News archive from 26 December 2013

Consumer group Choice draws line on rights to faulty Christmas gift refunds

Consumer group Choice draws line on rights to faulty Christmas gift refunds

Consumer group Choice is urging people to exercise their rights if their Christmas presents are faulty.Under national laws, shops are obliged to refund, replace or repair any product that does not work or do what it is advertised to do. Choice...

ABC News, 11:01 in Business
 
Australia Post seeks to increase stamp price to 70 cents

Australia Post seeks to increase stamp price to 70 cents

Australia Post wants to increase stamp prices by 10 cents next year to limit growing losses in its letter business.The postal service says as letter volumes decline worldwide, it is no longer financially sustainable to continue holding prices below...

ABC News, 11:01 in Business
 
Privacy concerns over new credit reporting rules

Privacy concerns over new credit reporting rules

Business and consumer groups have voiced concern over new credit reporting rules that start next year.The new scheme will collect information on credit limits, repayment history and account opening and closing dates. Currently, every consumer with a...

ABC News, 11:24 in Business
 
Russian plane crashes into Siberian warehouse, killing nine

Russian plane crashes into Siberian warehouse, killing nine

A Russian plane has crashed into a Siberian warehouse, killing nine people, local emergency service officials say.The Soviet-built Antonov An-12 military transport plane belonging to an aircraft factory in Novosibirsk was carrying six crew and three...

ABC News, 01:52 in Business
 
Boxing Day sales beat retailers' expectations, $2 billion taken on first day of sale season

Boxing Day sales beat retailers' expectations, $2 billion taken on first day of sale season

An estimated $2 billion went through the tills in yesterday's Boxing Day sales, beating retailers' predictions. Russell Zimmerman from the Australian Retailers Association says sales are up about 5 or 6 per cent on last year. "A number of...

ABC News, 07:00 in Business
 
US stocks rise after Christmas break

US stocks rise after Christmas break

US traders have come back from their one day Christmas break in a good mood, continuing a run of gains that started in the lead up to the holiday.The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average is on track to post its sixth straight gain - it was up 0.7...

ABC News, 07:45 in Business
 
Business concerns over new bullying laws set to take effect

Business concerns over new bullying laws set to take effect

In just a few days a number of changes to the Fair Work Act come into force, including a significant anti-bullying amendment. From January 1 workers who believe they have been bullied can apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to have it...

ABC News, 08:32 in Business
 
IT sector says efforts to fix skills crisis falling short

IT sector says efforts to fix skills crisis falling short

Australia's information technology sector says a costly skills crisis is continuing, despite efforts to fix it.The IT sector contributes about $42 billion to the nation's economy every year, yet there is potential for growth. Audio: Efforts to fix IT...

ABC News, 09:04 in Business
 
Sydney New Year's Eve hotel stays record $200 jump, Gold Coast hotels high, Hobart New Year's Eve suddenly popular

Sydney New Year's Eve hotel stays record $200 jump, Gold Coast hotels high, Hobart New Year's Eve suddenly...

SYDNEY is the third most expensive world city to spend New Year's Eve, with London and Paris more affordable options to ring in 2014. And it's dearer to spend the night on the Gold Coast than in Tokyo or Rome. But maybe the biggest surprise is...

 
Cross-dressing man hops fence and walks across runways at Newark Airport

Cross-dressing man hops fence and walks across runways at Newark Airport

A $300 million airport perimeter-protection system has failed to detect that a man - dressed as woman - who had hopped a fence at Newark Airport and wandered across two runways. Siyah Bryant, 24, was wearing women's red pants and a smart brown sweater...

 

60 swimmers hurt in mass piranha attack

A MASS piranha attack left sixty people injured as they enjoyed a Christmas Day swim in an Argentine river. Dozens of bathers including more than 20 children were bitten by the shoal of meat-eating fish during the surprise attack. A seven-year-old...

 
Comedian Joan Rivers says Jennifer Lawrence needs 'to grow up'

Comedian Joan Rivers says Jennifer Lawrence needs 'to grow up'

FASHION Police star Joan Rivers is hitting out at Jennifer Lawrence for comments The Hunger Games star made about her show, telling us, "My New Year's resolution is [ensuring] Jennifer Lawrence grows up and realises how lucky she is and calms...

 
Ke$ha says her breasts help her write her hit songs

Ke$ha says her breasts help her write her hit songs

OH DEAR, it appears that Ke$ha may have had one too many glasses of eggnog this year. The Tik Tok singer has made yet another outrageous comment, this time suggesting that her breasts help her write songs. "What I do is I turn off all the lights...

 
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are desperately trying to salvage their marriage

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are desperately trying to salvage their marriage

CATHERINE Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas continue to work hard to fix their marital problems. The pair, who admitted they went through a rough patch this summer, were spotted "laughing and enjoying each other's company" at lunch this past...

 
Taylor Swift shares adorable home video from her childhood

Taylor Swift shares adorable home video from her childhood

TAYLOR Swift made the internet go 'awwww' when she posted an adorable Instagram video on Christmas Eve of her as a child. The video is from 1993 and shows the We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together singer chatting to her friend on the phone. Taylor...

 
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