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Paid parking begins at Parliament House

9:58 PM   Parliament House visitors will pay to park next week - unless they fork out money at the gift shop.

Home destroyed in Karabar fire

The Kinsella Street home was extensively damaged.

8:52 PM   A Karabar home has been gutted by fire on Friday.

Digital audiences drive Canberra Times to record readership

8:04 PM   Readership of The Canberra Times has reached a new high, the latest data tracking newspaper audiences across print, online, mobile and tablets  shows.

Female detainees stage protest on prison roof

The Alexander Maconochie Centre.

5:57 PM   Women unhappy with prison living arrangements.

Trip the light fantastic

Master at work: Phil Jensen's home in Bissenberger Crescent, Kambah, is a symphony of Christmas lights.

Mark Sawa 5:56 PM   Here's our guide to the best Christmas light displays around town.

Ice trafficker jailed after failing to deal with own habit

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Christopher Knaus 5:46 PM   An ice trafficker caught after a covert phone-tap operation has been jailed after failing to deal with her own habit.

Drugs and cash found in north Canberra

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5:23 PM   Drugs worth an estimated street value of $500,000 found in Nicholls.

Branching out to help at Christmas

Mr Fluffy home owners unexpectedly had a Christmas Tree donated to them from the Christmas Tree Truck. Lisa and her husband Andrew Ziolkowski, and their children Natalie 9-months-old, and Jonathan 3-years-old.

Jil Hogan 4:55 PM   When the Ziolkowski family were displaced from their Mr Fluffy home in July, they not only lost their home but also most of what they owned.

Fire near Macgregor Primary School

Firefighters are trying to douse a grass fire near Macgregor Primary School.

4:52 PM   Firefighters are at the scene of a grass fire at Hirschfeld Crescent.

Kris Kringle calamities 'nothing short of bullying'

Luan Ho Trieu with his offensive Kris Kringle reindeer.

Primrose Riordan 4:35 PM   Readers have written in with their own Kris Kringle disasters - with some calling for a blanket secret Santa ban.

No extra jail time for murder plot trio

Alexander Duffy leaves the Supreme Court in Canberra after his sentence hearing in 2013.

Michael Inman 2:49 PM   Canberra prosecutors have lost a bid to increase the jail sentences of three young men who plotted to kill a Canberra teenager.

Rebels bikie sentenced for Charnwood drug deal

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By Christopher Knaus 1:00 PM   A bikie convicted of drug dealing has been warned that he will probably become involved in more crime if he stays in the Rebels.

Miracle Man: he didn't breathe for 17 minutes, but lived

David Hicks, back wearing the jumper of his beloved Woden Valley Rams.

Chris Wilson 12:05 PM   David Hicks, a healthy 20-year-old Canberra footballer, suffered an inexplicable cardiac arrest on the field and didn't breathe for 17 minutes. This is his recovery story.

How cruel Kris Kringle ruined my public service career

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu with a Kris Kringle gift that was given to him by one of his colleagues as a mean-spirited prank.

Noel Towell 11:31 AM   Finance Department incident highlights hidden dangers of Secret Santa.

Snake escapes after house fire

Murrary River Darling python

Primrose Riordan 10:42 AM   A house fire started when a snake terrarium housing a python caught alight.

Canberra mornings live: Friday December 19

Primrose Riordan 10:15 AM   Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

National Gallery announces independent review of Asian art

The Shiva statue Prime Minister Tony Abbott will return to India during his visit.

Primrose Riordan 9:57 AM   The National Gallery of Australia has announced it will conduct an independent review of its scandal hit Asian art collection.

DHS' 'crazy' command-and-control: Labor

Labor's Human Services spokesman Doug Cameron says the DHS is reluctant to supply basic information, even to the nation's Parliament.

Noel Towell 9:44 AM   A "crazy" culture of command-and-control within the government's largest department has created an obsession with secrecy and suppressing information, according the the federal opposition.

Drugs seized after teens try to escape police

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8:12 AM   Police seized a car and a small amount of drugs after a teenage driver failed to stop.

Patriots Defence League president allegedly spat on Canberra driver

Canberra man Aaron Raymond Dudeck, also known as Aaron Raymond Hudson, leaves ACT Magistrates Court after being granted bail.

Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   The local head of an Australian "patriots" league allegedly spat on a Canberra driver after watching the activities of a local Islamic centre this week, police say.

Cotter Dam expansion wins national award

The Bulk Water Alliance picked up the National Civil/Infrastructure Award - over $25 million for the Cotter Dam at the Master Builders National awards.

11:30 PM   The expansion of the Cotter Dam has cemented a national award.

Man jailed for attack on pregnant fiancee

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Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A man who kneed his pregnant fiancee in the stomach has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

NSW government endorses asbestos inquiry and announces crisis package

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy house in the Canberra suburb of Farrer. The ACT has already started its buy-back and demolition of Mr Fluffy homes.

Emma Macdonald 12:00 AM   The NSW government will on Friday announce financial crisis assistance for families affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and unveil a taskforce to look at a government buy-back, demolition, and owner rebuild scheme.

First Fluffy home owners accept buyback offer

The new mandatory tag for all Fluffy homes.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The first Fluffy home will be in ACT government hands on Friday, with 44 home owners accepting the government's buyback price.

Canberra Casino sale expected next week

FIRB approval has paved the way for the sale of the Canberra Casino.

Primrose Riordan and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   It's shaping up as a winning Christmas for Hong Kong billionaire entrepreneurs Tony and Justin Fung, with approval of their bid for Canberra's ailing casino expected to be announced early next week. 

Andrew Barr asks ACCC to investigate Canberra petrol prices

AT THE PUMP: Drive-offs were considered "significant" for many firms.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate Canberra's high petrol prices. 

Katy Gallagher sets date for departure

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Tom McIlroy   Katy Gallagher prepares to move to the Senate.

Mood-lifting Mount Taylor

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   In Thursday morning's dawn gloom you could tell from the body language of the astonished kangaroos of Mount Taylor that they wanted to ask me "What are you doing here? And at 5.30am? Are you mad?"

Expressions of interest close for tram line

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

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Affordability is a key concern for the expressions of interest that close for the Canberra tram line that close on Friday

ABC loses three Canberra reporters before Christmas

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11:30 PM   Two 7.30 ACT journalists and the Parliament House reporter will not return in 2015.