• Mexico drug lord's arrest sparks gunfights, three dead

    A cartel attacked Mexican security forces in reaction to a drug lord's arrest in a city near the US border, unleashing gunfights that killed at least three gunmen and wounded two officers. The gang torched several vehicles, including a school bus, and used trucks and cars to block streets in Reynosa, sowing panic in the city of 610,000 people across from McAllen, Texas. Terrified Reynosa residents posted pictures on Twitter of burning vehicles and people taking cover on the ground, while the US consulate urged Americans to stay indoors.

    AFP
  • Harry Potter stars were played by 'small adults in wigs'

    Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were played by small adults in wigs in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. Alan Rickman - who starred as Severus Snape in the film series based on the books by J. K. Rowling - explained that child labour laws put restrictions on the filming of the early movies, meaning the young actors were replaced by "very small adults" for parts of the film. Speaking at a BAFTA celebration of his work, Alan said: "In the first film, if anybody ever wants to look, of course you've got the problem of kids who can only work a certain number of hours.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Teen charged over 'Anzac Day terror plot'

    An alleged 'ISIS inspired' Anzac Day terror plot has been foiled after a major counter terror operation, but Prime Minister Abbott has urged Australians not to be deterred from attending centenary commemorations. Senior police confirmed the five men, aged between 18 and 19 from Melbourne's southeast, were associates of Numan Haider, who was shot dead by police in Endeavour Hills last year after stabbing two officers. Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police raided properties across Melbourne's southeast early on Saturday morning, seizing knives and swords, based on information that attacks were imminent.

    7News
  • Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

    "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show.

    Associated Press
  • Antonio Banderas 'still loves' ex-wife Melanie Griffith

    The pair were married for 19 years before Melanie filed for divorce in 2014, citing irreconcilable differences. To help move on with his life following the split, Antonio is planning on moving to London to study fashion at St Martin's University.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Target removes Anzac products

    Target has been forced to take beanies, hoodies and stubby holders containing the word Anzac off its shelves. The retail giant was selling the merchandise on behalf of non-profit group Camp Gallipoli, which is holding family sleepover events in capital cities to teach children about Anzac history. Target has removed beanies, hoodies and stubby holders containing the word Anzac from sale.

    AAP
  • Gabi Grecko charged with offensive behaviour after nude photo shoot in Melbourne CBD

    The controversial model (and rumoured wife of Geoffrey Edelstein) has been charged with wilful and indecent exposure after taking a nude stroll down Swanston Street in Melbourne on December 18 last year. The video footage shows the US-born 25-year-old strolling down Swanston Street in Melbourne wearing a green wig, a veil and high heels. Grecko initially rides up an down an escalator before taking to the streets.

    New Idea
  • 'Pissed as f***': Driver bragged about being drunk hours before deadly crash

    Joseph Kirpichnikov, 22, was allegedly speeding when the car spun out of control, hit a ditch and flipped along Brunt Road in Beaconsfield, killing passenger Michael Berwick. "I just heard a roar, like a car that had just accelerated," a witness told Seven News reporter Christie Cooper. Driver Joseph Kirpichnikov (pictured right) bragged about being drunk just an hour before a deadly crash that killed his friend, Michael Berwick (left).

    7News
  • Family wins back seized gold coins that could fetch millions

    A U.S. appeals court Friday overturned a jury verdict and awarded a Philadelphia family the rights to 10 rare gold coins that could fetch $80 million. U.S. Treasury officials insist the $20 Saint-Gaudens "Double Eagles" were stolen from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. "Congress clearly intended for there to be limits on the government's ability to seek forfeiture of citizens' property, and today's ruling reaffirms that those limits are real and won't be excused when the government violates them," family lawyer Barry Berke said.

    Associated Press
  • Holocaust descendants in US sue France's railway over 'genocide'

    Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a US lawsuit claiming France's national railway seized the property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps. The class-action suit seeks compensation for the confiscation and sale of personal property and for third-class train fares billed to the Nazis even though the victims were packed into cattle cars. The suit was filed on Thursday, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in US federal court in Chicago.

    AFP
  • China's incredible shrinking factory

    Today, the Taiwanese light manufacturer has winnowed its workforce to just 200 and leased most of its space to other companies: lamp workshops, a mobile phone maker, a logistics group, a liquor brand. "It used to be as long as you had more orders, you could get everything you needed to expand your factory, and you could expand," says Johnny Tsai, Pascal's general manager. The Chinese factory – an institution that was once so large, it was measured in football fields – is shrinking.

    Reuters
  • Court skeptical of challenge to Obama's climate change plan

    Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change. The comments came during nearly two hours of argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut heat-trapping pollutants from the nation's coal-fired power plants that is blamed for global warming. Judges Thomas Griffith and Brett Kavanaugh seemed to agree with lawyers defending the EPA that the lawsuits are premature because the agency has not yet made the rule final.

    Associated Press
  • ESPN reporter Britt McHenry suspended following verbal tirade

    ESPN reporter Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week after security footage surfaced of her berating a parking garage attendant. A clearly agitated McHenry was in no mood to have her car towed, but her horrible behaviour was certainly out of line. In the video, the attendant warns McHenry that she was being recorded at the time, however the reporter continued to berate her.

    7Sport
  • Ski accident leaves woman with extraordinary artistic talents

    A woman who suffered a brain trauma during a freak skiing accident claims she suddenly developed some extraordinary artistic abilities.The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, hit her head in a fall while skiing with her family during her senior year

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  • Australian Dollar at Cusp of Reversal

    DailyFX.com - Receive the Weekly Speculative Sentiment Index report via PDF via David’s e-mail distribution list. AUDUSD - The ratio of long to short positions in the AUDUSD stands at -1.26 as 44% of traders are long. Yesterday the ratio was -1.05

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  • 'Sh*t happens' said woman who killed five-year-old boy

    TV station KPHO reported that Arizona woman Aaronessa Keaton was charged with manslaughter after the 2014 crash that killed the child. Phoenix Police said the pregnant Ms Keaton was high on diazepenes and THC in February 2014 when her Ford Explorer crossed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a Nissan Frontier. A child in the backseat of the Nissan was killed and Ms Keaton was rushed to hospital for a C-section.

    Yahoo7
  • Hamilton loving the life of a champion

    Lewis Hamilton says he is in the form of his life and loving every minute of being a double Formula One world champion. Hamilton won his first title with McLaren in 2008, only his second season in Formula One, and said the feeling now was more special. "When I was world champion before I didn't have that feeling.

    Reuters
  • Remains are missing prospector

    Human remains found during a search for missing prospectors Jennie Anne and Raymond Keith Kehlet have been identified as belonging to Mr Kehlet. Earlier this week authorities suspended the search for the couple who had been missing in the far northern Goldfields for more than three weeks. The body was found by chance as police and State Emergency Service crews scoured old shafts near the north-western Goldfields town looking for Mrs Kehlet, 49, and her 47-year-old husband.

    The West Australian
  • Rural towns the frontline in Australia's battle with 'ice'

    Adrian Toomey made thousands of dollars a day as an "ice" dealer in Dubbo, a fairly typical Australian town northwest of Sydney, supplying the drug to everyone from bank workers to school teachers. Before he was jailed for dealing, Toomey, 38, was not only supplying but also using ice -- a purified version of the stimulant methamphetamine that is highly addictive. Like many other towns, Dubbo has been caught up in an epidemic that many fear Australia is struggling to contain, as syndicates increasingly switch their focus from big cities to regional and remote communities.

    AFP
  • Why your rent will rise again this year

    The average U.S. rent has climbed 14 percent to $1,124 since 2010, according to commercial property tracker Reis Inc. That's four percentage points faster than inflation, and more than double the rise in U.S. home prices over the same period. Now, even with a surge in apartment construction, rents are projected to rise yet another 3.3 percent this year, to an average $1,161, according to Reis. "The only relief in sight is rents in the hottest markets are going to go up at a slower pace, but they're still going to go up," says Hessam Nadji, chief strategy officer at Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate services firm.

    Associated Press