Rudd's 'f***ing' rant at factions

KEVIN Rudd has had another expletive-riddled brain explosion - this time directed at Labor's faction bosses, including three women MPs.

Monster croc in the city

THIS unnamed monster croc moved into his new home in Darwin city yesterday - setting cameras clicking and halting traffic

Peak-hour power price hikes

NSW residents will pay more in peak-hour periods for power, if they do not change their lifestyles

Private doctors cash in on obesity surgery

THE number of operations to treat obesity has doubled in just two years to more than 4000 in NSW, Medicare statistics show

Two dead in Sydney smash

TWO people have died after their car and a truck collided in Sydney's west, capping off a bad week on NSW's roads

Lawyers fail clients, Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland says

Mr McClelland, who will deliver a "state of the legal nation" address to the Australian Legal Convention in Perth today

Masked man ties up, rapes woman in her home

A WOMAN has been tied up and raped in her home at Capalaba on Brisbane's southside in a ``terrible'' attack

Australia's population to hit 35 million by 2049

AUSTRALIA'S population will hit 35 million in 40 years, as a rising birthrate and rapid migration almost double the rate of population growth.

Gunman in sports car fires bullets into Sydne house with two children inside

Police believe the shots were fired from a handgun at a house on Oxford Street, Smithfield, about 10.30pm yesterday.

Medicare worker used dead people's identities

A MEDICARE worker has been sentenced to four years' jail for using dead people's identities to claim more than $300,000 in baby bonus payments

Kim Beazley, Brendan Nelson new US, EU ambassadors

FORMER Labor leader Kim Beazley has been named Australia's next ambassador to the United States

Lilyfield schoolgirl attacks 'may be linked'

THE recent attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl from a schoolyard and a spate of obscene exposures on girls in Melbourne's outer east might be linked

Australian dollar boosted to US87c at noon

The local currency was trading at $US0.8734/36, up from yesterday's close of $US0.8668/71

More asylum-seekers intercepted by navy

AN Australian navy patrol vessel has intercepted another boat carrying nearly 50 suspected asylum-seekers near Darwin

OECD praise for Canberra's stimulus package

THE Federal Government has won glowing support for its controversial economic stimulus, with the Western world's leading think tank saying the strategy will save up to 200,000 jobs

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione defends policewoman who twice shot Susie Bandera armed with fork

NSW POLICE commissioner Andrew Scipione has defended the actions of a female officer who twice shot a woman armed with a fork, leaving her seriously injured

Lower home buyer grant 'will hurt prices'

THE scaling back of the first home owners' grant will significantly impact prices at the lower end of the market, a survey predicts.

Mother and son charged over fake death plot

A SYDNEY man and his mother have been charged over a complicated plot in which he allegedly faked his own death before she tried to cash in his $239,000 life insurance policy

Driver tells police he's been driving for 50 years without a licence

A MAN had told police he has been driving without a licence for 50 years after he was pulled over in Sydney's west for failing to stop at a stop sign

Two Sydney men charged over armed hold-ups involving cash-in-transit security guards

ONE of two men charged over a string of armed hold-ups involving cash-in-transit security guards threatened officers with a screwdriver before his arrest, police say