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City commuters hit by closures on both Joondalup and Mandurah train lines

Staff writers 12:04 AM   City commuters had their Thursday afternoon plans thrown into disarray when technical issues shut down both the Joondalup and Mandurah lines during peak hour.

Bushfire near Two Rocks under control

A text message read in court said the woman used "metho and newspaper" to light the fire.

Heather McNeill 9:13 PM   A bushfire near Two Rocks in Perth's north is under control with authorities downgrading the blaze from a watch and act alert to an advice on Thursday afternoon.

WA death in custody inquest: Doctor's 'incredible shock'

Ms Dhu died two days after she was locked up at South Hedland Police Station in Western Australia in August 2014.

9:05 PM   A doctor has told an inquest she has been plagued by the death of an Aboriginal woman in custody and wondered whether she could have done something differently.

Alcoa worker death: Tributes flow for 'gentle giant' Benjamin White

Benjamin White died on Wednesday after falling at Alcoa's Kwinana Refinery.

Heather McNeill 8:05 PM   Tributes have begun to flow for a New Zealand father who fell to his death on Wednesday while working at Alcoa's Kwinana Refinery.

Adam Simpson extends West Coast Eagles coaching contract

Adam Simpson has extended his coaching contract with the West Coast Eagles.

Heather McNeill 6:57 PM   Adam Simpson will remain as head coach at the West Coast Eagles for at least another three years after the football club announced an extension to his contract on Thursday.

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'Not homeless': Perth's 'blue collar' nomads living in their cars

How's this for a veranda?

Tom de Souza 6:48 PM   Living in one's car is often regarded as a final step towards homelessness but for a growing number of Perth people it's also a lifestyle choice. 

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WA death in custody inquest: No racism at WA hospital, says medic

Ms Dhu died two days after she was locked up at South Hedland Police Station in Western Australia in August 2014.

6:33 PM   A senior medical officer has rejected claims of institutionalised racism at the hospital where an Aboriginal woman in custody died.

Employment expert leads push for more indigenous police in WA

The finalists for this year's WA police awards have been announced.

6:10 PM   The proportion of Aboriginal people in the West Australian police force should reflect the size of the state's indigenous community, an employment expert says.

Patients put at risk: Fiona Stanley Hospital report

Fiona Stanley Hospital has posed problem after problem for the government after opening in October 2014.

Emma Young 6:05 PM   The committee tasked with finding out whether failings at Fiona Stanley Hospital were 'teething' or systemic problems has found patients have been put at risk.

Wet, hot West Australian summer on the horizon

More rain and hot weather is on the way for Western Australia.

Kristie Lim 5:53 PM   Western Australia is in for a wet, hot summer with rainfall and temperatures are set to rise in December.

Health Minister Kim Hames apologises for 'tossing' motion in Parliament

Rob Johnson does the tossing motion.

5:52 PM   The West Australian opposition is outraged the health minister made an obscene gesture in parliament during discussion about problems at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

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WA man dies after car collision with kangaroo near Paraburdoo

Police have been at Sophia Street in Burpengary since about 11.15am.

Heather McNeill 5:47 PM   A man died after the car he was driving collided with a kangaroo in WA's North West.

Docker Nat Fyfe helps locals repair bridge in Maldives

Nat Fyfe helping locals in the Maldives to repair a bridge.

Heather McNeill 5:27 PM   The Brownlow medalist can now add tropical island bridge repairer to his long list of achievements.

Bathroom trasher says viral video has 'destroyed her life'

Perth lawyer John Hammond says no legal action should be taken against woman who filmed "girls gone wild" video.

Heather McNeill and Jon Solmundson 4:09 PM   The woman at the centre of the infamous Botanica Bar and Bistro video says she's now living a nightmare after footage of her and a group of friends trashing a pub bathroom went viral on Tuesday.

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Peter Katsambanis to challenge Rob Johnson's blue-ribbon Hillarys seat

Rob Johnson.

Emma Young 3:44 PM   Disgruntled former cabinet minister and still-serving Hillarys MP Rob Johnson has accused Premier Colin Barnett of trying to push him out of his blue-ribbon seat after Upper House MP Peter Katsambanis threw his hat in the ring.

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Low-fat lie one big diet cover-up

Studies now show that sugars are worse for our health than saturated fats.

Dr Joe Kosterich 3:43 PM   You might expect that major recommendations about health and diet (like the low fat diet) would be rigorously tested and assessed before being promoted to the public.

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Botanica girls gone wild have 'fat chance' to sue, prominent Perth lawyer say

Perth lawyer John Hammond says no legal action should be taken against woman who filmed "girls gone wild" video.

Brendan Foster 3:27 PM   Prominent Perth lawyer John Hammond said the girls embroiled in the infamous Botanica Bar and Bistro video wouldn't have a leg to stand on if they tried to sue the woman who filmed them.

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Workers killed in East Perth: Tributes flow for two Northern Irish men

Gerry Bradley, from Coleraine in Northern Ireland, was one of two men killed in a workplace accident in Perth.

Brendan Foster 3:26 PM   Family and friends have paid heartbreaking tributes to the two Northern Irish men killed at a construction site in East Perth.

Kimberley cops remove Facebook post bragging of 'granny' pot bust

Halls Creek cops faced heat on social media over a post celebrating a marijuana bust

Jon Solmundson 2:25 PM   Kimberley police have pulled down a Facebook post boasting of a 50-gram cannabis bust on a 57-year-old woman in Halls Creek, after a heated online backlash.

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WA Police quizzed on strip search scandal

Karl O'Callaghan said 'we don't always get it right'.

11:25 AM   ​Body scanners will be the most significant way to prevent incidents like a 2013 East Perth watch house strip search that left a woman with a broken finger, WA Police say.

WA death in custody inquest: Ms Dhu's condition 'rare, often misdiagnosed'

Ms Dhu died two days after she was locked up at South Hedland Police Station in Western Australia in August 2014.

11:16 AM   Medical staff failed to give good care to an Aboriginal woman who died in custody, but the doctors and nurses involved are not bad at their jobs, a West Australian inquest has heard.

Press Council Adjudication

3:01 AM   The Press Council has upheld a complaint by Peter Burke of Handle Property Group.

WA couples abandoning church weddings, getting married older

More WA couples are turning to civil celebrants to officiate their weddings.

Heather McNeill   The 2014 figures, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, showed church weddings made up about 20 per cent of Perth weddings compared to more than half of Australian weddings in the mid-90s.

Medical errors before Ms Dhu's death

Ms Dhu died two days after she was locked up at South Hedland Police Station in Western Australia in August 2014.

An Aboriginal woman who died in custody after days of pain could have survived had she been given antibiotics, a West Australian inquest has heard.

Mobile solution to PayPass thefts?


Jon Solmundson   PayPass theft leaves 'a trail a mile wide', but police don't have the resources to follow up each individual case, according to a WA cybercrime expert.

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Senator Chris Back dons firefighter uniform in Esperance tribute

WA Senator Chris Back in Parliament.

West Australian Senator Chris Back has donned his old firefighter uniform to pay tribute to the victims of the Esperance bushfires and those who fought the deadly fires.

'Alarm bells' before infant fatally bashed


A teenage ward of the state who fatally bashed his premature baby son 'too damaged' to be helped by government agencies: WA parliamentary committee.

Kwinana Alcoa worker dies after falling 10 metres

The Kwinana desalination plant in the foreground with Alcoa Refinery at the rear.

Heather McNeill   A worker at Alcoa's Kwinana Refinery has died after falling 10 metres from scaffolding on Wednesday afternoon.

Outbreak: Australia's worst fruit pest breaches WA border

Although only 8mm in length, the Queensland fruit fly is one of Australia's most economically damaging pests.

Emma Young   The state government has confirmed its discovery of an outbreak in Perth's Alfred Cove of Queensland fruit fly, ending WA's time as one of only three states able to declare itself free from Australia's most damaging fruit pest.

Right-wing group that wanted Hitler in classrooms to launch political party

United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell has taken to Facebook to express his views on women and Jews.

Brendan Foster   A right-wing anti-Islam group that has previously stated every school in Australia should have a picture of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and every school kid a copy of his manifesto 'Mein Kempf' is planning to launch its own political party in Perth.

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