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Gabby Petito family awarded $3M in wrongful-death lawsuit



The family of Gabby Petito have been awarded $3 million following the murder that captured the world’s attention

Gabby Petito’s family have been awarded $3 million in the wrongful-death lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s estate in Florida.

It was the case of what seemed to be a beautiful couple, travelling around the U.S. on the trip of a lifetime.

That quickly spiralled into a nationwide and social media frenzy for the missing 22-year-old.

It was a murder mystery unfolding before millions of eyes.

Now, Gabby Petito’s family have been awarded $3 million lawsuit against her late fiancé and murderer, Brian Laundrie.

“The Petito family lost their daughter, and they were also denied the opportunity to confront her killer.

No amount of money is sufficient to compensate the Petito family for the loss of their daughter, Gabby, at the hands of Brian Laundrie.

Brian did not have $3 million; it’s an arbitrary number. Whatever monies they do receive will help Gabby’s family in their endeavors with the Gabby Petito Foundation.”

Patrick Reilly, attorney for Petito’s parents- statement to cnn

Petito went missing in Wyoming, following concerns about a domestic dispute between the couple.

Laundrie returned home from the trip alone at the beginning of September, and disappearing shortly after.

It lead to a nationwide search for Petito, fuelling citizen journalists to become obsessed with solving the disappearance of the bubbly travel blogger.

Petito’s body was later found in Wyoming, and the coroner ruled strangulation as her cause of death.

Laundrie’s body was later found in a nature reserve near his home in Sarasota County where it was confirmed he died by suicide.

A notebook was found at the scene of his body, where he appeared to confess to Petito’s murder.

This case sparked widespread concern because every aspect of the travel blogging couple’s relationship was so attainable to the social media world.

At one point, the pair were pulled over by police over concerns of a domestic dispute. An altercation captured by body-cam footage just days before Petito’s death.

Her family claims police failed to notice signs of domestic abuse against their daughter, and failed to protect her.

Advocating for change

The Petito family will use the $3m towards the Gabby Petito Foundation, which advocates for victims of domestic violence.

“Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt wish to turn their personal tragedy into a positive. It is their hope that Gabby’s foundation will bring these important issues into the forefront of the public eye to the benefit of all our communities.”

Patrick Reilly, attorney for Petito’s parents- statement to cnn
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Nude Britney Spears post sparks concern among fans



A nude Britney Spears post has many fans concerned about her wellbeing

Pop sensation Britney Spears is no stranger to a controversial social media post, where she openly flaunts her body.

However, her latest post to Instagram has many of her beloved followers concerned.

The 40-year-old posted an explicit photo of herself in a near-empty bathtub, with a flower emoji the only thing between the world and her private parts.

It was paired with an unusual captions that read, “I like to suck!!! Never professional pics … sucking comes easy for me!!! Keep clapping bitch!!!”

The icon has 41 million followers on the social media app, many of whom were quick to share their concerns.

Some are suggesting Spears’ account is being controlled by someone else, attempting to make her look bad.

While others backed the pop stars post, supporting her desire to be open with her body image because she struggled during her younger years in the spotlight.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat



A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.


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Australia lowers its terrorism threat level for the first time in nearly a decade



Australia’s national terrorism threat level has been lowered but ASIO has warned an attack could still happen

Australia’s national terrorism threat level has been lowered from ‘probable’ to ‘possible’.

However, ASIO has warned a deadly attack could still occur on Australian soil in the next 12 months.

“A decision of this nature is not taken lightly or made casually,” said Mike Burgess, who is the Director General of ASIO.

It is the first time the warning has been lowered since 2014 when radicalised foreign fighters begun travelling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organisations.

Burgess said the threat of terrorism has not been eradicated, and Australia remains a target for terrorist organisations—even within the next 12 months.

“We keep the terrorism threat level under constant review. There can be no set and forget in security intelligence,” he said.

How common is terrorism in Australia?

There have been 11 terrorist attacks on Australian soil since 2014. In addition, 21 plots have been detected and disrupted.

“Thankfully, there have been no attacks or major disruptions this year,” Burgess said.

However, ASIO remains on alert for violent extremists despite “fewer” operating with the intention to conduct an onshore attack.

“Ideologically motivated violent extremism—particularly nationalist and racist violent extremism—remains a threat and its adherents will continue to engage in offensive behaviours.”


ASIO maintains these extremists are likely to focus their attention on recruitment and radicalisation, rather than attacking.

Authorities believe the most likely terrorist attack to occur in Australia will see a lone actor using a basic weapon, like a knife or vehicle.

These attacks can be difficult to detect ahead of time and can occur with little or no warning entirely.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he has confidence in the nation’s security agencies.

“I won’t second-guess them and I won’t comment on their behalf,” he said.

Mr Albanese’s government has led the repatriation effort of Australian women and children linked to ISIS from Syria.

The women and children were assessed by ASIO before they arrived in Australia. The decision to lower the terrorism threat level also considered the unfolding situation.

ASIO said foreign fighters may return from the Middle Eastern conflict zone and could bring “dangerous ideologies and capabilities with them”.

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