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Man Checking Home's Security Camera Spots 'SOS' in Driveway

Woman lost in Aussie bush for 3 days stumbled on empty vacation home being monitored remotely

(Newser) - Deborah Pilgrim wasn't too lucky when she wandered away from her friends during a camping trip outside Adelaide over the weekend—the 55-year-old ended up losing track of where she was in the Australian bush and vanished for three days. Where her luck changed for the better, per NBC... More »

New Cameras Have One Goal: Catch Drivers on Phones

Australia's New South Wales may be the first to employ the technology

(Newser) - Australia's most populous state is trying to get people to put down their phones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance says his is the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by... More »

Swift Cancels Concert After #NupToTheCup Campaign

The singer was pressured by an animal-rights group

(Newser) - Looks like Taylor Swift won't be performing in Australia this year after all. The "Shake It Off" singer canceled a planned Nov. 5 show at Australia's Melbourne Cup after facing pressure from animal rights activists, CNN reports. Swift was initially gung-ho about her only Aussie show, saying... More »

Hiker Drags Himself for 2 Days After Waterfall Plummet

Considering everything that went wrong, Neil Parker is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - "This is not a nice way to die." That was all Neil Parker could think as he dragged himself along the ground on Australia's Mount Nebo after getting injured during a weekend hike. Luckily, the 54-year-old lived to tell the tale of his two-day ordeal, which began... More »

Dozens of Vials of Bull Semen Explode in Fire

The containers were worth thousands, went up in flames at Australia lab

(Newser) - An Australia building that was destroyed by fire in the wee hours of Tuesday housed a cattle breeding laboratory—and more than more than 100 cryogenic cylinders filled with bull semen, worth thousands of dollars, exploded during the blaze. Yarram Herd Services has for two decades provided artificial insemination, breeding... More »

'Magpie Swooping Season' Claims a Life

Australian man dies after being startled off his bicycle

(Newser) - Australia is in the midst of what's known as "magpie swooping season," per 7News , and it's no joke. Authorities in Wollongong, south of Sydney, say a 76-year-old bicyclist died after a bird dove at him and caused him to crash into a fence post, reports the... More »

Rooster Attack Kills Woman Collecting Eggs

Peck hit a varicose vein, study finds

(Newser) - A woman gathering eggs in Australia was killed when a rooster pecked repeatedly at her leg, striking a varicose vein. The vein hemorrhaged, according to a study in Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology , and she collapsed and later died. Two small lacerations on her leg were found during an autopsy,... More »

First-Time Student to Traffic Control: My Teacher's Out Cold

Max Sylvester tries to land a Cessna two-seater in Australia

(Newser) - A flying lesson took a chilling turn Saturday when the flight instructor passed out on his student pilot in mid-air, ABC News Australia reports. "He's leaning over my shoulder, I'm trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down," Max Sylvester told traffic control at... More »

Baby's Vegan Diet Has Heartbreaking Results

An Australian couple gets 18 months but avoids prison time

(Newser) - Two Australian parents are in hot water—but narrowly avoided prison time—after a judge chastised them for leaving their newborn gravely malnourished on a vegan diet, the BBC reports. Unnamed in media reports, the 30-something couple fed their 19-month-old rice, toast, potatoes, oats, and other vegan foods despite signs... More »

Farmers Jailed Over Pig Semen Smuggled in Shampoo Bottles

Australian minister describes 'a disturbing disregard for the laws'

(Newser) - Two pig farmers have been jailed in Australia over their role in illegally importing pig semen disguised as shampoo. GD Pork managing director Torben Soerensen was sentenced to three years in prison; production manager Henning Laue was sentenced to two years. Both men were accused of aiding in a scheme... More »

4 'Heroes,' Milk Crate Take Down Stabbing Suspect

1 dead, 1 injured following Tuesday's chaotic scene in Sydney

(Newser) - Two women were stabbed—one fatally—in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, before a male suspect was tackled by "the highest order of heroes." Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said four men chased a man seen with a butcher knife in the city center around 2pm local time before apprehending... More »

She Got the Death She Wanted, With David Bowie and Pizza

Cancer patient Kerry Robertson, 61, is first Aussie to die under new assisted-suicide law

(Newser) - It took nearly a month to go through the approval process, but an Australian woman finally got her wish and ended her own life last month. The BBC reports that 61-year-old Kerry Robertson became the first Aussie to take advantage of a new law currently available only in the state... More »

Surgical Plate in Croc's Stomach Is 'a Mystery'

Australian croc farm owner hopes to 'solve a cold case'

(Newser) - What was a crocodile doing with a metal plate in its stomach? "It's a mystery" that, if unraveled, might just solve a cold case, according to crocodile keepers in Australia. "Imagine our surprise when we opened up the gut on this large croc and found what looks... More »

Cops: Guy Busted With $140M in Meth Had a 'Very, Very Bad Day'

Van said to have crashed into parked police cars was carrying a lot of meth

(Newser) - If you're going to be driving around with $140 million worth of meth, what definitely falls under the "you had one job" category is to avoid getting pulled over by the cops—or crashing into a couple of cop cars. This week, one man in Sydney, Australia, allegedly... More »

Swimmer Won't Share Podium With Winner

Australia's Mack Horton has accused China's Sun Yang of doping

(Newser) - Chinese swimmer Sun Yang edged Australia's Mack Horton to win a race at a world tournament in South Korea, but the real drama came afterward. Horton refused to share the podium with Sun, whom he has previously accused of sports doping, reports the Australian . Asked why he made the... More »

Man Who Wrote Message in a Bottle in 1969 Is Found

Too bad Paul Gilmore is at sea, again

(Newser) - Crossing the world on a steamship in 1969, 13-year-old Paul Gilmore decided he'd seek out a new penpal. He now has one, in the form of a 9-year-old boy who discovered Gilmore's message in a bottle on a beach in South Australia. The yellowed note on Sitmar Line... More »

Police Stop Kids Who Drove Stolen SUV 600 Miles

Aussie kids packed fishing rods, left a note

(Newser) - Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent's SUV, left a farewell note, then drove more than 600 miles down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day, an officer says. When the children were stopped by police near Grafton... More »

60 Corellas Fall, Bleeding, From the Sky

Most of them ended up dead

(Newser) - Dozens of birds fell from the sky, bleeding from their eyes and beaks, in a scene bird rescuers described as being like "something out of a horror movie" in South Australia on Wednesday. The corellas "were literally falling out of the trees in front of [one rescuer], falling... More »

Gender Reveal Goes Horribly Awry

Things didn't go quite as planned in Australia 'burnout'

(Newser) - It's natural to wonder about your baby's sex before the birth, and increasingly common to hold gender reveal parties. But as a story from Down Under shows, some of these revelations are getting out of hand, even downright dangerous. The Washington Post reports on a stunt in Australia'... More »

Man 'Rotted From the Inside Out' After Gecko Dare

Australia's David Dowell may or may not have eaten the reptile

(Newser) - The family of an Australian father of three who died in December says he "basically rotted from the inside out" after reportedly eating a gecko on a dare. David Dowell of Brisbane at first thought he was hungover when he didn't feel well a day after a Dec.... More »

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