• Playboy Mansion hid tunnels to celebrity homes

    It should come as no surprise to anyone to find the Playboy Mansion holds more than a few dark secrets. “So, according [to] this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan,”” the magazine wrote. “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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  • Pacific islands brace for possible super typhoon

    Meteorologists warned on Tuesday that a storm reported to have left several casualties and severe damage in Micronesia was building into a super-typhoon as it swept across the central Pacific towards the Yap group of islands. The island of Chuuk, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received a direct hit late on Sunday from Typhoon Maysak and the Yap group was next in its path. "Chuuk was devastated," lawyer Kembo Mida said in an email to the Ayuda Foundation relief organisation which is based in Guam about 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away.

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  • Mother kicked off plane for breastfeeding son

    FIRST ON 7: Virgin Australia has come under fire for calling federal and local police after a woman refused to stop breastfeeding her son. As the plane taxied down the runway, Virginie Rutgers started breastfeeding her crying 10-month old son. Virginie said staff refused to explain why the baby carrier was a safety hazard.

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  • Vindicated Hird wants to move on

    James Hird has hailed the AFL anti-doping tribunal's decision as a vindication of Essendon's position that their players were never given any banned substances. An emotional Hird also issued an unreserved apology for any damage that had been caused to the club's reputation after the "mistakes around governance" that were made in 2012. "I am so sorry for anything that's happened, for anything that's been done wrong to our players or been done wrong to our football club," Hird said on Tuesday.

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  • Superannuation: Treasurer Joe Hockey flags crackdown on tax breaks

    Treasurer Joe Hockey has hinted the Federal Government plans to tighten superannuation tax concessions, a move the Opposition has indicated it is willing to support. Currently, workers putting money into super are only taxed at 15 cents in the dollar for contributions of up to $30,000 a year, instead of their regular income tax rate. Mr Hockey told ABC radio the affordability of the tax break had long-term implications for both parties, and he welcomed Labor's cooperation.

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  • Qld mother speaks out after horror birth

    A Queensland mother is demanding answers after doctors at Gold Coast University Hospital sent her home because they didn’t believe her water had broken. Brittany Spriggs says she nearly died after giving birth to daughter Jasmine on January 13. Ms Spriggs said staff only realised their mistake as she was giving birth.

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  • Betty Churcher: Art world remembers former National Gallery director for bringing 'blockbuster' art to Australia

    The art world is mourning the death of former National Gallery of Australia (NGA) director Betty Churcher, remembering her as a passionate and formidable figure in the Australian art community. Condolences have flowed in from across the art world, with Churcher being remembered as an enthusiastic advocate for bringing masterpieces to Australia. Current NGA director Gerald Vaughan said she was a "renaissance figure" and had left a wonderful legacy behind.

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  • Six Expert Tips For Making The Best Pork Crackling

    It's time to get crackling for Crackle Day. Thursday, April 2, has been declared Crackle Day! To help celebrate this momentous occasion, we caught up with PorkFest ambassador and award-winning chef Colin Fassnidge, who has shared with us his top six tips for making the BEST crackling at home as part of his Roast Pork Loin with Crackling and Colcannon recipe.

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  • Martin Ferguson allegations 'very serious', could face expulsion if found to have cooperated with NSW Coalition, Bill Shorten says

    Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has suggested former Labor minister Martin Ferguson should be expelled from the party, if he "actively co-operated" with the Coalition during the New South Wales election campaign. Senior Labor figures are furious with Mr Ferguson for supporting the Liberal Party's plans to privatise the state's electricity network at the height of the campaign, and publicly denouncing his own party's stance. Labor senator Sam Dastyari accused Mr Ferguson of a "bastard act" and the party is now considering a motion to expel him.

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  • Dutch tourist held as sex slave for weeks

    Alfio Anthony Granata, 46, pleaded guilty on Monday to raping, assaulting and threatening the 21-year-old on multiple occasions in 2012 in a Preston hotel room where he lived with his former de facto partner, Jennifer Mary Peaston. "Clearly Mr Granata must have had significant amounts of lucidity or clarity during the six-week period," Judge Gucciardo said.

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  • Bloody noses after plane loses altitude

    Passengers were left terrified and reeling when their Orient Thai Airlines flight from Thailand to China suddenly lost altitude. The plane apparently suffered an engine failure and plunged abruptly in the skies over China. Many of the people on board suffered ear congestion or nose bleeds, or fainted due to the sudden loss of altitude.

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  • Lessons from celebrity financial mistakes

    When "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey got divorced, she had less than $5 in her bank account and had to rely on credit cards to support herself and her young son, she said in court filings that were obtained by TMZ and E! News. Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy twice (although TMZ also reported that she moved into a $3 million home last year).

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  • Dad thinks he is having a stroke after eating pot brownies

    A father in the US thought he was having a stroke and called emergency services, after he unknowingly ate several pot brownies. The 58-year-old Michigan man did not know that the batch of sweet treats baked by his 17-year-old daughter contained marijuana, reports the Detroit Free Press. After eating several brownies that were left out at his Independence Township home last Wednesday, the man stared suffering hallucinations and dialed 911, according to the New York Daily News.

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  • Former NASA man says he saw alien

    A former NASA engineer has pleaded with people to take him seriously after claiming he saw a 2.7m-tall alien while monitoring a space mission.Clark McClelland has taken to YouTube with a series of videos to explain: "I love my planet, I love our human

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  • Could you stand to live here?

    The asking price is $500, according to the Daily Mail, if you are prepared to live in the same flat in which a man murdered, dismembered and cooked his wife in chemicals last year. The flat was once home to Marcus Volke and Mayang Prasetyo and was advertised in February, however, its dark past appears to be a sticking point for most potential tenants. The Daily Mail reports the inner Brisbane property is still available by request, although you will not find it on any rental listings.

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  • Robin Williams's Widow and Children Agree to Mediation in Fight Over His Estate

    The legal battle between Robin Williams's widow and his children appears to be nearing a peaceful conclusion. Attorneys for Williams's widow, Susan Schneider, and his three children from previous marriages, squared off in probate court in San Francisco on Monday (US time) and agreed to private mediation, hoping to settle a dispute regarding the contents of his estate. Schneider and Williams's children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – have disagreed over who can claim certain the contents of the couple's Tiburon, California, home.

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  • South Korea picks KAI, with Lockheed, for 5 billion pounds fighter jet development

    South Korea chose on Monday Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd , which expects to partner Lockheed Martin Corp , to develop a mid-level fighter jet that will cost around 8.7 trillion won (5 billion pounds). The Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) also confirmed its decision to upgrade South Korea's Patriot missile system, with Raytheon Co chosen to upgrade the launch systems. PAC-3 missiles will be bought from the United States.

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  • Chinese buyers snap up massive Hunter property for $45 million

    One of the Hunter Valley's biggest rural properties has been sold to Chinese buyers in a deal reportedly worth $45 million. Glenrock, the Scone district pastoral station, last traded in 2005 when bought by then Babcock & Brown managing director Phil Green and Tricom brokerage firm founder Lance Rosenberg in a syndicate that paid $23 million. The syndicate purchased Glenrock from Compagnie de l’Occident pour la Finance et l’Industrie, a Luxembourg corporation with interests in financial management, banking, property and ­agriculture.

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  • Japan's Ao seeks crown on Mayweather-Pacquiao eve

    Las Vegas (AFP) - Former world champion Takahiro Ao will fight for a world lightweight crown in Las Vegas on the eve of Manny Pacquiao's welterweight showdown with Floyd Mayweather, promoters announced Monday.The 30-year-old Japanese southpaw will face

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  • Samsung takes it to Apple with S6

    In its latest attempt to turn around its declining market share of its mobile phone business, Samsung today revealed the pricing and specifications of the latest incarnation of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S6. The South Korean phone maker will release the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge - a phone with a wraparound screen on the phone's edges - to Australian stores on April 10, with the edge starting at $1149. The phone maker also claims the thin (6.8mm/7mm edge) and lightweight (138g /132g edge) is "setting a new standard for Samsung in universal wireless charging", and has an extended battery life.

    The West Australian