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Two men arrested for growing cannabis in Uriarra

Cannabis removed from Uriarra Forest.

3:58 PM   Men claimed they were picking blackberries in forest west of Canberra.

'Feels like Autumn': Canberra's coldest January in 15 years

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Primrose Riordan and Emma Kelly 3:30 PM   Canberra has just shivered through the coolest run of January weather since 2000.

Glue gun causes classroom fire

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2:00 PM   Emergency services said workmen using a glue gun caused a fire at a southside primary school.

Canberra homeowners warned over dodgy roofer

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Tom McIlroy 12:06 PM   Canberra homeowners have been warned to be on the look out for a travelling salesman offering roof painting and restoration work. 

The Affair: he lied, she lied

Australia - The Story of Us: A rollicking yarn built on solid fact, and by that measure it works splendidly.

Melinda Houston 12:01 PM   Here's the best of what's on the box.

Canberra brothels breach work safety laws

35 occupational health and safety improvement notices were issued to brothels in 2013-14.

Michael Inman 11:02 AM   Canberra's sex trade compliant with industry specific work safety laws, but continue a recent trend of breaching general occupational health and safety laws.

Breakfast wanderlust at Perth's Boutique Travel Cafe

Liz Sheehan, Boutique Travel Cafe

Liz Sheehan 9:51 AM   I thought I had seen everything... but a cafe inside a travel agent? Huh?

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

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7:11 AM   A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.

Canberrans avoid "messy" bowel cancer tests

Ella Wallace's bowel cancer was treated successfully after early detection.

Emma Kelly   It's Australia's second biggest cancer killer. But many people are too embarrassed to test for it.

ACT ambulance response times best in Australia: report

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Megan Gorrey 12:15 AM   The territory's ambulance response times are the fastest they've been in five years.

Could Woden become the new Braddon? ACT government reveals master plan

An artist's impression of the plans.

Henry Belot   The ACT government plans to transform Woden town centre into an economic hub resembling Braddon or New Acton.

Two Crace grassfires in two days

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A shortlived fire burnt in Crace Thursday night in the same spot as a grassfire extinguished a day earlier.

ACT considers gruelling new fitness test for firefighter recruits

ACT Fire and Rescue firefighter Kari Harlovich tries out the new test at the ACT Emergency Services Agency headquarters at Fairbairn on Thursday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   ACT Fire and Rescue will look at introducing a tough new fitness test for its recruits that is better tailored to the physical demands of an urban firefighter.

Cautious welcome for Uber as airport calls for more taxis

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Not everybody is happy about Uber's expanding grasp on the taxi industry, however.

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Gang-gang: Boys and their (war) toys

WW1 British warships.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   No woman would find naval guns quite so fascinating.

DHS pay offer due within days

DHS employees are awaiting their pay offer.

Noel Towell 11:45 PM   The Community and Public Sector Union has told its members that any deal will likely keep entitlement cuts.

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Gang-gang. Well-informed migrants

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM    Did the Immigration Department's post-war glowing propaganda to entice British migrants to our fair land made a Rick of them?

Duntroon workers win in redundancy payments

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Dumped defence contractor Serco will have to pay hundreds of thousands in redundancies to up to 300 Canberra workers it sacked after losing the facilities contract for Defence sites around the capital.

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Canberrans biggest victims of online scams per capita

Many computers have weaknesses that make it easy for scammers to put malware on them, using popular social media sites.

Primrose Riordan 11:30 PM   A new analysis of ACCC figures by University of Canberra academics found Australians lost $64.5 million on scams in 10 months last year, with Canberrans the biggest victims if counted per capita.

Canberra My Kitchen Rules contestants prepare to go in for battle

ACT My Kitchen Rules contestants Gina and Anna Petridis.

Jil Hogan 11:30 PM   The show hasn't even started yet and the Canberra My Kitchen Rules contestants have already been labelled by some as the villains, but Anna and Gina Petridis are undeterred.

ACT lags in prisoner support

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Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   The latest Report on Government Services shows that ACT's prison underperformed in several areas in 2013-14 but has made some improvements on the previous period.

Starting school on the right foot

Raring to go: Penny Boyd helps her daughter, Helena, try on her new uniform.

Luca Lombardo and Scherry Bloul talk to four children about to start school and we get some tips from the experts on how parents can help make it easier for everyone.

New Australian border force bootcamp ordered

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Thousands of public servants at the Immigration Department and Customs a service will have to get physical if they want a job at the new "Australian Border Force".

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The price of glory: Cricket fan taken to hospital after Big Bash catch

Tom Zouch with the ball he caught at the BBL half time show which broke his finger.

Henry Belot   An unorthodox catching style and a desire to overcome the social pain inflicted by a teenage ball-hog has left one cricket fan in hospital with a broken finger, with his friend requiring medical assistance after fainting.

World's longest flight record-holder, Qantas 'City of Canberra' 747-400, retires

Qantas is donating the aircraft, also known as "City of Canberra" to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS), as flagged by Fairfax Media earlier this month.

Jamie Freed   Qantas Airways 747-400 aircraft VH-OJA holds the world record for the longest ever commercial flight, non-stop from London to Sydney in 20 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds in August 1989.

Canberra cops a serve after BBL grand final

Fans show their appreciation after Ryan Carters of the Sydney Sixers hits a four.

Henry Belot   The "electronic graffiti" indicates Canberra is the worst place to win a grand-final on a Wednesday night.

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School bus full of students rolls over on NSW south coast

A bus with 20 students aboard has rolled over on the NSW south coast near Eden.

About 20 students have narrowly escaped serious injuries and a bus driver is in hospital after school bus rolls near Eden.

Calls for anti-rape posters to be returned to ACT government offices

Three of the ACT government posters.

Megan Gorrey   Canberra's leading victims of crime advocate has called for controversial anti-rape posters to be put back up in ACT government offices.

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The Code cost $200k

Canberra was the backdrop of ABC political thriller <i>The Code</i>.

Tom McIlroy   The ACT Government will consider funding a second series of ABC TV's The Code.

Parents face great lunch box challenge as children return to school

Imogen Taylor enjoying a healthy lunch.

Natasha Boddy   As children across Canberra prepare to return to school next week, parents are faced with the dreaded task of another year of packing the school lunch box.