Brekky Wrap: Teen Accused Of Stabbing His Mum, Brothers To Death Then Going To School
All the news you need to know this Friday morning.
A US teenager is accused of stabbing his mother and 13-year-old twin brothers to death at their home in Alabama before heading off to school like nothing happened.
Landon Durham is charged in relation to the deaths of his 36-year-old mother Holli Christina Durham, and 13-year-old twin brothers Branson Durham and Baron Durham.
The 16-year-old is being charged as an adult, according to the Talladega County District Attorney.
Police believe they were likely to have been stabbed on Tuesday, and Durham was arrested on Wednesday morning.
Talladega County Superintendent Dr Suzanne Lacey said: “Like any small town, when tragedy strikes it affects the entire community -- including the school community."
A Melbourne mother accused of leaving her toddler in a hot car while she played the pokies will be allowed to visit him in hospital.
Kaija Millar, 32, was charged after her 14-month-old son Easton was found unresponsive inside a vehicle parked outside The Brook hotel in Point Cook while she played the pokies last Wednesday.
It is understood he is still fighting for his life in the Royal Children's Hospital.
Initially Millar was forbidden from going within 200 metres of the Royal Children’s Hospital. She was also not allowed to be within five metres of him.
But The Herald Sun reports those conditions were changed after she fronted the Melbourne Magistrates Court for the first time since being charged with negligently causing serious injury and reckless conduct endangering life.
Thinking of wearing your best thongs to Australia Day celebrations? Think again, because the nation's favourite pieces of footwear appear on the banned list at several Australia Day citizenship ceremonies.
According to Perth Now, thongs are not in line with new Federal Government dress code rules.
The publication explains that the crackdown is part of the government’s new Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code.
“Citizenship is the ultimate privilege a nation can bestow on someone who comes to Australia, and the requirement to introduce a dress code ensures we maintain and continue to recognise the significance and formality of a citizenship ceremony,” a spokesman for the Department of Home Affairs said.
Nesyamun was an ancient Egyptian priest who sang chants as part of his ritual duties at the temple of Karnak in Thebes during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses XI.
Now, 3,000 years after his death, scientists have recreated the sound of his voice, with the help of a 3D-printed vocal tract.
The mummy of Nesyamun, which can be found in the Leeds City Museum in England, was first unwrapped in 1824. Further studies determined he had died in his mid-50s with no damage to the bones around his neck.
Nesyamun's coffin inscriptions showed his dying wish was to be able to speak after his death, making him an ideal subject for this study, which was published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.
A woman accused of stealing donations from the Rural Fire Service during a Christmas Day supermarket break-in claims she didn't know they were donations, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Josephine Trask, 37, confessed to stealing $450 worth of donations for firefighters after she broke into Woolworths in Schofields on Christmas Day.
She pleaded guilty to one count of break, enter and steal, and another of negligent driving.
Court documents say Trask forced her way into the store by breaking the sliding entrance doors before snapping up several items of food as well as Vodafone sim cards.
She placed all the items into a trolley packed with donations intended for the Rural Fire Service before wheeling the trolley out of the store.
She then reportedly loaded the items into a car before fleeing the scene with co-accused Matthew Dicks, 48.
She will face court again in February.
Melbourne residents have learned what happens when heavy rain and a dust storm collide.
The city's Yarra River looks a little browner than usual after a dust storm was picked up by a cold front moving across Victoria which triggered a downpour of dirty rain.
Public swimming pools were forced to close and cars are scattered in a mud-like debris.
Melbourne experienced its wettest January since 1996, with more than double its usual rainfall for the month.
"Lots of dust across Victoria yesterday ahead of a rain band which swept across the state overnight. A rain gauge in the Dandenongs shows the extent of the dust and rain," The Bureau of Meteorology Tweeted.
The downpour also caused flash flooding and commuter chaos in the city with Burnley station closed during the morning peak. It didn't reopen until 10am.
A young ballgirl isn't going to forget this moment anytime soon.
World number one Rafael Nadal sealed a third-round Australian Open berth with a kiss on the cheek for the ballgirl who felt the wrath of his famous forehand.
The Spanish legend, hunting a record-equalling 20th grand slam title at Melbourne Park, brushed aside determined Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.
But as he honed in on the straight-sets win on Thursday night, Nadal inadvertently struck a wayward shot into the head of a ballgirl while stretching for a Delbonis serve at 4-1 in the third set.
Nadal rushed to check on the child and even planted a peck on her cheek after she gave him a 'thumbs up' to confirm she was OK.
"I was so scared for her," he said post-match. "The ball was quick and straight on her. Super brave girl."