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ACTTAB fraudster ordered to do community service

Christopher Knaus 10:46 AM   Employee who swindled $1.42 million from ACTTAB to do 300 hours of community service after a knee replacement rules her out of weekend detention.

ACTEW Water rebranded as Icon Water

Canberra's water and sewerage utility ACTEW Water has been rebranded Icon Water.

10:44 AM   Canberra's water and sewerage utility ACTEW Water has been rebranded Icon Water as of Monday.

Australia's digital future not bright

The National Broadband Network is crucial to Australia's future as a modern economy, says the Ernst and Young report.

Noel Towell 10:15 AM   Slow internet and ponderous public service are keeping Australia in the digital slow lane.

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Man punched in the face, knocked unconscious

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10:06 AM   Police are searching for a man who knocked another man unconscious in Civic in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Teenager faces court after spate of car thefts in Canberra's north

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9:43 AM   An 18-year-old Bonner man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday charged with a spate of car thefts in Canberra's north.

Kelly to claw back Eden-Monaro from 'extremist' Hendy

Former federal Labor MP Mike Kelly has been pre-selected for his former seat, Eden-Monaro

Emma Kelly 8:29 AM   The former member for Eden-Monaro will fight to claw back the seat from Liberal member Peter Hendy, describing the incumbent as an ideological extremist.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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7:17 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

New housing funds will reopen spectacular falls

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John Thistleton 11:43 PM   A new housing development will reopen to the public the spectacular Ginninderra Gorge near West Belconnen.

Canberra survivors of Nepal earthquake's lucky five minute escape

News.  Hamish McKee of Carwoola with his grandmother Riitta Korpinen of Carwoola, they have both recently returned from Nepal where they were doing humanitarian work in Sunsary village.  They were both in Nepal during the recent earthquake.  3 April 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Primrose Riordan 11:45 PM   A Canberra grandmother and 21-year-old grandson left a now-partially collapsed Kathmandu temple just five minutes before the disastrous Nepalese earthquake hit, narrowly escaping death and injury.

Man dies after car hits tree near Holt

NEWS: A fatal accident on Stockdill Drive in Holt. 3rd May 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

8:45 PM   A man, believed to be aged between 20 to 30, has died after his car hit a tree on Stockdill Drive in Holt on Sunday evening.

Canberrans party in the warmer weather for Groovin the Moo music festival

 Jake Ventry of Cann River in Victoria.

Jil Hogan 7:32 PM   Thousands of pasty, white limbs came out to play on Sunday for the Groovin The Moo music festival at University of Canberra.

Engadine bike rider dies after fall near Goulburn

An elderly woman died after being trapped under car at Brookside Shopping Centre.

John Thistleton 7:30 PM   A 61-year-old cyclist fell over a guard rail and died near Goulburn on Saturday.

Federal Court shake up seeks feedback from profession

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Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The Federal Court will do away with the traditional jurisdiction based organisation and introduce an approach focused on practice areas.

Tuggeranong is fattest and laziest Canberra district

The Heart Foundation says obesity and inactivity are the two major risk factors for heart disease.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Weston Creek residents are the unhealthiest in the ACT, but overall the territory has a better performance.

Fraser man Paul Lawton prepares for Young Care Simpson Desert Challenge

Paul Lawton, of Fraser, is using Mount Ainslie as one of his training venues before the Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge to raise awareness of younger Australians with high care needs living in aged care facilities.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Walking for 10 days across 300 kilometres of desert might sound monotonous, but it’s nothing compared to the tedium of everyday life for young people living in aged care homes.

Olympic indoor pool reopens after leak investigation

Aquatic coordinator Adrian Van Lith at Canberra Olympic Pool before the indoor and outdoor pools were closed for a leak probe.

7:00 PM   Canberra Olympic Pool has reopened its indoor pool but the outdoor pools require major repairs.

Former prime ministers procrastinate over portraits

Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Nearly two years since their departure from Parliament, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are still to commission artists for their official prime ministerial portraits. 

Corbell meets with environment ministers to tackle climate change

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Clare Colley 12:00 AM   A "senior gathering" of state and territory environment ministers will be a key opportunity to tackle climate change, despite the absence of ministers from Liberal Party-governed jurisdictions.

Jail bashing victim in induced coma with brain injuries

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Michael Inman 11:45 PM   The victim of a vicious jail bashing that left him in a critical condition has woken from a coma.

North Canberra hit with more than 35 car break-ins in 48 hours

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Police are investigating a string of more than 35 car break-ins across Canberra's north over the weekend.

Airport claims inclusion in future light rail plan

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Mark Sawa   Minister for Capital Metro's spokesman says no commitment has been made to any business entity or group about light rail routes.

Electrical union warns of safety fears if ActewAGL jobs cut

Electrical union exec warns of risk to public safety.

Matthew Raggatt   A leading union representing ActewAGL staff will seek meetings with the company's management to warn job cuts risk public safety.

9000 comic books given away in one day

Comic book fans had over 50 free titles to choose from at Impact Comics.

Kimberley Granger   More than 9000 comic books were given away on Saturday at Impact Comics as part of the annual international Free Comic Book Day.

Young girl with head injuries airlifted from Narooma

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Kimberley Granger   A four-year-old girl with head injuries is being transported by helicopter from Narooma.

Canberra's Nepalese community come together for support

Nepal Earthquake Relief Coordination Canberra coordinator Binod Nepal gathers with the ACT's Nepalese community.

Ben Westcott   One week after the devastating earthquake which destroyed homes and lives in Nepal, Canberra's Nepalese community has come together to share stories, a meal and support each other.

Dutch celebrate Canberra's first Oranjefeest

The Oranjefeest at the Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah.

Kimberley Granger   Decked out in vivid orange the Dutch community came together for a celebration of the King's birthday on Saturday, at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah.

Waramanga domestic violence accused despite death threats

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Matthew Raggatt   A man charged with assaulting his former partner has been granted bail despite threatening to kill the woman if she did not tell the truth about alleged cheating. 

Medical science student charged with drug offences

An Australian teenager died at a Sydney dance party after taking part in a ecstasy swallowing contest.

Matthew Raggatt   Police find 170 capsules of ecstasy in car but suspect denies they are hers.

'Like night and day' – calls for federal government to approve new Hep C drugs

Sione Crawford says it is important that Hepatitis C medication is added to the PBS.

Ben Westcott   Advocates in Canberra have called on the government to urgently subsidise new, advanced treatments for hepatitis C, saying each month they delay about 50 people die from the condition.

Canberra childcare growing at the fastest rate in Australia

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Ben Westcott   Many new childcare facilities have opened, meaning some are not operating at full capacity.