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Two dead in 'tragic' NSW paper mill leak

Two local men have died and another is fighting for life in hospital after a gas tank leak at a paper mill near the NSW-Victorian border, with authorities describing the incident as "tragic".

Credit card breaches at TasTAFE: report

Staff at Tasmania's largest vocational training provider used government-issued credit cards to buy coffee and eat at "well-regarded" restaurants in breach of guidelines, a report has found.

Morgan Freeman accused of harassment

At least eight women have accused Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman of subjecting them to inappropriate behaviour or harassment on film sets or at promotional events, CNN reported on Thursday.

Hunt is Origin half, not hooker: McGregor

A Ben Hunt switch from the halves to hooker is not the answer to Queensland's State of Origin selection puzzle, according to his St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor.

Jury grants $US25m in Johnson talc lawsuit

A California jury has delivered a $US25.7 million ($A34.0 million) verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

Congo says 31 confirmed Ebola cases

Congo's fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometres, as the health ministry announced that confirmed cases had reached 31, including nine deaths.

Exposto sentenced to death in Malaysia

An appeal court in Malaysia has sentenced Sydney grandmother Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto to death by hanging after overturning her earlier acquittal on drug smuggling charges.