• Hoax fools wannabe jihadis

    An internet impostor has fooled dozens of followers of radical hate preacher Junaid Thorne into revealing their thirst for violence against Australian-based targets including newspaper cartoonists, Jewish groups and other innocent civilians. Security agencies are now reviewing material gathered by the anonymous impostor who set up a fake Twitter account pretending to be Thorne this month. Within days more than 160 people had followed the account and many discussed openly with the impostor the idea of bombing Jewish organisations based in Sydney, as well as threats to carry out Charlie Hebdo-style attacks on cartoonists Larry Pickering and Bill Leak.

    The West Australian
  • 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
  • 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
  • '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
  • Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

    Michael Keith Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, was sentenced following a hearing before state District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney, the United States. Spell, who is mentally disabled and described by the defense as functionally illiterate, pleaded guilty in October to killing Sherry Arnold, 43, after attempting to abduct the popular math teacher as she was jogging near her home in 2012. Co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. was sentenced in December to 80 years in prison on a charge of deliberate homicide by accountability.

    AP
  • Selena Gomez loves her curves

    The 'Spring Breakers' actress showed off her toned thighs, flat stomach and impressive cleavage in the revealing holiday shot, later changing into a hot pink bikini to frolic with her pals in the ocean. The 'Come & Get It' hitmaker - who was in an on-off relationship with singer Justin Bieber for almost five years until October - was clearly enjoying taking time off from her busy schedule after vowing to make 2015 "incredible".

    Bang Showbiz
  • China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into an island in late 2014. Now satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway -- estimated at 3.1 kilometres (1.9 miles) in total -- more than one-third complete, it says.

    AFP
  • 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
  • Victim of anti-Islamic attack thanks woman who stood up for him

    Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti, his wife and their four-month-old son were catching the train to Sydney Airport on Wednesday afternoon, when a woman sitting opposite them started to abuse them. Fellow passenger Stacey Eden stood up for the family and pulled out her camera phone to capture the woman's racist attack. The video which was taken at 1.40pm on the Town Hall to Sydney Airport service, has since gone viral.

    Yahoo7 and Agencies
  • 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
  • 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

    DailyFX
  • 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
  • Gwyneth Paltrow Admits She Couldn’t Finish Food Stamp Challenge

    Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she would live on $29 worth of groceries for one week. Mario Batali had challenged Paltrow to participate in the #FoodBankNYCChallenge to raise awareness (and funds) for the NYC Food Bank. “As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice),” Paltrow writes, noting how difficult it was to eat “wholesome, nutritious food” on such a small budget, as 47 million Americans do every day.

    Who
  • $100 notes fall from the sky

    It was the mystery windfall that had Perth motorists and police officers rubbing their eyes. For a few mystifying moments on Wednesday night, $100 notes appeared to fall from the sky over the Mitchell Freeway just south of Leederville train station. Maylands resident Viswa Kirsz was driving home from a netball game about 9.30pm when she saw cars swerving and pulling over.

    The West Australian
  • UBS private bank CEO says reviewing Australia business - Bloomberg

    ZURICH/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The head of UBS's wealth management arm said on Thursday the Swiss bank is reviewing its business in Australia which could, according to one source, culminate in a sale of the unit. "You have businesses who perform extremely well and you have businesses that struggle," UBS's Juerg Zeltner said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that UBS held a staff meeting earlier this week where the head of the bank's Australian wealth management division was asked if UBS is looking at selling the business.

    Reuters
  • How could any animal live in these conditions?

    Shocking pictures reveal the horrendous conditions in which three cats were forced to live, leading to animal cruelty charges for the Adelaide owner. The RSPCA says it currently has four similar cases before the courts. The RSPCA revealed images of the southern suburbs home on Thursday in which three cats had been living among piles of rubbish and using litter trays overflowing with faeces.

    Yahoo7 and Agencies
  • The Latest: Putin demands respect for Russia's interests

    President Vladimir Putin says the West must respect Russia's interests if it wants to normalize diplomatic relations. Putin said Thursday during a televised call-in show that the United States "doesn't need allies, they only need vassals." He said Russia would never accept that role and urged the West to take Russian interests into account. The U.S. and the European Union have slapped Russia with sanctions over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and support for insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • How to halve your energy bill

    Energy bills cost the average family around $2000 a year, almost s week. Most household energy bills will double or even triple this winter which means electricity and gas costs over the next two quarters. John Dee, author of EnergyCut, told 7 News: "Most households and business I have visited could easily reduce their energy bills by 20 to 30 per cent.

    7News
  • 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

    Yahoo7 News
  • 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