Elderly man killed in Sydney unit fire

A man aged in his 80s has died in a fire at a unit in western Sydney.Firefighters found the man's body when they searched the unit in Torres Crescent, Whalan after the blaze was extinguished.A post-mortem examination will be carried out and police are investigating the cause of the fire.©...

Woods' decision depends on new NRL coach

Off-contract Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods insists he won't be rushed into deciding on his future until the club appoints a long-term NRL coach.The joint venture is on the lookout for a new mentor after their shock decision to axe Jason Taylor on Monday, leaving caretaker Andrew Webster to guide...

Holden Commodore a target for Qld thieves

The Holden Commodore may be one of Australia's most popular cars, but they are also a hit with thieves.Insurance figures released by RACQ on Thursday showed different makes of the vehicle made up eight of the 10 most stolen cars in Queensland over the past three years.Spokeswoman Renee Smith said...

Aust snake bite victims mostly men: study

Middle aged men die from snake bites more than any other group in Australia, a new report has found.An audit of the National Coronial Information Service from the year 2000 to 2016 found 35 people died of snake bites, 23 of those killed by the brown snake.The median age of...

Two men charged over one-punch assault

Two men have been charged after a one-punch assault left another man in hospital with a fractured skull.The 31-year-old victim was assaulted by two men, who punched him in the face and head causing him to fall and fracture his skull while he was waiting at a Dee Why bus...

Moderate chance of Queensland cyclone

There's a moderate chance a tropical cyclone will develop off the Queensland coast this weekend.The Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday afternoon there was "increasing confidence" a low pressure system southeast of Papua New Guinea would be steered towards the Queensland coast in the coming days.The likelihood it will develop...

Most Tas pokie use responsible: Gutwein

The Tasmanian government has downplayed the extent of problem gambling and says a significant cutback in the number of poker machines would be unfair.Treasurer Peter Gutwein on Wednesday told a parliamentary committee investigating gaming reform that the Liberal administration plans to decrease by 150 the number of electronic gaming machines...

Why the Cowboys signed Jason Taumalolo

JASON TAUMALOLOBorn: Auckland, May 31, 1993Height: 191cmWeight: 113kgsPosition: Lock, second rowNRL matches: 115 since 2010 debutNRL tries: 23International career: New Zealand - nine matches 2014-16, Tonga - 3 matches 20132016Games: 27Points: 24Av run metres: 165Av tackle breaks: 3Line breaks: 11Dally M Medal, Dally M Team of the Year, Rugby League...

US toddler shoots older brother dead

A nine-year-old boy in the US has been shot dead by his two-year-old brother with their mother's handgun.The boy was shot in the head and died on Tuesday, and their mother told police she had previously let the toddler handle the gun when it wasn't loaded, authorities said.Landen Lavarnia was...

Rockhampton trainer on cobalt charges

Rockhampton trainer Ricky Vale has pleaded not guilty to four charges of presenting horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems, including cobalt in excess of the prescribed threshold.Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards opened an inquiry on Tuesday but adjourned it to a date to be fixed so Vale...