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Sonic security aimed at the homeless sparks ethical debate

Updated April 07, 2018 09:28:16 Photo: Masahiko Nakayama says something needs to be done to protect shop owners. (ABC Far North: Brendan Mounter) Businesses fed up with constant property damage have employed sonic security to protect their shopfronts in the far north Queensland tourist city of Cairns. The security devices emit a high-pitched noise, and… [...]

Channel Country rejuvenated by floodwaters heading for Lake Eyre

Posted April 07, 2018 09:29:25 Video: Water flows through Birdsville towards Lake Eyre (ABC News) It's a journey that brings life to some of the most remote parts of Australia, and following months of dry, punishing heat, the parched gibber plains of Queensland's Channel Country are being recharged by floodwaters. But that's not the end… [...]

Australia’s only flamingo dies at Adelaide Zoo

Posted April 07, 2018 10:40:13 Photo: Chile, pictured here in 2016, is believed to have been the only remaining flamingo in Australia. (Zoos SA: Adrian Mann) Related Story: Elderly flamingo with arthritis dies at Adelaide Zoo Related Story: Teens charged with bashing blind, 75yo flamingo Adelaide Zoo's remaining flamingo — believed to be the oldest… [...]

Manafort’s lawyers want Mueller to name alleged accomplices cited in criminal indictment

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Lawyers for Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge Friday to order special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to release the names of alleged accomplices accused of helping Manafort commit crimes. Manafort’s legal… [...]

Texas Republican congressman resigns

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Arizona, Texas poised to send National Guard to border

Arizona and Texas are moving to send scores of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as soon as next week as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt directed staff to approve raises for top aides: report Trump's trade rep: Threat of new tariffs 'appropriate response' to China GOP senator on tariff threat: Hopefully Trump… [...]

Menendez brothers, convicted of killing parents in 1989, reunited in prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a Southern California prison. Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his 50-year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Thursday. The brothers… [...]

Rep. Blake Farenthold, facing ethics probe, abruptly resigns

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) on Capitol Hill in December. (Susan Walsh/AP) Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who was facing an ethics investigation after using taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim from a former staffer, abruptly resigned his seat Friday. Farenthold had announced in December that he would not seek reelection, but until… [...]

U.S. stocks post across-the-board losses to close bruising week

Investors will be digesting news of an additonal $100 billion in tariffs under consideration by President Trump. (Richard Drew/AP) Markets roiled Friday as stocks dropped across the board on the latest volley in the U.S. trade dispute with China. President Trump upped the ante with his latest threat to impose tariffs on $100 billion of… [...]

Sessions orders ‘zero tolerance’ policy to prosecute migrants at border

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Watch Commonwealth Games: Day Three

But it's Friday night. That means for most of you there's no work tomorrow - sorry shift workers I feel your pain. Why don't you stay up for the next few hours at least and watch the action. Here's what is coming up: Now: Gymnastics. Men's all-round final featuring Nile Wilson. 00:30: Men's hockey. Malaysia… [...]

Man City v Man Utd: Players deserve all the credit – Pep Guardiola

'Impossible' for Man City to replicate this season - GuardiolaManchester City's players "deserve all the credit" for their achievements this season, says boss Pep Guardiola. City host rivals Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 17:30 BST) knowing victory will clinch their third Premier League title. With six matches left, it would be the… [...]

McGregor charged with three counts of assault after rampage

Updated April 07, 2018 09:11:34 Photo: Conor McGregor is escorted by New York City Police after charges were laid against him. (Reuters: Brendan McDermid) Related Story: Conor McGregor surrenders to police, accused of attacking opponents' van Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has been freed by a New York judge on $65,100 ($US50,000) bail after… [...]

US stock markets sink on China trade war fears

Investors fled US stocks on Friday after Donald Trump threatened more tariffs against Chinese goods, China vowed to battle “to the end” and US employment data missed analysts’ expectations. The Dow Jones industrial average closed 572 points down, or around 2.3%. Boeing and Caterpillar, considered vulnerable in any trade war with China, fell by 3.1%… [...]

U.S. and China Play Chicken on Trade, and Neither Swerves

“The administration, if it’s serious, better be prepared for much more,” said Derek Scissors, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Photo China wants to dominate cutting-edge industries like electric cars. Credit Gary Cameron/Reuters China’s $300 billion plan for government assistance, Made in China 2025, calls for helping cutting-edge industries by providing low-interest loans from… [...]

FBI Seizes, a Site Criticized for Sex-Related Ads

Updated April 6, 2018 5:01 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—Federal law enforcement agencies have seized, a controversial classified-ads website known for its numerous sex-related postings. “ and affiliated websites have been seized,” said a large notice plastered on the site. The action was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Internal… [...]

Federal Judge Upholds Massachusetts’s Assault-Weapons Ban

Massachusetts’ beefed-up ban on assault weapons doesn’t violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution, a U.S. judge ruled, handing a victory to gun-control advocates seeking to pass such a law nationwide following a spate of deadly mass shootings. "The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original… [...]

Facebook tightens issue ads, political ads to prevent election interference

CLOSE Facebook is taking steps to protect users' privacy after revelations that Cambridge Analytica may have accessed information from up to 87 million users, leaving many users feeling 'creepy' about using Facebook and social media. (April 5) AP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Photo: Facebook) In the wake of waves of criticism, Facebook continues to institute more changes… [...]

22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

This is the sidewalk where New York police officers shot and killed Saheed Vassell in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, on April 4. Vassell was an unarmed black man who pointed a metal pipe at the officers, who responded to the scene following emergency calls reporting he had a firearm. [...]

Bahrain Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton set for five-place penalty

Lewis Hamilton during practice at the Bahrain Grand PrixMercedes' Lewis Hamilton will start the Bahrain Grand Prix with a five-place grid penalty for breaching rules over gearbox changes. Governing body the FIA's rules state drivers cannot change gearboxes within a six-race period. The defending champion needs a new gearbox for Bahrain after problems in the… [...]

Cardiff City 0-1 Wolves

All five of Ruben Neves' goals for Wolves this season have come from outside the areaCardiff City missed two stoppage-time penalties as they lost to Championship leaders Wolves in a dramatic finale. At a packed Cardiff City Stadium, Ruben Neves scored a brilliant second-half free-kick from 25 yards. After being bundled over in the box,… [...]

Premiership: Sale Sharks 28-27 Wasps

Byron McGuigan scored for Sale shortly before half-time Aviva Premiership Sale (15) 28 Tries: Webber, McGuigan, Evans, Yarde Con: MacGinty Pens: MacGinty 2 Wasps (17) 27 Tries: Bassett 2, Daly Cons: Gopperth 3 Pen: Daly, Gopperth Marland Yarde's last-second try saw Sale beat Wasps to keep their Premiership play-off hopes alive. In a dramatic finish,… [...]

Syrian warplanes strike rebel enclave

Image copyright AFP Image caption Douma has been devastated by five years of siege by Syria government forces (file image) At least 30 people have been killed in heavy air strikes on the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region, activists and rescuers say. Women and children were reportedly among those who died as… [...]

Brothers who killed parents reunite in jail

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The brothers confer during their 1995 trial The Menendez brothers, who once shocked the nation in the brutal killing of their parents, have reunited behind bars more than two decades after they were convicted for murder. Erik Menendez, 47, and Lyle Menendez, 50, who are serving life sentences for… [...]

Tasmanian sparkling wines running rings around champagnes

Updated April 07, 2018 05:52:47 Photo: Tasmania's sparkling wine is reaching international heights. (ABC Landline: Pip Courtney) Tasmania's sparkling wine industry has come of age, with an extraordinary run of prestigious national and international awards in the last two years. One of Australia's top champagne and sparkling wine critics, Tyson Steltzer, said "Tasmania's sparkling wines… [...]

Wounded war veterans embrace Harry and Meghan’s pre-wedding spotlight

Updated April 07, 2018 06:46:41 Photo: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met the former war veterans hoping to represent the UK in Sydney. (ABC News: James Glenday) Related Story: Meet the men handcrafting the sounds of the Royal wedding Related Story: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's royal wedding invitations revealed, dispatched The cameras start snapping before… [...]

Conor McGregor released on bail after being charged with assault

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Disgraced UFC star Conor McGregor has appeared in court and been released on bail after he was charged with assault. The Irishman’s case was heard at Brooklyn Criminal Court, with bail set for $50,000 (£35,500). The 29-year-old… [...]