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last updated: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:26:14 -0500

White House veto threat shelves possible tax plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.

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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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Herald Sun | Breaking News
last updated: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:06:24 GMT

Sia dominates early at ARIA Awards
RELUCTANT pop star Sia has already picked up two ARIA awards, which were officially opened with a performance by Five Seconds of Summer.

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last updated: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:05:14 -0500

Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

Protesters rally outside Los Angeles Police headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in downtown Los Angeles People protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of Michael Brown took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)People from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second day of protests.


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last updated: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:59:26 -0500

Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

Protesters rally outside Los Angeles Police headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in downtown Los Angeles People protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of Michael Brown took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)People from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second day of protests.


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Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
last updated: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:46:40 -0500

Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

Protesters rally outside Los Angeles Police headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in downtown Los Angeles People protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of Michael Brown took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)People from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second day of protests.


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Herald Sun | Top Stories
last updated: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:21:00 GMT

Phantom Draft: Late mail on top picks
UPDATED: ST KILDA banks its rebuild on forward Paddy McCartin with pick 1, Pies surprise and the big late bolters. WHO WILL YOUR CLUB CHOOSE? Follow every pick live

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THAT’S how you get noticed on the red carpet!
IF YOU weren’t aware of it, you will be now - The Veronicas are back! Their risque outfits are certainly getting a lot of attention at tonight’s ARIA awards.

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Schoolie falls three storeys from balcony
A TEENAGER has fallen three storeys from a balcony during schoolies celebrations in Queensland.

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What victim’s mum wants to ask police
THE mother of a man shot dead by police on the Gold Coast on Monday night has some questions for the officers involved.

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Hughes’ freak accident explained
BATSMEN have been getting hit in the head in cricket for years. But the impact to Phillip Hughes was very different. Here’s why.

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Road rage: ‘You’re a f***ing psycho’
LANGUAGE WARNING: When a driver tried to overtake another car on a Queensland road, it sparked a violent road rage clash — and a dash cam caught it on film.

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Sinister clouds amid storm predictions
DARK and menacing clouds are hovering above the southeast, as forecasters predict more rain and storms — and one weather watcher has caught a waterspout on film.

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Teacher killed ‘psycho’ dominatrix, court told
THE Brisbane high school teacher and the dominatrix first met online through a bondage website, and then dated for about six months. Now he is on trial for her murder.

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Prisoner got four guards pregnant
THEY call him the Bulldog. And he runs things at the jail where he’s serving 20 years for attempted murder. His case has unearthed shocking corruption.

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The most shocking celebrity outfit of 2014?
48-YEAR-OLD actor Bai Ling rocked up to a film festival in LA wearing ... well ... not much. It’s a dress that has to be seen to be believed.

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Law changes to shield victims of crime
IT’S something every victim of crime fears, and the State Government has moved to stamp it out with new laws.

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THAT’S how you get noticed on the red carpet!
IF YOU weren’t aware of it, you will be now - The Veronicas are back! Their risque outfits are certainly getting a lot of attention at tonight’s ARIA awards.

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last updated: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:23:23 +0000

Darren Wilson Speaks Publicly For The First Time Since The Grand Jury Decision
“I saw his head and fired my gun and that’s where it went."

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last updated: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:03:53 GMT

Protests spread across U.S., more troops deployed to prevent fresh Ferguson riots
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note offensive language in last paragraph)






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last updated: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:30:09 -0500

All The Winners Of The 2014 ARIA Awards

Updating live!

BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT
Boy & Bear
Dan Sultan
John Butler Trio
Keith Urban
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Rufus
Tame Impala
The Preatures
The Presets
Violente Soho

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Gossling - Harvest of Gold
Kate Miller-Heidke - O Vertigo
Neil Finn and Paul Kelly - Goin' Your Way
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live from KCRW
Tina Arena - Reset

BEST BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
Harry Hookey - Misdiagnosed
John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood
Russell MOrris - Van Diemen's Land
The Audreys - 'Til My Tears Roll Away
The Bamboos - Fever In The Road

BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM
Alex Papps - Let's Put The Beat In Our Feet
Ali McGregor - Ali McGregor's Jazzamatazz
Jay Laga'aia - Christmas At Jay's Place
Sam Moran - Play Along With Sam: We're Gonna Dance
The Wiggles - Apples And Bananas

BEST COMEDY RELEASE
Buddy Goode - It's A Buddy Goode Christmas
Franky Walnut - The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster
Ja'mie - Learning To Be Me
Ronny Chieng - The Ron Way
The Beards - The Beard Album

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Adam Brand - My Side Of The Street
Emma Swift - Emma Swift
Kasey Chambers - Bittersweet

Keith Urban - Fuse
The McClymonts - Here's To You And I

BEST DANCE RELEASE
Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game
Nicky Night Time - Everybody Together
Peking Duk - High (Feat. Nicole Millar)
Rufus - Sundream
The Presets - No Fun

BEST HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL ALBUM
DZ Deathrays - Black Rat
High Tension - Death Beat
Shihad - Fvey
Sleepmakeswaves - Love Of Cartography
The Amity Affliction - Let The Ocean Take Me

BEST POP RELEASE
5 Seconds Of Summer - 5 Seconds Of Summer
Andy Bull - Sea Of Approva;
Justice Crew - Que Sera
Sheppard - Bombs Away
Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE
Chet Faker - Built On Glass
Dan Sultan - Blackbird
Sheppard - Bombs Away
Vance Joy - Mess Is Mine
Violent Soho - Saramona Said

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chet Faker — Built On Glass
Dan Sultan — Blackbird
Jessica Mauboy — Beautiful
Sheppard — Bombs Away
Sia — 1000 Forms of Fear

SONG OF THE YEAR
5 Seconds of Summer — She Looks So Perfect
Guy Sebastian — Like A Drum
Havana Brown — Warrior
Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX — Fancy
Joel Fletcher feat. Savage — Swing
Justice Crew — Que Sera
Nathaniel — You
Sheppard — Geronimo
Sia — Chandelier
Taylor Henderson — Borrow My Heart

BEST MALE ARTIST
Chet Faker — Built On Glass
Dan Sultan — Blackbird
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu — Gurrumul and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: His Life And Music
Guy Sebastian — Come Home With Me
Vance Joy — Mess Is Mine

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Adalita — All Day Venus
Iggy Azalea — The New Classic
Jessica Mauboy — Beautiful
Kasey Chambers — Bittersweet
Sia — 1000 Forms of Fear

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
5 Seconds of Summer
Andy Bull
Chet Faker
Iggy Azalea
The Kite String Tangle

BEST GROUP
5 Seconds Of Summer — 5 Seconds Of Summer
Hilltop Hoods — Walking Under Stars
RUFUS — Sundream
Sheppard — Bombs Away
Violent Soho — Saramona Said

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Angus & Julia Stone — Angus & Julia Stone
Ball Park Music — Puddinghead
Dan Sultan — Blackbird
Jimmy Barnes — 30:30 Hindsight
Kingswood — Microscopic Wars

BEST URBAN ALBUM
360 - Utopia
Hilltop Hoods - Walking Under Stars
Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
Illy - Cinematic
Thundamentals - So We Can Remember

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
Avicii - True
Beyonce - Beyonce
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Ed Sheeran - X
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2

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China Has Finally Drafted a Domestic Violence Law
But changing attitudes will remain an uphill task

When people speak up about family violence in China, they typically hear one thing: That’s a private matter. Though beating another person is technically illegal, the abuse of your spouse or child is seen as a household, rather than societal, concern; there is no nationwide law prohibiting domestic violence. Solve this yourself, survivors are told, quietly.

On Tuesday, China’s ruling Communist Party finally broke its silence on the matter. After a decades-long push by women’s rights activists and survivors of abuse, a top government body published a draft for China’s first-ever national family violence law. Though it is just a draft, and far from comprehensive, advocates called it a necessary and important first step. “This was long over due,” says Leta Hong-Fincher, author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. “It is just a draft, and it is not sufficient, but it is important and encouraging that they have actually written something down.”

What authorities outlined, and posted online, is an imperfect but ambitious plan to change the way the state handles abuse. Social organizations and individuals would have the right to report violence and police obliged to investigate claims. Those convicted would face punishment — anything from a written reprimand to up to seven years’ imprisonment should the abuse lead to serious injury or death.

That may sound like a forgone conclusion — of course the police must investigatebut, in practice, it is not. Accounts by survivors suggest that family pressure, shame, and police indifference mean that reporting abuse is rare, and legal recourse almost unheard of. In a searing essay for the New York Times, Kim Lee, an American who was beaten by her Chinese ex-husband, recalls sitting at a police station in 2011, visibly bruised, trying to convince the duty officer to help her. They told her to calm down and go home. “As far as the police were concerned,” she writes, “no crime had occurred.”

Lee went home and posted pictures of her bruised face online. Within hours, the pictures were forwarded by some 20,000 people, she writes, and her case became national news. People took to China’s popular social media sites to share their own stories and vent frustration. That a relatively privileged woman — a foreigner with a famous husband — could not get help spoke volumes. Like many survivors, Lee worried she would lose custody of her children, and the right to family assets, should they divorce. (In a landmark 2013 case, she was granted a divorce on grounds of domestic violence.)

This week’s draft measures could, potentially, help in similar cases. The All China Women’s Federation estimates that one in four Chinese women have experienced domestic abuse. (Estimates from other countries are even higher.) If China pushes ahead with the legislation, makes it comprehensive, and strengthens enforcement, the police and courts would be better equipped to take action. The draft suggests that people could seek physical protection from attackers — a restraining order, for instance — a detail that Feng Yuan, founder of Equality, a Beijing-based NGO dedicated to the protection of women’s rights, called “very encouraging.”

But there are gaps. The draft mentions children, which is a good step, but does not include provisions or protections for non-married couples (including same-sex couples, who are not legally allowed to marry in China). And how will police officers and courts be trained to interpret and enforce the law? “There are a lot of good laws on the books in terms of rights protection in China,” says Hong-Fincher, “yet those laws are not enforced.” She points to countries like India and Bangladesh. Both have decent anti-domestic violence laws, but have made limited progress curbing abuse.

For the law to mean something, people’s attitudes must change too. Codifying a government response to family violence can help achieve that. “Domestic abuse is not a personal affair,” says Hou Zhiming, director of the Maple Women’s Psychological Counselling Centre in Beijing. “Every person has the right to oppose it, the victims do not need to keep silent.”

—With reporting by Gu Yongqiang / Beijing

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