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Australia Suffers Worst Mass Shooting in 22 Years

7 found dead on rural property

(Newser) - A tragic day in Australia: Police say four children and three adults were found dead from gunshot wounds Friday in what is believed to be the country's deadliest mass shooting since 1996. Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told reporters the "horrific incident" happened at a rural... More »

Inside a Gin Bottle, a Historic 132-Year-Old Message

Bottle and note were tossed off a German ship in 1886, making it oldest message in a bottle ever

(Newser) - In a Police song come to life in an epic way, a Perth woman just made history with a find on a Western Australian beach. ABC News Australia and the BBC report Tonya Illman was strolling on Wedge Island at the end of January when she spotted what she thought... More »

Police May Have Answer to Perplexing SOS Message

A man called them to say his brother constructed it in 2013

(Newser) - It had police scratching their heads—and wondering if they should be searching for missing persons: an SOS message spotted by helicopter in a part of Western Australia so remote the nearest city of note is more than 600 miles away. Now police may have their answer, thanks in no... More »

2nd Aussie in a Week Killed By Shark

60-year-old woman killed while diving as her companion escapes

(Newser) - A diver was killed by a large shark off the west Australian coast on Sunday in the country's second fatal attack in less than a week, reports the AP . The 60-year-old woman was diving with a man at a popular dive spot in the northern Perth suburb of Mindarie... More »

Surfer Loses Hands to Shark

2 great whites killed after Western Australia attack

(Newser) - A 23-year-old surfer in Western Australia has lost both hands and one arm from the elbow down in a shark attack that has renewed debate on the state's controversial shark cull policy . A witness says Sean Pollard believed he had been attacked by two bronze whaler sharks in a... More »

Cull Begins: Australia Lures, Kills 1st Shark

Conservation groups slam 'waste of life'

(Newser) - The first shark has been killed off Western Australia under a controversial new policy aimed at protecting swimmers from attacks. A large tiger shark attracted by a baited line was shot in the head several times and its body was dumped at sea, reports the Western Australian . Thousands of people... More »

You Can Avoid Sharks by Their ... Tweets?

Australian scientists attach transmitters to sharks to warn surfers

(Newser) - It's getting harder and harder for a shark to sneak up on people these days. As if the whole fin-sticking-out-of-the-water problem wasn't bad enough, now you might accidentally tweet your location, too. Scientists in Western Australia have attached transmitters to more than 320 sharks; the transmitters automatically tweet... More »

Huge Dust Storm Rains Down Lightning

...as Australia battles wildfires, high winds, and a cyclone

(Newser) - Australia's heat-and-wildfire devastation produced one set of iconic photos yesterday; here's another. A tug boat worker snapped shots of a massive thunderstorm laden with red dust as it moved out toward the Indian Ocean, The West Australian reports. "We were steaming along in the boat just before... More »

Aussies Bicker Over How to Murder Toads

State would prefer folks bludgeon, not suffocate invasive species

(Newser) - Residents of Western Australia, Oz’s largest state, are incensed by a government mandate that might seem odd to those in, say, Kansas: When engaged in the mass killing of cane toads, use the cricket bat instead of the bag of carbon dioxide. Aussies have long made a sport of... More »

Aussie Bursts Into Flames After Police Taser Blast

(Newser) - An Australian man has been hospitalized with burns over 20% of his body after he burst into flames when Tasered by police, reports the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Police say they had no choice but to use the stun gun on the man—a known gas-sniffer and violent offender—when... More »

Sea of New Ocean Life Discovered

Scientists find new crustaceans, rays, sharks and coral

(Newser) - Over 100 new ocean species have been discovered in coral reefs off Western Australia during a global census of marine life. They include exotic soft corals, new kinds of jellyfish, rays and shellfish, and parasites that feed on the tongues of fish, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The discoveries are... More »

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