Burial site dug up in search for mother and newborn, cafe called out over $1 surcharge: Australia news live

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Police say a burial site found near where a mum is believed to have given birth on the side of a Sydney river was a false alarm.

Donald Trump says he will give “very serious consideration” to pardoning Julian Assange over espionage charges if he wins the US presidential election. Read more here.

It’s syndicate joy for 15 Oz Lotto players who claimed a third of the $40 million jackpot last night.

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  • More than a dozen people win Oz Lotto’s $40 million jackpot

    More than a dozen people have taken a slice of the Oz Lotto jackpot from last night as a syndicate had one of three winning tickets in the $40 million draw.

    One Sydney man took home $13.3 million and like the sole winner of the $150 million Powerball drawn last week, he has vowed to carry on working.

    The winning syndicate from Lithgow has 15 members meaning they take home just under $900,000 each. The Lott is calling on some of those players to check their tickets as they are unregistered and haven’t been identified.

    Further details will be released about the person behind the third winning ticket.

  • Burial dug up in search for mother and newborn

    Police in Sydney are continuing their search for a mother and a newborn baby after a burial site they dug up turned out to be a false alarm.

    Investigators discovered a burial site near where a placenta with an umbilical cord were found on the banks of the Cooks River and cordoned off the site. However police soon realized a cat had been buried in the ground.

    Police continue their search operations, including on the Cooks River, as they plead for the mother to come forward. “There is no judgment. They need to know we are concerned for them,” Superintendent Christine McDonald said.

    Read more here.

    Police continue to look for any trace of the mother and newborn. Source: AAP

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