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Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. you're watching Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson, Our main stories this morning. fan fires in three States. Soaring temperatures and strong winds homes now threatened. One volunteer's dead - Criminal charges to be brought so-called Doctor Death Jayant Patel, against Queensland's who's in hiding in the US. assassinated, A prominent Lebanese cabinet minister

a step closer to civil war. bringing the country pays And Ian Thorpe's old nemesis tribute to the departing champion, won't be the same. saying the sport of swimming and a flat session for Wall Street? Time for a look at the markets now with Wall Street flat Pretty dull actually hitting record highs. despite Boeing and Google set for global expansion, Harvey Norman from its AGM shortly. I'll have the details It's only just begun has already claimed one life. but Australia's bushfire hampering a desperate battle High winds are again in the Blue Mountains. to contain fires threatening homes for more than a week, They've been fighting bushfires there

for more than a week, They've been fighting bushfires there in the Blue Mountains, but for 400 firefighters

in the Blue Mountains, but for 400 firefighters west of Sydney, just keep on getting worse. conditions have jumped containment lines The flames to be fuelled by wind gusts and are today expected and temperatures of up to 40 degrees. of up to 80km/h to say the least. It's been a challenge the extreme fire behaviour at times The inaccessible territory, and the weather of course. Bushfires are edging closer to homes, it's time for residents to decide authorities say or leave. whether they'll stay and fight in a fire on the NSW South Coast. A man has already died across most of that State Total fire bans remain in place north-east. as well as South Australia's sparked 90 fires yesterday. Lightning strikes there

but not exactly thrilling. Don't know what to do or say Most are now under control. Christopher Still, ten News. Jayant Patel to Queensland Efforts to return rogue surgeon are gaining ground

against him today. with charges expected to be laid will apply to a magistrate Queensland police against Patel to approve arrest warrants and grievous bodily harm. for manslaughter, fraud Should that go as planned, in extradition proceedings the first steps

can begin. through the US Justice Department linked the the 56-year-old A government inquiry

to 17 deaths at Bundaberg Hospital. living in Portland Oregon, Patel, who's believed to be extradition if the plan goes ahead. will have 60 days to fight Australia is reportedly considering to Iraq. bolstering its military commitment The 'Australian' newspaper reports will debate the possibility Cabinet's national security

early next month. of increasing troop numbers has already canvassed the concept. But it claims John Howard involvement in the trouble spot The paper says options for greater a special forces detachment include sending and giving logistical support. its troops to 40,000 The US is considering lifting to help stabilise the country. paralysed by spinal cord injuries. New hope for people Adelaide researchers think by nerve grafts from behind the knee. the damage can be repaired 30 years ago Neil Sasche broke his neck playing for Footscray in the VFL. He knows he will never walk again. would be fairly brittle, My bone density I'd probably break my legs. so if I stood up all the more determined But it makes him to help others. New Adelaide research shows from the back of a person's knee nerves taken of the injury to the spinal cord and re-injected at the site can repair the damage. in the spinal cord to regenerate. It's possible to get nerves You can actually get them to regrow. It would reverse paralysis. Someone who had lost paralysis and sensation again. would regain function In the best case scenario, within 18 months of their injury people treated may walk again. sufferers could at least experience Failing that,

to their lifestyle. dramatic improvements hopes to raise a million dollars The Neil Sasche Foundation to complete research in Adelaide. animal trials that have been done We'll be looking to translate the directly into clinical trials.

A report suggests electricity from nuclear reactors Australians could be using in 10 years time. up to 25 nuclear power stations A team of experts predicting cutting our greenhouse gas emissions. could be on line by 2050

something about climate change If you are fair dinkum about doing you have to consider everything. I don't pretend it will be popular. I don't pretend it will be easy,

nuclear power is not the answer. Green groups say Lebanon is on the brink of civil war,

of a leading Christian politician. following the assassination Beirut sparking immediate protests. Pierre Gemeyal was gunned down in Lebanon's government. Murder aimed at bringing down

a fierce critic The Industry Minister, of Syria's role in Lebanon was caught inside his car. against such an onslaught. He stood little chance

of Beirut Attacked in a Christian suburb most political support. where he found must have hoped for reaction The assassins in this bitterly divided country. It came quickly. Syria was widely blamed. or the militants of Hezbollah Her intelligence agents in Lebanon's government. which demands more power murdered last year The son of Lebanon's former president broke the news to his supporters. They opened fire on many staff. TRANSLATION: and hints of vengeance. It provoked chants of loyalty in Hezbollah's latest effort The minister may have been murdered to grab more power. comes from a political family. The young minister Already his father has appealed for restraint to avoid greater bloodshed. Madonna's adoption saga has taken another, sensational, turn. The pop star is reportedly in a tug-of-love battle with an Australian couple over a second Malawian child. Madonna and her film-maker husband

fell in love with an 18-month-old girl during their visit to an orphanage earlier this year so much so, they apparently picked her over David Banda. 14-month-old David now lives with Madonna in her UK home. Australian Baptist missionaries Angela and John Wilmot are reportedly in the process of adopting the little girl but Madonna still wants her. Dutch swim star Peiter Van Den Hoogenband has led the international chorus of tributes for Ian Thorpe,

saying he'll feel lost not being able to compete against his great rival. But there's no doubt it's the Australian swimming community who'll be most affected. It was Ian Thorpe's last stand, but there was no pool, no gold medal, no world record. However, the big fish of Australian swimming still created a huge splash

with his decision to quit the sport that's made him a household name. It still seems a little surreal. I am shocked on the decision, you know,

I thought he'd be pulling out of the World Championships but not actually, as he put it, discontinuing from the sport.

I've had the information since Sunday. really,

but there's been speculation even since then that perhaps it may or may not happen. It's a big decision for a young man to make. Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates less shocked by Thorpe's retirement. I think we've all anticipated that is was coming and that he was troubled in reaching this decision and so not that surprised. But there was one common view - Thorpe will be missed by the national team

at next year's world championships in Melbourne next March, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. So he'll be missed, but not having him there at the World Championships any team without Ian Thorpe is obviously a little bit weaker, and not having him on the relays there, They are certainly big shoes within the swimming team, in terms of leadership, to be filled. Shane Watson has failed in his bid to overcome a hamstring injury for the first Ashes Test. The all-rounder replaced by batsman Michael Clarke. Watson did everything in his power to convince the medical staff he'd be ready to go on Thursday, but ran out of time. It's just one of those things that I've done everything I can over the last 3-4 days to give it my best shot to be right and unfortunately, I'm probably a couple of days away. England also has injury concerns, Batsman Ian Bell with a badly brusied wrist after being struck by team-mate James Anderson.

League, and impact forward Willie Mason returns to the Kangaroos line-up for Saturday night's Tri=Nations final against New Zealand. Willie Mason reinstated after missing the last weekend's victory over Great Britain in Brisbane

due to suspension. He'll play at prop, at the expense of Brent Kite. Melbourne's Matt King proved his fitness, but was still unable to oust in-form winger Brent Tate. Time for more finance now and a raft of annual meetings yesterday? Harvey Norman shareholders got the chance to meet with management at yesterday's annual meeting. Boss Gerry Harvey told investors the company is on track to become a significant global player, with plans to expand its store offerings across Asia and Europe. Harvey Norman is also looking to build on this year's solid sales growth. In the four months to the end of October sales jumped 18% to $1.7 billion, up almost 8% on this time a year ago.

And the Harvey Norman-owned Rebel Sport also met with shareholders yesterday, for the first time since accepting a takeover offer from private equity firm Archer Capital. The sporting goods retailer also reported strong sales growth, with revenue over the past four months up nearly 16%. It expects this year's Christmas trading period to be particularly strong thanks to the upcoming Ashes Tour.

On the group's impending takeover boss Stephen Heath says he expects Archer Capital to put a formal offer to shareholders next week. National weather: Let's see what making news the country's major papers.

An arrest warrant expected to be issued for Queensland's Doctor Death later today. The details on the other side of the break. This program is captioned live. This morning. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Manslaughter charges to be laid wanted men, against one of Australia's rogue surgeon Jayant Patel. in three states Firefighters battling wild blazes face a new weather challenge. who helped the Thorpedo The identity of the woman

decide on his retirement revealed. cabinet minister assassinated, And a prominent Lebanese a step closer to civil war. bringing the country of the markets now, Kath. Time for another check on Wall street overnight. It's been a fairly lacklustre session intensifies - Takeover talk regarding Qantas I'll have the details shortly.

to take the first steps Queensland Police are expected Jayant Patel from the United States. towards returning rogue surgeon is expected to make the decision A Brisbane magistrate of arrest warrants against him on whether to approve a series later this morning. after a brokered deal Just three months to return Jayant Patel by the Queensland Attorney-General , was controversially rejected surgeon appears to be gaining ground. the hunt for the elusive former Leanne Clair says Director of Public Prosecutions charges will be laid against Patel warrants is still to be decided. but final approval for arrest to a magistrate Police will today apply to approve the warrants

five grievous bodily harm, that include three manslaughter, negligence and fraud charges. Should all go to plan, Philip Ruddock Federal Attorney-General through the US Justice Department. can then request extradition at Bundaberg Hospital An inquiry into Patel's tenure to the deaths of 17 patients. has linked him to fight an extradition order. The 56-year-old will have 60 days Should he not, to Australia immediately. he would be flown is expected for firefighters Another tough day in the Blue Mountains. battling huge blazes broken through containment lines, The fires have already are set to add to the problem. now high winds and temperatures is within four kilometres One bushfire of the mountain town of Blackheath. to hold the flames back Authorities say they won't be able if the situation worsens. intend to stay and fight or leave. Residents told to decide whether they

in Sydney overnight. Firefighters were kept busy in the city's south-west A tyre factory went up in flames about 8:00. 50 firefighters were brought in as it threatened nearby buildings. The warehouse suffered extensive damage. The cause of the blaze is unknown. A massive fire has gutted a chemical factory in far western Sydney. Flames quickly engulfed the warehouse at Appin which stores paints and aerosol cans. More than 50 firefighters called in and worked for two hours to contain the flames. There were no reports of injuries. Investigations continue into the cause. It's the third factory fire in Sydney in just two days. The Federal Government says there's no reason why nuclear reactors couldn't be built well away from Australia's cities. The Opposition challenging the Government

to tell the public where nuclear power stations would be located. A draft report suggests

Australians could be using electricity generated by reactors within a decade. The economics are obvious and compelling. of experts The Prime Minister's hand-picked team 25 nuclear power stations even suggesting up to by 2050. could be up and running

where the reactors will go. The Opposition wants to know

sited away from population centres Modern nuclear power stations can be

are. just as coal-fired power stations of what to do with the nuclear waste. And then there's the question bury it deep underground. One proposal,

There are large areas of Australia for repository of spent fuel rods. that meet the criteria is more expensive to generate While nuclear energy than conventional power,

from coal-fired power stations putting a price on carbon emissions could make it competitive. cheaper household energy bills. But that won't mean There's no point in pretending

additional cost involved. there won't be some The task force sees nuclear power Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, as a way of reducing and renewable energy. complementing fossil fuels Murray McCloskey, Ten News. has paved the way An emotion-charged political vote to test daylight saving. for West Australians A bill for the controversial regime upper house late yesterday - passed through the State's 21 votes to 10.

in a fortnight on December 3 The 3-year trial will start failed referendums over 31 years. putting to bed three moves its clocks forward, Once Western Australia

and the Northern Territory only Queensland

will be without daylight saving. has been assassinated, A senior Lebanese politician into political turmoil. plunging the country Pierre Gemayel Prominent Christian cabinet minister was driving through Beirut, by another car. when his car was rammed at point-blank range. He was shot several times It's feared the execution will push the Middle East nation one step closer to civil war. in a power struggle Gemayel had been locked led by Hezbollah. with pro-Syrian factions Two of Ian Thorpe's greatest rivals, Dutch star Peiter Van Den Hoogenband Michael Phelps of America and to the retired champion have paid tribute wakes up to a new beginning. while the Australian team

There'll be no Thorpedo on deck takes on the world next year when Australia and then at the Bejing Olympics. in Brisbane on December 3rd. The world championship trials begin The identity of the mystery woman to close the curtain on his career who helped Ian Thorpe decide has been revealed. Deidre Anderson Former sports psychologist the 5-time Olympic gold medallist counselled leading up to his decision. in the three weeks not allowed to say their name. I've been seeing someone,

absolutely incredible. They're incredible, was recommended to Thorpe Reports life coach Anderson Shane Gould. by another Australian swimming great to overcome a hamstring injury Shane Watson has failed in his bid in time for the first Ashes Test. by batsman Michael Clarke. The all-rounder replaced Watson did everything in his power

and himself to convince the medical staff he'd be ready to go on Thursday, but in the end, he just ran out of time. It's just one of those things that I've done everything I can over the last 3-4 days to give it my best shot to be right I'm probably a couple of days away. and unfortunately, injury concerns England have their own was struck on the wrist after batsman Ian Bell by team-mate James Anderson. but does have severe bruising. He's been cleared of bone damage From what I've seen, prevent him from playing - I don't think it's going to from what I've seen. We don't know anything further than that but we're very hopeful that he'll be ready to play. And after unveiling his version of the Boony doll Ian Botham has taken another swipe at the Aussies.

After earlier calling the team a Dad's Army, he's now taken aim at young guns Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. At the moment they're raw, they're young, to me you need guys out there with a bit of experience, and if they're that good why do you keep on bringing Gillespie back and Kasprowicz and these people? 'Beefy's barrage sure to inspire the rapidly growing Barmy Army. Jon Glanville, Ten News. A display of AFL sensitivity and compassion - all clubs have agreed to provide a special dispensation for Essendon's Adam Ramanaskus during his battle with cancer. The League says all 16 clubs supported the move because of his unique situation.

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Ten reporter Daniel Sutton joins us on the phone Dan, how far has the fire spread and are any homes under threat? The winner pushing the flames quickly Eastwood. A the up

Eastwood. A the up the country is in excess of will which Macey really difficult. It is still many kilometres from home is in the mountains. There is nothing more than dense scrub between the homes. dense scrub between the homes. Fire fighters are desperately trying to slow the fire down. They are trying to stop it spreading towards the properties. It's the third factory fire in Sydney in just two days. are gaining ground with charges expected to be laid against him today. Queensland police will apply to a magistrate for manslaughter, fraud and grievous bodily harm. the first steps in extradition proceedings through the US Justice Department can begin. A report suggests Australians could be using electricity from nuclear reactors in 10 years time. A draft report suggests electricity generated by reactors within a decade. The Prime Minister's hand-picked team of experts even suggesting up to 25 nuclear power stations The Opposition wants to know where the reactors will go. Modern nuclear power stations can be sited away from population centres just as coal-fired power stations are. One proposal, bury it deep underground. that meet the criteria for repository of spent fuel rods. While nuclear energy is more expensive to generate But that won't mean cheaper household energy bills. There's no point in pretending as a way of reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, complementing fossil fuels and renewable energy. An emotion-charged political vote has paved the way for West Australians to test daylight saving. The 3-year trial will start in a fortnight on December 3 putting to bed three failed referendums over 31 years. Once Western Australia moves its clocks forward, only Queensland and the Northern Territory will be without daylight saving. A senior Lebanese politician has been assassinated, plunging the country into political turmoil. was driving through Beirut, when his car was rammed by another car. He was shot several times at point-blank range. It's feared the execution will push the Middle East nation one step closer to civil war. Gemayel had been locked in a power struggle with pro-Syrian factions led by Hezbollah. saying he'll feel lost not being able to compete against his great rival. But there's no doubt It was Ian Thorpe's last stand, but there was no pool, no gold medal, However, the big fish of Australian swimming still created a huge splash with his decision to quit the sport that's made him a household name. I am shocked on the decision, you know, I thought he'd be pulling out of the World Championships I've had the information since Sunday. really, It's a big decision for a young man to make. Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates and that he was troubled in reaching this decision and so not that surprised. at next year's world championships in Melbourne next March, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. So he'll be missed, but not having him there at the World Championships any team without Ian Thorpe is obviously a little bit weaker. in terms of leadership, to be filled. Shane Watson has failed in his bid to overcome a hamstring injury The all-rounder replaced by batsman Michael Clarke. Watson did everything in his power to convince the medical staff he'd be ready to go on Thursday, but ran out of time. that I've done everything I can over the last 3-4 days to give it my best shot to be right England also has injury concerns, after being struck by team-mate James Anderson. The AFL has shown its compassionate side, The Bombers had sought special consideration to allow him to become a rookie, because of his battle with cancer. had rookie status not been granted. League, and impact forward Willie Mason returns to the Kangaroos line-up for Saturday night's Tri-Nations final against New Zealand. Willie Mason reinstated over Great Britain in Brisbane He'll play at prop, at the expense of Brent Kite.

with the shares continuing to rise in trading yesterday. Telstra instalment receipts closed 3 cents higher at $2.21, a 10.5% profit in just two days. Trading in the stock also remains heavy, with more than 115 million shares changing hands. to attract a lot of attention, those shares ended 1 cent higher at $3.64.

buying a stake in yet another Chinese lender. with over 300 branches and more than 2 million customers. Boss John McFarlane says the acquisition is part of the bank's Asian growth strategy. Earlier this year it took a similar sized stake in another Chinese lender

National weather: Let's see what making news the country's major papers.

LOOKING AROUND AUSTRALIA, AND VERY HOT AND WINDY FOR SYDNEY AND 38 DEGREES, WITH THE COOLER CHANGE TAKING EFFECT FOR 22 IN MELBOURNE. WOLLONGONG CAN EXPECT A TOP OF 35 TODAY, BUT THE REGION STAYING MOSTLY DRY, AND THE CHANCE OF A LOCAL THUNDERSTORM IN THE EVENING. ORANGE A WINDY 30 DEGREES BATEMANS BAY WILL BENEFIT FROM THAT SEA BREEZE FOR 25, BUT A STRONG WIND WARNING FOR COASTAL WATERS. ANOTHER HOT GUSTY DAY FOR BATHURST.

CLOSER TO HOME...MORE WARM AND WINDY CONDITIONS FROM PARKES TO MUDGEE..WITH GUSTY SOUTHWESTERLIES, AND HIGHS AGAIN IN THE EARLY 30'S. LOOKING AHEAD THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING, AND STAYING SUNNY AND ON THE WARM SIDE.. AND VERY LITTLE RAIN SHOULD CONDITIONS BECOME UNSETTLED THIS EVENING. MORE FINE SKIES INTO THE WEEKEND. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - manslaughter charges to be laid against one of Australia's wanted men, rogue surgeon Jayant Patel. Firefighters battling wild blazes in three states The identity of the woman who helped the Thorpedo decide on his retirement, revealed. And a prominent Lebanese cabinet minister assassinated, bringing the country a step closer to civil war. Queensland Police are expected to take the first steps towards returning rogue surgeon Jayant Patel from the United States. A Brisbane magistrate is expected to make the decision on whether to approve a series of arrest warrants against him later this morning. Just three months after a brokered deal to return Jayant Patel was controversially rejected by the Queensland Attorney-General, the hunt for the elusive former surgeon appears to be gaining ground. Director of Public Prosecutions Leanne Clair says but final approval for arrest warrants is still to be decided. Police will today apply to a magistrate to approve the warrants that include three manslaughter, five grievous bodily harm, negligence and fraud charges. Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock can then request extradition through the US Justice Department. An inquiry into Patel's tenure at Bundaberg Hospital has linked him to the deaths of 17 patients. The 56-year-old will have 60 days to fight an extradition order. Firefighters were kept busy in Sydney overnight. A tyre factory in the city's south-west 50 firefighters were brought in as it threatened nearby buildings. The cause of the blaze is unknown. but Australia's bushfire has already claimed one life. to contain fires threatening homes in the Blue Mountains. They've been fighting bushfires there for more than a week, but for 400 firefighters in the Blue Mountains, conditions just keep on getting worse. The flames have jumped containment lines It's been a challenge to say the least. The inaccessible territory, the extreme fire behaviour at times authorities say it's time for residents to decide whether they'll stay and fight or leave. A man has already died in a fire on the NSW South Coast. Total fire bans remain in place across most of that State Lightning strikes there sparked 90 fires yesterday. Don't know what to do or say but not exactly thrilling. Most are now under control. Christopher Still, Ten News. Australia is reportedly considering bolstering its military commitment to Iraq. The 'Australian' newspaper reports Cabinet's national security will debate the possibility of increasing troop numbers early next month. include sending a special forces detachment and giving logistical support. The US is considering lifting its troops to 40,000 Lebanon is on the brink of civil war, Murder aimed at bringing down Lebanon's government. a fierce critic of Syria's role in Lebanon was caught inside his car. He stood little chance against such an onslaught. Attacked in a Christian suburb of Beirut where he found most political support. The assassins must have hoped for reaction Syria was widely blamed. Her intelligence agents or the militants of Hezbollah

TRANSLATION: They opened fire on many staff. The minister may have been murdered in Hezbollah's latest effort to grab more power. The young minister comes from a political family. Already his father has appealed for restraint A psychologist has assured Terri Irwin that Bindi's happy behaviour since her father's death the practitioner was impressed with the eight-year-old mindset and her adjustment to the tragedy. Conversely, Terri says little Bob is struggling to understand death is permanent. Steve's friend John Williamson has penned a tribute song, to stop the slaughter of our native land. Heather Mills McCartney has spoken about her bitter divorce Ten's Leisa Goddard-Roles, joins me now live. She flew to Los Angeles to talk to top entertainment show. She didn't hold back on the rumours around the divorce. If fire was a gold digger I would have money in my bank account. Why would I do 90 per cent of my work for charity. I would be worth millions and millions which I am not a. Paul McCartney is said to be worth 80 p Int dollars. They are also locked in a battle for custody of locked in a battle for custody of at their daughter. I am a good person. I am a good mother. Since the split she has accused him of being abusive in the marriage. I haven't got a lover and I am focusing on my daughter. She says for the future she will never get married again. The pop star is reportedly in a tug-of-love battle during their visit to an orphanage earlier this year so much so, they apparently picked her over David Banda. 14-month-old David now lives with Madonna in her UK home. Australian Baptist missionaries Angela and John Wilmot but Madonna still wants her. Two of Ian Thorpe's greatest rivals, Michael Phelps of America and Dutch star Peiter Van Den Hoogenband have paid tribute to the retired champion while the Australian team wakes up to a new beginning. There'll be no Thorpedo on deck when Australia takes on the world next year and then at the Bejing Olympics. who helped Ian Thorpe decide to close the curtain on his career has been revealed. I've been seeing someone, not allowed to say their name. They're incredible, absolutely incredible. Reports life coach Anderson was recommended to Thorpe by another Australian swimming great Shane Gould. Shane Watson has failed in his bid to overcome a hamstring injury in time for the first Ashes Test. The all-rounder replaced by batsman Michael Clarke. Watson did everything in his power to convince the medical staff and himself he'd be ready to go on Thursday, but in the end, he just ran out of time. It's just one of those things that I've done everything I can over the last 3-4 days and unfortunately, I'm probably a couple of days away. England have their own injury concerns after batsman Ian Bell was struck on the wrist by team-mate James Anderson. I don't think it's going to prevent him from playing - from what I've seen. We don't know anything further than that but we're very hopeful that he'll be ready to play. And after unveiling his version of the Boony doll Ian Botham has taken another swipe at the Aussies. he's now taken aim at young guns Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. to me you need guys out there with a bit of experience, and if they're that good why do you keep on bringing Gillespie back and Kasprowicz and these people? 'Beefy's barrage sure to inspire the rapidly growing Barmy Army. A display of AFL sensitivity and compassion - for Essendon's Adam Ramanaskus during his battle with cancer. They may be enemies on the field, to give Essendon on-baller Adam Ramanauskas a second chance. The Bombers getting special permission to place the 26-year-old on its rookie list, as he battles cancer for the third time. The move ensures Ramanauskas will not have to enter the draft alongside youngsters like Scott Gumbleton. The West Australian key-position prospect tipped to be a top-five pick on Saturday. I have been thinking of it for a fair while now so it will be good when it's all over and you can settle down at a club and start training. West Coast Eagle Ben McKinley offering some sound advice has been nominated for the World Car of the Year. To be eligible, a car must be sold in a minimum of five countries. The winner will be announced in April at the New York International Motor Show. A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Strong winds to challenge firefighters against rogue Queensland surgeon Jayent Patel who's been linked to 17 patient deaths. as a prominent government minister is gunned down in Beirut. And I'm Kath Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au