WELCOME to Thursday, you can almost smell the weekend barbecues from here. Just two days to go now.
Start the day with a few bite-sized news morsels from overnight, an assortment from here and around the world.
And because no-one is talking about anything else today: Let's start with the Origin.
QUEENSLAND'S champion side finally pulled down the seemingly-impenetrable New South Wales "Blue Wall", preventing a State of Origin series clean sweep with a dominating 32-8 third game win at Suncorp Stadium last night.
Talk before the game of a dead rubber was blown away in the second half when Gold Coast team-mates Nate Myles and Greg Bird smashed each other with Myles placed on report for raising his forearm as Bird leapt off the ground to meet him head on.
It was the mate against mate stuff that Origin was built on in 1980 when Arthur Beetson whacked his Parramatta club mate Mick Cronin.
The 'Wolf of Wall Street' actress, who grew up in Dalby, Australia, never thought she was good looking when she was a youngster and believed her school friends were more beautiful than her.
Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine, she said: "In my big group of girlfriends at home I am definitely not the best looking. I did not grow up feeling like I was particularly attractive."
A FORMER Google executive is thought to have died after a high-class prostitute gave him a fatal dose of heroin during a liaison on board his 50-foot yacht.
Alix Tichleman, 26, was arrested by police in Santa Cruz, California on 4 July and later charged with the manslaughter of 51-year-old Forrest Hayes, a divorced father of five who had worked as an engineer for several companies including Google, Apple and Sun Microsystems.
The incident took place in November 2013, when Mr Hayes and Ms Tichleman met at his yacht in a Santa Cruz harbour.
A US police officer murdered his British wife, their two children and his mother-in-law before killing himself after his wife found out that she had been repeatedly drugged and raped by him, a police report has found.
The Spanish Fork Police Department in Utah have only just finished their investigation into Joshua Boren's shootings in January.
He went on the rampage in the family home, using his police gun to shoot dead his seven-year-old son, Joshua, and five-year-old daughter, Haley.
A FATHER of seven is anxious to get all his children back under one roof following the heartbreak of losing their home of 13 years to a fire.
Although overwhelmed by the generosity and goodwill of friends and strangers over the last two days, Graeme Tudor has had to put on a brave face as he turns his thoughts to what he will do to get by for the next few months.
He and the six of his children that lived at the Green St, Ebbw Vale residence lost everything except the clothes they had on at the time.
"The last few days have been like a roller coaster - ranging from being emotionally ravaged to overwhelmed at the level of community support," Mr Tudor said.
MEGAN Haines, the former Ballina nurse charged with two counts of murder, was denied bail after appearing in Central Local Court in Sydney yesterday.
The 46-year-old woman was arrested in Victoria on Monday in relation to the suspicious deaths of two St Andrews nursing home residents, 77-year-old Isobella Spencer and 82-year-old Marie Darragh, who were found in their nursing home beds on Saturday, May 10.
She has also been charged with assault on an 88-year-old resident on the same evening.
A WIRELESS 'contraceptive chip' that's implanted under the skin and can be controlled remotely could be available to consumers by 2018.
At just 20mm x 20mm x 7mm in size, the MicroCHIPS device is smaller than a postage stamp but stores a 16-year supply of the hormone levonorgestrel to be released on a daily basis.
Engineers from Massachusetts created the device in response to a challenge by Microsoft founder Bill Gates for a long-lasting birth control method that can be turned on and off.
Gates has since backed the device, which will be submitted for pre-clinical testing in the US next year.
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