Friday's news in 5 minutes.

1. California woman found ‘confused’ and wandering along highway after vanishing for three days.

A 28-year-old woman has been found wandering along the side of a freeway after she went missing three days ago.

Laura Lynne Stacy was last seen by her roommate leaving their Los Angeles apartment on Sunday, and her parents grew worried when she stopped responding to their texts, KTLA reports.

Her phone was found in a puddle about 48km from her home a day later, and on Tuesday, her car was found abandoned along a highway.

Stacy was spotted on Wednesday walking along the freeway by detectives who were driving to the area to assist in the search. An LAPD Detective said she seemed ‘confused’ and ‘somewhat disoriented’ when she was found.

She was examined by paramedics and taken to a hospital to be checked, but no details are available on how and why she went missing.

“There’s a lot of unknowns as to what transpired but she was transported just for precautionary reasons and probably just exposure to the elements,” LAPD Detective Tim O’Quinn told KTLA.

2. Australia Day tragedy as a man’s body is found at the base of a Clovelly cliff.


Australia Day ended in tragedy after a passerby spotted a man’s body at the bottom of a cliff in Clovelly, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

7 News reports the body was spotted at around 2pm, with onlookers frantically performing CPR on the man until emergency services arrived.

A New South Wales spokeswoman told The Daily Mail that “nobody, to our knowledge, saw” how the man fell from the ledge.

An onlooker also said that police were “running everywhere” when the body was discovered.

“All of a sudden there were police sprinting across the oval towards the cliff. Next minute there were vans and choppers – within seconds there were police running everywhere,” he said.

The man’s identity is yet to be confirmed, but police are not treating his death as suspicious.

3. Police appeal for information on missing Parramatta sisters.

New South Wales police are urging the public to come forward with any information about the location of two sisters who went missing from the Parramatta area last week.

A police media release reveals Britney Hunter, 14, and her 11-year-old sister Shaneque, were last seen leaving a motel in Parramatta where they were staying with Family and Community Services workers.

The pair have not been seen since Monday, January 16. Both girls are described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, with brown hair, brown eyes and of slim build.

Britney was last seen wearing a pink and white t-shirt and Shaneque was wearing a pink shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Parramatta Local Area Command via Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000).


4. An entire Queensland class has been struck down by gastro.

A massive gastro outbreak has hit Brisbane, with 40 classmates from the same school struck by the illness.

7 News Queensland reports two of the students from a year two class at St Pius Catholic Primary have since been taken to hospital.

“One of our doctors ended up in hospital…this is a strain that somehow must be quite new, everyone’s getting it,” Dr Richard Kidd, who works in the area, told 7 News.

The school principal has urged parents to keep any child that has been unwell in the past 48 hours at home to keep others safe.

5. Teacher accused of assaulting his students says his tongue ‘accidentally fell into their mouths’.

A former elementary school substitute teacher who was arrested and accused of inappropriate contact with three students has told a court it was an “accident”.


Three female students told authorities that Pete Garcia Hernandez, 49, had kissed them on the mouth, touched their chests and had them sit on his lap, Texas news station KHOU reports.

In court, Hernandez said the kissing was an accident that occurred when he was “speaking close with them and his tongue accidentally went in their mouth”.

Court documents also reveal that he admitted to authorities that he had sexual thoughts about the students when they were sitting on his lap during a lesson.

In a statement to the media, the school district said it “takes situations such as this very seriously, as the safety of students is always the district’s top priority.”

6. Mexican President cancels his meeting with Donald Trump.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has cancelled a meeting with US President Donald Trump that was set for next week after Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

“This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the POTUS,” Peña Nieto tweeted.

CNN reports the cancellation comes hours after President Trump tweeted it would be “better to cancel the upcoming meeting” with the Mexican leader if they were “unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall”.

Trump has since said that he mutually agreed with the Mexican president to cancel their upcoming meeting.

“Unless Mexico will treat the US fairly, with respect, such a meeting is fruitless, and I want to go a different route. I have no choice, ” Trump told House and Senate GOP lawmakers.

“Border security is a serious, serious issue and a national problem. Most illegal immigration is coming from our Southern border.”

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