The Latest ABC News (Timestamp = EST*)
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:34:09 +1000: Schumacher's family confident he will wake from coma - Just In
Michael Schumacher's family says it is "confident" the Formula One legend will recover from a life-threatening skiing accident that left him with severe brain injuries.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:16:11 +1000: Alleged victim of Robert Hughes accused of leaking confidential information - Just In
A woman who has alleged actor Robert Hughes indecently assaulted her has been accused of giving a reporter confidential information.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:32:48 +1000: Aviation mysteries which have puzzled the world - Just In
The mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has confounded aviation experts and spawned a raft of theories about the fate of the missing plane.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:11:45 +1000: People smuggler behind tragic voyage loses appeal - Just In
A convicted people smuggler has lost an appeal against his sentence for organising asylum seeker boats to travel to Australia, including the one that crashed into rocks at Christmas Island, killing 50 people.
Ali Khorram Heydarkhani was sentenced to 14 years jail after pleading guilty to organising four boats to travel from Indonesia in 2010 and 2011.
None of the boats was seaworthy and one trip was organised even though Heydarkhani knew the SIEV 221 had smashed into rocks, killing men, women and children.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:08:20 +1000: Investigation promised into exploitation of kids in state care by paedophile rings - Just In
The man appointed by the Victorian Government to monitor the welfare of children in the state will launch an investigation into the exploitation of children in government care by paedophile rings.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:32:21 +1000: Louisiana inmate walks free after 30 years on death row - Just In
A man who spent nearly 30 years on death row in the United States has been released from prison after his conviction was overturned.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:15:02 +1000: Web inventor calls for internet bill of rights - Just In
The inventor of the World Wide Web is calling for a bill of rights to be created to govern the internet in the wake of revelations about the depth of government surveillance.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:01:11 +1000: Trouble-plagued F35 Joint Strike Fighters becoming cheaper - Just In
Australia is yet to formally decide on the total purchase of F35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) from the US, but the director of the Pentagon's F35 program says the planes are getting cheaper over time.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:51:19 +1000: Top Liberals at odds over 'racist' Labor pamphlet - Just In
A Labor Party campaign leaflet targeting a Liberal candidate in the South Australian election has sparked a stoush within the Federal Government about whether it is "overtly racist" or not.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:49:48 +1000: Man escapes work camp, women attempt to break in - Just In
A man who escaped from a Northern Territory prisoner work camp but returned before a search party was sent out to find him has had two weeks added to his sentence.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:56:01 +1000: ABC audit finds four stories raised editorial concerns - Just In
An independent audit of the ABC's coverage in regards to asylum seekers has found four out of 97 pieces of content which were reviewed raised editorial concerns.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:04:47 +1000: Australian politicians say no need to change flag - Just In
A push to change New Zealand's national flag appears to have failed to trigger a similar move in Australia, with political figures from both major parties dismissing the idea of changing Australia's flag design.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:59:02 +1000: Iron ore price slump surprises analysts, should worry Government - Just In
This week's massive fall in iron ore prices is not only hurting miners, but also Australia's budget.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:34:06 +1000: Smoke from CBD fire causes Sydney CBD traffic chaos - Just In
A fire burning at the Barangaroo building site is continuing to blanket parts of Sydney's CBD in smoke, forcing traffic restrictions on the Harbour Bridge.
The fire broke out in the basement of a building under construction around 2:00pm (AEDT).
There were fears the intense heat could cause a crane on top of the basement area to buckle and potentially collapse.
Drivers are being told to avoid the city centre, with the Harbour Bridge northbound and part of the Western Distributor closed because of the smoke.
Firefighters say they cannot tackle the blaze from the air and are engaged in what they say is "hard-grunt firefighting" to bring it under control.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:30:46 +1000: 'Violent' cat attacks baby, traps family in bedroom - Just In
A 10-kilogram Himalayan cat has attacked a baby boy and trapped a family in the bedroom of their apartment in the US state of Oregon.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:04:28 +1000: Formula One 2014 season preview - Just In
Ahead of the Melbourne Grand Prix, Grandstand previews the 2014 F1 season which could see an end to Sebastian Vettel's dominance.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:11:47 +1000: Canberra doctor avoids jail time for groping, kissing patient - Just In
A former Canberra doctor who kissed and fondled a young female patient has avoided spending time in jail.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:55:01 +1000: EPA rules out shark cull assessment despite public submissions - Just In
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has ruled out assessing Western Australia’s controversial shark cull, saying it poses a negligible risk to the species.
The Conservation Council described the decision as astonishing and Sea Shepherd says it is appalled but not surprised.
Baited drum lines have been set off five Perth beaches and two in the south-west following an increase in fatal shark attacks in the past 10 years.
Despite receiving 23,000 submissions during a public consultation, the EPA chairman Paul Vogel says he has decided not to intervene.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:45:11 +1000: Cheating medical students get marks cut - Just In
An investigation has now determined 24 medical students cheated on an exam at Adelaide University last year.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:35:35 +1000: Wilkie says Gillard tried to recruit him to Labor - Just In
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says former prime minister Julia Gillard tried to recruit him to the Labor Party and have him run as an ALP candidate in the last election.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:33:09 +1000: Fire engulfs construction site in San Francisco - Just In
A fire has engulfed a major construction site at San Francisco's Mission Bay.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:17:20 +1000: New chairman Cairns promises strong corporate governance for David Jones - Just In
Gordon Cairns is a regarded as one of the toughest operators in corporate Australia.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:41:37 +1000: Shots fired outside home of alleged Brothers 4 Life gang member - Just In
Gunmen have targeted the home of an alleged senior member of Sydney's Brothers 4 Life gang.
Several shots were fired hitting a car and fence outside Omar Ajaj's house at Auburn in Sydney's west.
His parents and sister were at home at the time but were not hurt.
Ajaj is currently in jail facing shooting charges.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:34:49 +1000: January housing finance figures defy last year's trend - Just In
The latest figures show a fall in housing investors, while first home buyers made a small comeback into the property market.
- Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:15:44 +1000: Daniel Morcombe murder: Jury retires to consider verdicts - Just In
The jury in the murder trial of the man accused of killing Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe will resume its deliberations tomorrow morning.
Daniel was abducted and murdered on the Sunshine Coast in 2003 and his remains were found in nearby bushland in 2011.
Brett Peter Cowan, also known as Shaddo N-Unyah Hunter, has pleaded not guilty to murder, indecent treatment of a child, and interfering with a corpse.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane has adjourned the trial for the day, after two days of closing arguments from the Crown and Defence, and a summary of the trial from Justice Roslyn Atkinson.
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