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8:53am

Wed July 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Hey, It's Not A Burglar, It's A 19-Foot Python

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 9:57 am

Employees hold a huge python caught in an Australian charity store. Police initially thought a burglar had fallen through the roof and made a mess.
Queensland Police AP

Imagine this: A 19-foot python falls out of the ceiling of a store and leaves a big hole, knocks over sale objects and then makes a nasty mess on the floor before hiding in plain sight along a wall. And nobody finds it for a day.

Police in Queensland, Australia, were called to a charity store in the tiny town of Ingham this week to investigate what they initially suspected was a break-in by someone with stomach flu.

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11:39am

Fri July 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Florida Family, Historic Yacht Presumed Lost Off New Zealand

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 11:55 am

This undated photo provided by the St. Andrews Historic Seaport and Commercial Marina in Panama City, Fla., shows American David Dyche, skipper of the 70-foot (21-meter) vessel Nina.
AP

The search for six Americans and one British man lost in the seas between New Zealand and Australia was called off Friday after extensive aerial searches failed to turn up any sign of the 85-year-old wooden sailing boat they were traveling on.

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5:42am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Prime Minister Julia Gilliard Ousted By Kevin Rudd

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 10:40 am

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during question time at Parliament House on Wednesday in Canberra, Australia.
Stefan Postles Getty Images

In a move designed to salvage upcoming elections, Australia's Labor Party ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard in favor of Kevin Rudd.

Reuters explains the politics:

"Rudd, a former diplomat who speaks Mandarin, won a Labor Party ballot with 57 votes to Gillard's 45. Gillard promised to quit politics if she lost the ballot.

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2:27pm

Fri June 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Australian General's Frank Talk On Sexual Abuse Wins Fans

Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Australia's army chief, has simple advice for those who don't want women in the service: "Get out."
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The growing problem of sexual assaults in the U.S. military has led to arguments in Congress, where lawmakers disagree over how to confront the issue. Top military officers have also weighed in on the topic. But in Australia, where the military has its own sexual assault problem, the army chief has a simple solution: "Show moral courage and take a stand."

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3:50pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Beer Fridge Blamed For Cellphone Network Blackout

A row of beer cans in Australia, where a man's beer fridge has been blamed for playing havoc with the cellphone network in several neighborhoods.
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

Faced with reports of a "black spot" that interfered with the mobile network in several neighborhoods, technicians at Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found the source of the problem: a man's beer fridge in his garage. The refrigerator was tracked by "software robots" and workers wielding special antennas.

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