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Your speedy update on all the day’s big stories, Tuesday, April 29 2014

The scariest sound a parent could hear?

Heather and Adam Schreck, a couple from Cincinnati Ohio, have lived every parent's worst nightmare: waking to find an intruder in their baby's room. The pair woke in the middle of the night to the sound of a man screaming "wake up baby!" They ran into their 10-month-old Emma's (right) room to discover that the voice was coming from their baby monitor, which had a camera positioned over her head. Heather told Fox 19 TV: "I heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter...'Wake up baby. Wake up baby.' Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up." When Adam entered the room the man began swearing at him. IT experts have told the MailOnline that people hacking webcams, like those use in baby monitors, is common and parents should make their wireless devices more secure by making sure the passwords used different to those on their computer. 

Vic communities 'in the grip of Ice'.

The Australian Crime Commission will today release a report showing that use of the drug ice in Australia is reaching pandemic proportions. The Herald Sun reports that almost 20 tonnes of illegal drugs worth $2.7 billion were seized in Australia last year. Graham Ashton, the Victoria Police deputy commissioner, has warned parents in countryside Victoria that "It is clear that an entire generation of rural youth is at risk, threatening the future prosperity of those communities." The ACC report will show that organised gangs are specifically targeting Australia, as our drug prices are among the world’s best and will call for a broader approach on cracking down on the issue which has gone beyond the reaches of law enforcement.

Abbott under fire over 'new tax'.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is insisting that the Government's rumoured new tax is not a broken election promise. The PM claims that a debt levy of  is a necessary, but temporary measure, in order to ease the deficit leftover from the Rudd and Gillard governments. Before the last election Abbott stridently campaigned against new taxes and in 2012 told reporters: "What you'll get under us are tax cuts without new taxes." The proposed tax would cost higher income earners - those earning over $80,000 a year, 1% of their annual income. 


US Pilot: 'I've found flight MH370'

Michael Hoebel, a 60-year-old pilot in New York, claims that he's found the wreckage from flight MH370  using a satellite image (left). He believes the image shows what appears to be the plane in one piece in the Gulf of Thailand - the place where the plane sent its last communication on March 8 before it dropped out. Hoebel says he used the online satellite imagery website TomNod and was shocked to discover the plane in its unbroken form. "I was taken aback because I couldn't believe I would find this," he said. Despite his claims, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continues and is entering a new phase, which Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described as "probably the most difficult search in human history."

Dolphins save long-distance swimmer from shark.

A long-distance swimmer has been rescued by a pod of dolphins who intentionally protected him against a looming shark during a charity ocean swim from New Zealand. Swimming coach Adam Walker was swimming the 25km stretch to the Cook Strait last Tuesday in his attempt to become the first British man to swim the Oceans Seven (a group of 7 long distance swims around the world) when he became aware of a shark below him. As he started to panic, Walker suddenly became surrounded by around 10 dolphins, which formed a barrier between him and the shark and continued to swim with him for over an hour. Walker wrote on his Facebook page: "I'd like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home." 

Watch the touching video below...

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