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After Fight With Mom, Kid Gives Himself Bali Getaway

Australian 12-year-old steals credit card, flies to posh resort in Indonesia

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Australian boy has pulled off a bold feat that is drawing international headlines: He stole his mom's credit card and managed to fly to Bali, Indonesia, for a posh, four-day vacation before getting caught, reports 9 News . As recounted in the Australian program A Current Affair, the... More »

'Mass Mortality' Hits Great Barrier Reef, Shocks Scientists

'Unprecedented bleaching event' killed off half the coral there over 2 years

(Newser) - An "unprecedented" bleaching event struck the Great Barrier Reef in 2016, with perilously high temperatures affecting the 1,400-mile-long stretch of coral. The Atlantic notes we already knew that this occurred , but that the toll is just now being fully understood: It describes a new study published in the... More »

She Documented Her Exotic Trip on Instagram, Now Heads to Prison

Mélina Roberge sentenced to 8 years for drug trafficking

(Newser) - "She wanted to be the envy of others," said an Australian judge of Mélina Roberge. There's little to envy now: The 24-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to eight years for drug trafficking, in a case that involved $20 million of cocaine, an exotic cruise, and social... More »

The Bacteria Eats Through Skin, Is Causing Mystery in Australia

Study quantifies the spread of Buruli ulcers in Victoria

(Newser) - "It is difficult to prevent a disease when it is not known how infection is acquired," reads a study published Monday that tracks the spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in Australia, and that's not the only mystery surrounding the rise in Buruli ulcers. The disease has historically... More »

Surfer Mauled by Shark Escapes With 2 Injured Legs

He punched shark to escape, witnesses say

(Newser) - A surfer mauled by a shark Monday off southwestern Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness say. Alejandro Travaglini was surfing at Gracetown around 8am when he was attacked, St. John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo says. The Argentinian-born... More »

The Sheep-Filled Ship Left Australia, With Horrible Results

'60 Minutes' exposes deaths of 2,400 sheep in August 2017

(Newser) - It's not every day that a livestock-abuse video is set at sea, but such is the situation in Australia. The New York Times reports the country's 60 Minutes on Sunday broadcast footage shot by a whistleblower in August 2017 on a ship laden with sheep that was sailing... More »

After Passenger's Fall, Ship Continues With 'Heavy Heart'

Woman presumed lost in rough South Pacific waters

(Newser) - A 47-year-old woman is missing and presumed lost in a remote part of the South Pacific after an unexplained fall from a cruise ship. Operator P&O Cruises says the Pacific Dawn immediately turned around to search for the woman after she fell from the ship in the Coral Sea,... More »

Facebook Pics Bust 'Despicable' $30K Scam of 'Cancer Patient'

Hanna Dickenson sentenced to 3 months in jail for fleecing people for money she used to party

(Newser) - An Australian woman who perpetrated a "despicable" scam when she was 19 is headed to jail for three months after being busted by her social media pictures. Per the BBC and News.com.au , Hanna Dickenson, 24, pleaded guilty to obtaining property by deception—meaning she pretended she had... More »

BP: An Oil Spill Would 'Boost' Local Economies

But Australia's regulators weren't convinced

(Newser) - Two years ago, BP applied to drill for oil off the Australian coast. Now government letters show that BP praised the "welcome boost" local economies could receive doing cleanup in an oil spill, the Sidney Morning Herald reports. Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority—or... More »

Over 140 Whales Die After Getting Stranded in Australia

'I've never seen anything like it'

(Newser) - At least 140 whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach overnight in Western Australia, the AP reports. Over 150 short-finned pilot whales were first spotted on the beach at Hamelin Bay by a fisherman on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, all but 15 had died. According to the... More »

Hawaiian Couple Killed in Crash at Great Barrier Reef

Their daughter, her boyfriend, and the pilot survived Wednesday's crash

(Newser) - Two US tourists died Wednesday when the helicopter carrying them over Australia's Great Barrier Reef smacked into the water some 40 miles northeast of the Whitsunday Islands, authorities say. The Whitsunday Air Services helicopter was approaching a pontoon atop the Great Barrier Reef when it dropped about 650 feet... 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 »

Australia's First Same-Sex Marriage Wasn't Who You Think

Queensland couple was granted a waiver, married Dec. 15

(Newser) - It was initially reported that the first same-sex couples to wed after Australia legalized gay marriage last year did so on Dec. 16—but it has now been revealed that Jo Grant and Jill Kindt were actually the first couple to marry under the new legislation, on Dec. 15. Grant... More »

'Wow': Owen Wilson Fans Plan Ultimate Tribute

People will gather to say what is apparently his favorite word

(Newser) - You might have seen the memes, or videos like this one , poking a little fun at how often Owen Wilson says "wow." They're like those focusing on Matthew McConaughey's recitation of "all right," but apparently have a more enthusiastic following. Case in point: About... More »

Rowdy Family Booted After Cruise Turns to 'Bloodbath'

Passengers say several fights preceded unexpected stop Friday

(Newser) - "Bloodbath" is not a word you'd typically associate with a 10-day cruise around the South Pacific. But it's being thrown around now in the wake of what Carnival says were "violent and disruptive acts" committed on its cruise ship Legend. Passengers say a brawl that erupted... More »

Pilot's Maneuvers 'Inexplicable' in Fatal Crash

Plane was half a mile off course when it made sudden turn north of Sydney

(Newser) - A Sydney Seaplanes aircraft carrying six people "should not have been where it was" when it crashed in Australia on New Year's Eve, leaving no survivors, the company's CEO says. The DHC-2 Beaver carrying Compass Group CEO Richard Cousins and family members, along with pilot Gareth Morgan,... More »

Filing Cabinets' Keys Were Lost. Drilled Open, Secrets Emerged

Australia has a security mess on its hands

(Newser) - The Australian government on Wednesday launched an urgent investigation into the loss of thousands of classified documents that were sold with two second-hand filing cabinets, reports the AP . The cabinets were sold by a Canberra furniture shop at a discount price because they were locked and no one could find... More »

They Were Being Pounded by Waves. Then the Drone Came

'Little Ripper' helped save 2 teen boys in rough surf off Australia

(Newser) - In what the deputy premier of New South Wales is calling a "historic" rescue, two teens were saved from choppy surf thanks to a drone that dropped an inflatable safety device to them—all as it recorded the rescue. The BBC reports that Aussie lifeguards were still testing how... More »

Missing Teen Found After Father Hires Helicopter

Hunch may have saved Australian's life

(Newser) - The father of a teenager who spent 30 hours trapped in a car wreck in Australian woods says he followed his intuition by hiring a helicopter that found his seriously injured son. Samuel Lethbridge, 17, remained in a hospital in serious condition with multiple fractures two days after the crash.... More »

US Tourist Dies After 'Foolish' Move in Australia

Police say he ran from companion on sweltering hike

(Newser) - A US tourist has died while hiking in what police call "a beautiful but harsh environment" in Central Australia. The 33-year-old California man and a 40-year-old companion were descending Mount Sonder on a 10-mile hike Wednesday when they became separated. A Northern Territory police superintendent tells ABC Australia the... More »

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