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20 January 2018 2:46 AM Melbourne weather: City enjoys relief from searing heat before mercury rises again

The cool change and cloud cover will see maximum temperatures drop to the mid-20s across southern parts of the state on Saturday, some 20 degrees cooler than the north and west of the state. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said Melbourne would hit a top of 26 degrees on Saturday with the chance of showers in the afternoon and possible 5

19 January 2018 11:15 AM Heat forces state's train network into 'go-slow' mode

Most of Melbourne’s metropolitan rail network is returning to relative normal, after being put on a go-slow directive during Friday’s heatwave conditions. Metro Trains lifted speed restrictrictions just after 7pm on Friday as temperatures across the city finally eased into the 20s, but restrictions remained in place on the V/Line network until 10pm. Blanket 7

19 January 2018 8:51 AM Sir Trevor Garland accused of sexually assaulting St Vincent's Hospital patient

Former diplomat Sir Trevor Garland allegedly sexually assaulted a St Vincent's Hospital patient he was helping look after as part of a program for sick Solomon Islands residents. The alleged abuse of power came three years after the 62-year-old former honorary consul to the Solomon Islands had his role terminated by the Australian government because 6

19 January 2018 8:51 AM Man 'under the influence' mounts median strip before head-on crash on Gold Coast

A man has been arrested at the scene of a two-car crash on the Gold Coast after his vehicle mounted the median strip and collided with another car head-on, according to police. Emergency services were called to the intersection of the Gold Coast Highway and Chairlift Avenue in Mermaid Beach about 2pm. Police said the car veered out of its lane, mounted 6

17 January 2018 7:44 PM Alexa gets Aussie accent as Amazon launches smart speakers down under

Amazon's talkative Alexa smart assistant is officially on her way to Australia as the online retail giant opens preorders for its Echo smart speakers, in preparation for an "early February" local launch. Rival to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, Amazon's smart assistant has been localised for Australia. Along with sounding like an Aussie, Alexa will also recognise 15 1

16 January 2018 9:16 AM Car ploughs into front room of Logan home, driver flees crash scene

A car has ploughed into the front room of a Loganlea home on Tuesday afternoon, with the driver fleeing the scene before police arrived. Emergency services were called about 4.30pm to the residence on Lyrebird Street. A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the house was unoccupied. She added that fire crews were not needed to install 13

16 January 2018 6:29 AM Cyclist rushed to hospital after being hit by car at busy Brisbane intersection

A cyclist has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after colliding with a car at a busy Brisbane intersection. Emergency services were called just after 2.30pm on Tuesday to the intersection of Gregory Terrace and Brunswick Street in Bowen Hills. The High Acuity Response Unit along with paramedics first on scene treated the cyclist before 13

15 January 2018 3:51 AM Man's bail revoked over fatal Christmas crash

A Queensland driver charged over a head-on crash that killed a mother and daughter on Christmas Day is behind bars after his bail was revoked. Mark Jason Veneris was on his way to visit his daughter and grandchildren when his BMW crossed onto the wrong side of Manly Rd in Manly West. The collision killed 18-year-old Makayla Tritton and her 56-year-old 12

14 January 2018 6:05 AM Two workers dead after being overcome by fumes in tank on central Queensland coast

Two men have died after being overcome by fumes while inside a tank on Saturday night. Emergency services were called to Sarina Beach, about 37 kilometres south of Mackay just before 9pm. Police said the bodies of the two workers, aged 48 and 52, were retrieved from inside one of the two tanks. A spokesman for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said the two tanks 12

13 January 2018 8:48 AM 'Inspiring': assault victim Matt Pridham married in Canberra ceremony

But almost five years later, on Saturday afternoon Mr Pridham married his long-time girlfriend and his carer, Danielle Poulet. ​Ms Poulet had only known Mr Pridham for three months before the assault and she has stuck by him ever since. The couple were sharing their happy ending to let others know there are good outcomes for people who have a disability 10