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Centenary babies help ACT Red Cross celebrate

Georgina Connery 9:13 PM   It was a play date that marked a very special occasion for the five bright-eyed bubs named ACT Red Cross Centenary Babies.

Auction Watch

Spring sales still going strong

Full house: They came in droves for the auction of 149 Langdon Avenue in Wanniassa.

Meredith Clisby 7:42 PM   The traditional end-of-year slowdown was scarcely in evidence on Saturday as homes across the ACT continued to sell under the hammer.

Combatants test their mettle at medieval event

The clash of steel earned gasps and groans from the hundreds of spectators at the tournament.

Georgina Connery 7:23 PM   Combatants in heavy armour tested their mettleat the weekend to the delight on hundreds of spectators, many clad in medieval costume.

Murray cod season reopens

Murray cod.

Scherry Bloul 6:32 PM   Fishing for Murray cod in the ACT has been banned since August, to allow for spawning, but at midnight on Sunday it will be permissible again.

Canberra bushfires legal battle ends

Heat is on: Firefighters tackle a large bush fire.

Matthew Raggatt 5:51 PM   Canberra's largest single civil litigation has come to an end, with no High Court challenge to a decision protecting NSW from bushfire claims.

Paddys River fire being control

Firefighters on the scene.

Matthew Raggatt 5:38 PM   Firefighters continue to fight a grassfire burning at Paddys River at Tuggeranong.

Star Wars fans avoid new movie trailer to avoid ruining movie

The journey continues.

Ben Westcott 4:26 PM   Whether it's crushing rebels or attending charitable events, the Southern Cross garrison of the 501st Legion of the Emperor's finest are always united - except on one point.

Man refused bail on choking charges

ACT Magistrates Court, where Aaron Biagioni's bail application was declined.

Matthew Raggatt 2:32 PM   A 49-year-old man has been denied bail after he allegedly choked his partner in a drunken display of violence at her home at Kaleen on Friday. 

Evatt man to face drug trafficking charges


Matthew Raggatt 1:04 PM   A 28-year-old Evatt man has been charged with drug trafficking after police allegedly found him on a construction site with 21.5 grams of suspected methylamphetamine.

Legal experts condemn ACT's 'odd' scrapping of donation caps

Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced on Thursday the Labor government would be scrapping the $10,000 donation limit for ACT elections.

Ben Westcott 12:50 PM   Legal experts condemn the ACT government's "odd" decision to remove caps from political donations, saying it could invite big donors to try to gain influence over government decisions once again.

Hazard reduction burns across the capital

Hazard reduction burns are taking place across Canberra this weekend.

Georgina Connery 10:58 AM   Controlled hazard reduction burns are being conducted across Canberra throughout the weekend.

Man left unconscious and bleeding after assault in Braddon

CCTV shot of a man sought by police for questioning after Braddon assault on November 22

10:39 AM   Police are searching for four men after an assault on Saturday last week which left a man unconscious and bleeding in a Braddon street.

Art festival to expand from West Basin to the ANU

Festival curator Chloe Mandryk has called for Canberran artists to contribute to the festival and to "reflect on the present or imagine the future".

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A much loved artistic festival is set to return to Canberra in March and expand its reach to the Australian National University, the National Museum of Australia and a pop-up village made of shipping containers on the shores of West Basin.

Education and care workers' passion awarded

9:30 PM   Some of Canberra's most passionate childcare, early learning and after school care workers have been recognised for their contributions to education and care in the ACT.

Ice-smoking driver allegedly wiped snot on police car seats

Hard drug: Methamphetamine, or ice.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A 39-year-old man who admitted to smoking ice before driving his car is alleged to have wiped snot on the seat of a police car before making pig noises and saying “I’m speaking you language”.

Renewed push for HIV awareness

aids ribbon

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   A rise in HIV infections among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially women and drug users, is behind a renewed push to raise awareness of the incurable disease. 

Canberra junior cricketers pay tribute to Phillip Hughes

Coach Tony Allen gives his Eastlake U10s black armbands and some time to reflect on the life of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

Emma Kelly and Lee Gaskin 11:45 PM   Canberra's junior cricketers have returned to the pitch to celebrate the life of Phillip Hughes who for so many helped inspire their love of the game.

Canberra University professor arrested at coal mine protest

Civil disobedience: Professor Colin Butler was arrested at the Gunnedah coal-processing plant on Wednesday.

Scherry Bloul 11:30 PM   A Canberra University professor has become the second Canberra academic to be arrested protesting against expansion of coal mining in Australia.

Walk to raise money for brain cancer

Raising awareness: Brain cancer survivor Sarah Mamalai (wearing purple) with Wallaroo Louise Burrows and Wallaby captain and Brumby Stephen Moore ahead of the Walk4Brain Cancer event on Sunday.

Jil Hogan 11:30 PM   Brain cancer survivor Sarah Malamai was given a death sentence by doctors but seven years later she is in the 5 per cent of people with the disease who have beaten the odds.

Opera stars to come out as sun goes down

Voices in the Forest rehearsal with Peter Coleman-Wright, Simon O'Neill and Inessa Galante.

Ron Cerabona   The three featured soloists in this year's Voices in the Forest concert festival have been remarkably free of diva displays at rehearsal, says artistic director Chris Latham.

Canberra-born ballerina takes out top ballet prize

Azoury beat five finalists for the $20,000 cash prize, announced on stage at the Sydney Opera House after the Australian Ballet's final dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker on Thursday night.

Sally Pryor 11:30 PM   When Dimity Azoury was a little girl, she used to look at a photo of Marilyn Rowe, Australia's first Prima Ballerina, and dream of one day being like her.

David Eastman to be retried for murder

Historical case: David Eastman's arrest at his home.

Jack Waterford 11:30 PM   The announcement comes six months after an independent review of Eastman's 1995 conviction found he had been denied a fair trial and a fair chance of acquittal.

Murderer sentenced to 12 months for prison guard bashing

Jail generic

Christopher Knaus   A violent murderer has been sentenced to 12 months jail for the unprovoked bashing of a prison guard last year.

DHS says more bosses will ease its woes


Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Human Services boss to increase numbers of mandarins in the already large department.

Plane crash near Lake Jindabyne


No one injured after plane crashes shortly after taking off at Kalkite.

Bolts to be checked by company in Catanzariti construction-death case

Workplace death: The Catanzariti family. Barney, Ben and Kay. Ben died in a construction accident in Kingston in 2012.

Christopher Knaus   A company accused of poor maintenance says US-supplied bolts may offer an alternative theory.

Man charged with cheating a casino by trick

Gambling revenue in Macau has plunged 23 per cent in October.

Henry Belot   A 34-year-old man has been charged with two counts of cheating a casino by trick and two other counts of cheating.

Katy Gallagher indicates support for publicly funded home birth system

Home birth.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has called for more funding and midwifery support to allow more ACT women to have properly supervised home births. 

Claims Goulburn police academy recruits unprepared to use firearms

Teachers at the Police Academy say recruits are being left dangerously unprepared for crime-fighting duties.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Lives are being put at risk on NSW streets because of a dumbing-down of teaching programs at the state's Police Academy, according to insiders at the training college.

Driving Miss Maisie

2-week-old Maisie was born on the side of Gunghalin Drive

Natasha Boddy   Little Maisie Bowyer couldn't wait any longer to make her debut in the world, so her parents delivered her on the side of the road.