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'Bear Force One' is crowned winner of Fat Bear Week 2020: Grizzly number 747 trounces Chunk to 'take home' top prize

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The winner of Fat Bear Week 2020 has been declared, with 747 trouncing fan favorite Chunk in the final round of the popular internet competition.  The annual online tournament, which takes place each October, requires voters to choose which Katmai National Park bear had piled on the most pounds over the summer.  Winner 747 was a worthy champion, the Alaskan national park said in a statement on Tuesday, with the brown bear garnering a whopping 47,055 votes in comparison to Chunk's 21,854.   '747 really packed on the pounds, looking like he was fat enough to hibernate in July and yet continuing to eat until his belly seemed to drag along the ground by late September,' the park said.    While 747 is known only by his number, fans have now proposed he be named 'Bear Force One' or 'Bearing 747'.  The winner of Fat Bear Week 2020 has been declared, with 747 trouncing fan favorite Chunk in the final round of the popular internet competition. 747 is seen in his '

No English, no visa - even if you're married to an Aussie: Huge change brings in language test for loved ones who want to settle Down Under

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Immigrants applying for a partner visa will be tested for 'functional levels' of English before they are granted permanent residency. The government may require immigrants who do not speak English to have 500 hours of free class under the plan announced in Tuesday's budget. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new requirement would promote social and economic inclusion. Partners of immigrants will now have to pass an English test if they want to apply for visa (pictured, people fly into Australia from NZ during COVID-19 pandemic) Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new test would promote social and economic inclusion  'It's a much more basic level of English language competency and we think this is important to just enable people to engage to access government services,' Mr Morrison said on Wednesday. 'For example, to engage with those who are seeking to assist to access and get the best possible medical treatment, to understand what teachers are saying

Elderly couple found dead on Colorado hiking trail had made a 'suicide pact', with husband shooting wife before turning gun on himself

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An elderly couple found dead suffering gunshot wounds near a hiking trail in Colorado over the weekend died in a 'suicide pact', it has been revealed.  Leroy 'Lee' Vigil, 73, shot his wife Stella Vigil, 72, before turning the gun on himself on Friday after they went on a hike in Colorado Springs, according to the autopsy revealed Tuesday. Investigators said they found proof that the couple, from New Mexico, had an 'agreement' to take their own lives.  'Through the course of the investigation, detectives obtained evidence that supported an agreement between Mr. and Mrs. Vigil to end their lives together,' the Colorado Springs Police Department shared a press release.   Couple Leroy 'Lee' Vigil, 73, and Stella Vigil, 72, died in a suicide pact over the weekend in Colorado. Authorities revealed Tuesday the El Paso County Coroner's Office ruled Stella Vigil's death as a homicide and Lee Vigil's death was ruled a suicide The El Paso County

Fallen playboy's £4m humbling: Petra Ecclestone's ex-husband James Stunt sees his Belgravia home put on the market for a cut-price £8m

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Spacious, luxurious and reassuringly expensive, it is a house fit for a tycoon. And until recently it was home to playboy James Stunt. However, now it is not so expensive after all. He has seen almost £4million wiped off the value of his once-prized villa in Belgravia, central London. When he bought the stunning home for £11.75million in 2017 he was a gold bullion dealer and self-declared billionaire. The former home of playboy James Stunt has seen almost £4million wiped off its value. Pictured: The home in 2018, with Stunt's luxury cars parked outside. Pictured: The home in 2018, with Stunt's luxury cars parked outside When he bought the stunning home for £11.75million in 2017 he was a gold bullion dealer and self-declared billionaire. The home is now back on the market for a more modest £7.95million. Stunt, 38, is the ex-husband of Formula 1 heiress Petra Ecclestone On Wednesday, after it was put on the market following his forced eviction, the asking price was a more modest

Straight-A student, 18, says he was expelled from Dallas Christian school for being gay and the principal offered him counseling because he had 'chosen the devil's ways'

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A straight-A high school senior from Dallas says he has been expelled from a Christian academy, where he had been a student from the time he was a toddler,  after coming out as gay.  Devin Bryant, 18, was just four days away from starting his senior year at Covenant Christian Academy when his mother got a phone call from the new principal, Tony Jeffrey, saying her son would not be allowed to complete his studies at the only school he's ever known because of his sexual orientation, according to the family.  Connie Bryant said headmaster Jeffrey told her on the call that in expelling her son for being gay, he was doing what 'Jesus Christ would want me to do,' reported Dallas Morning News. Devin Bryant says he was expelled from Covenant Christian Academy just days before starting his senior year for coming out as gay She also said the principal offered her counseling to help her 'direct her child well' because her son had 'chosen the devil’s ways'. Bryant first

Killer dad 'murders his two young daughters then stabs himself to death in California in murder-suicide' while the children's mom and grandmother slept in the house

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A killer dad murdered his two young daughters before stabbing himself to death in a California murder-suicide while the children's mom and grandmother slept inside the house, according to police.  A man, said to be in his 30s, was found with fatal stab wounds on the grass of a front yard in Placentia, northern Orange County, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Officers then found the two young girls, said to be aged around 9, stabbed to death inside a nearby home.  The identities of the victims and the suspected killer have not been released by authorities.  A killer dad murdered his two young daughters before stabbing himself to death in a California murder-suicide while the children's mom and grandmother slept inside the house, according to police. Pictured officers on the scene Wednesday  A man, said to be in his 30s, was found with fatal stab wounds on the grass of a front yard in Placentia, northern Orange County, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Officers then

REVEALED: The six-figure jobs NO ONE wants to do - despite free accommodation, cars and more enticing benefits

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Farming bosses have been crying out for workers to take on key roles as the industry finally looks set for a bumper season.  But despite offering high paying jobs with sweet perks - such as free accommodation and cars - very few Australians are willing to take on those roles.  Sam Heagney, a farm manager in Mungindi on the Queensland – New South Wales border, has been struggling to attract enough staff for this year's crop.  He's hoping those affected by the coronavirus pandemic will start to look towards the industry, which he says can be 'very lucrative'. 'An entry level farm hand could be looking at $60,000-$80,000 a year. And it’s all upwards from there with a manager of a property on $100,000-$150,000,' he told news.com.au. 'On top of that you get housing, many get a vehicle, and we have high speed internet on the farm so we can watch Netflix quicker than the city; no problems there.'  Farming bosses have been crying out for workers to take on key r

Ten-month-old girl dies 'after being raped by her youth football coach father, 29, who Googled "how do I know if a baby is dead" and waited an hour before calling 911'

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A Pennsylvania father has been arrested for allegedly raping his 10-month-old daughter, who later died from her injuries at a hospital.  Austin Stevens, 29, of Providence Township, was charged on Tuesday with aggravated sexual assault, rape of a child, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and other criminal counts in the death of his baby daughter, Zara Scruggs.  According to a press release from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, at around 10.40pm on Saturday, Lower Providence police responded to a home in the 3400 block of Germantown Road to a report of an unresponsive infant.  Scroll down for video  Austin Stevens, 29 , has been charged with raping his baby daughter, Zara Scruggs , who later died of her injuries Police responded to Stevens' apartment in Providence Township, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night to a report of an unresponsive infant  Officers immediately began CPR on Zara and transpor

Ex-Secret Service executive SLAMS Trump for putting agents' health at risk with his 'gratuitous and dangerous' behavior amid battle with COVID-19

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A former Secret Service executive has blasted President Trump for putting 'agents' safety at risk' amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Joseph Petro, who worked for the Secret Service for 23 years and protected Ronald Reagan, penned an op-ed for The Washington Post Wednesday slamming the current Commander-in-chief for acting recklessly as he battles COVID-19.  Petro took particular issue with President Trump taking a joyride outside Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend, during which time he was confined to a hermetically sealed car with two agents.  'Given the president's COVID-19 infection, this was a gratuitous and dangerous political exercise that needlessly exposed his Secret Service agents — as well as their families — to the potentially deadly novel coronavirus,' Petro wrote.  The ex-agent also took issue with Secret Service management for letting the President get away with such a stunt.  'Where was the Secret Service senior management? Did anyone r

Not lovin' it! Shocking surveillance footage shows McDonald's customer abusing staff and trashing the store after she received the wrong drive-thru order

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Police are hunting a woman who assaulted a McDonald's employee after a mix-up with her drive-thru order.  The violent incident occurred at the fast-food franchise in downtown Indianapolis back in August, with police releasing surveillance footage of the altercation on Tuesday in a bid to identify the culprit.  The five-minute clip begins with the woman - who sports bright red hair and is clad in a pink shirt - walking into the establishment with a bag of food and a receipt. She is not wearing a face mask, despite requirements to do so.  Footage shows the woman subsequently speaking to an employee at the counter, gesturing to her receipt and appearing to explain that there has been a mix-up with her order at the drive-thru.  However, the conversation quickly deteriorates, with the woman soon seen leaning over the counter and shouting in the worker's face.  She's not lovin' it! Police are hunting  a woman who assaulted a McDonald's employee after a mix-up with her d

Solicitor 'stalked judge wife after she had a fling': Lawyer is accused of hounding his estranged partner and threatening to reveal explicit emails to her boss, court hears

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A solicitor stalked his district judge wife and branded her a 'dirty little slut' after she confessed she was having an affair, a court heard. Scott Ainge, 47, embarked on a 'relentless and determined' campaign of harassment against his wife of ten years, Kate, 41. He allegedly abused his position as a lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service in Lancashire by accessing confidential files to look into the background of Mrs Ainge's new lover, Andrew Thompson. Solicitor Scott Ainge stalked his district judge wife and branded her a 'dirty little slut' after she confessed she was having an affair, a court heard Liverpool Crown Court heard he also tracked and photographed his wife's car, monitored her social media accounts and accessed her personal emails, including sexually explicit messages exchanged between Mrs Ainge, her friends and her lover.  He also threatened to reveal these to her boss, her family and friends. After their split, in September 2016, he

U.S. Army offers $25,000 reward to find soldier, 21, missing for more than two months and last seen 'begging for money on the streets' in Mexico

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A Florida family has reached out to government officials in Mexico in hopes of finding a missing U.S. Army soldier who was last seen more than two months ago. Pvt. Richard Halliday, has been missing since July 24 when he was last seen by soldiers at the Fort Bliss base in El Paso, Texas.  According to Stars and Stripes, the 21-year-old soldier had been reprimanded for violation  by his unit, the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command.  Missing U.S. Army soldier Pvt. Richard Halliday reportedly was seen in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, asking for money to buy food, according to his mother Patricia Halliday Halliday started to run into problems with the Army following his return from Qatar, which included driving under the influence of alcohol despite being under the legal drinking age of 21. 'During the two days after Pvt. Halliday fled from his escorts on July 24, his unit actively searched on post, notified all access points to Fort Bliss, contacted emergency rooms at local hospitals,

Unjustified and unacceptable: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian unleashes on her Queensland counterpart's border ban as state has just 12 hours to lock down source of new infections

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New South Wales has just 12 hours to find the source of three mystery COVID-19 cases before Queensland resets the clock to reopen the border. Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles on Wednesday said plans to reopen the border at the end of the month may be delayed if NSW Health can't find the source of the unlinked cases by Thursday night. The border between the two states has been closed since August 8 - with Queensland setting NSW a target of 28 days of unlinked community transmission before it fully reopens. The southern state went for 12 days without a locally transmitted coronavirus case before three new cases emerged in Sydney late on Tuesday. After calling the Queensland government's expectations 'completely unrealistic' on Wednesday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian doubled down on her rhetoric on Thursday morning. 'I just think the Queensland government is really just thinking up every excuse it can as it goes along and I don’t think that’s acceptable,' s