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Carla McConnell by Carla McConnell
September 10th, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner reveals her fear she will end up in a men’s prison

Caitlyn Jenner has spoken about the car accident she was involved in earlier this year and her fears that she may end up in a men’s prison. The accident occured before Caitlyn’s transition and resulted in the death of a 69-year-old woman.

Caitlyn told Today presenter Matt Lauer that she could not discuss the incident fully due to ongoing litigation, but admitted the “worst case scenario” would see her sent to a male county jail.

Caitlyn claims she barely remembers the events of the crash, but maintains that she was driving under the speed limit at the time of the accident. However investigators are saying speed might have been a factor and they are weighing up a possible misdemeanor manslaughter charge for the I Am Cait star.

“It is an enormous problem that they would put trans women in the men’s county jail, but those are things we are looking into,” said Caitlyn. She also expressed the ongoing toll the accident had taken on her life, “a tragedy like this you’ll never get over it, you just learn to live with it the best you possibly can.”

The family of the woman who died, Kim Howe, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Caitlyn.

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Gold Coast Mum dies after being being bashed to death by her ex partner 

Tara Brown who was allegedly beaten by her ex-partner in a shocking road-rage incident has died. Tara, 24, who suffered critical injuries after her car was run off the road and flipped on Tuesday morning was allegedly beaten by her 24-year-old ex Lionel Patea after the crash.

Tara’s accused killer is also the father of her young daughter and he reportedly followed her after she dropped her daughter at a daycare centre and ran her off the road. He then allegedly beat her with a piece of steel until she was unrecognisable, while she was still trapped in the wreckage.

A friend of Tara’s has said she went to the police station last Thursday and showed them text messages on her mobile phone, but “there was nothing they could do about it,” the friend said.

Detective Inspector Swan said Tara’s injuries were so brutal it shocked police detectives, “I have been a police officer for more than 30 years and this sort of thing still shocks me — it is shocking.”

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Alyssa Milano is sick of being judged for breastfeeding

Alyssa Milano has spoken to Entertainment Tonight about the double standards between the reaction to Miley Cyrus appearing “almost naked” at the VMAs, and the response she receives when she posts a breastfeeding photo on Instagram.

“Everyone’s fine with [Miley’s] nipples being out, but if I post a picture of me breastfeeding it’s craziness,” she said. “I think people are more comfortable sexualising breasts, than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human.”

Alyssa has recieved both support and backlash for posting pictures of herself breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter, Elizabella, but says she doesn’t care.  “I’m going to keep breastfeeding, maybe even until she’s six!”

Alyssa, who also has a 4-year-old son Milo, has been a passionate advocate of breastfeeding since she became a mum.

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Leigh Sales asks Tony Abbott why he isn’t an effective Prime Minister

The interview between Tony Abbott and the 7.30 Report’s Leigh Sales turned awkward when Leigh asked the Prime Minister how he would explain to the Australian people that the country’s economic situation was worse under his leadership than when Labor was in office.

After Leigh quoted some statistics on higher unemployment, a lower Australian dollar and a higher budget deficit, Tony Abbott responded, “Well I don’t accept that. The boats have stopped,” and included cutting the carbon tax and mining tax as hallmarks of his leadership.

When Leigh also asked why Syrian refugees in Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island did not deserve a chance at refuge in Australia, the Prime Minister  gave the reason that “we don’t want to reward people smugglers and we don’t want to reward people smuggling.” He also took a swipe at the ABC that as the national broadcaster it “might join me in looking for the good and boosting our country, which has so much potential.”

You can watch the interview here.

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Apple announces the new iPhone 6s and iPad Pro

Apple has unveiled new iPhones, an updated version of its Apple TV as well as a 12.9-inch iPad Pro at a media event in San Francisco. “We are about to make some monster announcements across several of our product lines,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the start of proceedings.

The new phones, called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, have an improved camera, speedier processor and a new feature called 3D Touch that lets users make different commands and reach shortcuts and menus by pressing down harder or softer on the screen. The phones which come in four colours, silver, grey, gold and rose gold will be available in Australia on the 25th of September.

The new iPad Pro boasts more power and  features a 12.9-inch screen that can fit a full-size virtual keyboard. An Apple pencil can also be purchased for use with the iPad but die-hard Apple fans say this is something Steve Jobs would have hated after he made scathing remarks about the use of stylus pencils when he first introduced the iPhone.

However Steve’s reported last parting advice to new CEO Tim Cook was don’t spend your time thinking about what I would do.