Brekky Wrap: Alleged Restaurant Robber Stuck In Grease Vent For Two Days

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Wild weather has caused chaos around the country. SES crews have responded to nearly 700 calls for help in NSW, after severe storms lashed Sydney overnight. Volunteers have been busy in Victoria too, as record rains continue to fall, causing widespread flooding.

Meanwhile, Residents in far north Queensland are on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Owen barrels towards the coastline. The storm is packing wind gusts of up to 195-kilometres an hour and could intensify to a category four.

READ MORE: 'Zombie Storm', Massive Rainfall Set To Hit Australia

The mother of a nine-month-old baby found dead on a Queensland beach, has been charged. The 23-year-old is accused of failing to provide for the child, causing danger of death. The girl's father is facing murder charges.

READ MORE: Mother Charged After Dead Baby Found On Beach

Police attend the scene where the baby was found.

NRL Player Jack de Belin has been charged with aggravated sexual assault. The 27-year-old is accused of assaulting a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Wollongong after a night out at the weekend.

READ MORE: NRL Star Jack de Belin Gets Bail After Sexual Assault Charge

Donald Trump has broken his silence a day after his former personal lawyer was sentenced to jail. The US president claims he never directed Michael Cohen to break the law, and says Cohen's claims he did were an attempt to embarrass him.

A man has been rescued in California after becoming stuck in  a grease vent while allegedly trying to rob a Chinese restaurant. He was stuck in the vent for two days before being found.

Locals called emergency services after they heard the 29-year-old's cries for help coming from the vacant restaurant. He was covered in grease and could not move, taking rescuers almost an hour to be freed.

He was taken to hospital suffering dehydration, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has successfully launched a tourism rocket ship into space for the first time. The plane reached an altitude of 82 kilometres before beginning it’s gliding descent. It’s hoped the dream of commercial space tourism will soon be a reality.

Test flight of SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, which took off from the Mojave test centre. Image:

A Santa Claus in the U.K. is on the naughty list after reportedly telling kids to "get the f*ck out" of the grotto he was working in. Event organisers apologised, claiming he had been trying to evacuate them after a smoke alarm was triggered.

All eyes are on Perth today, as Australia looks to level the series against India in the second Test in Perth. Australia takes in an unchanged line up, while the visitors will be without Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin.

Nathan Lyon of Australia looks dejected after India claimed victory during day five of the First Test match in the series. Image: Getty Images

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