Last Updated: April 18, 2015

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China on brink of ‘live’ deal

AUSTRALIA’s live cattle export trade to China appears a step closer.

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California dreamin’ of rain

California dreamin’ of rain
THE US state of California last week imposed mandatory water restrictions for the first time in its history.

NZ bee industry seeks govt help

 Raw Honey owner and beekeepers Kevin and Moss MacGibbon. Bees in the hive.
REPRESENTATIVES of New Zealand’s fragmented bee industry have called on government support to reintroduce commodity levies for honey and the creation of a single national body by next April.

Monsanto earnings fall

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MONSANTO has reported lower-than-expected earnings as slumping corn prices push farmers toward other crops.

Brekkie Wrap Babysitter: I unknowingly had missing kid

Supplied Editorial John Truong who discovered the child he was babysitting had been abducted.
BREKKIE WRAP: A VIOLENT kidnapping ends with a babysitter recognising the child he was minding had been abducted thanks to a Facebook alert.

Behind bars Killer gets life for Lane murder

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AN OKLAHOMA jury has found a 17-year-old guilty of Aussie baseball player Chris Lane’s murder condemning him to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Disturbing case Man who kept girl in box denied parole

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A MAN who kidnapped a 20-year-old hitchhiker and kept her in a coffin-like box for much of her seven years in captivity as his personal sex slave has been denied parole.

Hunter hunted Huntress calls Gervais attack ‘sexist’

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A FEMALE hunter who was condemned by Ricky Gervais for smiling while she posed next to a dead giraffe has accused the British comedian of sexism.

Bravery identified Mystery hero who saved driver revealed

Mystery hero who saved driver revealed
THE identity of the mystery man who rescued a driver as his car dangled over a canyon has been revealed after the reluctant hero came forward.

Terror victims Boston parents: ‘Spare bomber’s life’

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THE parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing have appealed to US authorities not to put to death the man convicted in the case.

Thought crime ‘Cannibal cop’ breaks his silence

Supplied Editorial The so-called 'cannibal cop' Gilberto Valle in a scene from the HBO documentary Thought Crimes
THE so-called “cannibal cop” has spoken about the “deviant cybercommunity” he was part of and why his disturbing posts were nothing more than fantasy.

Reported sister Man discovers he’s babysitting stolen kid

Supplied Editorial Ronnie Tran, two, was being looked after by John Truong who discovered the boy has been kidnapped
JOHN Truong thought he was helping his sister have a night out with her boyfriend. Then he discovered the child he was babysitting was stolen.

Grizzly find Ancient mummy found in the garbage

Ancient mummy found in the garbage
THE preserved remains of a Peruvian mummy have been found by shocked street sweepers outside an archaeological site.

Spooky weather Apocalyptic storm turns day to night

Apocalyptic storm turns day to night
DRAMATIC video has emerged showing the moment a massive weather system smashed into a city turning blue sky a terrifying black.

Unrepentant ‘A female shouldn’t be president’

‘A female shouldn’t be president’
A FEMALE CEO has taken a hammering on social media for stating a woman ‘shouldn’t be President’ over ‘different hormones’. She is standing firm.

‘Evil people’ Son killed parents over housework

Son killed parents over housework
WHEN Kenneth Ballinas was told by his parents that he had to help with housework he decided they were “evil people who needed to die.”

Human remains More bodies found at MH17 crash site

More bodies found at MH17 crash site
NINE months after airliner MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine, more body parts have been recovered from the crash site in the war-torn country.

‘Grey fog’ ‘Black widow’ guilty of killing second husband

‘Black widow’ guilty of killing second husband
A WOMAN has been found guilty of murdering her third husband, three decades after the same defence saw her acquitted of killing her second husband.

QandA Putin’s four very awkward hours

Putin’s four very awkward hours
IT RAN for four hours straight. Vladimir Putin just answered an endless stream of questions from members of the public - and Putin being Putin, he was extremely blunt.

Heartless Woman kills boy: ‘Sh*t happens’

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A PREGNANT woman who crashed into a car, killing a five-year-old boy, responded that ‘sh*t happens’ when informed that he had died.

Prosecution rests Only ‘miracle’ would have saved Lane

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THE prosecution has rested in the Chris Lane case with a doctor testifying that the Australian stood little chance of survival after he was shot.

Secretary-general Rudd ‘not campaigning for top UN job’

 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd holds a press conference after meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New Yo...
FORMER PM Kevin Rudd is reportedly campaigning for the post of United Nations secretary-general, but spokesperson says it’s not happening.

Powerful people TIME names world’s most influential

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TIME magazine has revealed its ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ — and some controversial names made the annual list.

Bad parenting Mum’s naked Twister sex party

Mum’s naked Twister sex party
A MUM has been arrested for throwing a naked Twister party for her teenage daughter and friends before having sex with one of them.

Brekkie Wrap Man pulls driver from dangling car

Man pulls driver from dangling car
BREKKIE WRAP: THE hunt is on for this mystery man who rescued a driver as his car dangled over a canyon. See how close the driver came to the edge.

Europe This teen is too ‘ginger’ for school

This teen is too ‘ginger’ for school
NOT since the middle ages has there been such a persecution for a redhead after a teenager was banned from school for being ‘too ginger’. What happened next?

War victims These are the faces of starvation

These are the faces of starvation
ANDREW Quilty grew up in Sydney, but now he’s photographing under-nourished children in Afghanistan, victims of a conflict many think is over.

Who is he? Hero saved man in dangling car, then vanished

Hero saved man in dangling car, then vanished
‘HE SAID he had to go.’ The hunt is on for this mystery man who rescued a driver as his car dangled over a canyon. See how close the driver came to the edge.

World Bishop dons headscarf for Iran visit

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AUSTRALIAN Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Birthday spoiler Mum mocked for birthday demands

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A MUM’s pushy email telling guests what they could and couldn’t buy her son for his first birthday has provoked a massive online backlash.

Senate split on gun laws

 Potato growers rally together near Ballarat. Bridget McKenzie Nationals Senator for Victoria.

A SPLIT has emerged in the traditionally bipartisan approach to Australia’s gun control laws.

Pyramid Hill turns 125

Pyramid Hill premiership players

ONLY four men can now claim they are part of Pyramid Hill’s premiership history.

Lake Bolac Grain Storage for sale

 West Wimmera Harvest. Unloading wheat at the Laharum Grain Storage site

A FARMER-owned grain storage facility at Lake Bolac is up for sale.

Handler’s in the mix

Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Dairy Week, Schultz Sisters. Terang

THE Handler batch mixer is becoming a popular choice for farmers looking for a thorough mix in quick time.

Blooded for a fight

COUNTRY LIVING: Kellie Lovick at home in Merrijig

KELLIE Lovick is continuing her family’s High Country grazing connection.

Going native one step at a time

Jindi Farm Bush Foods

LESLIE Smith wanders through her farm at Jindivick in Gippsland with daughter Leila.