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Today, air safety investigators

examining the wreckage of a light

plane which crashed into a home in

Sydney's south-west killing two

young pilots.

An Australian serving with British

troops killed in a fire fight with

rebels in Afghanistan.

Another Hollywood award nomination

for Heath Ledger for his role 'Dark

Knight' but for Cate Blanchett, no

deal. And Qantas planning an $8

The weather today: billion merger.

Investigators will this morning

examine the site of a fatal plane

crash in Sydney's south-west.

Flight instructor Joanne Ethell and

trainee pilot chaurchaurchaur were

believed to be onboard the light

aircraft which spiralled

out-of-control after a mid-air collision. collision.

A residential home took the impact

of the collision. Residents lucky

to e scape injury. The single

engine Ceessna plunged into the

back of a home killing the female

pilot and a trainee. We looked up

and we saw the plane spinning down.

We thought it was heading for us, it was only 50 metres away. The

plane was spiralling out-of-control

and disappeared behind the road

here. The Cessna had collided

sending it spiralling out-of-control mid-air with another aircraft

The other plane involved in the

aircraft made it to Bankstown airport. aircraft made it to Bankstown

airport. It looked like the plane

broke up. But I actually thought it

was a toy plane it was that low and

it fell that quick. The it fell that quick. The 89-year-old

pilot and 25-year-old train yeep

onboard were interviewed by

investigators. The planes

collided outside controlled airspace

in a notorious area for pilots. Air

safety authorities and police are

continuing their investigations.

Pilots blame airport closure in

the region for making the airspace around

Australia. around Bankstown the busiest in

An Australian serving with troops has been killed in An Australian serving with British

Afghanistan. The unidentified

soldier was killed by enemy fire

during a battle with Taliban rebels.

Whether he's serving with the

British Army for the Australian

Army, it's a tragedy. The

Australian/UK dual citizen was

fighting for the British Defence

Force. It coincided with a secret

visit to Afghanistan by the Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd.

An Australian man caught trying to

smuggle heroin out of Thailand has

admitted he made a mistake and will

pay for it. Andrew Hoods has been

paraded on Thai television with

three kilos of drugs police found

strapped to his body. strapped to his body. The

36-year-old was about to board a

flight to Sydney. He told reporters

he had been caught red-handed. Thai he had been caught red-handed.

police say another Australian

believed to be his friend with

believed to be on the run after

escaping the airport.

Sydney's ATM bandits have struck

again with two more cash machines.

Thieves targeted the ATM at West

Pennant Hills at 2:00. Another ATM

was destroyed at nearby Tolopia.

Six machines have been blown up

across Sydney in the past four days.

Police are searching for a

paedophile in Sydney who has taken

off his tracking baselet and

broken a home detention order.

28-year-old Troy Myers is on parole

after conviction for the

aggravated sexual assault for a

person under 16. Police say he

often hangs around Bankstown, is

considered dangerous and should not

be approached.

Melbourne taxi drivers are

threatening to shut down that

city's airport this Christmas as

their fight over safety screens

with the State Government deepens.

It follows a violence clash with

police with dozens of cabbies

blockading the CBD. blockading the CBD.

For the second day in a row, more

than 50 drivers ground city

traffic to a halt. Blocked by traffic to a halt. Blocked by

police and facing having his taxi

towed, one cabbie took extreme

action. But, officers fed up with

protesters moved in, fining and

arresting the driver and towing

away his car. Terrible, disgusting.

The cabbies are protesting against

new safety screens which must be

new safety screens which must be

They installed by the end of the year.

They demanded a meeting with the

Premier. We sit here. We're not

moving. John Brumby refused and

both sides of politics have

condemned their actions. This does

nothing for the people nothing for the people in the

lead-up for Christmas. In front of

Parliament, the drivers use their

cabs and themselves bringing trams

and traffic to a stop. Police

issued 28 fines and towed one

vehicle before drivers gave in.

For now. They vowed to blockade the airport over Christmas.

One of Australia's most influential

TV producers has been ordered TV producers has been ordered to

stand trial on serious sex stand trial on serious sex charges.

Gavin Disney was the driving Gavin Disney was the driving force

behind 'Hey Hey It's Saturday'.

He's pleaded not guilty to 15

charge, including the rape of a

young man he worked with in 1984.

The court heard that man was suing

Disney for $5 million for personal

injury. Disney has been ordered to

next year. stand trial in a Melbourne court

The Screen Actor's Guild Award

nominations have been announced

and it is mixed news for Australia's contingent. Nicole

Strahan joins us live now from LA.

Baz Luhrman's epic 'Australia' has

been overlookled, but Heath Ledger

received a nomination.

Yes, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman

have been snubbed by the Screen

Actor's Guild, not receiving any

nominations at all this year. But

Heath Ledger as you said has been

nominated. He's been nominated in

the Best Supporting Actor category

the Best Supporting Actor category

for his chilling portrayal of the

Joker in the Batman sequel, 'Dark Joker in the Batman sequel, 'Dark

Knight' and that follows his

nomination last week in the Golden

Globes in the Best Supporting Actor

and that bodes very well for Heath

Ledger to receive an academy award nomination. They'll be announced

on January 22. The first

anniversary of Heath Ledger's death

from an accidental drug overdose.

Now, Brad Pitt nominated for Best

Actor for his role in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. Momentum

building behind that film, but Cate

Blanchett missed out again? Yes,

Button' has received many 'The Curious Case of Benjamin

Button' has received many awards,

or many nominations or awards over

the past couple of weeks. But Cate

Blanchett hasn't been among those

nominated, despite the fact that

her co-star Brad Pitt has been

nominated. This time, the Screen

Actor's Guild has overlooked her,

but there is a little bit of a

consolation prize perhaps for Cate

nominated Blanchett. The movie has been

nominated in the Best Ensemble Blanchett. The movie has been

Cast category so perhaps she will

walk home with a SAG award on

January 25 when the winners are announced. announced.

Thank you, Nicole Strahan. Thank you, Nicole Strahan.

Mitchell Johnson has handed

Australia control of the first Test

against South Africa with a

memorable spell of fast bowling.

With South Africa cruising,

Johnson grabbed five wickets for two

runs in 21 deliveries. It's

obviously an amazing feeling to

get seven wickets in a Test match

and still have two wickets to get

out there. So hopefully I'll get the ball in the morning and can

hopefully do a job and finish it

off. Johnson finished the day with

7/42. The Africans limped The Olympic swimming career of

Liesel Jones could be over.

Although she's just 23, she is

weighing up her future after

confirming she won't appear in next

year's world championships in Rome.

Back in the gym and back in the pool, but Liesel Jones says while

she's returned to training, she's

still contemplating whether to

hang up the goggles before 2012. I

think everybody probably questions

their future at some stage and I

probably do it quite often as to

what I want to do. But I think the

way I'm going at the moment is more

relaxed and I can choose either way.

So I'm 50/50 either way. No

Australian swimmer has made it to four

four Olympics, but the 23-year-old

says she'd already achieved

everything she set out to do, including individual gold in

Beijing. I've tickled every box I

ever wanted out of swimming, in

terms of world championships,

Olympics and all those sorts of

things, so just looking forward to

doing different meets. And that

means skipping her first major meet

in years, the world championships

next year. Roam is out of the

question for the moment. Jones has

also weighed into the racing suit

debate after revelations some swimmers

swimmers wore three suits in wonderful

wonderful city by the bay to gain

an advantage. It's kind of hard,

where do you draw the line with

suits? Technology has come so far.

I know, personally, it hasn't

really changed my performances and

hasn't made me swim any faster.

A big pay day for Adelaide United.

The club pocketing more than $2

million for finishing fifth at the

FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. A

goal in the 7th minute from

Christian owe was enough to beat e

jipt's Al Ahly. It means a lot.

It's obviously by finishing fifth

and also with our experience in the

ACL, it's really lifted the profile

of the game back home. Manchester

United is through to the final of that

that series after 5-3 win over

Gamba Osaka.

Let's talk about finance now with

Frank. The Qantas BA merger not on?

They put a stop to that. Qantas and

British Airways have called off

plans to merger into ar $8 billion

carrier. Officials revealed that the

two airlines could not agree on key

terms. Despite the failure, the

Australian carrier says the two will

continue to work together on the continue to work together on the

services from here to the UK as

members of the One World Alliance.

Ford and General Motors will join

Chrysler in shutting down their

manufacturing plants over the holiday period. The White House is

believed to be putting the

finishing touches on the bail-out

package, but will not promise any

Christmas cheer for the industry.

Chrysler is putting the brakes on

production at all 30 of its north

American plants. The cash-strapped

company announced its usual 2-week

holiday shutdown will be extended

to a month and could last longer at

some factories. Auto sales are at

the lowest in two decades and to

make matters worse, many people who

want to buy cars can't get credit. Ford

Ford shutting down ten plants for an

extra week and GM is extra week and GM is delaying

construction on another factory and

temporarily shutting down another 20

Today the White House says it is

near a decision. Chrysler and GM

say they may run out of money to

pay bills in a matter of weeks, but

GM says they have not revived

merger talks. And to other business news this morning, credit card debt is

growing at the slowest pace on

record, but we still owe on average

more than $3,000 each.

Tax payers are to receive the

200 ABC Learning centres. proceeds of the sale of more than

And OzMinerals has put up the For

Sale signs.

Stocks have limped through today's

session on Wall Street early in

trade. Investors took in a

better-than-expected report. The

Dow Jones is down almost 100 points

at the moment and the NASDAQ down 10.

Here's the national forecast for Friday:

Checking today's newspaper front

pages - the 'Herald Sun' says Pixie

Skase, the wife of the fugitive businessman Christopher Skase will

return to live in Melbourne.

Reports that CBA shares have

plummeted to a 6-year low.

The 'Australian' says a $260 million boost to quarantine

services will be largely funded by

tax hikes on exporters and air travellers. Golfer

Golfer Tiger Woods still no closer

to making a come back from knee

surgery. We'll have more on that

after the break.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. Today's headlines

- investigators return to the

scene of a fatal plane crash in

Sydney's west trying to determine

what caused the mid-air collision.

An Australian serving with British

troops killed in a fire fight with

Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan.

Heath Ledger scores a Screen

Actor's Guild Nomination for his

role as the Joker but Cate

Blanchett misss out again.

And in sport, Mitchell Johnson

skidles South Africa to put

Australia on top in the first Test

in the WACA.

First, air safety investigators

will return to the site of a fatal

air crash in Sydney's south-west.

Flight instructor Joanne Ethell and

18-year-old trainee pilot Chandrika Gaur were believed to be onboard

the light plane which crashed into

a home killing both women. The Cessna spiralled out-of-control

after a mipd-air collision. We

looked up and we saw one of the

planes spinning down and we thought

it was heading for us. It was only

like auto metres away. The other

plane involved in the collision

made it to Bankstown airport safely.

The 9-year-old pilot and the

20-year-old trainee were

interviewed. -- the 89-year-old pilot.

An Australian serving with British

troops has been killed in

Afghanistan. The so far unnamed

soldier was hit by enemy fire in a

battle for the south of the country.

The battle happened about the same

time that Kevin Rudd was making a

there. secret visit to Australian troops

from a fly-in visit to Afghanistan, As the Prime Minister returned an Australian-UK dual citizen news broke that was killed in the war-torn region. Whether he's serving in the British army or Australian army, it's a tragedy. The unnamed soldier was fighting for the British Defence Force and died after battling Taliban insurgents. Kevin Rudd's surprise visit to our troops was brief - he was on the ground for just two hours. He also paid tribute to those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice for Australia. I've been to too many funerals - I don't like going. The pre-Christmas visit for the hundreds of Aussie troops was designed to boost morale this festive season. who won't be home Christmas with my wife and children, I'm going to go home and spend and you're not. was the Persian Gulf, Kevin Rudd's next stop 'HMAS Parramatta'. visiting sailors onboard Afghanistan for the long haul, And while the PM says we're in should be out of Iraq soon. the remaining Aussie troops The Iraqi Government out of the country by July. wants all non-US foreign forces Meg Palmer, Ten News.

A woman has died after being hit by

a car in Sydney's Inner West

overnight. The 51-year-old was

struck after walking on to a struck after walking on to a road

at Russell Lea at 10:00. She was

rushed to hospital but died a short time

time later. It's the fourth

fatality on NSW roads in the past

24 hours.

One of Australia's best known

expats, Pixie Skase, is planning to

return to Melbourne 17 years after

fleeing to Spain with her fugitive

husband. She's been visiting

Australia sa says the time is right

for her to return to Toorak after

years of exile. She fled in 1991

with her husband Christopher, who

had personal debts of $170 million

and corporate debts of $1.7 billion.

He died in 2001.

But research suggests that But research suggests that lung

cancer will soon overtake breast

cancer as the leading cause of

death among women. According to the

Institute of Health and Welfare,

lung cancer rates in women are

expected to grow by 0.4% a year

until 2010. With women who took up

spoking in the 1970s and 1980s now

paying the price. For men, the most

common cancer is still prostate,

while testicular cancer has the

highest survival rate.

The Screen Actor's Guild award

and nominations have been announced

and it is big news for Australians

and bad news for ''. It missed out again again as did clafrpbl Cate

Blanchett Cate Blanchett despite 'The

'The Curious Case of Benjamin

Button' receiving a number of

nominations. Heath Ledger received

a Best Supporting Actor nomination

for his role as the Joker in 'Dark

Knight'. The ceremony will be held

on January 25.

Mitchell Johnson has given

Australia control in the first

cricket Test against South Africa.

The paceman grabbed 5/2 in 21 deliveries. As the sun started to set over Perth, lit up the WACA. Mitchell Johnson single handedly and in control, With the Proteas 3/224 the ball and unleashed his fury. Johnson was thrown Got him! COMMENTATOR: Leading edge - out! That's six for... He's got him! He's flicked, it got him. get seven wickets in a Test match, It's obviously an amazing feeling to to get out there, and still have two wickets in the morning, so, hopefully, I'll get the ball and finish it off. and, hopefully, do a job In one of the great spells of bowling seen on Australian soil,

Johnson tore the heart out of the Proteas. Even they were at a loss to explain what took place. He ran in, ball against ball. Got a bit of reverse against the wind, and got the ball in good areas, as well. It's a question of what matters. Obviously, one of those spells that changes the game, like you said. still 132 runs in arrears, and having surrendered their position of power. Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

South Sydney's new training facility is just about ready for

action. The iconic Redfern Oval has

received a $20 million overhaul

and when complete, will feature a

gymnasium, physio room, ice baths,

a conference centre and a cafe.

Enough to impress 88-year-old Rita Hanley, the grandmother of Craig

Coleman. Yes, I waited for a while.

I'm just going over for a look to

see that they've fixed it. Souths

will train full time at Redfern

from January 5 and will also play a

member's only trial game there

against old rivals the Wests Tigers.

And how about Woods, no relation

though. He says he's no closer to

returning to competitive golf

despite being ahead of schedule.

He's been sidelined since winning

the US Open back in June. Everyone the US Open back in June. Everyone

heals at different rates, so

incouldn't tell you. My surgeon

can't tell you. The trainers can't

tell you. So, it is frustrating from

from that stand-point because I

want to look forward to something.

That said, he wants to be back for

the US Masters in April. Back to finance news now and Frank,

what have you got? Let's go to the

US and we'll check the Wall Street

figures there. It's a big fall.

With the latest, we're joined from

New York. The D osm W has fallen 1%

late on. What's behind the slide? Unfortunately, Frank, this Unfortunately, Frank, this morning

we got some good news about

unemployment and then some senior

US officials made some commentaries

that concerned investors heavily,

so we had a little bit of a bump

and we've started to slide. We'll

see how it ends at the close today.

In the meantime, we've got some bad

news coming out of Europe. The EFO

German business sentiment has Index, a widely followed gauge of

dropped to a record low. Experts

and analysts think it is an indicator

indicator that the recession in

the eurozone is actually deepening.

season We're getting into the holiday

season and the big car makers are

taking - well, we can call them

drastic measures to stay afloat? drastic measures to stay afloat?

They absolutely are. Esentially,

the Wall Street Journal reports

that General Motors and Chrysler

have re-opened merger talks, but

then interestingly enough, GM

denied that deal. Their spokesman

said that GM stands on the merger

renains unchanged since talks were

suspended in November, and in the

meantime, it's now being assessed basically

basically that this will be what's

called an orderly bankruptcy, or a

bang ruptcy that will be run by the

Government. In any case, the

secretary treasurer Henry Paulson said that the Government will

provide a bail-out of some kind to

the entire industry, but that that

lifeline won't happen until the US

Government finds it prudent,

esentially. OPEC has announced

that it is slashing oil production

from next month. What impact has

that had on the price of crude if

any? Crude actually continues to

decline in spite of that move.

Worries over the downturn have

trumped the decision by OPEC to

slash production over what is a

fuel record. Crude is falling by

$39 a barrel. Thank you.

Yes, just confirming that. Down

below $ 39 a barrel is oil. Noi Qantas and British Airways say

they'll continue to work together

despite calling off a proposed

mergeer. The two airlines say they mergeer. The two airlines say they

couldn't agree on key terms to

create an $8 billion mega-carrier.

Despite that failure, Qantas says

that they'll still co-ordinate the

kangaroo route as members of the One World One World Alliance.

Here's the Friday forecast

An Australian man arrested on drugs

charges in Thailand admits he was

caught red-handed. That's coming up. This program is captioned live.

Today's stories, air safety

investigators examining the wreckage of a light plane which

crashed into a home in Sydney's

south-west killing two young pilots.

An Australian serving with British An Australian serving with British

Taliban troops killed in a fire fight with

Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan.

Another Hollywood award nomination

for Heath Ledger for his role in

the 'Dark Knight' but Cate

Blanchett misses out again.

A quick weather look for you,

showers in Melbourne. Hobart showers in Melbourne. Hobart and

Darwin as well. A storm possible in

Brisbane after an exceptionally hot

day there.

Investigators will this morning

examine the site of a fatal plane

crash in Sydney's south-west.

Flight instructor Joanne Ethell and

trainee pilot Chandrika Gaur were

believed to be onboard the light

aircraft which spiralled

out-of-control after a mid-air collision.

A residential home took the impact

of the collision. Residents lucky

to escape injury. The single engine

Cessna plunged into the back of a

home killing the female pilot and

trainee. We looked up and saw one

of the pilots heading straight down.

It was only 50 metres away. Just

the plane, it was spiralling

out-of-control and just disappeared

behind the trees across the road

here. The Cessna had collided

mid-air sending it spiralling

out-of-control. The other plane

involved in the collision made it to Bankstown airport and landed

safely. It looked like the plane

broke up, you know, but I actually

thought it was a toy plane it was

that low and it fell that quick.

The 89-year-old pilot and

25-year-old trinee onboard were

interviewed by investigators. The

planes collided outside controlled

airspace in a notorious trouble

spot for pilots. Air safety authorities and police are

continuing their investigations. Pilots

Pilots blame airport closure in

the region for making the airspace

around Bankstown the busiest in Australia.

An Australian serving with British troops has been killed in

Afghanistan. The unidentified

soldier was killed by enemy fire during a battle with Taliban rebels.

Whether he's serving with the

British Army or the Australian army,

it's a tragedy. He was an

Australian/UK dual citizen and was

fighting for the British Defence

Force. The death coincided with a

secret visit to Afghanistan by the

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Melbourne taxi drivers are

threatening to shut down the city's

airport this Christmas as airport this Christmas as their fight with the State Government

deepens. It follows a violent clash

with police with dozens of cabbies

blockading the CBD.

For the second day in a row, more

than 50 drive erps ground city

traffic to a halt. Get back, get

back. Blocked by police and facing

having his taxi towed, one cabbie

took extreme action. But, officers

fed up with proors moved in,

fining and arresting the driver

and towing away the cab. and towing away the cab. The cabbies are protesting against new

safety screens which must be

installed by the end of the year.

They demanded a meeting with the

Premier. We are sit here, we're not moving. John Brumby refused and

both sides of politics condemned

their action. This does nothing for

the people in the lead-up to

Christmas, it does nothing for the

cause. In Parliament, drivers used their cabs and themselves

bringing trams and traffic to

bringing trams and traffic to a

stop. Police issued 28 fines and towed one vehicle before drivers

gave in - for now. They've vowed to

blockade the airport over Christmas.

One of Australia's most influential

television producers has been

ordered to stand trial on serious

sex charges. Gavin Disney was the

driving force behind 'Hey Hey It's

Saturday'. He's pleaded not guilty

to 15 charges, including the rape

of a young man he worked with in

1984. The court heard the man is

also suing Disney for $5 million for personal injury. Disney has

been ordered to stand trial in

Melbourne County Court next year.

The Screen Actor's Guild Award

nominations have been announced

and it's mixled news for

Australia's Hollywood contingent.

Ten's US bureau chief Nicole

Strahan joins us from LA.

Baz Luhrman's epic 'Australia' overlooked but Heath Ledger

receives another nomination. Good

morning. Yes, Nicole Kidman and

Hugh Jackman have been snubbed again

for their roles in the Baz Luhrman

epic 'Australia'. But Heath Ledger

has been recognised again for his

chilling portrayal of the Joker in the

the Batman sequel, the 'Dark

Knight'. He anticipates been

nominated in the Best Supporting

Actor category. That follows his

Golden Globe award nomination last

week and it certainly bodes well

for the late actor to also receive

an academy award nomination and

those nominations will those nominations will be

announced on January 22. announced on January 22. The 12-month anniversary of Heath

Ledger's death at his New York

apartment from an accidental drug overdose.

Brad Pitt nominated for Best Actor

for his role in 'The Curious Case

of Benjamin Button'. But, Cate

Blanchett riss out again? No joy

for Cate Blanchett this morning at

the SAG Awards nomination

announcement, just as there was no

joy at the golden globe award

nominations. But there is

consolation for clarpblgment the movie, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' has received a

nomination in the best ensemble

category so there is a chance that

when they're announced on January she will walk home with a SAG award

Thank you. 25.

Mitchell Johnson has handed

Australia control of the first

cricket Test against South Africa

with a memorable spell of fast

bowling. South Africa was cruising

at the time. Then, Johnson grabbed

five wickets for two in 21

deliveries. Obviously an amazing

feeling to get seven wicket in a

Test match and still have two

wickets to get out there and

hopefully I'll get the ball in the

morning and can hopefully do a job

and finish it off. He finished the

day with 7/42 as South Africa

limped to 8 $243.

The Olympic swimming career of

Liesel Jones could be over. She's weighing up her future after confirming she won't compete in the world championships in roam.

Back in the gym and back in the

pool, but Liesel Jones says while

she's returned to training, she's

still consem traiting whether to

hang up the goggles before 2012. I

think everyone possibly questions

their future at some stage and I

probably do it quite often as to

what I want to do. But I think the

way I'm going at the moment is

probably more relaxed and I can

choose either way so I'm 50/50

either way. No Australian swimmer has made it to four Olympics, has made it to four Olympics, but

while history beck ons, the

23-year-old says she's already

achieved everything she set out to

do including individual gold in Beijing. I ticked every box I

wanted in terms of Olympics and

world championships, so just

looking forward to doing different

meets that are more fun. And that

means skipping her first major meet

in years. Roam is probably out of

the question at the moment. It

takes a long time to get fit for that.

that. She's also weighed into the

swimming suit revelation. It's kind

of hard, where do you draw the line

with suits? Technology has come so

far. I know personally it hasn't

really changed my performances, really changed my performances, it

hasn't made me swim any faster.

A big pay day for Adelaide United.

The club taking home more than $2

million for finishing fifth at the

FIFA club World Cup in Japan. A

goal in the seventh minute by

Christian owe was enough for the

Reds to beat Al Ahly and they

became the first Aussie team ever

to win two games at the tournament.

It means a lot. Obviously It means a lot. Obviously by finishing fifth and obviously with

our experience in the ACL, it's

really lifted the profile of the

game back home. Manchester United

is through to the final after a 5-3

win over Gamba Osaka. Turning now to finance, and has the good oil. Turning now to finance, and Frank

I certainly do. Firstly, Wall

Street is struggling near the

close. Investors were buoyed by the

reports, but negative xents have

changed that. Let's get on to the

oil prices. They've tumbled to the

lowest prices for more than years. lowest prices for more than four years. OPEC announcement or not,

the cost of crude is lower again

this morning and is now at $36.69 a

barrel and gold has fallen also.

Qantas and British Airways have

called off plans to merge into an

$8 billion plus megacarrier. Qantas

revealed that the two could not

agree on key terms. Despite the

failure, Qantas says the two will

continue to work together on

kangaroo route services between

Australia and the UK and that is of

course as members of the One World Alliance.

The big three US car manufacturers

are making drastic cut backs as

they await a financial bail-out

package from the US Government.

Chrysler has closed production at

all 30 of its north American

factories for at least one month.

Ford is shutting down ten plants for

an extra week and GM is closing

another 20. The White House is

believed to be close to unveiling

a financial rescue package for the auto industry.

Now for the forecast around the major centres today: now looking at the newspaper headlines, the 'Daily Telegraph'

firstly has more on a Sydney family

that left their home minutes before

a light plane plummeted from the

sky, wrecking part of their house.

The 'Financial Review' reports

about that failure to agree about that failure to agree on

equal terms and derailing Qantas

and British Airways merger talks.

The 'Courier-Mail' says a

Queensland teenager bitten twice by

a deadly Taipan snake was saved by

his quick-thinking friends who administered first aid.

Scientists in the United States

take aim at some common myths with

some surprising results. That's next.

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This is Ten News. Today's headlines. Investigators trying to piece

together the moments before a

fatal plane crash in Sydney's

south-west that claimed the lives south-west that claimed the

of two young pilots.

An Australian serving with British

troops killed in a fire fight with

An Australian serving with British interviewed by investigators. 20-year-old trainee onboard were airport. The 89-year-old pilot and collision made it to Bankstown The other plane involved in the The we thought it was heading for us. there was a plane spinning down and another aircraft. We looked up and after a mid-air collision with out Joker, but Cate Blanchett misses nomination for his role as the Heath Ledger scores a screen screen Afghanistan. Taliban rebels in southern

troops in Afghanistan has been kill.

The death happened around the same

time that Kevin Rudd made a secret

visit to Australian troops there. As the Prime Minister returned from a fly-in visit to Afghanistan, news broke that an Australian-UK dual citizen was killed in the war-torn region. Whether he's serving in the British army or Australian army, it's a tragedy. The unnamed soldier was fighting for the British Defence Force and died after battling Taliban insurgents.

Kevin Rudd's surprise visit to our troops was brief -

for just two hours. he was on the ground He also paid tribute to those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice for Australia. I've been to too many funerals - I don't like going. The pre-Christmas visit was designed to boost morale for the hundreds of Aussie troops

who won't be home this festive season. Christmas with my wife and children, I'm going to go home and spend

and you're not. Kevin Rudd's next stop was the Persian Gulf,

visiting sailors onboard 'HMAS Parramatta'. And while the PM says we're in Afghanistan for the long haul, the remaining Aussie troops should be out of Iraq soon.

The Iraqi Government wants all non-US foreign forces out of the country by July.

Meg Palmer, Ten News.

The Federal Government has signed a

new security pact with Japan. Looking tomorrow defuse the tension

over the whaling dispute, Foreign

Minister Steven Smith agreed to

step up diplomatic co-operation. The

The pact includes joint military

exercises. Japan's only other

alliance is with the United alliance is with the United States.

Noul Sydney's ATM bandits have Noul Sydney's ATM bandits have

struck again. Two more cash

machines blown up overnight.

Thieves targeted a ATM at West Pennant Hills at 2:00. They

escaped with cash. A short time

later, another ATM was destroyed.

Though the robbers are thought to

have left there empty-handed. Six

machines have been blown up across

Sydney in the past four days. An Australian man An Australian man caught trying to smuggle

smuggle heroin out of Thailand has

admitted he made a mistake and will

pay for it. Andrew Hoods has been

shown on Thai television with three

kilos of drugs. Police found it strapped to his body. The

36-year-old was about to board a

flight to Sydney when he was

arrested. He's told reporters he had been caught had been caught red-handed.

Melbourne taxi drivers are

threatening to blockade the city's threatening to blockade the city's airport over Christmas. This

follows a violent clash with police follows a violent clash with police as dozens of cabbies shut down traffic in the Drivers traffic in the CBD.

Drivers are protesting against new

safety screens which must be

installed by the end of the installed by the end of the year.

The screen screen -- Screen Actor's

Guild award nominations have been announced Guild award nominations have been

announced and it is good news for

Australians and bad news for

'Australia'. Baz Luhrman's epic

missed out, as did Cate Blanchett despite 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Benjamin Button' receiving more nominations. Heath Ledger received

a posthumous award nomination for

his role as the Joker in the 'Dark

Knight'. The ceremony will be held on January 25.

At last,

At last, medical proof in the fight

At last, medical proof in the fight

against old wives tales. US

scientists have successfully

debugged a number of common myths.

Hats in winter, always a good idea.

And everyone knows why we wear And everyone knows why we wear them.

We all know that you lose most of your

your body heat out of your head so

yes, I put a hat on. But hang

yes, I put a hat on. But hang on,

yes, it's a myth. According to a

report in the British Medical report in the British Medical

Journal today, this is one of

several old wives tales that don't

have a shred of scientific evidence.

Another busted myth is that giving Another busted myth is that giving

kids sugary foods makes them

hyperactive. It is apparently the

additives and not the sugar. We

heard that you if you eat at night

there's a tendency to put on weight.

Yes, another myth. No studies Yes, another myth. No studies found a link between

a link between eating late at night.

Finally the big one, the best way

of curing a sore head after a big

night out. Actually, yeah, that

does work. A full does work. A full English,

definitely. No, sadly. The only cure for clus mass overindullence

is to not omp indulge in the first place.

I don't know about I don't know about myths, but Mitchell Johnson's Mitchell Johnson's performance overnight was of legendary

proportion. He gave control of the

first cricket Test against South

Africa. He took five wickets for

two runs over just 21 deliveries. As the sun started to set over Perth, Mitchell Johnson single handedly lit up the WACA. With the Proteas 3/224 and in control, Johnson was thrown the ball and unleashed his fury.

COMMENTATOR: Leading edge - out! Got him! That's six for... He's flicked, it got him. He's got him! It's obviously an amazing feeling to get seven wickets in a Test match, and still have two wickets to get out there, so, hopefully, I'll get the ball in the morning,

and, hopefully, do a job and finish it off. In one of the great spells of bowling seen on Australian soil, Johnson tore the heart out of the Proteas. Even they were at a loss to explain what took place. He ran in, ball against ball. Got a bit of reverse against the wind, and got the ball in good areas, as well. It's a question of what matters. Obviously, one of those spells that changes the game, like you said. The visitors will start the day still 132 runs in arrears, with only two wickets in hand, and having surrendered their position of power. Roger Oldridge, Ten News. line check.

Rugby league news and south

Sydney's new training facility is

just about ready for action. The

iconic Redfern Oval has received a

$20 million overhaul and when

complete will feature a gym, physio

room, ice baths, conference centre

and even a cafe and that impressed

88-year-old local Rita Hanley, the grandmother of great Rabbitohs

great, Craig Coleman. It's lovely. great, Craig Coleman. It's lovely.

I waited for a while. I'm going

over for a look to see that over for a look to see that they've

fixed it. Souths will train full

time at Redfern from January 5 and

will also play a member's-only

trial game there against Wests Tigers.

Still on Tigers and Tiger Woods

says he's no closer to playing in

competitive golf. The world number

one has been sidelined since he

won the

won the US Open in June. Everyone

heals at different rates. I can't

tell you, my surgeon can't tell you.

The trainers can't tell you. So it

is frustrating from that

stand-point because I want to look forward

forward to something. That said, he

wants to be back for the US Masters in April.

Qantas and British Airways say they will continue to work together will continue to work together

despite calling off plans to merge.

The two airlines have announced

they could not agree on key terms

to create the $8 billion megacarrier

but Qantas says they'll still

co-ordinate their routes between

Australia and the UK as members of

the One World Alliance.

Time for a check of the markets and with

with the latest, Juliana Roadley

from Commsec joins us. Stocks have see saws overnight, but see saws overnight, but it looks

like a bad finish. US investors

were happy with the job numbers

that came out early on, but

unfortunately we're going into the

holiday period. Volumes are low and

we've seen a large cut. The DOW is

currently off 145. The dazz knack

down by 18. European markets were

mixed. The Asian markets yesterday

helped by the fall in the helped by the fall in the yen. Our

market up by eight points. Today

we're expected to open up 18 points,

head back by the banks. The cartel

made the move but the price of oil

continues to slide? Oh, it does. If

you look at the January contract,

it is down around del are 37 a

barrel. But you have to look at

February. The current contract

expires tomorrow so we're looking

apt around $42 a barrel. That's

still a 3% slide, but still a 3% slide, but hopefully

there will be cheaper petrol prices

next week and hopefully a cut to

the levies coming through from the

airlines. OK, thank you for that Juliana Roadley.

Now Bill, obviously up and down news news in finance this morning but I

have to tell you, I'm nuts about this

this next story. You're a big fan.

They're going nuts in New York over

the star star of the city's boat

show. Check this out. Twigy, the show. Check this out. Twigy, the Water-skiing squirrel and Water-skiing squirrel and that's

hard to say at this time of day.

She's from a long line of water

sport pros. Lots of love and affection and tell them the same

thing over and over. You get the

feeling though that Twigy would

prefer to be driving.

The Friday weather forecast: great

weather for squirrels in Melbourne!

Recapping the news today - air safety investigators examining safety investigators examining

the wreckage of a light plane which

crashed into a home in Sydney

killing two young pilots.

And an Australian serving with

British troops killed in a fire

fight with Taliban rebels in

southern Afghanistan. Another Hollywood award nomination for

Heath Ledger for his role in the 'Dark 'Dark Knight', but Cate Blanchett misses out again.

And that's it for Ten's Early News

for this year. We'll be back on the 5th of January however. 5th of January however. Have a merry Christmas and a safe and

happy new year. I'm Bill Woods happy new year. I'm Bill Woods and

I'll be back at 11:00. Have a great weekend. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia www.redbeemedia.com.au