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Former Trinity Grammar School teacher Neil Futcher guilty of 22 child sex offences

He said he first told police about the abuse in 1990, and again in 1997, but it was after giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional …

Records: Mom solicited men to sexually assault daughter, 10

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mother of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl who was found dead and dismembered told police she looked for men online and at …

Crime

Woman convinces parents to kill Facebook friends

Opening the unlocked back door of a house in northeastern Tennessee, the killers crept into the home of Billy Payne and his fiancee Billie-Jean …

Cinemark Ordering Survivors of Aurora, Colorado Shooting To Pay $700K To Cover Legal Fees

Four years after the horrific shooting massacre at Aurora, Colorado's Cinemark Movie Theater, which left 12 dead and 70 wounded, four of the survivors are now being ordered to pay $700K to the Cinemark theater corporation, to cover legal fees.<p>Wow.<p>The theater chain's attorneys successfully won a …

Report documents decades of abuse at elite boarding school

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The elite boarding school St. George's became a kind of "private hell" for dozens of students in the 1970s and '80s who were …

New Hampshire

Scott Morrison's $6 billion 'omnibus' savings bill: the devil in the detail

So here's the fine print. Read it and weep if you are someone, or love someone, who falls into one or more of the following groups:<p><b>STUDENTS</b><p>Graduates …

Police snare 'China's Jack the Ripper' after 28-year search for killer – reports

Gao Chengyong, 52, a grocer from Gansu, has confessed to 11 murders after being caught thanks to DNA, says China Daily<p>Police believe they have captured a serial killer dubbed China’s “Jack the Ripper” for the way he mutilated several of his 11 female victims, state-run media have reported, nearly …

Stranger Things: meet the design genius behind TV's most talked about title font

Netflix’s Stranger Things has lured viewers in with its thrilling sci-fi plot, obsessive Eighties pop culture references and charming portrayal of middle-American life. Online, essays mediating on childhood friendship, the show's treatment of women and the power of nostalgia abound. Stranger Things …

Men may have evolved better 'making up' skills

<b>Men's historical dominance of the workplace may, in part, be because of their ability to reconcile with enemies after conflict, a new study suggests.</b><p>Researchers examined the aftermath of same-sex sporting events and found that men spent longer talking, touching or embracing their opponents than …

Three Walmart Employees Charged After Florida Shoplifter Dies

Three employees at a Florida Walmart have been charged in the death of an attempted shoplifter who tried to make off with $380 in DVDs.<p>Officers were called to the Walmart at 3:05 a.m. on Feb. 7 after Kenneth Wisham loaded a shopping cart full of discs and tried to leave the store, according to the …

Supermarkets and the new breed of DIY shoplifters - SWIPERS

"Further exploration of the irregularity found that over 1000 transactions involving more than three pre-packed 1 kilogram bags of carrots had passed …

Skeletons shackled at the wrists found in ancient mass grave in Athens

Archaeologists have offered a first look at the site where 80 skeletons with wrists clamped by iron shackles lie in a mass grave in an ancient Greek …

Pope says justice must take its course over Cardinal George Pell

Vatican official being investigated by Australian police after allegations of child sex abuse covering three decades should get benefit of the doubt, says pontiff<p>Pope Francis said on Sunday that he will wait until Australian justice runs its course before taking a position on Cardinal George Pell, …

Donald Trump's comments show ignorance, mother of slain Muslim soldier says

The parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq have accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of ignorance for his criticism of them …

Donald Trump

US skydiver Luke Aikins jumps 7.6 kilometres without parachute into net

"This thing just happened! I can't even get the words out of my mouth," he added as he thanked the dozens of crew members who spent two years helping …

Flight MH370 was flown into water, says crash expert

Larry Vance tells 60 Minutes the ‘flaperon’ found in Madagascar was extended at time of landing, suggesting rogue pilot brought plane down<p>A section of wing from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 shows evidence it was extended upon landing, suggesting a rogue pilot brought it down, an air crash …

Airplanes

Separatist movement in Catalonia steps up battle with Madrid

In defiance of Spain’s constitutional court separatists hold controversial vote approving unilateral disconnection plan<p>The separatist movement in Catalonia’s parliament has escalated its battle with Madrid after it defied Spain’s constitutional court by debating a controversial pro-independence …

Tesla opens Gigafactory to expand battery production, sales

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — It's Tesla Motors' biggest bet yet: a massive, $5 billion factory in the Nevada desert that could nearly double the world's …

Tesla

Children's cartoon series Fireman Sam drawn into Koran controversy

The scenes, which were unearthed by a member of the public, led to condemnation on social networking sites.<p>Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general …

European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

Wind energy has officially overtaken nuclear power as the most affordable energy option – at least in countries surrounding the North Sea. In nearby …

Renewable Energy

Nice attack: Prosecutors charge five accomplices over deadly Bastille Day attack

French judges have charged five suspects who were in contact with truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel in the lead-up to the Nice attack that …

Extremism

Twitter bans Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos for harassment

Milo Yiannopoulos, an outspoken conservative and the tech editor for conservative website Breitbart.com, has been permanently suspended from Twitter for his bad behavior.<p>Yiannopoulos — formerly known as @nero on Twitter — had been tweeting about Leslie Jones, the “Ghostbusters” actress who quit the …

Intersex person who was denied a passport over gender designation sues U.S. government

Dana Zzyym needed a U.S. passport, but the application offered only two gender choices: male or female. For Zzyym, neither was accurate.<p>Zzyym was born with ambiguous genitalia and identifies as intersex, neither male nor female. Zzyym — who uses the gender-neutral pronouns "they" and "them" — was …

LGBTQI

Dear Sonia, I understand you are scared. I am too

<b>I know the fear you have for your children because it also worries my mother, who is Muslim. An open letter by Ameer Ali.</b><p>Dear Sonia,<p>Because of the …

Melania Trump: Did Donald Trump's wife borrow phrases from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech?

Melania Trump's rousing speech in support of her husband at the Republican National Convention has drawn criticism for its similarity to one Michelle …

Pauline Hanson blames Tony Abbott and John Howard for prison sentence in new documentary

Mr Abbott doesn't appear in the documentary, leaving his former staffer, David Oldfield, and Ms Hanson's friend and adviser, John Pasquarelli, to …

Politics of scandal: Documentary cameras keep rolling as sex scandals roll on for Anthony Weiner

Imagine you are making a documentary on a New York mayoral candidate when in the middle of the campaign, as the cameras are rolling, he is engulfed …

Unique International College: Applicants were helped in aptitude tests, court told

According to the ACCC, of the 1534 students who commenced Unique courses from July 2014, 15 students have formally completed the courses.<p>The college …

'We Are at War': Europe Responds to Brussels Terror Attacks | VICE News

Thousands of armed police were deployed to European borders, transport hubs, and streets on Tuesday following triple explosions at a metro station and airport in Brussels which killed dozens of people and were later claimed by the Islamic State.<p>Crisis meetings were held by governments across the …