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Kris Kringle calamities 'nothing short of bullying'

Luan Ho Trieu with his offensive Kris Kringle reindeer.

Primrose Riordan 2:44 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.

Jailed hit and run driver Justin Monfries dead

Justin Monfries killed Linda Cox when he hit her while running a red light in a stolen car.

Christopher Knaus 12:00 PM   The drunk driver who killed hospital worker Linda Cox in a horror hit and run outside the Canberra Hospital has died while still serving his time. 

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.

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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.

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 7:04 AM   Finance Department incident highlights hidden dangers of Secret Santa.

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 7:34 PM   Katy Gallagher prepares to move to the Senate.

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.

Canberra's Grey advertising shuts its doors

Shutting shop: Grey Group Canberra general manager Tony Mansfield blamed a small, declining market for the decision to close.

Emma Kelly 7:00 PM   A changing market means advertising agency Grey Group Canberra is moving on after about 40 years.

Don't be complacent, tsunami experts warn

On alert: Co-director of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre in the Geoscience
Australia building at Symonston, Daniel Jaksa

David Ellery 11:30 PM   Australian tsunami experts have warned the community not to become complacent about the risk of tsunami.

Endangered frogs released into Brindabella National Park

Each corroboree frog is measured and weighed before being released.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Two-hundred endangered northern corroboree frogs were released into Brindabella National Park on Thursday.

Government funding boost to help charities for Christmas

Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell at City Walk in Civic.

David Winter 6:08 PM   A trio of Canberra charities have blamed the struggling ACT economy for an increase in demand for their services this Christmas, which has prompted a one-off government funding boost.

Police crackdown on drunken violence over summer

 ACT police chief Rudi Lammers and Police Minister Joy Burch launch the Safe Summer campaign at Braddon's Bentspoke Brewery on Thursday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The ACT's top cop says police are adequately resourced to clamp down on drunken revellers this summer.

Stanhope new ACT Legal Aid chief

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Michael Inman 5:55 PM   Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has been appointed president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission.

Missing man Stuart Heddle found dead

Stuart Heddle had been missing since Saturday.

Emma Kelly 5:19 PM   Police found the dead body of missing man Stuart Heddle on Thursday, after he went missing on Saturday.

Federal Government's APS pay policy cops another pasting

Public servants at the Financial Services Authority have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer made in line with the Abbot government's hardline wage policies.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Financial Service Authority the latest agency to reject wage offer made under bargaining policy.

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Children with ADHD go without drugs for most of childhood

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Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.

Progress towards publicly-funded home births

Publicly funded homebirths in the ACT are a step closer.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Women may be offered a publicly-funded home birth service in the ACT if an insurance scheme moves forward.