• 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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  • Insurers set aside millions for Germanwings crash

    Insurers have begun counting the financial cost of the Germanwings plane disaster, parent company Lufthansa said Tuesday, with hundreds of millions of dollars being set aside to cover compensation for victims' families. As search teams continued to scour the crash site in the French Alps under arduous conditions, the German flag carrier said $300 million (279 million euros) in provisions had been earmarked to cover the damages. The sum includes financial compensation for the families of the people who died and the cost of the Airbus A320 jet itself, which belonged to Lufthansa's low-cost carrier Germanwings, a company spokeswoman told AFP.

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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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  • Elton John's mum has not met his kids

    Sir Elton John's mother still has not met the singer's two young sons following a fall-out with him and his partner David Furnish. Sheila Farebrother has revealed she is not on speaking terms with her strong-willed son after a petty argument led to an estrangement almost seven years ago, when she refused to cut ties from his former manager, John Reid. Farebrother, who recently turned 90, reveals Elton reached out to her on her birthday and sent her a huge bouquet of orchids, and now the proud mum is hoping for a reconciliation, but she wants nothing to do with Furnish.

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  • Tragedy hits family again as bomb victim's daughter, Salwa Haydar, stabbed to death at Bexley, Sydney

    A woman stabbed to death at a Sydney home on Tuesday was a Lebanese migrant whose mother was killed in an Israeli bomb attack in 2006. Salwa Haydar's husband, Haydar Haydar, was charged with her murder after the 45-year-old was killed at a unit in Bexley, in Sydney's south. An 18-year-old girl, believed to be Ms Haydar's daughter, was taken to hospital with serious hand injuries caused by "intervening in the incident", Superintendent David Donohue said.

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  • Lion jumps in car and mauls man on safari

    Australian tourist Brendan Smith got a lot more up close and personal with the wildlife than he expected while on safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just a day and a half after arriving in Joburg, Smith was on a safari when a lion jumped through the window of his car and started mauling his legs.

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  • Deposits tax will 'hurt ordinary Aussies'

    Banks and building societies have condemned a bank deposits tax plan as a burden on ordinary Australians and retirees. Treasurer Joe Hockey is pressing ahead with a proposal for a 0.05 per cent levy on deposits of up to $250,000, even though he criticised the former Labor government when it floated the idea ahead of the last election. A bank deposits insurance levy is likely to be unveiled in the May budget as part of a move to raise $500 million a year.

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  • The World’s ‘Most Beautiful Faces’ Revealed

    "For the male face of beauty, women drew a more feminine face than men - women rate a softer jaw-line, slimmer face, fuller lips and clean-shaven look as the most attractive, compared to the more masculine appearance that is considered the most attractive by men," said researcher Dr Soloman. The "ideal" faces, shown above, are said to most resemble Natalie Portman and David Gandy, though Soloman cautions that they represent the views of British citizens only.

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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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  • 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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  • First China air force drills in 'far offshore' Pacific

    China's air force has carried out its first ever military drill over the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing's growing military reach. Several aircraft from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel, which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines, the official Xinhua news agency said. "This is the first time that the PLA Air Force conducted such drills in an airspace far offshore from Chinese coastlines," Xinhua cited army spokesman Shen Jinke as saying.

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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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  • Lotto luck strikes WA three times

    A triple dose of Lotto luck struck WA at the weekend with three Division 1 Lotto tickets - each worth $1.6 million - sold in Saturday night's $21 million Saturday Lotto Superdraw.The winning tickets were sold at Jackpot Lottery Centre in Mirrabooka,

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  • Woman ditches 'toxic' husband and beats cancer

    A terminally-ill woman who was given just months to live claims she has won the battle against cancer by ditching all that was toxic in her life, including her husband. Candice-Marie Fox, 31, shunned traditional cancer treatments after she was diagnosed with an aggressive thyroid cancer and instead opted for an entire lifestyle change, starting with healthy eating habits.

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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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  • Scientists catch a feral cat killing a large mammal on camera 'for the first time'

    A Tasmanian scientist has caught on camera a feral cat killing and eating a four-kilogram pademelon, providing the best direct evidence of feral cats killing mammals heavier than two kilograms. Scientists suspected that feral cats were capable of taking down the larger animals after the remains of three- to four-kilogram animals were found, but until now a feral cat had not been caught in action. University of Tasmania researcher Bronwyn Fancourt told 936 ABC Hobart the event was caught by accident.

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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.

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  • Buying a house when you can’t afford one

    The Australian housing market is tough and many buyers are being priced out. The First Home Owner Grant has recently doubled, so if you are an Australian citizen who has never owned a home, you can be eligible to receive $15,000 to purchase a new home or build a new one. Many states around the country are offering further incentives to encourage the bottom end of the housing market to get active.

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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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  • Richard Pratt's Mistress: I'm a normal working mum

    Surrounded by her son's school friends, Madison Ashton abruptly realised the teenagers had recognised her. "The boys were swarming around me, and I could hear them mentioning my work name under their breath," says outspoken Madison, notorious for being the former mistress of the late billionaire Richard Pratt. "I asked what was going on and he said a few boys had told him: 'Hey, your mum's a prostitute.' But he didn't take any notice.

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