• Co-pilot hid sick note for crash day

    Searches of Andreas Lubitz's homes had netted “medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment”, including “torn-up and current sick leave notices, among them one covering the day of the crash”, they said totay. Officers had on Thursday combed through a flat Andreas Lubitz kept in Duesseldorf as well as the house where he lived with his parents in the small western town of Montabaur. At a press conference last night, French prosecutor Brice Robin said co-pilot Lubitz 28, was alone in the cockpit and had locked out the pilot.

    AFP
  • The place where all Australians are moving to

    The Sunshine State appears to be losing its shine, as its population growth slowed to its lowest rate in 15 years. Normally a popular destination to settle, Queensland is no longer the top spot for interstate migrants. According to the Australian Bureau of Statitics (ABS), Victoria recorded the biggest influx of Aussies moving interstate.

    Yahoo7 Finance
  • India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping

    Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July.

    Reuters
  • Germanwings offers families initial aid of 50,000 euros

    Germanwings has offered the families of the victims of the French Alps air disaster "up to 50,000 euros ($54,806) per passenger" towards their immediate costs, a spokesman said Friday. The assistance, which the families would not be required to pay back, was separate from the compensation that the airline will likely have to pay over the disaster, a Germanwings spokesman told AFP, confirming a report by Tagesspiegel daily. Tagesspiegel quoted a specialist in aviation law, Holger Hopperdietzelm, as saying Lufthansa, Germanwings' parent company, faced a compensation bill ranging from several tens of thousands of euros to several hundreds of thousands of euros per victim.

    AFP
  • 'Pimping out my girlfriend': Web fitness gurus locked in legal battle

    An Adelaide fitness guru says he makes thousands of dollars every month ‘pimping out’ his internet celebrity girlfriend on YouTube, a court has heard. The comments come from Harley Johnstone’s book Carb the F… Up: Follow Your Heart with No F…s Given, which has been tendered in court as evidence as part of an escalating legal battle between two Adelaide-based online fitness gurus, The Advertiser reports. “Yep, easy money isn’t it just for doing videos on health, sharks, bike stuff and pimping out my girlfriend ... hey, sex sells and so does the fear of sharks,” Johnstone wrote.

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  • Ambrose: Why I walked from V8s

    It was the decision that left V8 Supercars fans cold and stunned the racing grid. Marcos Ambrose, once the undisputed king of the category, was leaving the sport just two races into his long-awaited return. With the support of one of the world's racing titans, Roger Penske, and legendary touring car driver Dick Johnson, Ambrose occupied a privileged position.

    AAP
  • US economy slows in fourth quarter

    The US economy slowed in the final quarter of 2014, with a sharp gain in consumer spending driving growth, but the outlook for the first quarter is even dimmer. As the Federal Reserve mulls raising near-zero interest rates this year, the Commerce Department's third estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth Friday was left unrevised at an annual rate of 2.2 percent following the third quarter's blistering 5.0 percent pace. Growth in consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of output in the world's largest economy, was revised upward to 4.4 percent, the strongest gain in nearly nine years, from 4.2 percent.

    AFP
  • Zayn Malik has 'misled' people around him

    People around Zayn Malik feel "misled". On Wednesday (25.03.15), the 22-year-old singer announced he was quitting One Direction for good, saying he wanted "to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight", but was spotted heading into a recording studio yesterday, leading people around the star to feel confused about his real reasons for leaving the band. Since quitting the group, Zayn has given an extensive interview to The Sun newspaper, prompting speculation he may have had other reasons for leaving the band than those he's suggested.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Embattled Renault threatens to quit F1

    Engine-maker Renault said it was considering quitting Formula One on Friday after its previously successful partnership with Red Bull descending into mud-slinging. Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul said it was weighing up several options, including buying a team and walking away, a move which could have severe repercussions. Renault is one of only four engine suppliers in F1, and Red Bull warned it could also be forced out of the sport if the French manufacturer leaves.

    AFP
  • People smugglers try new tactic

    At least two asylum seeker boats have been turned back to Indonesia in recent weeks as people smugglers try to depict Immigration Minister Peter Dutton as soft on border protection. Sources told The West Australian that criminal syndicates were using social media and SMS alerts to tell would-be boat people that Mr Dutton was more compassionate than his predecessor Scott Morrison. A video from Mr Dutton emphasises continuing the hard line on border protection.

    The West Australian
  • This Rice Cooking Trick Cuts Calories In Half (And It Involves Coconut Oil!)

    A new study out of the College of Chemical Sciences in Colombo, Sri Lanka found that cooking rice in a certain way increased its resistant starch content, lowering its calorie count and making it less likely to lead to weight gain. The cooking process could cut the calories in rice by “about 50 to 60 percent,” study author Sudhair A. James says, helping heavy rice consumers with their weight-loss efforts.

    Yahoo7 Lifestyle
  • Tears of joy for WA's latest Lotto millionaire

    A Warnbro man has become an instant millionaire after claiming a first division Lotto prize - that he won three months ago. The winning ticket was purchased from Waikiki Village Newsagency for a Saturday Lotto draw held on January 17. The man said he was unaware of his million-dollar win because he was busy working and hadn't checked his ticket.

    The West Australian
  • Close croc call for Kimberley snapper

    Jeremy Rooke is used to stalking some of the Kimberley's biggest and most deadly crocodiles, but last weekend he had a taste of his own medicine. Known as the Kimberley croc stalker, the Wyndham resident spends most of his spare time lurking at local waterways, photographing the ancient reptiles from afar. "On Saturday, I went to film crocs as usual," Mr Rooke said.

    The West Australian
  • Russia offers job to sacked Jeremy Clarkson

    Axed Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly been offered a job by Russia's army TV channel to host a motoring show. Russia's official military station of the Russian armed forces, Zvezda, has apparently invited the ousted BBC star to Russia to discuss the proposal. "Dear Jeremy, the Russian Armed Forces Broadcasting company Zvezda expresses deep honour to you and kindly asks for your cooperation," the channel said in an email it had sent to Clarkson, published on its website.

    Yahoo7 and Agencies
  • Gay bash pair guilty of murder

    Mr Batchelor's family cried quietly in the back of the court as the verdicts were delivered after a two week trial. Mr Batchelor died a few days after he was attacked in a public toilet block at the Middle Swan Reserve in November 2013. During the trial, the jury was told Jones and Taylor - strangers to Mr Batchelor - had burst into the disabled toilet and attacked Mr Batchelor while he was in the cubicle with another man.

    The West Australian
  • Blood-red fluid causes bus nightmare

    A packed bus ride through Vancouver turned into a nightmare for passengers, who noticed what appeared to be blood pouring down from the roof to the floor. "We got s--- leaking back here!" Mr Banicevic said as he filmed the red liquid gushing down on the 99 B-line bus on March 19. Passengers can be heard shouting at the bus driver to stop the bus and open the doors, as they move away from the red liquid dripping down the walls and pooling on the floor.

    Yahoo7 and Agencies
  • Recording could come back to bite Donald Sterling girlfriend

    Recordings that cost Donald Sterling ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers could cost the woman he was dating the fortune in gifts he lavished on her. Snippets of the conversations recorded by V. Stiviano were played Wednesday as a lawyer for Sterling's wife explained why the former girlfriend should return more than $3.6 million the billionaire gave her in gifts that included a duplex, Ferrari, jewelry and designer clothes. Stiviano manipulated and deceived the 80-year-old to give away community property that belongs to Shelly Sterling, his wife of nearly 60 years, attorney Pierce O'Donnell said in Los Angeles Superior Court.

    Associated Press
  • Mystery of Wheatbelt elephant revealed

    A colourful life-size elephant travelling through the Wheatbelt has captured the attention of social media over the past two weeks and The West Australian is able to reveal the mystery behind the #ElephantInTheWheatbelt. RAC will today launch a road-safety campaign with the patchwork elephant that aims to reduce the number of deaths on WA roads. The elephant – 3m high by 4m long and made with parts taken from several cars involved in crashes – has visited Narrogin, Merredin and Northam as a way of raising awareness about the importance of road safety.

    The West Australian
  • Wild goal celebration leads to bizarre equaliser

    Look, World of Sport is going to level with you on this one. Because what we have is a stunning free kick, and a wonderful bit of OTT celebration from the team who scored - a celebration which, unwisely, ends with them heading back into their own half to applaud their supporters. For it allowed their opponents to restart, and score what must go down in history as perhaps the quickest equaliser of all time.

    7Sport
  • We want to finish Taj: Oswals

    Pankaj and Radhika Oswal say they hope to return to Perth and finish their Indian palace-style home in Peppermint Grove. A day after the Shire of Peppermint Grove pushed ahead with plans to demolish the building known as Taj-on-Swan, Mrs Oswal's lawyer Rebekah Giles said she would resist the move. The Oswals have lived overseas since the high-profile collapse of Mr Oswal's ammonia empire in 2010.

    The West Australian