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Standing Wager
Merchant of gloom makes a bet

29 Nov 2008 2:30 AM

An academic who expects zero interest rates within two years and a 40 per cent drop in house prices has promised to walk from Canberra to the top of Australia's highest mountain if he's wrong.

University of Western Sydney associate professor of economics and finance STEVE KEEN made the bet with Macquarie Group interest rate strategist RORY ROBERTSON.


High Scores
Police dissappointed by young drivers

14 Dec 2008 4:28 PM

Police have arrested a man for driving at 237 kilometres-an-hour on Sydney's Hume Highway.

And .. they say they are extremely disappointed with instances of irresponsible driving by young and inexperienced motorists overnight.


High Scores Possible New Blow
Man blows six times legal limit

31 Dec 2008 2:16 PM

BRISBANE, Dec 31 AAP - Queensland police have caught a man with an alleged blood alcohol reading more than six times the legal limit.

A 28-year-old man from Peak Crossing was stopped overnight for a random breath test in the nearby town of Boonah, south-west of Brisbane, and allegedly blew .303 per cent.


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P-plate driver returned blood alcohol reading of 0.265

06 Dec 2008 8:18 AM

SYDNEY, Dec 6 AAP - A P-plate driver has returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.265 after allegedly flagging down a police car in northern NSW.

Police said a 26-year-old woman had her licence confiscated after she returned a high-range PCA reading near Tamworth about 8pm (AEDT) on Friday.


Porsche vs Bikes
Porsche and motorcycles in 224km/h road race

20 Dec 2008 4:24 PM

SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - The drivers of a Porsche and two motorcycles have had their vehicles confiscated after reaching speeds of more than 220km/h in an alleged road race.

Police say the three men were racing along a 100km/h zone of the Pacific Highway on the far north NSW coast on Saturday about 10.40am (AEST).


Turbo Rice vs RX7
Two drivers to stand trial over passenger death

15 Dec 2008 5:38 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 15 AAP - Two young men accused of drag racing before a crash that killed a 15-year-old boy will stand trial.

Mitchell Cairnduff, of Wheelers Hill, died when a turbo-charged Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Jarrod Rooke hit a taxi at 120km/h, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.


High Scores Oldest Hoon
I'm a skilled driver, says 78yo hoon

By Michelle Draper 06 Jan 2009 5:31 PM

MELBOURNE, Jan 6 AAP - A 78-year-old hoon caught speeding at 170km/h on a narrow country road on New Year's Day told police he was a skilled race driver.

Victorian Premier John Brumby, however, was not impressed with John Belfield's claims, labelling Australia's oldest hoon driver an "idiot", while police said he was toying with death.i


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Feature Story Wanking drug runner sentenced to prison

DARWIN, Jan 7 AAP - A drug-runner who filmed himself masturbating while driving at 150 km/h has been sentenced to two months jail.

Brendon Alan Erhardt, 39, was pulled over by police on July 16 last year, 25km south of Daly Waters.

Feature Story Fierce Israel-Hamas firefights in Gaza capital

GAZA CITY, Jan 6 AFP - Israeli troops and Hamas militants fought their first major battles in Gaza City on Monday after tanks and helicopters launched a night-time offensive, with three Israelis killed by "friendly" fire.

Explosions and heavy machine-gun fire rocked the Shejaiya district of the city in the heaviest fighting yet of Israel's campaign to halt militant rocket attacks.

Feature Story Israeli army moves on Gaza City as war toll passes 510

GAZA CITY, Jan 5 AFP - Tens of thousands of Israeli troops have been battling Hamas fighters in Gaza amid tank, artillery and air strikes, as the death toll from the offensive to end rocket attacks passed 510.

Israeli forces moved into the fringes of Gaza City early on Monday as families fled or hid on the second night of combat.

Feature Story Israeli tanks, troops enter Gaza in ground offensive

GAZA CITY, Jan 4 AFP - Israeli tanks and troops entered Gaza late on Saturday and fought fierce battles with Hamas, heightening an eight-day-old offensive that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and caused widespread destruction.

A burning fuel depot hit by a tank lit up the night sky soon after troops crossed the border while the air force swooped on dozens of targets in the biggest Israeli military operation since its 2006 war in Lebanon.

Feature Story Hamas orders 'day of wrath' over Israeli blitz

GAZA CITY, Jan 2 AFP - Israeli warplanes pounded militant targets including a mosque in Gaza on Friday as Hamas ordered a "day of wrath" against Israel over the killing of a senior commander.

Thousands of Israeli security personnel were on alert after Hamas called for "massive marches" following the main weekly Muslim prayers, starting off from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and from all mosques in the West Bank.

Feature Story Israeli jets bomb Gaza, Hamas fires back with deadly rockets

GAZA CITY, Dec 29 AFP - Israeli jets have bombed Hamas targets in Gaza for a third day, killing several children, while the Islamists fired deadly rockets to retaliate for the blitz that has left more than 300 dead.

As Israeli tanks massed on the Gaza border, the army declared the area a closed military zone - a move that in the past has often been followed by ground operations in the Palestinian enclave.

Feature Story Israel warns of ground offensive as jets pound Hamas in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Dec 28 AFP - Israel has warned it could send ground troops into Gaza as its warplanes continued to pound Hamas targets in the overcrowded enclave where nearly 230 Palestinians have been killed.

"We are ready for anything. If it's necessary to deploy ground forces to defend our citizens, we will do so," a spokesman for Defence Minister Ehud Barak quoted him as saying.

Feature Story More than 200 dead as Israel hammers Hamas-run Gaza

GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israel hammered Hamas targets in Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 205 people in retaliation for ongoing rocket fire in one of the bloodiest days of the decades-long Middle East conflict.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said "Operation Cast Lead", which has also left about 300 wounded, would continue "as long as necessary".

Feature Story Massive Israeli air raids on Gaza kill 120: Palestinians

GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israeli aircraft launched a massive wave of air strikes on Hamas compounds inside the Gaza Strip, killing at least 120 Palestinians, medics said.

Most of the dead are believed to have been inside police headquarters, Hamas said.

Feature Story Israel threatens major offensive against Gaza

JERUSALEM, Dec 21 AFP - Israel threatened on Sunday to launch a major offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as violence simmered around the impoverished territory days after the end of a truce with the Islamists.

Senior officials said after the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel is preparing a "response" to continuing rocket strikes from the besieged Palestinian coastal strip.

Feature Story Experts urge police to improve relations with public

MELBOURNE, Dec 19 AAP - After a week of anger and accusations, a sad funeral song perhaps summed up the death of 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy best.

The pop song "Forever Young" celebrates the innocence of youth and brought tears to a packed St John the Baptist Catholic church in Melbourne on Thursday.

Feature Story Govt backflips on means test for solar rebate

CANBERRA, Dec 17 AAP - All households will be able to get half-price solar panels after the federal government abandoned its unpopular decision to means-test its solar rebate.

The government will scrap the means test, meaning all Australian homes will qualify for a rebate worth up to $7,500.

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Todays Main Feature Story
UN suspends aid deliveries to Gaza, citing attacks

By Ibrahim Barzak And Steve Weizman 09 Jan 2009 3:22 AM

GAZA CITY, Jan 8 Agencies - The United Nations halted aid deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday, citing Israeli attacks on its staff and installations hours after it said gunfire from an Israeli tank killed one of its drivers as he was picking up a shipment.

The United Nations has already demanded an investigation into Israel's shelling of a UN school in Gaza that killed 43 people earlier this week. Israel and residents said militants were operating in the area at the time.

For a second straight day, Israel suspended its Gaza military operation for three hours to allow in humanitarian supplies. Shortly before the pause took effect, however, the UN said one of its aid trucks came under Israeli fire, killing the driver.

UN spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said the UN coordinated the delivery with Israel and the vehicle was marked with a UN flag and insignia when it was shot in northern Gaza. The Israeli army said it was investigating.

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MID: Israel protests to UN over Lebanon rocket attack
Israel's protested to the United Nations over the firing of rockets from Lebanon which it says highlights the availability and use of arms in the neighbouring country.

MID: Israel shelled Gaza house crowded with civilians: UN
JERUSALEM, Jan 9 AFP - The United Nations says Israeli forces have been accused of evacuating more than 100 Palestinians into a house which they then repeatedly shelled 24 hours later, killing about 30 people.

US: New web-based US news service has global ambitions
WASHINGTON, Jan 9 AFP - GlobalPost, a web-based news service, goes online next week with the goal of covering the world for American readers at a time when US newspapers are struggling and cutting back on foreign coverage.

Fed: Money woes spark pensioner boom
CANBERRA, Jan 9 AAP - The aged pension should still be increased, seniors say, despite the number of pensioners growing sharply due to the financial crisis.

NSW: Police raid finds weapons, explosives and animals
SYDNEY, Jan 9 AAP - Police have found a large cache of weapons, explosives and number of illegally-owned native animals during the raid of a Newcastle property.

NSW: Another woman tells of hospital public toilet miscarriage
SYDNEY, Jan 9 AAP - A woman who feared she was about to miscarry says a nurse at a NSW public hospital directed her to a public toilet cubicle where she miscarried and disposed of her 14-week-old foetus.

Vic: Party teen unrepentant, blames police for violence
MELBOURNE, Jan 9 AAP - A teenager who threw a wild party in which police were attacked has blamed officers for causing the event to get out of hand.

MID: Indonesian Islamists see recruiting boon in Gaza conflict
JAKARTA, Jan 8 AFP - Indonesian Islamists say they are recruiting "holy warriors" to help battle Israel's military incursion into the Gaza Strip - but analysts dismiss the enlistment drive as self-serving bravado.

FED: Quotes of the week
SYDNEY, Jan 9 AAP - Quotes of the week:

Vic: Police defend reponse to wild house party
MELBOURNE, Jan 9 AAP - Victoria Police have defended their decision to break up a wild teenage house party in Melbourne overnight.

FED: Oddities of the week
SYDNEY, Jan 9 AAP - Oddities of the week:

PAC: NZ woman shot in face with crossbow arrow
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan 9 AP - A New Zealand woman had emergency surgery after being hit in the face by an arrow fired from a neighbour's crossbow, police said on Friday.

NSW: Boy, 14, and three others in court over Rosemeadow brawl
SYDNEY, Jan 9 AAP - Two men and two teenagers have faced court over their alleged involvement in a massive brawl on a Sydney public housing estate when two people were shot.

Fed: Stop supporting Israel: Greens
CANBERRA, Jan 9 AAP - Australia must stop supporting Israel's military push into Gaza and stand up for the victims of the conflict, the Australian Greens say.

Vic: Police probing mystery shooting search suburban address
MELBOURNE, Jan 9 AAP - Detectives probing the shooting of a man found lying beside his car on a busy Victorian highway believe they may have found the scene of the attack.

Vic: Barassi happy after two arrested over bashing
Police in Melbourne say they're expecting to make more arrests over the bashing of AFL legend RON BARASSI.

Vic: Man critical and up to 150 passengers stranded after crash
MELBOURNE, Jan 9 AAP - A man has been critically injured and up to 150 train passengers were stranded after a collision between a car and a Melbourne-bound train in Victoria's east.

US: Jimmy Carter: deadly Gaza assault an 'unnecessary war'
WASHINGTON, Jan 8 AFP - Israel's assault on Gaza is an "unnecessary war" that could have been easily avoided if the Jewish state and Hamas had settled differences over extending last year's truce, former US president Jimmy Carter said Thursday.

VIC: Police take cover as drunken teens hurl bottles, rocks
WERRIBEE, Vic, Jan 9 AAP - Police were forced to take cover as up to 100 drunken teenagers pelted them with rocks and bottles when they tried to break up a wild party advertised on social networking website MySpace.

MID: UN suspends aid deliveries to Gaza, citing attacks
GAZA CITY, Jan 8 Agencies - The United Nations halted aid deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday, citing Israeli attacks on its staff and installations hours after it said gunfire from an Israeli tank killed one of its drivers as he was picking up a shipment.

MID: Israel kills truck driver on aid mission to Gaza: UN
GAZA CITY, Jan 8 AP - A UN official in the Gaza Strip says Israeli forces have fired on a truck on a UN aid mission and killed the driver.

MID: Israel kills truck driver on aid mission to Gaza: UN
GAZA CITY, Jan 8 AP - A UN official in the Gaza Strip says Israeli forces have fired on a truck on a UN aid mission and killed the driver.

US: Wall crumbling between televisions and computers
LAS VEGAS, Jan 8 AFP - The wall between televisions and computers is crumbling and internet pioneer Yahoo! is swinging a virtual hammer.

MID: Vatican sparks diplomatic spat with Israel over Gaza
VATICAN CITY, Jan 8 DPA - A diplomatic spat between the Vatican and Israel over the Gaza crisis seemed set to intensify when the Holy See's top justice official defended his remark that Gaza "is a big concentration camp".

MID: Israeli leadership split on whether to up Gaza war
JERUSALEM, Jan 8 AFP - The Israeli leadership is divided over whether to enlarge its war in the Gaza Strip amid increased international pressure to end its deadly offensive.

UK: Damage to British wind turbine prompts UFO speculation
LONDON, Jan 8 DPA - A giant wind turbine in Britain has been wrecked after being hit by what some are calling an unidentified flying object (UFO).

PAC: Ice shelf collapse kills two tourists on NZ glacier
WELLINGTON, Jan 8 DPA/NZPA - Two tourists were killed when an ice shelf collapsed on them at the Fox Glacier in New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Vic: Dobbed motorist blows more that five times the legal limit
Police in Melbourne say an alleged drink-driver .. dobbed in by another motorist .. has blown more than five times the legal blood alcohol limit.

Qld: Police search for stabbing attacker
BRISBANE, Jan 8 AAP - Two teenagers have been stabbed in an apparent random attack in Brisbane's north.

US: Gun sales still up on eve of Obama administration
WASHINGTON, Jan 7 AFP - Gun sales continue to rise sharply in the aftermath of Barack Obama's presidential election, a trend gun rights lobbies attribute to concerns over a potential new gun ban.

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