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Kicking back with the troops - the

PM attends an Aussie Afghan barbie as

as new opinion polls at home show

her popularity is finally starting

to cook again.

6am, Tuesday, November 8. Good

morning, everyone. I'm Ron Wilson.

And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome

to Ten's Early News. Also this

morning - the carbon tax to become

law today. It's a boost for the

Government facing the uphill task

of getting the budget back to

surplus next year. In sport - talk

about a sore loser - the Russian

ice hockey coach who just couldn't

hack getting beaten.

And Greece starts a national unity And Greece starts a national unity

government to settle its debt

quits. problems, as the Prime Minister

Here's a weather check:

The Prime Minister has received a

boost in the latest opinion poll.

According to the Newspoll out this

morning, Julia Gillard has moved to

within one point of Tony within one point of Tony Abbott as

preferred PM. The Prime Minister

has been applauded for her efforts

in the Qantas crisis and at the G20

meeting in France. Mr Abbott has

been labelled as being too negative.

Labor has also registered a 3%

increase in its primary vote in the

past two weeks. It's back up to 32%

but behind the Coalition's 44%. but behind the Coalition's 44%. On

a two-party preferred basis, the

Coalition maintains its election-

winning 53% to 47% lead. The Prime

Minister has shared a barbie with

Aussie shoulders in Afghanistan.

She's now in Dubai after a surprise

visit to personally convey the

nation's sympathy about the

killings of three diggers. A barbecue at the Tarin Kowt barbecue at the Tarin Kowt base

gave the Prime Minister a chance to

mingle with the troops. One of the

cooks none too happy to be on

camera. Too late now! She even

shared a beer with the boys. Well,

sort of. Non-alcoholic. The good

humour overshadowed by the arrival

back home of the three latest

by casualties of the war, brought down

by someone thought to be an ally.

The Australian

The Australian people are thinking

of you every day, with admiration

for what you do here. The Prime

Minister said she want to do see

Afghanistan through the troops'

eyes. Australia, along with the

United States, has announced a

troop drawdown from 2014. But the

Greens, strongly backed by public

opinion, say it's time now for our

soldiers to come home, before the death toll death toll mounts further. But at

the opening of a new purpose-built

embassy in Kabul, the Prime

Australia's long-term involvement Minister said it was evidence of

partner. with Afghanistan as a friend and

The carbon tax is set to become law

later today, when it passes through

happy the Senate. The Government will be

happy to see the back of it, as it

faces new challenges returning the

budget to surplus next year.

budget to surplus next year.

Wayne Swan's been promptsing a

budget surplus in 2012-2013, but

now slowing market conditions are

making that more difficult. There's

no no doubt growth is lower, there's

no doubt that revenue will be lower

and there's no doubt that the

Government will have to find

the savings. Tony Abbott doesn't think

the Treasurer can do it. I think

it's important that the Government

very much that this Government get us back to surplus. I doubt

very much that this Government has

the ticker to do so. They haven't

got a snow flake's chance of having

a surplus. Some experts argue the

Government shouldn't be determined

to return the budget to surplus at

any cost. That runs the risk of

weakening the economy at a time

when it could be needing help. Tony

Abbott will need to find budget

savings of his own, now that he's

decided to support an increase to

minimum super contribution levels.

We will do that from savings in the

budget. Meanwhile, the Government's

controversial carbon tax is about

to clear its final hurdle, with the

Greens holding the balance of power

in the Upper House. It's expected

to have smooth package through the

Senate later today. And it will

year. come into effect from 1 July next

The jury in the trial of Michael

Jackson's doctor could come back

with a verdict at any time now.

Ten's Emma Dallimore is outside the

courthouse in Los Angeles. Emma,

just as we've been prepare tog talk

to you, I notice a flurry of

activity around you. Have we got a

verdict already? Well, Ron, just in

hearing the last couple of minutes, we're

hearing the Conrad Murray jury has

indeed reached a verdict. They work

on a buzzer system to communicate

to the court. Three buzzes mean

they have reached a verdict. Just

in the last minutes, those buzzes

did ring out. We won't know for a

while what that verdict is. It will

take around two hours for the jury

to read that into the court, time

for the Jackson family, judge and

defence and prosecution to make it

into the courtroom. We saw pictures

of him emerging from a church, hoping for some divine intervention.

The guilty verdict could mean four

years in jail and seeing Conrad

Murray stripped of his medical

licence. Emma, another late

development. A doctor has spoken

out about Michael Jackson's health

issues, but he wasn't called as a

witness? Yeah, that's right. Dr

Articled Klein was Michael

Jackson's dermatologist for many

years and supplied him with many

drugs. But the main drug wasn't in

Michael Jackson's body when he died,

so the doctor wasn't called to live

evidence. He is now speaking out

about Michael Jackson's addiction to Propofol and how to Propofol and how he feared that

would take his life. Take a listen. I

I knew he had a dependency on

Propofol. When efficiency in Hawaii,

I and myself, and my nurse, slept

on the floor of his room, the

plastic surgeon was there. I knew

this problem existed. Well, of

course, we now now it was Propofol

in the end that did take Michael

Jackson's life. Apparently a jury

has now decided whether indeed

that's Conrad Murray's fault or if

it's Michael Jackson's fault

himself. We will find out in the

next couple of hours. Alright, Emma,

as soon as we get a result, we will

come back to you.

The world's former most-wanted

terrorist, Carlos the Jackal, has

gone on trial in Grand Chancellor, accused of carrying

accused of carrying out four deadly

bombings in the '80s that killed 11

62-year-old people. Security was tight for the

62-year-old Venezuelan, who has

been in jail since 1994. He was the

leader of a gang which carried out

attacks on War sar Pact

Pact intelligence agencies. intelligence agencies -- Warsaw

Pact intelligence agencies.

Sports news - Greg Norman has

rejected calls for Adam Scott's

caddy, Steve Williams, to be sacked

for racially sledging Tiger Woods.

Scott has issued a statement

apologising for Williams' comment,

but asking that everyone move on.

Steve Williams was probably wishing

his usual of the word 'black'

related to New Zealand's recent

World Cup rin. The rugby? The Kiwi

caddy upbeat as the paced the

Australian Open course for his new

boss, Adam Scott. His old boss,

Tiger Woods, was at a private

corporate event in Melbourne, as speculation

speculation swirled about whether

Williams' off-colour sledge will

affect his game this week and at

next week's President's Cup. He's a

strong-minded and very dedicated professional

professional golfer, like I said. I

don't see him having problems with

it at all. Steve's not a racist. We

all make stupid comments at stupid

times. Unfortunately his stupid

comment became global news. You can look

look at it either way. I don't

think Steve or Scotty or even Tyler

are that concerned. You hope it

doesn't ruin both events doesn't ruin both events in

Australia, a caddy ruining stuff

like this. Woods won 13 major ws

Woods on his bag. Australian Open -

- majors with Woods on his bag.

Australian Open organisers will be

doing their best to prevent the two

meeting on the course this week.

Robbie Deans has been forced to dig

deep into Australia's talent pool

to name a squad for the spring tour. Nine World Nine World Cup players are

unavailable and Quade Cooper's

injury has seen winger jaim

O'Connor promoted -- James O'Connor

promote to do a bigger role. That

front line intensely, so he will

get an opportunity on this trip to

get started. Australia place only

twice on this tour, with matches

scheduled against the Barbarians

and Wales. All and Wales. All the morning's

finance news now with Kathryn

Robinson. The whole eurozone crisis

seems to have changed focus to Italy?

Somewhat right there. Overnight, it

has sent global markets into a spin.

Silvio Berlusconi has denied

rumours on Facebook that he will

resign, sending Italy's bond

markets and hence borrowing rates

to an all-time record. It comes on the eve of the eve of an important

parliamentary vote on budget

reforms. Italy has been under extra

pressure since last week, when the

IMF and EU announced it would

monitor more closely the country's

debt reduction targets. Markets

have welcomed the news that Greece

is to form a national unity

government. As widely expected, George Papandreou announced George Papandreou announced his

resignation, but talks between the

outgoing PM and the Opposition

Leader are currently at lorg heads.

European ministers will hold --

loggerheads. European ministers

will hold another crisis meeting tonight.

Well, France's move to protect its Well, France's move to protect its

own AAA credit rating by announcing

further budget tightening, which

could save 65 billion euros over

the next five years. The moves are

also aimed at avoiding the same

market pressure now engulfing Italy. France

France will save 7 billion off next

year's budget and nearly 12 billion

in 2013. One measure implemented is upping the

upping the retirement age from 60

to 62 in 2017. Back home, Holden

says it's committed to building

cars in Australia. The company has

introduced the Cruze hatchback, as

we reported yesterday, to the

production line in Adelaide, which

now puts out 480 vehicles a day.

Holden says the market will dictate

which models it produces. We will

build them here at this manufacturing manufacturing facility. We will manufacturing facility. We will be

proud to do so. The Cruze has so

far added 200 jobs to the production plant.

Don't expect too many fireworks on

the open today, with our local market.

Plenty of stormy weather around our

major centres today:

A check of newspaper headlines this

morning - the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' reports Medicare changes

will force people with rare genetic

conditions to pay big dollars to

conceive using IVF. 'The Herald

Sun' says kids are at risk because

three out of four criminals in

Victoria to apply to work with

children are permitted to do so.

'The Courier-Mail' reports small

business owners say they have had

enough, with operating costs

skyrocketing 30% over the past five

years. And according to the

'Northern Territory News', a couple

has reported seeing a lion

strolling across the Stuart Highway.

Still ahead - a Perth bar manager

to be sentenced today after being

convicted of the murder of an

Aussie businessman. And another

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Prosecutors in Melbourne have

dropped charges against the two

teenagers accused of starting

Bendigo's Black Saturday fire. The

13- and 14-year-olds were charged

with hundreds of counts of arson

following the deadly blaze. The

case against them was dropped. The

move has angered the family of a

man who died in the firement No-

one's accountable. The court heard

both boys suffer mild disabilities,

with IQs so low, they couldn't

instruct lawyers or understand

court proceedings. A Perth bar

manager is to be sentenced today,

after being convicted of murdering

businessman Craig Puddy. The 45-

year-old's body has never been

found. It's a case that drew

widespread interest - a missing

millionaire, a nation-wide man hunt

for his killer, and a gruelling 8-

week trial. Craig Puddy vanished

from his multimillion-dollar Perth home

home in May last year. Yesterday,

the man who managed his bar was

convicted of his murder. But

questions linger for the Puddy

family. Get through this. How do

you think this has been, for 18

months? And we still don't know

where our son is. So this is just

the first step. No closure.

Forensic evidence showed Mr Puddy

was bashed to death in his kitchen

before his body was removed in a

wheel yip bin and dumped in an

unknown location. The jury was told

the man killed Mr Puddy after he

confronted him over money missing

from his bar. They were shown

security vision, footage that

ultimately helped convict him. In

the days after Mr Puddy's

disappearance, Cameron Mansell fled,

travelling to North Queensland, sparking a man hunt.

A car was later found in bushland.

He has always maintained his

innocence. He claims he had been at

Craig Puddy's house when three

thugs burst in an attacked Mr Puddy

over a drug debt. As you can

imagine, he's in shock probably at

the moment. The Federal Government

has called a halt to the tendering

process for broadcasting the

Australia Network. Comungess

Minister Stephen Conroy says the

leak of -- comungess Minister

Stephen Conroy says the -- communications communications Minister Stephen

Conroy says the leak of

confidential information has

compromised the process.

Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire

Brigade is playing down concerns

over smart meters and over smart meters and denies their

link to house fires. Unions are

also concerned about dodgy

installations, a claim rejected by

power companies. The Metropolitan

Fire Brigade says there have been

three power board fires in the past

four weeks, but doesn't think

there's a link to the rollout of

new smart meters. There is no link.

That's why we're doing the

investigation. That's despite an email to all email to all stations refer tog an

increase in fires relating to smart

meters, and the decision to launch an

an investigation. I wouldn't

suggest the email could have been

better worded. We're undertaking an

investigation to see if there's a

link. The Firefighters anticipate

Union is concerned. They don't put

emails out like that for no reason.

It's a serious issue. It's a serious issue. The

Electrical Trades Union says

installers are under pressure to

get the job done fast. If you had

time, you would make sure all the

connections are right. They are not

afforded that amount of time. An

inquiry by the watchdog insists

meters and installers are safe. The

community can have absolute

assurance that the meters are being

put in safely and by qualified installers

installers and tradesmen. The smart

meter rollout is only one-third complete.

For the second time in less than a

week, fog has caused extensive

disruption in China. The mist

caused traffic problems in Shandong

Province and in Shanghai. It forced

shipping to shut down for an entire

day. 114 ships were delayed. There

were also long delays reported on

the Beijing to Shanghai expressway.

Meanwhile, heavy flooding in

southern France has killed three

people and forced the evacuation of

about 600 others. The levels of the

river in the south-east of the

country rose from 1.5m to 5m. In

Italy, at least seven people were

killed in Genoa jurg torrential flooding flooding in northern

flooding in northern and central --

during torrential flooding in

northern and stra areas of Italy.

A car -- and central areas of Italy.

A car-jacking suspect looked to be

boxed in at an intersection, but he

forced his way through. The driver

crashed into a street light and

then police moved in. Both

occupants of the car were arrested.

occupants of the car were arrested.

Sport - and the Ian Thorpe show has

rolled on to Beijing for the second

of a 3-series World Cup swim meet,

with Thorpe and Trickett both on

the comeback trial. Lee Nugent is

treating the preparation for next

year's Olympic qualifiers. It's

early days yet for these two

athletes. They can improve significantly between significantly between this point

and our trialness March. But we

will have to wait until the weekend

to see Thorpe's freestyle. He will

only compete in the 100m butterfly

and individual medley. Everyone's

allowed to lose their cool from

time to time, but one bloke has

taken it too far. When Vitvaz

Chekhov lost its game to Dinamo

Minsk in the final seconds, Minsk in the final seconds, the

head coach lost it. He grabbed a

player's stick and lashed out at

the home fans. The brawl had to be

broken up by the military. He was

handed a 2-match man.

Kathryn Robinson again. Tell us

about this Aussie sugar mill that's

fallen into the hands of

foreigners? Yeah, you're right.

Shares in Maryborough Sugar have

been placed in a trading halt ahead

of today's expected announcement

that the company is to be sold.

It has reportedly received a

takeover bid from a Thai-based

company. It's just the latest in a

big change in the Australian sugar

industry. Foreign ownership of our

mills has reportedly gone from 0%

to 75% in just two years. Well,

tumble weeds won't roll through

Adelaide's city centre on public

holidays for much longer. The South

Australian Government has unveiled

historic reforms to allow for more

trading in the CBD. It's expected

to revitalise the trading in the

city. You're all familiar with the

jokes about Adelaide. We want that

off our back. We want some self- respect.

respect. Shoppers will have as many

as 10 more public holidays to

indulge, but stores will indulge, but stores will still

remain closed on Christmas Day,

Good Friday and Anzac Day. Straight

set providers have refused to sign

wholesale agreement ws the NBN Co -

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on the rise after the chemical

supplier delivered a strong full-

year result, with a net profit up

4%. And Domino's says it will open

40 new stores, creating more than

2,500 jobs over the next six month,

following strong results.

Might be a good day to stay at home

and order a pizza, by the look of this weather today:

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Kicking back with the troops - the

PM attending an Aussie-Afghan

barbie, as new opinion tolls at

home show her popularity is finally

starting to cook again.

The carbon tax to become law later

today. It's a boost for the

Government, facing the task of

getting the budget back into surplus.

In sport - talk about a sore loser

- the Russian ice hockey coach who

just couldn't hack getting beaten

in the final minute of the game.

The Greek PM quits, a national

unity government to be set up to

tackle its debt problems.

After facing months of criticism,

Julia Gillard's popularity is on

the rise. We're joined by Amanda

Hart live from Canberra. Mandyarks

what do the figures this morning

show, -- Amanda, what do the

figures this morning show? Well, it

looks like it's gonna be a very

good day for Julia Gillard, because

according to this Newspoll, the

numbers are going in the right

direction for her. On a primary

vote, they are up three pointness

the past week - a 6% gain in the

past two weeks. They are still

behind the Coalition on 44%.

Labor's up, but still behind the

Opposition, on 53% on a two-party

preferred basis. And the

interesting one is preferred prime

minister. There's only one point

separating Julia Gillard and Tony

Abbott. And also Tony Abbott's

dissatisfaction rating is the

highest level it's been since he

has become Opposition Leader. So,

why are the figures looking like

this and what's going on with Julia

Gillard? Well, it could be her

performance at the G20 meeting in

France, it could be her performance

hosting the Commonwealth Heads of

Government Meeting in Perth, or

perhaps it's her role in the Qantas

industrial dispute, because she

applied, through Fair Work

Australia, to stop Qantas locking

out its staff. Julia Gillard and

Labor still have quite a way to go

to win the next election. And the

controversial carbon tax is finally

set to be passed in the Senate

today? Ron, it's come after so long.

There's been two failed attempts to

get this through, months of

negotiations and hours of listening

to it in Parliament. But the

Government and the Greens will use

their numbers in the Senate to get

this tax through today. The

Coalition still doesn't like it,

but it will move a last-minute

meament to try and reduce

electricity -- amendment to try and reduce electricity prices. reduce electricity prices. The next

battle for the Government will be

trying to sell this to the public.

Thank you, Amanda Hart,

Thank you, Amanda Hart, reporting live in Canberra. The

The families of the police officers

murdered in Melbourne's notorious

Walsh Street killings could finally

get justice. Victoria's Parliament

will today change the state's double

double jeopardy laws to allow the men

men acquitted of the murders to be

retried if new evidence emerges.

Constables Damien Eyre and Steven

Tynan were gunned down 23 years ago.

Three of the four men charged over

the murders were acquitted. The

fourth, Victor Pearce, was gunned

down in 2002. His widwoe, Wendy

Pearce, claims she overheard the

men planning the killings.

The jury in the trial of Michael

Jackson's doctor could come back

with a verdict at any time now.

Ten's Emma Dallimore is outside the

courthouse in Los Angeles. Emma,

when we spoke to you a if you

minutes ago, the jury had indicated

they will be back shortly. How soon

will we see a verdict from them?

Ron, we're expecting to hear a

verdict from the jury around 8am Australian

Australian time. The court gives

all members of this case, including

the prosecution, defence, judge and

the Jackson family, and Conrad

Murray, around two hour toss get

back to the court so they can all -

- hours to get back to the court,

so they ka all hear the verdict read so they ka all hear the verdict

read out. We -- so they can all

hear the verdict read out.

Overnight, we saw Conrad Murray

leaving church, perhaps hoping for some

some divine intervention. Fans here

all morning have been chanting

guilty. If that is the case, then

Conrad Murray faces four years in

jail and will have his medical

licence stripped. Emma, it's

interesting that another doctor,

who was close to Michael Jackson,

has spoken out about his health

issues. But he wasn't called as a

witness? Yeah, Ron, Dr Arnold Klein was Michael

was Michael Jackson's dermatologist

for many years and prescribed many

medications over that period. The one

one medication he gave him was a

painkiller, Demerol, which wasn't

found in Michael Jackson's body

when he died, so the doctor wasn't

called as a witness. However, he

speaking out very loudy about

Jackson's addiction to Propofol. I knew he had

knew he had a dependancy to Propofol.

Propofol. He felt he couldn't sleep

without it. When he was in Hawaii,

I and my nurse slept on the floor.

I knew this problem existed.

Of course, we know it was Propofol

that killed Michael Jackson in the

end. In the next hour and a half,

we will find out if a jury believes

that that's the fault of Dr Conrad Murray or Murray or the fault of Michael

Jackson himself. Ron. Emma

Dallimore, thank you. Reporting

live from Los Angeles.

A handful of gaming fans will be a

little red-eyed following the release

release of 'Modern Warfare'

overnight. Eager fans queued

outside stores in Sydney ahead of

the midnight release of one of the

most anticipated games this year. I

was the first one! Number one. I gotta

gotta go. I gotta go play gotta go. I gotta go play it. Well,

he's a little excited. The game is

expected to fly off the Shevells.

The last edition of the 'Modern

Warfare' franchise took in more

than a billion dollars worldwide in

its first six weeks.

Greg Norman has rejected calls for

Adam Scott's caddy, Steve Williams,

to be sacked for racially sledging

Tiger Woods. Scott has issued a statement Tiger Woods. Scott has issued a

statement apologising for Williams'

comments, but asking that everyone move on.

Steve Williams was probably wishes

his use of the word 'black' related

to New Zealandese recent World Cup

rin. The rugby? -- World Cup win.

The rugby? His old boss, Tiger

Woods, was at a private corporate

event in Melbourne, as speculation event in Melbourne, as speculation

swirled about whether Williams's

off-colour sledge will affect his

game this week and at next week's

President's Cup. He's a very, very strong-minded

strong-minded and very dedicated

professional golfer, like I said.

So I don't see him having problems

with it at all. Steve's not a

racist. Look, we all make stupid

comments at stupid times.

Unfortunately, his stupid comment

became global news. You can look became global news. You can look at

it either way, but I don't think

Steve or Scotty or even Tiger are

that concerned. You hope it doesn't

ruin both events here in Australia,

that a caddy is kind of ruining

stuff like this. Woods won 13

majors with Williams on his bag.

Australian Open organisers will be

doing their best to prevent an awkward encounter between the

former friends on the golf course this week.

this week.

Melbourne Victory defender Matthew

Foschini will now miss two matches

after fail inning his attempt to

get a 1-match ban overturned.

Foschini received a red card for a

tackle in Brisbane's 2-2 draw on

Saturday night, but the match Ras

Lanuf panel upheld the ban.

Adelaide United defender Antony

Golec has been force to do Golec has been force to do

apologise for tweets he made about

the decision by referee Ben Williams. Kathryn Robinson, Qantas

and the unions, well, they are

under orders now, but they are

going to sit down and try to sort

out their differences?

You're. The Transport Workers'

Union and Qantas executives and the

Pilots' Association meetings will

take off today. They hope to agree take off today. They hope to agree

over the industrial dispute, which

saw the airline ground the fleet 10 days

days ago. It's a matter of whether

Qantas will talk dirty and stone wall,

wall, as they have in the past. If

the unions continue to try to

insist on micromanaging the

airlines, I suspect it will be

quite hard. The parties have been

given 21 days to resolve their

differences or Fair Work Australia

differences or Fair Work Australia will arbitrate.

South Australia's Opposition has

agreed to back the move for the

mine. The move means the agreement

is now likely to pass through state

parliament before the end of the

year. The proposed expangespanges

will create 6 throughout jobs -- expansion

expansion will create 6,000 jobs

during construction. Overseas now,

and the Italian Prime Minister,

Silvio Berlusconi, has denied

rumours that he is about to resign,

sending the country's borrowing

rates to an all-time record. Fears

are now growing that Italy could be the

the next victim of the eurozone debt crisis.

As if the bad news circulating

about their country was not enough

for a Monday morning, for a Monday morning, commuters and tourists

tourists in Rome have to cope with

a bus strike. Are you serious?! No

wonder! Bus and underground drivers

have called a 24-hour stoppage to

protest against the Government's

austerity measures. This union

leader says the workers are being

made to pay a high price for the

government's errors. But the big

problem this morning is the government's

government's being forced to pay a

record high price on its loans.

Italian tenure bonds are at their

highest. Many doubt Silvio

Berlusconi's coalition has the

support need to do enact austerity

measures to tackle Italy's debt. Rumours

Rumours he was about to resign

temporarily boosted markets, but he

denied those on Facebook. Italy's

economy is sufficiently big that economy is sufficiently big that

problems there will have a huge

knock-on effect, greatly

overshadowing any risk from Greece. In

In Athens. George Papandreou has

been speaking to those about a coalition

coalition government. He will stand

down, and a much-needed injection

of loans from the IMF and EU will

follow. Let's take a look at the follow. Let's take a look at the

markets now. The instability in

Italy and Greece had initially sent

US stocks south overnight, but a

late rally has pushed the Dow back into the black.

European markets ended in the red

as investors focused on Italian political

political turmoil. Banks there led the declines.

Safe haven buying of gold Safe haven buying of gold has

pushed it back to :

Weather check on your screen:

Taking a look at news websites

around the world. You're never too

young to be financially savvy.

Money management course rs on the

rise for primary school children.

rise for primary school children. A

cartoonist somehow managed to draw

a sketch of himself pounding the

pavement while he was running the

42km New York Marathon. And the

iPhone 4's virtual personal assistant

assistant - what she answers, if

you ask the question, where the

best place is to hide a dead body.

Something we all need to know!

Still ahead - more scandal Still ahead - more scandal at the

top of the University of Queensland.

And the hottest new healthy

quizzene to bite into, although --

cuisine to bite into, although up wouldn't want A sexual assault prevention program will be rolled out across Canberra's Highschools thanks to Government funding. The Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis has announced the program, funded through the Gillard Government's National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre is being given 250 thousand dollars to deliver the prevention message for

students in ACT high schools. More consultation over the Murray Darling Basin Plan, and yet another delay in its release. Authority boss Craig Knowles says talks with environment groups will continue throughout this month, with the paper due to be publicly released on the 28th. The authority is pushing the release of it's draft plan back again, despite initially saying it'd be out mid November. The plan will affect irrigators in the ACT, Jindabyne and Cooma. There are a number of reports from across the Southern Tablelands, about aggressive telemarketers who threaten to disconnect their power -- unless they

buy an energy saving device. Offshore telemarketers claim to be from a government authority known as the Australian

Electricity Commission. The New South Wales department of fair trading is trying to dismantle the scam.

Canberra is in for a muggy week, with the Capital to set the record for the second hottest November. The Bureau is predicting the mercury will sit above 25 degrees every day for the next week. The average maximum for November in the ACT is 23 degrees. An extremely slow-moving pressure system is being blamed for the stormy, hot conditions. AND, Canberra Raiders fullback Josh Dugan has made his intention to stay with the Canberra Raiders clear. He's coming out of contract at the end of next season, and the clubs are already beginning to circle the talented player. He says he's hoping the Raiders will strike up a deal with him to see his stay extended . Starting with a look at the satellite map - A strong frontal system is expected to move through the state

tomorrow and Thursday. Looking at conditions across the nation now - a few showers for Canberra - a shower or two for Sydney - Rain easing to showers in Melbourne To the major centres now... And storms likely for Dubbo today ... Much the same for Wollongong... A top of 25 there. 31 in Wagga.

28 the top in Bathurst. 27 and thunderstorms too for Batemans Bay. 30 in Mudgee... Windy on the Snowies for Thredbo.

Turning to the three day forecast for Canberra now... Tomorrow - Showers - 15 28 Thursday - Possible shower - 14 24 Friday - Mostly sunny - 7 25 That's the latest news, sport and weather. Stay with us. I'll have more updates for you throughout the day. . (CLASSICAL PIANO MUSIC) VOICEOVER: New Odour Detect from Air Wick.

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Headlines on the quarter-hour on

Ten's Early News. Prosecutors in

Melbourne have dropped charges

against the two teenagers accused

of starting Bendigo's Black

Saturday fire. The 13- and 14-year-

olds were charged with hundreds of

counts of arson. After a jury found

the boys were unfit to stand trial,

the cases against them were dropped.

The move has angered the family of

a man who died in the fire. Too

many people have suffered, had

losses, and no-one's accountable.

The court heard the boys both

suffer mild to moderate biz

abilities, with IQs so low they

couldn't instruct lawyers or

understand proceedings. A Perth bar

manager is set to be convicted

today after being gicted of

murdering Craig Puddy -- convicted of

of murdering Craig Puddy.

It's a case that drew widespread

interest sh a missing millionaire,

a nation-wide man hunt for his

killer. Craig Puddy vanished from

his multimillion-dollar home in May

last year. Yesterday, Cameron

Mansell, the man who managed Mr

Puddy's upmarket bar, was convicted

of his murder. But questions linger

for the Puddy family. How do you

think this has been, for 18 months?

And we still don't know where our

son is. So this is just the first

step. No closure. Forensic evidence

showed Mr Puddy was bashed to death

in his kitchen before his body was

removed in a wheelie bin and dumped

at an unknown location. The jury

was told Mansell killed Mr Puddy

after he confronted him over money

missing from his bar. They were

shown hours of security vision

tracing Mansell's movements after

Mr Puddy vanished, footage that

ultimately helped convict him. In

the days after Mr Puddy's

disappearance, Cameron Mansell fled

to amend under a false name. Then

he travelled to northern Queensland,

sparking a nation-wide man hunt.

The wheelie bin and Mansell's

burnt-out car, containing a key to

Mr Puddy's home, were later found

in bushland. Mansell has always

maintained his innocence. He

claimed he had been at Craig

Puddy's house when three thugs

burst in and attacked Mr Puddy over

a drug debt. As you a -- as you can

imagine, he's in shock.

Queensland's University is

embroiled in a controversial

scandal. The Vice-Chancellor and

Deputy Vice-Chancellor both

resigned after an investigation

found there were irregularitys over

a student they both knew. Now an

explanation is being demanded. I

have gotta say, at the end of the

day, there was a report made. It

was acted on immediately. The CMC

is also investigating claims

is also investigating claims of

another unorthodox enrolment at the

university. Melbourne's

Metropolitan Fire Brigade is

playing down concerns over smart

meters and denying their link to

house fires. Unions are also

concerned about dodgy installations,

a claim rejected by power companies.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade says

there have been three power board

fireness the past four weeks, but

doesn't think there's a link to the

rollout of new smart meters. As we

have seen, there's no link. That's

why we're doing an investigation.

That's despite an email to all

and stations relating to smart meters

and the decision to launch an

investigation. The realitys are

we're undertaking an investigation

to see if there's a link. The

firefighters' union is concerned.

They don't put emails out like that

for no reason. It's a serious issue

that warrants proper investigation.

Installers are paid per meter and

are under pressure to get the job done

done fast. If they had more time,

you would make sure all the

connections were tight, do all the background checks. They are not

afforded that amount of time to do

it. An inquiry by the energy

watchdog insists meters and

installers are safe. The community

can have absolute assurance that

the meters are being put in safely

and by qualified installers and

tradesmen. The smart meter rollout is only one-third complete.

Meanwhile, NSW households are to be

hit by higher energy bills to pay

for the state's bungled solar bonus

scheme. The state's Auditor-General

controls said it lacked basic operational

controls and would have blown out

to $4 billion if it hadn't have

been reined in. Households could

pay up to $50 a year more to pay

for T They are paying the legacy of

John Robinson. Half of the solar

power companies in NSW have gone

bust since the scheme bust since the scheme was closed,

at a cost of 3,500 jobs. Carlos the

Jackal has gone on trial in France,

accused of carrying out four

bombings in the '80s. Security was

tight for the appearance of the 62-

year-old Venezuelan. He's been in

jail since 1994. The new charges

relate to attacks in France, which

killed 11 people. His lawyers have called this trial unfair.

The Ian Thorpe show has rolled on

to Beijing for the second of a 3-

series World Cup swim meet. With

Thorpe and Libby Trickett both on

the comeback trail, Lee Nugent is

treating the meet as preparation

for next year's qualifiers. They

can improve significantly between

this point and our trialness March.

But we'll have to wait until the

weekend to see Thorpe's freestyle.

He will only compete in the 100m

butterfly and the individual medley.

Pre-season training has begun for a

host of AFL clubs. It was a shock

for players and rookie coaches when

football's festive season came to

an abrupt end.

In Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide,

with the sting of summer in the air

and endurance test tog start, AFL

players began pre-season training -

- testing to start, AFL players

began pre-season training en masse.

We're miles better than this time

last year. Some of the times they have

have run, the condition they look

in, I mean, yeah, I don't think you

mates can compare. An old dog met new

mates at the Lions, as Ben put his

retirement on hold for a season up

north. His old teammates sweated it

out, under the guidance of new

coach Brendan McCartney. The older

statesmen, the last men standing

after the Dogs' variation of the

beep test. It's fantastic to see

that what can be done through years

and years of hard work. We're not

talking a month or six months,

we're talking people who have been

elite players for a long time.

There was a distinct Geelong feel to

to the start of the Crows' campaign.

They went like cut cats on day one,

which is to be expected, I guess.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has

been force to do dig deep into

Australia's talent tool to name a

squad for the spring tour. Nine

World Cup players are unavailable

and Quade Cooper's injury has seen

winger James O'Connor promote to do

a bigger role. He will improve his

ability to cope with that front

line intensity routinely. So he

will get an opportunity tonne this

trip, most likely, to get started.

Australia plays only twice on this

tour, with matches scheduled

against the Barbarians and Wales.

You have to accept that everyone's

allowed to lose their cool from

time to time, but one bloke has

taken it a bit too far. When a hockey

hockey team, Vitvaz Chekhov, lost

to Dinamo Minsk in the final

seconds, the head coach lost it. He grabbed

grabbed one of the player's sticks

and lashed out at the home fans.

The brawl had to be broken up by

the military. He was handed a 2- match ban.

Kathryn Robinson back with us. Got

some more detail on that Aussie

sugar mill that's going to foreign seniors

You're right there, Ron. Shares in

Maryborough Sugar have been placed

in a trading halt with today's

expected announcement the company

is to be sold.

It has reportedly received a

takeover from a Thai-based company.

It's just the latest in a big

change in the sugar industry.

mills has reportedly Foreign ownership of Australian

mills has reportedly gone from 0%

to 75% in just two years.

Well, Holden says it is committed

to building carness Australia. The

company has introduced the Cruze

hatchback to the production line in

Adelaide, which now puts out 480

vehicle as day. But Holden says the

market will dictate which models it

produces. We will respond to what

customers want and we will build

here them at this manufacturing facility

here and we will be very proud to

do it here. The Cruze has so far

add 200 jobs at the Elizabeth

production plant. Listen up, all

you foodies out there, the newest

trend in dining in Hong Kong is one

of the oldest - snake soup. It used

to be found with back alleys and

local markets, but noum it's

turning up in mish -- but now it's

turning up in Michelin-star

restaurants as well. The null

wealthy also use it as a detoxifier.

Apparently, in some it turns your

sweat into a yellow colour. If

you're gairges Ron. Just looking at

-- if you're game, Ron. Greece's

major political parties have agreed

on an interim PM, and that will be

named on Tuesday.

we go: Thank you. Checking weather before

Recapping our top stories this

morning - the PM drops in on the

troops in Afghanistan. Back home,

to heat up. her popularity is finally starting

The political fight which cost the

PM so much ground, the carbon tax,

is set to finally become law today.

And the jury has reached a verdict

in the Michael Jackson trial. The

fate of the doctor accused of his

involuntary manslaughter is

expected to be announced at 8:00

time. this morning, Australian eastern

And that's it for the Early News.

I'm Ron Wilson. We will see up

again for our next news again for our next news at 9am. I am Kathryn Robinson. Thanks

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