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Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. Welcome again to the Ten Early News. from President Bush - This morning, new terror claims

in Los Angeles foiled. a re-run of September 11

as Muslim sectarian violence More than 30 dead shakes Pakistan and Afghanistan. on crowd control And in sport, a hardline in Adelaide of the one-day cricket finals. for the start Quick look at the weather: first look at finance. Here's Kath with this morning's continues to make gains. Wall Street says American President George W. Bush with help from friendly countries, the US, thwarted an al-Qa'ida plot four years ago. for a catastrophic attack terrorists planned to use shoe bombs The President says to penetrate an airliner's cockpit, the Library Tower in Los Angeles. then fly it into The plot was derailed in 2002 arrested a key al-Qa'ida operative. when a South-East Asian nation in South-East Asia In summer 2003 our partners conducted a successful manhunt of the terrorist Humbali. that led to the capture catastrophic attack on our homeland. By working together we stopped a to lead the hunt for terrorists He added America would continue wherever they were. as millions of Shi'ite Muslims More bloodshed

of Ashura. celebrate their most sacred day killed at least 27 in Pakistan, A suicide bomber in violence in Afghanistan. while more have died

Fire and death march the Muslim

holiday. Mourners chanting and

to America and in Denmark. Cartoons holiday. Mourners chanting and death

of Mohammed have called caused

average across the globe. Let all the

tyrants shut up he said. are in Canberra State and Territory leaders Heads of Government meeting, for today's Commonwealth We've got a real opportunity here. a real breakthrough in health care The challenge is for us to make for the mentally ill. and health care So the national reform agenda to our potential to grow our economy which is so crucial and important which we must address is the big issue and if we miss that on this occasion difficult for Australia. I think it is going to be will be WA Premier Alan Carpenter. The rookie at the table

most exclusive private schools One of Brisbane's has been shut down swept through the students. after a mysterious illness Since last weekend, and at least 1 teacher more than 50 students to the violent vomiting virus. have succumbed Anglican Girls School was made The decision to close St. Margaret's of the boarding house after the virus took hold

day student population. and started to affect the school's day student population.

take preventative measures It became apparent that we had to and close the school. within four hours of the school All students who live were sent home on Wednesday. Queensland Health is investigating. Sydney woman Janelle Patton The man accused of killing on Norfolk Island will await trial in a Sydney prison. admits 28-year-old Glenn Peter McNeill running down Ms Patton with his car. Glenn McNeil's alledged admission solves a murder/mystery for four years. that's gripped Norfolk Island during an interview Police claim he told them with his car. he accidentally hit Janelle Patton arose at an inquest twio years ago The possibility of a collision first it wan't the reason Ms Patton died. but the Coroner found Of the 64 separate injuries, was a satbbing to the heart. the fatal wound McNeil was linked to the crime were alledgedly found after his fingerprints used to cover up the body. on a sheet of plastic of the car he used on Norfolk Furtther examination of Ms Patton's hairs in the boot. alledgedly uncovered several as the prosecuter outlined his case, The father of two appeared relaxed during an ajournment. even joking with guards and bail was formally refused. He did not apply for bail of the Norfolk Island legislation, Under the provisions

from Norfolk Island steps were taken to remove him of Silverwater Jail. to a remand section to a Sydney prison McNeil will be transferred on the next available flight. in American Steve Fossett's bid Another hiccup flight record. for a new long-distance Mission headquarters say

4% of its fuel during take-off, his 'Global Flyer' lost more than he can fly. possibly reducing the distance to find the cause of the leak, Managers are yet may be partly responsible. but say a build-up of pressure almost eight tonnes of fuel on board. His glider-like plane still has Ricky Ponting Australian cricket captain a significant security upgrade has welcomed for today's one-day final at the Adelaide Oval. against Sri Lanka Crowd behaviour wasn't an issue Officials announcing zero tolerance.

Officials announcing zero tolerance. Crowd behaviour wasn't an issue at a picturesque Adelaide Oval. during yesterday's training hoping it stays that way Cricket officials calling in extra security. for today's first one-day final, The captain wants fans to behave. where we need to crack down It's come to the stage on these people as we can. and we need to be as tough at the cricket. Stop them making fools of themselves alcohol will be limited, To help control the crowd, under cover security used have promised more evictions. and officials an unchanged side. Australia will field Paceman Brett Lee leads an attack Bracken and super sub James Hopes. including Stuart Clark, Nathan we start the game off well. It's just important front-running side. They're a really good they can be hard to peg back When they get in front

we start the game off well. so we've got to make sure had much success at Adelaide Oval, Even though the Sri Lankan's haven't to suit their style of play. the dry, slow pitch is expected tournament on Australian soil Adam Scott's mission to win his first is off to a brilliant start. around the front nine in 5-under, The Queenslander scorched the back nine just as impressive. The world number 10 finished 8 under the card to be level with American Kevin Stadler, the son of 1982 US Masters champion, Craig. Also in the hunt, Korean KJ Choi a shot further back. To the NBL and emotions were charged between the Cairns Taipans and Hunter Pirates in their sudden-death play-off. A second half injury to Cairns' import bigman Chris Burgess opened the door for the Pirates, they closed to within four points before the Taipans once again pulled away, setting up a second round play-off date with Adelaide. To rugby league, and the Russel Crowe- Peter Holmes a Court bid to privatise South Sydney is a step closer. Club members now get their say after the board gave the $3 million proposal the thumbs up last night. Kath with finance. And asset sales and souring cable TV earnings were the main factors behind News Corp's second quarter profit of $1.5 billion. Not helping the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company were drops in the newspaper and film divisions. The global media and entertainment conglomerate is now exploring ways of using its DirectTV acquisition to sell television shows and movies online. National weather for the day: Taking a look at what's making headlines across the country. The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break.

Making news this quarter hour, More than 30 die as Muslim sectarian violence rocks Pakistan and Afghanistan. New terror claims from President Bush - a re-run of September 11 in Los Angeles and how it was thwarted. And in sport, booze and racist comments will be out at Adelaide Oval today for the first one-day final. Here's Kath with finance. And official jobs data out yesterday shows a further softening in employment conditions.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics revised the unemployment rate up from 5.2 to 5.3% in January - its highest level since last October. The local currency closed firmer on the news,

shrugging off the potentially dollar-negative report. The RBA will now be hard pressed to maintain a tightening bias in its quarterly report on Monday. And on the jobs front - AWB managing director Andrew Lindberg handed his in resignation yesterday. Shares in the monopoly wheat exporter: Bloodshed has marred one of the most important holidays on the Shi'ite Muslim calendar. At least five people have been killed during deadly clashes with Sunnis in Afghanistan. In Pakistan heavy security during the traditional rite wasn't enough to prevent a suicide bombing in the north-west which killed at least 27 people. The festival - which commemorates the seventh century death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad - was also used to attack Denmark over the publication of cartoons depicting the spiritual leader.

American president George W. Bush, says the US, with help from friendly countries, thwarted a second September 11-like attack four years ago. Mr Bush said terrorists planned to attack the tallest building on the west coast in 2004, then in his now well-known fashion, bungled the name of the tower. We believe the intend target was Liberty Tower in Los Angeles, California. White House staff later announced the

name of the intended target was the Library tower, not the Liberty tower. Croatia says it has formally asked Australia to extradite a former Serb paramilitary leader. They accuse Dragan Vasiljkovic of war crimes during the war of independence from the former Yugoslavia in the 90s. Also known as Captain Dragan, Vasiljkovic has been in custody since his arrest in Sydney last month. The Cole Inquiry into the Iraqi wheat scandal is taking a day off to study new material as the monopoly wheat exporter AWB ponders the future without its managing director. AWB describes yesterday's surprising resignation by Andrew Lindberg as being in the best interests of the company. In Iraq, he was hands on, meeting senior ministers over the multimillion-dollar deals

that have landed the company in hot water. We've seen Andrew Lindberg take responsibility and take action for what he's done. John Howard has done the reverse.

The Government insists it had no knowledge of the $300 million dollars paid in kickbacks to the Saddam Hussein regime to buy Australian wheat. Queensland police are warning parents to be vigilant after a spate of attempted child abductions. Three brazen attacks have been reported in the last three days all on children making their way to or from school. Police urging parents to develop a safety strategy for their children,

including walking against the flow of traffic. That way it is harder for a car to pull up behind them. All three victims gave police detailed descriptions of their attackers. The lobbying won't let up on the abortion pill RU486, despite the Senate passing legislation clearing the way for the drug to be allowed into Australia. The emotional focus will shift to the House of Representatives

where there'll be another conscience vote next week. Health Minister Tony Abbott is fighting to retain his power of veto over the drug. The senators have voted no confidence in ministers and Parliament on this issue. The Senate voted to overturn the Minister's power over the drug by 45 votes to 28. Heath Ledger has confirmed he's selling his Sydney home. The red carpet of Santa Barbara is a little dryer than Heath's last one in Sydney. Are you happy there are no water pistols here tonight? Despite leaving Oz in a huff he says he still loves us. Do you still like Australians. Of course, I'm Australian. But confirmed reports he's selling his Sydney home because he can't cope with the attention he gets down-under. Yeah it is true. Do you want to buy it? Heath's being honoured for his performance in 'Brokeback Mountain', the role that's scored him an Oscar nomination. Yeah, you know, it was definitely a shock We'll let it sink in later. Tonight the boy from Perth is the star of Santa Barbara with his fans mainly of the female variety. A very nervous and fidgety Heath was drilled on stage for over an hour. I feel like I'm on 'This is your Life'. Revealing plans to one day direct, but not to act for at least a year. At this point I'm not interested in reading anything, I just want to take time off. An embarrassing end to a Lufthansa jet's bid to take off from Belgrade airport. Witnesses say the Airbus was lining up for take-off, when it suddenly skidded off the tarmac, ending up in a field. None of the 63 passengers or 5 crew was hurt and officials say damage to the aircraft is minimal. Other flights were not disrupted. The accident is being investigated.

Adam Scott will look to build on his lead in today's second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Along the way the American

Along the way the American collecting six consecutive birdies.

The local hope is hoping for a

breakthrough victory. At five under

breakthrough victory. At five under he is it in the thick of the Act's

he is it in the thick of the Act's action. He is a never favourite of

action. He is a never favourite of the internationals. Finishing two

the internationals. Finishing two shots behind the leaders. Extra security for today's one-day final between Australia and Sri lanka at the Adelaide Oval. Cricket officials have promised zero tolerance of unruly crowd behaviour. And Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting agrees with the move. He's urging fans to enjoy the cricket instead of causing trouble. It's been well documented this summer that a lot of things aren't acceptable. As far as Cricket Australia are concerned, we don't want these people coming to the games. The Aussie side's unchanged for the match. The Cairns Taipans have survived their sudden death elimination final against the Hunter Pirates, winning 88-80 to go through to the NBL quarter finals. And it was a game that had plenty of spite too. The game at one stage treatened to boil over thanks to a wayward elbow. Hunter was given the chance to take hold of the game when key Cairns' playmaker Chris Burgess rolled an ankle. The Pirates getting within four points before the Taipans pulled away to keep their championship hopes alive. The ACT Brumbies team is battling a stomach virus which floored the side ahead of tonight's Super 14 opener in Perth. All eyes will be on the battle of the halves as former understudy Matt Henjak

goes head-to-head with national skipper, George Gregan. And while new Waratah Wendel Sailor is talking tough ahead of the Waratahs clash with Queensland, teenage sensation Leroy Houston has gone missing after a family argument earlier in the week. National weather for the day: Kath with finance. Our market should open higher today, thanks to a rise in commodity prices overnight. Joining us now from Commsec with more is Julia Lee. Julia, this rise in commodities comes after some heavy losses earlier in the week, what's behind the bounce? the internationals. Finishing two shots behind the leaders. Trapped he up

Gold refuse have jumped by $13. What

prices did rise by at one dollar

before easing back. before easing back. All this bodes

before easing back. All this bodes well for the Australian share market

which is weighted towards commodities.

which is weighted towards commodities. If the November housing

commodities. If the November housing

commodities. If the November housing numbers are anything to go by will

find more

find more for at home buyers coming into the market. This

into the market. This makes sense with higher house rents. Investment

with higher house rents. Investment home loans have been weak. Investors

home loans have been weak. Investors remaining on the sidelines. We expect

more homebuyers coming into the market. At The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break.

Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. Welcome again to the Ten Early News.

This morning, new terror claims from President Bush - a re-run of September 11 in Los Angeles foiled.

More than 30 dead as Muslim sectarian violence shakes Pakistan and Afghanistan. And in sport, a hardline in Adelaide on crowd control for the start of the one-day cricket finals. Quick look at the weather: Here's Kath with this morning's first look at finance. Some positive news from embattled Perth property company Westpoint

with the announcement that its Sydney Scot's Church development will be completed.

The project had been caught up in the fallout from the collapse of the Westpoint Group of companies - leaving investors $300 million out of pocket.

American President George W. Bush says the US, with help from friendly countries, thwarted an al-Qa'ida plot

for a catastrophic attack four years ago. The President says terrorists planned to use shoe bombs to penetrate an airliner's cockpit, then fly it into the Library Tower in Los Angeles. The plot was derailed in 2002 when a South-East Asian nation arrested a key al-Qa'ida operative.

In summer 2003 our partners in South-East Asia conducted a successful manhunt

that led to the capture of the terrorist Humbali. By working together we stopped a catastrophic attack on our homeland. He added America would continue to lead the hunt for terrorists wherever they were.

More bloodshed as millions of Shi'ite Muslims celebrate their most sacred day of Ashura. A suicide bomber killed at least 27 in Pakistan, while more have died in violence in Afghanistan.

Fire and death nard the most

important day on the Muslim calendar.

There was a suicide bombing in the

north-west that killed 27 people.

Mourners chanting death to America

and Denmark. Cartoons are Mourners chanting death to America and Denmark. Cartoons are predicting

Mohammed causing average across the

globe. Bush and all the tyrant shut

up he said. Shame on those TV

channels and pavers up he said. Shame on those TV channels and pavers that lack

channels and pavers that lack courage to show the cartoons. And the State and Territory leaders are in Canberra for today's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting,

where the focus is expected to be on major health reforms and the broader economy. The agenda is expected to include more spending on mental health and a range of economic productivity reforms. We've got a real opportunity here. The challenge is for us to make a real breakthrough in health care and health care for the mentally ill. So the national reform agenda which is so crucial and important to our potential to grow our economy is the big issue which we must address and if we miss that on this occasion I think it is going to be difficult for Australia.

The rookie at the table will be WA Premier Alan Carpenter. One of Brisbane's most exclusive private schools has been shut down after a mysterious illness swept through the students. Since last weekend, more than 50 students and at least 1 teacher have succumbed to the violent vomiting virus. The decision to close St. Margaret's Anglican Girls School was made after the virus took hold of the boarding house and started to affect the school's day student population.

It became apparent that we had to take preventative measures and close the school. All students who live within four hours of the school were sent home on Wednesday. Queensland Health is investigating. The man accused of killing Sydney woman Janelle Patton

on Norfolk Island will await trial in a Sydney prison. 28-year-old Glenn Peter McNeill admits running down Ms Patton with his car.

Glenn McNeil's alleged admission solves a murder/mystery that's gripped Norfolk Island for four years.

Police claim he told them during an interview he accidentally hit Janelle Patton with his car. The possibility of a collision first arose at an inquest two years ago but the Coroner found it wasn't the reason Ms Patton died. Of the 64 separate injuries, the fatal wound was a stabbing to the heart.

McNeil was linked to the crime

after his fingerprints were allegedly found on a sheet of plastic used to cover up the body. Further examination of the car he used on Norfolk allegedly uncovered several of Ms Patton's hairs in the boot. The father of two appeared relaxed as the prosecutor outlined his case, even joking with guards during an adjournment. He did not apply for bail and bail was formally refused. Under the provisions of the Norfolk Island legislation, steps were taken to remove him from Norfolk Island to a remand section of Silverwater Jail. McNeil will be transferred to a Sydney prison on the next available flight. Heath Ledger has confirmed he's giving up on Sydney. In Santa Barbara receiving an award for his performance in 'Brokeback Mountain', Ledger confirmed he's selling his Sydney home because he can't cope with the media attention. Yep, that's true. Do you want to buy it? The 26-year-old says his Oscar nomination was unexpected. Yeah, you know it was definitely a shock. We'll let it sink in later. For over an hour the nervous star entertained Hollywood types at the special ceremony in his honour. Another hiccup in American Steve Fossett's bid for a new long-distance flight record. Mission headquarters say his 'Global Flyer' lost more than 4% of its fuel during take-off, possibly reducing the distance he can fly. Managers are yet to find the cause of the leak, but say a build-up of pressure may be partly responsible. His glider-like plane still has almost eight tonnes of fuel on board. Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has welcomed a significant security upgrade for today's one-day final against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval. Officials announcing zero tolerance. Crowd behaviour wasn't an issue during yesterday's training at a picturesque Adelaide Oval. Cricket officials hoping it stays that way for today's first one-day final, calling in extra security. The captain wants fans to behave. It's come to the stage where we need to crack down and we need to be as tough on these people as we can. Stop them making fools of themselves at the cricket. To help control the crowd, alcohol will be limited, under cover security used and officials have promised more evictions. Australia will field an unchanged side. Paceman Brett Lee leads an attack including Stuart Clark, Nathan Bracken and super sub James Hopes. It's just important we start the game off well. They're a really good front-running side. When they get in front they can be hard to peg back so we've got to make sure we start the game off well. Even though the Sri Lankan's haven't had much success at Adelaide Oval, the dry, slow pitch is expected to suit their style of play.

Adam Scott's mission to win his first tournament on Australian soil is off to a brilliant start. The Queenslander scorched around the front nine in 5-under, the back nine just as impressive. The world number 10 finished 8 under the card to be level with American Kevin Stadler, the son of 1982 US Masters champion, Craig.

Also in the hunt, Korean KJ Choi a shot further back. To the NBL and emotions were charged between the Cairns Taipans and Hunter Pirates in their sudden-death play-off. A second half injury to Cairns' import bigman Chris Burgess opened the door for the Pirates,

they closed to within four points before the Taipans once again pulled away, setting up a second round play-off date with Adelaide. To rugby league,

and the Russel Crowe- Peter Holmes a Court bid to privatise South Sydney is a step closer. Club members now get their say

after the board gave the $3 million proposal the thumbs up last night.

With most Australians invested in Telstra through their super - it's no surprise it was the market focus yesterday. As expected the phone giant reported lower interim earnings of $2.14 billion. The results were however, sweetened with a special dividend.

Telstra shares rallied after the announcement. The 10% slide in profit comes despite an improvement in sales due to broadband, Internet and directories.

CEO Sol Trujillo says the company must be able to attack the market with freedom. And Patrick Corp CEO Chris Corrigan has confirmed that the company is looking at a marriage with rival transporter, Linfox but nothing more as the $4.6 billion takeover bid from Toll remains in limbo.

Quick look at the weather:

The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break.

Making news this quarter hour, More than 30 die as Muslim sectarian violence rocks Pakistan and Afghanistan. New terror claims from President Bush - a re-run of September 11 in Los Angeles and how it was thwarted. And in sport, booze and racist comments will be out at Adelaide Oval today for the first one-day final. Here's Kath with finance. Bloodshed has marred one of the most important holidays on the Shi'ite Muslim calendar. At least five people have been killed during deadly clashes with Sunnis in Afghanistan. In Pakistan heavy security during the traditional rite wasn't enough to prevent a suicide bombing in the north-west

which killed at least 27 people.

The festival - which commemorates the seventh century death

of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad - was also used to attack Denmark over the publication of cartoons depicting the spiritual leader. American President George W. Bush, says the US, with help from friendly countries, thwarted a second September 11-like attack four years ago. Mr Bush said terrorists planned to attack the tallest building on the west coast in 2004, then in his now well-known fashion, bungled the name of the tower.

We believe the intended target was Liberty Tower in Los Angeles, California. White House staff later announced the name of the intended target was the Library tower, not the Liberty tower. The Cole Inquiry into the Iraqi wheat scandal is taking a day off to study new material as the monopoly wheat exporter AWB ponders the future without its managing director. AWB describes yesterday's surprising resignation

by Andrew Lindberg as being in the best interests of the company. In Iraq, he was hands on, meeting senior ministers over the multimillion-dollar deals that have landed the company in hot water. We've seen Andrew Lindberg take responsibility and take action for what he's done.

John Howard has done the reverse. The Government insists it had no knowledge

of the $300 million paid in kickbacks to the Saddam Hussein regime to buy Australian wheat. The lobbying won't let up on the abortion pill RU486, despite the Senate passing legislation clearing the way for the drug to be allowed into Australia. The emotional focus will shift to the House of Representatives where there'll be another conscience vote next week. Health Minister Tony Abbott is fighting to retain his power of veto

over the drug. The senators have voted no confidence in ministers and Parliament on this issue. The Senate voted to overturn the Minister's power over the drug by 45 votes to 28.

Eddie McGuire has been installed as the Nine Network's new chief executive. The appointment will see the former Channel Ten sports reporter leave his on air commitments behind.

Earlier the new boss was keeping

tight-lipped about the media's

worst-kept secret. Well he celebrated

his rise as nine is he does at a

restaurant people

his rise as nine is he does at a restaurant people are describing it

as a bold decision. The restaurant people are describing it restaurant people are describing it as a bold decision. The Queensland police are warning parents to be vigilant

after a spate of attempted child abductions. Three brazen attacks have been reported in the last three days all on children making their way to or from school.

Police urging parents to develop a safety strategy for their children, including walking against the flow of traffic. That way it is harder for a car to pull up behind them. All three victims gave police

detailed descriptions of their attackers. Heath Ledger has confirmed he's selling his Sydney home.

He's been honoured at the Santa Barbara Film Festival for his breakthrough performance in 'Brokeback Mountain'. The red carpet of Santa Barbara is a little dryer than Heath's last one in Sydney. Are you happy there are no water pistols here tonight? Despite leaving Oz in a huff he says he still loves us. Do you still like Australians. Of course, I'm Australian. But confirmed reports he's selling his Sydney home because he can't cope with the attention he gets down-under. Yeah it is true. Do you want to buy it? Heath's being honoured for his performance in 'Brokeback Mountain', the role that's scored him an Oscar nomination. Yeah, you know, it was definitely a shock We'll let it sink in later. Tonight the boy from Perth is the star of Santa Barbara with his fans mainly of the female variety. A very nervous and fidgety Heath was drilled on stage for over an hour. I feel like I'm on 'This is your Life'. Revealing plans to one day direct, but not to act for at least a year. At this point I'm not interested in reading anything, I just want to take time off.

Seeking his first win on Australian soil Adam Scott charged through the front nine at the Vines five under at the turn. The world number 10 continued to apply the pressure to the early club house leaders on the run home, he finished level with Kevin Stadler who fired a brilliant 8-under par 64. Along the way the American collecting six consecutive birdies. Local hope Nick O'Hern is gunning for what would be a popular breakthrough victory. At 5-under he is again in the thick of the action. So too is Robert Allenby. Trying for a clean sweep of the Australian summer, though his 69 could have been even better.

Korean KJ Choi is another of internationals who flagged his weekend intentions, finishing two shots behind the leaders, while tournament favourite Retief Goosen has more work to do, nine shots off the pace. Extra security for today's one-day final between Australia and Sri lanka at the Adelaide Oval. Cricket officials have promised zero tolerance of unruly crowd behaviour.

And Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting agrees with the move. He's urging fans to enjoy the cricket instead of causing trouble. It's been well documented this summer that a lot of things aren't acceptable. As far as Cricket Australia are concerned, we don't want these people coming to the games. The Aussie side's unchanged for the match.

The Cairns Taipans have survived their sudden death elimination final

against the Hunter Pirates, winning 88-80 to go through to the NBL quarter finals. And it was a game that had plenty of spite too. The game at one stage treatened to boil over thanks to a wayward elbow.

Hunter was given the chance to take hold of the game when key Cairns' playmaker Chris Burgess rolled an ankle. The Pirates getting within four points before the Taipans pulled away to keep their championship hopes alive. The ACT Brumbies team is battling a stomach virus which floored the side

ahead of tonight's Super 14 opener in Perth. All eyes will be on the battle of the halves as former understudy Matt Henjak goes head-to-head with national skipper, George Gregan. And while new Waratah Wendel Sailor is talking tough

ahead of the Waratahs clash with Queensland, teenage sensation Leroy Houston has gone missing after a family argument earlier in the week.

An embarrassing end to a Lufthansa jet's bid to take off from Belgrade airport. Witnesses say the Airbus was lining up for take off, when it suddenly skidded off the tarmac, ending up in a field. None of the 63 passengers or five crew was hurt,

and officials say damage to the aircraft is minimal. Other flights were not disrupted.

And before we go a quick look at the day's top stories. President Bush reveals an attempt to stage a September 11-style attack on Los Angeles in 2002. Renewed sectarian violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan claims more than 30 lives. And Heath Ledger says he's still an Aussie, even though he's saying goodbye to Sydney. And that's Ten's Early News for this today and this week. Stay with us for updates throughout the day and we'll wrap up all the top stories during our news hour at 5:00.

I'm Bill Woods, thanks for your company.