The mother of a three-year-old boy who nearly drowned in Sydney's west had gone inside briefly to get her son an iceblock, only to return to find him floating unconscious in the backyard swimming pool, according to the boy's family.
James Robertson Morning! It will be cool and cloudy today.
Megan Levy A toddler has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after he was pulled from a backyard swimming pool in Sydney's west on Wednesday.
Brodie Owen, Dan Proudman and Krystal Sellars It was the worst afternoon of Graham Smith's life – his home alight as a bushfire raged around him.
Peter Hannam The world's major meteorological agencies have declared 2016 to the hottest year on record - making it three new highs in as many years - as increases in greenhouse gases drove global warming.
Craig Butt, Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks Securing a spot at university has become more difficult, with students needing a higher ATAR to get into most courses.
Georgina Mitchell One person is in a critical condition and seven others are injured after a serious crash involving multiple cars north of Sydney.
Ava Benny-Morrison An Assyrian gang associate shot dead at a family park was being investigated for links to a major Sydney underworld murder in the lead up to his execution.