While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 7 edition

Donald Trump steps outside the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Club on Nov 20, 2016
Donald Trump steps outside the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Club on Nov 20, 2016PHOTO: AFP

Trump says 'cancel order' on too expensive new Air Force One

US President-elect Donald Trump said costs for a new Air Force One – one of the most prominent symbols of the US presidency – were out of control, and urged the government to cancel a contract with Boeing for the jet.

Trump, who takes office on Jan 20, griped during his unconventional election campaign about the cost of President Barack Obama’s use of the presidential aircraft to campaign for his rival, Hillary Clinton.

It was not immediately clear what prompted his complaint about Boeing and the presidential plane, but his transition team said that he aimed to send a clear message he intends to save taxpayers’ money.

“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Trump said in a morning Twitter message.


Sheriff's deputy dies after car plunges into massive sinkhole in Texas

A Sheriff's deputy died and two other people were hurt when two vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole in San Antonio, Texas.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim on Tuesday as 69-year-old deputy Dora Linda Nishihara, who was a courthouse bailiff.

A crane was used to retrieve her car from water about 3.5m deep. Nishihara’s body was inside the vehicle.


High-jumping robot could aid in earthquakes, building collapses

An agile jumping robot that was inspired by some of the animal world's best leapers could one day help in rescue efforts after earthquakes or building collapses, US scientists said.

Known as Salto, the 26cm-tall robot can jump higher than a bullfrog and almost as high as a galago, or bush baby, a small primate found in Africa.

According to co-author Justin Yin, "Salto can jump to a height of one metre in 0.58 seconds and be immediately ready to jump again."


Football: Cristiano Ronaldo to win Ballon d'Or, claims Spanish press

Cristiano Ronaldo will be awarded this year's Ballon d'Or, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims that the Real Madrid forward will win football's top individual prize when it is announced on Dec 12.

Mundo Deportivo claims the winner has already been chosen and that Ronaldo has held off competition from long-standing rival Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez


Lady Gaga reveals battle with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of rape

Pop icon Lady Gaga has revealed an ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), part of the emotional fallout from having been raped as a teenager.

The singer-songwriter made the revelation during a television interview at a New York homeless shelter for gay and lesbian youth.

Two years ago, the singer revealed on television she had been raped at age 19, an experience that left her traumatised.