'Split in half': Four killed in 'horror' crash

Alana Schetzer, Nick Toscano, Marissa Calligeros, Rania Spooner 8:52 PM   Four young men have died when their car became airborne, ploughed into a tree and was severed in two on the Northern Highway, north of Melbourne.

Latest Victoria news

Northland Shopping Centre evacuated

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Alana Schetzer 3:59 PM   Northland Shopping Centre has been evacuated because of an unnamed incident .

Cockroach-infested Red Emperor pleads guilty to food violations, fines total $18,000

Inside the Red Emperor in Southbank.

Steve Butcher 3:27 PM   The operators of the Red Emperor in Southbank have pleaded guilty to multiple charges after it was found last year infested with cockroaches, mouse droppings and fruit flies.

Crash victims' relatives find wallet in wreckage

Nick Mongta's auntie Pamela Reade (left) and cousin Tarah Reade leave a floral tribute at the scene of the crash.

Rania Spooner 3:11 PM   The crash site where Echuca father Nick Mongta and his three mates lost their lives on Wednesday was reduced to scattered fragments by the time his aunt and cousin arrived today to lay a bouquet.

'He just run away': hit-run victim's mother wonders why driver didn't stop

Jasmine Vuong is in a critical condition.

Marissa Calligeros, Nino Bucci 3:01 PM   Police have arrested a 33-year-old Hillside man over a hit-and-run incident in Delahey which has left one teen dead and another fighting for her life.

Police search for missing Ballarat man and granddaughter

Police are looking for Tim Lane.

Larissa Ham 2:15 PM   Police are seeking information from the public to help locate a missing Ballarat man and his 15 month-old granddaughter.

Seventeen coffins stolen in warehouse break-in

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Tom Cowie 1:56 PM   Two men broke into a Braybrook warehouse, making off with a morbid haul worth about $34,000.

Crucifix 'raping machine' used to assault kidnap victims on converted bus, court told

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Mark Russell 1:46 PM   A truck driver who abducted and sexually abused three women had built a "raping machine" in a bus he had converted into a home, a court has heard.

Heat, dry to linger in most of Australia until the autumn, bureau says

Coonamble farmer Neil Kennedy on his drought hit "Kuma" station property late last year.

1:23 PM   Warmer and drier weather is expected well into autumn across most of Australia.

Dupas excused from Downes inquest

Kathleen Downes, who was killed at her nursing home in 1997.

Adam Cooper 1:02 PM   Serial killer Peter Dupas has been excused from giving evidence about the murder of a 95-year-old woman, and his lawyer has raised doubts he will ever get a fair trial even if charged.

Promised subsidies, free breakfasts for needy students 'next school year': Daniel Andrews

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Henrietta Cook 12:51 PM   Needy students are set to receive subsidies for school camps and free breakfasts, uniforms and glasses in time for next school year, the Premier says.

Way up on high, the Nylex clock ticks again

Mystery surrounds the clocking on of the Nylex clock.

Tom Cowie 12:07 PM   Vandals are believed to be behind the mysterious revival of the Nylex clock after more than six years in the darkness.

Car fire slows traffic on Eastlink near Monash Freeway

Tom Cowie 11:52 AM   A car fire has closed two inbound lanes on Eastlink near the Monash Freeway exit. 

Nurse appalled after commuters fail to help distressed teenager at Caulfield train station

Jenny Szymanski is appalled that fellow commuters heckled - or ignored - a distressed teenager threatening to jump in front of a train.

Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano 10:50 AM   A woman who helped talk down a teenager who was being taunted as he threatened to jump in front of a train approaching a suburban station is appalled dozens of commuters failed to intervene.

'Merciless' hit-run driver will be caught, police say

The scene of the hit and run.

Marissa Calligeros 9:48 AM   Police hunting a driver who killed one teenager and left another critically injured in a callous hit and run say it is only a matter of time before their vehicle is identified.

Melbourne Express Live: Thursday January 29, 2015

Tom Cowie 9:00 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Police probe ice link in horror Pyalong crash

The wreckage of the Holden Commodore at Pyalong.

Marissa Calligeros 8:26 AM   Police are investigating whether the dangerous drug ice contributed to the horror smash on the Northern Highway that claimed the lives of four young men on Wednesday morning.

Australian historian wins $100,000 literary prize

Alan Atkinson has won the Victorian Prize for Literature.

Jason Steger 7:52 PM   Alan Atkinson has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for the final volume of The Europeans in Australia

One teen dead, another fights for life, after Delahey hit and run

The scene of the hit and run.

Nick Toscano and Marissa Calligeros 7:48 PM   A teenager is dead and his friend is fighting for life after a hit-and-run at a pedestrian crossing in Melbourne's north-west.

Melbourne man charged with murder of Wodonga baby

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Nick Toscano 7:13 PM   A Melbourne man has been charged with the murder of a baby girl in Wodonga in the state's north-east in 2004.

New private college aims for international students

Benjamin Preiss and Henrietta Cook 6:19 PM   A private training provider has turned its attention to international high school students, opening a new "secondary college" in Melbourne's CBD.

Scallops the prize from a peaceful bay

Andrew diving for scallops in Port Phillip Bay near Rye.

Miki Perkins 6:13 PM   Slowly, slowly the circadian rhythms of the city have returned. And so too the peace of Port Phillip Bay near Rye.

Man bailed after admitting to importing banned food products from South Korea

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Steve Butcher 5:06 PM   A Victorian man who helped import banned food products from South Korea after outbreaks there of foot and mouth disease and "bird flu" admitted he offended because "everyone else was doing it".

Naked City Files: the Manchester Unity jewellery heist

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John Silvester 4:45 PM   Three people died when Alex Tsakmakis raided the eighth floor of Melbourne's Manchester Unity building in early 1978.

Former Victorian rail official hit with more child sex charges

Bob Whitehead has been accused of 32 offences.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   A former Victorian railways official and prominent historian has been charged with 12 further child sex offences.

Cyclist dies after collision with car

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Tom Cowie and Alana Schetzer   A cyclist has died after being hit by a car in Malvern on Wednesday morning.

Death by poisoning suicide, not murder, coroner rules

Anthony Mooney and his second wife, Elizabeth.

Mark Russell   A coroner has found a man who died from acute strychnine poisoning had not been murdered by his ex-wife or stepson, but had taken his own life.

Court hears serial killer Peter Dupas told fellow inmate he murdered elderly woman

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Adam Cooper   Serial killer Peter Dupas spoke to a cell mate about murdering a 95-year-old woman, according to the former lawyer whose testimony helped convict him of another killing.

Melbourne Express Live: Wednesday January 28, 2015

Tom Cowie   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Intruder forced woman to go to ATM

An image of a man police wish to speak to in relation to a home intrusion.

Marissa Calligeros   A woman has been confronted by an intruder at her Melbourne home who marched her to an ATM and tried to force her to withdraw money.

Opinion

Left out in the cold by a state reluctant to invest

Homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of the growing failure of governments.

The lesson my children have taught me

We are in the second week of a family holiday; at the start of last year we decided to buy a holiday home at Philip Island. 

Religious education has its place - but not instruction

The promise from Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is both welcome and timely.

Public health the loser in fast-food bunfight

I had so much optimism for the new Labor state government. I believed it held great promise ...

Time to abandon our failed drug policies

Drug prohibition isn't working, and the new state government could do worse than look to Portugal for some fresh ideas.