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Tuesday's news in under 5 minutes.

The Duchess’s last public engagement.

1. Royal Baby

The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child. The exciting news was confirmed by a tweet posted from the official account of the British monarchy last night.

Speculation is that she is about eight weeks pregnant. The announcement was made as she is suffering severe morning sickness as she suffered with her first pregnancy.

Since William is second in line to the British throne, this would make the new baby fourth in the order of succession, bumping Prince Harry down to fifth and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie sixth and seventh after their father Prince Andrew.

The Prince has spoken about how excited the couple are to media in the UK.

“She’s feeling ok thanks,” the Prince said. “It’s been a tricky few days, a week or so.”

“But basically we are thrilled, it’s great news, early days.”

“We are hoping things just settle down and she feels better. I’m going to go and look after her now.” Reports The Mirror.

Meanwhile Prince Harry has welcomed the news of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy as “very exciting” – joking that he cannot wait to see his brother “suffer more”.

He said Kate was coping with her illness and expressed his wish that the couple would be able to enjoy some privacy during her pregnancy.

Betting has already started on the big event with bookmakers Paddy Power offering wagers on hair colour, weight, whether the royal baby will actually be royal babies, and names with Elizabeth and Henry
 coming in at 10/1.

2. Gable Tostee

A Judge has described the murder case against Gable Tostee as weak in a bail hearing in Brisbane yesterday.

Judge Debra Mullins asked Crown Prosecutor Sarah Farnden, “The prosecution case is that the applicant wasn’t on the balcony that Ms Wright fell from?”

“That appears to be the most likely scenario,” Ms Farnden said.

The Courier Mail reports that Justice Debra Mullins said the prosecution case may be difficult.

“It strikes me that it will be a difficult case for the prosecution in relation to murder if he wasn’t on the balcony at the time,’’ she told the court. “But that does depend on what comes out in evidence as to what occurred in the apartment before Ms Wright (above) went out on to the balcony. I would have thought it’s a reasonably strong case for manslaughter on the material as it stands at the moment.’’

Court documents obtained by The Brisbane Times show that Tostee called his father at 3.23am just moments after he called for a pizza, and nearly an hour after a neighbor called triple 0.

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Male: “Hello Dad. I might have a bit of a situation. See um I met up with a girl for a date tonight and she started getting really aggressive. It was alright at first and like we, you know, had sex in bed and she kept drinking and I think that she thought that it was like a joke or something, and she kept like beating me up and whatever. It was cos she was really drunk and whatever and I like forced her out on the balcony and I think that she might have jumped off.”

Dad: “Oh no” Male: “Like I have been walking around and there are a million cops around my building. I’m f—ed. I don’t know what to do…I didn’t cause this, like, I didn’t push her…It is really f—ed up…Dad like this is not my fault.”

Male: “I don’t know like I tackled her on my floor inside the building and I never forced her over the edge.”

3. MH370 cover up

Sara Bajc and boyfriend Philip Wood

An American woman whose partner was on MH370 has told NBC News that she believes something in the investigation is being covered up.

Sara Bajc’s boyfriend Philip Wood, 50, was one of 239 passengers and crew on the flight from Kuala Lumpur.

She told NBC News there “are active steps being taken to interfere with finding the plane.”

She criticized the way Australian authorities are handling the search saying they “should be very embarrassed by their behavior so far.”

“They pursued a path of underwater pings long after it was very clear they weren’t accurate. They have not had the strength of will to force Malaysia to open up all if its records.”

Bajc says she still holds out hope her partner is alive.

4. Sydney school death

The woman responsible for the death of a six-year old boy out the front of a Sydney public school has been told by a Magistrate that she will serve a custodial sentence.

Soheila Moghaddam wept as she heard she would serve a custodial sentence of less than two years as general deterrence.

Six-year-old Akshaaye Revin was visiting with his family from Malaysia last year when he was struck by the car as he walked his cousins to school on the last day of term.

He was killed instantly. News Limited reports that her lawyer told the court no punishment could be harder than the one she gives herself every day.

The mother of two has moved her children to another school and refuses to drive.

5. Rozelle explosion

Bianka O’Brien, 31, her one-year-old son Jude.

The explosion in Sydney last week which killed three people, Bianka O’Brien, 31, her one-year-old son Jude, and Chris Noble, 27 is now thought to have been deliberately lit.

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Fairfax Media confirmed that police sources have said traces of accelerant were found at the scene.

6. Jacquie Lambie’s dark days

Palmer United Senator Jacquie Lambie has told Australian Story that in her darkest days she attempted suicide after she was discharged from the Armed Forces.

Lamie is a single mother with two sons and told the program she had six years of depression with drug and alcohol abuse.

“Most days you’ll wake up and think I’ve really got to take my life,” she said. “I’m of no benefit to my own children let alone anybody else. I’d written a letter to the boys each and left them in my drawer and I just said, ‘Right here’s a perfect opportunity’. I had a few drinks and off I went. “I walked out in front of a car, I’d had enough, I’d had a gutful. That was it, I was finished, I was gone.”

Lambie said it took 18 months of therapy to get her life back in order.

7. Domestic violence

A nationwide program to stop violent fathers from murdering their children as revenge against their estranged partners has been launched.

The “Abuse on Contact” initiative will run free programs and provide information to help frontline workers pinpoint warning signs in a family situation.

Just this year there have been three known cases where a father had murdered his child.

Carinity Talera manager Anna Jones told The Courier Mail that the new programs were already overbooked. “There is a myth that he may be a bad husband but a good father,” she said.

If you need help call the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line on 1800 737 732.

8. Ashya King arrives in Prague

Ashya has arrived in Prague to start treatment.

Five-year-old Ashya King will have his first consultation and examination tomorrow morning at the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague where he has been moved for specialist treatment according to the BBC.

Ashya, who has a brain tumour, was the focus of an international manhunt when his parents took him from a British hospital last week.

His father said he was happy to have finally arrived in Prague.

9. Drew Carey offers $10,000 to find teens who humiliated autistic boy

A group of teenagers have humiliated an autistic boy after pretending to give him an ice filled bucket for the ALS/MND ice bucket challenge but instead filling it with faeces, spit and urine.

The video which was then uploaded to social media was seen by comedian Drew Carey who has pledged $10,000 to find the offenders.

For more read this post here.

10. Iphone 6

Iphone 6 leaked pics.

Leaked photos of the soon-to-be launched Iphone 6 have appeared on Chinese tech web site Cnbeta less than 24 hours before the launch of the newest apple device.

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In the images, the model’s larger screen is shown being able to fit an extra row of icons mounting speculation that it will be able to be used as a tap and pay device.

11. Smoking fathers damaging baby’s health

A Norwegian study has found a baby has a greater risk of asthma if their father smoked before they were conceived.

The new research on smoking is to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Munich.

It is the first time a link has been proven between a father’s smoking and a baby’s health.

The study showed that asthma without hay fever – was significantly more common in children with a father who smoked prior to conception – the risk increasing if the father smoked before the age of 15, and the longer the father smoked, the greater the risk of their baby developing asthma.

11. Celebrity wedding

Neil Patrick Harris has married his partner of 10-years David Burtka in Italy over the weekend.

The couple already have four-year-old twins Gideon and Harper.

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted “Guess what? @Davidburtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband’.”

13. How many tasks will you do today?

How many tasks do you do before 9am?

A study has shown that Mums juggle 42 never-ending jobs a day and that most of them are done before 9am.

The study reported in The Daily Mail shows that 19% of the tasks are done just after breakfast.

According to the British research the top ten jobs most mothers tackle every day are

1. Get breakfast ready

2. Put washing on

3. Make the evening meal

4. Plan the evening meal

5.Pack away the breakfast items

6. Get the children out of bed

7. Wash up

8.Clear up after the evening meal

9. Hang up washing

10. Vacuum

14. Woman and 3 children found dead.

A woman and three children have been found dead on a property west of Wagga Wagga in NSW.

Police told the ABC that they were called to the property at 3pm this afternoon, but wouldn’t give any more details.

The SMH report that local police are currently searching for the male occupant of the house.