• '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).

  • More to get bowel cancer test

    Australia's revamped national bowel cancer screening program could save 90,000 lives over the next four decades, cancer experts say. The Federal Government will today announce an extra $95.9 million in funding to ensure all Australians aged 50 to 74 get a free, at-home bowel cancer screening kit every two years by 2020. Cancer Council Australia director of public policy Paul Grogan said that tens of thousands of Australians were walking around with a precancerous polyp or an early-stage cancer in their bowel but had no idea.

    The West Australian
  • Dellacqua squares Aust's Fed Cup playoff

    Australia's women tennis players believe they're on track to return to the Fed Cup World Group, despite requiring a Casey Dellacqua win to save them from opening-day humiliation in their playoff with the Netherlands. Dellacqua's crucial 7-5 6-3 win over lowly-ranked Arantxa Rus levelled the tie at one rubber apiece, after Jarmila Gajdosova's surprise defeat to Dutch No.1 Kiki Bertens on Saturday. On what shaped as a horror day for the Australians in 's-Hertogenbosch, top-ranked Sam Stosur was a game-day withdrawal due to an Achilles complaint and remains unlikely for day two.

  • Michael Bublé apologises for photo

    Michael Bublé has apologised after being branded "sexist" by outraged fans. The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker insists he didn't mean to "disrespect women or be insulting to any human being" after posting a photograph of a woman wearing short shorts, captured by his wife, Luisana Lopilato, on his Instagram account.. The Canadian star - who is currently on holiday in Miami with his wife and their 19-month-old son, Noah - sparked outrage when he shared the picture of himself standing in front of the mystery woman, with the caption: "There was something about this photo lu took, that seemed worthy of Instagram.

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  • Medicinal cannabis trial for Qld

    Stories of children with drug-resistant epilepsy have reportedly moved Queensland's premier into announcing the state's first trial of medicinal cannabis. Annastacia Palaszczuk will on Sunday announce Queensland will join with NSW in decriminalising the drug for trials involving patients with epilepsy, end-of-life pain and chemotherapy-related nausea, News Corp Australia reports. The premier said she discussed the trials with her NSW counterpart Mike Baird on Friday during the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Bali Nine execution looms 10 years on

    The beheading of two domestic workers in Saudi Arabia makes no difference to Indonesia's plans to execute two Australians and eight others, its attorney-general says. Friday marks 10 years since Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were arrested for the Bali Nine heroin smuggling plot, and Sukumaran's 34th birthday. Lawyers last week lodged a challenge with the Constitutional Court to challenge the clemency process, but the court is yet to register it.

  • Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside in Monte Carlo semi

    World number one Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final with a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 win over eight-times champion Rafa Nadal on Saturday. Serbian Djokovic, who ended Nadal's reign on the principality's claycourts in the 2013 final, will meet Czech Tomas Berdych after the sixth seed beat local favourite Gael Monfils 6-1 6-4 in the other semi-final. Saturday's match was a serious reality check for the third-seeded Nadal, who is hoping to clinch his 10th Roland Garros title.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Iran needs 'up to 500 airliners' in next decade

    Iran will need to acquire 400-500 airliners over the coming decade to renew its aging fleet, suffering from years of US sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme, the country's aviation chief says. Under an interim nuclear deal reached in November 2013, the sanctions were eased to allow the sale of parts and for making safety-related repairs. The fleet consists of only 140 functioning aircraft, Ali Reza Jahangirian, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), was quoted Friday by state news agency IRNA as saying.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Barnett tells iron giants to stop flooding market

    Colin Barnett has issued a warning to iron ore multinationals that he could stop them expanding their mines in WA if they continue to flood world markets and damage the State economy. "This is our iron ore. The companies are inclined to forget that - as to who actually owns the iron ore.

    The West Australian
  • 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.

  • House boom over in mining towns

    The end of the mining boom is hitting home in Port Hedland, the West Australian mining town where house prices reached dizzying heights. Prices have already fallen by close to 30 per cent in two years, but with a median even now of $932,500 that makes Sydney look "dirt cheap", Propell National Valuers economist Linda Phillips predicts they will come back a long way. "The lucky ones probably sold out a couple of years ago," Ms Phillips says.

  • 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.

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