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The Latest: Bitcoin futures rise after trading slows website

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:15:09 +1200

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the debut of bitcoin futures trading (all times local):6:05 p.m.After an initial hiccup, the first-ever bitcoin futures rose in early trading. The futures rose $540 to $16,000 on the Chicago Board...


Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:05:10 +1200

TOP STORIES:SOC--MANCHESTER DERBYMANCHESTER, England — Manchester City capitalized on two defensive lapses by Romelu Lukaku to claim a record-setting 2-1 win against Manchester United and open up an 11-point lead over its fierce...

More private university chiefs top $2M as pay keeps climbing

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:05:06 +1200

BOSTON (AP) — Presidents at America's private universities saw their pay increase by 9 percent in 2015, according to a new report , with several of them topping $2 million in total earnings.The average chief received total compensation...

Nobel Peace Prize winner says the end of mankind is just 'one impulsive tantrum away' as they warn of the threat from nuclear weapons

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:51:11 +1200

The winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize have cautioned that nuclear annihilation is just an "impulsive tantrum away".The winners, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), made the chilling warning as the...

Media Files:|caption=Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Fihn, leader of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Oslo City Hall. Photo / AP

China's booming trade in rented stand-ins includes fake parents, partners and friends

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:39:23 +1200

China is well known as the home of "rented boyfriends" and "rented bridesmaids", but now "rented parents" are offering their services for when you just cannot allow teachers - or lovers - to meet the real ones.Offering stand-in...

Media Files:|caption=Seeking a stand-in parent? Some people in China are prepared to help, for a fee. Photo / AP file

German firms investigated over faulty batteries link to missing Argentine submarine

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:38:15 +1200

Argentine parliamentarians are reportedly investigating two German firms over the replacement of batteries on the missing submarine ARA San Juan, alleging bribes were paid to secure contracts and inferior products used.The German...

Media Files:|caption=The German-built ARA San Juan submarine from the Argentina Navy went missing in the South Atlantic in November. Photo / AP

Mafia godmothers take charge as their men rot in prison

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:28:12 +1200

They say it's a family business, but traditionally women in the Italian Mafia were prison messengers or bargaining chips in dynastic marriages to create alliances between clans.Now, as male mob bosses languish in jail, mafiosas...

Media Files:|caption=Maria Angela Di Trapani, centre, is escorted by Italian Carabinieri, paramilitary police officers, during an anti-Mafia operation in Palermo, Sicily. Photo / AP

A look at what didn't happen in the Alabama Senate race

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:05:06 +1200

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama's high-profile Senate race heads toward a Tuesday vote, supporters and opponents of GOP candidate Roy Moore are bending the truth — or shattering it to pieces — in the campaign's final stretch.One...

Why the Trump-Russia probe is about to get uglier

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:36:53 +1200

COMMENTHere are two certainties about the Trump-Russia investigation. It won't end soon. It will get uglier.A new shoe drops almost daily in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. Firstly, former national security adviser Michael...

Media Files:|caption=US President Donald Trump. Photo / AP

Gold coin worth $1,200 left in SC Salvation Army kettle

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:35:10 +1200

TEGA CAY, S.C. (AP) — An anonymous person dropped a single gold coin worth about $1,200 in a Salvation Army kettle in South Carolina.Multiple media outlets report the one-ounce South African Krugerrand was dropped into a Salvation...

Trump rails against news media after reporting corrections

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:25:11 +1200

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again railing against the news media, calling them a "stain on America."In a tweet Sunday, Trump blasts the lack of attention over what he describes as "false and defamatory stories" by...

Police search area after bag with ammunition found in Berlin

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:25:10 +1200

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police are trying to determine the source of 200 rounds of ammunition found in an underground parking lot in the German capital.Officers were called after a tenant of the building in the western district of...

The Latest: Democrat Jones quotes Shelby critique of Moore

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:25:08 +1200

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the race for the Alabama Senate seat (all times local):6:20 p.m.Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones is using the words of the state's senior GOP senator in his last-minute push for...

Single-engine plane plummets into San Diego house, killing two

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:22:01 +1200

Two people were killed after a small plane crashed into a house in San Diego, authorities said.The crash occurred in the city's Clairemont neighbourhood, a few kilometres north of downtown, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue...

Media Files:|caption=Firefighters hose down the roof of a house that was damaged by fire after a small plane crashed into it in San Diego. Photo / AP

Commentator behind 'It's OK To Be White' speech due in court

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:15:12 +1200

ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A conservative commentator who grabbed a woman after she took a copy of his University of Connecticut speech titled "It's OK To Be White" is set to make his first court appearance.Lucian Wintrich was arrested...

Serial killer's creepy post-conviction message: There are more victims

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:13:22 +1200

With six words penned to his local newspaper, serial killer Todd Kohlhepp gave voice to the fears of investigators and anyone else worried that a missing loved one had become a victim of South Carolina's infamous murderer:"Yes there...

Media Files:|caption=Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, pictured in December last year, has written to a local newspaper saying there are more victims. Photo / AP

North Korea's nuclear tests have damaged Earth's crust, caused tremors months later

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:53:46 +1200

Two tremors detected in North Korea yesterday were likely to be aftershocks from the hermit nation's reckless nuclear test in early September, a US Geological Survey official confirmed.The mild 2.9 and 2.4 magnitude aftershocks...

Media Files:|caption=Kim Jong-un on Mount Pektu, on North Korea's border with China, which the regime has said is 'sacred', on account of it being the birthplace of the country's first dictator

Lebanese security forces clash with protesters near US Embassy in Beirut

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:52:35 +1200

Lebanese security forces clashed today with demonstrators near the US Embassy in Beirut as hundreds protested against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.The Lebanese Army fired water...

Media Files:|caption=A protester throws a stone as others hold Palestinian flags during a demonstration in front of the US Embassy in Aukar, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Photo / AP

A woman tries to kill bed bugs with alcohol - and sets a fire that leaves 10 without a home

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:41:39 +1200

Three people were hospitalised and several others lost their home after a woman accidentally started a fire inside a multi-family building while trying to kill beg bugs with alcohol, authorities said.The fire broke out at the weekend...

Media Files:|caption=The house on fire. Photo / Facebook, Kamaron Lyshe

Bitcoin futures set to begin trading at Chicago exchange

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:15:08 +1200

CHICAGO (AP) — A security based on bitcoin, the digital currency that has exploded in popularly and volatility this year, was to begin trading on a major U.S. exchange for the first time on Sunday.The Chicago Board Options Exchange,...