Thursday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Pregnant teen “accidentally shot dead” her boyfriend in front of their toddler in failed YouTube stunt.

A 19-year-old pregnant woman has been arrested in relation to the death of her boyfriend, who was allegedly shot and killed during a YouTube stunt gone wrong, the Star Tribune reports.

Monalisa Perez – a mother of one who is also expecting her second child, a boy – was charged with second-degree manslaughter after she allegedly shot her 22-year-old boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III in their northern Minnesota home on Monday night.

In the stunt – which was performed in front of the couple’s three-year-old daughter – Pedro held a thick, hardcover encyclopaedia against his chest as Monalisa allegedly pulled the trigger on a .50-caliber pistol while just 30cm away.

The plan was for the book to protect Pedro from the bullet.

The pistol used is described as “one of the world’s most powerful semiautomatic handguns” and the bullet went through the book, piercing Pedro’s chest and allegedly causing his death.

The incident was allegedly caught on two different cameras, but police say they are not releasing any footage at this time.

An aunt told WDAY-TV that Pedro had told her about his plans for the dangerous stunt.

“He had told me about that idea, and I said, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?'” she said.

“[He replied] ‘Because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.'”

Monalisa is due to appear in court later today.

2. A 16-year-old girl is among three dead after a light plane crash in South Australia.


Three people – a pilot, a mother and her 16-year-old daughter have been killed in a light plane crash near Mt Gambier Airport, the second fatal crash in South Australia in less than two months.

The single-engined SOCATA TB-10 Tobago aircraft came down in a paddock on Wednesday morning, about three kilometres south of the Mt Gambier airport, AAP reports.

The 78-year-old pilot from Mt Barker in Adelaide and both passengers, a 43-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl from Mt Gambier, were killed on impact, with the front of the plane extensively damaged.

Reports said the plane was on an Angel Flight, which are used to help country people access specialist medical treatment. It’s believed the mother and her daughter were being transported to Adelaide for medical care.

Four Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators have been sent to the scene and are expected to begin their inquiries on Thursday.

“While on site the team will be examining the site and wreckage, gathering any recorded data and interviewing any witnesses,” the ATSB said in a statement.

The crash occurred as fog blanketed the Mt Gambier area, with the plane’s flight schedule indicating it was travelling from the regional centre to Adelaide.

3. Christopher Pyne has apologised for his ‘divisive’ comments on same-sex marriage.


Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne has apologised for remarks which have widened the rift between moderates and conservatives in the Turnbull Government, AAP reports.

Mr Pyne caused a stir after boasting of the supremacy of his moderate Liberal faction on the sidelines of a party meeting in Sydney last Friday.

He also suggested the legalisation of same-sex marriage could occur “sooner than everyone thinks” and revealed he had voted for Mr Turnbull at “every” leadership ballot he ran for despite being in Mr Abbott’s leadership circle.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday Mr Pyne’s speech, which was leaked to the media, was “remarkably ill-advised and indiscreet” and could not have come at a worse time for the government.

“I can understand why some of my colleagues might be saying his position as Leader of the House is difficult to maintain but this is a matter for the prime minister,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Pyne responded on Wednesday night, saying he was sorry his remarks had caused such a distraction.

“I apologise to anyone they have offended. My remarks were ill chosen and unwise and I can see how unhelpful and damaging they have been,” the South Australian MP said in a statement.

Mr Abbott has breathed new life into conservative forces, questioning the government’s climate policy and commitment to economic reform and urging the party to stick to its same-sex marriage plebiscite policy.

On Thursday he will deliver a speech questioning a multi-billion-dollar submarine contract with French firm Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, and urging a Plan B based on nuclear-powered subs.

“I think I have a role as a standard bearer for Liberal conservative values here and in the wider world,” Mr Abbott told radio 2GB.

Mr Turnbull, who hails from the moderate faction, sought on Wednesday to declared himself a champion of conservative issues.


“There is nothing more conservative than ensuring you have affordable and reliable electricity,” he said at the Snowy Hydro plant at Cooma.

Mr Pyne said in his statement the Liberal Party had long been “the crucible of both liberal and conservative thought and values”.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said differences should be kept inside the party room, rather than aired publicly.

4. A serial conwoman who posed as 13-year-old sex trafficking victim could face up to 10 years jail.

A serial conwoman who posed as a 13-year-old Sydney foster child received nearly $20,000 worth of services from the NSW government and charities before she was found out, a court has heard.

Samantha Azzopardi has previously duped authorities in Ireland and Canada into thinking she was a child sex abuse and trafficking victim, forcing them to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars investigating her claims.

The 28-year-old was arrested at the beginning of June after she repeated that same story while pretending to be a 13-year-old Sydney high school student named Harper Hart.

Azzopardi pleaded guilty to four fraud offences earlier this month after she was given an iPad, phone and Opal card from the not-for-profit Burdekin House, an ambulance transfer paid for by Good Shepard Australia, and medication from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, AAP reports.

Hornsby Local Court on Wednesday heard the cost of her lies to Burdekin House totalled more than $10,200. That included case management services.


The department spent about $6700 on medication while Azzopardi’s charges also cover $1440 worth of counselling from a state government victim services group.

She appeared via video link on Wednesday and kept her head down the entire time, quietly answering “yes” when magistrate Daniel Reiss asked if she understood the outcome of the hearing.

Azzopardi, who did not apply for bail, is due to be sentenced on July 19 when the court will consider a psychiatric assessment.

The 28-year-old faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail, according to court documents outlining police arguments for denying her initial bail.

The document cites her “extensive history of providing false documentation, obtaining passports in false names and assuming identities of other persons” in Queensland, Western Australia, Ireland and Canada.

Irish authorities were dumbfounded in 2013 when Azzopardi was found wandering the streets of Dublin and tricked them into thinking she was a trafficking victim from eastern Europe by drawing pictures apparently showing a woman being raped.

The following year she was charged with public mischief after walking into a clinic in Calgary, Canada, and repeating a similar story.

5. The creator of the much-loved character Paddington Bear has died at 91.

Michael Bond, the creator of children’s literary character Paddington Bear, has died aged 91 following a short illness, publisher HarperCollins says. Bond died at home in the UK on Tuesday.

Born in Newbury in 1926, Bond began his career at the BBC. He was inspired to create Paddington after seeing a teddy bear in a shop window on his way home from work in 1956.


First appearing in the 1958 story “A Bear called Paddington”, the character was named after the London railway station where he was found, having arrived from “deepest, darkest Peru” according to Bond’s famous description.

The bear was wearing a tag around his neck that read “Please look after this bear”.

He has been enjoyed by generations of children, with more than 35 million books sold, the publisher said.

HarperCollins CEO Charlie Redmayne said: “Michael Bond was one of the great children’s writers and at HarperCollins we are immensely fortunate to have published him and to have known him.”

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, said the duffel-coated, Wellington boot-wearing bear “touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations”, AAP reports.

Bond wrote 150 books, with 25 additional books about the bear loves marmalade following his first effort.

A film based on the character was released in 2014 to critical and commercial success.

Tributes have started pouring in for Bond following the news of his death.

Stephen Fry tweeted: “So sorry to hear that Michael Bond has departed. He was as kindly, dignified, charming & lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us.”

Comedian and TV star David Walliams wrote: “I had the great pleasure of spending time with #MichaelBond A dazzling wit & perfect gentleman.

“On meeting him I realised he was #Paddington.”

6. Calling all yogis: We have some good news, and some pretty darn bad news.


Yoga can help relieve those aches and pains but it can also lead to an injury, researchers warn.

A University of Sydney found yoga caused musculoskeletal pain – mostly in the arms – in more than 10 per cent of participants.

Yoga also exacerbated 21 per cent of existing injuries.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Evangelos Pappas says the risk of pain caused by yoga is higher than previously reported.

“Yoga may be a bit more dangerous than previously thought,” Prof Pappas told AAP.

“Our study found that the incidence of pain caused by yoga is more than 10 per cent per year, which is comparable to the injury rate of all sports injuries combined among the physically active population,” he said.

The prospective study assessed more than 350 people who attended yoga classes at two studios in New York.

Participants, mostly women with an average age of 45, were asked to complete a questionnaire at recruitment and again after one year.
Most of the “new” pain (13.3 per cent) reported was either in the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand.

Prof Pappas, who himself is a yoga instructor, says this makes sense because the upper limbs were not designed to support a lot of weight.

“And in yoga you actually you have a lot of these inversions, the downward dogs, that put lots of weight on the upper extremities,” he said.

The good news, however two-thirds, or 74 per cent, did report yoga improved pain in the lower back and the neck.

The findings are published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Given yoga’s popularity and perceived safety, it’s important that participants treat it like any other exercise, says Prof Pappas.

“These findings can be useful for clinicians and individuals to compare the risks of yoga to other exercise enabling them to make informed decisions about which types of activity are best,” said Prof Pappas.

It’s recommended that yoga participants discuss any pre-existing pain, especially in the upper limbs, with yoga teachers and a physiotherapist to explore posture modifications.

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