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While you were sleeping: the biggest overnight news 12/1/17

By Steph N January 12, 2017

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Donald Trump questions the effectiveness of vaccinations

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The latest news regarding president-elect Trump is that he is allegedly making plans to place vaccination sceptic, Robert F Kennedy Jr as head of a “commission on vaccination safety”. 

While it has been reported that decisions have not yet been finalised, it is believed that the pair discussed resurrecting studies into whether vaccinations cause autism – a concerning thought for medical professionals. 

Kennedy commented on the move, stating that they felt there was a need to question the studies that have conclusively proven that there is no link between vaccinations and autism: 

“We ought to be debating the science,” he said, according to CBS News

Trump too has voiced his beliefs on vaccines in the past on Twitter.

However, scientists have hit back saying this delayed approach to vaccination puts children in danger of contracting diseases. 

Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia told CBS:

“It is concerning. You have as a president-elect a science denialist."

This genius of a quokka has escaped Rottnest Island on a garbage barge

Quokka

It is believed that the cute little guy somehow managed to make his way onto the boat and hitched a ride to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale, WA. Apparently, here he was spotted by an employee who mistook him for a big rat. 

At present, there is a search party looking for the curious quokka, so if you have any information contact the DPaW Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles shares adorable snap of his five-week-old twins

This is far too cute. 

Supernatural star Jensen Ackles became a father to babies number two and three five weeks ago, and yesterday he shared a photo of himself with wife Danneel, three-year-old daughter Justice Jay and five-week-old twins  Zeppelin Bram and Arrow Rhodes. 

#family #happy2017 #spnfamily

A photo posted by Jensen Ackles (@jensenackles) on

Sweet!

ICYMI 

We've caught the first glimpse of reality star Lauren Conrad’s baby bump. She shared the photo to her website LaurenConrad.com and Instagram with the caption, "Oh hello, cutest baby bump ever." 

More here.

Word of the day:

Peccadillo: A very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.

Example: The mischievous quokka’s peccadillo has all of Rottnest Island in a state. 

Images: Getty, Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Instagram / @quokkahub

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