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Man arrested after late night home attack on 82-year-old

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3:18 PM   A 21-year-old Torrens man was arrested on Tuesday in connection to an alleged attack on an 82-year-old man outside his Pearce home on September 22.

What's open and when in Canberra this Christmas

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Luca Lombardo 2:59 PM   Last minute beer run? Forgot a present for Aunty Ethel? Someone sprained an ankle in backyard cricket? Here's a handy guide to what's open and when in Canberra this Christmas period.

Katy Gallagher's resignation becomes official

Katy Gallagher announcing she will step down as ACT Chief Minister.

Tom McIlroy 3:05 PM   Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has nominated increased representation for Canberra residents and a growing government ministry as key achievements of her more than three years in power.

Casino Canberra sold to Hong Kong billionaire

Tony and Justin Fung at the Yorkeys Knob site where Aquis has been proposed.

Tom McIlroy 2:16 PM   The sale of Canberra's ailing casino has been completed, with Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung set to pay as much as $6 million for the property and associated gaming license. 

Political junkies line up for Gillard book signing

Leigh Cox, of Turner, meets the former prime minister.

Tom McIlroy 2:00 PM   Hundreds of political junkies and last-minute Christmas shoppers are lining up to meet former prime minister Julia Gillard in the city.

NRMA calls on petrol chains to stop being scrooges at Christmas

Petrol prices may still reach parity but it would take another significant oil price drop.

Henry Belot 1:26 PM   The NRMA has called on supermarket petrol chains to quit acting like Scrooges and show Canberrans some Christmas love.

Speeding Canberra teen narrowly misses freight train

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12:39 PM   Canberran 17-year-old has mear miss with freight train while traveling at double the speed limit.

Abbott threatens APS annual holiday bonus at Christmas: union

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Ross Peake 12:35 PM   Public servants' annual days off at risk from hardline approach to pay negotiations, says the union.

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RSPCA sends kittens packing to pet stores after cat surplus

Only three months ago, the RSPCA had no cats available for adoption. Now they have too many to house.

Henry Belot 8:55 AM   Staff at Canberra’s RSPCA depots are handing select kittens to pet stores to avoid a catastrophic cat surplus, just months after having no cats to give.

Bank extends Mr Fluffy relief package to Queanbeyan residents

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The National Australia Bank has extended its Mr Fluffy relief package to Queanbeyan and NSW residents after initially restricting the initiative to Canberrans.

Lightning strike might have caused house fire

A home in Menzel Crescent, Dunlop, was struck by lightning.

Henry Belot 7:58 PM   Fire crews battled a house fire in Dunlop on Monday afternoon believed to be caused by a lightning strike.

Minister backs ACT emergency services after claims of leadership ructions emerge

Support: ESA Commissioner Dominic Lane and Police and Emergency Services Minister Joy Burch during a tour of the ESA's Fairbairn headquarters on Monday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Newly minted Emergency Services Minister Joy Burch has reiterated her support for the ACT Emergency Services Agency management, after allegations of bullying and tensions amid the agency's senior leadership emerged.

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Science minister's cabinet role must be backed with action

The science community wants words backed with action from Ian Macfarlane.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Science may be back in federal cabinet, but the science community wants the words backed with action from the government.

Car crashes into Charnwood house

A man crashed his car into a garage in Traill Place, Charnwood.

Henry Belot 6:14 PM   Man, aged 71, escapes injury in the incident at Traill Place.

Gang-gang: Birds and insects

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Canberra's humans have fled for the season but thank goodness the city's wildlife is newsworthy.

Family of Canberra MH17 victim face tough Christmas

Liliane Derden and daughter Chelsea Gibson.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Five months after losing their mother in the MH17 tragedy, Chelsea and Cassandra Gibson are bracing themselves for their first Christmas without her.

What do Canberra kids want this Christmas? Lego and Frozen, says Santa

Santa working hard at Westfield, Belconnen.

David Winter 11:30 PM   Canberra children ask Santa for anything Frozen or Lego this Christmas.

ACT technology and security upgrades called for

ACT auditor-general Maxine Cooper said controls over government computer systems and passwords should be strengthened to end weaknesses and reduce the risk of fraudulent access.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Key holes in the ACT government's information technology infrastructure and processes present security and data protection risks to critical information, a new audit has found. 

Families upset over special needs early intervention 'bill'

Weston Creek mother Jennifer Merriman has been told her her son Rhye's NDIS package will be billed for term four of the ACT government-provided early intervention service.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Confusion continues to reign for families transitioning on to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Light rail bidders line up for Canberra

An artist's impression of the Gungahlin light rail interchange.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT government has named four private business consortium groups who will be considered for the building of Canberra's $800 million light rail line. 

100 Years Ago

Fox terriers: "brimful of health and spirits".

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   A fox terrier, of the second most adorable breed of dog (after God's chosen breed the English Springer Spaniel), was in Melbourne's news 100 years ago this week.

Rebels bikie accused of bashing Finks granted Christmas bail

CCTV of Rebels fight with Finks at Belconnen Mall

Michael Inman   Three Rebels bikie gang members accused of attacking and stripping two Finks members of their colours will face aggravated robbery charges, a court has heard.

Shooting victim must now move from Mr Fluffy government unit

Police shooting victim Jonathan Crowley's government flat is a Mr Fluffy house.

Michael Inman   A police bullet left Jonathan Crowley a quadriplegic, now he's been caught up in the Mr Fluffy saga.

Two women arrested for alleged spitting, racial abuse

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Two women in their 40s arrested after alleged racial abuse incident at Weston service station.

Araluen's road less travelled

Tour therapy: The quaint Gundary Store, Moruya.

Tim the Yowie Man 11:45 PM   There's historical adventure to be discovered on the Araluen Road to the south coast, reveals Tim the Yowie Man.

Kambah grass fire deemed suspicious

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Police are seeking witnesses to a fire at the back of a BMX track in Kambah on Sunday afternoon.

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DHS spends $500,000 to recoup $6000 disputed child support

A "scandalous waste of taxpayers' money": Nick Xenophon.

Noel Towell   Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the case is a “scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money…to protect the butt of the department".

ACT pulls plug on commercial solariums

Commercial solariums will be banned in the ACT from the new year.

Clare Colley   Commercial solariums will be banned in the ACT from January 1 and while new data shows most Australians support the move one Canberra operator says the ban will destroy her livelihood.