Good morning Bendigo! 26.05.14

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Three bodies taken from Elliot Rodger's apartment

Police have removed three bodies from the apartment of a 22-year-old Californian man after a killing rampage that left six dead and seven in hospital.

The killer, Elliot Rodger, also died after an exchange of gunfire with police. Authorities said he apparently killed himself.

The three bodies removed from his apartment are believed to be among the six confirmed dead.

They were reported to have been stabbed, while the other three were shot elsewhere.

Sheriff Bill Brown described the mass killing as a "rapidly unfolding convoluted incident", which covers "multiple crime scenes".

Diverted hospital patients face $7 fee: doctors

Patients seeking treatment in emergency departments will be hit with the Abbott government's proposed $7 co-payment if referred to a hospital's GP clinic, doctors say.

The Napthine government has ruled out new charges, including an emergency department co-payment, for Victorians who present at emergency departments.

But Australian Medical Association Victorian branch president Tony Bartone said the proposed GP fee would slug Victorians who went to emergency departments, were deemed less critical and referred to the hospital's after-hours GP clinic.

''It has gone from a facility where patients were expecting to receive emergency treatment at no cost, and they have been directed out to a clinic where they are up for at least a $7 payment.''

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Stevie Nicks, American singer (1948-); Hank Williams Jnr, US country singer (1949-); Dean Lukin, Australian weightlifter (1960-); Lenny Kravitz, US singer (1964-); Helena Bonham Carter, UK actress (1966-); Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (1968-).

1521 - Martin Luther is banned by Edict of Worms for his religious beliefs.

1933 - Australia claims one-third of Antarctic Continent.

1964 - China rejects appeal by Britain to help halt fighting in Laos.

1969 - Apollo 10 astronauts return to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.

1997 - Australian Prime Minister John Howard makes an unexpected personal apology for the stolen generation of Aboriginal children but backs away from a formal Government apology.

2003 - The World Health Organisation reclassifies Toronto, Canada, as an area with recent local transmissions of SARS.

2004 - Israeli police arrest British journalist Peter Hounam, who interviewed Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu in 1986.

2007 - Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's long-dominant party, Fianna Fail, celebrates its sixth straight election win.

2011 - Ratko Mladic faces charges of genocide in ordering torture, rape and the slaughter of 8000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.

Q: What does a nosey pepper do? A: Gets jalapeno business! 

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