Sharpshooting US veteran frees trapped bald eagle in Minnesota

Sharpshooting US veteran frees trapped bald eagle in Minnesota

Posted July 05, 2016 09:27:04 External Link: The eagle hung from the rope for two days A US Army veteran has used his sharpshooting skills to free a bald eagle trapped in a Minnesota tree ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, his wife said. Jackie Gervais Galvin of Rush City, Minnesota, said on her Facebook page that the eagle had become entangled in a rope. It had hung upside down from a tree near the cabin belonging to her and her husband, Jason Galvin. The couple called the sheriff’s…

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After night of burning and bombing, mourning in Baghdad

After night of burning and bombing, mourning in Baghdad

Among them was Sami Hadi, a government employee, looking for two of his cousins and their three children who had come here Saturday evening to buy clothing for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that follows the holy month of Ramadan. Sami had scoured floor after floor for a trace of them. “There are only charred pieces of flesh,” he told me, his voice flat with exhaustion. “We can’t recognize anyone.” It’s an overused cliché that Baghdad is accustomed to violence and bloodshed. It’s not. Death is death, and when it visits…

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Vote counting resumes as Labor, Coalition face leadership scrutiny

Vote counting resumes as Labor, Coalition face leadership scrutiny

Updated July 05, 2016 00:27:03 The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will begin counting millions of postal and absentee votes today, as both the Coalition and Labor try to make their case to form government. Key points: 10 seats still in doubt, figure likely to soon change as counting resumes Anthony Albanese says Labor will ‘continue forward’ with Bill Shorten as leader Josh Frydenberg dismisses calls for Malcolm Turnbull to resign The ABC computer still has 10 seats in doubt, but that figure should soon change as counting resumes in earnest….

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Building approvals fall but auction clearances stay strong

Building approvals fall but auction clearances stay strong

Updated July 04, 2016 14:50:58 Building approvals fell steeply in May on a drop in apartments, but auction clearance rates are holding strong in Sydney and Melbourne. The Bureau of Statistics figures on permits granted for new dwellings showed a 5.2 per cent fall in May, seasonally adjusted. That result was entirely driven by apartments and town houses, down 11.3 per cent, while detached houses were up a very modest 0.1 per cent. However, in more stable trend terms which smooth out monthly volatility, apartments and town houses recorded a…

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Anna Flanagan out of Hockeyroos Rio 2016 squad

Anna Flanagan out of Hockeyroos Rio 2016 squad

Updated July 04, 2016 19:18:22 The Hockeyroos will be relying largely on newcomers to drive their campaign in Rio de Janeiro after the squad was named for the upcoming Olympics. Only four of the 16-player squad are returning Olympians and the major name to miss out is Anna Flanagan, who was at the centre of controversy over her failure to inform authorities about a drink-driving charge. Flanagan, who was part of the team that came fifth in London, missed out on this year’s International Hockey Open and the Champions Trophy…

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