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came crashing down. The moment a Mississippi bridge so we ducked. It sounded like a bomb, to find survivors. Rescuers don't expect water that we haven't got to yet. There are several vehicles in the A brief weather check, in most capitals. and it's a wet entree to the weekend Perth remains sunny, a mini-heat wave - 28 degrees. while Brisbane's having

things are looking up on Wall Street? To finance now, and Dani, That's right, Bill. are gaining at the moment Yo-yoing US stocks of some positive earnings news on the back of companies from a broad cross-section

and Walt Disney. including Starbucks, Viacom The Dow currently up 98 points. the FTSE up 49 points, the Dax up 60. A lift in Europe, Asian stocks had a volatile session, the Nikkei closing up 113 points, closed down 12. but Hong Kong's Hang Seng

The Australian market bounced back since the September 11 attacks, from its biggest slide at the bell. the All Ords up 61 points

to more gains today. And the SPI is pointing turn for the worse. And I'll be back with Rio Tinto's

First this morning, of finding any more survivors there's little hope bridge collapse in the United States. following the devastating at least 20 are still missing. 4 people have been confirmed dead,

Search teams are back on the

Mississippi River today looking for

the victims of the devastating

bridge collapse. About 50 cars

tumbled into the river at the

height of the peak hour. An

estimated two dozen people are

still for a missing, some entombed

in cars under slabs of concrete.

There was a case where there were

at there was a man who was severely

injured and was talking to his

personnel and was able to say his

goodbyes to his family goodbyes to his family before

passing on. A camera court that

disaster as it happened. Now investigators are scouring the investigators are scouring the

jumbled mess, hoping to find clues,

anything that might help explain

what caused this is the bridge to what caused this is the bridge to

crumble. Homeland's security crumble. Homeland's

officials say there is nothing to

suggest terrorism, but many have

survived this ordeal was certainly

terrified. It sounds like a bomb,

so we ducked. I don't know well was.

I former breaks are going out. The

40-year-old bridge was undergoing 40-year-old bridge was undergoing

instruction was roads was rated a structurally deficient two structurally deficient two years

ago. But the Governor says there

with the same designation. are thousands of bridges in the USA

Engineers did not believe it should

be replaced straight away. And we

are now joint from Minneapolis by

Terry, any of days his morning?

Right now authorities have

confirmed that four people died,

but that tout could go up. 80

people have been injured and there

are still 20 or 30 people

unaccounted for. This is a very

difficult time for this committee.

The families of some of the people

who were still missing have

gathered and they are awaiting word

from the authorities. Divers are

looking for any clues as to any

victims who may have died in this

tragedy. Right now it has become a

recovery effort. He was a rescue

effort yesterday, now it is so

recovery effort. But nothing they

will find anyone else alive. There

is a lot of speculation about the

structure of the bridge. Any more

information on one caused the

disaster? They have not ruled out

anything now accept that it is

probably not terrorism. There is probably not terrorism. There

some controversy about the safety of

of the bridge, and there was or Federal Highway Administration

report the came out in 2005 that

this bridge was due to be replaced.

But the Governor said that in 2005

and in 2006, the engineers looked

at it and found it had no metaphors

to it. So it a bit of controversy

there. They had construction

workers on the site of on the day

of the collapse and they know that

they're going to pour over a lot

they're going to pour over a lot of

past Documentation from inspections.

At this point, although there are some federal agencies that are

investigating this, they do not

little know the exact cause of and a

little way to, the sheriff's

department in Minneapolis is good

cause - - treat this as a crime

scene. The clean-up will take a

long time? Months, maybe even years.

This of March highway is a major

thoroughfare Vic - - this bridge is

a major thoroughfare that goes over

from Minneapolis to sample. It is a

freeway that a lot of people use,

it was rush hour when it happened,

so there were a lot of cars that

were going over it. It is kind to were going over it. It is kind

take a while for the bridge to be

replaced and reconstructed. Right

now they are not even at that face.

They are still in the face of time

to get through this, because the

community is still in shock. Get

through this, start healing, and

the then they can start thinking about

the rebuilding process. The jittery. Parents are being warned for sick children to get early medical attention in the Mater Children's Hospital The 4-year-old died from suspected influenza A. who had been unwell for some days We know that it was a child and had presented at the hospital a fairly short period, and became unwell over

24 hours or so. of notified flu cases this year, There have been thousands of the past five years. almost double the average rate Aboriginal affairs ministers will meet today in the wake of a landmark ruling of the Stolen Generation giving a member

a $500,000 payout.

expects more could follow The Federal Government a national compensation fund. but has ruled out creating

and won. One man who took on a government

This is about justice.

doing the right thing This is about will do the right thing. and this government Adelaide man Bruce Trevorrow when he was one, was snatched from his family leading to a lifetime of depression, learning difficulties

and loss of cultural identity. in compensation Awarded more than $500,000

Supreme Court, by the South Australian it won't appeal. the State Government says but the day has come, today, and closure in my life. where I've got peace of mind The landmark ruling has opened the floodgates with an estimated 50,000 members of the Stolen Generation. Tasmania is the only State to have compensation arrangements in place - where 100 victims have so far received a total of $5 million. The Federal Government says it has no plans to step in with a national scheme. My real focus is on this generation of children, childhood is being stolen as well this generation of children whose in a very sickening way through child sexual abuse and violence. But the States remain cautious about committing to compensation funds. The Tasmanian model and experience sure to be key discussion points Brad Hodson, Ten News. Fire crews were called to two fires on the Gold Coast overnight. a 100-year-old barn used to store honey was well alight when crews arrived. Crews battled the flames spreading to nearby bushland. and manged to prevent the fire Guests were evacuated as smoke poured through the building. Luckily, nobody was injured.

Thousands of tourists remain stranded as a strong typhoon batters southern Japan. Winds of up to 140km/h have struck north of the city of Miyazaki. The fast-moving weather system has cut power to thousands of homes. At least five people have been injured. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled. Russian explorers have planted their national flag on the seabed under the North Pole

to stake a symbolic claim to the energy riches of the Arctic. Two submarines plunged 4km to the ocean floor

to plant a titanium flag following a research mission which lasted nine hours. But now other countries bordering the Arctic are also staking their claim. One of AFL's great club men, Luke Darcy, will retire from the Bulldogs at the end of the season.

with knee reconstructions. despite missing two years Football has lost another one of its good guys with Bulldogs champion Luke Darcy deciding this season will be his last. Having missed two years out of the game, it's been a bit of frustration. But yeah, in the end, the decision was easy. Darcy made a remarkable return to the game this year after back-to-back knee reconstructions, and after spending half his life at Whitten Oval, says he's forever indebted

I used to wake up every morning dreaming about being the best player I could possibly be for the club, dreaming about the success that I thought we could have as a club.

The coaching merry-go-round turned into a media circus to a Melbourne hotel. when Kevin Sheedy was tracked down

Sheedy telling the cameras he was meeting his publisher, not sitting through his first job interview in 27 years. But, just hours later, he held preliminary discussions with Melbourne chief executive Steve Harris

and football operations manager Chris Fagan

regarding a possible move to the Demons next season.

They are looking for a serious coach to take them to the next level where they've got to get to. David Adamson, Ten News. St George Illawarra's slim NRL finals hopes have been given a boost with Mark Gasnier cleared to play tonight. The five-eighth given the green light after recovering from his second setback of the year. I just took off at training - we were playing a little game of touch - and took off and sprinted, and got a bit of a pain in the butt. Gasnier will pull on the No.6 against Newcastle tonight,

just his second game this season after tearing his pectoral muscle in March. Good news for the Wallabies just weeks out from the World Cup. Fly-half Stephen Larkham completing the final session of their Sydney training camp

just days after rolling his ankle. They'll now head into a 5-day boot camp in Queensland, hopeful it won't add to their injury toll. We're on the plane in about three weeks time,

so we can't have blokes coming out of that camp in worse physical shape than when they went into it. Queenslander Berrick Barnes has been training in Larkham's fly-half position just in case. And to finance now. Dani, Rio Tinto has taken a hit?

Sure has, Bill. Our second-biggest miner reported its first drop in profit in four years. Rio Tinto turned in a 14% decline in first-half profit of $4.1 billion

which was well down on analyst forecasts. The company's blamed rising costs as well as weaker copper and coal output, but says the outlook for the global economy remains positive. Rio Tinto shares ended the local session down almost 3% ahead of the earnings release. The share market managed to bounce back yesterday

after its worst sell-off in almost six years. With around $60 billion wiped off the value of the local market on Wednesday,

it was inevitable bargain hunters would move in to snap up a good buy. Analysts say the recent run of volatility is something we'll have to get used seeing more of, but urge investors not to panic. The market's attention will now turn to interest rates with the Reserve Bank holding its monthly meeting next week. To the national weather for the rest of the day,

and it's wall-to-wall rain. Showers and a cold day in Melbourne and Canberra. Sydney also wet but a little warmer. Perth sunny and 19. Brisbane sunny and 28. And more of the same for tomorrow, with showers continuing in Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide, increasing in Hobart. Sydney clears up and plunges to 15 degrees. Now for a look at what's making headlines in today's papers. The 'Financial Review' has more on Rio Tinto's fall from grace, profits down for the first time in four years. And in Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' the Victorian Liberal Party has surrendered both the Williamstown and Albert Park by-elections to Labor. We'll have more on the devastating bridge collapse in the US when the Early News returns. VOICEOVER: New Pura Kids milk with omega-3 DHA. Omega-3 - brain food for kids under construction. This is Ten's Early News. This morning - death plunge - video of the moment an 8-lane bridge comes crashing down in Mississippi,

Flu warning - parents told to get urgent medical help for sick children after a 4-year-old dies in Brisbane. Link denied - Indian police say freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef was not an al-Qaeda operative. And in sport, Dragons five-eighth Mark Gasnier passed fit for tonight's match with the Newcastle Knights.

Let's look at the markets now, and Dani, blue-chip stocks saved the day for the Australian market? Yes, Bill. National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank shares both soared more than 90 cents. And BHP Billiton enjoyed a surge as well.

And I'll be back later on with some stormy skies ahead for Qantas. Dozens of people are missing in Minneapolis. after the collapse of a 8-lane bridge At least 50 cars remain submerged in the Mississippi River, relatives going to extraordinary lengths in their search for loved ones. One of the gentlemen was actually swimming in the river, looking for his daughter. It's pretty sad. New video has emerged of the collapse,

which has so far claimed four lives, the bridge's steel supports buckling before tonnes of concrete fall into the river. Indian police have denied reports of a link between freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef and al-Qaeda. Australian Federal Police are investigating the claims which come from a restricted file handed to a journalist in India. The dossier also states a bank locker key belonging to someone else was found on Dr Haneef when he was arrested. We are investigating money transactions to do with the group, but that forms part of the ongoing investigation. Dr Haneef's lawyer has denied his client has any links to terrorist organisations. Parents are being urged to remain vigilant this winter as a killer flu season takes hold. Health authorities fear the death of a young Brisbane boy on Tuesday

may not be the last. It's Brisbane's worst flu outbreak in over five years and on Tuesday, a 4-year-old boy became the first casualty. We do know that it was a child who had been unwell for some days and had presented at the hospital and became unwell over a fairly short period,

24 hours or so. There have been 1,078 reported cases this year. and Queensland Health is warning the outbreak could get worse. They're urging parents to watch out for common symptoms. If the cild becomes unwell quickly with a high fever, if they are drowsy or listless The flu is contagious and doctors say people should stay at home if they're sick. Staying away from school, from child care, from work,

from crowded places, from public transport if you are unwell. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. And the Federal Government is under pressure to extend its hospital rescue package to New South Wales. The chairman of the Department of Medicine at Sydney Hospital, John Graham, says the facility is ill-equipped to handle a catastrophe

like a terrorist attack. He says the death toll from such an event would be double what it should be. Dr Graham wants the Federal Government to intervene as it did in Tasmania this week and upgrade the hospital to an emergency response centre. He says 29 meetings with State and Federal leaders have so far fallen on deaf ears. Victorians are getting used to a new-look Labor, with Premier John Brumby unveiling his frontbench team.

Party stalwart John Lenders is the State's new Treasurer, while an expanded 'super' education team will cover schools and kindergartens. It's a new-look Cabinet, already hitting a high note in the classroom. (Sings) # Twinkle twinkle little star # Bronwyn Pike 'super' education department, will head up a new that will oversee not just schools but kindergartens as well. Premier Brumby also bucking the trend

by shuffling John Lenders into the prized role of Treasurer, the first to come from the upper house.

I will keep the Budget in the black, that is not negotiable. With Finance Minister Tim Holding's ambitions for the job thwarted, he's been given the crucial Water portfolio as a consolation.

Lynne Kosky will continue in her role as Transport and Gaming Minister while Daniel Andrews takes over Health. who want to do better, Hoping to step up in a hot seat - Gavin Jennings to tackle the environment. The dramatic overhaul fodder for an Opposition on the front foot.

It says John Brumby is going to attempt to dominate this Cabinet. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. A box factory has gone up in flames in the US. Several firefighters were called in to control the fire in Cleveland. of saving the building There was little hope

which was full of wood pallets. The intense heat forced firefighters back just before the roof collapsed. There were no reports of injuries. A plane has made an emergency landing on a suburban street in the US.

The twin-engine aircraft had lost power in one of its engines. Locals were shocked when the plane landed on the street, skidding across a front yard before crashing. It took out a traffic light, but missed any traffic on the road. All three on board survived. To rugby league, and St George Illawarra's very slim finals hopes have been given a boost with Mark Gasnier cleared to play tonight. The Dragons remaining confident of some game time come September. It's a tough road to the finals for the Dragons, but they will travel somewhat easier with Mark Gasnier back on board. He's now fully recovered from his second setback of the year, an injured buttock. I just took off at training - we were playing a little game of touch - and took off and sprinted, and got a bit of a pain in the butt.

Gasnier will pull on the No.6 against Newcastle tonight, just his second game this season after tearing his pectoral muscle back in March. Melbourne will line up against Cronulla on Monday night under their new solo captain Cameron Smith after coach Craig Bellamy scrapped his leadership group. The skipper promising a return to form for the competition leaders. All the guys are aware of what went wrong last week. Certainly the attitude was wrong, especially from a team that's coming first. That will certainly be fixed this week.

Victoria Murphy, Ten News. Western Bulldogs veteran Luke Darcy will retire at the end of the season after 15 years in the AFL. The ruckman and former captain has played 221 games for his club despite missing two years with knee reconstructions. It's been hard,

it's been a struggle having these two years out of the game, it's been a bit of frustration. But yeah, in the end, the decision was easy. Darcy's farewell tour begins against St Kilda at Telstra Dome tonight. Business news now, and Qantas embroiled in a collusion scandal? That's right, Bill. Qantas could be the next major airline to face a hefty fine for collusion after admitting it probably engaged in price-fixing.

In documents handed over to the US Department of Transport, the Flying Kangaroo has admitted to possible collusion on its non-passenger services. The breach specifically relates to its freight division, which Qantas says imposed fuel surcharges.

Yesterday, British Airways was ordered to pay more than half-a-billion dollars after it admitted to fixing prices with Virgin Atlantic. Time for our weekly check on Wall Street now, and joining us from New York is Alexis Christoforous.

Alexis, US stocks have continued to rebound today but there are fresh concerns about the subprime crisis? Earth

We have got more fall-out from the

crumbling mortgage market. Another

lender, this time acquired at home

menders of California, may have to

file for bankruptcy. It says it file for bankruptcy. It says it cannot cope with the surgeon overdue payments that borrowers.

That stock lost a third of its

value today. Some bad news all

round. Unilever or his but citing

its workforce? Yes. The consumer

products giant says it plans to

eliminate the 11 % of its workforce.

That is about 20,000 jobs. That is about 20,000 jobs. This

will happen over four years.

Unilever or around are going the Unilever or around are going the

biggest reorganisation after six

years after their stock trial those

of Procter and Gamble. And there

has been a huge tour recall this

morning? Yes that has been all the

talk here in the States. Fisher

Price's recalling almost a million Price's recalling almost a million

Chinese made plastic toys because

of excessive amounts of lead in

they are paid. The 83 types of toys

include things like Big Bird,

include things like Big Bird,

Princess Dora, Prince Diego. They

have been sold since May this year

and if you own one the Tories, you

can exchange it through Mattel for

a voucher. They have been no of

incidents reported, but if your

child has sued the toy, you should

speak to your pediatrician. This is

the latest in a way of records of

Chinese-made products from tyres to

toothpaste, even see fit.

To the weather forecast, and it'll be wet and cold in Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide.

Not so cold but still wet for Sydney. Brisbane's having a slice of summer with 28 and sun. Further on, a wet start to the weekend

with rain and cold continuing in Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide. Sydney will clear up but much colder. Brisbane dropping to 23. Perth warming up to 21. We'll cross to Minneapolis for the latest on the search for survivors. That's next.

And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

Today - peak-hour plunge. The moment a Mississippi bridge came crashing down. It sounded like a bomb, so we ducked. Rescuers don't expect to find survivors. There are several vehicles in the water that we haven't got to yet.

Four people already confirmed dead.

A brief weather check, and it's a wet entree to the weekend in most capitals. Perth remains sunny, while Brisbane's having a mini-heat wave - 28 degrees. Time first for a quick check of the markets, and Dani, how did Wall Street fair? Yes, Bill, finally. US stocks have lifted this session.

I'll be back with what's going wrong for Rio Tinto. Thank you, Dani. But first this morning - the death toll from the bridge collapse in the United States has been revised down to four but scores of people are still missing. The bridge collapsed yesterday during the afternoon peak-hour when it was packed with cars. Our reporter in Minneapolis joins us now.

Teri, any update on casualties? At this point you're right. There are four confirmed dead, about 80 people injured and still 20 people, at least, unaccounted for. The Governor says this is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota. President Bush has offered his condolences. And as the recovery effort continues

it's going to be a tough couple of days here in Minneapolis. Search teams are back on the Mississippi river today looking for victims of Wednesday's catastrophic bridge collapse in Minneapolis. during the height of the evening rush hour, killing several people and injuring many more.

An estimates two to three dozen people are still missing, underneath slabs of concrete. some entombed in cars There was an individual case where

and was talking to a medical person and was able to say his goodbyes to his family and they will be passed on. A camera caught the terrifying scene as it happened. Tonnes of steel and concrete twisting and falling 60ft below. Now investigators our scouring the jumbled mess hoping to find clues, anything that might help explain

what caused this busy 8-lane bridge to crumble.

Homeland Security officials say there is nothing to suggest terrorism but many who survived this ordeal were certainly terrified. It sounded like a bomb. So we ducked. I didn't know what it was. I thought my brakes were going out. And all of a sudden... The 40-year-old bridge was under construction and was rated structually deficient two years ago.

But the Governor says there are 80,000 bridges in the US with the same designation and engineers didn't think the bridge needed to be replaced immediately. One trapped person was able to ask a police officer to say goodbye to his family just minutes before dying. This is the kind of thing that the city is going through. Crews will spend the next couple of days in a recovery effort moving methodically and slowly. Bill, back to you. Jack Thomas, the only person placed on a control order under Australia's anti-terror laws,

has lost a legal challenge to have the order revoked. The High Court has ruled it's constitutional for the Federal Government to impose strict conditions on the man known as 'Jihad Jack'. Thomas was jailed for five years for receiving funds from al-Qaeda and holding a false passport.

An appeal court later quashing the convictions nd ordering a re-trial, which is yet to be held. Supreme Court judge Jeff Shaw is unlikely to face further charges over a drunken car crash three years ago. The Director of Public Prosecutions has rejected a Police Integrity Commission recommendation

that he be charged with perverting the course of justice.

The PIC had alleged

the former attorney-general stole a blood sample from a hospital after the accident to prevent a drink-driving charge. The DPP has not given a reason for its decision. Parents are being urged to remain vigilant this winter as a killer flu season takes hold. Health authorities fear the death of a young Brisbane boy on Tuesday may not be the last.

It's Brisbane's worst flu outbreak in over five years

became the first casualty. and on Tuesday, a 4-year-old boy We do know that it was a child who had been unwell for some days and had presented at the hospital and became unwell over a fairly short period, 24 hours or so. There have been 1,078 reported cases this year. and Queensland Health is warning the outbreak could get worse. They're urging parents to watch out for common symptoms. If the cild becomes unwell quickly with a high fever, if they are drowsy or listless with that, and coughing as well. The flu is contagious and doctors say people should stay at home if they're sick. Staying away from school, from child care, from work, from crowded places, from public transport if you are unwell. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. A box factory has gone up in flames in the US. Several firefighters were called in to control the fire in Cleveland. There was little hope of saving the building which was full of wood pallets. The intense heat forced firefighters back just before the roof collapsed.

There were no reports of injuries. Russia is racing to claim the Arctic's vast energy reserves, plunging more than 4km below the ice. It's used a submarine to plant a titanium flag on the ocean floor beneath the North Pole in a scramble for potential oil and gas fields. Crashing through the pack ice, heading for the North Pole, this is Russia's audacious bid for the underwater riches of the future.

On board - a mini-submarine ready to descend through two miles of Arctic Ocean, down to the seabed, there to plant this metal flag, putting Russia's claim robustly on the map. The expedition leader - a veteran explorer, Artur Chilingarov - says every descent is heroic, that this one is being done for science,

and for Russia's presence in the Arctic. These pictures were filmed during a trial run. We have heard, though, the submarine made it down into the murky deep and back safely, a daring feat monitored around the world. Russia is proud of its Actic achievment.

Now we'll see how the other Arctic powers respond. One of AFL's great club men, Luke Darcy, will retire from the Bulldogs at the end of the season. The ruckman and former captain has played 221 games for the club despite missing two years with knee reconstructions. Football has lost another one of its good guys

with Bulldogs champion Luke Darcy deciding

Having missed two years out of the game, it's been a bit of frustration.

But yeah, in the end, the decision was easy. Darcy made a remarkable return to the game this year after back-to-back knee reconstructions, and after spending half his life at Whitten Oval, says he's forever indebted to the club. I used to wake up every morning dreaming about being the best player I could possibly be for the club, dreaming about the success that I thought we could have as a club. The coaching merry-go-round turned into a media circus when Kevin Sheedy was tracked down to a Melbourne hotel. Sheedy telling the cameras he was meeting his publisher, But, just hours later, he held preliminary discussions with Melbourne chief executive Steve Harris and football operations manager Chris Fagan regarding a possible move to the Demons next season. to take them to the next level where they've got to get to. David Adamson, Ten News. St George Illawarra's slim NRL finals hopes have been given a boost cleared to play tonight. with Mark Gasnier The five-eighth given the green light after recovering from his second setback of the year.

I just took off at training - we were playing a little game of touch - and took off and sprinted, and got a bit of a pain in the butt.

Gasnier will pull on the No.6 against Newcastle tonight, just his second game this season after tearing his pectoral muscle in March. Business news now and Dani, what seems to be the trouble for Rio Tinto? Our second-biggest miner reported its first drop in profit in four years. Rio Tinto turned in a 14% decline in first-half profit of $4.1 billion which was well down on analyst forecasts. The company's blamed rising costs as well as weaker copper and coal output, but says the outlook for the global economy remains positive. Rio Tinto shares ended the local session down almost 3% ahead of the earnings release.

The local share market managed to bounce back yesterday after posting its worst performance in six years on Wednesday. Joining us now with more is Craig James from CommSec. for local stocks yesterday? Hi, Craig. A solid day

Yes, Wednesday was very much an

over-reaction and a bargain hunters

were out in force yesterday. They

should be again today. The futures

market pointed to a 70. Rise at the market pointed to a 70. Rise at the

start of trading. One dark spot was

the deer - their shares plunging.

Yes another warning from them. Masons and United group maybe

looking at taking it over the

company. And Wall Street made some company. And Wall Street made some

more gains overnight? Yes the Dow

Jones up 100 points and further

good news after the bell.

Countrywide financial, the largest

mortgage lender, this could provide

a lot of comfort for investors. National weather for the rest of the day, and it's wall-to-wall rain. Showers and a cold day in Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart and Adelaide. Sydney also wet but a little warmer. Perth sunny and 19. Brisbane sunny and 28. And more of the same for tomorrow, with showers continuing in Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide, increasing in Hobart. Sydney clears up and plunges to 15 degrees. Brisbane also cools off to 23. Now for a look at today's papers. An investigation has been launched into how a South Australian hospital hired an under-qualified doctor

who had not practised medicine for 20 years Adelaide's 'Advertiser' has more. Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' claims the NSW Liberal Party has offended Sydney families with comments attacking city residents as "working class"

who have little in common with the blue-ribbon eastern suburbs. And in Tasmania's 'Mercury'

health experts say the PM's takeover of La Trobe's Mersey Hospital

will create turmoil through the States' heathcare system. A final update on the situation in Minneapolis when we come back.

This is Ten's Early News. This morning - death plunge - video of the moment an 8-lane bridge comes crashing down in Mississippi, killing at least four people. Flu warning - parents told to get urgent medical help for sick children after a 4-year-old dies in Brisbane. Link denied - Indian police say freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef

was not an al-Qaeda operative. And in sport, Dragons five-eighth Mark Gasnier passed fit for tonight's match with the Newcastle Knights. Last look at the markets now. Dani, where has Wall Street ended up? In the black, Bill. Positive earning news has helped the market recover. Although the gains were tempered by those troublesome concerns about the housing and credit markets.

And I'll be back later with the last look at the day's finance news. Up to 50 cars remain submerged in the Mississippi River

after yesterday's disastrous bridge collapse. Four people have been confirmed dead. Authorities believe there could be dozens of people missing. The disaster unfolding, caught on security video. Steel supports buckling on the 8-lane bridge,

tonnes of concrete falling into the Mississippi River. As many as 30 bodies still need to be retrieved. It was unsafe at that time last night to move those people or move in since the bridge is still shifting. Relatives of the missing going to extreme lengths to find loved ones. One of the gentlemen was actually swimming in the river, it's pretty sad. A school bus barely made it over the bridge before it collapsed, rescue workers hearing the children's cries for help. Screaming kids are good - screaming kids are breathing well. The bridge was being repaired after being declared structurally deficient two years ago. It sounded like a bomb, so we ducked. I didn't know what it was, I thought my brakes were out. I thought, "What the heck" and all of a sudden, pfft.

60 people remain in hospital. Investigators now trying to work out what caused the 40-year-old bridge to collapse. This will be a complex investigation. There are engineering issues we're going to have to determine, there are material issues which we're going to be studying, and they don't come quickly. The President extending condolences the families of the four confirmed dead. I told them we will help with rescue efforts, but also told them how much we're in prayer for those who suffered.

The Federal Government says communities facing school downgrades or closures shouldn't despair. Education Minister Julie Bishop says they should instead rally together to create alternative education facilities which would be eligible for federal funding. The school grab comes a day after Prime Minister John Howard backed a community-based takeover of an ailing public hospital in Tasmania. Aboriginal affairs ministers will meet today in the wake of a landmark ruling giving a member of the Stolen Generation a $500,000 payout. The Federal Government expects more could follow but has ruled out creating a national compensation fund. One man who took on a government and won. This is about justice. This is about doing the right thing and this government will do the right thing. Adelaide man Bruce Trevorrow was snatched from his family when he was one, leading to a lifetime of depression, learning difficulties and loss of cultural identity. in compensation Awarded more than $500,000

by the South Australian Supreme Court, the State Government says it won't appeal. I thought we'd never get there, but the day has come, today, where I've got peace of mind and closure in my life. The landmark ruling has opened the floodgates with an estimated 50,000 members of the Stolen Generation. Tasmania is the only State to have compensation arrangements in place - where 100 victims have so far received a total of $5 million. The Federal Government says it has no plans to step in with a national scheme. My real focus is on this generation of children, this generation of children whose childhood is being stolen as well in a very sickening way and violence. through child sexual abuse But the States remain cautious about committing to compensation funds. The Tasmanian model and experience sure to be key discussion points when the nation's Aboriginal affairs ministers meet today. Brad Hodson, Ten News. of a link Indian police have denied reports between freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef and al-Qaeda.

Australian Federal Police are investigating the claims which come from a restricted file handed to a journalist in India.

The dossier also states a bank locker key belonging to someone else when he was arrested. was found on Dr Haneef We are investigating money transactions to do with the group, but that forms part of the ongoing investigation. Dr Haneef's lawyer has denied his client has any links to terrorist organisations. Parents are being warned to get early medical attention for sick children after the death of a young boy in Brisbane. from suspected influenza A. We know that it was a child who had been unwell for some days and had presented at the hospital a fairly short period, and became unwell over 24 hours or so. There have been thousands of notified flu cases this year, almost double the average rate of the past five years. A 100-year-old barn has gone up in flames on the Gold Coast. The shed, used to store honey, was well alight when crews arrived. But they managed to prevent the fire spreading to nearby bushland.

And guests were evacuated from a Gold Coast high-rise overnight after a unit fire.

A couch is believed to have caught alight at the Equinox Sun Resort on Surfers Paradise. No-one was injured. A plane has made an emergency landing on a suburban street in the US. The twin-engine aircraft had lost power in one of its engines. Locals were shocked when the plane landed on the street, skidding across a front yard before crashing. It took out a traffic light, but missed any traffic on the road.

All three on board survived. To rugby league, and St George Illawarra's very slim finals hopes have been given a boost with Mark Gasnier cleared to play tonight. The Dragons remaining confident of some game time come September.

It's a tough road to the finals for the Dragons, but they will travel somewhat easier with Mark Gasnier back on board. He's now fully recovered from his second setback of the year, an injured buttock.

I just took off at training - we were playing a little game of touch - and took off and sprinted, and got a bit of a pain in the butt. Gasnier will pull on the No.6 against Newcastle tonight, just his second game this season after tearing his pectoral muscle back in March. Melbourne will line up against Cronulla on Monday night under their new solo captain Cameron Smith after coach Craig Bellamy scrapped his leadership group. The skipper promising a return to form for the competition leaders.

All the guys are aware of what went wrong last week. Certainly the attitude was wrong, that's coming first. especially from a team That will certainly be fixed this week. Victoria Murphy, Ten News. Western Bulldogs veteran Luke Darcy will retire at the end of the season after 15 years in the AFL. The ruckman and former captain has played 221 games for his club despite missing two years with knee reconstructions. It's been hard, it's been a struggle having these two years out of the game,

But yeah, in the end, the decision was easy. Darcy's farewell tour begins against St Kilda at Telstra Dome tonight. Time for our last look at finance

and Dani, a recovery for the market yesterday? There's been a worldwide recall of Fisher-Price toys of dangerously high lead levels. over fears The problem products include Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer toys sold from the May 1. The products, made in China, will be marked with a date code The company is advising parents from their children. to immediately remove them A special number has been set up to find out if you have an affected product or to arrange a refund. Call 1800 674 753. The share market managed to bounce back yesterday after its worst sell-off in almost six years. Attention is now turning to the next potential shock, which could be an interest rate rise as early as next week. With around $60 billion wiped off the value of the local market on Wednesday, it was inevitable bargain hunters would move in to snap up a good buy. We really hadn't had a correction in the market since February, when the Shanghai index fell and the Australian market fell about 6%. And they did. The local market closed up more than 60 points, tracking gains made on Wall Street. It's a buying opportunity. Analysts say the recent run of volatility is something we'll be seeing more of, but urge investors not to panic. The Prime Minister agrees. I am very confident that the Australian financial system is strong, stable and secure and will be able to withstand any ripples of this kind. The market's next focus will be interest rates, with the chance of another hike next week growing by the day. Certainly the market is of the view that we're set for another rate rise, probably 25 basis points, following the Reserve Bank meeting next week. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. That's it from me, Bill. To the national weather for the rest of the day, and it's wall-to-wall rain. Showers and a cold day in Melbourne and Canberra. Sydney also wet but a little warmer. Perth sunny and 19. Brisbane sunny and 28. And more of the same for tomorrow, with showers continuing in Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide, increasing in Hobart.

Sydney clears up and plunges to 15 degrees. Brisbane also cools off to 23. That's it for Ten Early News. The Morning News starts at 11:00am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods. 'Bye for now. And I'm Danielle Isdale. Have a great weekend.