Morning Shot: @cyclicalobscura/InstagramBeachwatch:The big southerly swell is already clearing out the sand in the southern corners and setting up the banks for winter.Strong sweeps and a early low tide making a difficult paddle out for the experienced surfers.Swell is coming in from the South at 2 to 3m. Winds strong South easing during the afternoon.Southern facing breaks to handle the conditions best off Nobbys,Merewether and Dudley.Stockton and Blacksmiths offering some protection.Fingal up at Port Stephens.Take care if going for a swim and more than likely dangerous surf signs up at patrolled beaches.Best to swim at Ocean Bathes. Water temp 18C. –Dave Anderson
Weather:Shower or two in Newcastle and Nelson Bay, possible shower in Wallsend and Toronto (all 18 degrees). Possible shower in Raymond Terrace (17 degrees).
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Hunter headlinesA WOMAN has escaped a sinking car to swim to the shore after careering off the Swansea Bridge. Read more.
A late night Malaysia Airlines flight was turned back to Melbourne Airport shortly after take-off following a security incident involving a “disruptive” and “threatening” passenger who tried to enter the plane’s cockpit while carrying an unidentified black object, according to the airline and local police. Read more.
PHOTOS Humpback whales are now migrating through the waters of Port Stephens. Read more.
HUNTER engineering company Varley has expressed renewed business confidence after reaping rewards from a lucrative federal government contract for the F35-A Joint Strike Fighter program. Read more.
THE University of Newcastle will shed 30 jobs as it seeks to “future-proof” itself in the face of industry change and ongoing budget pressures. Read more.
A SECRETtaskforce set up by the Turnbull government to tacklefirefighting foam contaminationwill not be having any meetings.Nor will it be reporting to thepublic on its activities, dealing with the legacy of toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl[PFAS]chemicalsat dozens of sites across the country. Read more.
The steadying influence on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service after being part of its inception in 1975, CliffMarsh announced on Wednesday that he was standing down as chairman after 25 years at the helm. Read more.
NEWCASTLE Knights did an extra wrestling sessions this week to prepare but Nathan Brown insists there is nothing illegal about the Storm’s ruck tactics. Read more.
State of Origin: Round oneNewSouth Wales hasgone one-up in the 2017 State Of Origin series with a dominant display in the opening match of the series at Suncorp Stadium. Read all about it.
Scenes from Game 1 at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Getty Images
State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
►CRESCENT HEAD:Nearly 300 surfers took to the waves at Crescent Head over the last week for the annual Malibu Classic surfing competition. Full story.
Back in: Surfers return to the water after a shark sighting caused a temporary cessation of proceedings on Friday. Photo: Callum McGregor.
►BURRADOO:A Burradoo home sustained significant damage after a fire broke out on May 31. Full story.
►NEWCASTLE:Two experienced Filipino crewman who died aboard a foreign-flagged ship in within a six-week period met with “foul play”, a Coroner has ruled.
The chief cook,CesarLlanto, 42, disappeared overboard from the giant coal carrier MV Sage Sagittarius on August 30, 2012 as it approached Australian waters in the Coral Sea en route to Newcastle. Full story.
Sage Sagittarius: The coal ship at the centre of an inquest into mysterious deaths on board. Picture: David Tease
►TASMANIA:A missing persons case in Tasmania’s south has become a murder investigation.Full story.
Dwayne Robert Davies, 47, of Risdon Vale.
►MELBOURNE:A late night Malaysia Airlines flight was turned back to Melbourne Airport shortly after take-off following a security incident involving a “disruptive” and “threatening” passenger who tried to enter the plane’s cockpit while carrying an unidentified black object, according to the airline and local police. Full story.
Security personnel board flight MH128 after it returned to Melbourne. Photo: Andrew Leoncelli
► SYDNEY:For almost a decade Mark and Faye Leveson have searched tirelessly for their son.
They have armed themselves with shovels and spent hours digging at possible burial sites, lobbied for a $250,000 reward in Matthew Leveson’s case and come face to face with the man once charged with killing him. Full story.
The parents of Matthew Leveson, Mark Leveson (left) and Faye Leveson (right) at the site where the search continues for the burial place of their son Matthew Leveson in the Royal National Park at Waterfall, NSW. 31st May, 2017. Photo: Kate Geraghty
►CANBERRA:A male Labor politician has been forced to apologise for demanding to know whether Foreign Minister Julie Bishop ordered flowers and other decorations at an event because she is a woman. Full story.
►VICTORIA:Researchers undertaking a landmark study on the platypus are warning of significant population declines and localised extinctions across areas of South Australia and Victoria. Full story.
►National weather radar:World news:►BANGKOK:A new video has emerged of Myanmar soldiers kicking, beating and threatening to kill six ethnic villagers as they were handcuffed on the ground.
The footage posted on Facebook also shows a soldier holding a machete to a villager’s throat. Full story.
►BAGHDAD:An Australian schoolgirl was one of more than a dozen people killed when a massive car bomb tore througha popular ice-cream parlourin the Iraqi capital Baghdad this week. Full story.
►EAST TIMOR:East Timor’s prime minister has asked a Dili court not send two journalists to jail in a controversial defamation case he brought against them that was condemned by human rights and press freedom organisations. Full story.
►WASHINGTON:As the high-powered congressional probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election gather steam, who is in power and who is out has become key to the response of those connected to US President Donald Trump now and during his campaign. Full story.
On this day1968Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” hits #1.
1969Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV.
1970″Everything Is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens hits #1.
1970Soyuz 9 launched into Earth orbit for 18 days.
1970Tigers Al Kaline collides with another player & swallows his tongue.
1979Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill.
19801st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA: IMOGEN-FAITH MALFITANOWollongong’s CBD is now abuzz with hairspary, sequins and stacatto notes for the 123rdWollongong Eisteddfod –the second oldest in the country.
Opera singer Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 24, from West Wollongong was one of the first competitors, listed in five different categories over the weekend. Read on.
STARS IN HER EYES: Opera singer Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 24, from Wollongong has been entering the Wollongong Eisteddfod since she was 8 and competing again this weekend. Picture: Sylvia Liber