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US judge tosses Trump tax returns case

A federal judge has dismissed New York's attorney general and state tax commissioner as defendants in US President Donald Trump's lawsuit seeking to block a House of Representatives committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns.

Russian don charged with lover's murder

A Russian court has charged a distinguished historian with the murder of his partner after he was found in a river with a rucksack containing her severed arms.

US death row inmate cheats firing squad

A US death-row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book Under the Banner of Heaven and who was nearing execution by firing squad has died of natural causes, Utah prison officials say.

Racing industry can't rehome every horse

The racing industry has stood by its position that it's not practical to rehome every racehorse, at a senate hearing called in the wake of an ABC report.

Climate talks for another day: NSW premier

The NSW government is not shying away from talking about climate change but for now must focus on protecting life during the state's bushfire emergency, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says.

Residents told to leave early as NSW burns

Residents in bushland areas of Sydney, the Hunter and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven are bracing for "catastrophic" fire danger, with authorities telling them to leave now, before their homes are threatened.