News at a glance: Morrison hospital warning, possible Zodiac killer breakthrough, how much Twitch streamers earn and a champion chonker
A very good evening to you all.
It's been Thursday, October 7. Here's the best of the news today.
One thing to know right now: The PM says states have had enough time to get hospitals ready for COVID-19 surges
Speaking at a press conference today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison fired the latest salvo in his spat with some states, saying they've all had plenty of time to get their hospitals ready for when Australia reopens after hitting vaccination targets.
- What's going on? Queensland and Western Australian governments have been warning all week that they need more "crisis" funds from the federal government to deal with the expected surge in COVID-19 cases
Mr Morrison said the states already dealing with outbreaks appeared to be managing the extra pressure on hospitals.
One thing you’ll be hearing about tomorrow
A group of 40 former FBI agents, National Security Agency code breakers, and professors in crime scene investigation reckon they know who the Zodiac Killer is.
They say former US airman and house painter named Gary F Poste is responsible for at least five murders attributed to the Zodiac Killer in the 1960s.
Poste died in 2018.
Mr Poste's former daughter-in-law told the San Francisco Chronicle she believed the Case Breakers had nailed the killer.
- One thing to keep in mind: The FBI gave a big "no comment" when asked about the information, so this isn't an official confirmation by any stretch.
Other news you missed
- Queensland is still playing coy about what the thresholds are for its borders to reopen with some southern states. Queensland's Chief Health Officer says she would not be comfortable reopening the state's borders until everyone aged 12 years and over has had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and she didn't think everyone had that chance yet.
We told you this morning that Twitch, the world's biggest game-streaming platform, got hacked. But data leaked out during the day shows just how much some of the biggest streamers earn. The top individual earner, Canadian Félix "XQC" Lengyel, pocketed $US8.4 million ($11.5 million) over the past year according to the data.
- Big vaccine news...and it's not about COVID-19. The World Health Organisation has recommended widespread use of the world's first malaria vaccine among children in Africa.
- Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart has been slammed by scientists after a speech she made to a Perth private school had to be edited to remove parts where she questioned climate change. The school said it did not support Ms Rinehart's views, which scientists said were "clear misinformation".
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- Shiba inu crypto currency: A joke crypto currency exploded in value after a two-word tweet from Tesla boss Elon Musk
- Abortion: A federal US judge has temporarily blocked a near-total ban on abortion in Texas (that would be the toughest such law in the United States). The law will be on hold until various court cases over its legality can be resolved
- Lucy spacecraft: NASA announced a plan to launch a new mission in October. The "Lucy" mission will take a 12-year trip to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids
- Metroid Dread: It's been more than 19 years since the last entry in this niche video game series from Nintendo, but the latest edition launches tomorrow
One more thing before you go…
Folks, I have four glorious words for you — FAT BEAR WEEK CHAMPION.
For the uninitiated, Fat Bear Week is an annual online competition where people can vote for their favourite chonky bears at Alaska's Katmai National Park as they fatten themselves up for a long winter hibernation.
And this year, 25-year-old Otis was named the champion of the chunk for the fourth time. Otis's impressive transformation from July until now won over fans and earned him the 2021 crown.
We'll see you tomorrow morning with everything you need to get your Friday started.