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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. Our top stories this Wednesday - in a more than decade - Victoria's worst road crash

among seven dead. a father and two young children Up in flames - on Queensland's Gold Coast gutted a home there was no town water supply. because told they'll die by firing squad The Bali nightclub bombers if their appeals for clemency fail. And in sport - West Coast confident will overcome his hamstring injury David Wirrapunda in Saturday's Grand Final. and take on Sydney around Australia. A quick look at the forecast for our first check of finance Now it's time in Melbourne. and good morning Kath Robinson US stocks have rallied Well, after slipping on the open consumer confidence data. after stronger-than-expected

A 13% slide for Colorado shares, in about 10 minutes. I'll tell you why in 13 years The worst carnage on Victorian roads has left seven people dead, and his two young children. including a father when a van crashed into a car A fireball erupted in the State's north-west. on a country road The smoking remains of a fiery crash torn apart two country communities. which claimed seven lives and hardened emergency service personnel. It's a scene which shocked even more than 200m The wreckage was strewn on the stretch of country road, in Victoria's north-west. 9 kilometres from Donald in a sedan, Police believe five people and his two young children, including a father

in front of a van towing a trailer. died when their car turned were killed on impact. A couple in that vehicle The crash scene engulfed in flames. just like one huge ball of flame. It was burning quite fiercely, in 13 years It's Victoria's worst road accident

and continues a terrible month. this September. So far 37 lives have been lost

The Coroner has visited the scene Major Collision Investigation Unit with members of Victoria police's such a tragedy could have happened. to try determine how for a truck driver in Sydney, A lucky escape before it burst into flames. fleeing his vehicle just moments

hit an embankment It's believed the truck causing the diesel tanks to alight. before causing a massive explosion. The fire quickly spread fought the blaze. At least 20 firefighters was found down the road, uninjured. The truck driver fire near the Gold Coast overnight. Fire crews have been battling a house there was no town water supply. The rural property gutted because to get the blaze under control. It took crews around five hours except collect water from elsewhere There was little firies could do to save neighbouring properties. Teenagers as young as 16 the highly addictive drug ice. are reportedly using and Alcohol Research Centre The National Drug

has told the 'Australian' newspaper has become popular at parties. the stimulant The centre says with the pill ecstasy the teens are bored and are looking for harder hits. now preying on this younger market. The centre fears drug syndicates are A heated courtroom outburst ejected has seen Iraq's former dictator from his genocide trial - again. was given his marching orders Saddam Hussein for the third time in one week new chief judge Mohammed al-Ureybi. after shouting and gesturing at at an order for him to behave. He'd apparently taken offence were also turfed out. Saddam's six co-offenders

The chaos reigning of the hearing's chief judge. a week after the sacking

the 2002 Bali bombers to be beheaded, A plea by three of has been rejected. if their appeals fail, Lawyers for the men,

smiling assassin Amrozi, including so-called was more humane claimed the form of execution than death by firing squad. it was in tune with Islamic law. They also argued But Indonesia's said no. does not recognise decapitation The country's law as a legitimate form of execution. on August 22 The bombers were to be killed attacks which claimed 202 lives for their role in the nightclub but lodged an eleventh-hour appeal.

claims Osama bin Laden is dead. Taliban officials have rejected Using an Arabic news service, is alive and well. they say the al-Qa'ida leader at the weekend, It follows a French newspaper report had died of typhoid. claiming bin Laden and Pakistani officials say Both Saudi Arabian the world's most wanted man is dead. there's no intelligence to suggest grand final week continues to surge, AFL, and while Sydney's

of missing out - one man is feeling the pain Jared Crouch to be a spectator. an ankle injury will force His induction into the 200 game club week for Jarred Crouch was just part of a bitter-sweeet as his Swan team-mates forced to watch on at the title. prepare for another tilt

that are going to play on opponents I'll have a chat to some of the guys that I may have played on,

in the coach's box, as well as sitting and probably sitting quietly - throwing anything at Roosy. I don't know if I'll be

spoke for the first time And fellow 200-gamer James Clement as the next Magpie skipper. about Nathan Buckley anointing him was last night. First time I go told about it it would be a great honour Like anyone else, my football club. and I'd be proud to lead

despite hamstring concerns. David Wirrpanda desperate to return You just never know about Wirra - I remember a couple of weeks ago, or three or four weeks ago against Richmond, and he's called the bench. he said he'd done his hammy he's running around, The next thing, and snapped a point. picked the ball up I said "He couldn't have done a hammy, you know what I mean?" So I think he'll be OK. the Brisbane Broncos A player who used to idolise

will captain the Melbourne Storm

in Sunday night's NRL Grand Final. Cameron Smith Dally M Player of the Year four other rotating skippers. given the honour ahead of the Storm's I always wished I could go out and play for the Broncos in a Grand Final,

which is pretty ironic. We're playing them this week, but I'm gonna be the captain this week. A huge turnout at Brisbane's fan day delayed the Broncos training session.

There are no changes to the Queensland side. It's cricket but not as we know it and it's heading to a beach near you this summer. Legends from Australia, England and the West Indies will reunite and battle it out in a limited over six-a-side format.

I get the feeling it's going to get serious, too serious.

Matches will be held in WA, Queensland and NSW. Time for finance news and Roy Hilliard back in court? Steve Vizard's bookkeeper has returned to the Supreme Court for the first time since his alleged suicide attempt. Roy Hilliard refused to comment as he walked from court yesterday

after he finished giving evidence. Mr Hilliard failed to appear in court nearly two weeks ago, eventually found in a Castlemaine hospital after reports suggested he'd attempted to take his own life for a fifth time.

The bookkeeper is being sued by Westpac for allegedly embezzling up to $3 million from Mr Vizard's accounts. And a big fall yesterday for shares of clothing retailer Colorado after a takeover bid was potentially thwarted.

Former Coles chairman Solomon Lew has snapped up a 10.2% stake, meaning predator Affinity cannot move to compulsorily acquire the business because it will not be able to own 90% of the shares. Mr Lew began buying the shares on Thursday last week. Colorado shares slumped 13% on the news. The board is recommending the $450-million bid.

Now for a look at the national weather - Let's see what's making headlines in today's newspapers -

A tragic road accident tears two Victorian towns apart/ The details when the Early News returns.

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 - Victorian towns torn apart by a road crash that's killed seven people. Too cheap for too long - the Federal Government says it's time to top up the price of water. Steve Irwin's widow says the wildlife warrior still guides her a fortnight after his death. And with a click of a mouse, a child buys a car on eBay - then tells his mother. Time for another check of the markets now - how is Wall Street doing this morning?

The Telstra boss under fire for his mammoth pay packet - but he's not the only one, the details shortly.

Two children are among seven people killed in a horror road accident at Donald in Victoria's north-west. Ten reporter Rakhal Ebeli is in the small country town and joins us on the line. Rakhal, the crash is one of Australia's worst and caps a horror month on Victoria's roads?

They are saying this is the worst

crash in this dating 13 years. crash in this dating 13 years. 70

people were killed instantly in the/.

A driver and two children were

included. A man and his son also

killed. In the than a couple died in

the horror smash. The than had been

towing a trailer. The ban was also carrying

carrying fuel. It will be some time

until the details of this creche are

clear. Early investigations are happening now.

Fire crews have been battling a house fire near the Gold Coast overnight. The fire was first spotted around 10.30 last night. A passer-by alerting crews the blaze was well alight. Firefighters were quick to arrive at the scene but there was little they could do.

With no town water supply crews were forced to collect water from elsewhere. The painstaking task in vain. By 2.30 this morning, the house was as good as destroyed. Neighbouring properties were spared.

Gold Coast police are guarding the scene until fire investigators assess it later today. A night of high drama

for 150 residents in a Sydney apartment block, they were evacuated after a garbage bin and car caught fire in the underground basement around 10.30pm. 25 firefighters were called in to put the blaze out.

Smoke damage was contained to the garage, guests eventually let back into their rooms. The fire is not being treated as suspicious. Household water bills are on the way up, as the Federal Government takes control of managing our most precious resource. It says water's been too cheap for too long. In the Queensland city of Toowoomba the water shortage is so bad cars can't be washed and gardens can't be watered at all. Frustrated by water management across the country, the Prime Minister has announced a federal office of water resources. In charge will be Malcolm Turnbull. We've been troubled by the slow pace of reform so we need to beef up our own resources.

It's an issue we HAVE to get right, it's not a fad, it's not a trend, it's not going away. Farmers use 70% of Australia's water and are often accused of hogging the supply. The Farmers' Federation says new technology means irrigation can be more efficient than ever before, but first, decisions need to be made about a national water-trading scheme, and how much water should cost. We do need certainly over our asset The cost of water is a key issue in the debate. Experts say once we put a price on it that reflects its value and that means we'll be paying a lot more in the city as well as the country. Compare your water bill to your electricity bill and you'll see what I mean, urban water has been too cheap. Laurel Irving, Ten News. Two university students have been struck down with the deadly meningococcal disease in Brisbane.

The boarders are from the Mt Gravatt campus of Griffith University and while they're expected to make a full recovery, health authorities are concerned about other students who live on campus. Boarders who have not already been treated with antibiotics should contact the Queensland Health Department. American television audiences will hear some of the inner-most thoughts of Terri Irwin as she grieves for her late husband Steve. In an interview to be aired tomorrow, she's says she's coping with faith and the belief that he still guides her. It's taken time, three weeks since Steve's death, for Terri Irwin to put into words the thoughts that have engulfed her.

But now she's told veteran American news woman Barbara Walters how she's handling life without her husband.

One minute at a time, sometimes one hour at a time with great faith and with great determination. Millions of Americans watching the morning show 'View' heard that Terri draws strength from the feeling

that he is still with her.

She talked about him she feels - you almost feel that she channelling him. She feels he is there. Barbara Walters flew to Australia Zoo to meet Terri and daughter Bindi. It was thought she might speak too, but the family says Bindi now needs time to grieve.

Last week, after the Crocodile Hunter's memorial service at least one psychologist argued the 8-year-old was being pushed too hard, too early. A toddler in the UK has managed to buy a $22,000 car over the internet. 3-year-old Jack Neal is obsessed with toy cars, but when his mum left the computer logged on to trading site eBay, he seized the opportunity to get his hands on the real thing. The little motor enthusiast outbid everyone else, buying a pink Nissan Figaro - convertible of course. saw the funny side Fortunately, the car's owner back on the market. and has put the car continues to surge, While Sydney's grand final week of missing out. one man is feeling the pain Injured Swan Jared Crouch the AFL's 200 game club last night was inducted into against West Coast on Saturday. and will still have a role that are going to play on opponents I'll have a chat to some of the guys that I may have played on,

in the coach's box, as well as sitting and probably sitting quietly - I always wished I could go out took a vastly different direction. his footy career aimed to be a Bronco, Once, Cameron Smith named the Storm's skipper. in Sunday's NRL Grand Final. will captain the rival Melbourne team the Brisbane Broncos A player who once idolised in time for the match. to overcome a hamstring complaint continues his bid Meanwhile Eagle David Wirrapunda throwing anything at Roosy. I don't know if I'll be

in a grand final, and play for the Broncos which is pretty ironic. We're playing them this week, this week. but I'm gonna be the captain The 23-year-old awarded the honour four other rotating skippers. ahead of the club's footy head on, Cam, He's got a real good old and he deserves everything he gets. of our team. You know, he's a massive part at Brisbane's fan day - A huge turnout the Broncos players. somewhere in there, a bit of a lift? REPORTER: Will this give the players

It's awesome. Yeah, it will, mate. so it's good. I've never seen this many people,

his first Grand Final, Paul Simpkins set to referee and not afraid to send a player off. I'll have to do it, that's my job. If the situation arises

Hopefully, that won't be the case. he can hold off the challenge Fernando Alonso is confident of Ferrari's Michael Schumacher Formula One world title's. and win back-to-back Alonso is preparing

Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai for this weekend's in front of Schumacher and he's just two points in the world championship race.

four of the last six races. Schumacher is in form having won Finance news again companies are rolling in cash? and the people running Australian

Yes, they seem to be. copped flack for their big salaries First Telstra executives is under fire now the boss of Channel Nine cutting back on jobs at Channel Nine. for taking home mega bucks while it's been revealed In the PBL annual report took home $4.7 million Nine CEO Eddie McGuire for one year's work. The report also showed Mr McGuire received a pay rise in the nine newsroom. despite axing a number of jobs highest-paid executive at PBL He's now the second away with nearly $8-million. behind boss John Alexander who walked of executive wages, And on the subject Sol Trujillo to be sacked there are calls for Telstra boss $8.7 million last year after it was revealed he made despite the falling share price. the latest controversy at Telstra, Meantime, the man at the centre of

Geoff Cousins, says to the phone giant's board. he's his own man and will answer As Federal Treasurer, to life in the fast lane. Peter Costello is accustomed Yes! a high-flyer at taxpayers' expense. He also knows all about being But with Telstra confirming Sol Trujillo it paid its imported American CEO $8.7 million for a year's work, shareholders should be told why. Mr Costello thinks has to make the basis Well, I think the board on which the bonuses are paid clear. There should be performance hurdles.

a $2.6 million bonus, The Trujillo package included and share price fell during the year. even though the company's profit are now at daggers drawn The Government and Telstra a former Government adviser, over the nomination of Geoff Cousins, to the Telstra board. Mr Costello stopped short of saying Even so,

its major shareholder voting power the Government would use to pare back Mr Trujillo's pay. to vote on individual's packages. Shareholders don't get the chance Mr Trujillo is now the target from Government backbenchers, of sniping he should be sent back to the US. some of whom reckon Kim Beazley believes could be costly. the Geoff Cousins nomination buying additional shares in Telstra Anyone who is contemplating

would have to be a bit worried. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. top 20 for competitiveness - Australia's economy in the world's those details soon. at the national weather - Now for a look goes up in flames. A home near the Gold Coast Fire crews unable to access water. when Ten's Early News comes back. More

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Our top stories this Wednesday - in a more than decade - Victoria's worst road crash among seven dead. a father and two young children Up in flames - on Queensland's Gold Coast gutted a home there was no town water supply. because told they'll die by firing squad The Bali nightclub bombers if their appeals for clemency fail. And in sport - West Coast confident David Wirrapunda will overcome his hamstring injury and take on Sydney in Saturday's Grand Final. A quick look at the forecast around Australia. Now it's time for a check of finance Well, after slipping on the open US stocks have rallied after stronger-than-expected consumer confidence data.

Police will today formally identify seven people killed in Victoria's worst road accident in 13 years. Ten reporter Rakhal Ebeli is in Donald, where the tragedy happened and joins us live on the phone. How has the local community reacted to the news?

The small community is in absolute

shocker. Or the Church has kept up

its doors open so that people can

pray. A publican had been a pray. A publican had been a receiving phone calls from all over the phone calls from all over the country

from people sending their

condolences. Our police any closer to

determining the cause? Because of the

nature of the crash she would be

difficult for police to identify difficult for police to identify the smaller

smaller details of the accident. But

it seems the sedan that failed to

give way. Please will be here at the

scene for some time. . A lucky escape for a truck driver in Sydney, fleeing his vehicle just moments before it burst into flames. It's believed the truck hit an embankment causing the diesel tanks to alight. The fire quickly spread before causing a massive explosion. At least 20 firefighters fought the blaze. The truck driver was found down the road, uninjured. Fire crews have been battling a house fire near the Gold Coast overnight.

The rural property gutted because there was no town water supply. The fire was first spotted around 10.30 last night.

A passer-by alerting crews the blaze was well alight.

Firefighters were quick to arrive at the scene but there was little they could do. With no town water supply crews were forced to collect water from elsewhere. The painstaking task in vain.

By 2.30 this morning, the house was as good as destroyed. Neighbouring properties were spared. Gold Coast police are guarding the scene until fire investigators assess it later today.

A night of high drama for 150 residents in a Sydney apartment block, they were evacuated after a garbage bin and car caught fire in the underground basement around 10.30pm. 25 firefighters were called in to put the blaze out. Smoke damage was contained to the garage, guests eventually let back into their rooms. The fire is not being treated as suspicious. A plea by three of the 2002 Bali bombers to be beheaded, if their appeals fail, has been rejected. Lawyers for the men, including so-called smiling assassin Amrozi,

claimed the form of execution was more humane than death by firing squad. They also argued it was in tune with Islamic law. But Indonesia's said no. The country's law does not recognise decapitation as a legitimate form of execution. The bombers were to be killed on August 22 for their role in the nightclub attacks which claimed 202 lives but lodged an eleventh-hour appeal. An Indonesian terrorist charity, linked to the Taliban and Jemaah Islamiah, is reportedly using Australia's Commonwealth Bank to raise donations. Fairfax newspapers report the Islamic Medical Emergency Rescue Committee is soliciting money to an account in Jakarta.

The funds have been used to give money to families of jailed terrorists and provide medical services to Muslim conflict zones. AFL, and while Sydney's grand final week continues to surge, one man is feeling the pain of missing out -

an ankle injury will force Jared Crouch to be a spectator. His induction into the 200 game club was just part of a bitter-sweeet week for Jared Crouch

forced to watch on as his Swan team-mates prepare for another tilt at the title.

I'll have a chat to some of the guys that are going to play on opponents that I may have played on, as well as sitting in the coach's box, and probably sitting quietly - I don't know if I'll be throwing anything at Roosy. And fellow 200-gamer James Clement spoke for the first time about Nathan Buckley anointing him as the next Magpie skipper. First time I go told about it was last night. Like anyone else, it would be a great honour and I'd be proud to lead my football club. David Wirrpanda desperate to return despite hamstring concerns. You just never know about Wirra -

I remember a couple of weeks ago, or three or four weeks ago against Richmond, he said he'd done his hammy and he's called the bench. The next thing, he's running around, picked the ball up and snapped a point. I said "He couldn't have done a hammy, you know what I mean?" So I think he'll be OK. A player who used to idolise the Brisbane Broncos will captain the Melbourne Storm in Sunday night's NRL Grand Final. Dally M Player of the Year Cameron Smith given the honour ahead of the Storm's four other rotating skippers. I always wished I could go out and play for the Broncos in a Grand Final, which is pretty ironic. We're playing them this week, but I'm gonna be the opposing captain this week. A huge turnout at Brisbane's fan day delayed the Broncos' training session. There are no changes to the Queensland side. It does appear to be putting in a solid performance. According to the latest World Economic Forum report Australia's economy ranks 19th in the world for global competitiveness. Denmark, Singapore, the United States and Japan were among the best performers. Australia received strong scores for its public institutions and ability to harness new technologies. But our labour market and lack of business sophistication is holding us back.

To the property market -

and the latest forecast has painted a gloomy picture for homeowners with house prices tipped to fall even further. While that's bad news for those of us looking to sell, it may help first homebuyers find a way into the property market. It's been hard work living the great Australian dream since the east coast real estate boom ended three years ago. Residential property prices have dropped by as much as 20%

while the cost of living has skyrocketed. We hope it doesn't lead to a train wreck, but potentially the interest rates, the increased cost of living and the debt levels at some point always have to be paid for.

And there's another tough year ahead, according to the Australian Property Institute. We anticipate that there will be a further slowing down

in some segments of the residential property market. It's just surveyed Australia's leading valuers, fund managers, property analysts and financiers and they overwhelmingly agree - The slump won't even start to turn around until 2008. It's not as severe as the one we suffered at the end of the 1980s where some properties prices fell by 50%.

Now, that was really scary times. The Institute believes many more homeowners will be pushed out of the market by another predicted interest rate rise at the end of the year. But that could spell good news for first-time homebuyers

keen to find a bargain. Ali Donaldson, Ten News.

Now for a look at the national weather -

Let's see what's making headlines in today's newspapers -

The Early News returns.

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Victorian towns torn apart by a road crash that's killed seven people.

Too cheap for too long -

the Federal Government says it's time to top up the price of water. Steve Irwin's widow says the wildlife warrior still guides her a fortnight after his death. And with a click of a mouse, a child buys a car on eBay -

then tells his mother. The worst carnage on Victorian roads in 13 years has left seven people dead, including a father and his two young children. A fireball erupted when a van crashed into a car on a country road in the State's north-west. The smoking remains of a fiery crash which claimed seven lives and torn apart two country communities. It's a scene which shocked even hardened emergency service personnel. The wreckage was strewn more than 200m on the stretch of country road, 9 kilometres from Donald in Victoria's north-west.

Police believe five people in a sedan, including a father and his two young children, died when their car turned in front of a van towing a trailer.

A couple in that vehicle were killed on impact. The crash scene engulfed in flames. It was burning quite fiercely, just like one huge ball of flame.

It's Victoria's worst road accident in 13 years and continues a terrible month. So far 37 lives have been lost this September. The Coroner has visited the scene with members of Victoria police's Major Collision Investigation Unit to try determine how such a tragedy could have happened.

Australia's premier motor racing circuit has been given the green light to host more events. The Mount Panorama circuit - home to the iconic Bathurst 1000 - has had its annual race allocation increased from two to five. The legislative changes were introduced

into State Parliament this week. They've been made to give the circuit owners a maximum return on their investment. Fire crews have been battling a massive house fire near the Gold Coast overnight. The rural property went up in flames around 10.30, the home gutted because there was no town water supply.

It took crews around five hours to get the blaze under control.

There was little firies could do except collect water from elsewhere to save neighbouring properties. Thankfully, no one was home at the time of the blaze. Household water bills are on the way up, as the Federal Government takes control of managing our most precious resource. It says water's been too cheap for too long.

In the Queensland city of Toowoomba the water shortage is so bad cars can't be washed and gardens can't be watered at all. Frustrated by water management across the country, the Prime Minister has announced a federal office of water resources. In charge will be Malcolm Turnbull. We've been troubled by the slow pace of reform

so we need to beef up our own resources. It's an issue we HAVE to get right, it's not a fad, it's not a trend, it's not going away. Farmers use 70% of Australia's water and are often accused of hogging the supply. The Farmers' Federation says new technology means irrigation can be more efficient than ever before, but first, decisions need to be made water-trading scheme, and how much water should cost. The cost of water is a key issue in the debate. Experts say once we put a price on it that reflects its value

and that means we'll be paying a lot more in the city as well as the country. Compare your water bill to your electricity bill and you'll see what I mean, urban water has been too cheap. Laurel Irving, Ten News. Two university students have been struck down with the deadly meningococcal disease in Brisbane. The boarders are from the Mt Gravatt campus of Griffith University and while they're expected to make a full recovery, health authorities are concerned about other students who live on campus. Boarders who have not already been treated with antibiotics should contact the Queensland Health Department. Global television audiences will soon hear some of the inner-most thoughts of a grieving Terri Irwin. With more, Ten's U-S bureau chief Leisa Goddard-Roles joins us live. What does Steve's widow say?

The she says she has surviving The she says she has surviving live

on a day-to-day basis. She says it is

her faith and determination that is

getting her through. getting her through. She was

interviewed for the first time interviewed for the first time the other

other day. If I had to do it all over

again, even knowing how it ended, I

would in a minute. I feel I was so

blessed. I had the best of 14 years,

two beautiful children and two beautiful children and a romance

like I will just didn't exist any

like I will just didn't exist any

more. Paris Hilton will come back more. Paris Hilton will come back to

El at a and will be charged with

drink driving. She could face up to six months' jail. It is her first six months' jail. It is her six months' jail. It is her first offence so she

offence so she will probably get a fine.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has addressed his political party for the last time as leader. In an emotional speech he told the Labour conference he had to step down for the good of the country. And, of course, it's hard to let go

but it's also right to let go for the country and for you the party. Mr Blair became British Prime Minister in 1997.

He's expected to be succeeded by British Treasurer, Gordon Brown. Like many boys his age Jack is obsessed with cars.

So far he has kept his passion for motors limited to toys, but now it appears he's gone one step further, buying a real car for his mum over the internet and not just any car - a bright pink Nissan Figaro, just a fraction under 9,000 pounds. I just come off the computer. come out of eBay. Thought I'd logged off, gone straight in, Jack's jumped on the chair,

and bought it now. found this page almost became the proud owners And so the family turbo-charged convertible in pink. of this 1 litre quite sure how it happened. They're still not, is a dab hand with the computer, Though 3-year-old Jack he's not ready to own up.

Did you try to buy it? Noooo. You did. No. The car remains on the forecourt. on the net The dealership advertising it saw the funny side the age of their buyer. when they found out but Jack won't be bidding again. The convertible is back on sale, means Stricter supervision on the computer it's back to toy cars for him. continues to surge, While Sydney's grand final week of missing out. one man is feeling the pain Injured Swan Jared Crouch the AFL's 200 game club last night was inducted into against West Coast on Saturday. and will still have a role that are going to play on opponents I'll have a chat to some of the guys

that I may have played on, in the coach's box, as well as sitting and probably sitting quietly - throwing anything at Roosy. I don't know if I'll be continues his bid Meanwhile Eagle David Wirrapunda in time for the match. to overcome a hamstring complaint the Brisbane Broncos A player who once idolised in Sunday's NRL Grand Final. will captain the rival Melbourne team named the Storm's skipper. aimed to be a Bronco, Once, Cameron Smith took a vastly different direction. his footy career I always wished I could go out and play for the Broncos in a grand final, which is pretty ironic. We're playing them this week,

but I'm gonna be the opposing captain this week. The 23-year-old awarded the honour ahead of the club's four other rotating skippers. He's got a real good old footy head on, Cam, and he deserves everything he gets. You know, he's a massive part of our team. A huge turnout at Brisbane's fan day - the Broncos players. somewhere in there,

a bit of a lift? REPORTER: Will this give the players It's awesome. Yeah, it will, mate. so it's good. I've never seen this many people, his first grand final, Paul Simpkins set to referee and not afraid to send a player off. I'll have to do it, that's my job. If the situation arises Hopefully, that won't be the case.

has thrown up a surprise, A javelin competitor in Brazil spearing a track and field official. by the stray javelin The judge was hit in the foot national championships in Sao Paulo. while watching warm-ups for the The woman was taken to hospital successfully removed from her foot. where the tip of the javelin was as a judge. She had more than 10 years experience Some welcome news for motorists falling to a six-month low. with petrol prices has driven the crude oil price down A stronger world oil supply

20% in the past month. the past six weeks and economists say Petrol prices have dropped off for is set to fall even further. the price at the pump less geopolitical jitters Less eventful hurricanes in the US, coming onto the market and more supply

have the potential and that means that petrol prices in coming weeks. to fall ever further may also keep interest rates low Lower petrol prices

a pick-up in inflation. as higher costs won't fuel A quick recap of the markets now.

And Wall street closed higher consumer confidence data. after stronger-than-expected

at the national weather - Now for a look

from across Europe The bushiest and best bearded men to show-off their facial hair. have gathered European Beard Championships The annual ranging from well-groomed, is judged in 17 categories, and down-right ridiculous. highly creative may be the mark of a man, And while facial hair the preening process certainly isn't. for a record-breaking third time. The overall winner taking the title of the morning's top stories. A quick recap Police in Victoria worst road accidents - are investigating one of Australia's including two children. seven people dead, A home burns to the ground in Queensland. for five hours. Firefighters fought the blaze in vain denied their wish to be decapitated, And the Bali bombers should their final appeal fail. for this Wednesday. That's it for Ten's Early News is with Natarsha Belling at 11:00 The morning news of the Sydney Opera House We'll leave you now with pictures

for breast cancer awareness. lit up in pink I'm Bill Woods, good morning. www.auscap.com.au by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext Captions If it wasn't for these people, wouldn't be speaking... my little boy One, two, three... ..and he is now.