MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather & online buzz

8.53am That's it from us this morning. Tune in tomorrow for Tuesday's edition of the Rush.

8.46am MOVIE NEWS: The trailer for the new Annie film has been released - and it looks great! It stars Cameron Diaz as the evil Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, a wealthy politician who befriends Annie.

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8.40am NATIONAL NEWS: The trial of the man accused of murdering Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe is expected to draw to a close this week. Jurors will today begin hearing closing submissions in the trial of Brett Peter Cowan, who is accused of abducting and murdering the 13-year-old in December 2003. Jurors have been played a secretly recorded conversation in which Cowan admits taking the boy and snapping his neck during a bid to molest him at an isolated property. Cowan has pleaded not guilty to murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse. His defence team has argued that Cowan made a false confession to undercover police, who were masquerading as members of a criminal gang. The trial continues in Brisbane today (AAP)

8.37am A little Monday inspiration from the divine Coco Chanel.

8.34am TRAFFIC UPDATE - gas leak in Rockdale

8.33am A very interesting story coming out of the US this morning - the student who got into porn to pay her tuition. Belle Knox, anonymous no more!?

8.30am Have you been snapped out and about in the Illawarra? Make sure you check out our social pics - you never know who you might spot!

8.27am Aussie actors are making it big in the US. A ton of our home-grown stars have secured roles in pilot TV shows including Indiana Evans, Matt Passmore and Don Hany.

8.23am OSCARS: J-Law took her bestie as her date to the Oscars. And her mate has penned an hilarious account of her experience at the awards show - including meeting Brad Pitt.

8.20am TRAFFIC ALERT - Bomaderry

8.19am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Jay Z may not be Kanye's best man for his upcoming wedding to Kim Kardashian. What?!

8.14am NATIONAL NEWS: Heatwaves and sweltering temperatures contributed to another record-breaking ''angry summer'' and summers are likely to get angrier, according to a damning Climate Council report.

8.11am Have you been watching the Real Housewives of Melbourne? I've missed the last couple of episodes but it sounds like a hoot! Here's a recap of this week's episode - everyone flies their plane to the grocery store, right?!

8.08am TRAFFIC ALERT - Rockdale

8.06am SPORT: Parramatta smashed the Warriors yesterday 36 to 16. Good news for all those Eels supporters!

8.04am Dreaming of being anywhere except at your desk? Here's a snap to help your day-dreaming...

8.02am Swimmer Stephanie Rice has opened up about having plastic surgery to rectify breathing problems caused by a broken nose.

7.58am NATIONAL NEWS: Australian businessman Nathan Hansford who went missing in Bangkok in December has been found in Cambodia. A statement from his family said he was involved in motor vehicle accident and had suffered from amnesia. (SMH)

7.56am STRANGE BUT TRUE: So, this is mental. An Iowa artist spent three years & 420,000 matchsticks building a model of J R R Tolkein's The City of Kings.

7.54am Oh the 90s. It was a bleak period in fashion - and beauty. The SMH's Daily Life has a great gallery of tragic 90s beauty mistakes - think crimping & those little butterfly hair clips. Oh dear god, no.

7.52am Good morning! If you've just tuned in, welcome aboard. Here's the latest weather & traffic for you.

WEATHER We're in for a partly cloudy day with a top of 25 degrees - pretty warm for March. There will be some light winds tonight. Right now, it's 16 in Albion Park & 19 in Bellambi - positively barmy!

TRAFFIC Everything looks a-okay on the region's roads - don't forget those roadworks on Lawrence Hargrave Drive later today. The run to Sydney is clear too. 

TRAINS There is a good service on the South Coast line.

7.50am BREAKING: Australia is sending in RAAF planes to help in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

7.48am MOVIE NEWS: How good does the new film Monuments Men look? George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett - what a line-up! And a very interesting tale. It comes out this week. Definitely one to see. Here's a little more background for you.

7.46am LOCAL NEWS: Kiama came alive with the sounds of guitar, drums, bass and brass this weekend, as the 27th annual Jazz and Blues festival took over the entire town. And we've got the pics to prove it.

7.44am Who doesn't love a fun fact on a Monday morning - the voices behind Mickey & Minnie Mouse were actually married in real life. Awww, ain't love grand!?

7.42am TIARA ALERT: Leave my girl Kate alone! She has been branded a "cold mother" for leaving baby George at home while her & Wills enjoy an overseas holiday.

7.40am Hey, did anyone go to Flix in the Stix on Friday night? It was a perfect night for it - hope it was awesome.

7.38am POLITICS: The Greens have come out this morning, claiming a reduction in TAFE teachers leads to a reduction in student hours.

7.36am So apparently Rupert Murdoch has a new squeeze - her name is Juliet de Baubigny and she's 38 years his junior. Hmmm. Read all about it here.

7.32am WORLD NEWS: An armed pro-Russian force wearing military uniforms bearing no designated markings sealed off another military airport in Ukraine's Crimea on Sunday, a defence ministry spokesman on the peninsula said. (SMH)

7.30am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Jennifer Aniston has revealed she would trade bodies with Gisele Bunchen. Girl, are you crazy!? She is one of the fittest women out. Oh, and apparently she eats nachos off the floor if she drops them too.

7.28am LOCAL NEWS: The Scarborough Police Station sign has been removed, raising concerns the state government is quietly preparing to sell the heritage-listed property.

7.26am Check out this amazing pic of a snowman army in Canada. All that snow has to be good for something, right?!

7.24am BREAKING: Two passengers on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight travelling on stolen passports had bought one-way tickets.

7.22am NATIONAL NEWS: A man has been charged over the stabbing of two men in Sydney’s southwest last year. Police arrested a 23-year-old man in Bankstown late on Saturday and charged him with affray and two counts of causing wounding/grievous bodily harm with intent to murder.He appeared in Parramatta Bail Court, where he was remanded in custody to appear in Central Local Court on Tuesday. (AAP)

7.20am MOVIE NEWS: There could be a Mean Girls reunion. Tina Fey is rounding up the cast for the film's 10th anniversary. That's so fetch!?

7.16am Illawarra author John Ellicott has a new book out. It's a revised edition of a book on Gai Waterhouse, adding in Gai's battle with Singo in the More Joyous Affair and Gai's win at the Melbourne Cup. Check it out here.

7.12am MUSIC NEWS: Tina Arena is coming to Wollongong. The Aussie singer is funding her own tour around the country including a stop at the WIN Entertainment Centre in September. Visit www.tinaarena.com for details.

7.10am Looking for some inspiration in the kitchen this week? Check out the SMH Good Food guide's weekly meal planner - yum.

7.08am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Lena Dunham hosted SNL over the weekend - and she rocked it.

7.06am NATIONAL NEWS: Schapelle Corby's chances of staying out of jail have been given a big boost with the Bali Justice Office finding ''no real evidence'' that she had breached her parole, and saying that to revoke it now would be ''reckless''. (SMH)

7.04am Tickets for Legally Blonde go on sale today! Don't miss this show as it hits the WIN Entertainment Centre in July.

7.02am LOCAL NEWS: The Australian acting community has united in love and loss, following the death of acclaimed actress Wendy HughesMs Hughes, who lived at Wombarra, passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. Check out our tribute in pictures.

7am This is pure gold - check out this walrus' reaction to getting a birthday cake, full of fish. Awwww. I want a walrus!

6.58am Do you remember Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? You know - the game where every movie could be linked back to Kevin Bacon by six actors/films. Well, apparently Mr Bacon did not like the little game - he found it annoying & belittling.

6.56am This is some news I did NOT want to hear before 7am. Read: the price of a morning caffeine hit is set to become more costly, rising 10¢ to 60¢ a cup, as a drought on the other side of the world threatens global coffee supplies. NB WHAT!? No caffeine makes Emma go crazy...

6.54am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Christian Bale is going to be a daddy again. His wife is expecting baby no.2 - she even walked the Oscars red carpet with a little belly. Awww.

6.52am Good morning if you're just tuning in! Let's check out the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHER We're in for a partly cloudy day with a top of 25 degrees - pretty warm for March! There will be some light winds tonight. Right now, it's 16 in Albion Park & 19 in Bellambi - positively barmy!

TRAFFIC Everything looks a-okay on the region's roads - don't forget those roadworks on Lawrence Hargrave Drive today. The run to Sydney is clear too. 

TRAINS There is a good service on the South Coast line.

6.50am LOCAL SPORT: The Dragons smashed the Tigers yesterday - 44 to 24. On ya Saints! Check out our pics of the game here. 

6.48am POLITICS: PM Tony Abbott has re-affirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility criteria that are reportedly before the federal government.

6.46am The good folks over at i98FM posted this pic on their Instagram this morning. And we can totally relate.

6.44am MUSIC NEWS: Aussie singer Kate Cebrano is set to release an explosive, tell-all book. The autobiography is out this month. Read all about it here.

6.42am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Miley Cyrus took time out from her busy touring schedule to star in Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 ad campaign. And my god, the girl can pout!

6.40am LOCAL NEWS: Some kids are just so clever - I had the pleasure of meeting the Butson siblings over the weekend and their experiments have to be seen to be believed!

6.38am NATIONAL NEWS: Did you read this one yesterday? Former rugby league player Ian Roberts has predicted the ‘‘end of contact sport’’ after being diagnosed with brain damage he believes is the result of being knocked out up to a dozen times in his playing career. NB Really interesting yarn - it's something I've long wondered about....

6.36am CELEB GOSS ALERT: So, Shakira's boyfriend doesn't let her do video clips with men. Thoughts?

6.34am BREAKING: Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object on Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane's doors. Read the latest updates on the Malaysia Airlines tragedy here.

6.32am NATIONAL NEWS: Residents in North QLD are bracing for a possible cyclone - or two.

6.30am LOCAL NEWS: The TritheGong Kidswish Fun Run was an absolute hit over the weekend - more than 230 people stepped out for the 3.6km and 5.4km events. We've got some great pics of the day here.

6.28am Did you get to the Wild Rumpus suitcase market yesterday? Looks like it was a great day!

6.26am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Um, so children of the 90s, rejoice - two of your favourite 90s pop stars have just made out. Ricky Martin & J-Lo got into some lip action in the video clip for their new song. There's some face licking and stuff too - it's very odd.

6.22am Don't forget we're crossing every hour to Pulse 94.1FM with all the latest news from the Rush.

6.21am NATIONAL NEWS: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will this week host the next bout of a 12-year battle over whether the Catholic Church can be sued for damages under common law, with lawyer and victim John Ellis once again facing off against Cardinal George Pell. (SMH)

6.18am Saturday was International Women's Day. And if you didn't already know girls rule, check out this nifty little fact.

6.16am LOCAL SPORT: If you missed it over the weekend, our Hawkies went down to the Cairns Taipans. They were down for most of the game but lost by just four points in the end. But the boys aren't panicking. Check out their response to the loss here.

6.14am Like me, many of you are probably heading back to work after the weekend. It's tough, isn't it? I know, there there. Here's a funny animal pic to ease you into Monday - ninja cat anyone?

6.12am LOCAL NEWS: Yesterday's Thirroul vintage rock & roll festival looked AWESOME! We've got some great pics up - check them out here.

6.10am WORLD NEWS: This Malaysian Airlines tragedy is just unbelievable - how does a plane just fall out of the sky?! I'm already an anxious flyer - this has taken it to a WHOLE new level. Thinking of all those families anxiously waiting for an answer.

6.08am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Mila Kunis flashed her HUGE engagement ring on a night out recently. Check out the large bauble right here.

6.06am Let's check out the national headlines, courtesy of the SMH:

*It has been confirmed that two passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were travelling on stolen passports, as authorities investigate whether the disaster was the result of a terrorist act.

*Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ‘‘most normal’’ proprietor he knows.

*According to figures that expose inadequacies in the police response to violence in the home, most women named in AVOs in domestic situations were wrongly branded as perpetrators.

6.04am Here's what's making news in your Mercury today:

*An Oak Flats mum has been paralysed after giving birth. Read her incredible story here.

*A Penrose by any other name would be less confusing for residents of two small suburbs on either side of the escarpment.

*Illawarra households are set to share their home with an unwanted guest in the coming weeks - the huntsman spider.

*The longer hurtful or defamatory comments remain on social media websites, the harder it is to remove them, according to a senior University of Wollongong researcher.

6.02am Let's have a look at the latest weather, traffic & rail transport, shall we?

WEATHER We're in for a partly cloudy day with a top of 25 degrees - pretty warm for March! There will be some light winds tonight. Right now, it's 16 in Albion Park & 19 in Bellambi - positively barmy!

TRAFFIC Everything looks a-okay on the region's roads - don't forget those roadworks on Lawrence Hargrave Drive later today. The run to Sydney is clear too. 

TRAINS There is a good service on the South Coast line.

6am Good morning! Happy Monday! Welcome to the start of the working week - hope you all had a great weekend. Stay with us this morning for all the latest news, sport, weather, traffic & online buzz.

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