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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. And I'm Kellie Morgan. Welcome to Ten's Early News.

this Wednesday - birthday bombshell. A look at our top stories was tainted by claims he lied. How the Treasurer's 50th 'The Bulletin' got that from, No, I don't know where certainly not from me. to destroy John Howard's leadership? Did Peter Costello threaten of that discussion. We all still have notes Here's mine. And where does he stand now? of Peter Costello I tell you what I think great integrity and great decency. I think, by the way, he is a man of it's over to Kellie Morgan. For a look at finance, How are the markets fairing? Good morning, Bill. The battering of US stocks continues. Bank shares have been hit hardest from mortgage lenders as more bad news emerged

of loan delinquencies. about the extent When I come back - some good news reporting handsome profits. with a couple of Australian companies Federal Treasurer and Prime Minister Tensions between

look set to be reignited with extraordinary claims of the government's leadership. that strike at the very heart accused of threatening to destroy Peter Costello's John Howard's leadership - a claim he's denied outright - but witnesses say they have proof. for his birthday drinks. All smiles as the Treasurer arrived yes it will be a great night. Thank you very much, But it's that other job he covets into hot water. that's got Mr Costello

telling supporters in 2005 'The Bulletin' last week quoted him but he could. Mr Howard couldn't win the election 'The Bulletin' got that from, No, I don't know where

certainly not from me. But now hard evidence the ABC's '7:30 report' revealing from the 'Bulletin' magazine its reporter was with two journalists his plans in March 2005. to whom Mr Costello confided was in an expansive mood. The Treasurer of that discussion. We all took notes Here's mine.

Mr Costello told the trio Brissenden says for a hand over. April 2006 was the deadline Peter Costello's credibility. The revelations will damage party to question They may also prompt some in his

whether he has missed his opportunity the man to lead the party and whether he is, in fact, finally comes. when John Howard's time has ever been guilty I don't think the Treasurer

Leonie Mellor, Ten News. nuclear material to India, Australia is set to ship that it's used for peaceful purposes. on one condition - has been lifted. The ban on uranium shipments to India by our nuclear safety inspectors But there'll be constant checks siphoned off into weapons programs. to make sure the material won't be

to China for the first time. that Australia agreed to sell uranium It was only recently

is behind bars this morning A former Queensland police officer charged with the murder of his wife. once sued the state government The 53-year-old while on duty. claiming he'd been shot at now an alleged murderer. Once a law enforcer - is on a kill charge Ex-Dog Squad sergeant Ken Keeys allegedly smothered to death. after his wife was found

Neighbours stunned by the news. one of the nicest people. Leonie is probably

warm lady. She's just a very beautiful, Just lovely people. to the couple's inner city home Police rushed after Keeys turned himself in. in the main bedroom. His wife's body was found Just lovely people. and we've been here for three years. I never heard them argue The case has stunned the police community.

the force over a decade ago Keeys made headlines after leaving

post-traumatic stress disorder. suffering and later won compensation. He claimed been shot at by a sniper His lawyer, Terry O'Gorman. safety while in custody is concerned about the ex-officer's in the Supreme Court. and intends to apply for bail Lexy Hamilton-Smith, Ten News.

in Melbourne And residents of an apartment block were evacuated this morning after a fire on the building's suspiciously around the building Police looking for a man seen acting

when the blaze broke out. severe water and smoke damage. The building has suffered started a security shutdown A contractor who inadvertently at Melbourne Airport won't be facing charges. a colleague around an X-ray machine. The workman passed a set of keys to The incident caught on CCTV, and re-screen all passengers. forcing Qantas to stop flights It's shocking! I've been here for hours. Several flights were delayed has prompted Bali health authorities Fears of a bird-flu pandemic of poultry and domestic birds. to embark on a mass cull from the country's Bird-Flu Centre Masked workers of shooting the animals, began the task

a mum and her daughter. after the death of from bird-flu symptoms, And with a 2-year-old also suffering it's sparked fears of a cluster, a remote coastal village in Bali. as all cases are from aren't concerned, yet. But Australian tourists in Bali I will, it will worry. Ah, if it gets any worse, Indonesia has recorded So far this year in the world. the most human cases of bird flu in Utah Rescuers are still holding out hope have been trapped where six coal miners

for more than a week. hundreds of feet below the surface

before the men are reached. But it's still going to be days hole into the Utah mountainside Drilling crews are boring a third to try to learn the fate of six men Crandel Canyon Mine. trapped deep inside that we haven't found them alive It's actually heartbreaking but we have spared nothing. As part of the rescue effort one of the first two holes. a high-resolution camera plunged down bag, a roof still in tact, The video revealed a miner's tool according to the mine's co-owner. buoyed, if you will, There is a great deal of air space between that supported roof from the outburst. and the rubble that has come out in the back of the mine The new hole is aimed at an area the men may have retreated where officials calculate after last Monday's collapse. Underground, crews using heavy machinery to tunnel to the men have picked up their pace but are still several days away from reaching them. Fearful of further collapses, a dozen workers have asked to be re-assigned. In Huntington, Utah, Stacey Case, Ten News. Melbourne has started its official interview process for a new coach. Yesterday, West Coast assistant Peter Sumich faced the board. Today, it's former Fremantle head Chris Connolly. Melbourne airport was a revolving door as Chris Connolly touched down while Peter Sumich jetted back out to Perth, both with the Demons on their mind. Well, I'm one of the 8 to 10 candidates for the job, and certainly have done a lot of preparation going through the interview process, so that's the number one focus. The former Demon will be interviewed by Melbourne today while Peter Sumich was tight-lipped after his interview yesterday. It's always a big deal but, like I said, it's something that's out of your hands a little bit. You present what you think and if that's what they want, you just wait and see. The AFL is considering its position but Haw tough man Campbell Brown is expected to be penalised after admitting he lied to the Tribunal to get Chris Judd off an eye-gouging charge. Yeah, I did, yeah. And then did you feel he let you down in the aftermath of that hearing? Oh, not so much. I wanted him to get off, He obviously wanted to get off, everyone wanted him to get off. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah is in serious doubt for Saturday's crucial game against Cronulla. Farah is still suffering a corked hip but is spending time in a hyperbaric chamber to give himself every chance. It's a pretty important game for us, one we've got to win so in saying that, if I'm not 100%, I don't want to be going out there and letting the guys down so I'm just going to give it up until game time and see how I feel. Titans centre Mat Rogers will also be given until the last minute to recover from an illness and knee strain, while Chris Walker is a 50-50 chance of playing against his old club the Roosters. A midnight curfew has been imposed on Wallabies Lote Tuqiri and Matt Dunning for Australia's Rugby World Cup campaign. Rugby boss John O'Neill announcing the curfew in the wake of the pair's involvement in a late night drinking session last week.

Both players have clearly been given the message putting themselves in harm's way like they did in Brisbane last Friday morning is not acceptable.

The rest of the squad escaped without any sanctions. For a nother look at finance here's Kellie. Asia's booming resources demand has pushed Leighton Holdings to a record $450 million profit. The construction giant's 63% rise puts boss Wal King in the hot seat for a new three-year contract with bonus incentives topping $6 million. And the good times are bound to continue, as the company delivers contracts in the Middle East and Asia, including James Packer's 'City of Dreams Casino' in Macau. Nothing in our order book or our forward outlook shows this was all going to come to an end and quite the contrary when we're predicting increased revenues in the three years ahead. Despite the profit rise, Leighton shares closed $2 down at $40.65. Increasing demand for computers

has allowed former CD specialist JB Hi-Fi to post an equally impressive profit. The company, which operates 89 music and appliance stores Australia-wide, finished 56% up at $40.4 million. It's forecasting 30-50% sales growth in the next few years. Without doubt it's going to be hard to keep up the same momentum however, JB Hi-Fi's developed a bit of a track record of being able to promise and over deliver so it remains to be seen

whether or not they can still beat those numbers.

Meantime, Australia's second-largest telecommunications company says

it may take a short-term financial hit to lay the framework to win the long-term phone war with Telstra. Optus yesterday refused to give forecasts for earnings margins, instead flagging a possible reduction in 2007-8. The company posted a 12% first-quarter rise of $122 million. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at today's newspapers. Peter Costello accused of plotting to oust the PM. Those explosive claims on the other side of this break.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. A look at the stories we're following - leadership tensions. Peter Costello denies claims he threatened to destroy long-time nemesis John Howard. Contractor cleared - action unlikely to be taken against a workman who sparked a massive security scare at Melbourne's airport. Toy trouble - the world's largest manufacturer announces its second recall in as many weeks - 18 million toys pulled from the shelves. And in sport - Lleyton Hewitt's US Open build up continues with a hard-fought victory at the Cincinnati Masters. Time to see how Wall Street ended the day Kellie, what's the latest? It's been another rough day on Wall Street. Losers topping winners nearly three to one. When I come back - the world's largest toy retailer pulls 18 million toys from the shelves. Tensions between the Federal Treasurer and Prime Minister look set to be reignited. The ABC's '7:30 Report' claims it has hard evidence of Peter Costello threatening to destroy John Howard if a leadership handover didn't occur by April last year. It's produced notes from a dinner where the Treasurer reportedly made the threats. The ABC says it agreed to keep the conversation secret because the Treasurer changed his mind about challenging the PM.

But his recent repeated denials of threatening to undermine Mr Howard prompted the ABC to rethink. David Hicks plans to disappear into the bush when he's released from jail later this year. Hicks was transferred to a South Australian jail in May after spending more than five years at Guantanamo Bay. Hicks's father, Terry, says his son will experience the toughest part of his ordeal when he's released. Terry says his son has spoken about going bush when he's finally free. Controversial Muslim cleric Sheik Taj El Hilali is threatening to sue his former employer for unpaid wages. A year after splitting from the nation's leading Muslim group and declaring he would no longer accept money to act as its spiritual advisor, a year's back-pay. the Sheik is demanding He would be entitled to at least $40,000 if his claim is accepted. A workman who inadvertently caused a massive security scare at Melbourne Airport won't face disciplinary action. The contractor passed a set of keys to a mate. The innocent act kept passengers waiting for hours.

Security cameras captured the contractor's now infamous actions. He was seen passing a set of keys around an X-ray machine to a colleague. Unsure what the object was, Qantas staff ordered a re-screen of all passengers. We've been here for hours. It's been shocking! All Qantas domestic travellers were evacuated from the so-called 'sterile zone', beyond security checkpoints.

The announcement came across that there was an evacuation it was pretty orderly. No-one panicked or anything. Some passengers were already on the tarmac waiting for flights to take off, before being sent back to the airport lounge. We were already on the plane going to Canberra

and then we were told there was some security problem and we might have to get off, or we could possibly stay on, then we all had to get off.

Many flights were delayed for four hours

testing the patience of passengers. We've been standing there for over half an hour

and then when we went to talk to her and she said 'oh no'. The contractor has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Ben Lewis, Ten News. Confusion this morning over what prevention, if any, should be attempted to avoid the current flu crisis in Australia. Health authorities in NSW and Queensland are at odds over whether it's too late to get a flu shot. While the Federal Government won't open its stockpile of anti-virals. While this has been a worse flu season than we've experienced for three or four years, I don't think it would qualify as a national emergency. 2.5-year-old Renato Cook became the seventh victim of the flu season. Rescuers are racing against the clock to find survivors after a bridge collapse in China claimed the lives of 29 people. 1,000 rescue workers are on the scene pulling survivors from the rubble. The bridge was near completion and came crashing down when construction workers started removing scaffolding. The 268m-long structure was designed to be a tourist attraction in the central Hunan Province. Security cameras have captured a precious moment in history. Three pandas have been born in captivity on the same day. It's a very rare occurrence. There are two boys and a girl from two mums. 13 new pandas have come into the world this year at breeding centres in China. Only 1,590 pandas remain in the wild making the three newcomers important additions. Lleyton Hewitt has survived a tough three-set battle with Stanislas Wawrinka to advance into the second round of the Cincinnati Masters. The Australian won the opening set 7 games to 5 before his Swiss opponent ran him off the court in the second to square the match. Hewitt eventually winning the three hour match in a final set tiebreak. COMMENTATOR: He's done it! Game, set, match. Two sets to one. Hewitt faces eighth seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the second round. Cowboys forward Sione Faumuina will today enter a plea to the judiciary after flooring Luke Priddis in Monday's win over the Panthers. Faumuina could be banned for the rest of the season. His victim perplexed in the first place. as to why he was allowed to play on It's D-day for Sione Faumuina. The Cowboys given until midday to enter their plea for this grade two reckless tackle. COMMENTATOR: It was just silly. It's just stupid. Faumuina will cop a five-week ban with an early plea, or could miss seven if he contests the charge and loses. Priddis more concerned the Cowboy wasn't binned after knocking him senseless. Something he believes the NRL should take a closer look at. At the end of the day, if a precedent is sent down that if a bloke gets injured from a foul play and the other is out injured,

then I suppose refs will be more likely to act. have been given more power The referees to penalise the grapple-tackle. The NRL broadening the definition to incorporate the new style where players use their bodies to apply pressure to back and neck. And a double blow for the Melbourne Storm with Steve Turner likely to be ruled out for the season

after suffering knee ligament damage in Sunday's win over Brisbane. for up two weeks with a wrist injury. His fellow back Matt King sidelined Scott Mackinnon, Ten News. Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich Mattel, which manufactures barbie and batman, has gone into damage control. 18 million toys acorss the globe have been recalled including more than 450,000 in Australia. The toys contain traces of lead and small removable magnets It's the second major recall in a matter of weeks for the US toy-maker.

In banking circles back home speculation is rife Westpac will name its new chief executive before the month's end. Institutional banking head Phil Chronican and St George boss Gail Kelly have been touted as likely successors to David Morgan, who's retiring in December. NAB senior executive Michael Ullmer has also been named as a possible contender. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. In Germany, the story of Knut the polar bear cub has taken a new turn. With all of his worldwide fame, his handlers have decided he needs to be cut down to size. Knut still struts his stuff at the Berlin Zoo. Now 6-months-old and no longer quite so irresistibly cute his keepers acknowledge they have overindulged the polar beer. Knut, they say, is over weight and has to cut back on croissant and extra portions of fish. Raised by keepers after being abandoned by his mother the oh-so-cute Knut became the star of Berlin Zoo. His daily romps with the keeper who hand-raised him were a huge and money-making attraction. More than 1 million people have come to the zoo to see him. He's spawned fan clubs, a true child star

and a whole line of merchandising. Knut grew and grew testing his teeth and his paws until finally it became too dangerous to play. Now one inadvertently swipe could badly maul his devoted keeper. A man killed in a house fire on the New South Wales Central Coast. That's next. when the Early News returns.

A look at our top stories this Wednesday - birthday bombshell. How the Treasurer's 50th was tainted by claims he lied. No, I don't know where 'The Bulletin' got that from, certainly not from me. Did Peter Costello threaten to destroy John Howard's leadership? We all still have notes of that discussion. Here's mine. And where does he stand now? I tell you what I think of Peter Costello I think, by the way, he is a man of great integrity and great decency.

Let's take another look at finance, and no sign the market is cooling? No, Bill. Fear continues to dominate the markets. Investors have dumped shares in the US finance sector overnight. And this points to another weak day locally. I'll be back soon with CommSec. Tensions between the Federal Treasurer and Prime Minister look set to be reignited. The ABC's '7:30 Report' claims it has hard evidence of Peter Costello threatening to destroy John Howard if a leadership handover didn't occur by April last year. It's produced notes from a dinner where the Treasurer reportedly made the threats. The ABC says it agreed to keep the conversation secret because the Treasurer changed his mind about challenging the PM. But his recent repeated denials of threatening to undermine Mr Howard prompted the ABC to rethink. A house fire on the New South Wales Central Coast has claimed the life of a young man. Fire engulfed the double-storey fibro home at Taucoma around 1:30 this morning. Emergency crews managed to drag three people to safety including the dead man's parents. They are all suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire forensic officers are investigating. We believe it started in a downstairs room, some sort of combustion fire going. Police have been unable to recover the victim's body. The home deemed too dangerous to enter. A loud explosion was heard before the fire started. Police looking for a man seen acting suspiciously around the building when the blaze broke out. The building has suffered severe water and smoke damage. A workman who inadvertently caused a massive security scare at Melbourne Airport won't face disciplinary action. The contractor passed a set of keys to a mate. The innocent act kept passengers waiting for hours. Security cameras captured the contractor's now infamous actions. He was seen passing a set of keys around an X-ray machine

to a colleague. Unsure what the object was, Qantas staff ordered a re-screen of all passengers. We've been here for hours. It's been shocking! All Qantas domestic travellers were evacuated from the so-called 'sterile zone', beyond security checkpoints. The announcement came across that there was an evacuation it was pretty orderly. No-one panicked or anything. Some passengers were already on the tarmac waiting for flights to take off, before being sent back to the airport lounge. We were already on the plane going to Canberra and then we were told there was some security problem and we might have to get off, or we could possibly stay on, then we all had to get off. Many flights were delayed for four hours testing the patience of passengers. We've been standing there for over half an hour and then when we went to talk to her and she said 'oh no'. The contractor has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Ben Lewis, Ten News. Police are hoping a jail swap fo outback killer Bradley John Murdoch, will lead them to the body of British backpacker Peter Falconio. Murdoch is serving a 28-year sentence for murdering the tourist

back in 2001 in the Northern Territory. Detectives will take advantage of a prison transfer request for Murdoch to be closer to his family in Western Australia, raising hopes he'll reveal his secret. Fighting words from a 92-year old great-grandmother savagely beaten by a home invader. Rachael Williams describes her attacker as a coward and says she's ready to take him on.

Rachael Williams may have been bashed but her fighting spirit remains. I think he's a coward - wouldn't take on a man, I suppose. Would have to be a woman, 92, you know. Doesn't say much for him, does it? The great-grandmother remains incredibly strong despite suffering a mild heart attack during the assault. Ready to take him on again if I ever meet him. She's a very, very strong lady, always has been. from anyone much, does she? She doesn't really back down Police are disappointed with the result of a public appeal for help. The person that committed this offence must have had a significant amount of blood on the clothing and so he's either gone to work or gone home and somebody must have seen something. The $2,000 reward is now being offered for information by an angry Rats of Tobruk Association,

Mrs Williams is also under pressure from her family to move. This was the fifth time she was targeted by thieves. Why should I let him bluff me out of it? James Wakelin, Ten News. NASA continues to weigh up whether or not they'll order a spacewalk to fix the shuttle 'Endeavour'. A piece of debris made an 8cm hole in the heat shield tiles. The damage was done just a minute after take-off. The gash exposes a small section of filler bar,

a heat-resistant layer between the tiles and the shuttle's aluminium skin. But NASA isn't sure if it needs to be fixed.

Celebrations across India and Pakistan

it's been 60 years since they won their independence breaking free from British Colonial rule. Celebrations included a changing of the guard and wreath laying ceremony to remember the founding father of Pakistan. There was tight security in the capital to deter possible attacks from hard-core militants. interview process for a new coach. Melbourne has started its official Yesterday, West Coast assistant Peter Sumich faced the board. Today, it's former Fremantle head Chris Connolly. Melbourne airport was a revolving door as Chris Connolly touched down while Peter Sumich jetted back out to Perth, both with the Demons on their mind. Well, I'm one of the 8 to 10 candidates for the job, and certainly have done a lot of preparation

going through the interview process, so that's the number one focus. The former Demon will be interviewed by Melbourne today while Peter Sumich was tight-lipped after his interview yesterday. It's always a big deal but, like I said, it's something that's out of your hands a little bit. You present what you think and if that's what they want, you just wait and see. The AFL is considering its position but Haw tough man Campbell Brown is expected to be penalised after admitting he lied to the Tribunal to get Chris Judd off an eye-gouging charge. Yeah, I did, yeah. And then did you feel he let you down

in the aftermath of that hearing? Oh, not so much.

He obviously wanted to get off, I wanted him to get off, everyone wanted him to get off. Ian Cohen, Ten News. A midnight curfew has been imposed on Wallabies Lote Tuqiri and Matt Dunning for Australia's Rugby World Cup campaign. Rugby boss John O'Neill announcing the curfew in the wake of the pair's involvement in a late night drinking session last week. Both players have clearly been given the message putting themselves in harm's way like they did in Brisbane last Friday morning is not acceptable. The rest of the squad escaped without any sanctions. The Commonwealth Bank's annual profit results are due out this morning. Will shareholders revel in figures better than last year's $4 billion return? Answering that question and more - CommSec's chief economist Craig James joins us live. Craig, just what can we expect from the CBA?

CommSec does a cover, of Bank but

as their rate of brokers from Dow

Jones believes the profit will be

$4.4 billion up a few years ago.

The wealth management operation

gaining from a stronger share

market. Was REM's too reliant on US

funds? I do think we can say was

too reliant. Lenders have to go

with funds a cheap and efficient.

But is in the US. There will be

remembered Ramseys only said it may

be exposed its bows to a dowager of

offers because of the rise in

borrowing costs. They may not

materialise. Should investors be

taking advantage of this? No one

rings the bell when this crisis is

over but I think investors need to

be selective. Look at stocks which

have been beaten down an offer good value

value full of a gem. Investors

should stick closer to the Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at today's newspapers. A workman who caused a massive security scare at Melbourne airport unlikely to be charged. The details, and more, when the Early News returns. GOOD MORNING NEW STATS SHOW FORREST RESIDENTS ARE PAYING THE

HIGHEST RENT IN THE A-C-T - MORE ON THAT STORY SOON BUT FIRST - A TWENTY-NINE YEAR OLD MAN WILL FACE

COURT NEXT WEEK, AFTER ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING TWO TAXI DRIVERS. POLICE SAY HE BEGAN INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING A TAXI DRIVIER WHILE TRAVELLING ALONG THE MONARO HIGHWAY EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. A SECOND DRIVER WHO CAME TO ASSIST WAS ALLEGEDLY BITTEN ON THE ARM. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT HAS SET A NUMBER OF TARGETS FOR POLICE OVER THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS. FIGHTING THE LOCAL DRUG TRADE, AND REDUCING INCIDENT RESPONSE TIMES WILL BE MAIN FOCUSES. THE TARGETS HAVE BEEN SET UNDER THE LATEST POLICING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE A-F-P NEW FIGURES SHOW FORREST IS THE A-C-T'S MORE EXPENSIVE SUBURB FOR RENTS AND MORTGAGE REPAYMENTS.

AN A-B-S STUDY'S FOUND AVERAGE RENTS IN THE SUBURB LAST YEAR WERE MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS A WEEK- THAT'S FOUR TIMES THE RENT OF THE CHEAPEST HOMES IN OAKS ESTATE. THE STUDY ALSO FOUND RENTAL PRICES IN QUEANBEYAN WERE

ON AVERAGE TWENTY-NINE PER CENT BELOW THE A-C-T, AND C-T, AND PRICES IN YASS FORTY-TWO PER CENT CHEAPER. AND IN SPORT THREE RAIDERS PLAYERS HAVE BEEN DROPPED TO PREMIER LEAGUE AFTER SUNDAY'S HEAVY LOSS TO THE BULLDOGS. STAND-IN FULLBACK MARSHALL CHALK, HALFBACK MICHAEL DOBSON AND SECOND-ROWER JOE PICKER HAVE ALL BEEN DEMOTED TO TRY AND IMPROVE THEIR RECENT FORM.

NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER ... SHOWERS SHOULD CLEAR FOR A FINE DAY TODAY, AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT THAT'S EXPECTED TO BRING SOME MORE TOMORROW. THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS IF YOU'RE HEADED TO SYDNEY SHOWERS IF YOU'RE HEADED TO SYDNEY TODAY .. FINE IN MELBOURNE AND BRISBANE .. MOSTLY FINE AND 13 FOR CANBERRA FINE IN DUBBO TODAY .. SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG ..

TODAY .. SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG .. WAGGA WAGGA EXPECTING A SUNNY 16 .. ORANGE FINE AND 12 A SHOWER OR TWO IN BOWRAL .. BATHUST MOSTLY SUNNY .. IT SHOULD BE FINE AND 11 IN GOULBURN COOMA SHOWERS AND 10 TODAY .. MUDGEE MOSTLY SUNNY AND 15 LOOKING AHEAD AND A FEW SHOWERS DEVELOPING TOMORROW TOPS OF 15 DEGREES .. // POSSIBLE SHOWERS AND A COOL 10 DEGREES FOR FRIDAY .. // MOSTLY FINE AND 14 ON SATURDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) GOOD MORNING... LOCALS MAY HAVE TO FORK OUT FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE TO CAPTURE FUEL FUMES - MORE ON THAT SOON This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. A look at the stories we're following - leadership tensions. Peter Costello denies claims he threatened to destroy long-time nemesis John Howard. Contractor cleared - action unlikely to be taken against a workman who sparked a massive security scare at Melbourne's airport. Toy trouble - the world's largest manufacturer announces its second recall in as many weeks -

18 million toys pulled from the shelves. And in sport - Lleyton Hewitt's US Open build up continues with a hard-fought victory at the Cincinnati Masters. Tensions between Federal Treasurer and Prime Minister look set to be reignited with extraordinary claims that strike at the very heart of the government's leadership. Peter Costello's accused of threatening to destroy John Howard's leadership - a claim he's denied outright - but witnesses say they have proof. All smiles as the Treasurer arrived for his birthday drinks. Thank you very much, yes, it will be a great evening. But it's that other job he covets that's got Mr Costello into hot water.

'The Bulletin' last week quoted him telling supporters in 2005 Mr Howard couldn't win the election but he could. No, I don't know where 'The Bulletin' got that from, certainly not from me. But now hard evidence the ABC's '7:30 Report' revealing its reporter was with two journalists from the 'Bulletin' magazine to whom Mr Costello confided his plans in March 2005. The Treasurer was in an expansive mood. We all took notes of that discussion. Here's mine. Brissenden says Mr Costello told the trio April 2006 was the deadline for a hand over. The revelations will damage Peter Costello's credibility. They may also prompt some in his party to question whether he has missed his opportunity and whether he is, in fact, the man to lead the party when John Howard's time finally comes. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. Australia is set to ship nuclear material to India, on one condition - that it's used for peaceful purposes. The ban on uranium shipments to India has been lifted. But there'll be constant checks by our nuclear safety inspectors to make sure the material won't be siphoned off into weapons programs. It was only recently that Australia agreed to sell uranium to China for the first time. at Melbourne airport won't be facing charges. The workman passed a set of keys to a colleague around an X-ray machine. The incident caught on CCTV, forcing Qantas to stop flights and re-screen all passengers. We've been here for hours. It's shocking! Several flights were delayed by four hours. A former Queensland police officer is behind bars this morning charged with the murder of his wife. Once a law enforcer - now an alleged murderer. Ex-Dog Squad sergeant Ken Keeys is on a kill charge after his wife was found allegedly smothered to death. Neighbours stunned by the news. Leonie is probably one of the nicest people. She's just a very beautiful, warm lady. It's just terrible. Police rushed to the couple's inner city home after Keeys turned himself in. His wife's body was found in the main bedroom. Just lovely people. I never heard them argue and we've been here for three years. They were a lovely, lovely couple. The case has stunned the police community. Keeys made headlines after leaving the force over a decade ago suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. He claimed been shot at by a sniper and later won compensation.

His lawyer, Terry O'Gorman. is concerned about the ex-officer's safety while in custody and intends to apply for bail in the Supreme Court. Lexy Hamilton-Smith, Ten News.

Armed robbers broke into two Sydney premises overnight. At 10:00 last night three armed men broke into the Rose Bay RSL and stole money before fleeing the scene in a black Mercedes with Queensland number plates. The same car was seen leaving an armed robbery And five men broke into Carnarvon Golf Club in Sydney's west just before midnight. Armed with a screwdriver and pieces of wood, they also escaped with some money. Police are asking people to contact Crimestoppers if they can help with their inquiries. The Federal Government won't open the national stockpile of antivirals to combat the current flu outbreak. That's despite seven people dying, including a 2-year-old boy in central New South Wales. The people of Bathurst knew this flu season was bad.

Now it's turned deadly and parents are anxious. Nervous, especially when Georgie's had the flu herself. So we've just been keeping a watchful eye on her. a post-mortem confirming he was infected with influenza A. There's been a great deal of concern, Six children have now died in Australia this flu season, along with a 37-year-old Queensland man. Parents are advised if their child has respiratory problems, get them checked by a doctor. But vaccination advice varies from State to State. NSW has been told it's not too late for a flu shot, while in Queensland, health authorities say the 2-week lag-time before vaccines are effective makes getting a flu shot now pointless. As for antivirals, the Federal Government won't open its stockpile, as it doesn't classify as a national emergency. Max Futcher, Ten News. Rescuers are racing against the clock to find survivors after a bridge collapse in China claimed the lives of 29 people. 1,000 rescue workers are on the scene pulling survivors from the rubble. The bridge was near completion and came crashing down when construction workers started removing scaffolding.

The 268m-long structure was designed to be a tourist attraction in the central Hunan Province. Lleyton Hewitt has survived a tough three-set battle with Stanislas Wawrinka to advance into the second round of the Cincinnati Masters. The Australian won the opening set 7 games to 5 before his Swiss opponent ran him off the court in the second to square the match. Hewitt eventually winning the three hour match in a final set tiebreak. COMMENTATOR: He's done it! Game, set, match. Two sets to one. Hewitt faces eighth seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the second round. Cowboys forward Sione Faumuina will today enter a plea to the judiciary after flooring Luke Priddis in Monday's win over the Panthers. Faumuina could be banned for the rest of the season. His victim perplexed as to why he was allowed to play on in the first place. The Cowboys given until midday to enter their plea for this grade two reckless tackle.

COMMENTATOR: It was just silly. It's just stupid. Faumuina will cop a five-week ban with an early plea, or could miss seven if he contests the charge and loses. Priddis more concerned the Cowboy wasn't binned after knocking him senseless. Something he believes the NRL should take a closer look at. At the end of the day, if a precedent is sent down that if a bloke gets injured from a foul play and the other is out injured, then I suppose refs will be more likely to act. The referees have been given more power to penalise the grapple-tackle. The NRL broadening the definition to incorporate the new style to apply pressure to back and neck. where players use their bodies And a double blow for the Melbourne Storm with Steve Turner likely to be ruled out for the season after suffering knee ligament damage in Sunday's win over Brisbane. His fellow back Matt King sidelined for up two weeks with a wrist injury. Scott Mackinnon, Ten News. Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has signed a new three-year contract with the club. Originally from South Australia, Pavlich had been linked to both Adelaide teams but he's sticking with the Dockers for a deal tipped to be worth $2 million. That's why you play, to win premierships and to be successful and um, if there wasn't hope at all, then yeah, we wouldn't think about it. At the tribunal Brisbane forward Rhan Hooper was suspended for three games for striking while Port's Damon White was reprimanded. Time for a check of finance and the world's largest toy-maker issues its second recall in as many weeks? Australian non-bank lender RAMS is the latest casualty and that helped drag the All Ords into negative territory. Mattel, which manufactures Barbie and Batman, has ordered the recall of 18 million toys. In the meantime, it's taken out full page ads in international newspapers to reassure parents about the safety of its products. At toy stores across the UK this evening Mattel's products are coming off the shelves. The world's number one toy maker was forced to act after it emerged paint used on this car had high levels of lead.

It's also voluntarily recalling other ranges over fears magnets could dislodge This is one of the biggest recalls to hit the industry in years. A total of 18 million items worldwide are affected.

I accept responsibility. This is an issue of concern to me. I apologise. I am disappointed. I particularly apologise to your parent viewers. For retailers the recall couldn't come at at a worse time. Millions of toys are currently being shipped from China to be in stores for Christmas. But further checks could leave some being delayed. At the moment we have a lot of containers which we have already been advised are going to be at least 30 days late leaving. As this testing period continues it could lead to potentially some shortages on some of the items this Christmas. Mattel is calling on worried parents to check serial numbers of toys against the list of items being recalled. The reputation of one of the most trusted names in the business has taken a battering.

That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kellie Morgan. Good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au