Brekky Wrap: Driver Nabbed Using Beer As Toddler's Booster Seat
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A driver in Canada has been arrested for using a case of beer as a booster seat for his toddler. The man was pulled over in the town of North Perth this week, the two-year-old sitting next to him on a case of beer. The child wasn't injured in the incident, but the 22-year-old was charged with failing to ensure a toddler was properly secured. The man wasn't charged with having alcohol within reach because "the case was factory sealed," police said.
Severe turbulence has left 35 people injured on a flight from Toronto to Sydney. Passengers said some people were thrown into the air. "I saw the people ahead of me hitting the overhead baggage compartments and then just slamming back into their seats," Alex Macdonald, from Brisbane, told CBC News. The Air Canada plane, with 284 passengers and crew on board, was forced to divert to Hawaii. Nine people are being treated in hospital.
A woman has been killed and a man has been injured after a large tree fell onto their car as wild winds lashed the Blue Mountains. SES crews responded to 54 calls for help related to fallen trees across the regions as winds hit more than 91 kays an hour. A second cold front is moving through NSW today with conditions not expected to ease until Sunday.
Two men and a woman have been charged over a multi-million-dollar money laundering operation in Sydney. The trio were arrested in the western suburbs yesterday after raids were carried out on a home and two businesses. Police will allege the trio has been operating since 2016, laundering more than $100 million.
A person has been killed in a house fire in Oaklands Junction, north of Melbourne. Fire crews were called to the Oaklands Road home just after 3 o'clock this morning. The blaze was brought under control within 20 minutes. The cause remains unknown.
Residents at a Gold Coast retirement village are in limbo after the private facility closed unexpectedly. Police were called to the Earl Haven Retirement Village in Nerang yesterday afternoon to reports of a disturbance. It’s understood equipment, medication, computers and food had been stripped from the home. Up to 70 residents had to find immediate accommodation -- 20 ended up in the hospital, according to the ABC. An investigation is underway.
The Queensland flu death toll has risen to 51 -- eight more than the whole of last year. Of the deaths, 28 have been people aged in their eighties or older. The toll is nearing 300 around Australia.
In sport, Australia’s World Cup defence is over after England handed them an eight-wicket semi-final thrashing. It means the host-nation takes on New Zealand in the final.
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