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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Frank Coletta. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Danielle Isdale. Today - poignant vigil. The people of Thredbo light candles of the 1997 landslide. to remember the 18 victims Home but bitter - freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef to India. demands Australia apologises

Deadly virus - outbreak in a Melbourne nursing home. health officials investigate a gastro hairdresser Aleisha Cowcher elated And in seventh heaven - 'Big Brother' series. after winning the seventh

and is Wall Street out of the woods? Our first look at finance news now things are definitely looking up. Well Frank, last week's huge losses. US stocks have turned around on the Coles takeover. I'll be back with the latest A candlelit vigil has been held of 1997 Thredbo landslide. for the 18 victims Grieving relatives and locals came tumbling down. the snowy mountains ski village They lit candels and at 11:40 they sat silently, remembering the moment community upside down. that turned their tight-knit Exactly 10 years ago, at the Thredbo site a landslide wiped out two ski lodges taking with it 18 lives. It sparked a 60-hour rescue mission. including sole survivor Stuart Diver. That moment still painful for many commemorations on the mountain. He took a low-key part in earlier by carrying flares down the slopes. Skiiers showing their respect The climax to an emotional day in which family and friends to remember those who died. A bell rang out as names were read by loved ones.

was formed 10 years ago, A community of a different kind together because of a tragedy a community of peole who came they formed a community. and without knowing it wheter they knew it or not. They came together for each other a lot of good people In the skiing community to lose for many more years to come. And remember they will - Gemma Riordan, Ten News. Freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef over his arrest hasn't ruled out taking legal action which he calls a conspiracy. has told a packed news conference The Gold Coast doctor to his homeland India. it's time Australia said sorry an apology But I would definitely appreciate and its citizens here. for my peace-living country Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews secret police information is today expected to release the being cancelled. that led to Haneef's visa at Labor's plan The Treasurer has scoffed $30,000 for first time buyers. to cut the cost of new homes by up to

will be more like $645. Mr Costello claims any saving for young Australians, It's a critical and growing problem watching the cost of buying a home as a vote-winner, Federal Labor seized on it after its housing summit and just a few days reveals its plan. Labor's housing affordability fund new home buyers across Australia will assist up to 50,000 The $500 million fund will be open and State governments, to local councils who'll be able to apply for grants of infrastructure to help reduce the cost associated with building new homes. of red tape in the planning process. They'll also have to reduce the cost

between $20,000 and $30,000 We think it's going be anywhere

on the cost of some of these houses. would be about $645 - The saving on a $300,000 home it's not a large amount.

the country in the last quarter, New home sales fell again around and affordability. further reducing availability by an expected interest rate rise It won't be helped next week. when the Reserve Bank meets to take any chances, The Reserve Bank just can't afford interest rates by 0.25%. and that's why it will lift Eddy Meyer, Ten News. in a Melbourne nursing home An outbreak of gastro of an elderly man. could be responsible for the death last week The 94-year-old man died in hospital the highly infectious noro-virus. while 29 patients contracted what caused the man's death. Health officials say it's not known The coroner is preparing a report. nursing home in South Morang 17 staff at the San Carlo suffered the virus. All are now back at work. and another five people, An elderly woman has died including a young girl are ill, after contracting Q fever. 76-year-old Pat Nydeck's home Riverland meat works, is near South Australia's the source of the outbreak. which is believed to be The dead woman's family is angry its operations, that the company won't stop despite a council order. it's not the source of the outbreak. But the company disputes Overseas now and British PM Gordon Brown and American President George W. Bush have continued to rub shoulders at Camp David. at the President's retreat of global issues The pair discussed a long list Iraq featured at the top of the list. but it's no surprise After two days of talks at Camp David. the two leaders faced the press Welcome, thank you... face-to-face summit It's the first official Prime Minister Gordon Brown. for President Bush and British freedom of justice around the world We have an obligation to work for a person that shares that vision. and it seems to me I've found to the Iraqi authorities, is step by step to move control and to its security forces to the Iraqi Government as progress is made. for Brown. The war presents a challenge in tackling global problems He has to find a way to join the US with President Bush without becoming too closely aligned who is scorned in Britain. with Mr Bush's surge strategy, As American troops push forward their section of the country British troops could hand over to Iraqi forces later this year. Britain's missions would be over, If that happens, the majority of as a political defeat for the US. something that will likely be viewed But officials insist the UK's 5,000 remaining forces there's no plan to quickly withdraw in Basra, in southern Iraq. stationed in the relatively calm area Susan Roberts, Ten News. In Washington, $500,000 richer this morning Hairdresser Aleisha Cowcher is Scientists say global warming rare appearance in such cold waters. may be to blame for the shark's Hairdresser Aleisha Cowcher is $500,000 richer this morning after winning the seventh 'Big Brother' series. The blond bombshell withstood a late charge from fellow Victorian house-mate Zach Douglas. D-day after 100 long days in the house.

Aleisha! Bookies favourite Aleisha Cowcher beating Zach Douglas for the $450,000 prizemoney, but only just. A late flurry of votes for the gay intruder, forcing a recount. Oh, my God. It is so overwhelming. I had no idea what was going on in the house

and it's so good Zach came that close. It is amazing. Zach, who only entered the house seven weeks ago, Very surprised. Very, very surprised. That is just not the way I expected it. The support that is out there, I am very, very grateful for it. The pair were the two of 21 contestants. No-one knows how many there'll be next year, if any, but - What a great show and what a great way to finish it - the last couple of days with four brilliant house mates.

Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Rugby league and North Queensland coach Graham Murray admits his side is in a slump and there was no greater proof than the 44-point thrashing handed out to them by the Tigers

in Monday night football. Tigers players lining up for a chance to cross the North Queensland line. The Cowboys helpless to stop their third straight loss turning into an embarrassment. It just looked too easy for them, they can do that to you. Doesn't matter what side you are, We're hurting at the moment, but we just have to get ready for next Saturday. Key playmaker Johnathan Thurston says he's right to make the weekend's clash with the Raiders despite leaving the field clutching his shoulder while the judiciary will decide if Paul Bowman and Sione Faumuina will take part. The Tigers celebrated Marshall's and Hodgson's return with 10 tries. No-one more happy than Robbie Farrar. and dominant around the park. Back at hooker Got a bit greedy at times.

I think he's trying to win his Daly M a little early there today with a couple of the kicks and things, but anyway, I'll have something to say about that. Andrew Brown, Ten News. A setback for one of this year's AFL rising star favourites, Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury. The young Magpie has a fractured right foot but the injury doesn't require surgery. Adelaide is denying Mark Ricciuto also has a broken foot. The captain doing his bit to quash the rumours. Do you want me to hope on it as well? There you go. And Fremantle giant Aaron Sandilands season is over. He's set to have surgery on a hernia. To finance now and a spanner in the works for the Coles takeover bid? Yes, Frank.

Wesfarmers looks set to restructure its bid for Coles after its falling share price cut the value of its bid by almost $4 billion.

Chief executive Richard Goyder says

the company is looking at refining its cash and scrip offer to make it more attractive to shareholders but has ruled out upping its offer. It's believed Wesfamers is considering increasing a cap on a mix and match offer its put to shareholders. Both Wesfarmers and Coles can walk away from the deal if the Wesfarmers share price falls. And we'll know within the hour whether or not Rupert Murdoch has succeeded in his plans to win control of publishing company Dow Jones. The controlling Bancroft family has until 5:00 New York time - which is 7 o'clock Eastern Standard Time News Corp's US$5 billion offer. to decide whether they will accept The Bancrofts control 64% of Dow Jones,

which publishes the 'Wall Street Journal' but have been divided ever since Rupert Murdoch launched his offer. A source close to the media mogul says Mr Murdoch is comfortable walking away from the deal if the family don't accept. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at what's in today's papers.

Wild weather lashes Perth bringing down trees with devastating consequences. The details when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - conspiracy claims. Freed Gold Coast terror suspect points the finger at Australian authorities saying it's time they apologised to his homeland, India. Wild weather - a driver feels the full brunt of storms in Perth that have prompted countless calls for help. American President George W. Bush and British PM Gordon Brown rub shoulders at the President's retreat at Camp David. And in sport - Tour de France winner Alberto Contador returns home amid shocking new drug allegations. More finance now and what's the latest on Wall Street? Well, what a difference a day makes. Following a dreadful stint for the US markets - losing an estimated $1 trillion in value, Wall Street has finally found some momentum. And I'll be back soon with what's in store for Qantas. It's emerged a colleague of freed Gold Coast terror suspect Mohamed Haneef has been suspended from his hospital. Discrepancies in the doctor's resume are reportedly being investigated a month after he was questioned with Haneef over the failed UK attacks. Meantime, Haneef has used a news conference in India to call for an apology from Australia for his arrest which he says was a conspiracy. Not an international conspiracy but that would be an Australian conspiracy, what they've made me. I would like to also mention the fact in spite of Australian authorities being mentioning that they're not going to apologise for me, I don't expect any apologies or the Australian Government but I would definitely appreciate an apology for my peace-living country and its citizens here. A driver in Perth has felt the full brunt of the wild storms

lashing the city. His sedan was crushed by a falling tree yesterday. Yeah, smashed me in the back of the head, pushed me towards the steering wheel and I pulled my hand out of the window of his window and got me mate to climb out and that's how we got out

Emergency services received 20 calls for help

but the worst may be to come. A cold front is expected to deliver more wind and rain to the city over the coming five days. Health officials are investigating an outbreak of gastro in a Melbourne nursing home that could be responsible for one man's death. The virus spreading between patients and staff. was contracted by 29 elderly patients The highly infectious noro-virus at the San Carlo nursing home a week ago

before being passed to 17 nurses and carers. It's serious, but you've got to take it in the context of aged care. When you are aged, your immune system is degraded. A 94-year-old man died last Thursday a day after being admitted to hospital. We are not sure of the cause. We are waiting on the death certificate and the coroner's report

and the coroner's report could take some time. The Department of Human Services says contaminated food was not responsible for the outbreak

to avoid the virus spreading again. and precautions have been taken of gastroenteritis, The noro-virus is an extreme form and diarrhoea. symptoms include vomiting three residents remain ill. All staff members have recovered, Ben Lewis, Ten News.

remember the exact moment A candelit vigil has been held to the Snowy Mountians community. a landslide devastated who lost their lives in the landslide A candle was lit for all 18 people 10 years ago. moment that sparked a 60-hour ordeal. At 11:40, they paused to remember the It capped off an emotional day down the mountain which included a flare run with sole survivor Stuart Diver. and British PM Gordon Brown American President George W. Bush President's retreat at Camp David. have held one on one talks at the of global issues The pair discussed a wide range Iraq featured at the top of the list. but it's no surprise freedom of justice around the world We have an obligation to work for a person that shares that vision. and it seems to me I've found with more violence in Iraq, The talks coincided when a mini bus exploded in Baghdad. at least six people were killed the masters of the silver screen. The film industry is mourning one of Ingmar Bergman - Oscar-winning film director who's career spanned six decades - passing away aged 89. for the most part, a bit gloomy. Ingmar Bergman's films were, The chess match here was with Death. may have been easy to send up, And while his darkly serious films of how influential he was. it's also a mark and its torments, Bergman confronted life of his very strict childhood. a product perhaps He was the son of the Royal Chaplain. He said he lived in mental terror things were also turbulent and as an adult, children. with five marriages and eight But it wasn't entirely bleak. for 'Fanny and Alexander' There were four Oscars blunder of childhood and family life. that showed both the horrors and Gwen Stefani American rocker turned pop starlet the Australian leg of her world tour. has wowed audiences in Sydney on The 37-year-old No Doubt front-woman from her two solo albums performed songs back-up dancers never far away. with her posse of Japanese in this year's Tour de France. Another twist A leading German expert says Alberto Contador has used drugs. he has evidence indicating the winner on the new doping scandal Contador refused to comment to hero's reception in Madrid. as he returned home The Spaniards victory described as in sporting history" "the greatest swindle by Werner Franke, in the fight against doping. an expert The German claims of banned products used by Contador. he has documents that reveal a list

Sacked Melbourne coach Neale Daniher to the helm of an AFL club. has started his campaign to return and Essendon jobs, Putting his hand up for the Fremantle with the Bombers. he's already opened talks Neale Daniher is keen to coach again he's already spoken with the Bombers. and he's admitted have another chat, yeah, so... We've had a chat, and we'll at this stage I think I'm in the long list they want to have a chat to. of candidates also believed to be on that list. Port Adelaide mentor Mark Williams Daniher says an attractive option, Fremantle is also to coach Carlton. but he's not in the mix at Carlton. You can see what's happening

I think they're focusing on Vossie Mark Harvey first opportunity and Fremantle will probably give over the next month, and see how he goes how the events unfold. so you just have to see the untried Voss, Leigh Matthews has endorsed saying he is on the agenda his competitive instincts. because clubs recognise The urge for the challenge within Vossie is something that is clearly

and clearly within many people at 59, 60 years of age. and clearly within Sheeds

we can't fill that black hole, That's what drives us, 'cause but we're going to keep trying. Ian Cohen, Ten News. have stormed into the NRL top eight Wests Tigers

of North Queensland. with a 44-point demolition Hooker Robbie Farrah and Brett Hodgson upstaged the return of Benji Marshall man-of-the-match performance with a dominant Johnathan Thurston while Cowboys playmaker

reinjured his fragile shoulder. He says he's OK while Paul Bowman and Sione Faumuina on the Tigers Bryce Gibbs. were both reported for hits afoot for Qantas? To finance again and big changes That's right, Frank. be in for a massive restructure. It appears the Flying Kangaroo could Reports this morning suggest of breaking itself up the airline is on the verge in the hope of unlocking value. into four separate entities $11 billion takeover bid The plans follow the failed the Qantas and Jetstar brands, and would see one company own for staff. terminals and be responsible the airline's fleet, The others would separately control

and freight divisions. frequent flyer program are expected to be announced The plans by outgoing chairwoman Margaret Jackson in the next three weeks.

Our market managed to weather a storm from Wall Street yesterday to post some reasonable gains. All indications were for a rough day, but the market defied the odds and closed in positive territory. While the local bourse was firmer the same can't be said for the dollar in the wake of share-market rout. which has suffered The local currency dropped to below 85 US cents thanks to an unwinding in carry trades,

the dollar's stellar run but economists don't believe has come to an end.

of 88.71 US cents. Last week it hit an 18-year high weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at the national anniversary of the Thredbo landslide. Moving commemorations mark the 10th when the Early News returns. And the CommSec finance report

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you're valued as one of the country's most important resources. and what you may be eligible for, To find out more call 13 38 73 for a referral to an Australian Apprenticeships Centre, or visit the website. Today - poignant vigil. The people of Thredbo light candles to remember the 18 victims of the 1997 landslide. Home but bitter - freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef demands Australia apologises to India. Deadly virus - health officials investigate a gastro outbreak in a Melbourne nursing home. And in seventh heaven - hairdresser Aleisha Cowcher elated after winning the seventh 'Big Brother' series.

Business news now and Wall Street no longer struggling. US stocks are modestly higher today. While Wall Street did struggle early on the back of its recent dramatic slide. I'll be back with some bad news for homebuyers, I'm afraid. A candlelit vigil has been held for the 18 victims of 1997 Thredbo landslide. Grieving relatives and locals gathered at the very moment the snowy mountains ski village came tumbling down. They lit candles and at 11:40 they sat silently, remembering the moment that turned their tight-knit community upside down. Exactly 10 years ago, a landslide wiped out two ski lodges at the Thredbo site taking with it 18 lives. It sparked a 60-hour rescue mission. including sole survivor Stuart Diver. That moment still painful for many He took a low-key part in earlier commemorations on the mountain. Skiiers showing their respect by carrying flares down the slopes. The climax to an emotional day in which family and friends attended a church service to remember those who died.

A bell rang out as names were read by loved ones.

Gemma Riordan, Ten News. Freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef hasn't ruled out taking legal action over his arrest which he calls a conspiracy. The Gold Coast doctor has told a packed news conference it's time Australia said sorry to his homeland India. But I would definitely appreciate an apology for my peace-living country and its citizens. Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews is today expected to release the secret police information that led to Haneef's visa being cancelled. who's died from Q fever The family of an elderly woman to shut down an abattoir is pleading with health authorities they believe is responsible. The outbreak's been linked to the slaughter of goats. 76-year-old grandmother Pat Neideck has a poor heart and her family says her sudden death was caused by Q fever. and they say a nearby slaughterhouse is the only source. Just angry, devastated actually that this has shortened her life. Pat was living with her son, who's also fallen sick. His house is only a few hundred metres from the abattoir. or they need to clear it up, They need to not let this happen again. Residents fear more deaths. The goats have been on our property. We don't know where it is or what the virus or how far it's spread. So we do feel like a prisoner in our own home. Five recent cases have been reported - one a 7-year-old girl. The local council ordered the factory to stop slaughtering goats because it lacks approvals. Obviously we have a conflict between the two parties and the council will be issuing a formal enforcement notice. Q fever has severe flu-like symptoms and is commonly spread from stock by airborne dust. The company disputes it's the source of the outbreak

and says it has approval to slaughter goats. In Waikerie, Brett Clappis, Ten News.

An outbreak of gastro in a Melbourne nursing home could be responsible for the death of an elderly man. The 94-year-old man died in hospital last week the highly infectious noro-virus. while 29 patients contracted Health officials say it's not known what caused the man's death. The coroner is preparing a report. 17 staff at the San Carlo nursing home in South Morang suffered the virus. All are now back at work. A man has been hit and killed by a truck in Melbourne overnight. The pedestrian, aged in his 20s, was on the busy Nepean Highway. Police say the man walked directly in the path of the truck

dying instantly. Victoria's road toll now stands at 182, the same as this time last year. Tributes are flowing for Ingmar Bergman, the legendary Swedish film-maker who passed away overnight aged 89. Bergman, who made 60 films over six decades, was considered one of the great artists of modern cinema in the 20th century. He first gained international recognition with 'Smiles of a Summer Night' in 1955, while in 1982 he was awarded four Oscars for 'Fanny and Alexander'. Hairdresser Aleisha Cowcher is $500,000 richer this morning after winning the seventh 'Big Brother' series. The blond bombshell withstood a late charge from fellow Victorian house-mate Zach Douglas. D-day after 100 long days in the house. Aleisha!

Bookies favourite Aleisha Cowcher beating Zach Douglas for the $450,000 prizemoney, but only just. A late flurry of votes for the gay intruder, forcing a recount. Oh, my God. It is so overwhelming. I had no idea what was going on in the house and it's so good Zach came that close.

It is amazing. Zach, who only entered the house seven weeks ago, receives $20,000 and a trip overseas. It's the experience that he'll remember. Very surprised. Very, very surprised. That is just not the way I expected it. I am very, very grateful for it. The support that is out there, of 21 contestants. The pair were the two next year, if any, but - No-one knows how many there'll be

and what a great way to finish it - What a great show with four brilliant house mates. the last couple of days Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Rugby league and North Queensland coach Graham Murray admits his side is in a slump and there was no greater proof than the 44-point thrashing handed out to them by the Tigers in Monday night football. Tigers players lining up for a chance to cross the North Queensland line. The Cowboys helpless to stop their third straight loss turning into an embarrassment. It just looked too easy for them, Doesn't matter what side you are, they can do that to you. We're hurting at the moment, but we just have to get ready for next Saturday.

Key playmaker Johnathan Thurston says he's right to make the weekend's clash with the Raiders despite leaving the field clutching his shoulder while the judiciary will decide if Paul Bowman and Sione Faumuina will take part. The Tigers celebrated Marshall's and Hodgson's return with 10 tries. No-one more happy than Robbie Farrar. and dominant around the park. Back at hooker Daly M a little early there today I think he's trying to win his and things, with a couple of the kicks to say about that. but anyway, I'll have something Andrew Brown, Ten News. AFL rising star favourites, A setback for one of this year's Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury. has a fractured right foot The young Magpie doesn't require surgery. but the injury also has a broken foot. Adelaide is denying Mark Ricciuto to quash the rumours. The captain doing his bit

as well? There you go. Do you want me to hop on it season is over. And Fremantle giant Aaron Sandilands He's set to have surgery on a hernia. and tough times for homebuyers. To finance now of the housing market has confirmed The latest snapshot affordability is worsening.

the Housing Industry Association According to new home sales fell by almost 1% in June,

in apartment sales. thanks to a big fall Over the year affordability playing a major role. sales are down 12% with record low is Craig James from CommSec. Joining us now with more continuing to be a drag? Craig, the housing market

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point weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at the national what's in today's papers. Now for a look at A gastro outbreak

claims one life. at a Victoria nursing home the other side of this break. The details GOOD MORNING A-C-T'S NEWEST SUBURB NEAR COMING UP - DETAILS ON THE OLD MAN FROM FISHER'S BEEN BUT FIRST - A NINETEEN YEAR AFTER AN ACCIDENT IN KAMBAH SUMMONSED TO FACE COURT

ON SUNDAY MORNING. CRASHED HIS CAR THROUGH A POLICE SAY THE P-PLATER TWENTY A-M, COMING TO REST FENCE AT AROUND ELEVEN

POOL. IN AN IN-GROUND SWIMMING TO HAVE A BLOOD ALCOHOL POLICE TESTS FOUND THE MAN ONE, MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES READING OF POINT ONE FIVE THE LEGAL LIMIT. ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A NEW THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT'S WEST. SUBURBAN AREA TO CANBERRA'S

WILL BE NESTLED BETWEEN CALLED MOLONGLO, THE AREA AND INCLUDE UP TO BELCONNEN AND WESTON CREEK,

AND ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES. THIRTY-THREE THOUSAND WATER IN TWO YEARS. CONSTRUCTION'S SET TO BEGIN DELEGATES HAVE MET WITH THE A GROUP OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN NEW BIM-BRE DETENTION ORGANISERS OF THE A-C-T'S CENTRE IN MITCHELL. DISCUSS HOW THE CENTRE THE MEETING WAS HELD TO WITH THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT WOULD PROVIDE DETAINEES REHABILITATION. AND SUPPORT TOWARD DOLLAR CENTRE SHOULD BE THE FORTY-TWO MILLION COMPLETE IN TWELVE MONTHS. TWELVE MONTHS. TO SPORT,

CANBERRA A-F-L COMPETITION, SECOND PLACE IN THE SUNDAY. WITH A WIN OVER EASTLAKE ON GAVE THE MAGPIES A GOOD A FIVE-GOAL SECOND QUARTER TO TAKE OUT THE NINE POINT HALF-TIME LEAD, HANGING ON WIN. TUGGERANONG BEAT AINSLIE BY WHILE IN OTHER MATCHES THRASHED QUEANBEYAN. THREE GOALS, AND THE SWANS ... NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER WILL MAINTAIN FINE A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE

WEEK WITH DAY TIME CONDITIONS FOR MOST OF THIS INCREASING. TEMPERATURES GRADUALLY FOG THEN FINE FOR CANBERRA, ACROSS THE NATION, MORNING

FINE FOR CANBERRA, FINE IN NATION, MORNING FOG THEN FINE IN SYDNEY TOO, A FEW FOG THEN FINE FOR CANBERRA, IN BRISBANE SHOWERS FOR PERTH BUT FINE DUBBO, ORANGE AND WAGGA .. EARLY FOG THEN FINE IN EXPECTING 19 .. ALBURY FINE WOLLONGONG FINE AND

TODAY .. COOLER AND 13 IN 18 THE TOP FOR BATEMANS BAY BATHURST FINE AND 14 GOULBURN AND BOWRAL .. DEGREES FOG FOR PARKES.. AND SUNNY EARLY FROST IN MUDGEE .. IN THE ALPS TOMORROW, WITH POSSIBLE LOOKING AHEAD AND WINDY // MOSTLY SUNNY AND LATE SHOWERS, TOPS OF 14 .. WITH RAIN ON THE WAY FRIDAY SLIGHTLY WARMER THURSDAY, FRIDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) This morning - conspiracy claims. Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

Freed Gold Coast terror suspect at Australian authorities points the finger saying it's time they apologised to his homeland, India. the full brunt of storms in Perth Wild weather - a driver feels countless calls for help. that have prompted British PM Gordon Brown rub shoulders American President George W. Bush and at Camp David. at the President's retreat And in sport - Alberto Contador returns home Tour de France winner

amid shocking new drug allegations.

and better news in the US. Last look of the markets now A much healthier US market today. Wall Street finding its feet remaining in focus. with corporate forecasts And I'll be back with a last look at business news. of freed Gold Coast terror suspect It's emerged a colleague Mohamed Haneef has been suspended from his hospital. are reportedly being investigated Discrepancies in the doctor's resume Haneef over the failed UK attacks. a month after he was questioned with

has used a news conference in India Meantime, Haneef for his arrest to call for an apology from Australia which he says was a conspiracy. Not an international conspiracy but that would be an Australian conspiracy, what they've made me. I would like to also mention the fact in spite of Australian authorities being mentioning that they're not going to apologise for me, I don't expect any apologies from the Australian authorities or the Australian Government but I would definitely appreciate an apology for my peace-living country and its citizens here. Police are searching for the driver of a third car involved in a street racing crash of two innocent people. Alan and Judy Howle, aged in their 70s, were killed into their vehicle in succession on a highway in Sydney's west.

A huge loss. I mean, I'm just in shock. Witnesses have told police the two Commodores were speeding when they slammed into the Howle's Camry wagon. Officers want to speak to the driver of a blue Mazda

seen at the crash site. The Treasurer has scoffed at Labor's plan to cut the cost of new homes by up to Mr Costello claims any saving will be more like $645.

It's a critical and growing problem for young Australians, move further out of reach. watching the cost of buying a home Federal Labor seized on it as a vote-winner, and just a few days after its housing summit reveals its plan. Labor's housing affordability fund will assist up to 50,000 new home buyers across Australia

over the next five years. The $500 million fund will be open to local councils and State governments, who'll be able to apply for grants

to help reduce the cost of infrastructure associated with building new homes. They'll also have to reduce the cost of red tape in the planning process. We think it's going be anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000 on the cost of some of these houses. The saving on a $300,000 home would be about $645 - it's not a large amount. New home sales fell again around the country in the last quarter, further reducing availability and affordability. It won't be helped by an expected interest rate rise when the Reserve Bank meets next week. The Reserve Bank just can't afford to take any chances, and that's why it will lift interest rates by 0.25%. A driver in Perth has felt the full brunt of the wild storms lashing the city. His sedan was crushed by a falling tree yesterday. Yeah, smashed me in the back of the head, pushed me towards the steering wheel

and I pulled my hand out of the window and got me mate to climb out of his window and that's how we got out but the worst may be to come. A cold front is expected to deliver more wind and rain to the city over the coming five days. Health officials are investigating an outbreak of gastro in a Melbourne nursing home that could be responsible for one man's death. The virus spreading between patients and staff. The highly infectious noro-virus was contracted by 29 elderly patients at the San Carlo nursing home a week ago

before being passed to 17 nurses and carers. It's serious, but you've got to take it in the context of aged care. When you are aged, your immune system is degraded. A 94-year-old man died last Thursday a day after being admitted to hospital. We are not sure of the cause. We are waiting on the death certificate and the coroner's report could take some time. The Department of Human Services says contaminated food was not responsible for the outbreak and precautions have been taken to avoid the virus spreading again. The noro-virus is an extreme form of gastroenteritis, symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea. All staff members have recovered, three residents remain ill. Ben Lewis, Ten News. A candlelit vigil has been held to remember the exact moment

a landslide devastated the Snowy Mountains community. A candle was lit for all 18 people who lost their lives in the landslide 10 years ago. At 11:40, they paused to remember the moment that sparked a 60-hour ordeal. It capped off an emotional day which included a flare run down the mountain with sole survivor Stuart Diver. Overseas now and American President George W. Bush and British PM Gordon Brown have continued to rub shoulders at the President's retreat at Camp David. The pair discussed a long list of global issues Iraq featured at the top of the list. but it's no surprise

After two days of talks at Camp David. the two leaders faced the press Welcome, thank you... It's the first official face-to-face summit for President Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. At the top of the agenda - the war in Iraq. We have an obligation to work for freedom of justice around the world

and I've found a person that shares that vision. Our aim, like the United States, is step by step to move control to the Iraqi authorities, to the Iraqi Government and to its security forces as progress is made. The war presents a challenge for Brown. He has to find a way to join the US in tackling global problems without becoming too closely aligned with President Bush who is scorned in Britain. As American troops push forward with Mr Bush's surge strategy,

British troops could hand over their section of the country to Iraqi forces later this year. If that happens, the majority of Britain's missions would be over, something that will likely be viewed as a political defeat for the US. there's no plan to quickly withdraw the UK's 5,000 remaining forces stationed in the relatively calm area in Basra, in southern Iraq. In Washington, Susan Roberts, Ten News. A close call for a plane in California. The twin-engine turboprop was forced to find somewhere to land after experiencing problems with its landing gear.

It was a nervous wait for those on board.

The aircraft eventually skidding to a stop, but not before tearing off the runway. Although a little shook up, no-one on board was injured. Another twist in this year's Tour de France. A leading German expert says he has evidence indicating the winner Alberto Contador has used drugs. Contador refused to comment on the new doping scandal as he returned home to hero's reception in Madrid. The Spaniards victory described as "the greatest swindle in sporting history" by Werner Franke, an expert in the fight against doping.

The German claims he has documents that reveal a list of banned products used by Contador. Sacked Melbourne coach Neale Daniher has started his campaign to return to the helm of an AFL club. Putting his hand up for the Fremantle and Essendon jobs, he's already opened talks with the Bombers. Neale Daniher is keen to coach again and he's admitted he's already spoken with the Bombers. have another chat, yeah, so... We've had a chat, and we'll I think I'm in the long list at this stage of candidates they want to have a chat to. Port Adelaide mentor Mark Williams also believed to be on that list.

Daniher says Fremantle is also an attractive option, but he's not in the mix to coach Carlton. You can see what's happening at Carlton. I think they're focusing on Vossie and Fremantle will probably give Mark Harvey first opportunity and see how he goes over the next month, so you just have to see how the events unfold. Leigh Matthews has endorsed the untried Voss, saying he is on the agenda because clubs recognise his competitive instincts. The urge for the challenge is something that is clearly within Vossie and clearly within many people and clearly within Sheeds at 59, 60 years of age. That's what drives us, 'cause but we're going to keep trying. Ian Cohen, Ten News. have stormed into the NRL top eight Wests Tigers with a 44-point demolition of North Queensland. Hooker Robbie Farrah upstaged the return of Benji Marshall and Brett Hodgson with a dominant man-of-the-match performance while Cowboys playmaker Johnathan Thurston reinjured his fragile shoulder. He says he's OK while Paul Bowman and Sione Faumuina were both reported for hits on the Tigers Bryce Gibbs.

To finance now and what's the new plan for the Coles takeover? Yes, Frank. Wesfarmers looks set to restructure its bid for Coles after its falling share price cut the value of its bid by almost $4 billion. Chief executive Richard Goyder says the company is looking at refining its cash and scrip offer to make it more attractive to shareholders but has ruled out upping its offer. It's believed

Wesfamers is considering increasing a cap on a mix and match offer its put to shareholders. Both Wesfarmers and Coles can walk away from the deal if the Wesfarmers share price falls. And some good news this morning at the petrol pump, with fuel prices falling to a 16-week low. The strong Australian dollar and increased competition between domestic petrol retailers has managed to offset the record high crude oil price. The average petrol price has fallen more than one cent a litre in the past week to 124.9 cents in most capital cities. in four months, That's the lowest level but analysts say it could change at any minute if the global oil supply is disrupted. And that's it for the morning's business news. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Poignant vigil - the people of Thredbo light candles

to remember the 18 victims of the 1997 landslide. Home but bitter - freed terror suspect Mohamed Haneef demands Australia apologises to India. And in seventh heaven - hairdresser Aleisha Cowcher elated after winning the seventh 'Big Brother' series. And that's it for Ten's Early News this morning. I'm Frank Coletta, thanks for your company. And I'm Danielle Isdale.

We'll leave you with pictures of Gwen Stefani performing on the Sydney leg of her world tour last night. Have a great day. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au