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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 Jacinta Hocking. Today - poll boost. into Aboriginal communities John Howard's intervention strikes a cord with voters. as preferred PM. But he still trails Kevin Rudd

police given an 48 more hours Extra time -

to quiz a Gold Coast terror suspect police given 48 more hours bungled evidence. amid claims investigating officers of a separate plot Overseas - four men found guilty network. to bomb London's public transport And record profit - to announce a billion-dollar profit. retail giant Woolworths tipped

with a look at finance. Jacinta joins us now US stocks rose signs of strength in the economy with investors confident second-quarter profit forecasts. will help companies beat their Boeing also led the advance new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet. showing gains since it unveiled its and the Nasdaq up 5 The Dow Jones ahead 47 points moments before the closing bell. I'll have more finance news shortly. to John Howard's intervention It seems voters have responded into Aboriginal communities. up in the latest opinion polls. The Prime Minister's personal rating hasn't changed their vote. But the strong arm approach for John Howard There was positive feedback

a Sydney nursing home... as he visited You'll always have my vote. Oh, thank you. ..and more for the Prime Minister in the 'Australian' newspaper, in the latest Newspoll closing the gap on Kevin Rudd. up two points as better PM, of Mr Howard's big-stick approach The result is on the back in remote Aboriginal communities, to child abuse in the 2-party preferred poll. but the trend hasn't followed remaining unchanged, Labor's 12-point lead prime ministerial dreams alive. keeping Mr Rudd's

The Labor leader is hoping nightmares of voters will help. his plan to solve the housing Now Kevin Rudd has unveiled a plan to private developers to offer tax credits

and superannuation funds in non-profit housing providers. to invest I'm surprised the Commonwealth Government, after 11 years in office, of doing something similar has not thought the housing affordability crisis to assist with in this country. And the Treasurer has his own plan, on first home buyers working towards easing the burden in problem areas across the country, with an audit of land identifying what can be released. But the Prime Minister remains we don't simply increase demand We've got to be careful

and make the houses more expensive. Brad Hodson, Ten News. Federal Police another 48 hours A Queensland magistrate has granted to detain Gold Coast Dr Mohammed Haneef.

In a closed court session last night for a five-day extension officers applied 30,000 files seized in raids in order to wade through more than on the Gold Coast. by Haneef's lawyers The application was opposed an interim order. but the court granted police for another two days They will now be able hold Haneef before they start questioning him. Four men have been found guilty transport system. of plotting to bomb London's Their failed attempt came killed 52 commuters. just weeks after suicide blasts

of one of the first explosions. Oval was the scene It happened around 12:30. The Oval bomber was this man. where he's preparing to die. CCTV shows him in the Tube carriage His bomb is in his rucksack to cause maximum injury. packed with screws and nuts This father of two young sons a mother and a baby in the buggy. turns that his rucksack is facing

as they hear the detonator fire Passengers panic has failed to explode. but the main charge At Shepherd's Bush in West London is targeted. another underground train The bomber is this man. along the tracks. This is him escaping His bomb mixture left bubbling. towards the north of the capital At Warren Street a third train is hit. The man responsible is this man.

Here, making his getaway. At Shoredith in East London the last explosion happens the gang leader. It is carried out by this man, Here, on a number 26 bus, his henchmen in paradise. thinking he's about to join It had come very close to causing carnage.

another day of tragedy. A day of terror almost became A controversial appointment and the Solomon Islands could see relations between Australia plunge to a new low today.

Fugitive lawyer Julian Moti as the country's Attorney General is being sworn in on child-sex charges. despite being wanted down-under Manasseh Sogavare Solomon's Prime Minister Australia's efforts has repeatedly blocked extradited to have the suspended legal chief a teenage girl in Vanuatu to face allegations he raped in the late '90s. Startling claims this morning psychiatric medication an accused killer was denied firm religous beliefs. because of her family's A Sydney court has been told the young woman, and teenage sister to death who police allege stabbed her father in Sydney last Friday, she'd been prescribed was told not to take the drugs Scientology religion. because of her parent's

The religious sect believes psychiatry harms patients. evangelical Christian church But family and friends from her the 25-year-old. were in court to support Police allege

to butchering her family. that after her arrest, she confessed A special police squad has arrived in the Kimberley town of Halls Creek to investigate a paedophile ring. two dozen child-sex offences Six men have been charged with almost are under investigation. while a further 20 people

pregnant 13-year-old girl It follows the discovery of a with a sexually transmitted disease. of sexual abuse and physical abuse For too long the epidemic in Indigenous communities towards children and women has been met with silence.

and say, "Enough is enough." It's time to draw a line in the sand in the Halls Creek area. There are 10 suspected victims Police expect to lay more charges later this week. A young mother has told how she thought her infant son had died cut off in a road rage incident. when her car flipped after being The driver who caused the crash sped off. This mother, who wants only to be known as Melanie, says she's a victim of road rage. The 23-year-old was merging onto Mitchell Freeway

when a man in a blue Commodore sped up behind her. I noticed there was a guy behind me beeping - just, like, going "Beep! Beep! Beep!" and had his high beams on, just trying to get my attention. Melanie says the man then sped up to abuse her, then cut her off by slamming on his brakes. Melanie tried to stop but lost control, her car flipping off the road and into an embankment. Her baby son was left dangling upside down, still trapped in his child seat. First of all I thought my son was dead. Luckily, he was unhurt, but the crash broke Melanie's collarbone and severed her finger. The man in the Commodore kept driving. a child in the car - He saw that there was we've got visors on the back window - and for a lunatic to come and do this just because he's upset about something. Dougal Wallace, Ten News. Deadly floods and landslides this morning in China. At least 94 people have been killed and another 25 are missing after heavy rain in seven provinces. The wild waters have destroyed more than 49,000 homes. Economic losses are expected to reach $700 million and more bad weather is on the way. Extreme heat is crippling parts of the US.

Las Vegas is struggling to cope with 48 degree days many finding any way to get cool. But it's not just the west, are averaging 35. most other states It's bad news for parts of California, that's in the middle of a seven-year drought. Melbourne teenager Ricky Pettard is still recovering in hospital after suffering a collapsed lung in Sunday's game against Carlton.

He was just minutes away from dying, before club doctors performed a delicate medical procedure to save the 18-year-old's life.

This is one of those lucky stories and the doctors are still trying to work out how it happened, but the most important thing, they got there in the nick of time. He wouldn't have wanted to be in a situation where he didn't have the medical back-up for probably more than another 5 or 10 minutes. The collapsed lung caused Petterd Dr Kal Fried forced to perform a procedure for the very first time in his medical career.

A tube - a cannula - was pushed through his chest wall into the area where we know the air collects, if that's the diagnosis, and Kal performed that at the time and it was almost instant recovery.

Brendan Fevola was back at Carlton after his week-long suspension for a short meeting with the coach, and he emerged vowing not only to play this week but to be on his best behaviour. Was it frustrating yesterday watching the boys play? Um, yeah, it was. When you get something that you love taken away, it's pretty keen to get back and play footy, so I look forward to playing in Sydney this week, which will be good. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

losing the match and their star fullback.

Luke Burt could miss the rest of the season after dislocating his knee during the Eels 34 points to 10 loss to Newcastle. COMMENTATOR: Oh no, I think Danny Buderus has fallen on the lower leg, the right leg of Luke Burt. The Knights crossing for six tries to stay in touch with the top eight. Still on league and Chris Anderson has stood down as coach of struggling NRL club the Sydney Roosters, effective immediately. The veteran coach informed the club overnight just 48 hours after the Roosters humiliating 56-nil loss to Manly on the weekend. Club legend Brad Fittler will take over today as a caretaker coach for the rest of the season. Anderson was signed until the end of next year but after winning just 5 from 16 games this season decided to call it a day. Finance now with Jacinta

and high hopes today for Australia's largest retailer? Woolworths is expected to post its strongest food and liquor sales growth in five years. The fresh food giant eyeing off a whopping $1.3 billion annual profit. Analysts say the higher-than-expected result reflects the company's increased market share, particularly over rival Coles, which was last week swallowed up by Wesfarmers. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Police given more time to interrogate a Gold Coast terror suspect. The details and more when Ten's Early News returns. SONG: # Hey, where's my Weet-Bix? # Win with Weet-Bix and the mighty Socceroos. You could score one of five fantastic Hyundai Santa Fes or a trip to the Radisson, Fiji.

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100% taste with half the caffeine. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - court extension. Police given more time to interrogate a Gold Coast terror suspect

Iraq anger - a new poll suggests the majority of Australians want our troops out of the trouble spot. Wall of flames - one person dead and two firefighters injured as blazes threaten homes in 14 US states. And in sport - Luke Burt's season in the balance. The Eels fullback dislocating his knee in last night's loss to Newcastle.

US stocks rose with investors confident signs of strength in the economy will help companies beat their second-quarter profit forecasts. Boeing also led the advance showing gains since it unveiled its new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet. I'll have more finance news shortly. A Queensland magistrate has given Federal Police an extra 48 hours to detain an alleged terror suspect. After further raids of Haneef's home

police sought more time to sift through the evidence in a closed court session last night. to hold Mohammed Haneef Federal Police applied for an extra five days but the Queensland Court only granted them two. Haneef has been in police custody since last Monday and under the counter-terrorism laws can be been held without charge. he's being treated unfairly. But his legal team believes which is the material that the Australian Federal Police is relying on to bring these applications. Haneef is one of the eight suspects arrested over the failed bomb plots in London and at Glasgow airport. A top anti-terror officer from Britain arrived in Australia last week to interview him over his possible links to a larger global terror network. This comes as a terrorist expert has questioned whether the attacks in Britain have a direct link to al-Qa'ida. Frankly, the quality of the operation was such that it doesn't look like the operation was carried out by the main group of al-Qa'ida. And reports this morning that police may have made a key mistake early on in the investigations. It's alleged officers failed to conduct a full forensic search of Haneef's apartment in the initial raids. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Four men have been found guilty of plotting to bomb London's public transport network two years ago. The men had tried to detonate backpacks on trains and buses, but they failed to go off. All four were found guilty of conspiracy to murder another two men allegedly involved in the plot Security vision used to convict the men shows passengers panicking as detonators are fired. Police say the bombs could have killed dozens of people.

The Prime Minister has closed the gap in the latest opinion polls. His personal rating up two points on the back of his emergency intervention in the Northern Territory. But the Newspoll in 'The Australian' newspaper still indicates a Labor win if the election was held today with no change to the opposition's 12 point lead since the last survey. An opinion poll published this morning shows only a small minority of Australians want our troops to stay in Iraq as long as needed. And in Washington, the US President is under increasing pressure to bring his troops home. The White House rejects reports that top aides of President Bush are telling him it could be time to announce a more defined mission and stage a pull-back for troops fighting in Iraq.

Top White House officials had hoped to put this discussion off until mid-September when the top commander on the ground and the new ambassador to Baghdad are to deliver the highly anticipated progress report on the troop surge that began in January. But two months shy of that report the pressure from within his own party just may be too much for the President.

Republicans are calling for change and that may not go well for Mr Bush as the Senate begins debating the financing of the war effort. a second report, Lawmakers are also waiting for progress report on the troop surge. it's a congressionally mandated a mixed picture It's expected to paint of what's happening on the ground debate of the war effort. and that could add fuel to the fiery Susan Roberts, Ten News. In Washington, 14 US states. Fires are now raging across The worst is in southern Utah where a the wall of flames stretches 400km. where the wall of flames and hundreds of homes evacuated. Major roads have been blocked were injured in a fire in Dakota. One man has died and two firefighters in the area. Dozens of homes have been lost And in Brisbane overnight has been destroyed by fire. a 100-year-old Queenslander was engulfed in flames The wooden house when emergency crews arrived and to their amazement attempting to extenguish the blaze. one of the female residents was started by a falling candle. The fire is believed to have been sudden. It went up in flames all of a with minor injuries. Two women were taken to hospital There were no smoke alarms fitted. The Human Rights Commisioner for gay and lesbian couples has added his weight to calls as hetrosexuals. to have the same rights into discriminatory Federal Laws. It comes after a damning report Raising their 21-month-old daughter, all too well Sacha Peterson and Anna Russell know the trials faced by same-sex couples, the same as others by the law. saddened they're not treated being political people. We are not running around We're just ordinary, everyday people when that's questioned. and it's tough A new report identifying 58 federal laws denying same-sex couples and their families basic financial benefits. The Human Rights Commissioner calling for the definition of de facto to be broadened to include gay and lesbian couples. Are treated in that sense as first-class taxpayers but as second-class citizens. The Federal Government says it's against discrimination, the Opposition claiming there's bipartisan support to stamp it out. It's something where action needs to occur to make sure all forms of discrimination of a practical nature are removed. We'd like to see these changes that were recommended put in place. it's not raising the 'Titanic'. It's not a hard thing to do - Allan Raskall, Ten News.

A horror night for Parramatta. Luke Burt for the season They may have lost star fullback with a knee injury. thumped 34-10 by Newcastle. They lost the game too, the Knights were on the board. Before they'd even made a tackle, COMMENTATOR: He crashes over. Steve Simpson made it 12-0, did some boot-scooting, then Danny Buderus a saloon passage to the try line. giving George Carmont Carmont back on the inside. It is all Newcastle on Monday night. 20-0 at the break. the Eels' night got even worse. When they returned, has fallen Oh, no, I think Danny Buderus of Luke Burt. on the lower leg, the right leg, with a dislocated knee. his season almost certainly over. He was taken off, In a world of hurt at the moment. to break their duck. It took 60 minutes for Parramatta The Eels have found a way. A good pass to Mateo. But their defence was paper thin - a humiliating defeat for the Eels. MacDougall rubber-stamping for the youngster. That was embarrassing

I'm grateful. the last 20 minutes of a game It was nice to enjoy without a heap of pressure on us. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. is still in hospital Melbourne's Ricky Petterd during Sundays clash with Carlton. after he suffered a collapsed lung perform a delicate medical procedure Melbourne team medico's forced to to save his life. through his chest wall A tube was placed where we know the air collapsed, into the area Kel performed that at the time. if that's the diagnosis, And Dustin Fletcher and Mark McVeigh for two weeks have both been suspended of the Tour de France overnight. It was chaos on stage two standstill just 2km from the finish Around 170 riders brought to a thanks to this horrific crash.

a terrible pile-up. COMMENTATOR: Oh, there's been The yellow jersey is gone! A massive pile-up. then made their charge for the line The small group who avoided the spill

taking the victory with Belgian local Gert Steegmans ahead of team-mate Tom Boonen. Aussie Robbie McEwen finished sixth to Boonen and surrendered his green jersey retained the overall lead while Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara despite limping home. His arm is reported to be OK. may have a three in front of it and suggestions our employment rate Finance now

by the year's end? rate with a three in front of it Economists are tipping an employment by the year's end. or new workers They say the increasing demand to 33-year low. could push the existing 4.2% rate upward pressure on wages growth. However, they warn this could place Rates may also rise. of positive labour figures. The forecast comes on the back Australia's unemployment rate fell to its current level in May - its lowest since November 1974. More than 39,000 jobs were created. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

in the latest opinion polls. The Prime Minister closes the gap That's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live. Today - poll boost. into Aboriginal communities John Howard's intervention strikes a cord with voters. as preferred PM. But he still trails Kevin Rudd Extra time - to quiz a Gold Coast terror suspect police given 48 more hours bungled evidence. amid claims investigating officers Overseas - four men found guilty of a separate plot to bomb London's public transport network. And record profit - to announce a billion-dollar profit. retail giant Woolworths tipped and US stocks up. Check of the markets now signs of strength in the economy Investors are confident will help companies beat their second-quarter profit forecasts. Boeing also led the advance showing gains since it unveiled its new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet. I'll have more finance news shortly. The Prime Minister has closed the gap in the latest opinion polls. His personal rating up two points on the back of his emergency intervention in the Northern Territory. But the Newspoll in 'The Australian' newspaper still indicates a Labor win if the election was held today

with no change to the opposition's 12 point lead since the last survey. A Queensland magistrate has granted to detain Gold Coast Dr Mohammed Haneef. In a closed court session last night officers applied for a five-day extension

in order to wade through more than 30,000 files seized in raids on the Gold Coast. The application was opposed by Haneef's lawyers but the court granted police an interim order. They will now be able hold Haneef for another two days before they start questioning him. Four men have been found guilty of plotting to bomb London's public transport network two years ago. backpacks on trains and buses The men had tried to detonate but they failed to go off. Police say good fortune prevented what could have been a devastating attack on London's packed commuter network

just two weeks after the July 7 attacks that killed 52 people. Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman were found guilty of conspiracy to murder. The men were captured on CCTV wearing backpacks rigged with explosives. but the main charge failed to explode, an off-duty fireman challenged the bomber. He was flapping his arms, flapping at his back, as though there was something alight on his back. After the attacks, the men went into hiding across England. One dressing as a woman in a Burqa. Police arresting their suspects in dramatic raids eight days later. All four men were born in East Africa but have been living in Britain since the early '90s. They had claimed the bombs were a hoax to protest the UK's role in Iraq. But the jury found all four guilty after a six-month trial. Another two men are still facing similar charges. Ben Lewis, Ten News. A motorcyclist has been killed after his bike collided with a sedan in Melbourne overnight. The man in his 20s hit the passenger side of a turning car. A witness attempted to resuscitate the motorcyclist, but he died at the scene. And a high-powered car lost control at a roundabout

in Melbourne's western suburbs, ploughing into a powerpole. The 18-year-old driver was trapped in the Nissan Skyline for an hour. He has serious injuries to his legs.

Back home and desperate efforts to allude police have landed a Sydney car thief in hospital. The robber took off on foot after abandoning a stolen Mazda in Annandale jumping a fence and plunging almost 20 metres into a gully. Screaming in pain, he was pulled out of the ditch by chasing officers. They had to break a window in a neighbouring office block to get to him. He's now in hospital with broken bones. A major funding package to help people devastated by the Gippsland floods will be announced today. Victorian Premier Steve Bracks and his entire Cabinet are on a two day tour of the region. Millions to be committed to flood-ravaged towns and help for residents to fast-track insurance claims. The Cabinet meeting had been planned for Kerang to discuss plans to take water from the State's north to Melbourne. Locals accusing the Premier of avoiding an anti-Government demonstration. Fires continue to across 14 US States. One person has been killed and two firefighters injured with the blazes now threatening homes. They call this the Milford Flat fire.

It's 120 miles south of Salt Lake City and it's massive. More than 462 square miles have already burned, by far the largest fire in Utah history and it's at least a week from being controlled. It's extremely dry. We have the high temperatures, the low humidity and we are getting some wind this morning so that really does hamper the fire fighting, the fire gets very erractic. No homes have been lost but the smoke from the fire is blamed for two deaths on the highway. In Hot Springs, South Dakota at least 27 homes were destroyed and one man was killed as he tried to go back to his belongings. It's very scary, but it's very dry and we knew that the potential was there to catastrophe. The cause of most of the fires appears to be lightning but dry conditions across the US and gusty winds are making it even tougher on firefighters

and it's only July.

Melbourne teenager Ricky Pettard is still recovering in hospital after suffering a collapsed lung in Sunday's game against Carlton. He was just minutes away from dying, before club doctors performed a delicate medical procedure to save the 18-year-old's life. This is one of those lucky stories and the doctors are still trying to work out how it happened, but the most important thing, they got there in the nick of time. He wouldn't have wanted to be in a situation

where he didn't have the medical back-up for probably more than another 5 or 10 minutes. The collapsed lung caused Petterd to rapidly lose consciousness - Dr Kal Fried forced to perform a procedure for the very first time in his medical career. A tube - a cannula - was pushed through his chest wall into the area where we know the air collects, if that's the diagnosis, and Kal performed that at the time and it was almost instant recovery. Brendan Fevola was back at Carlton after his week-long suspension for a short meeting with the coach, and he emerged vowing not only to play this week but to be on his best behaviour. Was it frustrating yesterday watching the boys play? Um, yeah, it was. When you get something that you love taken away, it's pretty keen to get back and play footy, so I look forward to playing in Sydney this week, which will be good. Ian Cohen, Ten News. A double blow for Parramatta overnight losing the match and their star fullback. Luke Burt could miss the rest of the season after dislocating his knee during the Eels 34 points to 10 loss to Newcastle. COMMENTATOR: Oh no, I think Danny Buderus has fallen on the lower leg, the right leg of Luke Burt. The Knights crossing for six tries to stay in touch with the top eight. Still on league and Chris Anderson has stood down as coach of struggling NRL club the Sydney Roosters, effective immediately. The veteran coach informed the club after the Roosters humiliating 56-nil loss to Manly on the weekend. Club legend Brad Fittler will take over today as a caretaker coach

for the rest of the season. Anderson was signed until the end of next year but after winning just 5 from 16 games this season decided to call it a day. With more now on Woolworths' record run

CommSec's Martin Arnold joins us live. Martin, how much of a gap does the retailer now have on Coles?

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Let's take a look at the nation's newspapers: More news after the break. GOOD MORNING AHEAD IN THIS NEWS UPADTE - LOCALS ARE ENCOURAGED TO NOMINATE THEMSELVES FOR NEXT YEARS' AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS.

BUT FIRST - POLICE IN THE MONARO REGION ARE WARNING CAR OWNERS NOT TO LEAVE OWNERS NOT TO LEAVE VALUABLES IN THEIR CARS. THE WARNING COMES AFTER A NUMBER OF CAR BREAK-INS IN BREAK-INS IN THE LAST WEEK, PARTICULARLY IN QUEANBEYAN. POLICE SAY THEIVES COMMONLY TARGET CARS FOR VALUABLES SUCH AS MOBILE PHONES, CASH, AND C-D'S. THEY SUGGEST LOCALS PARK IN BUSY, WELL-LIT STREETS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BREAK-INS. STILL ON POLICE MATTERS, AND THERE'S BEEN ANOTHER MATTERS, AND THERE'S BEEN ANOTHER THEFT FROM AN

ELDERLY PERSON AT A LOCAL A-T-M. POLICE SAY A SEVENTY-TWO YEAR OLD MAN WAS WITHDRAWING CASH ON BOGAN-VILLE STREET IN GRIFFITH ON SUNDAY MORNING, WHEN ANOTHER MAN SNATCHED ON SUNDAY MORNING, WHEN ANOTHER MAN SNATCHED THE CASH..

THE OFFENDER'S DESCRIBED AS ABORIGINAL, OF MEDIUM BUILD WITH SHORT BLACK HAIR. SHORT BLACK HAIR. THE SEARCH IS ON TO FIND UNSUNG HEROES FROM THE A-C-T AND SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES FOR NEXT YEAR'S AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS. PRIME MINISTER JOHN HOWARD OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED THE TWO JOHN HOWARD OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED THE TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT AWARD CATEGORIES YESTERDAY DURING A CEREMONY AT SYDNEY'S OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE. NOMINATION FORMS NEED TO BE FILLED OUT BY AUGUST 28. TO SPORT, AND BRUMBIES UTILITY BACK ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER HAS RE-SIGNED TO THE AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. THE RISING WALLABIES STAR IS NOW CONTRACTED TO THE BRUMBIES AND NATIONAL SIDES UNTIL THE TWO THOUSAND AND ELEVEN WORLD CUP. NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER ... A LOW OFF THE NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES COAST IS

DIRECTING A FRESH SOUTHEAST STREAM OVER THE REGION, BRINGING ISOLATED SHOWERS ACROSS THE NATION, A FEW SHOWERS FOR SYDNEY TODAY, COOL AND SUNNY FOR ALICE SPRINGS, A FINE DAY IN HOBART AND BRISBANE SUNNY IN WAGGA TODAY EXPECTING 14 DEGREES .. WARMER AND 15 IN DUBBO .. A BIT OF CLOUD IN ORANGE, AND DUBBO .. A BIT OF CLOUD IN ORANGE, AND SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG FINE BUT PARTLY CLOUDY IN BATHURST .. MOSTLY FINE IN CLOUDY IN BATHURST .. MOSTLY FINE IN GOULBURN .. A SHOWER OR TWO IN BATEMANS BAY LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS IN THE ALPS.. A TOP OF 9 AND SHOWERS IN THE ALPS.. A TOP OF 9 AND MOSTLY FINE IN COOMA LOOKING AND IT'S SHAPING UP TO BE A FINE ONE TOMORROW FINE ONE TOMORROW ,TOPS OF 11 .. SUNNY ON THURSDAY AND STAYING MOSTLY FINE ON FRIDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.)

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - court extension.

Police given more time to interrogate a Gold Coast terror suspect amid claims evidence has been lost.

Iraq anger - a new poll suggests the majority of Australians want our troops out of the trouble spot. Wall of flames - one person dead and two firefighters injured as blazes threaten homes in 14 US states. And in sport - Luke Burt's season in the balance. dislocating his knee The Eels fullback in last night's loss to Newcastle. A Queensland magistrate has given Federal Police an extra 48 hours

to detain an alleged terror suspect. After further raids of Haneef's home police sought more time to sift through the evidence in a closed court session last night. Federal Police applied to hold Mohammed Haneef for an extra five days but the Queensland Court only granted them two. Haneef has been in police custody since last Monday

and under the counter-terrorism laws can be been held without charge.

But his legal team believes he's being treated unfairly. There is obviously more substantial material which we haven't had access to which is the material that the Australian Federal Police is relying on to bring these applications. Haneef is one of the eight suspects arrested over the failed bomb plots in London and at Glasgow airport. A top anti-terror officer from Britain arrived in Australia last week to interview him over his possible links to a larger global terror network.

This comes as a terrorist expert has questioned whether the attacks in Britain have a direct link to al-Qa'ida.

Frankly, the quality of the operation was such that it doesn't look like the operation was carried out

by the main group of al-Qa'ida. And reports this morning that police may have made a key mistake early on in the investigations. It's alleged forensic search of Haneef's apartment officers failed to conduct a full

in the initial raids. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Four men have been found guilty

of plotting to bomb London's public transport network two years ago. The men had tried to detonate backpacks on trains and buses, but they failed to go off. All four were found guilty of conspiracy to murder another two men allegedly involved in the plot are still facing similar charges. Security vision used to convict the men

shows passengers panicking as detonators are fired.

Police say the bombs could have killed dozens of people. A senior nurse at the Bundaberg hospital who worked with deadly surgeon Dr Jayent Patel

has been given a promotion. Linda Mulligan who initially suspected personal reasons

for the conflict between the chief whistleblower in the case Toni Hoffman

and Dr Patel, is now being elevated to a senior position at a Sunshine Coast hospital. It seems voters have responded to John Howard's intervention into Aboriginal communities.

The Prime Minister's personal rating up in the latest opinion polls. But the strong arm approach hasn't changed their vote. There was positive feedback for John Howard as he visited a Sydney nursing home...

You'll always have my vote. Oh, thank you. ..and more for the Prime Minister in the latest Newspoll in the 'Australian' newspaper, up two points as better PM, closing the gap on Kevin Rudd. The result is on the back of Mr Howard's big-stick approach to child abuse in remote Aboriginal communities, but the trend hasn't followed in the 2-party preferred poll. Labor's 12-point lead remaining unchanged,

keeping Mr Rudd's prime ministerial dreams alive. The Labor leader is hoping

his plan to solve the housing nightmares of voters will help. Now Kevin Rudd has unveiled a plan to offer tax credits to private developers

and superannuation funds

I'm surprised the Commonwealth Government, after 11 years in office,

has not thought of doing something similar to assist with the housing affordability crisis in this country. And the Treasurer has his own plan, working towards easing the burden on first home buyers with an audit of land in problem areas across the country, identifying what can be released. But the Prime Minister remains cautious. We've got to be careful we don't simply increase demand and make the houses more expensive. Brad Hodson, Ten News. An economist has rejuvenated calls for a radical overhaul of the Government's Medicare system.

In his new book 'The Government Giveth and the Government Taketh Away' Peter Saunders suggests Australians should be allowed to opt out of the health care support service. He says those who do so should be rewarded with a $2,500 tax break. Mr Saunders also wants the Future Fund scrapped. He says an across-the-board $3,000 cash hand-out would provide more tangible benefits.

An opinion poll published this morning shows only a small minority of Australians want our troops to stay in Iraq as long as needed. And in Washington, the US President is under increasing pressure to bring his troops home.

The White House rejects reports

that top aides of President Bush are telling him and stage a pull-back for troops fighting in Iraq. Top White House officials

had hoped to put this discussion off until mid-September when the top commander on the ground and the new ambassador to Baghdad are to deliver the highly anticipated progress report on the troop surge

that began in January. But two months shy of that report the pressure from within his own party just may be too much for the President. Republicans are calling for change and that may not go well for Mr Bush as the Senate begins debating the financing of the war effort. Lawmakers are also waiting for a second report, it's a congressionally mandated progress report on the troop surge. It's expected to paint a mixed picture

of what's happening on the ground and that could add fuel to the fiery debate of the war effort. In Washington, Susan Roberts, Ten News. Fires are now raging across 14 US states. The worst is in southern Utah where the wall of flames stretches 400km. Major roads have been blocked and hundreds of homes evacuated. One man has died and two firefighters were injured in a fire in Dakota. Dozens of homes have been lost in the area.

Hot, dry weather conditions hampering efforts to control the flames. The people of Paris are trying to shake their image of being rude and arrogant to tourists. City officials have launched a campaign

urging Parisians to make an effort to be helpful and welcoming. Travellers are being offered free pictures of themselves in front of the Eiffel Tower and freebies including maps and ribbons.

Paris is throughout the world a city that visitors want the most to visit and at the same time Paris has an image of rather an unfriendly city. But even without the campaign, Paris remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

A horror night for Parramatta. They may have lost star fullback Luke Burt for the season with a knee injury. They lost the game too, thumped 34-10 by Newcastle. Before they'd even made a tackle, the Knights were on the board. COMMENTATOR: He crashes over. Steve Simpson made it 12-0, then Danny Buderus a saloon passage to the try line. giving George Carmont

Carmont back on the inside. It is all Newcastle on Monday night. 20-0 at the break. When they returned, the Eels' night got even worse. Oh, no, I think Danny Buderus has fallen on the lower leg, the right leg, of Luke Burt. The competition's leading points scorer in agony with a dislocated knee. He was taken off, his season almost certainly over. In a world of hurt at the moment. It took 60 minutes for Parramatta to break their duck.

A good pass to Mateo. The Eels have found a way. But their defence was paper thin - MacDougall rubber-stamping a humiliating defeat for the Eels. That was embarrassing for the youngster.

It was nice to enjoy the last 20 minutes of a game without a heap of pressure on us. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. It was chaos on stage two of the Tour de France overnight. Around 170 riders brought to a standstill just 2km from the finish

thanks to this horrific crash. COMMENTATOR: Oh, there's been a terrible pile-up. A massive pile-up. The yellow jersey is gone! The small group who avoided the spill then made their charge for the line with Belgian local Gert Steegmans taking the victory ahead of team-mate Tom Boonen. Aussie Robbie McEwen finished sixth and surrendered his green jersey to Boonen

retained the overall lead despite limping home.

His arm is reported to be OK. Finance now with Jacinta. Cadbury Schweppes isn't giving up its fight over the use of the colour purple. It's taking the colourful feud with rival chocolate-maker Darrell-Lea Cadbury wants the whole matter re-heard

after losing the case in the Federal Court last year. The chocolatier insists consumers identify its products with a certain shade of purple. US stocks rose with investors confident signs of strength in the economy will help companies beat their second-quarter profit forecasts. Boeing also led the advance showing gains since it unveiled its new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet.

I know you've been waiting for it,

it's the annual bog-snorkelling championships. The idea's pretty simple - get a mountain bike, a snorkel and try to race through 15m of dirty water. That's if you can stay on. To make things tougher, why not try it nude? Bryan Evans took the sought-after title. His secret - not swallowing any of the foul water.

That's it for Ten Early News. Don't forget 9am With David and Kim, the morning news starts at 11:00

and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Frank Coletta, 'bye for now. And I'm Jacinta Hocking. Good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au