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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Frank Colletta.

Welcome to Ten's Early News.

Today's main stories - got him this

time. Indonesian authorities

confirm they have killed the

mastermind responsible for the

murders of 95 Australians in the Bali bombings.

More celebrity deaths. Mary from

Peter, Paul and Mary, and iconic

actor Henry Gibson, the latest to

be struck down by cancer.

In sport, Jason Taylor vows to

clear his name. The sacked

legal action. Rabbitohs coach now threatening

And in finance - the price of gold

is soaring, yet the jewellery shops

in China are doing a roaring trade.

Find out why.

National weather check:

The mastermind of the Bali bombings

Noordin Mohammed Top has been

killed by Indonesian anti-terror

forces. Police tracked Top and

three accomplices to a safe house

in the town of Solo in central Java.

Police stormed the house in a hail

of gunfire and explosions, killing

all four men. Top's identity was

confirmed by fingerprint testing.

Police had thought they'd killed

him during a siege last month, as

well as masterminding the 2003 and well as masterminding the 2003 and

2005 Bali bombings, Top

orchestrated the 2003 Marriott

hotel bombing and the 2004 attack

on the Australian Embassy in

Jakarta. Most recently, the July

Carlton hotels. bombings of the Marriott and Ritz bombings of the Marriott and Ritz

Carlton hotels.

Residents in Ryde in Sydney have

called on the bureaucrats called on the bureaucrats

responsible for placing Dennis

Ferguson in their midst to be

sacked. Housing NSW confirmed that

the 61-year-old is the legal lease

holder and can not be forced to

move. Locals say that's not good

enough. The person that signed the

lease needs to get the sack.

Ferguson is currently being housed

at a secret location until an

agreement can be reached on his

long-term future.

The Prime Minister has shown he's

not afraid to go to friend or fop

when looking to make high profile

appointments. Kim Beazley and

Brendan Nelson have gone from

wanting Kevin Rudd's job to

becoming ambassadors.

Kevin Rudd's surprise announcement

of Brendan Nelson as Australia's

next ambassador to the European

Union helped to take the focus from

the highly anticipated appointment

of Kim Beazley to Washington. Both

have been defence ministers in the

Cabinet. Both have led their

parties and both have earned the

respect and the trust of the

Australian people. Mr Beazley also

has the trust of the Americans,

sure to be key as he undertakes the

important post with the war in

Afghanistan provides challenges for

both nations. I can't think of

anything I would rather do at this

point in time. Afghanistan will

also octopi much of Dr Nelson's

time in Brussels as he represents

Australia at NATO and the World

Health Organisation. And he'll have

to tow the Government's line on

emissions trading, a policy which

during his final speech to

Parliament he said defied logic.

Stkpwhrfrplgts I'll do that to the

best of my ability, and as you can

also see from the number of jobs

that I'll be undertaking, I'll be

working extremely hard. While the

speed of Dr Nelson's appointment

has raised eyebrows, Kevin Rudd's

commitment to by partisanship is

not being questioned, with three

former political foes already in

political postings, the PM says

he's serious about using the

nation's talent. Although, not all

are tempted. I have a job. I'm a

member of Parliament. I'm a shadow minister.

There have been calls for

Victoria's Commune Services

Minister to resign over the

bungling of a 30-year sex slave

case. A woman was allegedly raped

and imprisoned by her father at

this house. She gave birth to four

of his children, but when

authorities found out, they did

nothing. I was not aware of this

case until I saw it on the front

page of the 'Herald Sun', and of

course, I was extremely disstressed

and sickened by it. The woman's

November. father will appear in court in

With six weeks until the start of

the storm and cyclone season,

Queensland residents can breathe

easier. They were told that last

year's massive storms and floods

are unlikely this year.

After last year's memorable wild

weather, some relief fof the people

of Queensland. The Weather Bureau

says this year's cyclone season

will see a more normal weather

pattern, meaning the drier El Ninio

with less rain and fewer cyclones.

It pushes the activities of

cyclones and heavy rains further

east into the central Pacific and east into the central Pacific and

it actually pushes us towards the

start of drought-like conditions.

South-east Queensland can expect a

dry and hot summer - welcome news

for residents of storm-ravaged

suburb, The Gap. It was terrible

that Sunday night, it was

frightening. Almost one year on,

houses are still slowly being

repaired. It will be a relief, but

if we see a storm coming from that

direction, next time we'll run and

hide. And forecasters are now

working to develop strategies,

improving communication about

storms and cyclones between

agencies and residents. What we've

learnt is that we need to be better

coordinated. Cyclone season starts

on November 1 and lasts six months.

Mary Travers from the '60s folk

music group, Peter, Paul and Mary

has died after a long battle with

leukaemia. Mary Travers joined in

1961 and recorded a score of hits

including 'If I Had A Hammer',

'Leaving on a Jet Plane' and 'Puff

the Magic Dragon'. They also won a

Grammy for Bob Dylan's cover of

'Blowing In The Wind'. And there

will be no more gibber jabber from

actor Henry Gibson. He's also

passed away after a brief battle passed away after a brief battle

with cancer. Gibson starred on the

comedy show, 'Rowan and Martin's

Laugh-In' which ran from 1968 to

1973. He also won new fans for his

performances on the US hit series

'Boston Legal' where he played a

cantankerous judge. He was aged 73.

Jason Taylor's mad Monday saga is

likely to wind up in the courts

with the sacked Rabbitohs coach

labelling the axing extremely

unfair. But the team is backing it

saying that having a coach

intoxicated is not a good look.

Sacked as Rabbitohs coach, Taylor

is threatening legal action against

the club. I've been unfairly

treated, in my opinion, so it won't

end here as far as I'm concerned.

Earlier in the day, the Board spoke

out, saying Taylor's position as

head coach had become untenible.

Unfortunately, the Board was unable

to reach the view that the conduct

in question was not that of a first in question was not that of a first

grade rugby league coach. The

sponsors are fed up with this type

of publicity and reaction. Football

manager John Lang takes over as

head coach. The former Penrith

mentor admitting to mixed feelings.

I don't feel over taking over in I don't feel over taking over in

these circumstances, but there's

not too often you take over in

happy circumstances. A raucous

reception for coach John Cartwright.

But he doesn't expect such a warm

reception tonight when his team

takes on the white-hot Parramatta

Eels ease. This Friday we've been

taken over, I would be surprised if

anyone tips us. We won't have a lot

of supporters there. Collingwood's

Scott Pendlebury has been named in

the Magpies team just 11 days after

breaking his leg. The midfielder

will train today in a bit to

complete a remarkable recovery and

play against Geelong tomorrow night.

The Cats have made two changes with

Steve Johnson to return after

successful hip surgery. Stevie was

running around like a little kid

and loving being out there and

feeling good, and yeah, it was a

good quality session. Max Rooke is

also back for Geelong after

recovering from a leg injury.

Australian opener Tim Payne has

notched up his first one-day

international century. The

Tasmanian belted 111 off 148

deliveries in the sixth match 6 the

series which the Aussies lead 5-0.

England are struggling in reply. A

short time ago, the home side were

7/129. Brett Lee with the early

breakthrough, dismissing Andrew

Strauss for a duck. While Ricky

Ponting continues his brilliant work in the fields.

Also doing brilliant work, Frank

Colletta on the desk with finance

news. Fairfax bosses making the headlines.

You can hear the cry from the

foreigner and this is read all

about it. There's a brawl going on

at the top of the company. John B

Fairfax, the biggest share shoulder,

has moved to oust the chairman, Ron

Walker. Why? Well, he apparently

made the mistake of saying he

wanted to delay his retirement and

stay on. Mr Fairfax was unimpressed

and now says he will vote against

the plan.

All we've been reporting on the

soaring cost of gold. It appears

that much of the demand is coming

from China. The Government there is

actively increasing its reserves

and Chinese investors are still

buying gold as a hedge against

inflation. Some, simply because

they like the precious metal. Don't

expect the price to drop in a big

way soon. Analysts say there are

still higher prices ahead,

especially if the US dollar stays weak.

Wall Street was trucking along

nicely on the back of encouragingousing and manufacturing.

But investors got cold feet. After

pushing them to the highest levels

in nearly a year, but the Dow Jones

is off by 7 points. The nads dak is down by 6. --

There is the weather forecast on

your screen right now:

Still ahead - the Government admits

it's worried about the growing

flood of asylum seekers into

Australia. And a student goes

berserk at a school armed with an

axe and a Molotov cocktail. We have the

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Headlines on the quarter hour here on Ten's Early News. Indonesian

police confirm they have definitely

killed the mastermind behind the

deaths of 95 Australians in the Bali bombings.

The Prime Minister shocks the other

side of politics by choosing

Brendan Nelson as an ambassador.

And a student goes berserk at his

school with an axe, knives and a

Molotov cocktail, wounding nine.

Indonesian police have confirmed

that one of four militants killed

in a raid yesterday was fugitive

terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed

Top. They say that his body was

identified from fingerprints. The

41-year-old Malaysian was South

East Asia's most wanted man. He was

the mastermind behind the two Bali

bombings and the attacks on

Australia's embassy. He's suspected

to be behind the July 7 suicide

attacks on the Marriott and Ritz

Carlton hotels which killed seven people.

Angry residents of Ryde in Sydney's

north-west have held a rally

outside the home of Dennis Ferguson.

More than 100 residents of Ryde

held a community meeting outside Mr

Ferguson's unit last night, blaming

Housing NSW for placing him in

their community. The person that

signed the lease needs to get the

sack. Ferguson has been temporarily

re-housed in a secret location, but

locals say that's a band aid

solution. It's not so much about

Dennis Ferguson, but about ridding

the area of people we don't want

here. But the 61-year-old says he

intends to return, and remain at

Ryde in the long-term. The NSW

Government has acknowledged that

Ferguson is the legal lease holder,

but is hopeful of another solution.

Our priority in the long-term is

obviously finding a long-term

solution for his accommodation, and

really, we are concerned about the

safety of people in the local

community, particularly the children.

It's been revealed that the alleged

victim of 30 years of sexual abuse

at the hands of her father took out

a restraining order against him two

years ago. The revelations come as former neighbours claim that

authorities knew of the family's

secret for years, but did nothing.

This is the ordinary Victorian home

being compared to Austria's hours

of horrors. The family who moved in

here four years ago were devastated

to learn of the alleged crimes that

took place within these walls. I

don't know what to say, but I'm

shocked, that's all. A man, now

from his 60s held his daughter a

virtual prison in the La Trobe

valley home. She claims she was

raped daily from the age of 11. Any

crime of this type, is one that is

shocking and is personally

repulsive. You know, I think to me

and to other Victorians. DNA tests

allegedly confirm the accused

fathered four children with his

daughter, all of them born with

serious health problems. Three boys

survived. A little girl died. Now

survived. A little girl died. Now the children have been living with

that secret. They've been living

with the trauma. I mean, everyone

in that family is a victim. Shocked

child welfare workers say that the

allegations are chillingly similar

to Austria's Josef Fritzl who

imprisoned his daughter as a sex

slave. They hardly came outside. I

think they used to play in the back think they used to play in the back

room. The man is due to face the

County Court in November. Former Liberal leader Brendan

Nelson is the latest of Kevin

Rudd's by partisan diplomatic

appointments. Dr Nelson has been

named the Australian ambassador to

the European Union. He'll have to tow

tow the line on Government policy

like emissions trading, which he

labelled "defying logic" in his

farewell speech to Parliament. I'll

do that to the best of my ability,

and as you can also see from the

number of jobs that I'll be

undertaking, I'll be working

extremely hard. The PM has also

announced former Labor leader Kim

Beazley is to become our am balances dor to Washington.

A former female staffer of Peter

Costello has secured the party's

endorsement for his old seat and

made history by becoming the first

woman to be pre-selected for a safe

seat. Last night, Kelly O'Dwyer

defeated a millionaire for a seat.

And Australian tennis great John

Alexander is one of 17 candidates

in the running for the seat vie

indicated by former Opposition

leader Brendan Nelson.

The Federal Government says it

needs to toughen its border control

measures as asylum seekers head for

our shores. Four boats have been

intercepted in the last six days.

We're dealing with very nimble

people smugglers with a lot of

resources and we're constantly

trying to adapt to their change in

tactic. The Opposition says people

smugglers are taking advantage of

the Government's steps to soften

border protection policy last year.

On the anniversary of the

disappearance of Melbourne woman

Britt Lapthorne, her parents have

held an emotional ceremony in

Croatia sending flowers out to sea

in tribute.

It is a beautiful place, and that's

why so many Australian tourists

flock here, but for Dale and Elga,

it's where they're mark the first

anniversary of their daughter's

disappearance. The bottom line is

that we don't want to be here at

all, but we were absolutely

compelled to be here on the other

hand. You couldn't keep us away,

either. It's been a tough few days,

but the Lapthornes say it's been

worth it for them, reliving her

last days, her final hours in

Dubrovnik, and saying goodbye

privately, sending a wreath out

into the sea. It's our own little

ceremony. We need to do something.

What can we do? I don't know what

else we can do. It's clear this

trip has taken its toll, but Dale

and Ilka say it's not so hard,

because it is dredging up all of

the memories of last September and

the pain of that time. That pain,

they feel each and every day. It's

hard, they say, because they still

have no answers. No reasons from

the Croatian authorities as to what

happened to their daughter, Britt.

It's something that they now accept

- however unfair, they may never know.

A teenager in Germany has stormed

his high school and attacked fellow

students with an axe, knives and

petrol bombs. The 18-year-old

started his rampage at the Ansbach school

school by setting off a Molotov

cocktail before wounding nine

students - two of them seriously.

Another student alerted police, and

within minutes, officers had

surrounded the school. The youth

was shot five times and is being

held on suspicion of attempted

murder. It's the second major

attack at a German school in just six monthsment

Well, Collingwood has pulled a

surprise at the selection table

naming injured midfielder pend pend

pen. He's no certainty to play, but

if it all goes to plan, it will cap

one of the more remarkable injury come backs.

11 days after breaking his leg

against St Kilda and 10 after

surgery to insert a plate in his

fibula, Scott Pendlebury has been

named to take on Geelong tomorrow

night. It's the only change for the Pies:

Cameron Ling is impressed by

Johnson's form in Wednesday's full

scale training session. Stevie was

running around like a little kid.

He was loving being back out there

and feeling good, and yeah, it was

a good quality session. Very and feeling good, and yeah, it was a good quality session. Very happy with it.

Our club, as a whole, but certainly

as a team, feel we're better

prepared this time, this year than

we were this time last year. So I

think we get confidence from that.

Jason Taylor's mad Monday

altercation with Peter Falconio has

cost both men their -- David

Fa'alogo has cost both men their

jobs. He's now threatening legal

action against the job. I've been

unfairly treated, in my opinion.

Extremely unfairly treated, and so Extremely unfairly treated, and Extremely unfairly treated, and so

it won't end here as far as I'm

concerned. Tonight, Parramatta take

on the Gold Coast for a place in

the preliminary finals.

More on finance now with Frank, and

traders seem to have got shaky

knees on Wall Street? They are waivering.

It was good early, but late on not

so flash. It was mostly positive

but jittery investors have seen

that change mostly on Wall Street,

but let's go to New York and the

person who has their finger on

poles with Alexis Christoforous.

Have we good news heading into the

weekend? We certainly do. We found

that there is fresh evidence that

this recession here is fading. Home

construction rose in August to the

highest level in nine months.

Building permits were also up.

That's a great sign. And the Obama

Administration may extend an $8,000

tax credit for first time home-

buyers. It was due to expire this

fall, and it is the first time

buyers who have been driving the

housing market recovery. Also can't

forget on the job front, the number

of Americans applying for first

time unemployment benefits fell

last week to the lowest level since

July. This is great news and it's July. This is great news and it's

the third decline in the past four the third decline in the past four

weeks. The market approached one-

year highs this week. What's been

driving the sentiment? Well, it's

more of the same. Growing signs of

an economic recovery. We've had

good and encouraging numbers from good and encouraging numbers from

the factory department,

manufacturing, housing continues to

pull investors with money back into

this market. And today, in fact,

the DOW briefly passed $9,800. It

was marching towards $10,000 and we

finished the day below 8 points.

Ben Bernanke was upbeat a few days

ago and the Fed is meeting again

next week. What can we expect?

That's right. It will kick off a 2-

day meeting next Tuesday, and while

the Fed is expected to leave the

short-term interest rates near

historic lows, Wall Street wants to

see policy makers open the door to

the possibility of higher interest

rates perhaps early next year if

the economic recovery does indeed

gain some traction. Alexis

Christoforous, thank you very much.

Here's a weather check for you:

Australians apparently don't need

any more encouragement when it

comes to - shall we say the birds

and the bees. The population is

going through the roof! We've got going through the roof! We've got

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These are the headlines. Bali

bombing mastermind Noordin Mohammed

Top was wrongly reported killed a

month ago. Overnight, Indonesian

authorities say they've got him for

sure this time.

Tensions escalating among residents

living near convicted paedophile

Dennis Ferguson. They want the

scalp of the public servants who

moved him into the neighbourhood.

And in sport, Jason Taylor vow it's

to clear his name. The sacked

Rabbitohs coach threatening legal action.

Then in finance, the shining light.

The price of gold has soared but

that's not stopped people in China.

They're buying as much as they can get.

The mastermind of the Bali bombings

Noordin Mohammed Top has been

killed by Indonesian anti-terror

forces. Police tacked Top and

others to a house in central Java.

Police stormed the house. Top's

identity was confirmed by

fingerprints. Police thought they'd

killed him during a PGA last month.

As well as the 2003 and 2005 Bali

bombings, Top orchestrated the 2003

Marriott hotel bombing. The attack

on the Marriott and the Ritz

Carlton hotel bombings in July.

Residents in the Sydney suburb of

Ryde have called for the State

Government bureaucrat responsible

for placing notorious paedophile for placing notorious paedophile

Dennis Ferguson in their midst to

be sacked. Housing NSW has

confirmed the 61-year-old is the confirmed the 61-year-old is the

legal lease holder of the public

housing unit, and can not be forced

to move. Locals say that's not good

enough. The person that signed the

lease needs to get the sack.

Ferguson is currently being housed

at a secret location until an

agreement can be reached on his long-term future.

The Prime Minister has shown he's

not afraid to go to friend or foe when not afraid to go to friend or foe

when looking to make high profile

appointments. Kim Beazley and

Brendan Nelson have gone from

wanting Kevin Rudd's job to

becoming ambassadors.

Kevin Rudd's surprise announcement

of Brendan Nelson as Australia's

next ambassador to the European

Union helped to take the focus from

the highly anticipated appointment

of Kim Beazley to Washington. Both

have been defence ministers in the

Cabinet. Both have led their

parties, and both have earn the

respect and the trust of the

Australian people. Mr Beazley also

has the trust of the Americans -

sure to be key as he undertakes the

important post with a war in

Afghanistan providing challenges

for both nations. I can't think of

anything that I would rather do at

this point of time. Afghanistan

will also octopi much of Dr

Nelson's time in Brussels as he

represents Australia at NATO and

the World Health Organisation. And the World Health Organisation. And

he'll have to tow the Government's

line on emissions trading - a

policy which during his final

speech to Parliament he said defied speech to Parliament he said defied

logic. I'll do that to the very logic. I'll do that to the very

best of my ability, and as you can

also see from the number of jobs also see from the number of jobs

that I'll be undertaking, I'll be that I'll be undertaking, I'll be

working extremely hard. While the

speed of Dr Nelson's appointment

has raised eyebrows, Kevin Rudd's

commitment to by partisanship is commitment to by partisanship is

not being questioned, with three

former political foes in postings,

the PM says he's serious about

using the nation's talent. Although,

not all are tempted. Well, I have a

job. I have a job. I'm a member of

Parliament and a shadow minister.

There have been calls for

Victoria's community services

minister to resign over the minister to resign over the

bungling of a 30-year sex slave

case. A woman was alleged raped and

kept prisoner at this house. She

gave birth to four of his children,

but when authorities found out,

they did nothing. I was not aware they did nothing. I was not aware

of this case until I saw it on the

fropbl page of the 'Herald Sun' and

of course I was extremely sickened by it.

With just six weeks until the start

of the storm and cyclone season,

Queensland residents can breathe a

bit easier of the. They've been

told last year's massive storms and

floods are unlikely this year.

After last year's memorable wild

weather, some relief for the people

of Queensland. The weather bureau

says this year's cyclone season

will see a more normal weather

pattern, meaning the drier El Ninio

with less rain and fewer cyclones.

It pushes the activity of cyclones

and heavy rains further east into

the central Pacific, and it actually pushes it towards the

start of drought-like conditions.

South-east Queensland can expect a

dry and summer. Welcome news for

residents of storm-ravaged suburb,

The Gap. It was terrible that

Sunday night. Oh! It was

frightening. Almost one year on,

houses are still slowly being

repaired. It will be a relief, but

if we see a storm coming from that

direction, next time we'll run,

we'll run and hide. Authorities and

forecasters are now working to

develop strategies, improving

communication about storms and cyclones between agencies and

residents. What we've learnt is

that we need to be better

coordinated. Cyclone season starts

on November 1 and lasts six months.

The Federal Government will be

force today prepare the economy for

a population boom. It's now

estimated our numbers will jump to

more than 35 million by 2049.

That's seven million above

forecasts released just two years

ago by the Howard Government. A

quarter of the population will be

65 or over. That's up 9%. Treasurer

Wayne Swan will today outline a new

system to help self-funded retirees

estimate how much cash they'll need.

Sports news and Jason Taylor's Mad

Monday saga is likely to wind up in

the courts with the sacked Bunnies

coach labelling his axing extremely

unfair. But the club is backing

their decision, saying having a

coach intoxicated and then knocked

out by one of his own players in a

pub is not a good luck.

Sacked as Rabbitohs coach, Taylor

is threatening legal action against

the club. I've been unfairly

treated in my opinion. Extremely

unfairly treated, so it won't end

here as far as I'm concerned.

Earlier in the day, the Board spoke

out, saying Taylor's position as

head coach had become untenible.

But unfortunately, the board was

unable to reach a view that the

conduct in question was becoming of

a first grade rugby league coach.

The sponsors up there are fed up

with this type of publicity and

this type of reaction. Football

manager John Lang takes over as

head coach for the next two years.

The former Penrith meanter

admitting to mixed feelings about

taking up the position. I don't

feel good taking over in these

circumstances, but there's not too

often that you take over in happy

circumstances. A raucous reception

for John Cartwright at Coolangatta

airport.

But he doesn't expect such a warm

reception tonight when his team

takes on the white-hot Parramatta

Eels ease. This Friday, we've been

totally written off by anyone. I'll

be surprised if anyone tips us.

We're not going to have a lot of

supporters down there. Kolg wood's

Scott Pendlebury has been named in

the magpies team just 11 days after

breaking his leg. The midfielder

will train today in a bid to

complete a remarkable recovery and

play against Geelong. The Cats have

made two changes with Steve Johnson

to return after successful hip

surgery. Stevie was running around

like a little kid and loving being

out there and feeling good. And

yeah, it was a good quality session.

Max Rooke is also back for Geelong

after recovery from a leg injury.

Australian opener Tim Payne has

knocked up a century. The Tasmanian

belted 111 off 148 deliveries in

the sixth match of the series which

the Aussies lead 5-0.

Well, there it is. Tim Payne with

his first one day 100 for Australia.

He's thrilled. Why wouldn't he be?

Just playing in his 7th match.

England are struggling in reply. A

short time ago, the home side were

8/171. Brett Lee with the early

breakthrough dismissing Andrew

Strauss for a duck, while Ricky

Ponting continues his brilliant

work on the field.

And more on finance with Frank and

the bosses in Fairfax have gone

from printing the headlines to

making them this morning.

It's there in big bold type and it

says there's a brawl going on. John

B Fairfax, the biggest shareholder

has moved to oust the chairman Ron Walker, because Mr Walker

apparently made the mistake of

announcing that he wanted to delay

his retirement and stay on. That

was not what Mr Fairfax wanted to

hear, we've been told, and now says

that he will vote against that plan.

All week weefbl we've been

reporting on the soaring cost of

gold. It appears that much of the

demand is coming from China. The

Government there is actively

increasing its reserves and Chinese

investors are still buying gold as

a hedge against inflation. Some

though, simply because they really

like the precious metalment don't

expect the price to drop in a big

way soon, and there are still

higher prices ahead, especially if

the US dollar stays weak.

Wall Street was trucking along very

nicely on the back of encouraging

housing, jobs and manufacturing

reports, but investors got cold

feet after pushing the DOW, SNP500

and NASDAQ to the highest level in

nearly a year.

Weather it will and weather it won't!

Still ahead on Ten's Early News.

Want to know who's the tallest in

the world? The new Guinness book of

records is out and some of the

categories are just as weird as

ever. We've got the details, NEWS ... FIRST UP, A 28 YEAR OLD MAN WILL FACE COURT TODAY, AFTER AN ALLEGED BURGLARY IN EVATT EARLIER THIS MONTH. A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL, WHO WAS HOME AT THE TIME, CALLED POLICE, AFTER SPOTTING THE MAN TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE HOME. AND WAITED FOR POLICE. SHE SNUCK OUT OF THE HOUSE ALLEGEDLY FOUND THE MAN, WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THEY FOUND THE MAN, FROM ARRIVED, THEY ALLEGEDLY HOME. SCULLIN, HIDING INSIDE THE HEALTH SERVICE SAYS, YOUNG THE GREATER SOUTHERN AREA AWARE OF SEXUALLY PEOPLE NEED TO BE MORE FIGURES SHOW, A HUGE SPIKE, TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, AS CHLAMYDIA, AROUND IN THE NUMBER OF CASES OF QUEANBEYAN HAVE JUMPED, BY AROUND FOUR STATE RATES OF THE S-T-I THOUSAND AND ONE... WHILE HUNDRED PER CENT, SINCE TWO IS CLOSE TO TWO HUNDRED AND IN QUEANBEYAN, THAT FIGURES 80 PER CENT. VOLUNTEERS, ARE SET TO DO A-C-T RURAL FIRE SERVICE

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Headlines on the quarter hour here

on Ten's Early News.

Indonesian police confirm they have

definitely killed the mastermind

behind the deaths of 95 Australians

in the Bali bombings.

The Prime Minister puts the cat

amongst the Opposition's pigeons by

ambassador. choosing Brendan Nelson as an

And if you've been busting to find

out who has the largest ball of

cling wrap, or if your dog has the

langest ears on the planet, your

wait is over.

Indonesian police have confirmed

that one of four militants killed

in a raid yesterday was fugitive

terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed

Top. They say that his body was

identified from fingerprints. The

41-year-old Malaysian was South

East Asia's most wanted man. He was

the mastermind behind the two Bali

bombings and the attack on

Australia's Jakarta embassy. He's

also suspected of being behind the

July 7th suicide attacks on

Jakarta's JW Marriott and Ritz

people. Carlton hotels which killed seven

Angry residents of Ryde in Sydney's

north-west have held a rally

outside the home of convicted

paedophile Dennis Ferguson. They

say they want him gone for good,

but the 61-year-old has vowed to return.

More hand 100 residents of Ryde

held a community meeting outside Mr

Ferguson's unit last night blaming

Housing NSW for placing him in Housing NSW for placing him in

their community. The person who

signed the lease needs to get the

sack. Ferguson has been temporarily

re-housed in a secret location, but

locals say that's a band aid

solution. It's not so much about

Dennis Ferguson - it's about

ridding the whole area of people

that we don't want here. But the

61-year-old says he intends to

return and remain at Ryde in the

long-term. The NSW Government has

acknowledged Ferguson is the legal

lease holder, but is hopeful of

another solution. Our priority in

the long-term is obviously finding

a long-term solution for his

accommodation, and really, we are

concerned about the safety of

people in the local community,

particularly the children.

It's been revealed the alleged

victim of 30 years of sexual abuse

at the hands of her father took out

a restraining order against him two

years ago. The revelations come as former neighbours claim authorities

knew of the family's secret for

years, but did nothing.

This is the ordinary Victorian home

being compared to Austria's house

of horrors. The family who moved in

here four years ago were devastated

to learn of the alleged crimes that

took place within these walls. I

don't know what to say, but I'm

just shocked about it, that's all.

A man, now from his '60s, allegedly

held his daughter a virtual

prisoner in the La Trobe valley

home. She claims she was raped

daily from the age of 11. Any crime

of this type is one that is

shocking and is personally

repulsive. You know, I think to me

and to other Victorians. DNA tests

allegedly confirm the accused

fathered four children with his

daughter, all of them born with

serious health problems. Three boys

survived. A little girl died.

Stkpwhrfrblgts now the children

have been living with that secret.

Now the children have been living

with that secret and the trauma and

everyone in the family is a victim.

Shocked child welfare workers say

the allegations are chillingly

similar to Austria's Josef Fritzl

who imprisoned his daughter as a

sex slave. Think hardly came

outside. I think they used to play

in the back room, I think. You'd

never see them out the back. The

in November. man is due to face the County Court

Former Liberal leader Brendan

Nelson is the latest in Kevin

Rudd's by partisan diplomatic

appointments. Dr Nelson has been

named Australia's ambassador to the

European Union. He'll now have to

tow the line on Government policy

like emissions trading, we he said

"defied logic" in his farewell

speech to Parliament. I'll do that

to the best of my ability, and as

you can also see from the number of

jobs that I will aeb undertaking,

I'll be working extremely hard. The

PM has also announced former Labor

ambassador to Washington. leader Kim Beazley is to become our

A former female staffer of Peter A former female staffer of Peter

Costello has secured the party's

endorsement for his old seat and

made history by becoming the first

woman to be pre-selected for a safe

seat in Melbourne. Last night,

Kelly O'Dwyer came in with more Kelly O'Dwyer came in with more

than 100 votes for the seat of

Higgins. And Australian tennis

great John Alexander is one of 17

candidates in the running for the

seat vacated by former Opposition

leader Brendan Nelson.

On the anniversary of the

disappearance of Melbourne woman

Britt Lapthorne, her parents have

held an emotional ceremony in

Croatia, sending flowers out to sea in tribute.

It is a beautiful place, and that's

why so many Australian tourists

flock to Dubrovnik. But for Dale

and Elka, it's a difficult trip

where they're marking the first

anniversary of their daughter's

disappearance, which falls today,

September 18. The bottom line is -

we don't want to be here at all.

But we were absolutely compelled to

be here on the other hand. You

couldn't keep us away either. It's

been a tough few days, but the

Lapthornes say it's been worth it

for them, reliving Britt's last

days, her final hours in Dubrovnik,

and saying goodbye privately, send

ago wreath out into the sea. It's

our own little ceremony. We need to

our own little ceremony. We need to

do something. What can we do? I

don't know what else we can do.

It's clear this trip has taken its

toll, but Dale and Ilka say it's

not so hard, because it is dredging

up all of the memorys of last

cement and the pain of that time.

That pain, they feel each and every

day. It's hard, they say, because

they still have no answers. No

reasons from the Croatian

authorities as to what happened to

their daughter, Britt. It's

something that they now accept -

however unfair, they may never know.

Well, it seems there are a lot of

people out there with spare time on

their hands, all desperate to

secure a spot in the latest edition

of the 'Guinness Book of Records'

which is out today. I'll tell you

about that story in a moment. We've

just got a problem there. Let's go

to sport. Jason Taylor's Mad Monday

altercation with David Fa'alogo has

cost both men their jobs. Taylor

has been replaced as head coach by

football manager John Lang and is

now threatening legal action

against the club. Tonight,

Parramatta take on the Gold Coast

for a place in the preliminary final.

Aussie Brett RumFord is just one

shot off the pace in the opening

round of the Austrian Open. He

fired a bogey-free 64 to sit in a

two-way tie alongside Scotland's Scott Drummond.

Nearly did. England's Ben Barham

has the lead.

has the lead.

Feld Federer has copped a 1,700

fine for his outburst during the US

Open final. The world number one

was heard swearing while arguing

with a chair umpire during the

match. Don't tell me to be quiet,

OK. When I want to talk, I talk. I

don't give a (bleep) what he said.

I just said that he said that.

Don't tell me the rules. Tournament

officials collected more than

$35,000 in fines for audible object

skenities. Serena Williams paying

most of that after she was slugged $17,000.

And Australia has wrapped up the

sixth one-day international against

England at Trept Bridge, bowling

the home side out. England were

chasing 297. The Aussies now

searching for a whitewash. They're

6-0 with one game to play.

OK, it may be sport to some people

doing weird things, with a lot of

spare time on their hands, all

desperate to secure a spot in the

latest edition of the 'Guinness

Book of Records'. Take this boy for

example. He spent hours rolling

what is officially the largest ball

of cling wrap. Or how about these

Michigan chefs who cooked up this

75kg burger. This pooch found fame

for having the longest ears. And

while he's cute and cuddly, the

same probably could not be said for

this woman, who, with the world's

longest finger nails, is in dire

need of a manicure.

Strange, and what a strange old

week on Wall Street it's been.

Anxious investors there have been,

but a mostly strong few days on the

back of positive rorpls. Here to

make some sense of it all is

Juliana Roadley from Commsec. I

think there's some good news to end

the week on? There was a little bit

of good news. There was good

economic data coming out, but I

think what's happening is that

investors are really uncertain. No-

one is talking about recession any

more in the US, but they're all

talking about recovery. But the talking about recovery. But the

problem is that they're worried problem is that they're worried

about when the Federal Reserve will

change its view and when interest

rates will move higher in the US.

That's all the gold stocks, the

home builders and the regional

banks who are doing very well, and

Oracle, the second largest software

maker around the world coming out

with a weak result. The DOW was

down as was the NASDAQ. The US

market approach the one year highs

this week. Will our market do the

same sort of move today? You would

hope so. We were up by 61 points

yesterday. I think with the

weakness in the US overnight, we

might have to see our market

closing a little bit lower today.

We've had a great rally over the

last few days and it might see a

pull back. The oil price is only

off a few cents. The gold price was

up $20 yesterday and came off $6

yesterday, still holding around

$1,013. And our market is set to

open around six points lower this morning.

As we go, in motoring business news,

the humble Aussie Commodore could

become the new LAPD patrol car with

suggestions that up to 40,000 could

be send to the US every year with

maybe some meat pies in there.

And a kangaroo in the back seat!

Thank you. A check of the weather

before we go.

Come Friday morning, we all ask the

same question. What will the

weather be like this weekend. Let's

ask the Weather Channel. BBQs or movies?

We're going to see some nice

conditions down the east coast in

particular, but over the last 24

hours, it's all been about the rain

from Central Australia to Hobart.

Some of the best falls we've seen

in two years for some places and in

SA, 600km in Adelaide seeing the

heaviest falls in two and a half

years. For today, though, we're

going to see temperatures around 10

degrees cooler through NSW after a

scorcher. Sydney Airport reaching

33 degrees - 13 above the average.

The cool air is lingering across

parts of the east, but also, we're

going to see some widespread falls

sweeping in across parts of south-

western and western Australia.

Fairly coastal stuff and that's

going to push into the Bite towards

the end of the week, and coastal

showers in southern Victoria and

parts of western Tasmania. showers in southern Victoria and parts of western Tasmania. For the capital cities:

Brisbane is about four degrees

above the average for this time of

year. And in Perth, we'll see the year. And in Perth, we'll see the

rain increasing towards the

afternoon and going for a top of 18. rain increasing towards the afternoon and going for a top of 18.

If you're headed outdoors, the east

coast is looking brilliant. Thank you.

And thank God it's Friday, as they

say. That's it for Ten's Early News.

The first 15 minutes of this

bulletin are now available from the

Ten News website. I'll see you

again for the morning news at 11:00.

I'm Frank Colletta. Have a great

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