Last Updated: January 29, 2015

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3:10PM (AEST)

Man arrested over Victorian hit-run

A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested over a hit-run accident that claimed a teenager's life in Melbourne. Read more

3:05PM (AEST)

Abbott fails Qld leadership test: Shorten

LABOR leader Bill Shorten says the prime minister's absence at the Queensland campaign does not remove the impact of federal issues on the state. Read more

3:03PM (AEST)

West Gate truck project expands: Andrews

THE Victorian government has denied a cost blow-out in its $500 million plan to get trucks off the West Gate Bridge. Read more

2:39PM (AEST)

Greens slam LNP Qld casino plan

AS Queensland election day edges closer, the Greens have taken the Newman government to task over plans for three more casinos in the state. Read more

2:39PM (AEST)

NSW teenager dies from crash injuries

THE teenaged daughter of a woman killed in a car crash in northern NSW has died in hospital. Read more

2:23PM (AEST)

WA's severe thunderstorm warning cancelled

A SPECTACULAR thunderstorm in Perth has ended a 61-day dry spell, but the forecast is brighter for the remainder of Thursday. Read more

1:56PM (AEST)

Queensland worst for mortgage defaults

THE suburb of Kingston, south of Brisbane, is the worst in the country for mortgage delinquencies. Read more

1:55PM (AEST)

NZ Reserve Bank keeps rates on hold

NZ Reserve Bank says the official cash rate will stay at 3.5 per cent "for some time" with governor Graeme Wheeler softening his stance on hikes. Read more

1:54PM (AEST)

Auckland drives housing affordability drop

AUCKLAND'S levels of housing affordability is set to hit levels not seen since the global financial crisis, according to a new report. Read more

1:27PM (AEST)

Tributes flow for murdered family

THREE members of a family who moved from Australia to South Africa last year have been found murdered in their home. Read more

1:21PM (AEST)

Oil Search flags spending cuts

ENERGY giant Oil Search has flagged cutbacks in expenditure only hours after crude oil prices hit a new six-year low. Read more

1:14PM (AEST)

Qld Labor unveils law-and-order plan

QLD Labor has proposed a high-level taskforce to review the state's controversial anti-bikie laws but says they would remain in place until its completion. Read more

1:06PM (AEST)

Heat, dry to linger in most of Aust: BOM

MOST of Australia will remain drier and warmer than normal well into autumn, the Bureau of Meteorology's latest seasonal climate forecast says. Read more

1:05PM (AEST)

Slip-ups always possible: Shorten on GST

BILL Shorten says Annastacia Palaszczuk's failure to name the GST rate is not as embarrassing as Tony Abbott's absence from the election campaign. Read more

12:37PM (AEST)

Police bugging 'used in faction fight'

SENIOR police targeted rivals for promotion in a secretive bugging operation, a journalist has told an inquiry. Read more

11:59AM (AEST)

Cyclist holds up Vic bottle shop

A MAN used a fake gun to hold up a Victorian liquor store before escaping on a bicycle. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

NZ posts first Dec trade deficit in 4yrs

NZ has posted a trade deficit in December but it would have been in surplus had it not been for aircraft imports. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

AOFM sells $500m of Treasury notes

THE Australian government has sold $500 million of Treasury notes that mature on April 24, 2015. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

Ad company fined after staff work for free

AN advertising company, and its director, have been fined $100,000 and must repay short-changed workers almost $60,000. Read more

11:44AM (AEST)

Fortescue shares soar on lower costs

FORTESCUE shares have jumped after the miner revealed it was cutting costs sharply following the fall in iron ore prices. Read more

11:36AM (AEST)

Newman rejects Ashgrove reality

QUEENSLAND'S premier is struggling to grapple with the reality that he could lose his own seat within days. Read more

11:16AM (AEST)

Perth motorcyclist dies after hit-and-run

WA Police are searching for the driver of a white or silver sedan, possibly with front bumper damage, after a fatal hit-and-run in Ellenbrook. Read more

11:08AM (AEST)

Orica's ensuring it's resilient

ORICA says it has the flexibility to consider capital management initiatives in 2015. Read more

10:57AM (AEST)

Heartburn could be sign of cancer

HAVING heartburn most days for three weeks or more could signal oesophageal or stomach cancer, a British campaign warns. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

Qld cop attacked by dog during arrest

THREE people have been charged after a Queensland police officer was allegedly assaulted during a violent arrest at a property south of Brisbane. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

Fiat Chrysler profits fall, outlook bright

CHRYSLER Automobile's fourth quarter profits are down but all regions are in the black and CEO Sergio Marchionne says the company's turned the corner. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

Ice link in horror Victorian smash

POLICE are investigating whether ice was involved in a crash that killed four men in northern Victoria. Read more

10:06AM (AEST)

What the credit downgrade to 'junk' means

WHY has Standard & Poor's downgraded Russia credit rating and what does it mean for the country's economy hit by sanctions and a falling rouble? Read more

9:39AM (AEST)

Pharmaceutical firm Amgen tops 4Q forecast

AMGEN, the world's biggest biotech drugmaker by revenue, has seen a 27 per cent jump in 4Q profit, exceeding Wall Street expectations. Read more

9:39AM (AEST)

Briscoe Group lifts fourth quarter sales

SALES for the operator of the Briscoes, Rebel Sports, and Living & Giving chains rise by almost 3 per cent in the final quarter. Read more

9:39AM (AEST)

Quiet Aus cyclone season but be ready: BOM

AUSTRALIA'S current cyclone season has been one of the quietest in 50 years, but there's no reason for complacency, the Bureau of Meteorology warns. Read more

9:19AM (AEST)

Woodside in gas dispute with China

WOODSIDE Petroleum and its partners in the NW Gas Shelf reportedly have been accused of withholding shipments from China to lift the price of a contract. Read more

9:10AM (AEST)

Westpac sells Pacific islands operations

WESTPAC will sell its operations in five Pacific island nations to the Bank of the South Pacific for $125 million. Read more

9:10AM (AEST)

NY economy lost $US200M from fizzled storm

THE predicted massive snowstorm may have proved a fizzer, but the shutdown caused a $200 million hit for the New York City's businesses. Read more

9:01AM (AEST)

Facts about the RBA's inflation target

THE RBA won't be reacting in a knee-jerk fashion to a below target inflation rate. Read more

8:47AM (AEST)

NZ dollar drops to four-year low

AFTER Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler hinted that the official cash rate may be cut in the future the NZ dollar falls to an almost four-year low. Read more

8:45AM (AEST)

Comparing US Federal Reserve's rates views

THE FOMC drops the reference to waiting a "considerable time" before any interest rate rise. How does this differ from its earlier stated stance? Read more

8:27AM (AEST)

NZ online job ads grow by 20,000 in 2014

AN extra 20,000 new jobs were advertised on Seek NZ in 2014 compared to 2013 with Southland leading the way regionally. Read more

8:22AM (AEST)

Jihadist group claims Libya hotel attack

AN attack on a Tripoli hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans, has been claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group. Read more

8:10AM (AEST)

Gold falls on FOMC statement

GOLD falls half of one per cent after the Federal Reserve indicates that rates won't rise until at least mid-year. Read more

8:10AM (AEST)

Copper lifts ahead of FOMC statement

COPPER lifts one per cent ahead of the FOMC statement, while other LME base metals close the session mixed. Read more

8:10AM (AEST)

Microsoft tanks 10pct, on growth downgrade

MICROSOFT beat analysts' expectations but Wall Street remains concerned,. Here's why. Read more

4:36AM (AEST)

US civil rights protesters vindicated

THE convictions of nine black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter in South Carolina in 1961 have been tossed out. Read more

3:18AM (AEST)

Wild kangaroos in Austria? At least one.

AN escaped kangaroo in Austria is defying capture and giving the lie to the popular T-shirt slogan "No kangaroos in Austria". Read more

1:52AM (AEST)

Tory MPs to oppose plain packaging in UK

UP to 100 Tory MPs will reportedly vote again British government plans to follow Australia's lead and introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Read more

Yesterday

11:05PM (AEST)

Glitter sobs in court over child porn case

GARY Glitter has broken down in court in London while apologising to fans for being in possession of child pornography images. Read more

11:03PM (AEST)

Perth family flees fire for fourth time

ONE of two suspicious bushfires in Perth's southern suburbs has been contained and brought under control. Read more

10:07PM (AEST)

Man on run after NSW police station escape

POLICE are searching for a man who escaped a police station on the NSW north coast. Read more

9:57PM (AEST)

N Korea's Kim Jong-un to visit Russia

NORTH Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un may make his first foreign trip to Moscow for a World War II 70th anniversary event in May. Read more

9:33PM (AEST)

UK's elderly enjoying active sex lives

A STUDY in the UK has found more than half of men and almost a third of women aged over 70 say they are still sexually active. Read more

9:25PM (AEST)

SA CFS volunteers protest changes

SOUTH Australia's CFS volunteers have rallied against changes to management structure of emergency services. Read more

9:10PM (AEST)

Painful start to school for NSW boy

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy has spent his first day back at school in hospital after sitting on a pencil and injuring his buttock. Read more

8:42PM (AEST)

Vic man dead in Bali a business speaker

WARREN Borsje, who was reportedly found dead in a hotel bed in Indonesia, was a motivational business speaker who had travelled the world. Read more

7:46PM (AEST)

Vic smash driver comforted as he died

POLICE are investigating the cause of a crash that killed four men in central Victoria. Read more

7:15PM (AEST)

Labor to announce Qld campaign costings

LABOR will announce its campaign costings on Thursday, just two days before Queenslanders head to the polls. Read more

6:51PM (AEST)

Australians in next executions: Indonesia

AUSTRALIANS Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are among the death row prisoners that Indonesia plans to execute next. Read more

5:55PM (AEST)

Teen 'hysterical' after alleged park rape

A TEENAGER who was allegedly raped in Sydney's Hyde Park was "hysterical" when later found by a friend outside a train station, a court has heard. Read more

5:46PM (AEST)

Shorten visits soldiers in Iraq

BILL Shorten says he's humbled to see the Anzac tradition continuing after visiting Australian troops in Iraq. Read more

5:29PM (AEST)

Newman sticks to election script

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman sticks to his well-worn script of promising a strong economic plan. Read more

5:27PM (AEST)

Newman promises to continue light rail

THE Queensland Premier says a re-elected Liberal National Party will support the second stage of the Gold Coast light rail project. Read more

5:19PM (AEST)

Aussies to pay less for insurance in 2015

INSURANCE premiums are expected to fall as a slowing economy hits the profitability of insurers, while insurers will have to fighter harder for customers. Read more

5:13PM (AEST)

Vic factory occupation workers vow to stay

DANDENONG factory workers who have occupied a lunch room for more than a day are vowing to stay until a fair and amicable outcome is reached. Read more

5:06PM (AEST)

Cops ignored warning before death: court

REPORTS of a man driving by the home of his ex-girlfriend on the night he killed her were ignored by police, a court has heard. Read more

5:05PM (AEST)

NSW pilot's love of flying ends in tragedy

PILOT Robert Greig, who died in a crash in the NSW Illawarra region, has been remembered for his love of flying. Read more

4:58PM (AEST)

'No smoking gun' for rate cut in CPI data

BORROWERS shouldn't expect a rate cut from the Reserve Bank just yet, economists say, despite cheap fuel dragging inflation to near three year lows. Read more

4:44PM (AEST)

Inflation slows on petrol price drop

INFLATION is at its lowest in nearly three years, but that doesn't mean the Reserve Bank will be quick to announce interest rate cuts. Read more

4:43PM (AEST)

Gaga-Bennett among duets for Grammy show

AUSSIE rockers AC/DC will be among the performers at the 57th annual Grammy Awards to be held February 8 in Los Angeles. Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

AGL under scrutiny after chemicals found

COAL seam gas extraction must be done safely, says NSW Premier Mike Baird, after dangerous chemicals were detected at a gas field. Read more

4:16PM (AEST)

Bradken shares dive as takeover falls over

TUMBLING oil and iron ore prices have scrapped a takeover bid for engineering firm Bradken, wiping more than 30 per cent from its share price. Read more

4:14PM (AEST)

We won't adulterate uni reforms: Pyne

CHRISTOPHER Pyne is appealing to Labor and the crossbench in a renewed pitch to pass the government's university funding reforms. Read more

3:05PM (AEST)

FMA, NZX sign MOU for market oversight

NEW Zealand's two financial market reglators have agreed on how to work on areas of overlap to avoid duplication and surprises. Read more

2:38PM (AEST)

China's yuan joins top 5 global currencies

THE Chinese yuan has reportedly joined the top five most-used global currencies, overtaking the Aussie and Canadian dollars. Read more

2:05PM (AEST)

Falling $A dents consumer confidence

A LOWER Australian dollar might be good for the economy but consumers are seeing it as bad news. Read more

1:14PM (AEST)

New York, weathermen defend storm shutdown

AUTHORITIES and meteorologists are defending their decision to shut down New York after the expected monster snowstorm turned out to be a fizzer. Read more

1:06PM (AEST)

Snapchat to feature big media brands

SNAPCHAT will show content from big media brands such as CNN in a bid to boost its popularity. Read more

12:59PM (AEST)

Vic driver ignores red light, hits teens

A TEENAGE boy is fighting for his life and a girl is seriously injured as police hunt a Melbourne hit-and-run driver. Read more

12:56PM (AEST)

Facebook denies hack attack after outage

FACEBOOK says the outage that affected it and its photo-sharing site Instagram wasn't caused by hackers despite a tweet by the group Lizard Squad. Read more

12:07PM (AEST)

Entrepreneurs heading for Antarctica

MORE than 100 Australian entrepreneurs are heading to Antarctica for the delayed start of a major think tank designed to drive innovation. Read more

11:52AM (AEST)

Man charged over bomb chemicals

A 27-YEAR-OLD man will face court Toowoomba after chemicals commonly used to make explosives were found in a suburban home. Read more

10:14AM (AEST)

Fight with IS and you'll die, says Robert

ASSISTANT Defence Minister Stuart Robert says there's a simple message for those who head off to fight with Islamic State: you'll die. Read more

9:55AM (AEST)

Palaszczuk cartoon disappointing: Newman

PREMIER Campbell Newman has distanced himself from a crude cartoon of Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk. Read more

9:51AM (AEST)

Vic homeless missing out on help

ALMOST 100 homeless Victorians are being turned away from agencies set up to help them every day, according to a report. Read more

9:51AM (AEST)

NZ's FMA looks into VMob disclosures

NZ'S FMA is looking into whether NZAX-listed VMob disclosed everything it should have when selling shares to raise capital via a placement. Read more

9:51AM (AEST)

Work-life balance tops for job seekers

JOB seekers have prioritised work-life balance over pay, in a survey by recruitment specialists, Hudson. Read more

9:25AM (AEST)

3M tops net income rises 7%

POST-IT notes and Scotch tape maker 3M reports a seven per cent rise in fourth quarter profit and increased sales in all units. Read more

9:23AM (AEST)

Vic hot air balloon crashes

A HOT air balloon carrying 10 people has brushed powerlines after crashing in Melbourne. Read more

9:23AM (AEST)

Oz Minerals launches strategic review

OZ Minerals has launched a strategic review of its operations after beating its 2014 production guidance for both gold and copper Read more

9:23AM (AEST)

Eurozone seeksr dialogue after Syriza win

FEARS are easing that the left-wing anti-austerity party Syriza will push a hard line leading to Greece's exit from the Eurozone. Read more

9:23AM (AEST)

Aurizon reaffirms rail volume guidance

AURIZON says it is on track to meet its full year rail volumes guidance despite a weak December quarter. Read more

8:51AM (AEST)

Housing market picked up last week

THE housing market picked up last week, with rises in all mainland state capitals and overall gains so far in 2015 matching the same weeks in 2014. Read more

8:50AM (AEST)

Inflation tipped to outpace pay rises

FULL-TIME professionals are expected to be lumped with sluggish pay rises in 2015 unless they are accountants in Brisbane or IT experts in Melbourne. Read more

8:32AM (AEST)

World News Update, what you need to know

WORLD News Update, what you need to know Read more

8:32AM (AEST)

SES gets 600 calls for storm help in NSW

THE state's emergency service has received almost 600 calls from storm-affected residents across NSW in the past 24 hours. Read more

8:30AM (AEST)

Rain expected to ease in NSW

WET conditions are expected to continue on the NSW coast where flooding has hit, but the rain is expected to ease by the weekend. Read more

7:47AM (AEST)

Gold lifts as stocks, $US falls

GOLD futures prices have lifted one per cent after stocks fell following disappointing US earnings reports and weaker economic data. Read more

7:47AM (AEST)

Sam Smith confirms Petty and Lynne credit

SAM Smith has given Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne co-writing credits on his hit single Stay With Me because of similarities with I Won't Back Down. Read more

7:47AM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Wednesday

STOCKS of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

NZ dollar rises after weak US data

WEAK US durable goods data from the US helps the NZ dollar push higher against the greenback ahead of the Fed Reserve's interest rate decision. Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

Snakes date back 167 million years

NEWLY found fossils of four snakes dating back to the early reign of the dinosaurs have raised questions about the creatures' presumed past. Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

Most LME base metals close lower

BASE metals falls, with copper losing 2.8 per cent to near five-and-a-half lows, after US durable goods data disappoint. Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

Melbourne woman snaps photo of burglar

A WOMAN has snapped a photo of a man who broke into her Melbourne home and walked her to a nearby ATM demanding money. Read more

6:18AM (AEST)

Labor accuses LNP of caretaker breach

LABOR says the Newman government has been preparing the state's assets for sale by scrapping the Local Industry Policy after the election was called. Read more

6:18AM (AEST)

Murder charge laid for December attack

A MAN has been charged with murder after another man, who was found stabbed and with a broken skull, arm and shoulder in December, died in hospital. Read more

6:18AM (AEST)

Orders for US durable goods fall 3.4%

ORDERS for long-lasting manufactured goods in the US fell 3.4 per cent in December, the biggest drop in four months. Read more

6:18AM (AEST)

Yarrabah people demand indigenous policies

RESIDENTS in the indigenous community of Yarrabah, Queensland, have vented frustrations to LNP, Labor and PUP candidates at an election debate. Read more

6:18AM (AEST)

New NSW bail laws take effect

A REVISED test to judge whether serious offenders can be granted bail has come into effect in NSW. Read more

6:18AM (AEST)

Credit card rate a mystery to many

MANY credit card holders have no idea what interest rate they pay when using the plastic, a survey has found. Read more

4:22AM (AEST)

Aust woman acquitted of child abduction

A JUDGE in Canada has sided with a woman accused of attempting to flee a troubled marriage and secretly fly back to Australia with her son. Read more

3:15AM (AEST)

Lawyer urges Bali Nine execution appeal

THE lawyer for Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan is determined to make a last-ditch appeal of their death sentences. Read more

3:15AM (AEST)

Fidel Castro backs Cuba-US talks

CUBA'S revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has backed restoring ties with the US, but says he still doesn't trust his forfmer political foes. Read more

Home school claims dismissed

Home school claims dismissed

DEPUTY Premier James Merlino has refuted claims thousands of children being illegally home schooled in Victoria.

Rhiann makes dad proud

Rhiann makes dad proud

RHIANN O’Donnell has been a fixture around the Mildura West Cricket Club since an early age.

Sustainability a key to NAB lending

Sustainability a key to NAB lending

NATIONAL Australia Bank will place more emphasis on sustainable business practices when lending money to farmers.

Hands-free without a hitch

Hands-free without a hitch

JOHN Deere’s fully automated three-point linkage connection system has earned it a SIMA Innovation Award.

Twins all fired up

 Twin sisters Sally and Kerry Reiners 22yrs have been abseling out of hovering helicopters as part of DSE rappellers training...

GROWING up on a farm in Corryong, twins Kerryanne and Sally Reiners lived a girl’s own adventure.