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Homicide Squad called in a mother

and three young children are found

dead in a Melbourne unit fire. Good

morning. Welcome. Also this morning

- political soul-searching underway

in the US after an assassination

attempt on a congresswoman killed

three people. The tea party is

getting the blame. Robin Soderling

too good for Andy Roddick in the final of the Brisbane International.

Vodafone says a problem which

revealed customers personal details

online has now been fixed but users

are far from pleased. In a word it

will be wet today all over the

country with the exception of Perth

which will be sunny an very hot.

Victorian Homicide Squad detective haves been brought into determine

what caused the death of four

people whose bodies were found

after a Melbourne unit fire. The

badly burnt-out bodies believed to

be those of a woman and her three

children were discovered by fire

crews in the unit. A report will be

released today. Its findings will

be crucial in helping investigators

piece together what happened.

Police will not say how or of where

the fire began but neighbours

report seeing a man running from

the unit and driving off in a

Commodore. The US congresswoman

shots in Tucson is regaining

consciousness. Six people were

killed in the massacre. Candlelit

vigils in Tucson and Washington

capture the grief of Americans

stunned by a shooting spree.

Everybody is sad, hurt. Tucson is a

small community. Shocking. Law

enforcement investigating say the

suspect identified as 22-year-old

Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson was

targeting US representative

Gabrielle Giffords. They describe

Jared Lee Loughner as a troubled

man who had previous dealing was

police. The congresswoman was

holding a Town Hall meeting outside

a supermarket when the gunman

started to shoot into the crowd of

a couple of dozen people. He must

have shot 15, 20 rounds very

rapidly. He had no care who he was

shooting. Gabrielle Giffords was

shot at point blank range t bullet

passed through her head. I'm

optimistic about recovery. The

victims who died include Gabrielle

Giffords's director of community

outreach a9-year-old girl, a lot

pastor and Federal judge Judge John

Roll a friend of Gabrielle

Giffords's. Many who survived are

critical. An attack on one who

serves is an attack on all who

serves. Such acts of violence have

no place in our society.

Authorities say they are searching

for a man they call a person of

interest who may have been with

Jared Lee Loughner during the

shooting. A young man is fighting

for his life in hospital after a

fight outside a West Australian

nightclub at the weekend. The 26-

year-old was King hit-out side the

club at Geraldton and had to be

airlifted to Perth. His injuries

were so bad doctors had to drill a

hole in his skull the east the

swelling on his brain. The flooding causing so many problems in

Queensland is flowing south

threatening the south ease of the

state and northern NSW. The preparations for flooding are under

way in Brisbane and areas of the

Sunshine Coast. For the most

populated corner of the state is

now being swallowed up. Some parts of south-east Queensland have

received up to 280 millimetres of

rain since yesterday morning and

there is more to come. We have

predictions again of some severe

weather events happening in the

South Burnett, the Sunshine Coast

and perhaps down around Brisbane

and the south-east corner as well.

Areas which are already sodden.

Some parts of Maryborough are

already under. Um, I'm going to go

into try to get anything else left

tip home an put it up higher in

case the water comes up. The region

was hit with continuous rain.

was hit with continuous rain.

Rivers are swollen. The rain is due

to last for another couple of days

and we ask people to take care

while driving. Further south Gympie

has been cut off in parts.

Residents fear the water will gush

din the Main Street today. Another

metre, gets up towards 15.5, 16 we

start to see some serious

situations. It was a bumpy ride for

the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh

touring the flood-affected areas

when the plane she was travelling

in was struck by lightning t plane

landed safely in Brisbane. Former

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer

has criticised the Federal

Government's decision to pay

compensation to former Guantanamo

Bay detainee hfpl abib. He

reportedly called the Government

unbelievably weak and labelled the

confidential agreement with Mr

Habib as appalling. Mr Habib spent

three and a half years in

Guantanamo Bay on terrorism

allegations which were never proven.

He dropped his legal action against

the Government last month.

Australian cricket - the English

men have done their best to

embarrass themselves off the field.

As both teams posted for photos two

English players joked to Prime

Minister Julia Gillard their team- Minister Julia Gillard their team-

mates were upstairs tied to a bed.

No one is stuck up there. They are

tried to the bed. The Prime

Minister took it all in her stride

and reportedly hosted rest of the

night in great style. There have

been no reports from damage or

injury from a earthquake which has

struck the sea in Vanuatu.

Authorities are monitoring the

situation but there has been no

tsunami warning. A powerful

earthquake struck the same area

last year. An Iran air passenger

plane carrying 95 people has

crashed in north-west Iran. The

preliminary reports say 50 people

have survived. There is no confirmation on the number of

people dead. Iran has a history of

frequent air accidents blamed on

old aircraft and poor maintenance.

Sudanese people around the world

have begun to vote in a referendum

on independence which is expected

to split Africa's largest nation in

two. In London people lined up

early to cast their votes. They

will start to vote in Australia

today as well. The mainly Christian

southern Sudan is widely expected

to split to the mainly Muslim north.

Although it is hoped the vote will

bring bees to the troubled region

the south has all the oil but the

north controls the pipelines which

take it to market. A British MP

convicted of cheating on his

parliamentary expenses has begun an

18-month prison sentence. He

claimed ?18,000 for rent on a flat

he was later found to own. He

formed tenancy agreements. Three formed tenancy agreements. Three

other MPs and two members of the

house of Lord's are still to face

trial over dodgy expense claims.

Sports news - Swede Robin Soderling

is looming as a genuine threat at

the Australian Tennis Open after

sweeping aside Andy Roddick in the

Brisbane International final. The

world number 5 was brutal in the

straight-sets victory. In this form

with his confidence he has to be a

big threat at the Open. Andy

Roddick lost his cool with the

chair umpire after a rain umpire

but donated $10,00 to Queensland

flood victims. I was not all bad

for the US claiming its sixth for the US claiming its sixth

Hopman Cup win with victory over

Belgium. John Isner and Bethanie

Mattek-Sands smashed the Belgians

in the live mixed doubles rubber.

Justine Henin struggle would the

big American serve. COMMENTATOR:

The US. Just to beat John, very

difficult. A bit of a size

difference. Isner is eying off a

rematch with Murray at the Open.

Shannon Epstein finished behind

Zane Homes. It is hard year after

year. This year I really struggled.

Had a few injuries and illness. I

struggled to get up since the first

round. It was trial to win. I'm so

pleased to win again. 20-year-old

Courtney Hancock took tout iron

woman title. Australia's third

largest telco is scrambling to

recover. First it was reception

issues and now privacy. Vodafone

has insisted a problem has been

fixed which allowed private details

of its customers to be available online. Seven million Vodafone

customers have been warned they

could be the target cyber criminals

because of a glitch which made

their phone numbers, drivers

licences and credit card details

accessible. To reassure customers

our data is safe and we referee

setting passwords every 24 hours.

In the end it could be a matter for

the Federal Police and people could

sue if they have suffered damage.

Vodafone was already in trouble

with its customers. The group is

planning a class action suit against the company to recover

losses suffered over the past three losses suffered over the past three

years by call drop-outs, poor

reception and poor data performance.

We should get a clear picture this

week of how the Australian economy

has started the new year. Retail

sales numbers for November are due

out today. They are forecast to

show consumer spending remains weak

F that is the case expect more

noise. From the big retailers.

Trade data is due out tomorrow.

Exports forecasts show some

recovery on the previous month. On

Wednesday new homes data will give

Australia snapshot health of the

housing market and on Thursday unemployment figures. Thursday

unemployment figures. Analysts say

we should see another fall to a

very impressive 5.1%. Stocks kicked

off 2011 with gains last week off 2011 with gains last week

despite disappointing jobs data but

investors should brace for a more

challenging week ahead as the challenging week ahead as the

quarterly earnings season gets

underway. Shares are weighing down

on the Dow Jones. The Nasdaq shed a

quarter of a per cent.

Wet is the big word in the twaet er

today. Brisbane rain and 25. Sydney

rain, 25. Canberra rain, 23.

Melbourne, rain 25 degrees. Hobart

rain developing and 20. Adelaide a

late shower, 29. Perth is the pick

of the bunch, sunny and 35 degrees

today. Darwin storms with 30. The

headlines - the Australian says

mental health expert and Australian

of the Year Patrick McGorry describes Labor's immigration

policies and reprehensible. The

Queensland flood crisis could see

up to 9 30% of the coral reefs on

the state's Central Coast wiped out.

The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports

on over-zealous security guards at

the Sydney Festival who forced a

father to take his 2-year-old son father to take his 2-year-old son

off his shoulders because of safety

concerns. The Age says the Reserve

Bank currency firm sacked several

foreign agents suspected of being

involved in bribery and rehired

them through a mysterious shelf them through a mysterious shelf

company. Bliing floods in Asia and

Europe. The details next. Your

first look at the share market. Clear

Headlines every 15 minutes.

Surgeons say a US congresswoman

shot at a constituent meeting

yesterday is awake but still in a

critical condition. Six others

including a 9-year-old girl were

killed in the shooting rampage in

Arizona. Daniel, what more can you

tell us about the condition of this

congresswoman? Gabrielle Giffords

is still in a critical condition as

you mentioned. She is able to

communicate with doctors but has

been shot through one side of her

head so will be in hospital for

several weeks. There are some links

starting to develop teen her and

the shooter involved Jared Lee

Loughner a 22-year-old who

apparently posted her a question at

an event back in 2007. He was not

happy with the answers and

investigators say he may have been

loosely tracking or stalking her

ever sense. There is a lot of

collateral damage. Six people are

dead, a 9-year-old girl there the

meet her has been shot dead so a

federal judge. The FBI director has

said there are precautions put in

place but there are no direct

threats. A second man was seen

entering the grocery store with

Jared Lee Loughner but police say

at this stage there is no

indication to confirm whether he is

involved or not. We are seeing some

interesting reaction from

politicians looking at the way they

go about their own business. They

are. President Obama was the first

to speak on this and he has phoned

the congresswoman's husband a US

astronaut to pass on his

condolences but there has been a

lot of political mud-shrinking an

discussion about who is to blame.

Some point to tea party. Sarah

Palin listed Gabrielle Giffords as

a Democrat who had to go. She stood

against the can't date at a mid-

party election. She posed a picture

of Gabrielle Giffords with a target

on her head. Obviously this is not

what she hoped to occur but there

is a lot of anger here. The anger,

hatred t bigotry in this country is

getting to be outrageous. Unfortunately Arizageous.

Unfortunately Arizona I think has

become sort of the capital. We have

become the Mecca for prejudice and

bigotry. Jared Lee Loughner the

shooter was an angry man. He left

videos on YouTube accusing the

Government of mind control.

Victorian homicide detectives are

investigating the death of four people including three children

whose bodies were found after a

Melbourne home fire. It is a family tragedy investigators are yesterday

to understand. Four people found

dead inside a burning unit in

Melbourne's north. Neighbours

reported hearing wild screams

moments before the blaze and then

silence. A young boy it was, yeah.

Probably in his early 20s. Another

said he heard a loud bang then saw

flames pouring out the back of the

house. It was like a gas cylinder.

The bodies of four people were

found inside. Investigators shocked

by the discovery. It is horrific,

hard for investigators. Police will

not confirm the identity or age of

those who died but they are

believed to be a woman and three

children. A pathologist report will be released today revealing the

exact cause of death. While police

will not rule out foul play they

say they are not looking for any

suspects. That is despite one

witness telling police he saw a man

running from the house and speeding

off in a car. There are a number of

cars drive in past at the time. We

are appealing for witnesses. We are

certainly not chasing any suspects

at this stage. The rain causing so

much devastation in Queensland

shows no signs of let in up.

Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are

bracing for more torrential rain

and floods today. The wall of water

continues to make its way south

fplgs homes in Maryborough and

Gympie are expected to be inundated

this morning. There is no let-up in

the water anywhere in the region.

We have predictions of severe

weather event in the South Burnett

t Sunshine Coast and around

Brisbane and the south-east corner

as well. The ground. In these

regions in waterlogged after

nonstop rain over the weekend so

expect more floosdz in low lying

areas. But too much water is not a

problem in every state. The slow-

moving flood is pushing a torrent

of water into South Australia the

Murray is reaping the benefits. As

water levels in the Murray rise so

do tourist numbers and businesses

near the river mouth enjoy a

resurgence in trade A real buzz

around town now and tremendous to

have the water back. The

communities around here were so

affected by it. Tourism slowed down.

You could see as you drove through.

Today, look at this. There are

people. There is movement. Colour,

great! The contrast could not be

more stark from this two years ago.

When the drought was at its worse

there were two boats moored here.

Now it is 90% full. Holiday an

houseboat rental are also up. It as

been hard for the farming community

around here and for lots of

business people who suffered with a

lack of people coming back down to

Gawlor. It will come good. Mother

Nature has done a great job. We

need a long-term plan into place so

the politicians and the others have

to do their bit now. We are not.

The only one was too much water in

the wrong places. People in Western

Germany have been forced from their

homes after heavy rain and warm

temperatures melted large chunks of

built-up they? And caused the River

Mosel to burst its banks. Flood are

common every spring in this region.

30 towns and villages are expected.

Floods in the south of Thailand

have affected 4000 villages.

Hundreds have been evacuated,

others moved to dry, temporary

shelters. The floods reached 1.5

metres deep. Schools have been

closed, main roads cut and people

who have to travel have only been

able to get around by boat. A West

Australian police officer has been

hail adhere quo after rescuing a

handicaped woman from drowning. 30-

year-old Beth Hull was dragged by a

rip out the sea. A senior police

officer swam out in the rough

condition getting to Ms Hull as she

struggled. I had water in my mouth

and I could not stop coughing. She

suffered hyper therm ya and was

taken to hospital for treatment.

Mexican police have discovered the Mexican police have discovered the

bodies of 15 headless men. The

bodies were found piled behind the

shopping centre along with skraled

letters from a drugs cartel. The

sick tiplgs head were found nearby.

It was a brutal day. 27 people were

killed in drug-fuelled violence in

24 hours. More than 500 people have

been injured during a stampede in

the Philippines. The annual

procession through Manila drew

thousands of Christians all

scrambling the touch a wooden

sculpture of Jesus Christ. Many

people had to be pulled from the

huge crowd suffering broken bones

or heat exhaustion. Followers

believe touching the stone will

bring them good luck. Western bring them good luck. Western

Australia has registered its first

win in the Twenty-20 Big Bash town

with the a 19-run victory over NSW.

Shaun Marsh top-scored for the

Warriors with 85 off 45 balls but

the highlight belonged to Chris

Gayle who smashed 31 runs off one

over. COMMENTATOR: Don't bowl it

there Scotty! The Blues were set

206 for victory but fell well under the Duckworth Lewis screen.

Adelaide has broken a 10-game losing streak against Melbourne

with a 4-1 win at AAMI Park. The

Reds took 11 minutes the start the

onslaught this. Long bomb from

Sergio van Dijk the highlight.

COMMENTATOR: Van Dijk! An absolute

screamer gives Adelaide their second. The Mariners maintain first

spot on the table with a 1-nil

victory over Wellington in Gosford.

Wall Street finished last week on

an up-beat note but this week

shapes up to more interesting as the reporting season gets underway.

Good morning, James. The market has

been shrugging off disappointing

economic news in the US but that

might change of this week?

Hopefully it will. Reporting season

kicks off. Over the last couple of

years from the depths of two years

we saw company balance sheets

improve and profitability improve

due to cos-cutting. The latter part

of last year we saw top-line growth,

revenue growth, and there is an revenue growth, and there is an

increase in confidence we might see

it come together into increasing

profitability. That will do wonders

for Wall Street and should be good

for the US consumer as he get increasingly confident about the

outlook for jobs. Alcoa is one of

the big one thanks will kick-off

later tonight our time. James, what

about our market? How are we

shaping up today? It is quiet at

this time of year so small bits of

news can buff yet markets around

what more might to be case. Retail

sales figures come out for the

month of November. Don't forget

that was when we had a surprise

rate hike on Cup Day so might be a

little bit subdued. Also ANZ jobs

advertisements come out for

December which is a pointer to

official data due out on Thursday

this week. The bureau talks about

rain across the eastt of the country.

A senior Pentagon official has

arrived for security talks in China

an warned the world about a growing

military strength. Vodafone says it

has fixed the problem which caused

customer details to be released online.

Our main stories - the Homicide

Squad called in a mother and three

young children found in the burnt-

out remains of a Melbourne hoping. Political soul-searching underway

in the US after an assassination

attempt on a congresswoman killed

six people. The tea party is

getting the blame. In sport Sweden's Robin Soderling too good

for Andy Roddick in the final of

the Brisbane International. And in

finance, Vodafone says a problem

which revealed its customers

personal details online has been

fixed but users are far from

pleased. Victorian Homicide Squad

detectives have been pout brought

into determine the death of four

people whose bodies were found

after a Melbourne house fire. The

bodies believed to be a woman and

her three young children were

discovered in the remains of the

home amount of report will be

released today. The findings will

be crucial in helping investigators

piece together what happened.

Police will not say how or of where

the fire began but neighbours

report seeing a man running from

the house and driving off in a

Commodore. Fire has destroyed a

house in Adelaide. Police and fire house in Adelaide. Police and fire

crews were called the the home last

night and found it wl alight. No

one is thought to have been inside

at the time but the house was

destroyed. Authorities say it is

too early to say what caused it.

The US congresswoman at the centre

of a shooting rampage in Arizona

has regained consciousness and is

communicate in with doctors. Six

people were killed in the massacre

that has rattled US politicians.

Candlelit viingyls in Tucson and

Washington captured the grief of Americans stunned by an horrific

shooting spree. Everybody is sad,

hurt, you do not expect this in

Tucson. Shocking. The suspect

identified as 22-year-old Jared Lee

Loughner of Tucson was targeting US

representative Gabrielle Giffords.

They describe Jared Lee Loughner as

a troubled man who had previous

dealings with police. The

congresswoman was holding a Town

Hall meeting outside a supermarket

when the gunman started shooting

into the crowd of a couple dozen

people. He must have shot 15, 20

rounds very rapidly much he had no

care who he was shooting. Gabrielle

Giffords was shot at point blank

range. The bullet passed through

her head. I'm optimistic about

recovery. The victims who died

include Gabrielle Giffords's

director of community outreach a9-

year-old girl, a federal pastor and

Judge John Roll a friend of

Gabrielle Giffords's. Many who

survived are critical. An attack on

one who serves is an attack on all

who serves. Such acts of violence

have no place in our society.

Authorities say they are searching

for a man they call a person of

interest who may have been with

Jared Lee Loughner during the

shooting. The flooding causing so

many problems in Queensland is

flowing south threatening the south

ease of the state and northern NSW.

Preparations for flooding are under

way in Brisbane and areas of the

Sunshine Coast. The most populated

corner of the state is now being

swallowed up. Some parts of the

south-east Queensland have received

up to 280 millimetres of rain since

yesterday morning and there is more

to come. We have predictions again

of some severe weather events

happening in the South Burnett, the

Sunshine Coast and program down

around Brisbane and the south-east

corner as well. Had Areas which are

already sodden. Some parts of

Maryborough are already under. I'm

go are going to try to get anything

else left in the home and put it

higher in case the water come up.

The region was hit with continuous

rain. Rivers are swollen. The rain

predicted is due to last for

another couple of days and we do

ask people to take care while they

are driving. Further south Gympie

has been cut off in parts. Resident

fear the water will gush the main

street today. Another metre will

get up to 16, we start to see some

serious situations It was a bumpy

ride for the Queensland Premier

Anna Bligh touring these flood-

affected areas when the plane she

was travelling in was struck by

lightning. The plane landed safely

in Brisbane. There have been no

reports of damage or injury from a

earthquake which has struck under

the sea near Vanuatu. The

earthquake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale. Authorities are

monitoring the situation but the

has been no tsunami warning. A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake

struck the same area late last year.

While Australian cricket plums new

depths the English men have

embarrassed themselves off the

field. As both teams posted for

photos two English players joked to

Julia Gillard their team-mates were

upstairs tried to a bed. No one is

in their room. They are tried to a

bed. Really? The Prime Minister

took it all in her stride and

reportedly hosted rest of the night

in freight style. Former Foreign

Minister Downer has criticised the

Government's decision to pay

compensation to former Guantanamo

Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib. He

Kallie Doxaratorased. The Government unbelievably weak and

labelled the confidential agreement

with Mamdouh Habib as appalling.

Mamdouh Habib spent three and a

half years in Guantanamo Bay on

terrorism allegations which were

never proven. He dropped his

allegations against the Government

last month. An Iran air passenger

plane has crashed in north west

Iran. 50 people have survived.

There is no confirmation on the

number of of dead. Iran has a

history of frequent air accidents

blamed on old aircraft and poor

maintenance. US Defence Secretary

Robert Gates has voiced concerns

about China's expanding military

strength. During a trip to Beijing

Gates told reporters China had the

potential to put some of America's

capabilities at risk. He said while

China was developing weapons fast

er than the US expected it was

still years behind in radar-evading aircraft. China insists its

military force are only for defence.

Swede Robin Soderling is looming as

a genuine threat at the Australian

Open after sweeping aside Andy

Roddick at the Brisbane

International. The world number 5

was brutal in a state-sets victory.

COMMENTATOR: Game, set, match,

Robin Soderling. In this form with

his confidence he has to be a big

threat at the Aussie Open. Andy

Roddick lost his cool with a chair

umpire over a rain delay but won

over the crowd by donating more

than $10,000 for Queensland flood

victims. The US claimed their

Hopman Cup victory over Belgium.

John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-

Sands smashed the Belgians. Justine

Henin struggle would the big

American's serve. COMMENTATOR: That

will do it for the US. Just too big

John. Very difficult! He is a drink

of water isn't he? He is eying off

a rematch with Murray

Ecstacy has Shannon Eckstein has

won his sixth Ironman title in

Noosa. COMMENTATOR: He has done

what he needed. It is hard backing

up. I had a few injuries and

illness. I struggled to get up

since the first round so it was

thrill. I'm stoked to win. The 20-

year-old Courtney Hancock took out

the iron woman title. More on

finance now. One of Australia's

biggest telcos struggling to win

back the confidence of customers.

Vodafone insists it has fix add

problem which allowed private

details of customers to be

published online. Seven million

Vodafone customers have been warned

they could be the target of cyber

criminals because of the glitch

which made their phone numbers,

drivers licences and credit card

details accessible. I can reassure

customers data is safe and we

referee setting passwords every 24

hours to make sure it remains say.

It could be a matter for the

Federal Police in the up and people

could sue if they have suffered

damage. Vodafone was already in

trouble with customers A group is

planning a class action suit

against the company to recover

losses suffered over the past three

years by call drop-outs, poor

reception issues and poor data

performance. We should get a clear

picture this week of how the

Australian economy has started this

new year. Retail sales numbers for

November are due out today. They

are forecast to show consumer

spending remains weak. If that is

the case expect more noise from the

big retailers. Trade data is due

out tomorrow. Exports are forecast

to show some recovery on the

previous month. On Wednesday new

home loan data for November will

give us a snapshot of the health of

the housing market and on Thursday

the latest unemployment figures.

Analysts say we should see yet

another fall to a very impressive

5.1%. While stocks kicked off 2011

with gains last week, even despite

disappointing jobs data investors

should brace for a more challenging

week ahead as the quarterly

earnings season gets under way.

Weak bank share are weighing on the

Dow Jones, it is off 22 point. The

Nasdaq shared a quarter of a

perfect sent. Europe mining and

energy stocks dragged Britain's top

share index lower. The FTSE off 0.6

of a perfect sent. In Asia the

Nikkei edged up to a 8-month high.

The Hang Seng closed 99 point down.

The Chicago Tribune looks at two

teenagers charged with murder after

allegedly beating a man to death

over a 99 cent cigarette lighter. A

thick snowstorm is being blamed for

a fatal 10-vehicle crash involving

a Greyhound bus, three semi-

trailers and six cars. A yearly

cull of 33,000 hares in the

Highlands could be stopped over

concerns it is not stopping the

spread of ticks in game foul. More

from the US after the break. A

television you can watch while walking around.

Surgeons say a US congresswoman

shot at a constituent meeting

yesterday is awake but still in a

critical condition. Six others

including a 9-year-old girl were

killed in the shooting rampage in killed in the shooting rampage in

Arizona. What more have

investigators been able the turn up

on this case? It appears the target

of this attack the congresswoman

Gabrielle Giffords may have had

some interaction with the shooter

back in 2007. It has been reported

this morning that Jared Lee

Loughner the gunman after a

question back at a public event, he

was not happyy with the answer.

Investing gay tores think he may

have been loosely stalking her ever

since. The teat toll is at six

including a 9-year-old girl and a

federal judge and 14 injured

including Gabrielle Giffords who

remains in a critical condition.

She was shot through the head but

is communicating in with doctors.

The FBI says Jared Lee Loughner

refuses to talk and his parents are

helping. They say a man in his '50s

seen walking into the shopping

centre with Jared Lee Loughner may

not be necessarily a suspect but

they do need the track him down and

talk to him to eliminate him from

their inquiries. It seems

politicians across the US have been

reacting surprisingly to this reacting surprisingly to this

tragedy. What are they saying?

There have been questions skfd

Sarah Palin. She had listed

Gabrielle Giffords as a Democrat

who must go on her website an

posted a picture of her with a

target on her head. She was at the

time standing next to a

conservative tea party candidate.

She was not hoping for anything

like this to happen but nonetheless

there is a lot of anger here

including the local sheriff in

Arizona. The anger, hatred, the

bigotry that goes on in this

country is getting to be outrageous

and unfortunately Arizona I think

has become sort of the capital. We

have become the Mecca for prejudice

an bigotry. The FBI says there are

measures they are putting in place

to protect other public officials

the allay concerns they may have

but at this stage there is no

specific threat they have

identified. Victorian homicide

detectives rain investigating the

death of four people including

three children whose bodies were

found after a fire in a Melbourne

home. It is a family tragedy

investigators are yet to understand.

Four people found dead inside a

burning unit in Melbourne's north.

Neighbours reported hearing wild

screams moments before the blaze

then silence. A young boy probably

in his early 20s. Another said he

heard a loud bang then saw flames

pouring out the back of the house.

Like a gas cylinder. The bodies of

four people were found inside once

fire crews fought their way into

the burning home, investigators

shocked by the discovery. Horrific.

Hardened investigators find it

difficult the walk in there. The

victims are believed to be a woman

and three children. A report will be released today revealing the

exact cause of death. While police

will not rule out foul play they

say they are not looking for any

suspects. That is despite one

witness telling police he saw a man

running from the house and speeding

off in a car. There are a number of

cars driving past at the time. We

are appealing for witnesses. We are

certainly not chasing any suspects

at this stage. The rain causing so

much devastation in Queensland

shows no signs of letting up.

Brisbane and the sunshine coast are

the bracing for more torrential

rain and floods today. Meanwhile

the flood surge continues to make

its way south. Homes in Maryborough

and Gympie are expected to be

inundated. There is no let-up

anywhere in the region. We have

predictions of severe weather event predictions of severe weather event

in the South Burnett, the Sunshine

Coast and Brisbane and the south-

east corner. The ground. Is so

waterlogged after nonstop rain over

the weekend more floods are

expected in low-lying areas. Too

much water is not a problem in

every state. The slow-moving flood

is pushing a torrent of water into

South Australia and the Murray

River is reaping the benefits. As

water levels in the Murray rise so

do tourist number and businesses

near the river mouth are enjoying a

resurgence in trade. A real buzz

around town now and it is just

tremendous to have thet wear back.

The community around here were so

affected by it. Tourism slowed down,

you could see as you drove through.

Today look at this, there are

people, there is movement. There is

colour, it is great. The contrast

could not be more stark from this

two years ago. When the drought was

at its worst there are with to

boost moored here. Now it is 90%

full. Holiday and houseboat rentals

are up. It has been hard for the

farming communities and lots of

business people who suffered with

lack of people coming back down the

Gawler so it is good for new and

I'm sure it will be good in another

year or two. Mother Nature has done

a good job. We need a long-term

plan in place so the politicians

and the others have to do their bit

now. We are not. The only one was

too much water in the wrong places.

People in Western Germany have been

forced from their homes after heavy

rain and warm temperatures melted

large chunks of snow and caused the

River Moselle to break its banks.

30 towns and villages have been

affected. Flood peaks will be

reached. Today floods in Thailand's

south have affected 40,000.

Hundreds have been evacuated,

others moved to dry temporary

shelters. Flood waters reached 1.5

metres deep. Schools have been

closed, main roads have been cut

and people get around by boat. A

mini helicopter you can control

from your iPhone. It was one of the

surprise hits at the world's

biggest consumer electricity

thonics show which was wrapped up

in Las Vegas. One of the other drawcards an internet television

from Googong Dam A whole bag of new

computers to challenge the iPad F

you have the need for entertainment

all the time there was even this

option, a television which hang

from your shoulders. It does

require a reasonably strong back

though! Western Australia has

registered its first win in the

Twenty-20 Big Bash town with the a

19-run victory over NSW. Shaun

Marsh top-scored for the Warriors

with 85 off 45 balls but the

highlight belonged to Chris Gayle

who smashed 32 runs off one over!

COMMENTATOR: Don bowl it there he

would have said "Don't bowl it

there Scotty!" The Blues were set

for 256 for victory but fell short

under the Duckworth Lewis system.

Liverpool has suffered a defeat to

Manchester United. The Red Devils

were awarded a dubious penalty when

Dimitar Berbatov went down in the

box. Ryan Giggs made no mistake

from the spot. Leicester City came

from behind to record a surprising

2-all draw with Manchester City.

Wall Street finished last week on

an up-beat note but this week is

shaping up to be more interesting

as the quarterly company reporting

season gets under way. Here with

details is James from Macquarie

Private Wealth. The market has

shrugged off disappointing economic

news in the US but that might

change of this week? Hopefully. It

is the start of reporting season

and there is a very increasing

confidence that will start to see

the US economies recover - recovery

be replicated in reporting season.

We have seen balance sheets improve,

revenue improve and hopefully it

will translate to higher

profitability which will be great

for Wall Street and give US consumers confidenc give US consumers confidence they will be

able to keep their jobs and go out

and spend some money and help the

profitability in the future as well.

Some reason for optimism. What

about our market today? Not a lot

out there. There are retail sales

for November out and they are not

expected to be good after the

surprise November rate rise. From

this week although markets are

quiet you are starting to see

analysts come back and put out

their predictions for the year and

any information that has been given

the juniors in that department gets

the attention from the big boys and

that can push markets around a

little bit. Trade volume should

start to increase.

The latest tax score card has been

damning about state taxes according

to News Limited. New research shows

with the States with the best

growth Queensland and WA are also

the ones with the lowest taxes. The

report says high taxes in NSW and

South Australia risk entrenching

Australia's two-speed economy. The

weather is not going to please a

lot of people around the country.

Bring bane rain and 25. Sydney rain,

25. Canberra rain 236789 Melbourne

rain and 25. Hobart rain developing

2 30 degrees. Adelaide a late

shower 29. Perth sunny and 2 and

Darwin the usual storms and 30. Our

top stories - arson is suspected as

the cause of a Melbourne unit fire.

Four people including three young

children were found in the urn

burnt-out remains. The fallout

continues from the Arizona shooting

which killed six people and

critically injury add congresswoman.

Hate-filled politics is blamed.

Queensland floods are causing

misery as rain keeps the state

underwater. See you again for our

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