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Good morning everyone. Welcome to

Ten News.

I'm Ron Wilson.

headlines. And I'm Matt Doran. These are the

As we go to air this morning, a

hostage drama is unfolding. A

gunman has fired several shots and

taken one hostage at the Discovery

Channel headquarters in Washington.

Heading home - some of the

passengers at the centre of a

Qantas mid-air scare are arriving

back in Sydney full of praise for back in Sydney full of praise for

the pilot who got them down safely. the pilot who got them down safely.

In sport, Travis Tuck set to train

with his team despite his recent

12-week drug suspension.

And in finance, actor Paul Hogan

prepares to do battle today, not

with a croc, but with the Tax

Office over his travel ban. with a croc, but with the Tax Office over his travel ban.

And the weather: And the weather: Office over his travel ban.

First up, a breaking news story out

of the United States where a gunman

has taken at least hostage in the

Discovery Channel head quaurers

fers in Washington. What can you

tell us about what's happening tell us about what's happening

there this morning? Good morning.

Of course, this story is developing,

but what we know so far is that a

few hours ago, a man walked into

the building with an explosive the building with an explosive

device. And he's holding an

unconfirmed number of hostages in

the building. Police fear that he

may also have other explosives may also have other explosives

located nearby. He first responsed

to a 91 call of shots in the area

and immediately put the region on

lockdown. Since then, they believe lockdown. Since then, they believe

they've been managed to evacuate

most of the 1,900 staff in the

building, including a number of

children from a day care centre in

the lobby. But as I said, an

unconfirmed number of staff are

hostages inside. Of course, as you

can see, the SWAT teams are on

location and negotiators are

speaking to what they say is an speaking to what they say is an

Asian gunman. They won confirm what

he wants, but early reports have he wants, but early reports have

identified that man as James Lee, a

man who was arrested back in 2008

for protesting outside the for protesting outside the

Discovery Channel. He also runs a Discovery Channel. He also runs a

website that lists a number of

demands for the network, including

that they stop glorifying human

birth until humans stop ruining the

planet. Of course, police won't

confirm anything about his identity

at this stage, but here's some of at this stage, but here's some of

what they will say. At this point,

still negotiating with him, trying still negotiating with him, trying

to get him to release the hostages to get him to release the hostages

and surrender peacefully. At this

point, the negotiations have been

going on for nearly an hour and

we'll continue that for as long as

we can.

Now, police confirm at this stage

that nobody has been hurt, but this

is a developing story, of course,

and we will keep you posted as more

information comes to hand. Yes, as

you say, the story is developing

and we have a news conference under

way right now. Let's go there live

for the latest. No. REPORTER: With for the latest. No. REPORTER: With

the announcement that you made at

the top. Can you repeat that? Tom,

what I said was... We don't have

any new information since Chief

Major spoke about 45 minutes ago. Major spoke about 45 minutes ago.

What we do plan to do with fire

rescue and possibly others involved

in this is at 5:00, or maybe sooner

if there's some sort of resolution

where we can, is come down here and

speak and provide you the

information that we have at that

time. REPORTER: Can you confirm

that the entire building is

evacuated right now? No. I can't.

That's live news conference from

Washington where the hostage drama

is unfolding and we'll return to

Emma for more details throughout

the next hour.

Up to an $11 billion hole has

appeared inth costings of the

coalition's. Tony Abbott's finances

have been called in question.

The costings have been released by

the three rural Independents who

still hold the power to decide a

future minority government. What I

call a black hole is probably

somewhere between $7 billion and

$11 billion in terms of the

difference between what the difference between what the

coalition said their costings were

and what the Treasury would suggest.

The Treasury report also found that

Labor would be in the black by $62

million more than predicted. It

comes as Tasmanian independent

Andrew Wilke said that he received

formal offers from both parties,

but is clearly feeling the

frustration of political limbo. If

we're not careful, we're all going

to wait for each other and nothing to wait for each other and nothing

is going to happen. Someone has to

make a decision and get behind a

party. One deal which has been set

in stone was reached between the

Greens and Labor in the lower house.

The ALP can now count on 73 votes The ALP can now count on 73 votes

after an agreement was signing

signed yesterday. We have opted to

get this to move forward to get the

Government that the Australians

wants to see out of this election result.

Passengers involved in a Qantas

mid-air David Cameron awhen an

engine exploded are arriving home

in Sydney this morning. They've

been transferred to new flights

which are touching down over the

next couple of hours. An inquiry

about what happened after the jet

left San Francisco is now under way.

45 minutes in, the 747's windows

lit up in an orange blaze.

Passengers heard a bang and stared

out at the streaming sparks from an

engine which had just exemployeeed.

The popping and then the woosh, and

then you looked out. It dropped and

it dipped to the side. And we all

looked at each other. Everyone knew

it wasn't turbulence. I felt a

rumble. Looked out the window and

saw a bright light, and the engine

four was just on fire. As newlywed

Justin Roberts filmed, he and 211

other passengers didn't know that

this shrapnel had cut a gaping hole in the exterior.

A calm pilot informed the cabin he

had shut down the crippled engine,

around. was dumping fuel and was turning

Qantas is now left to explain yet

another serious incident blemishing

what was once a perfect safety

record. We don't think that there's

any great systemic issue that we're

going to find. It just happens to

be a problem with this particular

engine. Most passengers are

Australia-bound, including another

set of newlyweds are a fiery story.

Meanwhile, the sole survivor of the

plane crash in Papua New Guinea

which killed three Australians and

a New Zealander is recovering in an

Australian hospital. The 25-year-

old was flown into Townsville as

Australian investigators headed to

the crash scene.

Landing safely in Townsville last

night, the sole survivor of the

fiery plane crash was wheeled out

alive. Pilot Les Wright wasn't so alive. Pilot Les Wright wasn't so

lucky. A very good pilot. One of

the best in the country in Papua

New Guinea. Sydney father of three

Chris Hart was also killed. He was

a marine pilot for the Australian

Reef Pilots. We have lost a

respected friend and colleague. We

will always remember Chris's quirky

sense of humour, his passion as a

chef and his love of country and

western music. Another Australian

man has not yet been identified and

the fourth victim is believed to be

from New Zealand. The charter plane

was flying from Port Morsby to

Misima Island when it skied off the

runway and exploded. The site has

been secured and the black box

recovered from the plane.

Australian transport safety bureau

officers are on their way to help

with the investigations. We,

regrettably, have a lot of

experience with plane crashes in

Papua New Guinea. It's with that

experience that this survivor

wondered if this was an avoidable tragedy.

Sports news and the Hawk at the

centre of the AFL's latest drugs

scandal will train with his team-

mates today after his landmark 12-

game suspension. It's been revealed

Travis Tuck's battle with clinical

depression was the reason behind

his drug use and subskwen three

strikes. Tuck will lose his place

on Hawthorn's senior list at the

end of the club's finals campaign,

but he will keep the rookie spot

open for a troubled 22-year-old next season.

The scandal surrounding a penalty and

and the Bulldogs' win over North

Queensland in round 24 of the NRL

won't go away. The NRL has handed

over the investigation to NSW police.

After more than a week of

investigations, the NRL had no

choice but to hand things over to authorities.

COMMENTATOR: Ugly looking tackle

and the penalty comes right in

front of the pos. Betting agencies

first raised suspicion after 95% of

the bets were placed on the Cowboys

kicking a penalty goal to open the

scoring. Dogs forward Ryan Tandy

gave away a penalty earlier in the

match, but the Cowboys went for a

try. Tandy is now denying any

involvement in the scandal. In

other news, Greg Inglis has been

ruled out of this year's Four

Nations tournament. He'll have

shoulder surgery later this month.

Before then, he'll pull on these

boots in a race against Usain Bolt.

This Sunday, he'll play his last

game for the Melbourne Storm.

Excitement. You know, leading into

the game. You go the whole week and

then the emotions will be running

high and the waterworks will be on

when the full time siren goes. A

big goodbye too at Parramatta

Stadium when the Eels face the

warriors. Nathan Cayless playing

his last game after a remarkable 14

seasons at the club.

Let's take a look at the morning's

finance news now, and there's new

speculation about interest rates

today? There is, but no agreement

as to whether they're going up or

down. Shoppers splashing out on new

cars and holidays helped to bring

about a powerful finish to the year

according to the new GDP figures.

Australia's economy grew 1.2% in

the June quarter, also boosted by

the mining boom. Our annual growth

rate is now 4% on average. It's a

massive turn around from the

Treasury predictions last year

which had us in recession with a

0.5% contraction. Now, economists

are split saying that the Reserve

Bank needs to control consumer

spending by raising interest rates.

But others say they should be left aloan.

Well, a controversial order banning

Crocodile Dundee actor Paul Hogan

from leaving Australia will be

reviewed today. He was slapped with

the ban when he flew in from his

home in LA for his mother's funeral

last week. The order was brought by

the Tax Office which is currently

in dispute with the actor over the

tax bill. The exact size is not

known, but estimatations have it as

high as $150 million. Mr Hogan, who

denies any wrong doing, says he

doesn't have anywhere near as much

money as the ATO claims he owes.

Well, it seems the bulls are back

on Wall Street after a sluggish

August. Stocks roared into

September with a major rally. Investors cheering signs of

strength in the US and Chinese

manufacturing areas. The Dow Jones

shot forward more than 2.5% and the

gains were mirrored by the NASDAQ.

Across to Europe where travel and

mining stocks helped London's FTSE

to the biggest daily gain in two months.

Well, sunshine a bit scant in the

weather forecast this morning.

Ahead, we've got more from the US

in the hostage drama. We have the

very latest on the developing story

this morning as a gunman is holed

up in a TV station. Stay with us. (RECORD NEEDLE SCRATCHES) furry plaque feeling?

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You're with Ten News. Back to our

lead story now - a hostage drama is

under way in the US after a gunman

took a small number of people

captive at the Discovery Channel

headquarters just outside of

Washington. This is the latest. The

building was evacuated shortly

after the armed man reportedly

entered with an explosive device

strapped to his body and waving a

hand gun. There are reports that

shots have been fired but it's

unclear if anybody has been hurt.

Police say that the suspect has a

history of issues with Discovery

Channel. They're negotiating with

him but are unable to confirm his demands.

At least 25 people are dead and 150

have been injured in a suicide bomb

attack in Pakistan this morning.

Three bombs exploded during a

Shi'ite Muslim religious procession

in Lahore. Sunni extremists are

being blamed for trying to

destabilise the government there.

Our cameraman is in Lahore and

joins us now via Skype. What can

you tell us about what happened

this morning? At this stage, I can

tell you that thousands were in the

street and three blasts rocked the

meeting including a bomb attack. We

believe up to 28 people are now

confirmed dead with up to 190

injured. Chris, just quickly,

what's the mood in the streets of

Pakistan or Lahore, rather. Is

there a sense of panic over the

explosions? There's a big sense of

anger in the streets at the moment.

Police were very quick to confirm

that the attacks were as a result

of a security lapse which came at

the end of Ramadan fasting. That

revelation led to rioting in the

streets and we heard reports of

torching of cars and police

stations being attacked. Terrible

times in Pakistan. The reason

you're there is to cover the major

flood crisis. Bring us up to date

with what's there? I certainly am.

I'm here for a couple of hours

I'm here for a couple of hours

before I fly to a Pakistani airbase

and I hope to meet there with up to

150 Australian medical staff who

150 Australian medical staff who

have been choppered in by

have been choppered in by

helicopter to the area where the

make shift field hospital has been

set up by the Defence Force and

they're there to set up much-needed

help in the wake of the flood

crisis. Thank you.

Another emotional memorial service

has been held for the latest three

Brisbane soldiers to be killed in

Afghanistan. The men's army family

gathered in Brisbane to farewell

their brothers in arms, killed in

the war in Afghanistan. Grant Kirby,

Thomas Dale and Jarryd McKiny, who

is also expecting a baby. And she

is counting down the days until her

son arrives, and he would have

given anything to be there when he

was born. The sixth battalion

hasn't farewelled so many soldiers hasn't farewelled so many soldiers

from its ranks since the Vietnam from its ranks since the Vietnam war.

The NSW Government will vote today

on whether to allow same sex

couples to adopt. Politicians are

being given a conscience vote on

the issue. Premier Kristina

Keneally backed the proposal in a Keneally backed the proposal in a

debate last night. Opposition

leader Barry O'Farrell will give

his views today. He's yet to reveal

his opinion. Gay couples are

already able to adopt in WA and the

ACT. Victoria and Queensland are

also reviewing their rules.

Former British prime minister Tony

Blair has released his much- Blair has released his much-

anticipated memoirs. The political

world was expecting something very world was expecting something very

revealing, hopefully gossipy and

perhaps even emotional. And his

book, titled 'A Journey' didn't

disappoint, although it's already

made its way into the half price made its way into the half price

bins. Our reporter reports from

London.

It comes as no surprise that Tony

Blair had plenty to say. What is

intriguing is just how candid he's

been in saying it. The excerpts

from 'A Journey' mainly concern the

rocky relationship he had with

Labour successor Gordon Brown, who

he describes as being destined to

fail as prime minister. "Not the

wrong instinct, but no instinct at

the human gut level. Political

calculation, yes. Political

calculation, yes. Political

feelings, no. Analytical

intelligence - absolutely.

Emotional intelligence - zero." It

may have been more than three years

since Mr Blair left office, but he

hasn't been long out of the

hasn't been long out of the

headlines since then, not just for

his work as special envoy to the

Middle East, but because of the

repeated criticism that's dogged

him since about his decision while

in office to send British troops to

Irwin ak. Of course, he does

address that in the -- to Iraq. Of

course, he does address that in the

book. He says that he's wept

genuinely and often for those

killed. How can you not feel sorry

killed. How can you not feel sorry

about people who have died? You

would be inhumane if you didn't

think that. But when I'm asked

whether I regret the decision, I

have to say that I take

responsibility for it, but I can't

regret the decision. Now, on a

lighter note, the book is rather

gossipy at times. He describes the

Queen as hauty, and admits he was a

Queen as hauty, and admits he was a

sucker for Princess Diana. He

admits that he found solace for the

quiet time that he would have in

quiet time that he would have in

the loo, and he wore the same pair

of shoes for every question time in

Parliament that he faced for good

luck.

We're just going to return to

Washington right now for a news

conference going on about the

hostage drama at the TV station

just outside of Washington. They

just outside of Washington. They

were not told that there was a

gunman in the building. They were

simply told to evacuate and do so

quickly. I think that's a good

point because the folks I spoke to

said that they practice and have

said that they practice and have

fire alarms. That was not sounded

today. They were told to quietly

leave the building. Obviously, if

you sound an alarm, you're perhaps

going to panic a gunman inside.

Right, and another woman that I

spoke to, a lot of the employees

are camped out in restaurants and

bars around the area because they

simply can not get to their cars.

Neither can the elevator people who

have their work trucks parked in

the building, and she told me that

she regretted listening so

carefully and abiding so carefully

to the evacuation orders because

sthe left her purse at the desk.

She left her phone there. She had

borrowed a $20 bill from a co-

worker to get lunch. The woman that

I talked to earlier, she said the

same thing. Her purse is still at her desk.

That's coming to us live and giving

us a feeling of the drama that's

going on just outside of Washington

where a man is holed up armed with

a gun and explosives strapped to

his body at the Discovery Channel

headquarters. headquarters.

Three time Olympic gold medallist

Libby Trickett has announced she'll

come out of retirement to target a

place on the 2012 Olympics.

Speaking on Sports Tonight, she

said her time as a sports reporter

had steeled her resolve. I realised

how much I missed it and wanted to

give it a try again and see how far

I can take it and see how fast I

can go. She can take it all the way.

She was a main stay of the

Australian team after making her

debut at the 2003 World Championships stkpwhroifplt there

are four Aussies in action at the

are four Aussies in action at the

US open this morning. Also this

morning, Andy Murray advanced and

Lodra scored an upset against

Thomas Berdych. But there were

scenes during Victoris Azarenka's

clash with Gisella Dulko as the

temperatures soared above 30.

Victoris Azarenka collapsed. You

see her go down and she is

suffering. Yeah, she required a

wheelchair back to the women's wheelchair back to the women's locker room.

Well, the share market closed on a

three-week high buoyed by news our

economy is now rating as one of the

world's best. But could there be a

sting in the tail? Let's ask Nick

Walter at Macquarie Private Wealth.

There's renewed speculation that

the economic growth needs to be

slowed by an interest rates rise. slowed by an interest rates rise.

Is the RBA under pressure? There

certainly is the potential for the

Reserve Bank to feel that pressure.

But I think bofr we worry about the

potential negative implications, we

need to celebrate the numbers. 1.2%

growth in the June quarter was

ahead of most estimates and it

indicates growth of between 3% and

4% for the full year, and we expect

that that will be maintained going that that will be maintained going

forward. Interestingly, it came at forward. Interestingly, it came at

a time when business confidence

here was low and business

investment is low. So there still

have some material improvements

that can come from the Australian

economy. Coming back to the Reserve economy. Coming back to the Reserve

Bank, we feel that the growth

numbers vindicate the Reserve

Bank's moves in March, April and

May. Rather than forcing their hand May. Rather than forcing their hand

in September and October. So we

still feel that the Reserve Bank

may not raise rates in the coming

nonts and that's good for markets.

Home owners will be hoping you're

right. How about the GDP figures?

They went down well with the

investors? Yesterday, the

Australian market was up more than

90 points and it increased

throughout the day. And the good

news is that we may go through it

all again today. Overseas markets

are up strongly. Today, the Dow

Jones was up more than 250 points

on the close. So our SPI Futures

indicating that we may get off to a

start about 70 points higher than

yesterday's close. That's a great

outcome on the back of the gains of

the few days.

Thank you very much.

A snapshot of the national weather now:

Coming up, the latest in the

developing story in the US where a

gunman is holding a hostage in a TV

station. We're now hearing more of

the demands. We're live to our US

who is following the story. Our

early nauz is back after the break.

This program is captioned live.

A developing story heads the news

today. A gunman has fired several

shots and taken a hostage in the

Discovery Channel headquarters near Washington.

Heading home, some of passengers at

the centre of a Qantas mid-air

scare are arriving back in Sydney

full of praise for the pilot who

got them down safely.

In sport, Travis Tuck set to train

with his team-mates today, despite

his recent 12 week drug suspension.

And in finance, actor Paul Hogan

prepares to do battle today, not

with a croc, but with the Tax

Office over his travel ban.

Returning now to the top story. A

gunman has taken an unconfirmed

number of people hostage inside the

Discovery Channel headquarters just

outside Washington. Our

correspondent in the US is

monitoring the situation for us.

Just run us through how the whole

drama began? Well, it still is

unfolding as we speak. But around

throw hours ago, the man entered

the foyer of Disney - sorry, not

Disney, but the headquarters of the

building, Discovery. And he had a

bomb strapped to his chest and his

back. Now, police first responded

to reports that he had fired shots

and was waving around a hand gun.

They've locked down the scene.

There are 1,900 people in the

building to begin with. The man had

taken a number of people hostage

over the last few hours. Police

have managed to get what they say

are most, the majority of the

frightened people out, but an

unconfirmed number of people remain

inside the Discovery Channel

headquarters with this man who does

have at least one bomb strapped to

his body, possibly more in the

building and a hand gun. Have a

listen to at least what one woman

who fled the building had to say.

So everybody started leaving out.

But people were worried about their

kids in the day care. Everybody was

trying to contact the family

members and we came out, but even

though people were allowed to go to

their cars, I don't think that

anybody could get their cars out.

Now, SWAT teams have surrounded the

area and police are negotiating

with this man. He's been identified

as James Lee, a man who back in

2008 was arrested outside the

Discovery headquarters for

protesting there. He also has a

website that lists around ten

demands he has of the net w, and

most of them seem to stem back to,

he wants them to stop glorifying

human birth until he says that

humans stop ruining the planet. So

police at this stage won't confirm

that they are the demands he's

making from inside the building.

They also won't confirm that it is

in fact James Lee, but they say at

this stage, nobody has been hurt

and we'll keep you updated as the

story unfolds throughout the day.

Thank you. As soon as we get more

information, we'll bring it to you.

The sole survivor of the plane

crash in Papua New Guinea which

killed three Australians and a New

Zealander is recovering in an

Australian hospital. The 25-year-

old was flown into Townsville as

Australian investigators headed to

the crash scene.

Landing safely in Townsville last

night, the sole survivor of the

fiery plane crash was wheeled out

alive. Pilot Les Wright wasn't so

lucky. A very good pilot. Probably

one of the best in the country in

Papua New Guinea. Sydney father

ofically, Chris Hart, was also

killed. He was a marine pilot for

the Australian Reef Pilots. We've

lost a respected friend and

colleague. We'll always remember

Chris's quirky sense of humour. His

passion as a chef and his love of

country and western music. Another

Australian man has not been

identified and the fourth victim is

believed to be from New Zealand.

The charter plane was flaiing from

Port Morsby to Misima island when

it skidded off the runway and

exploded. The site has been secured

and the black box recovered from

the plane. Australian Transport

Safety Bureau officers are on their

way to help with the investigations.

We, regrettably, have a lot of

experience with plane crashes in

Papua New Guinea. It's with that

experience that this survivor

wondered if this was an avoidable tragedy.

Passengers involved in a Qantas

mid-air drama when an engine mid-air drama when an engine

exploded are now arriving home in

Sydney this morning. They've been

transferred to new flights which

are touching down over the next

couple of hours. An inquiry into

what happened after the jet left

San Francisco is also under way.

45 minutes in, the 747's windows

lit up in an orange blaze.

Passengers heard a bang and stared

out at the streaming sparks from an

engine which had just exploded. The

popping and then the woosh. And

then you looked out and it was just

there. It dropped and it dipped to

the side. And we all looked at each

other. Everyone knew that it wasn't

turbulence. I felt a rumble. Looked

out the window and saw a bright

light. As newlywed Justin Roberts

filmed, he and 211 other passengers

didn't know this - shrapnel had cut

a gaping hole in the plane's exterior.

A calm pilot informed the cabin

that he had shut down the engine,

was dumping fuel and turning around.

Qantas is now left to explain yet

another serious incident,

blemishing what was once a perfect safety record.

We don't think that there's any

great systemic issue that we're

going to fine. It just happens to

be a problem with this particular

engine. Most passengers are

Australia-bound, including another

set of newlyweds with one fiery honeymoon story.

The coalition has struck back at

claims there's up to an $11 billion

black hole in their election

costings. For more, we're join by

our correspondent in Canberra. The

problem with political claims is

that they're all into the future.

But will it make it more difficult

to them to negotiate a minority

government with the Independents? I

guess that will depend on how they

can explain where the discrepancies

are to the Independents. The

costings were given to the

Independents by Treasury. And it

finds that while Labor seems to be

spot-on, if not a slight

improvement, for the coalition,

there seems to be a problem.

According to the coalition, they

had $11 billion in savings, but

Treasury says it is somewhere

between $4 billion and $900 million.

Treasury found problems with the

paid parental leave scheme and the

tax Republic fun among others. One

of the ind penalties, Tony Windsor,

is unhappy with this and says that

the coalition has plenty of

explaining to do. What I call a

black hole anyway, it's probably

somewhere between $7 billion and

$11 billion in terms of the

difference between what the

coalition said their costings were

and what the Treasury would suggest.

Now, Tony Abbott says that the

Treasury have got this wrong. That

they can find the $11 billion in

savings and says that 95% of the

costings were actually correct. And

it's important to remember that

Treasury is saying that both a

Labor Government and a coalition

Government will, as promised, get

the Budget into surplus in 2013.

James, thank you very much.

Sports news and the Hawk at the

centre of the AFL's latest drugs

scandal will train with his team-

mates today after the landmark 12- game suls pension. It's been

revealed that Travis Tuck's battle

with clinical depression of the

reason behind the drug use and

subsequent three strikes. Tuck will

lose his place on Hawthorn's senior

list at the end of the club's

finals campaign, but the Hawks will

keep the final rookie spot on the

list open to the troubled 22-year-

old next season.

Australia has suffered a

frustrating set back at the basketball championships in Turkey.

The Boomers had gradually improved

with each game, but never found top

gear last night against the

Europeans. Brad Newly top scored

for the Australians. Australia now

needs to beat Angola to be assured

of a place in the next round.

The hockeyroos have defeated India The hockeyroos have defeated India

in the women's World Cup match in

Argentina. The Aussies when up 2-1

goals towards the end of the first

half before India leveled. But from

there, it was no contest. Australia

slid past three goals to take a 5

opinion 2 lead. And up next,

Australia takes on the Netherlands on Saturday.

Now, more on finance with Matt

Doran and Paul Hogan's tax troubles continue.

The public brawl with the Tax

Office won't go away. The

controversial order banning the

actor from leaving Australia will

be rehave youed today. He was be rehave youed today. He was

slapped with the ban when he flew

in from his home in the States for

his mother's funeral. The exact his mother's funeral. The exact

size of the tax bill is not known,

but estimatations have it as high

as $150 million. Mr Hogan, who

denies any wrong doing, say he

doesn't have anywhere near as much

money as the ATO claims he owes.

Well, interest rates are in the

spotlight again, but there's no

agreement on whether they're going

up or down. Shoppers splashing out

on new cars and holidays helped to

bring about a powerful finish to

the financial year according to the

new GDP figures. Australia's

economy grew by 1.2% in the June

quarter, also boosted by the mining

boom. Our annual growth rate is now

4% on average. It's a massive turn

around from Treasury predictions

last year which had us in recession

with a 0.5% contraction. Now,

economists are slit, saying the Reserve Bank needs to control consumer spending by raising

interest rates, but others say that interest rates, but others say that

they should be left alone.

Well, it seems that the bull are

back on Wall Street after a

sluggish August. Stocks roared into

September with a major rally as

investors cheered signs of strength

in the US and Chinese manufacturing.

The Dow Jones shot ahead more

than.5% and the gains were mirrored

by the NASDAQ. Across to Europe

where travel and mining stocks

helped London's FTSE to the biggest

daily gain in two months.

You will need a brolly in most of

our major centres today:

Still ahead, a tail of adventure.

Why one moggy used up one of his

nine lives trapped under a carbonet.

The story of the rescue once we

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You're with Ten News. Back to the

lead story this morning. Police in lead story this morning. Police in

Maryland are negotiating with a

gunman who took an unconfirmed

number of people captive at the

Discovery Channel headquarters just

outside of Washington. The suspect

is named as James Jay Lee. He

reportedly entered the headquarters

with an explosive destrapped to his with an explosive destrapped to his

body and waving a hand gun. There

are reports of shots being fired

but it is unclear if anyone is hurt. Police have been negotiating with

him for the past few hours.

At least 25 people are dead and 150

have been injured in a suicide bomb

attack in Pakistan this morning.

Three bombs exploded during a

Shi'ite Muslim religious procession

in Lahore. Sunni extremists are

being blamed for trying to

destabilise Pakistan's US-backed

government. Our cameraman is in

Lahore and joins us now by Skype

video calling. What can you tell us

about what happened there this

morning? At this stage, I can tell

you that thousands were in the

street for the procession, the

morning procession. Par of the

Muslim culture. And three blasts,

as you said, rocked the city. One

including a suicide bomb attack,

police have confirmed. We believe

up to about 28 people are confirmed

dead with up to 190 injured. Chris,

just quickly, what is the mood in

the streets of Pakistan, or Lahore,

rather. Is there a sense of panic

over the explosions? There's a big

sense of anger in the streets at

the moment. Police were very quick

to confirm that the attacks were as

a result of a security lapse that

came at the end of Ramadan fasting.

That revelation led to rioting in

the streets and we've heard reports

of torching of cars and polices

being attacked. Terrible times in

Pakistan. The reason you're there

is to cover the major flood crisis.

Bring us up to date with what's

happening there? I certainly am.

I'm here for just a few hours

before I fly to a spack standy

airbase and I hope to meet there

with up to 150 Australian medical

staff who have been choppered in to

the makeshift field hospital set up

by the Defence Force, and they're

there to provide medical assistance

much-needed in the wake of the

flood crisis. Good on you, Chris.

The Australian founder of the Wiki

Leaks website is facing rape

allegations. The case was dismissed

last week, but now a senior

prosecutor has overruled that

decision. It's alleged that the

assault took place in Sweden. The

Australian has denied the

allegations and suggested that

they're part of a smear campaign by

opponents of his website.

Washington has been angered by the

publication of thousands of leaked

documents about US military

activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Actor Michael Douglas has talked

candidly for the first time about

his battle with throat cancer. The

65-year-old told the 'David

Letterman Show', he has begun

radiation and chemotherapy. Yeah, I

got cancer. So I've got cancer.

Found about it three weeks ago.

Speaking for the first time,

Michael Douglas was open and upbeat.

You look great and you don't sown

like you have throat cancer. Why is

that? Because I'm on stage! But the

actor admitted things will get

worse. This is the first week, and

the chemo and the radiation. The

radiation continues to burn your

mouth and becomes more difficult to

swallow. You can't take solids. He

was on the talk show to promote his

new film, 'Wall Street'. Why don't

you start calling me Gordon? It's a

sequel, reviving the role that

moved him no Hollywood's A list

more than 20 years ago. For the

last ten years, he shared that

spotlight with his wife, Catherine

Zeta Jones, and he now says that he

has a very good chance of recovery.

Right now, it should be like 80 and

with certain hospital and

everything it does improve. Wow, I

feel like I want to do something

for you. Can I do something for

you? Ah, give me a hug. All right!

And so the show goes on.

The search is on for the owners of

a moggy which survived a 10km

journey in the Gold Coast stuck in

the wheel arch of a car. The tale

has a happy ending, despite using

up one of the nine lives.

Chris Shim thought that he had

engine trouble when he got into his

car. When I turned the engine, I

heard noise. But 10km later when he

arrived at work, it turned out that

he had a hitch hiker. It wasn't

moving, we think it was a cat. The

adult female was stuck head-first

between the engine and the wheel

arch. Locals tried everything to

dislodge her, including luring her

out with fresh fish. Nothing worked.

That was until the local fishmonger

showed up. It's believed she'd been

there overnight and had survived

the 10km trip wedged so tightly she

couldn't move. But after several

attempts, the miracle moggy even

seemed quite content in the hands

of her savior. But the RSPCA say

she had probably cashed in a few of

her nine lives on the little

adventure. She's a bit stressed the

moment and the belly is going a bit

fast. She's going all right. She's

now in the safe hands of the vet.

The mystery moggy wasn't

microchipped nor did it have a tag.

Now the RSPCA are only hoping that

the owners will come to them.

Got to use the cat's whisker line!

Fans of 'Glee' have surprised

Sydney shoppers with their own

homage to a favourite character.

Last season, characters were

treated to Sue Sylvester doing

their own take on Madonna's 'Vogue'.

Inspired by the efforts, fans

staged a flash mob inside the Queen

Victoria building. Passers by

stopped in amazement as around 100 people suddenly burst into song.

Their 'Vogue' video has just been

posted on the Internet.

NRL and the Brisbane-bound Greg

Inglis admits there will be tears

this when when he plays his last

game for the Melbourne Storm.

Speaking at a launch in Sydney, the

star centre also opened up about

his team-mates' heartache at not

playing finals footy. We're a bit

hurt by not being in the finals,

but we wish that we were there to

defend our title and the boys are

very saddened and unhappy about it,

but that's just the way it is. The

Storm will host Newcastle on Sunday

to wrap up their year.

There are four Aussies in action at

the US Open this morning. Top fop

also, Andy Murray advanced safely

while Michael Llodra scored an

upset against Thomas Berdych. But

spectacular scenes during Victoris

Azarenka's clash. As temperatures

soared above 30 degrees and with

the extreme heat rule in effect,

Victoris Azarenka collapsed. And

just unable there. You see her list

and go down and she is suffering.

She required a wheelchair to get

back to the women's locker room.

Well, the share market closed on a

three-week high buoyed by the news

our economy is now rating as one of

the world's best. But could there

be a sting in the tail? Let's ask

Nick Walter at Macquarie Private

Wealth. There's renewed speculation

today that our economic growth

needs to be slowed by an interest

rate rise. Is the RBA under

pressure? There certainly is some

pressure on the RBA these days. The

growth numbers were strong. 1.2%

growth in the June quarter equates

to about 4% on an annuallised basis,

and most estimates are that we will

maintain that pails of growth over

the next 12 months. Looking back at

the June quarter, it came at a time

when business investment was low

and business confidence was low, so

there are cyclical improvements

there. Coming back to the Reserve

Bank, we don't feel that it forces

their hand over the next couple of

months. We more feel that it

vindicates their movements in March,

April and May, and that's really

pleasing for markets. Hopefully the

status quo remains. And the GDP

figures, if we look at those, they

went down very well with investors?

The market was up strongly

yesterday, up more than 90 points

on the back of the strong numbers.

And the good news is that we may do

it all again today. The US market

is up more than 250 points. All of

the global markets are up strongly.

On the back of some strong

manufacturing data in the US and in

China. So, if investors start to

get a sense of an economic uptake

around the world, you can see that

the markets will kpwrofbl. The SPI

futures indicating this morning a

rise of about 70 points.

Well, in the past couple of hours,

Apple has been busy unveiling a

suite of new technology. It

announced a new line of iPods,

including a Nano model with a touch

screen and no buttons. IPod users

will have more technology there.

New software is being rolled out to

improve photo quality.

That wraps up all of the finance for today.

Before we go, a look at the weather:

Recapping our top story on Ten News.

A gunman has fired several shots

and taken an unconfirmed number of

hostages at the Discovery Channel

head quaurers near Washington. The

man burst into the building wearing

an explosive device strapped to his

body and waving a hand gun.

That's it for Ten News. The first

15 minutes of the bulletin are up

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