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Sinclair to buy regional Fox Sports networks for $13.6b

Media company Sinclair Broadcasting Group is buying Fox’s regional sports networks for $US9.6 billion ($13.6 billion). The Walt Disney Co agreed to sell the networks to get regulatory approval for its $US71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, which was completed in March. The 21 networks include exclusive local rights …

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Hiring surge lifts US economy – and Trump’s re-election chances

But the Democrats who are fighting to deny the Republican president a second term are beginning to acknowledge the weight of their challenge: since World War II, no incumbent president has ever lost re-election in a growing economy. Loading Even Mr Trump’s critics are forced to admit the state of …

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Wall Street climbs on boost from jobs data

“We continue to have stronger and stronger job growth, and it seems like there’s less and less inflation, which is really odd. You typically don’t see that, and basically what that signals to the market is that the Fed is on hold,” said Jamie Cox, managing partner of Harris Financial …

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The secret to sculptor Anna-Wili Highfield’s success: break the mould

It was by the time fledgling designer (and seasoned hippophile) Bianca Spender saw it. She and Highfield had met when Spender bought a tiny painting from Highfield’s graduating show at Sydney’s National Art School, her first and only sale to that point. When Highfield told Spender she had moved on …

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Mum’s the word: The great Mother’s Day reading round-up

Australian writer Andrea Goldsmith’s novel, Invented Lives (SCRIBE, $33), is set in the 1980s, when 24-year-old Galina Kogan emigrates from Russia to Australia. She arrives after a chance meeting with a young Australian artist, Andrew Morrow, with whom she develops a close friendship as she struggles with the implications of …

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Dicey Topics: Angela Bishop talks sex, politics and bodies

It’s been brought up in so many conversations, ever since everyone wore black to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. However, I still watch as Marvel’s first superhero movie with a female protagonist, Captain Marvel, gets deliberately trolled to try to bring its Rotten Tomatoes rating down. I watch the jubilation …

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Taking stock: Australian poetry in the wake of Les Murray’s death

Controversial or not, it’s difficult to ignore a voice when it looms so large. Even those writing in opposition to Murray are still, in some ways, grappling with the views he helped shepherd onto the page: that Australia’s beauty is to be found in hardworking, dusty communities far from the …

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‘Really dodgy’: Michel’s Patisserie faces investigation over expiry date outrage

A Michel’s cake featuring coloured tiles that had its expiry date extended. In one memo, franchisees were told that coloured, edible plaques with a use-by date of January 15, 2019 had been extended to July 15. “If you receive coloured plaques from this batch number that still denotes the original …

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Great leaders hard to find as those in charge pander to popularism

Not only do we frequently make poor choices, at least I do near my fridge and in public houses, a lot of the time we’d prefer others to make the decisions for us. Thinking is hard. Making decisions is even harder. This is why we employ highly trained people to …

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