Tuesday's news in only two minutes.

Scott with his daughter.

1. A tornado has torn through Oklahoma, reportedly killing at least 51 people. The tornado has destroyed an elementary school, with teachers and pupils trapped inside.

This story is still developing and we will bring you more updates later in the day.

2. A father of four has died after he was allegedly king hit on a Coffs Harbour street. 34-year-old Scott Snodgrass was on his way home when he reportedly became involved in an altercation with a 20-year-old man.

Scott suffered massive head injuries and yesterday his wife made the painful decision to switch off her husband’s life support. ”

He was just a great dad, the kind every kid wants,” she told News Limited. Police are investigating the incident.

3. Kevin Rudd has declared his support for same-sex marriage. “I have come to the conclusion that church and state can have different positions and practices on the question of same sex marriage. I believe the secular Australian state should be able to recognise same sex marriage,” he wrote in a blog post for CLEO magazine.

4. While being interviewed on the Kyle and Jackie O show this morning, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was pressed on whether he will ever change his mind about same sex marriage. Here’s what he said today:

Tony Abbott: Well look, people are entitled to change their mind, Kevin certainly changed his mind in a spectacular way, I have to say Jackie, I know this will disappoint you and some of your listeners… I haven’t changed my mind, I know it’s a difficult issue, I respect people that don’t share my traditional position on this, but each of us comes to this decision in a unique and personal way.


Jackie O: I thought you had changed your position on gay marriage, there was a point there you said you  understand it because someone in your family was gay, I thought that meant that you were in support of it?

Tony Abbott: My sister Chris, councillor Christine Forster Sydney City Council, is gay and certainly that whole coming out process was a very testing time for her and for our family…it forces all of us to confront various things in our hearts and good on Chris for her courage in all of this.

Now Chris three or four years ago wasn’t a supporter of gay marriage and now she is, and she and I have polite, respectful, and vigorous discussions on the subject…thus far she hasn’t been able to persuade me and I suspect I will be pretty hard to shift.

5. South Australia has placed a ban on live-odds being shown during sports games and sports coverage. Explaining the move, Premier Jay Weatherill said he didn’t want children to grow up thinking  “gambling is a normal part of watching or even playing sport”.

6. A Muslim man who was charged with rioting and resisting arrest during protests in Sydney last year has refused to stand trial before a female judge. Mohammed Issai Issaka said doing so would go against his religious beliefs.

Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge said: “You can tell me where it is in his religion that it says he cannot stand…. I was a magistrate at Bankstown Court for four years and I have never had to deal with such disrespect.”


7. A couple from the US were accidentally sent to the wrong continent because of a stuff up with the airport code on their tickets. The couple were hoping to end up in Dakar, Senegal (airport code DKR) but accidentally ended up in Dhaka, Bangeledesh (airport code DAC).

The couple realised the mistake had been made after a changeover in Istanbul when the map of the Turkish Airways plane’s progress showed them heading over the Middle East and not Africa. “When the flight attendant said we were heading to Dhaka, we believed that this was how you pronounced ‘Dakar’ with a Turkish accent,” Sandy Valdiviseo said.

26-year-old David Karp

8. Yahoo! has bought the social media site Tumblr for the price of $1.1 billion. The deal will make Tumblr’s creator, 26-year-old David Karp, seriously rich. Karp started the site from his mother’s apartment in the New York in 2007 and it now has more than 100 million users.

9. An indigenous elder who represents more than 8000 Yolngu people has criticised a plan by the Northern Territory Government to put neglected Indigenous children up for adoption.

Djiniyini Gondarra wrote a letter which reads: “We vehemently oppose your proposed policy to take away our children and give them up for adoption… We already live under such heavy control, with no respect. This will paralyse our people.” The plan has previously been mocked by opponents who say it will recreate the Stolen Generation.

10. There has been a push to ban children from riding quad bikes in Victoria. Eleven children round Australia have died as a result of quad bike injuries since 2008 – including a three-year-old who was crushed to death a few weeks ago. Organisations such as the Royal Children’s Hospital, Ambulance Victoria and KidSafe say only people over the age of 16 should be allowed to ride the bikes.

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