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Perth family killed in axe attack in South Africa

2:27 AM   Three members of a Perth family have reportedly been murdered with an axe at their luxury South African home.

Perth family escapes fire for fourth time

Smoke from the Pinjar fire on Tuesday afternoon.

9:05 PM   Bushfires have forced the Barron family to flee their home four times this year, but that has not dampened their love for Perth's northern fringe.

Pinjar, Nowergup bushfire downgraded

Smoke from the Pinjar fire on Tuesday afternoon.

Pip Doyle 7:56 PM   Firefighters are still battling an out-of-control and unpredictable fire in the Pinjar fire plantation, with fears a predicted wind change could increase the threat to lives and homes.

Firefighters still fighting blazes in Leda and Wellard

The fire gets close to the freeway near Mundijong Road.

Brendan Foster 7:53 PM   Twin bushfires burning in Perth's south have been contained but firefighters remain wary that ember attacks could break containment lines.

Brian Robert Honeywood murdered paraplegic son


7:46 PM   A Perth man has pleaded guilty to murdering his 25-year-old paraplegic son.

'It just took off': Glen Iris bushfire burns near Bunbury

Water bombers work to control the blaze near Glen Iris.

Andrew Elstermann 6:44 PM   As residents casually watered their lawn or enjoyed a casual hit of golf on the local green, the sky grew dark as a bushfire took hold in Glen Iris.

Motorcyclist death review panel to investigate 7500 crashes in WA

The review comes after 45 motorcyclists were killed on WA roads last year – a staggering quarter of all road deaths.

Nicole Cox 5:09 PM   A state government think-tank set up to combat the high number of motorcyclist deaths in WA will investigate more than 7500 crashes in an unprecedented road safety review.

WACA pitch invader charged after Big Bash trespass

A pitch invader made his way on to the WACA pitch following the Scorchers' semi-final win in the BBL

4:57 PM   A 25-year-old man has been charged with trespass after he allegedly ran onto the WACA pitch after the Twenty20 clash and hugged players.

McGowan says it's Labor's shout on liquor license reform

Booze drenched society

Brendan Foster 4:09 PM   WA Labor leader Mark McGowan said just because a swanky pub wants to serve booze after midnight doesn't mean patrons will be "knocking back drinks round the clock".

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WA Christians in Julie Bishop protest

Christians at the sit-in at Julie Bishop's office.

4:05 PM   Eight Christian protesters have pleaded guilty to trespassing and have all been given spent convictions after staging a sit-in vigil at the Perth office of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Perth petrol prices plunge to less than $1 a litre

The low prices on Wednesday continue a downward trend over the past seven months.

Candice Barnes and Nicole Cox 2:55 PM   Bargain-hunting Perth motorists queued for cheap fuel on Wednesday morning as the price dipped below $1 a litre for the first time since 2009.

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'You'll be breaking the law': prospective Perth Uber drivers warned

Online taxi service Uber has had to try and work round WA laws the require $60 upfront fees for chartered vehicle operators

Aleisha Orr 2:14 PM   Potential drivers for controversial taxi service Uber were warned by transport officials they would be "breaking the law" if they sign up - at registration sessions at Bedford Bowling Club.

Man dies after portable toilet fire in Harrisdale


2:07 PM   A man has died after suffering horrific burns in a portable toilet fire in suburban Perth.

Contraceptive played key role in WA ballerina's death


1:02 PM   GPs should tell patients to say if they are on oral contraceptives when asked about their medical history, a Perth coroner has advised, after the sudden death of a young dancer with a heart condition.

WA Fisheries 'meh' on world-class OCEARCH shark tagging


Aleisha Orr 11:09 AM   The Department of Fisheries has no plans to be involved in an unprecedented shark-tagging program in Western Australia which will provide free, live monitoring of sharks.

Boy, 11, dies in Pardoo car crash

An 11-year-old boy has died following an accident in WA's north

10:47 AM   An 11-year-old boy died in a car crash in Pardoo on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters work through night to quell Wellard and Baldivis fires

Bushfire emergency unfolds in Wellard and Baldivis in the City of Rockingham.

10:14 AM   Twin bushfires burning in Perth's south have been contained but firefighters remain wary that ember attacks could break containment lines.

Trial begins for accused WA sex offender Allan Keith Huggins

Allan Keith Huggins faces 49 charges of sexual abuse against boys.

A man accused of sexually abusing seven boys almost 25 years ago was previously convicted of a similar offence around the same time, a Perth trial has heard.

Firefighters still battling dangerous Pinjar plantation blaze

Smoke from the Pinjar fire on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters are still battling an out-of-control and unpredictable fire in the Pinjar fire plantation, with fears a predicted wind change could increase the threat to lives and homes.

Rooftop stand-off at Warnbro McDonalds

Police were called to McDonalds Warnbro on Tuesday afternoon.

Candice Barnes   Staff at a fast food outlet south of Perth found themselves in a pickle this afternoon, after a man climbed onto the roof of the restaurant and refused to come down.

How low can it go? Perth fuel price drops below $1 a litre

Petrol in Perth could soon cost less than a dollar a litre as it hit a six year low in the city on Tuesday

Candice Barnes   It was the year that delivered Taylor Swift on the airwaves, Avatar on our screens and gladiator sandals on the catwalk, but 2009 was also special for another reason – it was the last time petrol dipped to a dollar a litre in Perth.

Virgin Australia plane fumes sicken cabin crew

A Virgin Australia flight crew got sick from fumes on board.

Cabin crew members on a Virgin flight from Perth to Sydney were so sickened by fumes from a melting insulation blanket that they couldn't complete their duties.

Police want information over East Perth road rage incident


Police are chasing information about a road rage incident in East Perth in December, where a woman had her tooth knocked out and a man suffered a broken wrist.

Sick West Australians urged to see GP amid emergency move


Sick people are being urged to reconsider whether they really need to go to Perth's emergency departments as services move to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Man in coma after being bashed outside Mermaid Hotel in Dampier


A 54-year-old man has life-threatening injuries after been bashed in a fight in Dampier on Monday night.

South Australian company fished illegally at Ningaloo Reef

Fishing has been banned at the Ningaloo Reef since 1987.

A commercial fishing company has been fined for fishing in the internationally-recognised Ningaloo Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

Australia Day in Perth: How we celebrated

Patriotic revellers enjoyed activities throughout the day.

Candice Barnes   Whether it was the green and gold, or the red, white and blue, Perth pulled out all the stops to make Australia Day 2015 a colourful affair.

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Drunken mob smashes up Perth police station

The damage caused by the mob who hurled poles, bottles and bins at the police station

A drunken mob hurled bottles, bins and wooden poles at a police station in Perth on Tuesday morning.

Elizabeth Quay to get a water playground

How the new $10m project is expected to look when Elizabeth Quay is unveiled in spring

Plans for a $10 million water playground to be built at Elizabeth Quay have been revealed.

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Collie man, 47 charged over fatal crash

A Collie man faces the courts after he was charged over the death of a fellow motorcyclist

A 47-year-old man has been charged by police over the death of a Collie man in November.