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Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott talks in 2013. Photo: Daniel Munoz-Pool / Getty Images

Australia’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is investigating the breach of hundreds of top secret cabinet documents, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. It’s one of the biggest breaches of cabinet security in Australian history.

How the breach occurred: The files were locked in filing cabinets that were sold at an ex-government furniture sale in Canberra.

The documents reveal details about Scott Morrison’s decisions as immigration minister, Tony Abbott’s work on the “razor gang,” and Kevin Rudd being warned about “critical risks” of a home insulation scheme.

The ABC reports that its move to publish the files from the breach has been criticized as an affront to the interests of Australia.

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An appeals court on Thursday ruled that Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Why it matters: The ruling, which comes just five days before the election, blocks the state's plan to count absentee ballots arriving late so long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3 and delivered within a week of the election. Now those ballots must be set aside and marked late.