Drunk passenger tries to enter Virgin Australia jet’s cockpit

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A drunk passenger triggered a midair scare when he tried to enter the cockpit of a commercial jet, officials said Friday.

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Marooned snorkelers rescued in Australia after scrawling SOS in sand

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Five marooned snorkelers were rescued after the huge “SOS” message they scrawled in a sandbar was spotted by a helicopter.

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Snake battles, ultimately eats crocodile in epic Australian duel

A python snake strangles and ultimately eats a crocodile in an epic duel that shocked onlookers at Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, northwestern Queensland, Australia, on March 2, 2014.

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Tiny crystal is oldest known piece of earth, scientists say

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Scientists using two different age-determining techniques have shown that a tiny zircon crystal found on a sheep ranch in western Australia is the oldest known piece of our planet, dating to 4.4 billion years ago.

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Giant Jellyfish Previously Unknown To Science Washes Up In Australia

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An Australian family went to the beach to collect sea shells, but instead stumbled across a gigantic jellyfish that has piqued the interest of scientists.

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World’s oldest known flamingo dies aged 83

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It was born at the end of the Great Depression and survived World War II - and an attack by youths - but “Greater,” the world’s oldest known flamingo, died at a zoo in Australia Friday aged 83.

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Family sets world record for most Christmas lights

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An Australian family set a Guinness world record for covering their home in more than half a million Christmas light bulbs.

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Hop aboard: Kangaroo found in airport drug store

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A kangaroo shut down a corner of Melbourne Airport on Wednesday after it hopped through the busy terminal and into a drug store, officials told local media.

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Australia crime puzzle solved: Culprit was 19-foot python

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Police were mystified by a chaotic crime scene including a hole in the ceiling and a smelly pool of vomit-like liquid — until they found the culprit was a 19-foot python.

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'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse puts on a dazzling show in Australian Outback

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SYDNEY — Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light.

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At least 5 killed as South Pacific quake triggers 3-foot tsunami

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At least five people have been killed after a strong earthquake in the South Pacific generated a 3-foot tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and local news reports. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake — with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 — struck Wednesday in the Santa Cruz Islands at a depth of about 3 miles. The Santa Cruz Islands are scarcely populated and are part of the Solomon Islands.

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Three killed, dozens rescued in Australia floods

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Three people were reported to have been killed and dozens more were plucked from roofs and marooned cars in dramatic air rescues in northeastern Australia on Monday as severe floods swept through two states, inundating thousands of homes.  

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Incredible sight forms when dust storm and rain clouds combine over Indian ocean

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Western Australians witnessed a freakish dust storm off the coast of Onslow on Wednesday. The stunning views were created as wind and rain caused the storm to dump the sand and dust it had ingested while passing Onslow, Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Austen Watkins.

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How do you weigh a 21-foot-long python? Australian zookeepers weigh “Atomic Betty.”

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Zookeepers at the Australian Reptile Park stand on scales as they weigh a 21-foot-long python named Atomic Betty, on Jan 9. Reports state that the 14-year-old python weighed in at over 304 pounds.