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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson.

life in nature's danger zone. Today - tributes for a man who lived Here and abroad. a great wildlife icon, Today, the world lost a passionate conservationist. 'The Crocodile Hunter' from a stingray attack. just the fourth Australian to die instantly when the barb hit him. It's likely that he possibly died a final farewell. Steve Irwin's family now preparing Here's a quick weather check. here's Kath. Now for our first check of finance,

Bill, thank you. for the labor day holiday. Well, with US stocks closed are expected to open flat Australian stocks after a positive session yesterday. to tell all. A court orders Steve Vizard I'll have more shortly. footage of the stingray attack Police are currently reviewing video Steve Irwin. that killed Crocodile Hunter live from Cairns. Ten's Max Futcher joins us now Max is there any indication what police are looking for?

was conducted overnight. Police were telling us a post-mortem at the time. Irwin was shooting a documentary handed to them Police say the footage has been by Steve's production company. beloved Australian zoo. The family spent last night at their Broken-hearted and heading for home, board a chartered flight Terri Irwin and her two children hearing their husband and father from Tasmania, just hours after

in a tragic accident. Steve Irwin had died in Maroochydore, The family touching down from family and friends. seeking support on a new TV show off Port Douglas The Crocodile Hunter had been working barb in the chest and killed. when he was struck by a stingray's

one of the last to see him alive. His manager and best friend wildlife icon, The world lost a great of the proudest dads on the planet. a passionate conservationist and one He died doing what he loved best. above the ray Irwin had been filming at Batt Reef and was stabbed through the heart. died instantly when the barb hit him It's likely that he possibly any pain. and I hope he never feel

Friends remain in shock. I'm just numb, just totally numb. I don't believe it, really. Steve would be the first to admit This is extremely rare, and I think but not aggressively. that animals do react defensively something has happened Unfortunately, in this situation to act defensively to trigger the stingray and it's had tragic circumstances. for Australia. Irwin was leading ambassador describing the Crocodile Hunter Prime Minister John Howard as a one-off Australian character. for Australians, And he wasn't just a character for lots of people around the world, he was a character

and this a huge loss. Australian values of larrikinism He, in many ways, defined modern

in the best possible way. beloved Australian zoo. The family spent last night at their Floral tributes have been mounting. have been turning up. People who've never met Steve Irwin erected at the Australian Zoo. There's talk of a memorial to be a state funeral. Many are saying there should be Thanks, Max Futcher in Cairns. Steve Irwin will be remembered by his many fans across the world as 'the crocodile hunter'. He grew up around animals, at Beerwah in Queensland. working on his parents' wildlife park running the family business, In 1991, he took over where he met his American wife Terri. Hunter' was a huge success here Their hit TV show 'The Crocodile and in the United States. Australian face in America Irwin became the most recognisable a Conservation Foundation. making a movie and setting up

But he also attracted controversy, Bob just metres from a crocodile notably when he held his young son during feeding time. in Jordan An Australian woman has been wounded on a group of tourists. after a gunman opened fire Ampitheatre in the capital Amman. They'd been visiting the Roman Australian tourist Ashleigh Blair she came under attack. re-lives the moment at a theatre We were walking up the stairs and started to shoot. and a man came up behind us my friends falling over. All I can remember is one of been enjoying a day of sightseeing The 22-year-old Victorian woman had shouting 'God is Great'. when a man carrying a gun emerged

He then opened fire, and wounding six other visitors. killing a British tourist

and told us to hide in his store A really nice man from a shop came and we could just hear shooting. by a police officer The man was eventually overpowered who had himself been shot twice. man over the attack. Authorities have arrested a Jordanian as an act of terror. The incident described Kate Donnison, Ten News. a multimillion-dollar payout A Queensland boy has been awarded left him with cerebral palsy. after a botched delivery 10-year-old Christopher Hills Caesarean section was delivered by emergency at the Toowoomba Base Hospital after a foetal cardiac arrest. and cerebral palsy. He suffered brain damage was medically negligent The Supreme Court found the state a record amount ordering Christopher's family be paid of almost $5.5 million. the parts of the subcontinent. Floods have continued to devastate

in Kashmir This time, at least eight people died more than 200 villages. when flood waters cut off In some of the worst-hit areas,

and sandbagging soldiers helped with food drops were evacuated. as the sick and elderly

Already this year,

in India's monsoon season. more than 800 people have died have both been spared suspensions Nathan Buckley and Brock McLean by the Match Review Panel finals at the weekend. and are free to play in elimination breathing a little easier Collingwood and Melbourne are both the OK by the match review panel. after their prime movers were given

cleared of a jumper punch The relieved Magpie skipper for the finals. that could have sidelined him

and then um, It was just a bit of push and shove a smaller bloke, because you're pushing and shoving I should've - as I said, that to take it out of my hands. I should've been a bit smarter than available Melbourne also have Brock McLean only for this bump, after he was given a reprimand and the good news continues for the Demons with Byron Pickett set to return from a hamstring strain. In the West, Eagles captain Chris Judd rates himself a certain starter to lead his side in the rematch of last year's grand final. I gave my word after today and I trained today so it's pretty obvious there's no dramas. And Carlton coach Denis Pagan is under siege. The Blues have a board meeting tonight with speculation mounting Pagan will be sacked and replaced

by assistant Barry Mitchell. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

A bombshell at the NRL finals call. Andrew Johns announcing he's giving up his on-field captaincy duties. The Knights star returns from suspension on Friday and insists he'll still be the team captain, except when it comes to dealing with referees. It's just about spreading the leadership and getting hte pressure off me. If any questions are going to be asked of the referee, I think Steve Simpson's going to be going up. Johns has already been reported twice this year and served a two week suspension for abusing a touch judge. Lleyton Hewitt will soon begin his fourth round match against Frenchmen Richard Gasquet for a place in the US Open quarter finals. Meanwhile, world number two Rafael Nadal has advanced through to the round of eight following a hard-fought win over Czech Jiri Novak. COMMENTATOR: What a point! Women's number two Justine Henin-Hardenne also through to the quarter finals after smashing 19-year-old Israeli Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-0 in just 50 minutes. And Kath, Tattersall's beats its prospectus forecasts? It has Bill. The gaming group, which listed on the Stock Exchange in July last year, has reported an annual net profit of $128.5 million. CEO and managing director Duncan Fischer says Tattersalls is in the process

of renewing its lotteries and gaming licences in Victoria and looks forward to growing its business in Australia and internationally. Former funnyman Steve Vizard has appeared in court giving evidence against a book keeper over the disappearance of $3 million. The media mogel said Those who knew best the dangers of working with wild animals, However, Vizard refused to answer some questions saying he didn't want to incriminate himself. His lawyer told the court no questions should be asked concerning insider trading or Vizard's company directorships. The national forecast for the rest of the day. The death of Steve Irwin is understandably dominating today's newspapers. Some other stories making news - in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' - the state Premier dismisses claims some Sydney drivers are paying more than others to get around the city because of huge differences between road tolls. And the 'Financial Review' - outgoing RBA governor Ian Macfarlane warns the Federal Government about delivering massive tax cuts. He says they can push up interest rates. Stay with Ten's Early News. Next - the world remembers Aussie larrikin Steve Irwin. We'll cross live to LA in a moment for America's reaction. That's next.

There are so many nappies. And I've never gone through so much washing powder. It all adds up. Coles is listening. Really listening. And how are you today? She's all smiles. And so am I.

my little boy wouldn't be speaking, and he is now. Two owls, two motorbikes, two clocks... They care about what they do. I've been aware of the great work of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

for many years now. I help them where and when I can, and I urge you to do the same. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - remembering Australia's larger-than-life 'Crocodile Hunter'. Steve Irwin, who's freak stingray death has shocked the world. He, in many ways, defined modern Australian values of larikanism

Australian values of larrikinism in the best possible way. Tourist attack - in a hail of bullets in Jordan. an Australian woman wounded Our Foreign Minister commits to doubling our troop commitment in East Timor. And Schapelle Corby's latest legal appeal hits a snag - told crucial security footage is unavailable.

Time now for a finance check and Kath, how are the markets looking? Bill, US stocks are closed for the labor day holiday.

Australian stocks are expected to open flat after a positive session yesterday.

I'll have more finance news shortly. Police are assessing video footage of the stingray attack

that killed Australia's larger-than-life 'Crocodile Hunter', Steve Irwin. The vision will form part of a coronial inquest into his sudden death, off Port Douglas in North Queensland. The 44-year-old was filming a documentary on marine life there, ironically called 'Ocean's Deadliest'.

His family is back on the Sunshine Coast preparing a final farewell. Tributes for the conservationist have been pouring in. I thought he brought a much greater respect for animals that are demonised such as snakes aligators or crocs. The PM says Irwin's death is a huge loss to Australia. A state funeral is being considered. Irwin's larrikin appeal stretched the globe. In the US, he was a pay-television regular and even made a Hollywood flick. With more, Ten's US reporter Rahni Sadler joins us from Los Angeles. Rahni, just how big was the Crocodile Hunter in the US?

He was absolutely huge over here. In America, no matter where you go, the one thing people say when you're Australia is they love Steve Irwin. Children were so excited to meet him.

Everybody knows and loved him. He made a really big impact.

And how have Americans responded to the news?

We talked to people on the streets. We love him. We were very shocked. I was so bummed. I loved him. He was so cool.

I was really sad to hear that. Ten reporter Rahni Sadler in Los Angeles. Thank you. Like those in the United States, British fans were shocked to hear of Steve Irwin's death.

The country's news networks running with the story all day. He was the real life wildlife 'Crocodile Dundee' the death of wildlife expert, but tonight, Australia is mourning

Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin was an Australian icon. At times controversial, some would say, even a little crazy.

But there's no doubt he'll be sorely missed and fondly remembered by the wildlife conservationists.

Steve Irwin grew up around snakes and crocs.

Steve and Terry captured it all on video and turned it into a movie. He found another love, Terry giving birth to two children.

He attracted tourists from all around the world. He had 500 million fans. Irwin's antics at times surrounded in controversy.

He always admitted he made some people cringe but he brought laughter to many people around the world. He never apologised for who he was.

Steve Irwin was 44. An Australian woman has been wounded in Jordan after a gunman opened fire on a group of tourists. One man was killed and another five people injured in the terror attack. The group had been visiting the Roman Ampitheatre in the capital Amman. We were walking up the stairs at a theatre and a man came up behind us and started to shoot. All I can remember is one of my friends falling over.

Authorities have arrested a Jordanian man over the incident. Australia is set to double its troop commitment in East Timor. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said

the number of Aussies will be boosted to 650. Hundreds of army and police guns, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition, still missing

after this year's political violence, a grave concern to the Foreign Minister. Last week's mass jailbreak of 57 inmates only aggravating the unrest, with Jakarta stepping up its security along the border. Yet another setback for convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby. Her lawyers have been told there's no airport security footage of Corby the day she flew out of Australia for Bali. The footage was seen as crucial

in her latest appeal against her 20-year jail sentence. It was hoped the footage would show her bags being checked and cleared by Australian Airport security. Her case resumes in Denpasar court tomorrow. West Coast Eagles captain Chris Judd rates himself a certain starter for Saturday night's Qualifying Final against Sydney. Judd got through yesterday's training session unscathed

and will lead the Eagles in a rematch of last years grand final. I gave my word after today and I trained today so it's pretty obvious there's no dramas. Nathan Buckley and Brock McLean have been spared suspensions by the Match Review Panel and are free to play in elimination finals at the weekend.

Rugby league's best player returns from suspension this weekend but Andrew Johns is relinquishing the on-field captaincy

to avoid any more confrontation with referees. After being reported twice this season for abusing a match official, then serving a two-week suspension for the same thing,

Andrew Johns has found a way to avoid it happening again. He's going cold turkey when he makes his comeback on Friday night. He'll still be the captain, but not on the field. It's just about spreading the leadership

and getting the presssure off me. If any questions are going to be asked of the referee I think Steve Simpson's going to be going up. His rival skipper will be Ben Kennedy. who confirmed at the NRL's finals call he'll be back from a knee injury. Oh, 100%. I was very close to playing last week, it just came down to the coaching staff and the medical staff. Another skipper making a return Parramatta's Nathan Cayless overcoming a fractured eye socket to bolster a depleted Eels forward pack.

Obviously there's a risk in any sort of injury when you come back that you could always do it again. But he's assured me that risk is very minimal. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. The Wallabies are not too concerned about their 43-year winless streak at altitude in South Africa leading into this weekend's Tri-Nations clash with the Springboks. The Aussies have spent the week leading into the game

training at altitude in preperation for the game. Flyhalf Stephen Larkham believes the theory that it's harder to play at altitude is all in the mind.

I don't think - you settle into the game it's a mental thing that affects players. Stirling Mortlock and Nathan Sharpe both play their 50th Test this wekeend. Time for another look at finance with Kath. Australia could begin uranium exports to China within months. A senate inquiry in Canberra has been told the first shipments are likely by early next year depending on how soon bilateral documents can be signed. The uranium trade to China is tipped to be worth about $250 million a year for Australia.

ANSTO says by 2020, China's annual requirement would be about 8,000 tonnes

and we could hope for about one-third of that supply. The Reserve Bank board meets today for the first time since raising interest rates to 6% last month. Most economists are predicting rates will stay on hold as inflationary pressures ease. But some say homeowners could face another hike by the December quarter

to further cool down the economy. We'll find out more tomorrow morning when the Reserve Bank board announces its decision. Here's the Tuesday forecast.

In a moment, Australia reacts to the sudden death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. That's next when Ten's Early News returns.

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The council says shop owners are sick of cleaning up the sticky main street. This program is captioned live. Today - tributes for a man who lived life in nature's danger zone. Here and abroad. Today, the world lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist. 'The Crocodile Hunter' just the fourth Australian to die from a stingray attack.

It's likely that he possibly died instantly when the barb hit him. Steve Irwin's family now preparing a final farewell.

Here's a quick weather check. Bill, thank you. Well, with US stocks closed for the labor day holiday Australian stocks are expected to open flat after a positive session yesterday.

I'll have more finance news shortly. Video footage of the freakish stingray attack that killed Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has been handed over to police.

And, as they assess the flamboyant 44-year-old's last few moments at sea, his wife and children are preparing to bid him farewell.

Broken-hearted and heading for home, Terri Irwin and her two children board a chartered flight from Tasmania, just hours after hearing their husband and father Steve Irwin had died in a tragic accident. The family touching down in Maroochydore, seeking support from family and friends. The Crocodile Hunter had been working on a new TV show off Port Douglas when he was struck by a stingray's barb in the chest and killed.

His manager and best friend one of the last to see him alive. The world lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet. He died doing what he loved best. Irwin had been filming at Batt Reef when he swam above the ray and was stabbed through the heart. died instantly when the barb hit him It's likely that he possibly any pain. and I hope he never feel Friends remain in shock. I'm just numb, just totally numb. I don't believe it, really. Steve would be the first to admit This is extremely rare, and I think but not aggressively. that animals do react defensively

something has happened Unfortunately, in this situation

to act defensively to trigger the stingray and it's had tragic circumstances. for Australia. Irwin was a leading ambassador describing the Crocodile Hunter Prime Minister John Howard as a one-off Australian character. for Australians, And he wasn't just a character for lots of people around the world, he was a character and this a huge loss. Australian values of larrikinism He, in many ways, defined modern

in the best possible way. live from Cairns. Ten's Max Futcher joins us now

There are no details as yet. post-mortem took place last night. Behind me is the hospital where the this morning. We should learn a bit later Thanks, Max Futcher in Cairns. the face of Australia. Steve Irwin was to Americans on pay television He had a regular show

and often made chat show appearances. reported his death. This is how American news networks He became a household name.

dinosaurs. Crocodiles are like modern-day that killed him. In the end, it was a stingray

Irwin's death seems unreal. sometimes put his life in danger. Irwin acknowledged his passion

in Jordan An Australian woman has been wounded on a group of tourists. after a gunman opened fire people injured in the terror attack. One man was killed and another five Ampitheatre in the capital Amman. The group had been visiting the Roman at a theatre We were walking up the stairs and started to shoot. and a man came up behind us

my friends falling over. All I can remember is one of a Jordanian man over the incident. Authorities have arrested Foreign Minister Alexander Downer troop commitment in East Timor. has pledged to double Australia's a wave of fresh violence The decision comes amid ahead of next year's election. and looming security fears with his Timorese counterparts, After a long day of discussions

commitment to the struggling nation. Alexander Downer was resolute in his need to stay here? REPORTER: How long will Australia could be a while. Impossible to tell, Hundreds of army and police guns, of ammunition, still missing along with thousands of rounds after this year's political violence, to the Foreign Minister. a grave concern

now to be raised to 650 - Australia's troop contribution double the current number. Prime Minister enthused. The struggling nation's situation. We will overcome the current and peaceful than two months ago. Obviously today, far more stable has only aggravated the unrest Last week's jailbreak of 57 inmates securty along the border. with Jakarta stepping up its is still so much violence here. I have to say, I'm concerned there

Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. to be the first in the country A Western Sydney council is claiming to fine people for spitting in the street. $1,100 is the heaviest penalty for offenders caught by rangers who usually patrol parking and littering. It happens all over Sydney. It doesn't just happen in Fairfield

also the spitting of chewing gum. and it's not just saliv The council says the sticky main street. shop owners are sick of cleaning up accompanying fines will be reassessed The no-spitting signs and after a 6-month trial period. at Adelaide's Royal Show The number of safety inspectors will be doubled, accident on Friday night. in the wake of an amusement ride attractions The move is to make sideshow comply with new state laws. was briefly shutdown It's now emerged the Twin Flip ride after shuddering to a halt, just hours before the malfunction that left two teenage girls injured. and it re-started a short time later. But no one reported the safety breach at the Royal Brisbane Show. The ride also had a hydraulic fault have both been spared suspensions Nathan Buckley and Brock McLean

by the Match Review Panel finals at the weekend. and are free to play in elimination breathing a little easier Collingwood and Melbourne are both the OK by the match review panel. after their prime movers were given The relieved Magpie skipper cleared of a jumper punch for the finals. that could have sidelined him and then um, It was just a bit of push and shove

a smaller bloke, because you're pushing and shoving

I should've - as I said, that to take it out of my hands. I should've been a bit smarter than available Melbourne also have Brock McLean only for this bump, after he was given a reprimand and the good news continues for the Demons from a hamstring strain. with Byron Pickett set to return Judd rates himself a certain starter In the West, Eagles captain Chris of last year's grand final. to lead his side in the rematch and I trained today I gave my word after today

there's no dramas. so it's pretty obvious is under siege. And Carlton coach Denis Pagan tonight The Blues have a board meeting Pagan will be sacked and replaced with speculation mounting by assistant Barry Mitchell. Ian Cohen, Ten News. A bombshell at the NRL finals call. up his on-field captaincy duties. Andrew Johns announcing he's giving

from suspension on Friday The Knights star returns the team captain, and insists he'll still be with referees. except when it comes to dealing the leadership It's just about spreading and getting the pressure off me. asked of the referee, If any questions are going to be

going to be going up. I think Steve Simpson's

twice this year Johns has already been reported for abusing a touch judge. and served a two week suspension

shrugging off recent rate hikes It seems the housing sector's and is staging a mild recover. by 8.3% in July, Yesterday, building approvals rose taking the annual increase to 9.1%. were 5% higher Private house building approvals after a fall the previous month. than the last reading It's 0.4% higher and takes the annual guage to 3.8%.

for the rest of the day. The national forecast

The death of Steve Irwin today's newspapers. is understandably dominating Some other stories making news -

Stay with Ten's Early News. We'll have more news coming up shortly.

HELLO THERE, COMING UP IN SOUTHERN CROSS TEN NEWS: A KIWI PLOY - TO STEAL CANBERRA'S - BEST AND BRIGHTEST. BUT FIRST, TODAY'S TOP STORY. AND A CAMPAIGN TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF AROUND 145 TEACHING STAFF, WILL CULMINATE WITH A RALLY IN CIVIC TOMORROW. MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION, CLAIM EDUCATION MINISTER ANDREW BARR HAS REFUSED TO DISCUSS A COMPROMISE, IN RELATION TO PENDING SCHOOL CLOSURES

ACROSS THE A-C-T. THE A-E-U FEARS THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION WILL DROP, UNLESS TEACHERS ARE PROPERLY PAID.

GOULBURN AND QUEANBEYAN RESIDENTS, LIVE IN A STATE

WHERE THE LIKELIHOOD OF BEING ABDUCTED, IS AROUND DOUBLE THAT OF OTHERS. THE BUREAU OF CRIME STATISTICS AND RESEARCH, SAYS ALMOST SEVEN OUT OF 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE, WERE REPORTEDLY ABDUCTED IN NEW SOUTH WALES, IN 2004. A NEW ZEALAND PLAN TO POACH AUSSIE WORKERS, WILL BE PUT

INTO ACTION NEXT WEEK, WHEN A TEAM OF RECRUITERS FLYS INTO CANBERRA. THE PROPOSAL HAS BEEN MET WITH MIXED REACTIONS ACROSS THE TERRITORY... SOME FEAR IT WILL ADD TO THE REGION'S SKILS SHORTAGE. NEW ZEALAND IS EXPERIENCING A RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, FORCING THE GOVERNMENT TO TRY OUT ALTERNATIVE RECRUITMENT METHODS.. TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND THE BRUMBIES AREN'T EXPECTING ANY FAVOURS FROM THE FORMER TEAM MATES, IN THEIR FIRST

WARATAHS. A-P-C CLASH WITH THE AL CAMPBELL, JONE (TA-WAH-KEY) TAWAKE, AND STEPHEN HOILES ALL HAVING PLAYED FOR NEW SOUTH WALES, AT SUPER RUGBY LEVEL. ON THE SATELLITE, A HIGH OVER THE REGION, MEANS FINE WEATHER TODAY - BUT IT WON'T LAST...WITH SHOWERS DUE TOMORROW. LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE NOW, AND A BIT OF FROST THIS MORNING IN CANBERRA, WARMING TO A FINE SUNNY DAY, LIGHTS WINDS, AND 17 DEGREES.

NORTH WEST TO NORTH EAST WINDS, AND 21 DEGREES IN WOLLONGONG. 19 THE TOP TEMP IN BEGA, HEADED FOR 14 IN ORANGE, AND 18 IN WAGGA. A SUNNY TUESDAY IN ALL THE B'S... BOWRAL, BATHURST, AND BATEMANS BAY. HEADED FOR 16 IN GOULBURN. SUNSHINE ACROSS THE OTHER MAJOR CENTRES. 19 AGAIN TODAY, IN MUDGEE AND PARKES. TO THE SIX-DAY OUTLOOK NOW, FOR THE TERRITORY AND SURROUNDS..... AND A COOLER DAY TOMORROW, A FEW SHOWERS THROUGH TO THURSDAY.

A CLOUDY END TO THE WEEK ON FRIDAY. WARMING UP AGAIN ON SUNDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.)

This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - remembering Australia's larger-than-life 'Crocodile Hunter'. Steve Irwin, who's freak stingray death has shocked the world. He, in many ways, defined modern Australian values of larrikinism

in the best possible way.

Tourist attack - an Australian woman wounded in a hail of bullets in Jordan. Our Foreign Minister commits to doubling our troop commitment in East Timor. And Schapelle Corby's latest legal appeal hits a snag - told crucial security footage is unavailable.

Police are assessing video footage of the stingray attack that killed Australia's larger-than-life 'Crocodile Hunter', Steve Irwin. The vision will form part of a coronial inquest into his sudden death, off Port Douglas in North Queensland. The 44-year-old was filming a documentary on marine life there, ironically called 'Ocean's Deadliest'. His family is back on the Sunshine Coast preparing a final farewell. Tributes for the conservationist have been pouring in. I thought he brought a much greater respect for animals that are demonised such as snakes, aligators or crocs. The PM says Irwin's death is a huge loss to Australia. A state funeral is being considered. Irwin's larrikin appeal stretched the globe. In the US, he was a pay-television regular and even made a Hollywood flick.

With more, Ten's US reporter Rahni Sadler joins us from Los Angeles. Rahni, just how big was the Crocodile Hunter in the US? He was absolutely huge over here.

America is mourning with Australia today.

Everybody knew and loved him. Steve Irwin grew up around snakes and crocs.

He worked on his parents wildlife park. He met his wife Terry. Steve and Terry captured it all on video and turned it into a movie. It became massive in the US.

He found another love.

Terry giving birth to two children.

He pumped millions into the Australian Zoo. He attracted tourists from all around the world. He had 500 million fans. His show has been aired in more than 120 countries. Irwin's antics at times surrounded in controversy. He always admitted he made some people cringe but he brought laughter to many people around the world. He never apologised for who he was.

He was the same off-screen as the same on. Steve Irwin was 44.

The Discovery network has started a fund for him. They are calling it the Crikey Fund. The man known as the Crocodile Hunter has died. He was killed by a stingray. More now on that breaking news. Ten reporter Rahni Sadler in Los Angeles. Thank you. An Australian woman has been wounded in Jordan after a gunman opened fire on a group of tourists. They'd been visiting the Roman Ampitheatre in the capital Amman. Australian tourist Ashleigh Blair re-lives the moment she came under attack. We were walking up the stairs at a theatre and a man came up behind us and started to shoot.

All I can remember is one of my friends falling over. The 22-year-old Victorian woman had been enjoying a day of sightseeing when a man carrying a gun emerged shouting 'God is Great'. He then opened fire, killing a British tourist and wounding six other visitors. A really nice man from a shop came and told us to hide in his store

and we could just hear shooting. The man was eventually overpowered by a police officer who had himself been shot twice. Authorities have arrested a Jordanian man over the attack. The incident described as an act of terror. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Australia is set to double its troop commitment in East Timor.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the number of Aussies will be boosted to 650. Hundreds of army and police guns, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition, still missing after this year's political violence, a grave concern to the Foreign Minister. Last week's mass jailbreak of 57 inmates only aggravating the unrest, with Jakarta stepping up its security along the border. Yet another setback for convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.

Her lawyers have been told there's no airport security footage of Corby the day she flew out of Australia for Bali. The footage was seen as crucial

in her latest appeal against her 20-year jail sentence. It was hoped the footage would show

her bags being checked and cleared by Australian Airport security.

Her case resumes in Denpasar court tomorrow. Two Victorian men have appeared in court charged with the slaughter of more than 40 seals. A 29-year-old fishing boat skipper and his 19-year-old deckhand faced court yesterday charged with 22 offences. That includes aggravated cruelty and hunting and destroying wildlife. One of the men taking out his frustration on a cameraman. Dozens of seals were found shot dead or badly maimed on an island off the Victorian coast on Wednesday.

The charges carry possible jail terms of up to five years. Aviation history has been made with the Airbus superjumbo, the A380, making its first test flight with passengers. 474 people, mainly volunteer employees, took the 7-hour flight

to evaluate the jet for comfort. It's yet to be given the go-ahead for commercial service.

West Coast Eagles captain Chris Judd rates himself a certain starter for Saturday night's Qualifying Final

against Sydney. Judd got through yesterday's training session unscathed and will lead the Eagles in a rematch of last years grand final. I gave my word after today and I trained today so it's pretty obvious there's no dramas. Nathan Buckley and Brock McLean

have been spared suspensions by the Match Review Panel

and are free to play in elimination finals at the weekend. Rugby league's best player returns from suspension this weekend

but Andrew Johns is relinquishing the on-field captaincy

to avoid any more confrontation with referees. After being reported twice this season for abusing a match official, then serving a two-week suspension for the same thing, Andrew Johns has found a way to avoid it happening again.

He's going cold turkey when he makes his comeback on Friday night. He'll still be the captain, but not on the field. It's just about spreading the leadership and getting the presssure off me. If any questions are going to be asked of the referee I think Steve Simpson's going to be going up. His rival skipper will be Ben Kennedy. who confirmed at the NRL's finals call he'll be back from a knee injury. Oh, 100%. I was very close to playing last week, it just came down to the coaching staff and the medical staff. Another skipper making a return Parramatta's Nathan Cayless overcoming a fractured eye socket to bolster a depleted Eels forward pack. Obviously there's a risk in any sort of injury when you come back that you could always do it again. But he's assured me that risk is very minimal. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Time for another look at finance with Kath.

A public float of Medibank Private now looks likely with the Prime Minister saying he supports the plan. The Government is considering a $2 billion float

meaning Medibank Private would be the first health insurer listed on the Stock Exchange.

I think the idea of Australians buying shares in Medibank Privte would be a good thing.

And, Medibank's current members may also be given preference in a float.

Here's the Tuesday forecast. A quick recap of the morning's top stories - tearful tributes for Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead at 44 after being stung by a stingray in north Queensland. He, in many ways, defined modern Australian values of larrikinism in the best possible way. Tourist attack - an Australian woman wounded in a hail of bullets in Jordan. And our Foreign Minister commits to doubling our troop commitment in East Timor. That's Ten's Early News. I'm Bill Woods. 'Bye for now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au