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World

Manhattan apartment block's door for poor

ROSA PRINCE 2:56pm An apartment block with a separate "poor door" for low-income residents has been given approval in New York.

Books

JK Rowling plans more crime thrillers

British writer JK Rowling loves the freedom of the crime genre.

2:53pm Author JK Rowling has revealed plans to pen many more crime thrillers and create a series that will run for longer than her seven Harry Potter books.

Retail

Expanding Kogan eyes sport market with Fortis brand

Online entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan.

SIMON EVANS 2:45pm Online electronics retailer Kogan, owned by entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan, is expanding into the $3 billion sporting goods market with a new brand called Fortis

Domain

Apartment for the week: Foote Street, Brighton

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2:31pm nce empty nesters were invented, Brighton discovered apartments - the large, lovely and lock-up-and-leave variety within walking distance of shops, cinemas and beach are now popping up all around the...

WA News

WA struggles to find new corruption chief

Colin Barnett

2:22pm The West Australian government is having difficulty securing a new head of the corruption watchdog and will likely broaden the criteria for the role.

ACT News

Canberra schools remove all Rolf Harris art

Rolf Harris unveiling his painting Triptych 88 at the Erindale Centre in 1988.

EMMA KELLY 2:21pm Students at some Canberra schools have returned from holidays to find walls purged of all Rolf Harris artworks.

Business

Coles keen to join the financial services club

Keen to break into financial services: Signing up with the Financial Services Council would give Coles crucial information about trends in the industry.

ELI GREENBLAT 2:19pm Coles is considering becoming a member of the powerful Financial Services Council, giving it a seat at the table among the nation’s leading wealth managers just as the supermarket giant gathers...

Victoria

Transport Department staff funnelled public money to their children, IBAC hearing told

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ADAM CAREY 2:15pm Transport Department staff were alerted as early as 2010 that project officers in the department were awarding lucrative contract work to companies run by their own children, but took no action,...

Comment & Analysis

BHP pumps up the volume result but B team still a drag

For the big miners, it's a volume game.

ELIZABETH KNIGHT 2:14pm BHP Billiton has underscored its credentials in the race among major miners to increase export volumes.

Movies

One Direction plan blockbuster concert movie release

Harry Styles

PATRICK BEGLEY 2:08pm 1D will only be in two dimensions for their second film effort but they have set the bar high, planning the world's largest "event cinema" release.

Business

Mirvac's plans to develop 477 Collins Street move a step closer

Mirvac this week lodged the development application for 477 Collins Street with architectural firm Grimshaw.

CAROLYN CUMMINS 2:07pm Mirvac Group has cleared another round of regulations and lodged the development application for its 477 Collins Street, Melbourne project, estimated to be worth between $500 million to $600 million...

Books

Kristina Olsson wins Kibble Literary Award for Boy, Lost

Kristina Olsson and Melissa Lucashenko in 2013.

SUSAN WYNDHAM 2:00pm Brisbane author Kristina Olsson is a deserving winner of the Kibble Literary Award for women’s life writing, awarded to her family memoir, Boy, Lost, a heartbreaking but finely controlled...

WA News

Jailed cop Carl Casilli released on bail pending appeal

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NICOLE COX 1:59pm A corrupt WA Police detective who provided his lawyer lover with classified police information has been granted bail, pending an appeal of his sentence.

Cycling

Simon Gerrans quits Tour de France due to stage one crash injuries

Australia's Simon Gerrans has refused to apologise to Tour de France contender Andrew Talanksy after the American clipped his wheel and fell at the end of stage seven.

RUPERT GUINNESS 1:59pm BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON: Australian road champion Simon Gerrans has quit the Tour de France after more than two weeks due to lingering injuries sustained in his crash in stage one in Leeds

Commonwealth Games News

Four years ago the Diamonds were the 'heartbreak kids'

LIZ ELLIS 1:53pm If the Diamonds Delhi campaign four years ago was a movie, its title would be The Heartbreak Kids. Playing for the gold medal against their Commonwealth Games nemesis, New Zealand’s Silver...

AFL News

Nathan Buckley challenges Collingwood to show who they really are

Nathan Buckley is looking forward to the challenge of the final few weeks of the season.

PETER HANLON 1:52pm Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has challenged his stuttering team to back up the conviction that its best football is good enough to better all comers, refusing to put a ceiling on what the Magpies...

Victoria

'Forgotten baby syndrome': expert witness called in Jayde Poole baby in car death case

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MARK RUSSELL 1:51pm When Jayde Poole left her five-month-old daughter in the car on a hot day, where the infant died from heatstroke, her brain could have tricked her into believing the baby was safe and asleep in her...

Games

The four-year journey to create the emotional core of Valiant Hearts

<i>Valiant Hearts: The Great War</i> is based on genuine stories from the war.

JAMES 'DEXX' DOMINGUEZ 1:51pm Valiant Hearts is a game based on genuine personal stories from World War I, and the story of how this remarkable game came to be goes back four years.

Cycling

Richie Porte: Great to see an Aussie win, even from a rival team

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RICHIE PORTE 1:38pm What can I say? It’s always great to see an Australian win on the Tour de France, even if they are not on your team.

Video AFL Real Footy

Footy tips - Hawks or Swans? Pies or Crows?

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ROHAN CONNOLLY 1:35pm It's Footy Fix time, and Rohan Connolly gives the lowdown on the second half of Round 18.

WA News

Truck left dangling off Bunbury bridge

ANDREW ELSTERMANN 1:33pm A B-double truck was left dangling in Bunbury on Wednesday morning after crashing into the railing on the Preston River bridge on Estuary Drive.

NSW

Husband fined for spiking wife's drink with Ritalin

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SHANNON TONKIN 1:31pm Christopher Chand's scheme for a big night out left him with a furious wife and a date in court.

Video National News

Bill Clinton mourns Joep Lange

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1:29pm Speaking at the 2014 AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Bill Clinton mourns HIV researcher Joep Lange along with the other victims of Flight MH17

Basketball

Los Angeles Clippers would lose players, coach, sponsors and fans if Donald Sterling stays

Man of integrity: LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers will walk away from the team if disgraced owner Donald Sterling is not removed.

ERIC KELSEY 1:25pm The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald Sterling is still associated with the team, Richard Parsons, the franchise's interim...

About Town

WA shearing sheds inspire winning wool fashion

Cordelia Gibbs wearing her submission of trousers inspired by shearing pants and a jacket which nods to the iconic Driza-Bone.

CANDICE BARNES 1:18pm The rustic colours and harsh landscape of Western Australia’s wheatbelt proved a hit with judges at this year’s Australian Wool Fashion Awards in Tamworth.

Markets

Australia shares trade at new six-year highs, miners strong

Investors have shrugged off a mixed inflation report to send shares skyrocketing.

1:17pm Australian shares added 0.7 per cent on Wednesday, rising to fresh six-year highs after Wall Street gained on solid earnings and investors digested a mixed inflation report, but tensions in Gaza and...

Video QLD News

LNP is 'fair dinkum': Newman

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1:16pm Premier Campbell Newman reinforces his plan to "sell assets" while declaring the LNP government is "up front" about its plans. Nine News

Travel News

Virgin Australia axes Melbourne to Los Angeles services, announces daily flights to Brisbane

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JAMIE FREED 1:15pm Virgin Australia will increase flights from Brisbane to Los Angeles to a daily service and abandon its Melbourne-Los Angeles flights as rival United Airlines enters the latter route in October.

World

Ethical behaviour? Call me later, I'm tired

Sleeping habits have a link to a person's sense of right and wrong, says new research.

CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM 1:04pm Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered "yes." But new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation depends, in part, on the time of day.

Video World News

MH17 black boxes should reveal details of impact

1:04pm The flight recorders from MH17 may contain data indicating whether a missile hit the plane or exploded nearby, and if the aircraft broke apart instantly, according to an Australian accident...

AFL News

Port Adelaide's Kane Cornes to extend his AFL career

Kane Cornes breaks through another barrier.

1:01pm Veteran Kane Cornes will extend his career into a 15th AFL season after signing a fresh one-year contract with Port Adelaide.

Video BusinessDay

Mal Maiden: BHP shines

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1:00pm Business columnist Malcolm Maiden takes a look at the news in this week's business market.

Domain

Neighbourhoods: Yarraville

12:59pm Yarraville was the first suburb to experience the gentrification that has been spreading through the inner west in recent years. It’s easy to see why.

Victoria

Protesters disrupt Bill Clinton's AIDS conference speech in Melbourne

LIAM MANNIX 12:57pm Protesters carrying banners have disrupted Bill Clinton’s speech moments after he began speaking at an AIDS conference in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Queensland

Body found in fire-destroyed Runaway Bay home

A man's body has been found in this Runaway Bay home.

KRISTIAN SILVA A man’s body has been found in a Runaway Bay house three days after it was completely destroyed by fire.

World

PLO backs Hamas ceasefire demands in Gaza

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in Ramallah.

NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that will focus the minds of Egyptian-mediated truce efforts.

NSW

Former police inspector Shane Diehm tells court of binge drinking, drugs

PAUL BIBBY A former NSW police inspector has revealed how he would engage in three-day drinking binges while employed as the second in charge of a large north coast command.

Markets

Take a long lunch, leave early - you won't miss anything in the bond market

Trading in US government bonds has dropped by a quarter in the past few weeks from the comparable period last year.

LISA ABRAMOWICZ It just doesn't pay to try to be a superhero in the bond market right now. The potential gains are increasingly small on the most popular notes, such as US Treasuries

WA News

'I wish Troy Buswell would just pay up': WA Premier Colin Barnett

Former treasurer Troy Buswell

NICOLE COX Premier Colin Barnett has aired his frustration at the ongoing Troy Buswell crash saga, saying he wished the disgraced politician would just 'pay up'.

AFL News

Mark Harvey's Fremantle axing was brutal: Matthew Pavlich

Matthew Pavlich says Mark Harvey's 2011 sacking was a shock but just part of life.

Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has compared the 2011 sacking of coach Mark Harvey to Julia Gillard's overthrow of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, saying it was brutal but no different to what...

Victoria

Carl Williams wanted to kill Jason Moran with rocket launcher, inquest hears

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ADAM COOPER Underworld boss Carl Williams tried to source a rocket launcher to destroy a house where he suspected rival Jason Moran was living, an inquest has heard.

Commonwealth Games News

Great Scots throw weight behind Games

Confirmed: Rod Stewart will perform at the Opening Ceremony.

JAMES PHEBY Some of Scotland's best-loved exports, after its famed whisky, will help kick off the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, the beginning of a two-week party in Glasgow.

Video BusinessDay

Commonwealth Bank cuts fixed rates

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The Commonwealth Bank has slashed its five-year fixed mortgage rate to a new record low of 4.99 per cent but borrowers should watch out for fees. Clancy Yeates reports.

Victoria

Evicted Dog's Bar boss David Carruthers given another chance by VCAT

St Kilda's Dog's Bar.

CLAY LUCAS The Dog's Bar in St Kilda, a well-known local landmark in the suburb, has been closed and the man who has run it for over a decade has been locked out - until this afternoon at least.

ACT News

Pop-up village to bring life to Lake Burley Griffin

An artists' impression of a new vibrant precinct on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

TOM MCILROY Bars, shops and cafes are headed to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Victoria

Epping man charged over alleged 1987 abduction, rape involving toddler

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RANIA SPOONER A man has been charged over an alleged abduction and two sexual assaults in Springvale nearly 30 years ago involving a young woman and a toddler.

Travel News

MH17, Elmo and Sophie Monk: What Qantas travellers are interested in

Sophie Monk

JAMIE FREED Passengers can now watch news content on large screen at Qantas domestic business lounges and Qantas Club lounges in all capital cities.

Video Federal Politics

Has the Productivity Comission got it right?

Liberal Senator Scott Ryan joins the show to talk childcare, Joe Hockey's biography, and asylum seekers.

Music

Earth harp creator William Close lands record deal with 300-metre string instrument

PATRICK BEGLEY String player William Close is one musician who likes to think big. Very big.

World

MH17 crash 'punishment' for Malaysia Airlines offering alcohol, flight attendants' dress: Islamic party

Part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, in a field in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.

LINDSAY MURDOCH The youth leader of a Malaysian opposition party has claimed the MH17 tragedy was God punishing Malaysia Airlines for serving alcohol on its flights and its “indecent” dress code.

World

UN vote 'transformed' atmosphere in Ukraine: Bishop

Pivotal moment: Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin votes to support the UN Security Council's resolution demanding unfettered access to the MH17 crash site.

NICK O'MALLEY The atmosphere around the crash site of MH17 changed almost the moment the UN Security Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling for rebels to cede control of the site and release...

Victoria

Soccer player who hid cocaine in moon boot has appeal bid dismissed

The moon boot that hid about $1m of cocaine.

MARK RUSSELL AND STEVE BUTCHER A former professional soccer player who used a moon boot to smuggle $1 million worth of cocaine into Australia has lost his bid to overturn his conviction.

Commonwealth Games News

England squad hit by big-name withdrawals

Sprinter Dwain Chambers has pulled out of England's squad.

Dwain Chambers has withdrawn from England's men's sprint relay squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Video QLD News

Nemo blended in Greenpeace ad

A Greenpeace advertisement where Nemo is in a blender, saying the Great Barrier Reef is in danger if the Abbot Point coal terminal is expanded.

Actor Richard Roxburgh voices a new Greenpeace ad which says Nemo's fate is in the blender if an Abbot Point coal port expansion goes ahead.

Queensland

Campbell Newman stays on message after apology

Premier Campbell Newman refuses to be drawn on what he describes as

AMY REMEIKIS As week three of the government's attempt to rebrand and repackage itself ahead of the 2015 election continues, Premier Campbell Newman has remained stubbornly on-message, refusing to be baited on...

Video Federal Politics

Inflation is up... but don't worry

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The headline inflation figure doesn't tell the whole story says economics editor Peter Martin.

Music

Billy Joel to receive Gershwin Prize from Library of Congress

Billy Joel performing at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne in2006.

NEELY TUCKER Billy Joel, the regular guy from Long Island who insists he's not a very good piano player, will be next recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S.

Commonwealth Games News

Shooting champion withdrawn from Glasgow Games after jacket goes missing

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Commonwealth Games shooting gold medalist Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim has been left devastated after being ruled out of competing in Glasgow because her competition jacket was lost en route to...

Comment & Analysis

Great Wall of debt: China set to overtake US

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AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD The China-US sorpasso is looming. I do not mean the much-exaggerated moment when China’s GDP will overtake America's GDP – which may not happen in the lifetime of anybody reading this...

Video National News

LIVE: Bill Clinton at AIDS 2014

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Live coverage from 12.10pm: former US President Bill Clinton delivers a key address to the International AIDS conference in Melbourne

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New York 'surrender' mystery

White banners appear overnight on New York's Brooklyn Bridge, replacing American Stars and Stripes on one the city's most heavily secured landmarks.