NSW woman who killed new boyfriend with carving knife on suspicion he killed her cat jailed for 12 years

A NSW woman who suspected her new boyfriend had killed her cat has been jailed for at least 12 years for fatally stabbing him in the back with a large carving knife.

Rachel Impson, 42, was found guilty in April of murdering Michael "Mick" Insley one night in October 2014 on an isolated and dark island in the Lake Illawarra region, after he turned up outside her tent, uninvited and without notice.

In jailing her in the NSW Supreme Court today, Justice Michael Walton found there had been "a degree of provocation" by Mr Insley towards Impson, who was in a "heightened emotional state", not only due to the death of her cat Angel but also because of her mental health disorders.

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Super Typhoon Mangkhut retains ferocious strength, changes path toward more populated area of Philippines

Super Typhoon Mangkhut has retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation is underway.

More than 4 million people are at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center categorizes as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane.

Forecaster Chris Perez says the typhoon was initially expected to hit the northern tip of Cagayan province but it's now likely to make landfall farther south. He says the shift won't cause much difference because of the typhoon's massive size.

After the Philippines, the Hong Kong Observatory predicts it will plow into the Chinese mainland with sustained winds of 175 kilometres per hour.

Filipino forecaster Meno Mendoza illustrates the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, locally named "Typhoon Ompong" as it approaches the Philippines with sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (127 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 255 kph (158 mph), at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Philippine officials say they plan to evacuate thousands of villagers, shut down schools and offices and scramble to harvest rice and corn as the most powerful typhoon so far this year menacingly roars toward the country's north. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Typhoon Mangkhut. Source: Associated Press


Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon defeated in race to be New York's first female governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party's nomination for a third term in US.

Mr Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the matchup, and polls suggested he held a commanding lead before today's primary.

The longtime political activist and former "Sex and the City" star thanked her supporters Thursday at a primary night party in Brooklyn. She says the "blue wave is real" and is coming for Republicans and "Democrats who act like them."

Ms Nixon says her campaign reflects an insurgent movement of liberals challenging establishment incumbents.

Seven Sharp sat down with Nixon, known to many as Miranda Hobbes. Source: Seven Sharp

She noted that while many people dismissed her challenge, Mr Cuomo took her seriously, as evidenced by the millions he spent on his campaign.

Mr Cuomo's campaign dismissed her as inexperienced and touted the governor's work to push back against President Donald Trump.

His victory comes despite several missteps, including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon's support for Jewish people. Ms Nixon has two Jewish children and called the attack "sleazy."

Mr Cuomo will face Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in November's general election.

FILE - In this combination of file photos, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left, speaks during a Democratic primary debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Aug. 29, 2018, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in New York on July 18, 2018. Democratic primary voters in New York on Thursday, Sept. 13 will settle the primary battle between two-term Cuomo and liberal challenger Nixon. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday Pool, and Evan Agostini/Invision, File)
Governor Andrew Cuomo defeats activist and actress Cynthia Nixon. Source: Associated Press

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Watch as fishermen brave rough sea and heavy winds off Virginia coast to retrieve large net

The southern edge of the Chesapeake Bay began to churn as Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas.

But the rough surf and heavy winds failed to stop six fisherman from practicing a very old style of fishing in Virginia Beach.

Known as haul seine fishing, the men worked for hours trying to retrieve a large net that was strung hundreds of feet in the shallow water along the bay's edge.

They motored a jon boat into the heavy surf to try to raise an anchor weighing down one end of the net. When that didn't work, they swam out to the anchor, dragging along a heavy rope.

Each time they attached a line to pull out the anchor, the rope snapped.

"It's like swimming with your legs tied, it weighs you down so much," said one of the men who swam out to the anchor.


The imminent arrival of Hurricane Florence didn’t stop the group practicing their old style of catching a feed – haul seine fishing Source: Associated Press


One dead, 10 injured after Boston gas explosions leaves neighbourhoods looking like 'Armageddon' hit

A series of gas explosions an official described as "Armageddon" killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston today, forcing entire neighbourhoods to evacuate.

Authorities said Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead there in the evening.

Massachusetts State Police urged all residents with homes serviced by Columbia Gas in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to evacuate, snarling traffic and causing widespread confusion as residents and local officials struggled to understand what was happening.

"It looked like Armageddon, it really did," Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield told reporters. "There were billows of smoke coming from Lawrence behind me. I could see pillars of smoke in front of me from the town of Andover."

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, firefighters battle a large structure fire in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)
A police chief said there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky". Source: Associated Press

Gov. Charlie Baker said state and local authorities are investigating but that it could take days or weeks before they turn up answers.

"This is still very much an active scene," he said. "There will be plenty of time later tonight, tomorrow morning and into the next day to do some of the work around determining exactly what happened and why."

Hours after the explosions, the utility's parent company issued a brief statement saying its crews were still performing safety checks in the area.

"Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident," Indiana-based NiSource said in a statement. "The first priority for our crews at the scene is to ensure the safety of our customers and the community."

Baker previously said authorities hadn't heard directly from Columbia Gas, but later called the company's response "adequate."

By late Thursday (local time) all of the fires had been doused but many areas remained silent and dark after residents fled and after power companies cut electricity to prevent further fires.

Schools in all three communities were cancelled for tommorow, and some schools were being used as shelters for residents.

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)
Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities. Source: Associated Press

Lawrence resident Bruce Razin was among the evacuees standing outside the Colonial Heights neighbourhood near the city's high school trying to decide what to do next.

Officials had cut power in the area and the streets were pitch black, save for emergency vehicle lights. Razin said he arrived just as residents were being evacuated, and immediately saw the house two doors down was levelled from an explosion.

"I couldn't imagine if that was my house," said Razin, who purchased his home nearly two years ago. "It's total destruction. I'd be completely devastated."

With a backpack filled with personal items he had hastily grabbed, he said he'd head to his mother's home a few towns over for the night.

In Lawrence, a man whose neighbourhood was among dozens that erupted in fire says he ran into his basement to find that the room was glowing. Resident Ra Nam says he was in his yard when the smoke detector in his basement went off around 4:30pm EDT Thursday.

When he ran downstairs and saw the boiler on fire, he quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out. Minutes later, Nam said he heard a loud boom from his neighbour's house and the ground shook.

Nam said a woman and two kids had made it out of the house but the basement was on fire.

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames burn through a home in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)
Flames burn through a home in Lawrence. Source: Associated Press

Lawrence General Hospital said it was treating 10 victims, including at least one in critical condition.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency blamed the fires on gas lines that had become over-pressurised but said investigators were still examining what happened.

Columbia had announced earlier today that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighbourhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions happened.

It was not clear whether work was happening there, and a spokeswoman did not return calls.

They've left at least four people injured.


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