Toddler found dead after desperate search, de Minaur handed big boost by Novak Djokovic: Australia news live

Plus a 'flying' spider is striking fear into millions.

Yahoo's live news blog has concluded for Wednesday, June 5.

First up we start with the tragic news a toddler has been found dead inside a regional Victorian dam. The boy had vanished in Lara, near Geelong, on Tuesday afternoon.

If Alex de Minaur is to make the final of the French Open, he won't have to pass Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals after the Serbian withdrew from the tournament due to injury. Aussie no.1 de Minaur will face Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals.

  • Daredevil blasted by police

    Police in Queensland have blasted a wannabe social media daredevil over a stunt they say could land him in prison.

    'Mad Jonny' filmed himself jumping off Gold Coast's Currumbin bridge from the roof of a moving car, plummeting to the water below.

    Acting Superintendent Scott Knowles told the Courier Mail the offence was "serious" and could also result in heavy fines.

    “These actions not only put the individual’s life at risk but also endanger others. The thrill is not worth the potential consequences.”

    The stunt has been slammed by police. Source: Instagram/ jonnyflipss
    The stunt has been slammed by police. Source: Instagram/ jonnyflipss
  • Aus Post customers told to catch train to use services

    Customers of a post office in Sydney have been told to catch a train if they want to continue using Australia Post's services.

    Campsie post office is shutting down in just over a week but Australia Post (somewhat unsuccessfully) has tried to reassure customers there's plenty more in nearby suburbs.

    "The surrounding area is well-serviced, with 12 post offices within a three-kilometre radius, including the Belmore Post Office one train stop away," the national postal service said, according to Nine News.

  • San Francisco confusion for under-pressure minister

    Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten has been under scrutiny this week after it was revealed his department hired him a speechwriter on a contract worth $600k.

    With the Liberal party piling on, we'll just leave this X exchange here.

  • UK election candidate soaked by milkshake

    How's this for a photo.

    Nigel Farage, the man who pushed hard for Brexit and the leader of a right-wing populist party in the UK, was soaked by a McDonald's banana milkshake on his latest campaign trail.

    Photographer Ben Stansall managed to capture this special shot of the moment which Farage described as "violent".

    The woman who threw the shake was later arrested and Farage soon saw the funny side, posing with a tray of milkshakes.

    Read more here.

    Newly appointed leader of Britain's right-wing populist party, Reform UK, and the party's parliamentary candidate for Clacton, Nigel Farage reacts as he is about to be hit in the face by the contents of a drinks cup, during his general election campaign launch in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on June 4, 2024. Nigel Farage on Monday said he would stand as a candidate for the anti-immigration Reform UK party in Britain's general election next month, after initially ruling out running.
    Nigel Farage milliseconds before his soaking. Source: Getty
  • Aldi expands into insurance sector

    With popularity surging in Australia thanks to their low prices amid a cost-of-living crisis, Aldi has announced it will be moving into the insurance sector with a promise to bring affordable premiums to customers.

    “We know that Australians have been calling for a trusted insurance provider that not only provides a reliable and accessible service but also doesn’t break the bank,” Aldi Australia group director Rodney Balech

    “We have stripped the complexity out of comprehensive car, home and contents insurance and landlord’s insurance to deliver a straightforward product with exceptional value."

    Aldi will offer home and contents insurance, comprehensive car insurance and landlord’s insurance.

    Aldi is expanding in Australia. Source: AAP
    Aldi is expanding in Australia. Source: AAP
  • Woman taken to funeral home was still breathing

    Now we take you to a disturbing story from the US, where a woman has died hours after she was taken to a funeral home alive.

    Constance Glantz, 74, was wrongly declared dead at a nursing home in Nebraska and was taken to a funeral home. Two hours later it was discovered she was still breathing and CPR was performed before she was rushed to hospital.

    However she could not be saved and died a short time later.

    "This is a very unusual case," local police said.

    Read more here.

  • One word missing from Alex de Minaur 20-year first

    The Demon is reigniting tennis fever in Australia with his progression to the French Open quarter-finals.

    But while broadcasters gushed over Alex de Minaur's achievements, one claim was slightly off.

    The word 'male' was missing from a statement that did the rounds on Tuesday stating de Minaur was the "first Australian since Leyton Hewitt in 2004 to reach a French Open quarter-final".

    Because of course Ash Barty won the whole thing in 2019.

    Andy Murray famously corrected a reporter who made a similar claim that dismissed the exploits of Serena Williams.

  • Hey Hey It's Saturday star John Blackman dies

    Hey Hey It's Saturday star John Blackman has died at the age of 76 following a prolonged cancer battle.

    Blackman voiced iconic character Dickie Knee on Channel Nine and has been remembered by the network as a "cherished voice in Australian media".

    Tributes have been pouring in for Blackman right across Australia this morning.

  • Crackdown to protect Aussies spending more than they have

    The government has cracked down on Buy-now, pay-later services such Afterpay and Zip to protect vulnerable Australians.

    Such companies will now be required to perform tighter credit checks on new customers and impose credit limits on certain users, under new consumer protection laws.

    About 40 per cent of Australians have used a BNPL service in the previous six months, according to a Finder survey in March as the country battles a gruelling cost-of-living crisis.

    Read more here.

    ANKARA, TURKIYE - MAY 30: In this photo illustration, the logos of Square and Afterpay are displayed on separate screens in Ankara, Turkiye on May 30, 2024. (Photo by Ahmet Serdar Eser/Anadolu via Getty Images)
    The government is getting tough with companies like Afterpay. Source: Getty
  • Push to bring Disneyland to Melbourne

    I feel we've been here before but that's not stopping Disney fans getting excited.

    Libertarian MP for South East Metro David Limbrick is behind a push to get Disneyland to Victoria, identifying three possible sites in southeast Melbourne.

    “This is the only logical place for the happiest place on earth. We need to get Disney’s attention,” he said on the Project on Tuesday night.

  • 'Flying' spider sends the US into a panic

    While we have our own fair share of spiders that leave the rest of the world petrified, one arachnid in the US is causing quite the storm.

    Meet the Joro spider which remarkably can 'fly' thanks to floating through the air using silk threads which are picked up by the wind. Residents on the east coast are reporting increased sightings of the spider.

    Sensationalised media reports have left some experts angered, saying they pose little risk to humans and are often nowhere near as big as some claims online.

  • Tragic end in search for toddler

    A toddler has been found dead in regional Victoria.

    The boy was reported missing about 5.30pm on Tuesday from a house in Lara, near Geelong.

    The police helicopter was used in the search, and the boy’s body was found in a dam.

    He could not be resuscitated.

    Police are investigating and will prepare a report for the coroner.

    - NCA NewsWire

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