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Tobacco company butting out, banning smoking in offices

The second-biggest tobacco company in the U.S. is butting out cigarettes in their buildings. The makers of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, Reynolds American Inc., is forbidding employees to smoke in their offices.

Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Sydney - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

The Torrid Zone: A new global dynamic

Cairns - A conference titled “The Future of Tropical Economies” was recently held in Cairns, Australia and focused on the quality of life for those residing within the Torrid Zone.

Downtown Halifax on alert, rifle found, man taken into custody

While the Canadian city of Halifax did not experience the tragedy the city of Ottawa did yesterday, there was a disturbing incident there this morning. A man was seen with a rifle in the downtown area and police went on high alert.

Fast & Furious food delivery from McDonald's in Melbourne (Video)

Melbourne - For the ultimate in fast food, McDonald's in Melbourne, Australia is now making deliveries. In fact, pretty flashy deliveries, as customers' burgers and fries arrive by either a red Ferrari F430 Spider or a white luxury Lamborghini.

Zoo officials on edge after murder of rare Tasmanian devil

Albuquerque - Tasmanian devils are known for their feisty temperament, but this wasn't enough to save one of the little creatures from a cruel death at the hands of a stranger who crushed its skull with a slab of asphalt.

Australian convicted in child sex sting using virtual girl

Sydney - An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the child rights group behind it said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Australia has lost one of her favourite sons, Gough Whitlam, 98

Sydney - Gough Whitlam was a maverick politician, ahead of his time and a true exponent of the core principles of the labour movement. He’s one of the few Australian Prime Ministers who truly revolutionized the nation.

Not just sci-fi, long-range tractor beam now a reality

Canberra - Two Australian laser physicists have developed the world's first first long-distance optical tractor beam, capable of not only attracting objects, but repelling them as well.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change and remains the country's only leader to be sacked, died Tuesday aged 98.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of Australia's most admired figures who led the nation through a period of massive change, died Tuesday aged 98, his family said.

Australia abandons controversial niqab segregation plan

Sydney - A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry.

Pres. Obama to seek extra funding as he continues Ebola fight

With the U.S. mid-term elections a scant two weeks away, Pres. Barack Obama is busy seeking solutions to the Ebola virus scare. Bloomberg News reported the president will do so, at least in part, by asking Congress for more funding to fight the disease.

Man finds dead mouse at bottom of his McDonald's coffee cup

There was this sketch years ago on SCTV, the Canadian sketch comedy show that featured the late-John Candy. In it the two MacKenzie brothers (Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis) tried to get a dead mouse into a beer so they could sue the beer company.

Russian ship hauling bunker and diesel fuel adrift off B.C. Coast

A Russian container ship laden with some 450 tonnes of fuel is powerless and drifting in a storm off of the coast of B.C., toward Haida Gwaii. The ship has eleven crew members, including a captain who is reportedly injured.

Spider burrows into Aussie's appendix scar, up to his sternum

Bunbury - A West Australian man holidaying with friends on the Indonesian Island of Bali had hoped for exotic sightseeing experience, but ended up having a curious Indonesian spider going sightseeing in him instead.

Gas station shooter gets life for killing teen over loud music

A white man who shot into a car full of black teenagers at a Florida gas station in 2012, killing one, has been sentenced to life without parole. Michael Dunn was sentenced to life today in a Florida courtroom.

Crash diets better than steady weight loss, study finds

When it comes to weight loss it appears that slow and steady does not win the race, a new study out of Australia has found. The study says that crash dieting is more effective when it comes to thinning down than taking a measured approach.

Op-Ed: Ancient kangaroos didn’t hop, they walked

Sydney - In a discovery which is both fascinating and very likely to create a lot more questions, researchers have discovered that ancient kangaroos did walk on two legs, but couldn’t hop. This is a very tricky bit of science.

New York makes yogurt official state snack over carrot cookies

Given the state of New York managed to produce over 740 million pounds of yogurt last year it is hardly a surprise the state has officially made yogurt its state snack. The announcement came from no less a personage than the governor.
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