump's call for fans to boycott the games because of player protests.
09/25/2017 07:38 PM
Student trapped in Indiana cave for 58 hours licked water off the walls
Lukas Cavar screamed for hours, hoping to get someone's attention. Bats, salamanders, crayfish and beetles were his only company.
09/25/2017 06:27 PM
2017 Brownlow Medal: Your club's best vote-winners
Your club's best vote-winners in the 2017 Brownlow Medal count.
09/25/2017 05:05 PM
'Sick man': Tearful Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months prison for sexting
Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl, capping the spectacular fall of the former US congressman and New York mayoral candidate whose self-destructive behaviour wrecked his career and marriage and played a role in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign.
09/25/2017 09:49 PM
2017 Brownlow Medal leaderboard
The running tally to win the prestigious AFL individual award in 2017.
09/25/2017 03:18 PM
The best bits from the Brownlow 2017 red carpet
The Brownlow red carpet carries a Mean Girls mystique but in 2017 the similarities to the cult movie were scary.
09/25/2017 01:58 PM
Nadal and Federer is more about romance than rivalry
Do Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share the greatest rivalry in tennis history? Their 13-year drama has thrown up ebbs and flows, masterpieces and blow-outs. But not until last weekend have the two dominant figures of 21st-Century tennis found themselves playing on the same side.
09/25/2017 01:48 PM
NRL grand final 2017: What time is the game, how can I watch?
Another NRL season is finally over, with the grand final about to crown the best rugby league team in Australia.
09/25/2017 01:44 PM
Fresh calls for ban on 'excessive' ATM fees
More than half the nation's ATMs will not be included in the major banks' blitz on cash machine fees, re-igniting calls for stronger action to ban or curb the charges.
09/25/2017 11:38 PM
Pokies expert 'cut and pasted' evidence from Wikipedia
An expert witness testifying in a landmark lawsuit against poker machines "copied and pasted" parts of his evidence from unattributed sources, including Wikipedia.
09/25/2017 01:38 PM
Brownlow Medal 2017 Live: Dustin Martin wins in record breaking evening
All the votes as they happen on footy's night-of-nights, with Dustin Martin the favourite and a host of other big names led by Patrick Dangerfield ineligable due to suspension.
09/25/2017 01:24 PM
NRL grand final 2017: Cowboys forward Corey Jensen reluctant to hand over grand final ring to Matt Scott
The man who shaped as the fall guy for a Matt Scott miracle admitted he would be reluctant to give up a grand final winner's ring if the Cowboys stun the Storm.
09/25/2017 01:14 PM
What home ownership and renting will look like in 2027
Experts say there are significant changes ahead for what it means to be a tenant in Australia.
09/25/2017 01:13 PM
NRL grand final 2017: North Queensland Cowboys prop John Asiata playing through pain
John Asiata has a newborn baby just three weeks old - and can't change her nappy. The Cowboys chief executive has been enlisted to take his boots off. But try telling the NRL's most versatile player a broken hand will stop a second grand final appearance in three years.
09/25/2017 01:02 PM
Investigation launched into flight chaos caused by air traffic control outage
An investigation has been launched into an air-traffic control outage at Sydney Airport that caused major disruptions for thousands of passengers after more than 340 flights were delayed or cancelled.
09/25/2017 12:24 PM
Palaszczuk's 50 undelivered promises as election speculation mounts
Acting Premier Curtis Pitt says we should take a "cold shower" on election speculation, pointing to election promises that are yet to be delivered.
09/25/2017 12:21 PM
Murder-accused's mental health key after admission of killing
Jury members already have what would usually be the key question answered for them.
09/25/2017 12:20 PM
Canberra Times letters to the editor: Clearly geography another of Trump’s not-so-strong points
Nambia? Zambia? Namibia? I think Trump was referring to Narnia.
09/25/2017 11:48 AM
US drones resume strikes in Libya killing 17 Islamic State fighters
Seventeen 17 ISIS militants were killed when unmanned aircraft targeted a desert camp about 240 kms south-east of Sirte in Libya.
09/25/2017 11:41 AM
The reassuring message in the German and New Zealand election outcomes
This is supposed to be the era of Trump and Brexit, Le Pen and Hanson but pro-incumbent electorates have delivered continuity and stability.
09/25/2017 12:57 PM
Don't believe the travel brochures: Myanmar is deeply racist and bigoted
Casual racism and religious bigotry is commonplace even in urban hubs such as Yangon.
09/25/2017 11:17 AM
Bushfire breaks out in Royal National Park as firefighters in West Nowra gain upper hand
Telephone warnings have been made to residents instructing them to take shelter.
09/25/2017 11:16 AM
Barwon Heads: A Bellarine hamlet with few chances left to develop or renovate
It's hard to believe it's almost two decades since the fictional town of Pearl Bay kicked off the whole simpler lifestyle sea change phenomena.
09/25/2017 11:15 AM
'Vote no to fags': Outbreak of homophobic violence, vandalism in same-sex marriage campaign
A train carriage was scrawled with obscene graffiti and rocks were thrown into a home flying rainbow flags.
09/25/2017 10:27 PM
Spelling has nothing to do with intelligence, so why do we keep acting like it does?
Kasey Edwards can't spell, but that hasn't stopped her pumping out five books while writing a weekly column.
09/25/2017 01:26 PM
Luke Foley assisted dying comments branded 'offensive'
The Opposition Leader is being urged to meet a terminally ill advocate for the laws.
09/25/2017 10:37 PM
Former union boss John Maitland escapes third trial on ICAC charges
Jailed former union boss John Maitland has escaped a third trial on corruption charges after a District Court judge found the latest prosecution would be "oppressive and an abuse of process".
09/25/2017 10:53 AM
Gas shortage crippling industry, warn manufacturers
Major manufacturers are warning the gas shortage is crippling the industry and have called for urgent action to divert gas to the domestic market.
09/25/2017 07:47 PM
Australia v South Africa: How Bernard Foley returned to form for Wallabies
Mick Byrne says Bernard Foley's return to form with the boot came about because he trusted his rhythm and didn't dwell on a bad night in Dunedin.
09/25/2017 10:33 AM
From the outback to outer space: A brief history of Australia's space program
The milestone announcement was made 50 years after Australia entered the space race.
09/25/2017 10:26 AM
Too many children exposed to unnecessary X-rays, Choosing Wisely experts tell doctors
Doctors are ordering too many unnecessary X-rays for children with breathing problems or tummy aches, medical experts say.
09/25/2017 10:24 AM
Chemical spill investigated at Gladstone Harbour
The environment department is investigating after reports several tonnes of caustic soda spilled into Gladstone Harbour.
09/25/2017 09:39 AM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces snap election
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, as he seeks a fresh mandate to overcome "a national crisis".
09/25/2017 08:07 PM
Chinese police to play by Australian rules under new deal
Beijing: Chinese police who want to question suspects in Australia will need to obey a new set of formal rules which include having an Australian Federal Police officer present for any interaction.
09/25/2017 10:20 AM
Taking a knee: Why player protests should be applauded, not condemned
More than a hundred NFL players have defied US President Donald Trump and taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial equality. Reckon sport and politics don't mix? When hasn't it?
09/25/2017 12:48 PM
The Australian Ballet's 2018 season looks to past glories
Australian Ballet artistic director David McAllister honours his predecessors in a season featuring a deep dive into the works of Graeme Murphy.
09/25/2017 10:13 AM
Government announces creation of national space agency
The federal government has announced the creation of a National Space Agency.
09/25/2017 10:09 AM
How breast cancer changed the life of Renee Marsicano
The simple everyday task that changed the life of Renee Marsicano
09/25/2017 10:07 AM
We need a 'real rethink' about how we care for others
Maria Fiatarone Singh's voice is racked with dismay as she recalls a patient she visited in a nursing home recently. 
09/25/2017 10:06 AM
Hockey: Canberra's Anna Flanagan on cusp of Hockeyroos return
Anna Flanagan can take a significant step towards a return to the Hockeyroos in Perth next week.
09/25/2017 10:06 AM
Fun in the sun as Canberra celebrates last Family and Community day
Families weren't deterred by the wind as they celebrated Canberra's last Family and Community day.
09/25/2017 09:57 AM
Dog strapped to car doing more than 100km/h on Bruce Highway
RSPCA inspectors are looking into the incident and hope to prosecute the dog owner.
09/25/2017 09:56 AM
Local firms get $6.5 million in ACT government contracts since procurement policy started this year
Local firms have won $6.5 million in ACT government contracts since the start of a new policy.
09/25/2017 09:53 AM
Historically, the idea of marriage is always evolving
Throughout almost all of human existence there was no such thing as family and marriage. Family and marriage first appeared around the same time as agriculture: the two were symbiotic.
09/25/2017 09:53 AM
Former ACT Supreme Court judge John Gallop dies
Former ACT Supreme Court judge John Gallop has died.
09/25/2017 09:48 AM
New WAG guard stakes claim on the 2017 Gownlow
With Brownlow veterans Rebecca Judd, Nadia Bartel and Emma Hawkins now retired and missing from the fray, it was up to emerging fashion icons to bring pizazz and couture to a sea of Peter Jackson suits
09/25/2017 11:23 AM
Record dry spell sends Sydney's water use soaring
Sydneysiders are turning on the sprinklers to save their withering parks and gardens amid temperature spikes and the city's driest spell in more than a century.
09/25/2017 09:46 AM
Oxley man denied bail after 'brazen' Waniassa bottle shop robbery
A man allegedly stole cigarettes from a south Canberra bottle shop when his mate didn't have enough money.
09/25/2017 09:46 AM
Stephen Hodge adamant Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews' best is yet to come
A thump of his handlebars as Michael Matthews crossed the finish line was in frustration.
09/25/2017 09:45 AM
Dog eats rat poison smeared with peanut butter in Brisbane park
Police are warning anyone in Teneriffe Park to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
09/25/2017 05:26 AM
ACT government set to lodge development applications for four new public housing blocks in Canberra
Development applications will be lodged for four new public housing blocks across Canberra.
09/25/2017 09:44 AM
A better deal for all in the twilight years
It seems to me that if we don't like the way nursing homes are run, we need to plan our own.
09/25/2017 09:44 AM
Key players appear before ACT parliamentary inquiry into Land Development Agency on Wednesday
Former agency head David Dawes and his former deputy, Dan Stewart, are key players who will face questioning.
09/25/2017 09:39 AM