Aussie Coroner Agrees Dingo Took Baby In 1980 Case

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A coroner has found that a dingo took a baby who vanished in the Australian Outback more than 32 years ago in a notorious case that split the nation over suspicions that the infant was murdered. Tuesday's ruling in the northern city of Darwin is from the fourth coroner's inquest … [Read more...]

US Students Survive 9 Days In New Zealand Bush

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two U.S. students trapped in the New Zealand wilderness by a snowstorm trekked back out to safety after surviving their nine-day ordeal by rationing their meager supplies of trail mix and warming themselves in hot springs. Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth, both 21, returned to … [Read more...]

Lee Leads Australian Masters After 1st Round

Lee Bo-mee of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Australian Ladies Masters.U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu, the early leader, was a stroke back on 66 at Royal Pines with fellow-South Korean Hee Kyung Seo and Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands.American teenager Lexi … [Read more...]

Ferry Sinks Off Papua New Guinea; 350 Aboard

A ferry carrying 350 people sank Thursday off northern Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, officials said.SKY News television reported in Australia that the ferry had been found and that four ships and two helicopters were involved in a rescue operation.Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said … [Read more...]

Aussie Claim About Comrade’s Afghan Death Rejected

A military inquiry on Thursday rejected an Australian soldier's allegations that a comrade died unnecessarily during a gunbattle in Afghanistan because the U.S.-led coalition provided inadequate air support.An unidentified soldier who fought in the battle on Aug. 24, 2010, near the village of Derapet in … [Read more...]

Aussie Bosses Thank Employees With $16M After Sale

Employees of an Australian bus company have been given a 15 million Australian dollar ($16 million) share of the proceeds of the business sale as a thank-you for their loyalty, an executive and a newspaper said Wednesday.The 1,800 staff at Melbourne-based Grenda Corp. have received bonuses averaging more than … [Read more...]

Qantas Says Funding Stays Strong Despite Downgrade

Qantas Airways' credit rating has been downgraded, but the Australian company says it remains in a strong funding position.Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded Qantas' rating from Baa2 to Baa3 — the lowest investment grade rating.Qantas issued a statement saying its financial position is … [Read more...]

Aussie Mom Clueless About US Murder Victim’s Ashes

The Australian mother of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was murdered by her American stepmother in North Carolina says she has no idea what has become of her daughter's ashes since the child's father brought them to Australia.Attorney Shell Pearce said Monday that his client, Adam Baker, left the United … [Read more...]

Djokovic Has That Unbeatable Feeling

Novak Djokovic has that unbeatable feeling.And well he should.The Serb outlasted Rafael Nadal to defend his Australian Open title in the longest ever Grand Slam final and become the fifth man to win three straight majors in the Open Era.Djokovic now has the French Open — the one major to elude him … [Read more...]

Australia Reviews Timetable For Buying 12 F-35s

Australia is reviewing its timetable for buying 12 of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters between 2015 and 2017 after the Unites States announced a rethink of its own purchase schedule for the futuristic warplanes.Australia is a funding partner in developing the JSF, which the U.S. Defense Department … [Read more...]