Kevin Spacey sexual assault case dropped

Massachusetts prosecutors have dropped a criminal case alleging actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket more than three years ago. Prosecutors say they decided to drop the felony indecent assault and battery charge against the Oscar winner after the alleged victim invoked his constitutional …

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Dementia research gets $21m in fed funds

More than a dozen research projects to better understand dementia will be given a total of $21 million in federal government funding. The 13 projects focus on risk reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia, the nation’s second highest killer. Health Minister Greg Hunt says it’s evident investment is needed in …

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Celtic advance in Champs League qualifiers

Socceroos ace Tom Rogic was missing but Celtic still breezed through to the second qualifying round of the Champions League after a 2-1 win over Sarajevo 2-1 secured a 5-2 aggregate result. Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor scored for the hosts at Celtic Park. Rogic did not play for the …

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Union research lashes government crackdown

The Morrison government’s proposed laws to make it easier to deregister unions and ban officials break international conventions, new ACTU-commissioned research has found. Australia’s peak trade union body enlisted the UK-based International Centre for Trade Union Rights to review the government’s controversial Ensuring Integrity legislation. The research paper says the …

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Gavrilova takes a tumble in Lausanne

Australia’s Daria Gavrilova has been sent packing on a day of upsets at the Ladies Open Lausanne. Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva proved too strong as she beat the No.7 seed 6-3 6-2, as some of the fancied players tumbled on Wednesday. Second seed Caroline Garcia also crashed out in straight sets, …

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Morrison’s plan to boost rural industries

Scott Morrison has pledged to set up a new parliamentary committee to examine the future needs of rural and regional Australia. The prime minister will address a bush summit in Dubbo on Thursday, as drought continues to wreak havoc for farmers and regional communities. The new House of Representative select …

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Hamish’s ewe lease on life

For Hamish Thorn, moving back to Kojonup to oversee the livestock operation of his family’s mixed-grain and sheep farm was a logical decision. The 34-year-old graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of WA, and worked as an environmental officer before moving to Victoria and completing a Master …

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Isuzu takes refinement to the Max

If you ever want to see how far utes have come in terms of improving their refinement and appealing to families, take a look at the Isuzu D-Max. When I first tried one of these in 2015, it was basically like driving a shrunken truck — and was great, noisy …

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Woman, kids missing for a week in Qld

Queensland police hold serious concerns for a woman and her three children – the youngest, just one – who haven’t been seen for a week. Carly Robson, 40, was last seen at a Narangba property last Thursday. She was with a one-year-old boy and two girls, aged four and nine. …

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