1. The cause of Glee actor Cory Monteith‘s death has been revealed. The 31-year-old actor died of “a mixed-drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol” according to The British Columbia Coroners Service. Monteith’s death was confirmed earlier this week after he was found in his hotel room on Saturday morning after failing to check out on time. “It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr Monteith’s death was anything other than a most tragic accident,” the Coroner said.
2. Four asylum seekers have died and 144 have been rescued after their boat capsized near Christmas Island overnight. The total number of asylum seekers who have now died or disappeared, trying to make their way to Australia this year, stands at 220. Earlier this week a baby boy drowned in the waters around Christmas Island. The survivors of last night’s accident have now been taken to the island for processing.
3. Still no word on the Royal Baby. *Crickets*
4. A new survey from Westpac has revealed that boys tend to earn a higher weekly allowance from their parents than girls do, despite spending less time on their chores. The survey also found that boys save more money than girls.
Chores also tend to be divided along gender lines, with girls being assigned tasks like washing up and boys assigned tasks like mowing the lawn. Gai McGrath, Westpac’s retail banking general manager, told the Daily Telegraph: “Some chores tend to have a higher monetary value, like mowing the lawn… So maybe that is a good insight for girls – if mowing the lawn is more highly valued, maybe they might put their hands up to do it.”