Weather: Partly cloudy in Newcastle, Nelson Bay (both 23 degrees); Raymond Terrace (24 degrees); Wallsend and Toronto (both 25 degrees).
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Beachwatch: It’s going to be another magnificent day beachside to round off the Easter break. Light winds, sunshine and a few nice waves are all on the agenda. The wind will be north-west in the morning heading south-east in the afternoon with the swell from the south-east around 1 to 1.5 metres. Most beaches will be sporting some nice glassy waves. Around town try the reef breaks at Nobbys, Flatrock, Newcastle, the Bar to Merewether stretch, Dudley and Redhead. To the south try Hams, Caves, Catho and Frazer park. At port Stephens try Samurai, One Mile and Birubi. A few tricky edges will persist so only swim in the patrolled areas if you do venture in. The water temperature is 20 degrees.
A teenage girl was killed in a shocking stabbing in 2005, but her dying words have stopped her killer's appeal.Read more.
Your Easter photos. Read more.
They share the first name but the military experiences of this Port Stephens pair currently on deployments in Iraq could not be more different. Read more.
IT’s a chocoholics dream: to live solely off confectionery. But for Largs man Mat Banisster it’s reality, after he challenged himself to eat only chocolate-based foods including bars, biscuits, cakes, ice-creams and drinks for every meal for a week. Read more.
A GROUP of Morisset High School students is set to become part of the next generation of a vital Lake Macquarie volunteer organisation. Read more.
The owners who helped establish Nelson Bay’s Hogs Breath Cafe are now in the process of winding up their company, Team Hog, with a liquidators meeting in May. Read more.
How the Hunter celebrated Easter Sunday. Read more.
KEY signing Rory Kostjasyn may be forced to retire before he has even played a game for the Newcastle Knights. Read more.
Who would want to coach the Jets? Read more.
MARK Jones says he has no regrets after he was sacked as Newcastle Jets coach on Sunday – other than being denied an opportunity to work with a stronger squad next season.Read more.
State of the nation
► Port Stephens, NSW: A fisherman has earned a story worthy of his craft off Port Stephens, in NSW, after recording what may be the area’s first human encounter with a whale shark.
Steve Currie’s Saturday fishing trip may have turned up no marlin, but spotting the juvenile herbivore gave them a magical moment – and they have the video to prove it:
► National: A look at how we spent Easter around the nation:
► South Nowra, NSW: A supermarket delivery truck was allegedly stolen and then involved in a pursuit and crash with a Highway Patrol vehicle on Saturday.
A 38-year-old man from South Nowra in NSW, allegedly threatened the truck driver in Ninevah Close, Nowra, about 3.20pm on Saturday, then drove the truck from the scene.
►South Mt Cameron, TAS: Neil Waters is not out to prove that thylacines still roam the wild in Tasmania.
As a self-confessed nature lover, Waters had been interested in Tasmanian tigers since reading a book about them in primary school.
►Ballarat, VIC: Men are more likely to be daily smokers than women in Ballarat, a new survey has revealed.
Cancer Council Victoria data released this week found 13.9 per cent of men in Victoria light up every day compared to 10.1 per cent of women.
Eye on the weather
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►Beijing: This wasn't the big one. There was no need for the US military to shoot down North Korea's anniversary salvo - the missile failed at launch.
With North Asia on high alert for a feared sixth nuclear test or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch over the weekend from Kim Jong-un's rogue state, speculation had been rife that the Trump administration would intercept a missile to show that it was prepared to take military action to finally solve the North Korea problem.
Some kind of launch by North Korea was highly anticipated as it celebrated the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder on Saturday. Along with the military parade through the capital Pyongyang, fireworks were expected.
► Lyon: “Tous les scenarios sont possibles. Tous." You can hear the frustration in the radio talk show host's voice. He and his panel have spent half an hour trying to predict the next president of France in elections that start in just over a week - or even which two candidates will make the second round run-off, of the four currently within a margin of error difference in the polls.
They've ended with a Gallic shrug. "Anything is possible."
On this day …
1397: Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II
1492: Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the "Indies"
1895: Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed ending the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1961: 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
1982: Canada adopts its constitution