Fires, floods, now funnel-web spiders: Australia facing arachnid boom

The Biblical hits keep coming for weather-ravaged Australia, where record-setting wildfires, massive dust storms and raging floods have created prime conditions for a plague of poisonous funnel-web spiders, according to wildlife officials. The Australian Reptile Park issued a warning on Tuesday that the deadly funnel-web spider population is poised to spike, amid ideal conditions for the start of its mating

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Five French tourists missing after deadly Quebec snowmobile accident

TORONTO (Reuters) – A tour guide died and five French tourists were missing after a group of snowmobilers plunged through the ice into the water near Québec’s Lac-Saint-Jean Tuesday night, police said. Eight French snowmobilers, along with their guide, were hiking near St-Henri-de-Taillon when the accident happened, police said on Twitter on Wednesday. Three tourists were being treated for shock

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Harvey Weinstein’s Defense Focuses on Emails in Bid to Discredit Accusers

Harvey Weinstein’s defense attorney showed jurors friendly emails between their client and his accusers in an opening statement on Wednesday, arguing that the accusers are trying to “have it both ways.” Attorney Damon Cheronis asked the jury to rely on their “God-given New York City common sense,” and to find that the women had consensual sex with Weinstein, often because

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BBC Weather: Storm Gloria brings ‘wettest day on record’ to parts of rain-soaked Europe

BBC Meteorologist Helen Willetts forecast a “stormy start” to the week across Iberia and the western Mediterranean, which will continue. The remnants of Storm Gloria have brought the “wettest day on record” for Barcelona in January. As we’ve gone through Tuesday into Wednesday, the cloud has remained around. Ms Willetts told viewers: “There are still more rains to come for

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5.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Kurzawa £4.2m asking price, Ceballos loan to be terminated, Aubameyang to Barcelona – The Sun

ARSENAL remain keen to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, despite a famous draw with ten men at Chelsea. But the Gunners may be able to sign left-back Layvin Kurzawa this month – if they can stump up £4.2m. Get all the latest Gunners news and transfer gossip here… U.MES.A Mesut Ozil has been linked with joining DC

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Why Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t regret wearing blackface in ’Tropic Thunder’

Robert Downey Jr. famously wore blackface in the 2012 movie “Tropic Thunder,” where he played an Australian actor who darkens his skin in order to play a black soldier in a war film. The 54-year-old actor recently discussed the controversial role on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, saying that he believes the comedy sparked a very necessary conversation that’s more

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More U.S. troops leave Iraq over potential injuries as Trump downplays brain risk

DAVOS, Switzerland/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not consider the brain injuries suffered by 11 U.S. service members in Iran’s recent attack on a base in Iraq to be serious, as the American military moved more troops out of the region for potential injuries. In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Central Command said that

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Woman accused of ‘filming herself raping boy, 5,’ in Instagram videos

A woman has been arrested on multiple charges of first degree rape and sexual battery, according to a Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. Lakien D. Perry was arrested after the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about the 18-year-old from Louisiana State Police and The National Centre of Missing and Exploited Children. The complaint was about explicit conversations that took

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