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Court: Unsent Text Message Is a Valid Will

It was found in man's drafts folder

(Newser) - A last will and textament? An Australian court has decided that a will found in the drafts folder of a dead man's phone is valid, even though it was never witnessed or even sent, the BBC reports. The man, a 55-year-old who killed himself a year ago, made it... More »

US Museum Will Stop Displaying Soldier's Skull

Australian soldier's skull will be returned and reunited with his body

(Newser) - Private Thomas Hurdis' death in October 1917 was a grisly one. The Australian soldier was shot in the face with lead bullets during the Battle of Passchendaele in France, blinding the 27-year-old and destroying parts of his jaw and sinuses. Philadelphia ophthalmologist WT Shoemaker tended to the soldier, who bled... More »

Teen Crushed, Killed While Lifting Weights

Gym rules say kids are supposed to be accompanied by an adult

(Newser) - An Australian teen who was crushed while lifting weights has died, the BBC reports. Ben Shaw, 15, was bench-pressing about 215 pounds at a Brisbane gym last Tuesday when the bar he was pumping slipped, pinning him and crushing his neck. The critically injured teen was rushed to a children'... More »

Blogger Who Made Fake Cancer Claims Finds Out Fate

Belle Gibson handed down $320K fine by Aussie judge

(Newser) - In March, Belle Gibson was found guilty of breaching consumer law with her false claims on how she'd beaten her supposed brain cancer. On Thursday, Melbourne's Federal Court of Australia handed down the fine the Aussie blogger will pay as a consequence: around $320,000, the BBC reports.... More »

It Causes Gaping, Weeping Wounds, but We Don't Know How

Australian scientists are concerned by the rise of 'Mycobacterium ulcerans' infections

(Newser) - One of the least reassuring sentences you'll read this week: A flesh-eating bacterial infection that leads to "gaping, palm-sized ulcers" is on the rise, and experts have no idea how it's being spread. One of the more reassuring: It's happening in Victoria, Australia, so if you... More »

6 Women Accidentally Wear Identical Dresses to Wedding

'No we are NOT the bridesmaids'

(Newser) - Debbie Speranza was surprised when she met up with her cousin at a Sydney wedding reception recently and they were wearing the same dress. But both women were even more surprised when they kept bumping into other women also in the same dress—a total of six women at the... More »

Rebel Wilson Has 3.6M Reasons to Smile

She just won the biggest defamation payout ever in Australia

(Newser) - Rebel Wilson previously said she didn't care about the damages so much as the verdict in her successful defamation case against Bauer Media. She might care now. A Victorian Supreme Court justice has determined that Bauer, publisher of Australia's Woman's Day magazine, owes the actress $3.6... More »

Suit: Women With Pelvic Mesh Pain Given 'Appalling' Sex Advice

Huge medical scandal in Australia spurs class-action complaint

(Newser) - Disturbing details are emerging in a class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in Australia, where more than 700 women allege complications from transvaginal mesh implants so severe their lives have been ruined. From chronic pain and injured organs to painful intercourse and an inability to work, they're part of... More »

Cops: Man Killed Kangaroo in 'Abhorrent' Video

Melbourne man could get 2 years in jail

(Newser) - A Melbourne resident has been arrested for what environmental officials say was a "particularly abhorrent" case of animal cruelty. In a video viewed millions of times on the Chinese social media service QQ, the man can be seen using a hunting knife to kill a wounded Eastern gray kangaroo... More »

How the Tiger Snake's Venom Beat Evolution

Australian tiger snake venom hasn't changed in 10M years

(Newser) - With its exceedingly deadly venom unchanged over the past 10 million years, the Australian tiger snake has essentially defeated evolution. Researcher Bryan Fry says in a press release it's "really unusual" for venom to remain unchanged over such a long period of time. Typically, predators and prey evolve... More »

US Hits North Korea on Coal, Oil, and ... Statues

New sanctions penalize Chinese and Russian firms for dealing with Pyongyang

(Newser) - The Treasury Department applied new sanctions Tuesday intended to squeeze North Korea even tighter. The sanctions were mostly against Chinese and Russian companies and individuals that the US accuses of conducting illegal business with Pyongyang and thus helping its nuclear weapons program, reports the Washington Post . The big hits were... More »

Protein 'Overdose' Contributed to Woman's Untimely Death

The bodybuilder was unaware her body couldn't process that much protein

(Newser) - An Australian woman who appeared to be in great shape suddenly died at age 25—and doctors say protein supplements contributed to her death. Meegan Hefford, a bodybuilder, had been complaining since early June about feeling "weird" and lethargic. On June 19, she was found unconscious in her apartment;... More »

Breakthrough in Search for Peanut Allergy Cure

New study found 80% of subjects could still tolerate peanuts 4 years later

(Newser) - Could a cure for peanut allergies be close? Australia's ABC reports that in a new study , 82% of participants saw their peanut allergies cured within the first 18 months of treatment. Four years later, 80% of the participants still showed no signs of an allergy, and 70% passed a... More »

Bear Grylls Tips Save, Nearly Doom Man Lost in Outback

The man survived 3 days by burying himself in the sand

(Newser) - A British man survived for three days in the Australian Outback using techniques he learned watching survival reality shows on television, but authorities say those same techniques nearly prevented him from being rescued. Anthony Collis was traveling with Debbie Blomfield (described in various media as his "partner," "... More »

Cause of Woman's Stomach Pain Leaves Doctors 'Dumbfounded'

Dental wire pierced woman's intestine after years lodged in body

(Newser) - If you've worn braces, you know it's a pain when orthopedic wires poke into your gums. As an Australian woman can attest, it's no fun when they pierce the small intestine, either. Doctors initially cited a gallbladder issue when the 30-year-old arrived at a hospital in Western... More »

Teen Emerges From Sea With Legs Drenched in Blood

Doctors are stumped, but one marine expert points finger at sea fleas

(Newser) - If Jaws left you fearful of going into the water, this story about a much, much smaller predator may only reinforce your fright. The Australian Associated Press reports on the case of Sam Kanizay, a Melbourne 16-year-old who spent about a half-hour soaking his legs, sore from sports, at Dendy... More »

23 Marines Rescued After Osprey Crash. 3 Still Missing

The crash off the coast of Australia is being called a 'mishap'

(Newser) - Three US Marines are missing after an MV-22 Osprey crashed into the waters off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Saturday afternoon, ABC reports. "The aircraft ... was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water," CNN quotes a Marine Corps statement as saying. There were 26 Marine... More »

At Heart of ISIS Airplane Plot: Meat Mincer

IED made it inside Sydney Airport, but not through security

(Newser) - If all had gone according to plan, a bomb disguised as a meat grinder would have taken down a plane in Australia last month. The existence of the plot was revealed late last month , and now police are providing details: Khaled Mahmoud Khayat, 49, and Mahmoud Khayat, 32, were charged... More »

Leaking Trump's Phone Calls Is 'Shocking and Dangerous'

Everything you need to know about the leaked transcripts

(Newser) - The transcripts of President Trump's conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia leaked to the Washington Post are giving Americans insight into Trump's negotiating style and how he's relating to America's allies, but David Frum at the Atlantic writes the leak of the transcripts is... More »

Transcripts of Trump's Calls to Leaders Leak

The conversations weren't exactly friendly

(Newser) - If only Anthony Scaramucci were still around to lash out at this leak: The Washington Post has obtained classified transcripts of President Trump's initial phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, produced by White House staff in January. (See them in full here .) Among the highlights:... More »

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