• Pilbara spots included in prestigious magazine list

    An Australian travel magazine has recognised three Pilbara spots in its top 100 amazing places in Australia "you haven't been to". Making the Australian Traveller's list at 34 was the four-day Karijini Experience in Karijini National Gorge, as nominated by chef Mark Olive. The annual event, started by the Pilbara Inland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is a smorgasbord with opera, yoga, cooking, astronomy, music and basket weaving in the setting of the national park.

    The West Australian
  • 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
  • '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
  • France the battleground for European rugby semi-finals

    Defending champions Toulon put their crown on the line against Irish contenders Leinster this weekend, while English champions Saracens take on Clermont in the European Champions Cup semi-finals. Toulon, who won their second straight championship last year when they beat Saracens 23-6 behind the boot of retired English legend Jonny Wilkinson, will go into their tie on Sunday as favourites at the magnificent Velodrome stadium in Marseille. The team are coached by Bernard Laporte, who guided France from 1999 to 2007 and reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2003 and 2007 before returning to club coaching at Toulon in 2011.

    AFP
  • Terror arrests in Australia over planned Anzac Day attack

    Two men were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at Anzac Day commemorations honouring soldiers who fought and died for Australia -- the country's most important national event. Seven search warrants were executed in the country's second largest city by a joint counter-terrorism team of 200 officers, two months after Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned the threat from home-grown extremists was worsening. "It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for planning terrorist acts in Melbourne, which included targeting police officers," Victoria state and federal police said in a joint statement.

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Olivia Wilde 'shocked' by reaction to breastfeeding picture

    Olivia Wilde was "shocked" by the reaction to images of her breastfeeding her son. The 31-year-old actress, whose partner is Jason Sudeikis, was pictured breastfeeding her son Otis in a magazine in September and thinks the reaction it caused was completely disproportionate. The star - whose son celebrates his first birthday on Monday (20.04.15) - told Huff Post Parents: "I was shocked that there were still people who find it inappropriate because they think it's a sexual thing.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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
  • Simon Cowell 'was about to jump off a cliff' after Zayn Malik quit One Direction

    Simon Cowell was "about to jump off a cliff" when he learnt Zayn Malik was quitting One Direction. The 55-year-old music mogul has revealed he initially tried to dissuade Zayn, 22, from walking away from the boy band, but ultimately decided it was best to allow the "stressed" singer to leave for his own good. Simon admitted: "I was just about to jump off a cliff.

    Bang Showbiz
  • '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
  • 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
  • Returning Hingis loses Fed Cup tie in courageous effort

    Martina Hingis has no plans of returning to play singles on the women's tour after a courageous performance in a Fed Cup defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday in her first major match in eight years. The 34-year-old reckoned she had savoured her emergency return, as she brought back memories of her teenage pomp in a thrilling 48-minute first set before capitulating 6-4 6-0 to world number nine Radwanska after 76 enjoyable minutes.

    Reuters
  • Rupert Murdoch's penthouse on sale for $72 million

    For a hefty $72 million, Rupert Murdoch 's three-story penthouse at One Madison in Manhattan is on the market, The Wall Street Journal reported. The News Corp (NWSA) executive chairman bought the triplex and a three-bedroom apartment in the same building for $57.25 million in February 2014, WSJ reports. The 6,850-square-foot penthouse, situated on floors 58, 59 and 60, has a circling terrace and views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center and the Hudson and East rivers.

    CNBC
  • Don't plan to line up for Apple Watch next week

    If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week. Apple, which began accepting advance orders for the watch last week, had previously said it would be "available" for sale in stores on April 24, at least for customers who made reservations to come in for a personal demonstration.

    Associated Press
  • Scientists' site seek snaps of sharks

    Scientists have finally created an outlet for everyone's pictures of the resident hammerhead shark in Dampier. Shark researchers from the University of WA have developed a new citizen scientist initiative for the public to submit their shark sightings and help collate data about the sea creatures from all over the world. Lead researcher Dr Ryan Kempster said many hours had been spent to find and study sharks, but the money and time for such research was limited.

    The West Australian
  • 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
  • Al Pacino doesn't shop

    Al Pacino hasn't done his own grocery shopping for 50 years. The 74-year-old screen legend - who has a grown-up daughter, Julie Marie, with an ex-partner and 14-year-old twins Anton and Olivia with former girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo - admits he hasn't been able to lead a normal life since finding fame several decades ago. The 'Danny Collins' star will support his children if they decide to follow in his footsteps because he thinks they are already showing signs of talent.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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