1. Erin Molan responds to reports of Footy Show shakeup.
Television presenter Erin Molan says she "hasn't been told anything" about the reported changes to The NRL Footy Show, revealed publicly yesterday and understood to take place next year.
This comes after fellow panellist Daryl Brohman told The Daily Telegraph that both he and Paul "Fatty" Vautin wouldn't be returning to the program because of the Nine Network restructure.
He speculated Molan would be appointed host of the revamped program, saying "she's very good at what she does". However the 35-year-old sports commentator says she's yet to be told anything.
"For starters this is all news to me,” Molan told The Fix. "I haven’t been told anything about what the show will be doing next year, what direction it will be taking or what the role will be."
"I understand there will be changes, but regarding who will be there or who won’t be there, I honestly have absolutely no idea at this stage. I have not been told."
It's reported the new show in the same timeslot after Thursday night games will have a stronger rugby league focus, and that Nine's Sunday Footy Show will remain unchanged.
"We're all kind of waiting to find out as much as our audience and our fans are," Erin said.
2. Teen dies after an alleged assault at a NSW swimming pool.
— Sydney News Now (@sydneynewsnow) October 17, 2017
A teenage boy has died at a public pool in Newcastle after police arrived to investigate an alleged assault on an employee, AAP reports.
Police attended Lambton Pool just after 5pm on Tuesday following reports a boy had assaulted an employee.
Witnesses restrained the 17-year-old until officers arrived. However, the teenager required treatment by paramedics and was taken to John Hunter Hospital - where he later died.
A critical incident investigation has now been launched, and it will be subject to an independent review. One witness spoke to News Corp labelling the incident "extremely dramatic" and saying "it's one of the biggest crime scenes I've ever seen".
NSW Police would not comment further on the nature of the teen's injuries.
They are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
3. The due date for royal baby number three has been unveiled.
Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton's third child is due next April! ???? https://t.co/naGRPYKPxX
— CNN Entertainment (@CNNent) October 17, 2017
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have confirmed their third child will be born next April.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced last month Kate was pregnant and suffering from severe morning sickness, but the date of the baby's arrival was not disclosed.
In a short statement on Tuesday, the royals' office Kensington Palace said the baby, who will be fifth in line to the British throne, is due in April.
On Monday, Kate made only her second appearance since news broke that she was pregnant, attending a charity event at London's Paddington rail station.
4. "Stop the damn lying." Trump in trouble with families of soldiers killed in war.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2017
Aides to former US President Barack Obama have fired back at President Donald Trump's claim past US presidents did not contact family members of soldiers who died in combat during their time in the White House.
Trump offered no evidence to back up his claim on Monday, which was immediately pointed out to be false. His remarks came amid questions at a press conference over Trump not having responded yet to the deaths of four US soldiers in an October 4 ambush in Niger.
Asked why he had not acknowledged the soldiers' deaths, Trump said he would send letters to their families later on Monday and would call them "at some point during the period of time", AAP reports.
Obama's former White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday that Obama would repeatedly "show his enormous respect ... for those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country" through various visits and meetings as well as phone calls and letters.
Trump then appeared to criticise his predecessors handling of the issue of American soldiers' deaths.
"The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls. A lot of them didn't make calls," Trump said.
Obama's former aides were quick to lash back.
"Stop the damn lying - you're the President," Eric Holder, Obama's former attorney general, said in a post on Twitter.
5. More than two-thirds of Aussies have cast same-sex marriage vote.
This is about fairness. Treating everyone the same.
— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) September 24, 2017
More than two-thirds of Australians have cast their votes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics received 10.8 million forms (or 67.5 per cent) by Friday, up from 10 million the previous week.
Equality Campaign executive director Tiernan Brady is confident the majority of Australians will back changing the Marriage Act.
"I think we've confidently won the argument," he told Sky News on Tuesday, AAP reports.
Brady said opponents of same-sex marriage had spent weeks trying to shift the marriage debate onto other topics.
"They've talked about everything apart from marriage equality and I think the Australian people have seen through it," he said.
Australia's support for same-sex marriage had hovered between 60 and 65 per cent for the past five years, and Brady hopeful the figure will be reflected in the postal survey results.
"I think the public have made their mind up," he said.
The survey closes on November 7 and the results will be released on November 15.
6. Dementia leading cause of death in Australia, second only to heart disease.
Most Australians are unaware dementia is the second-leading cause of death in the country, following heart disease, new data shows.
The survey conducted for Dementia Australia found more than 80 per cent of the 1049 respondents did not know the mental condition was one of the leading causes of death.
Additionally, almost 40 per cent did not know the disease was not a normal part of ageing.
"This is quite simply not good enough," Dementia Australia chair Graeme Samuel told AAP.
The results were "incredibly disappointing" and showed more information and education needed to be provided to the public and general practitioners, Mr Samuel added.
"We have an obligation and an urgent need for people to treat those who have dementia with care, respect and dignity."