Australian news live: Stormy Daniels' detailed account of alleged sex with Donald Trump, confusing police detail about shot Aussie brothers

There's also more updates on the Robinson family who have flown to Mexico to bring their sons home.

Yahoo's daily news blog for Wednesday, May 8 has now concluded.

We began the day with the devastating statement issued by the parents of brothers Callum and Jake Robinson who were shot dead in Mexico while on a surf trip, who say their hearts are broken. Debra and Martin Robinson have vowed to bring their sons back home to the waves of Australia.

The NSW state government is also threatening to pull funding from a Sydney council following a controversial ban on same-sex books in libraries.

Below is our live coverage from the day.

  • Woman allegedly stabbed outside gym

    A man has allegedly stabbed a woman outside a Sydney gym shortly after midday.

    Police rushed to O'Riordan Street in Alexandria after receiving reports a 39-year-old woman had been stabbed.

    She has been taken to hospital in a stable condition. Police believe the pair are known to each other and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

  • Tesla rival to poach sacked workers

    General Motors is looking to take advantage of Tesla job cuts after the company underwent a series of high-profile layoffs over the last month.

    Tesla boss Elon Musk announced in April that the EV giant would be letting go 10 per cent of the company’s global workforce of 140,000 people.

    FILE - Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk looks on, during an in-conversation event with Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Lancaster House in London, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. Former CNN reporter Don Lemon mixed it up with Musk in an interview Lemon posted on Musk's X social network Monday, March 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool, File)
    Tesla founder Elon Musk has been working to tackle faltering sales. Source: AP

    The company also cancelled summer internships, which GM is now trying to capitalise on.

    Laura del Amo, a Talent Sourcing Strategist for General Motors, wrote in a LinkedIn post that the company is interested in hiring software students who may have had their positions cut as part of Tesla’s upcoming summer internship cohort.

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    “We believe in the strength of our automotive community and are keen to integrate diverse talents into our team,” she wrote.

    And she added: “If you are now looking for a new internship opportunity, let’s connect.”

    Read more from The Independent

  • 14,000 Woolworths staff could get 4-day working week

    Woolworths employees are eyeing a four-day week as a key union backed plans to intoduce more flexible working conditions.

    Under a new addition to the latest enterprise agreement, workers would be able to complete their 38-hour workload over four days – resulting in 9.5 hour shifts.

    If the agreement passes, the supermarket will join a string of Australian businesses who are hopping on-board the new age work trend that supports increased work-life balance.

    Read more here.

    Woolworths workers could now have three days off a week.
  • Woman facing jail for self-service theft at Target

    With Aussie stores keeping a close eye on thefts amid the cost-of-living crisis, let this be a warning to anyone out there thinking of saving themselves a bit of money at self-service checkouts.

    A woman in the US is facing up to three years in prison after she was found guilty of stealing $60,000 worth of items from a Target store using the technology.

    The 43-year-old stole from the San Francisco store a remarkable 120 times in just one year, San Francisco District Attorney's Office said.

    Read more here.

  • Australia hits back in growing feud with China

    An angry back-and-forth is developing as Australia and China stand their ground on an altercation involving the two countries' aircrafts.

    An Australian navy helicopter was forced to take evasive action after a Chinese air force plane launched flares closely ahead of it over the Yellow Sea on Saturday. Australia called the move "unsafe" but China hit back with a very different account, saying it behaved appropriately and asked Australia to stop its "provocations" near Chinese airspace.

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    Albanese is standing firm over China's 'unsafe' behaviour in the air.

    But Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was having none of it on Wednesday, standing firm on Canberra's position.

    "There's no question that the Australian Defence Force personnel were both in international waters and in international airspace," he told reporters in Perth on Wednesday.

    The opposition has supported the government's position, saying it's entirely appropriate for Australian vessels to be active in international waters.

    "It was not only not in China's territorial waters, it wasn't even in China's exclusive economic zone," opposition home affairs spokesman James Paterson told ABC radio.

    "So it appears to be way out of the bounds of behaviour from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force."

    - With AAP

  • Bus driver's manslaughter charges wiped in plea deal

    The driver responsible for the deadly NSW Hunter Valley bus crash is behind bars after pleading guilty to a string of dangerous driving charges.

    But Brett Andrew Button, 59, had all 10 of his manslaughter charges withdrawn when he faced Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday as he admitted lesser charges over the June 2023 smash that killed 10 people and injured dozens more.

    In a deal struck with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of dangerous driving causing death, nine counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and 16 counts of furious driving causing bodily harm.

    Read more here.

    Brett Andrew Button. Source: NCA Newswire
  • Stormy Daniels describes alleged sexual encounter with Trump

    Adult film actress Stormy Daniels has recounted graphic details of her alleged extramarital affair with former US president Donald Trump during Tuesday’s testimony in the hush money trial.

    Following some of the explicit details where the 45-year-old claimed she spanked Trump with a magazine that had his face on it, Judge Juan Merchan admitted some of the details were “better left unsaid".

    Read Yahoo US's recap of the day's courtroom action here.

    Former U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Stormy Daniels is questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger during Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 7, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
    A courtroom sketch of Trump and Daniels. Source: Reuters/ Jane Rosenberg
  • Aussie border collie becomes world's most expensive

    We now take you to a surprising world record broken in Australia over the weekend.

    Cabra Glebe Liz was sold for a record-breaking $40,000 in Rockhampton, becoming the world's most expensive working Border Collie in the process.

    Her new owners praised her herding ability and believe she'll be a great addition to their fam

    The previous record was held by a dog named Kim, who sold in the UK for $38,893 in 2021, according to Ray White Livestock Rockhamption Dog Trial & Working Dog Sale.

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    Cabra Glebe Liz proudly posing for a photo at the sale. Source: Ray White Rural
  • System error results in chaos at international airports

    We're used to a bit of airport drama in Australia, but spare a thought for passengers in the UK after a major system outage led to chaos at several major airports.

    The fault meant passengers couldn't use the passport e-gates, resulting in lengthy queues of fed-up travellers in major cities like London and Manchester.

    Read more here.

  • Police's theory about shot Aussie brothers 'makes little sense'

    Questions are being asked of Mexican police's version of events relating to the shooting deaths of Australian brothers Callum and Jake Robinson whilst on a surf strip.

    Authorities' leading theory behind their deaths is they were involved in a tyre theft gone wrong. However those who know the area find it hard to believe, the New York Post reported.

    “Basically, the reasoning of them being carjack victims gone wrong makes very little sense,” a source who works in private security in the region told the publication.

    Callum pictured with his girlfriend Emily (left) and the two brothers together (right). Source: Instagram
    Callum pictured with his girlfriend Emily (left) and the two brothers together (right). Source: Instagram

    “These surfers were well travelled and would most likely know better than to try to fend off a truck jacking.

    “My guess is they were mistakenly identified as a rival criminal organisation and murdered. “That being exposed would create an ongoing investigation that no cartel wants to deal with and would create a devastating impact on tourism in the area."

    Read the latest updates about the brothers here.

  • Boy Scouts of America changes name after 114 years to be inclusive

    Boy Scouts of America is changing to Scouting America as it looks to inclusivity in a bid to tackle dwindling numbers.

    “In the next 100 years we want any youth in America to feel very, very welcome to come into our programs,” CEO Roger Krone, who was appointed last year said.

    One of the reasons for dropping 'Boy' from the name was that girls across the country had no idea they were able to join.

    The organization began allowing gay youth in 2013 and ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders in 2015. In 2017, it made the historic announcement that girls would be accepted as Cub Scouts as of 2018 and into the flagship Boy Scout program.

    Read more here.

  • Council rates residents' recycling efforts

    Source: Facebook
    Source: Facebook

    Well this is one way to let the street know who's doing the right thing when it comes to recycling.

    Yarra Ranges Council in Melbourne is putting tags on bins following collections to show if you've done a god job or a bad job each week. The move has been divisive, with some saying it brings accountability while others say it's unnecessary "shaming".

    What do you make of the idea? Have your say below.

  • China rejects Australia's claims of 'unprofessional' move

    Unsurprisingly, China has a very different account as to what happened when a Chinese fighter jet clashed with an Australian naval helicopter last weekend.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian said the Australian aircraft deliberately flew within close range of the jet, leaving it no choice but to fire flares in its path.

    "The way the situation was handled [by China] was consistent with our laws and regulations, professional and safe. China has lodged serious protests to the Australian side on its risky moves," he said.

    "We urge Australia to immediately stop the provocations and hypes to prevent misunderstanding and miscalculation."

    Australia had earlier called the move by China "unprofessional".

    While Australia has enjoyed improved ties with China since Anthony Albanese became prime minister, such incidents continue to test the relationship.

    FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian attends a press conference in Beijing, China March 20, 2024. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo
    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian hit back at Australia's claims. Source: Reuters
  • Covid vaccine widely used in Australia to be pulled globally

    The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is being withdrawn worldwide, months after the pharmaceutical giant admitted for the first time in court documents that it can cause a rare and dangerous side effect.

    It was one of the main vaccines acquired by the Morrison government during the height of the pandemic.

    Read more here.

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