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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Frank Coletta. this morning - A look at our main stories big deals and big gains. The stock market surges the Government's new media laws. as media mogals pounce on an elderly couple in Melbourne - A frightening wake up call for their bedroom wall. a B-double ploughinh through Road to nowhere - will get a free run to the city? how long before Brisbane drivers And in sport - off to a shaky start Australia's Champions Trophy campaign overnight. after a shock loss to the West Indies of the markets Time for our first check more records fall on Wall Street? and Frank, a spectacular start to trading Kath, it was certainly was but it didn't last. on interest rates. Kath, next time we'll have some news The Government says and Kerry Stokes deals by James Packer

are quarantining assets. are signs the media giants new media ownership laws The Communications Minister also says to benefit particular media moguls. are not designed James Packer's decision for $4.5 billion to sell half of his media interests in West Australian Newspapers and Kerry Stokes' claim of a stake as the start of a feeding frenzy. is seen they'll become prey, If they don't become a predator gobbling up as much as they can. so they're out there positioning themselves The media giants of new media ownership laws for the introduction sometime next year. of opening up Australian media Some fear the cost and foreign ownership to mergers, takeovers will reduce diversity of opinion. It is a black day for democracy. to take a cold shower. The Government telling its critics It's a very different landscape appreciate and understand that, and if we don't in Australia. we're going to be a backwater the communications regulator The Government has asked done by PBL and Mr Stokes to look into the deals with existing media ownership laws. to make sure they comply Mr Packer announcing his move of the legislation in Parliament. shortly after the passage Murray McCloskey, Ten News. An elderly couple has cheated death through their western Victorian home. after a freight truck ploughed and 70-year old woman The 75-year old man

were sleeping in their front bedroom demolished half their home. when the B-double freighter beneath rubble for 40 minutes They were trapped in their beds hospital with serious injuries. before being flown to a Melbourne who was en route to Adelaide, The truck driver, for log book offences. will be charged on summons a carjacking in Sydney A Sydney teenager who botched detox program. has reportedly fled her court-ordered 20-year-old Sally Brennan carjacking in Sydney's south has been charged over an attempted

because she couldn't drive manual. her getaway hindered She was granted bail treatment for her addiction on the condition she receive

to the drug Ice.

According to the 'Daily Telegraph' - centre Brennan left the rehabilitation after being granted bail. just an hour will find out tomorrow Brisbane drivers in a city on-ramp what caused the crack that's closed a major arterial road. may need rebuilding It's feared parts of the expressway meaning months of peak-hour pain. Brisbane's traffic network to a halt This is the crack that's brought and pushed motorists' to the brink. I've got a pretty good temperament and punch a few things. but I wanted to hop out of the car to explaining the fracture Main Roads is edging edging closer that shut down main route to the CBD. The ramps have distoreted all their weight on two bearings, and where they should be carrying

on one bearing. they're now carrying all the weight to standing on one leg. It's a little bit akin how it happened. But they want to know and hot asphalt, may be to blame. Roadworks, heavy trucks by the works It could have been triggered what might have caused that. and we don't know will return to normal. Or when the roads may need to be rebuilt. It's thought parts of the expressway could stretch on for months. Meaning, the peak-hour nightmare But the structure is quite sound into its original position. if only we can get it back That would be the best outcome. will explain if it's just that easy. A report tomorrow it down and tunnel under the river. Some transport experts say just rip

Emma Dallimore, Ten News. on Australia. A French nuclear giant has its sights first clean, green power plant Areva wants to build the country's

worth $5 billion the Federal Government. and has already begun lobbying

an interest in nuclear energy John Howard this week expressed but it's bound to be hotly contested. South African and Asian companies British, Russian, Romanian, to operate plants down under. are also reported to be keen peace process A setback in the Sri Lankan another suicide attack. with rebels carrying out blew up two boats at a naval base Suspected Tamil Tigers and injuring dozens more. killing at least one sailor It comes just two days

a truck packed with explosives after the militant group rammed into a Sri Lankan naval convoy killing at least 92 sailors. on a long campaign of terror The Tamil Tigers have embarked for a separate homeland. in their plight soldiers have been killed in Iraq The US military says 10 American in a series of insurgent attacks. has also boiled over in recent days. Sectarian violence in a surge of revenge attacks More than 100 Iraqis have been killed across the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Muqtada al-Sadr has met with radical Shi'ite cleric

in a bid to curb the violence. to Heather Mills has turned nasty. Sir Paul McCartney's divorce attacked her She's now claiming the former Beatle

4-year marriage. during their tempestuous In a leaked court paper, pushed her when she was pregnant Mills says he tried to choke her, stabbed her with a broken wine glass. and, at one point,

also alleges he's a heavy drug user McCartneys estranged wife and an abusive drunk. Sir Paul has vigorously denied the allegations. To cricket - and Australia's Champions Trophy campaign has suffered an early blow. Chasing 235 for victory the Aussies fell 11 runs short despite 92 from Adam Gilchrist. Windies paceman Jerome Taylor doing the damage with a hat-trick. An amazing turnaround. COMMENTATOR: The West Indies have beaten Australia!

Australia buried at the death by rookie paceman Jerome Taylor who became the first ever West Indian to snare a one-day international hat-trick. It came after his skipper had resurrected their own innings. Brian Lara and Runako Morton adding 137. Wow! Setting Australia a testing 235. The chase started terribly. Ponting gone for one. Oh, that's got him yes, indeed. But his deputy kept Australia in the contest. Gilchrist and Clarke with a century stand. And a united front through several heated exchanges. Whoa, there's a bit happening. The turning point coming with 53 still needed. This really is the big break that the West Indians have been waiting for. Gilchrist gone. Clarke surrendered meekly. It's gone. Then Taylor bagged Hussey. The first of three in a row and a place in cricket history. Australia 11 runs short in a game that seemed theirs for the taking. We were outplayed tonight. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. The Pakistan cricket board has named the committee to lead the inquiry

into Shoab Akthar and Mohammad Asif's positve drugs tests. The independent committee consists of former Pakistan Test captain Intikhab Alam, a senior lawyer and doctor. They will hand down their findings to the Pakistan cricket board in two weeks. Akhtar and Asif face two-year bans after testing positive to banned steroids. Adelaide United coach John Kosmina has been suspended for four matches for his sideline stoush with Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat. The Socceroos assistant coach found guilty of violent conduct at a Football Federation disciplinary hearing last night. REPORTER: John, you're reaction? I've got no comment to make. I've gotta get a cab to the airport. I'd just like to get back to Adelaide tonight. Kosmina also received a suspended fine. And his club will consider putting the coach through counselling to ensure there's no repeat performance. Frank's back with another look at finance now and some more bold predictions about interest rates? Yes, Kath.

November is continuing to firm as the most likely month we'll see the next interest rate rise. According to Westpac's leading index economic growth is expected to pick up sharply over the next 6 to 9 months. Another rate increase of 0.25% will be needed soon to take some of the heat out of the economy.

The leading index is forecasting growth of around 6% well up on the long term trend of just over 4%. And there was more takeover news for our market to absorb yesterday. German technology giant Bosch making an off-market play for struggling car parts maker Pacifica. The $1.92 all-cash bid looks set to be rejected though, advising shareholders to take no action in relation to the offer. Earlier this year Pacifica rejected a $2.40 a share bid from Bosch and then cut its earnings guidance. Shares jumped 6% yesterday - investors hopeful a bidding war may emerge. Let's take a look at the national weather: Let's see what the newspapers are saying - in 'The Australian' - accused of misleading the Queensland parliament about a deal done over Dr Jayant Patel. Linda Lavarch resigns as attorney-general. In the Melbourne 'Age' -

four of the Bali Nine members may avoid the firing squad. An Indonesian judge claiming their role in the drug operation doesn't warrant execution. An 18-wheeler ploughs into a suburban home narrowly missing two elderly residents. The details when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. You're watching Ten's Early News. Our top stories this Thursday - rude awakening. An elderly couple injured as a B-double truck crashes into their home. Standing by its changes - media laws won't just benefit moguls. the Federal Government says its new Dirty divorce - former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney

his estranged wife. accused of violently attacking And records fall on Wall Street - for the first time. the Dow Jones climbs above 12,000 let's check the markets with Frank. And on that subject - in the US. Kath, a record breaking day

Coming up Kath, anything yet in the media frenzy. analysts claiming we've not seen An elderly couple has cheated death after a freight truck ploughed through their western Victorian home overnight. had to be rescued from their bed. Trapped beneath rubble, the pair man and his 70-year-old wife. A rude awakening for a 75-year-old in the front bedroom The couple were sleeping of their Great Western home to Adelaide crashed off the highway when a B-double truck on its way and into the front of house. underneath the debris There were two people trapped in one of the bedroomw. who'd been asleep The couple suffered serious injuries to a Melbourne hospital. and were flown

they were very nearly killed. Rescue workers say Very lucky escape. in the people's lives There's a fair amount of devastation has been destroyed. because their whole house before coming to a stop. The truck travelled a further 100m though his cabin destroyed. It's driver was unhurt with enquiries at the moment. The male driver is assisting police He's expected to be charged on summons over log book offences. Police closed the Western Highway - Adelaide and Melbourne - a major trucking route between for more than a hour. this morning. They'll return to the scene Kellie Morgan, Ten News. Brisbane drivers will have to remain patient arterial into the CBD will re-open. with no word on when the main A crack in a major on-ramp Riverside Expressway on Tuesday. forced the closure of the Engineers say

have come off their bearings the Ann and Alice Street ramps possibly due to heavy roadworks.

how long it will take to fix it. It's not known The structure is sound. expressway may need to be rebuilt There are fears parts of the could stretch on for months. meaning traffic mayhem The Government says and Kerry Stokes media deals done by James Packer up their position in the market. are signs the companies are shoring playing down fears The Communications Minister will trigger a wave of takeovers. new media ownership laws It's a very different landscape appreciate and understand that, and if we don't

we're going to be a backwater in Australia. looking into the PBL and Stokes deals The communications regulator is with existing laws. to ensure they comply left two teenage boys in hospital A playground stabbing that for metal detectors in high schools. has prompted a call after the schoolyard attacks Both have had emergency surgery Australind Senior High School. at WA's One of the victim's father says school searches should be considered US-style metal scanners and before some one is killed. Can't see a problem with a metal-detector being fitted. They have them in America. it wouldn't be a bad idea. The way we are going here, next week over the attacks. A 14-year-old boy will face court is vigorously denying claims Sir Paul McCartney he abused his estranged wife. Heather Mills McCartney says In a leaked divorce court paper, abused her and used illegal drugs. the former Beatle violently Good morning! a Beatle Macca. He's one of Britain's national icons, But today he's been accused of being a violent husband. in May this year Heather Mills who separate from him allegations in divorce papers is said to have made hugely damaging which were leaked yesterday. and that's it. Well, she says we're engaged In the court document, it's claimed:

today Heather Mills was interviewed. On the programme 'City Hospital'

in a road accident She had lost her leg pain management and came to talk about but she made no reference to the allegations. You are all over the papers today, about that. but we're not going to talk

No. and anyway, this is about you It's all a bit legally sensitive and what's happened to you.

And I was coming on this programme before all of that today. there have been other allegations, Since the couple parted in May some very damaging to Heather Mills

publicly. but their lives are being raked over has pledged to defend Japan The United States launch a nuclear attack. should North Korea Japanese counterpart, Speaking with her Rice reaffirmed her support. US Secretary of State Condoleezza and the capability The United States has the will to meet the full range and I underscroe and security commitments to Japan. the full range of its deterrent But Ms Rice also said crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear test. she had no desire to escalate the so too, Christina Aguilera Hillary Duff has done it, and now Justin Timberlake. The former NSYNC groover turned soloist clothing range showcasing his very own at the Los Angeles fashion week William Rast, as the label's known, in the making has been more than 15 months and has a strong denim focus. do this together It's been really fun to watch them because they really are connected in that way and they've made a great line. by the many A-listers in attendance. His girlfriend's views seconded of the ICC Champions Trophy Australia's lost its opening match by 10 runs against the West Indies. from Adam Gilchrist, Despite 92 at the top of the order of a major collapse his run-out was the start Jerome Taylor snared a hat-trick, which got worse when rookie paceman international by a West Indian. the first ever in a one-day its two remaining pool games Australia must now win against England and India to progress to the next round.

Adelaide United A-league club

will consider putting coach John Kosmina through counselling to ensure there's no repeat of Sunday's ugly sideline stoush. Kosmina was last night suspended for 6 matches for violent conduct.

John Kosmina in a jovial mood as he left Adelaide for tonight's hearing in Sydney. I feel like I'm going off to my execution. As it turned out,

grabbing Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat by the throat didn't bring out the hangman, but a heavy enough sentence to silence a man

renowned for saying what he thinks. REPORTER: John, your reaction? I have no comment to make. I'm gotta get a cab to the airport. I'd just like to get back to Adelaide tonight. After a hearing lasting 90 minutes, Kosmina copped a 6-match ban but two of those matches were suspended. So too, an undisclosed fine. The coach out until his side's Round 13 match against Sydney FC. In the meantime,

assistant coach Aurelio Vidmar will fill that perilous sideline chair. Leanne West, Ten News. Champion jockey Damien Oliver has suffered a major Spring Carnival set-back

after being suspended from the Cox Plate on Saturday week. Oliver was cited for careless riding in two separate races

at Caulfield yesterday. He was suspended for a total of 24 meetings. The hefty ban rules him out of the Cox Plate but is lifted just in time for Derby Day. The 34-year-old is free to ride in Saturday's Caulfield Cup aboard Japanese horse Pop Rock. More on the media frenzy now with Frank and share market investors the big winners yesterday? The media sector surged into record territory yesterday thanks to the Government's controversial new laws and those two mega deals. Stocks closed sharply higher, market watchers hopeful

this first round of buying is just the tip of the ice berg.

The multimillion-dollar wheeling and dealing by two of the country's biggest media magnates

whipped up a storm on the local index. Leading the charge was PBL itself jumping nearly 4% with Network Ten, Fairfax, APN News and Media and WAN also up as much as 5%. Market watchers are hopeful this first flurry of takeover activity is a sign of things to come. I don't expect to see a flurry because I know the potential transactions that can happen in relation to those very significant restrictions and safeguards. All eyes will now focus on newspaper group Fairfax which has long been viewed as an attractive takeover target. It's a relatively strong company, it's a big company it's a big company to swallow because you have to pay a premium to buy the company and it's already very well priced. Whether the buyer is PBL, CVC Asia Pacific or another party -

we'll have to wait and see. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. Taking a look now at some of the other stories making business news - and blood products maker CSL has reaffirmed its full-year profit forecast of between $400 and $420 million. Speaking at the company's AGM, Chairman Elizabeth Alexander said market conditions remain favourable. Network Ten has reported a full-year net profit of nearly $46 million down almost 57% on the same time a year ago. But an upbeat outlook at overall strength in the media sector pushed Ten shares up almost 5%. And Rio Tinto has reported record iron ore production

for the third quarter. Output was up 11% to 35 million tonnes. Let's take a look at the national weather: The Communications Minister says

the new media laws aren't designed to favour certain companies. The latest when the Early News returns. (Speaks Swahili) MAN: Salome and her community live in terrible poverty. Her life won't improve That's what child sponsorship does. Sponsor a child online

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. A look at our main stories this morning - big deals and big gains. The stock market surges

as media moguls pounce on the Government's new media laws. A frightening wake up call for an elderly couple in Melbourne - a B-double ploughing through their bedroom wall. Road to nowhere - how long before Brisbane drivers will get a free run to the city? And in sport - Australia's Champions Trophy campaign off to a shaky start after a shock loss to the West Indies overnight. Let's take a look at the national weather: Time for a check of the markets and Frank, more records fall on Wall Street? Kath, it was certainly was a spectacular start to trading but it didn't last. More finance news coming up shortly. Claims today the controversial new media laws will only serve to make powerful moguls even stronger.

But Communications Minister Helen Coonan insists all Australians will benefit. James Packer's decision to sell half of his media interests for $4.5 billion and Kerry Stokes' claim of a stake in West Australian Newspapers is seen as the start of a feeding frenzy.

If they don't become a predator they'll become prey, so they're out there gobbling up as much as they can. The media giants positioning themselves for the introduction of new media ownership laws sometime next year. Some fear the cost of opening up Australian media to mergers, takeovers and foreign ownership will reduce diversity of opinion. It is a black day for democracy. The Government telling its critics to take a cold shower. This Government has been careful not to make any arrangements in the new package. The Government has asked the communications regulator to look into the deals done by PBL and Mr Stokes to make sure they comply with existing media ownership laws. Mr Packer announcing his move shortly after the passage of the legislation in Parliament. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. An elderly couple has cheated death after a freight truck ploughed through their western Victorian home. The 75-year old man and 70-year old woman were sleeping in their front bedroom when the B-double freighter demolished half their home. They were trapped in their beds beneath rubble for 40 minutes

before being flown to a Melbourne hospital with serious injuries. The truck driver, who was en route to Adelaide, will be charged on summons for log book offences. Australians are more than twice as wealthy as they were a decade ago and four times as rich as 30 years ago according to the latest Federal Treasury figures. On average, it claims we all became $11,000 richer in the last three months alone. Total private sector wealth has hit $7.7 trillion for the June quarter or $348,493 for every man, woman and child. Brisbane drivers will find out tomorrow what caused the crack in a city on-ramp that's closed a major arterial road. It's feared parts of the expressway may need rebuilding meaning months of peak-hour pain. This is the crack that's brought Brisbane's traffic network to a halt and pushed motorists' to the brink. I've got a pretty good temperament but I wanted to hop out of the car and punch a few things. Main Roads is edging edging closer to explaining the fracture that shut down main route to the CBD. The ramps have distorted and where they should be carrying all their weight on two bearings, they're now carrying all the weight on one bearing. It's a little bit akin to standing on one leg. But they want to know how it happened. Roadworks, heavy trucks and hot asphalt, may be to blame. It could have been triggered by the works and we don't know what might have caused that. Or when the roads will return to normal. It's thought parts of the expressway may need to be rebuilt. Meaning, the peak-hour nightmare could stretch on for months. But the structure is quite sound if only we can get it back into its original position. That would be the best outcome. A report tomorrow will explain if it's just that easy. Some transport experts say just rip it down and tunnel under the river. Emma Dallimore, Ten News. Federal police say claims they tipped off Cambodian authorities about an Aussie drug mule are wrong. They say they did not betray Gordon Vuong's mother by lining-up the schoolboy's arrest off-shore, as she's alleged. The now 17-year-old is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in attempting to import 2.1 kilograms of heroin out of the south-east Asian country last year. Sir Paul McCartney's divorce to Heather Mills has turned nasty. She's now claiming the former Beatle attacked her during their 4-year marriage. In a leaked court paper, Mills says he tried to choke her, pushed her when she was pregnant and, at one point, stabbed her with a broken wine glass. McCartney's estranged wife also alleges he's a heavy drug user and an abusive drunk. Sir Paul has vigorously denied the allegations. The United States has pledged to defend Japan should North Korea launch a nuclear attack. Speaking with her Japanese counterpart, US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice reaffirmed her support. The United States has the will and the capability to meet the full range and I underscore the full range of its deterrent and security commitments to Japan. But Ms Rice also said she had no desire to escalate the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear test. The Gold Coast will today come alive with fast cars. More than 300,000 spectators are expected to pack its flagship Indy 300. Ten reporter Andrew Leahey is in Pitt Straight and joins us now live. Andrew, how prepared are organisers for the influx?

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much want to see there is plenty of action To cricket - and Australia's Champions Trophy campaign has suffered an early blow. Chasing 235 for victory the Aussies fell 11 runs short despite 92 from Adam Gilchrist. Windies paceman Jerome Taylor doing the damage with a hat-trick. An amazing turnaround. COMMENTATOR: The West Indies have beaten Australia! Australia buried at the death by rookie paceman Jerome Taylor who became the first ever West Indian to snare a one-day international hat-trick. It came after his skipper had resurrected their own innings. Brian Lara and Runako Morton adding 137. Wow! Setting Australia a testing 235. The chase started terribly. Ponting gone for one. Oh, that's got him yes, indeed. But his deputy kept Australia in the contest.

Gilchrist and Clarke with a century stand.

And a united front through several heated exchanges. Whoa, there's a bit happening. The turning point coming with 53 still needed. This really is the big break that the West Indians have been waiting for. Gilchrist gone. Clarke surrendered meekly. It's gone. Then Taylor bagged Hussey. The first of three in a row and a place in cricket history. Australia 11 runs short in a game that seemed theirs for the taking. We were outplayed tonight.

Paul Cochrane, Ten News. The Pakistan cricket board has named the committee to lead the inquiry Adelaide United coach John Kosmina has been suspended for four matches for his sideline stoush with Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat. The Socceroos assistant coach found guilty of violent conduct

at a Football Federation disciplinary hearing last night. REPORTER: John, you're reaction? I've got no comment to make. I've gotta get a cab to the airport.

I'd just like to get back to Adelaide tonight. Kosmina also received a suspended fine and his club will consider putting the coach through counselling to ensure there's no repeat performance. Frank's back with another look at finance now. The squeeze on car component makers has left another Australian company on the verge of collapse. Iron Engineering has been in administration for a month and workers could lose their jobs any day now. The 67-year-old family company supplies parts for Holden in Adelaide and Ford in Victoria. Holden says it has enough parts to continue production but is looking for alternate supplies. A lot of the guys, the wrong side of 50, are just concerned about getting jobs. The union blames the big manufacturers for not supporting the local industry. A new uranium company will begin exploration in Australia next month. Uranium SA made the announcement as it debuted on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Trading began at 30 cents, up from an issue price of 20 cents. Chairman, former Mitsubishi boss Tom Phillips, said 30 million shares were issued to raise funds to explore the Gawler Craton, in South Australia's north-west. Well, it's got most of the uranium so it's got to be a big player and, I think, yes certainly and good Government support. The company has strong links to China and hopes to export there. Let's take a look at the national weather: Let's see what the newspapers are saying - More news coming up after the break.

TROUGH OVER THE NORTHEAST PART OF NEW SOUTH WALES A FRONT IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN INTO A TROUGH OVER THE NORTHEAST PART OF NEW SOUTH WALES TODAY, AND A STRONGER FRONTAL SYSTEM SHOULD FOLLOW. FINE AND SUNNY WITH A TOP OF 27 IN THE CAPITAL, FINING UP WITH A TOP OF 23 IN MELBOURNE AND SHOULD BE FINE AND FAIRLY WARM IN SYDNEY ALSO. MOSTLY SUNNY IN WOLLONGONG, 26 THE TOP. SHOULD REACH 25 IN ORANGE.. A HOT SPRING DAY IN WAGGA - 28, AND MAYBE A STORM IN DUBBO THIS AFTERNOON. A CLEAR DAY WITH 24 THE HIGH AT THE BAY, 26 IN GOULBURN AND SUNNY IN BOWRAL - QUITE WARM IN BATHURST. A HOT ONE IN MUDGEE, AND SUMMER'S STILL A GOOD SIX WEEKS AWAY. NICE DAY TO HEAD TO THE BEACH IN NOWRA. THE DROUGHT MAY NOT HAVE BROKEN, BUT ALL THIS RAIN IS CERTAINLY GOING TO BRING SOME WELCOME RELIEF TO LAND OWNERS - AND JUST A TIP IT MAY BE A GOOD WEEKEND FOR STAYING INDOORS. This program is captioned live.

You're watching Ten's Early News. Our top stories this Thursday - rude awakening. An elderly couple injured as a B-double truck crashes into their home. Standing by its changes - the Federal Government says its new media laws won't just benefit moguls. Dirty divorce - former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney accused of violently attacking his estranged wife. And records fall on Wall Street - the Dow Jones climbs above 12,000 for the first time. An elderly couple has cheated death after a freight truck ploughed through their western Victorian home overnight. Trapped beneath rubble, the pair had to be rescued from their bed. A rude awakening for a 75-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife.

The couple were sleeping in the front bedroom of their Great Western home when a B-double truck on its way to Adelaide crashed off the highway and into the front of house. There were two people trapped underneath the debris who'd been asleep in one of the bedrooms. The couple suffered serious injuries and were flown to a Melbourne hospital. Rescue workers say they were very nearly killed. Very lucky escape. There's a fair amount of devastation in the people's lives because their whole house has been destroyed. The truck travelled a further 100m before coming to a stop. It's driver was unhurt though his cabin destroyed. The male driver is assisting police with enquiries at the moment. He's expected to be charged on summons over log book offences.

Police closed the Western Highway - a major trucking route between Adelaide and Melbourne - for more than a hour.

They'll return to the scene this morning. Kellie Morgan, Ten News. Brisbane drivers will have to remain patient

with no word on when the main arterial into the CBD will re-open. A crack in a major on-ramp forced the closure of the Riverside Expressway on Tuesday. Engineers say the Ann and Alice Street ramps have come off their bearings possibly due to heavy roadworks. It's not known how long it will take to fix it. But the structure is quite sound

if only we can get it back into its original position. The Government says media deals done by James Packer and Kerry Stokes are signs the companies are shoring up their position in the market. The Communications Minister playing down fears new media ownership laws will trigger a wave of takeovers. It's a very different landscape and if we don't appreciate and understand that, we're going to be a backwater in Australia. The communications regulator is looking into the PBL and Stokes deals to ensure they comply with existing laws. Sir Paul McCartney is vigorously denying claims he abused his estranged wife. In a leaked divorce court paper, Heather Mills McCartney says the former Beatle violently abused her and used illegal drugs. Good morning! He's one of Britain's national icons, a Beatle Macca. But today he's been accused of being a violent husband. Heather Mills who separated from him in May this year

is said to have made hugely damaging allegations in divorce papers which were leaked yesterday. Well, she says we're engaged and that's it. In the court document, it's claimed: On the programme 'City Hospital' today Heather Mills was interviewed. She had lost her leg in a road accident and came to talk about pain management but she made no reference to the allegations. You are all over the papers today, but we're not going to talk about that. No. It's all a bit legally sensitive and anyway, this is about you and what's happened to you. And I was coming on this programme before all of that today. Since the couple parted in May there have been other allegations,

some very damaging to Heather Mills but their lives are being raked over publicly. There's renewed hoped that four Australians on death row in Bali for heroin smuggling will escape the firing squad. Lawyers for drug mules Michael Czugaj and Martin Stephens have learned why the judge rejected death penalties for the two men. The judge saying their roles in the smuggling were only intermediary and did not warrant execution. The defence team for four fellow couriers including Scott Rush and Matthew Norman will use the same argument to seek a judicial review of their death penalties. An American who murdered an Australian woman 21 years ago is about to be executed in the US. 57-year-old Arthur Rutherford is less than two hours away from being given a lethal injection. In 1985 he drowned Australian woman Stella Salamon in her Florida bathtub. She had hired him to do handywork around the house. Aussie actor Hugh Jackman has hit the red carpet in Hollywood

for the world premiere of his new movie called 'The Prestige'. The film is a dramatic thriller about rival magicians in the early 1900s. The greatest magic trick is performed by the director and the scripts. There is a twist at the end of this movie that no-one's going to get. Legendary British actor Michael Caine plays Jackman's mentor

and 'Batman' star Christian Bale is his rival. The movie opens in Australia next month. Australia's lost its opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy by 10 runs against the West Indies. Despite 92 at the top of the order from Adam Gilchrist, his run-out was the start of a major collapse which got worse when rookie paceman Jerome Taylor snared a hat-trick, the first ever in a one-day international by a West Indian. Australia must now win its two remaining pool games against England and India to progress to the next round. The Pakistan cricket board has named the committee to lead the inquiry into Shoab Akthar and Mohammad Asif's positve drugs tests. The independent committee consists of former Pakistan Test captain Intikhab Alam, a senior lawyer and doctor. They will hand down their findings to the Pakistan cricket board in two weeks. Akhtar and Asif face two-year bans after testing positive to banned steroids. Adelaide United A-league club will consider putting coach John Kosmina through counselling to ensure there's no repeat of Sunday's ugly sideline stoush.

Kosmina was last night suspended for 6 matches for violent conduct. John Kosmina in a jovial mood as he left Adelaide for last night's hearing in Sydney. I feel like I'm going off to my execution. As it turned out, grabbing Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat by the throat didn't bring out the hangman, but a heavy enough sentence to silence a man renowned for saying what he thinks. REPORTER: John, your reaction? I have no comment to make. I'm gotta get a cab to the airport. I'd just like to get back to Adelaide tonight. After a hearing lasting 90 minutes, Kosmina copped a 6-match ban but two of those matches were suspended. So too, an undisclosed fine. The coach out until his side's Round 13 match against Sydney FC. In the meantime, assistant coach Aurelio Vidmar will fill that perilous sideline chair. Leanne West, Ten News. More on the media frenzy now with Frank and share market investors the big winners yesterday? The media sector surged into record territory yesterday thanks to the Government's controversial new laws

and those two mega deals. Stocks closed sharply higher, market watchers hopeful this first round of buying is just the tip of the ice berg. The multimillion-dollar wheeling and dealing by two of the country's biggest media magnates whipped up a storm on the local index. Leading the charge was PBL itself jumping nearly 4% with Network Ten, Fairfax, APN News and Media and WAN also up as much as 5%. Market watchers are hopeful this first flurry of takeover activity is a sign of things to come. I don't expect to see a flurry because I know the potential transactions that can happen I don't expect to see a flurry because I know the potential in relation to those very significant restrictions and safeguards. All eyes will now focus on newspaper group Fairfax which has long been viewed as an attractive takeover target. It's a relatively strong company, it's a big company, it's a big company to swallow because you have to pay a premium to buy the company and it's already very well priced. Whether the buyer is PBL, CVC Asia Pacific or another party - we'll have to wait and see. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. And Kath, before I go American actor Wesley Snipes has been indicted on tax fraud charges in the United States. 'The Blade' star is accused of trying to claim around $15 million in false tax refunds and not filing a tax return for six years. According to the indictment lodged in the state of Florida, Snipes repeatedly used accountants with a history of filing dodgy returns. US authorities don't know where the film star is and are urging him to come forward. He could face 16 years behind bars.

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That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Kathryn Robinson, see you tomorrow. And I'm Frank Colletta, good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au