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'Discovery' the crew of the space shuttle atmosphere. prepare to re-enter Earth's of Russian sailors Relief for the families rescued from a stricken submarine. And Australia's Ashes agony

in the second Test. as England snatches victory Ten News with Tracey Spicer. Good morning. as the space shuttle 'Discovery' First - the anxious wait prepares to return to Earth tonight. including Australia's Andy Thomas, The astronauts, are the first to attempt a re-entry almost 2.5 years ago. since the 'Columbia' burned up of preparation, The crew is in its final stage and readying themselves locking down the mid-deck

of the 13-day mission - for the most dangerous task getting home. of everything on this flight We've done a little bit but it is time to come home and so happy to have done it, the shuttle better and keep working on getting

in the future and ready to keep flying again. and time to see our families Commander Eileen Collins says A mother of two young children, of a safe return she's pretty confident nor the ground crew can forget but neither the astronauts a shuttle attempted re-entry. what happened the last time just 16 minutes from Earth, 'Columbia' exploded killing all seven on board. 'Columbia' in on that doomed flight Tonight, the same man who guided is again in the director's chair. a lot of looking toward the future. There has been a lot of good change, we're not looking back. We're looking forward, All going to plan, will take one hour 'Discovery's descent to Earth with it due to land in Florida. suddenly change, If the weather conditions to California. it can be diverted 3,500km As a safety precaution, traditional flight paths NASA has changed over heavily populated areas to avoid sending the shuttle such as Los Angeles. When 'Columbia' broke up, across Texas. it rained 38,000kg of debris a small number of shuttles It will also be one of only to have ever landed at night. like it is a run-away train. It kind of feels at points the atmosphere Once we start re-entering go by the windows. you start to see the plasma is now again ticking. NASA's countdown clock With all future flights grounded, an historic last for the program. 'Discovery's mission may be Leisa Goddard-Roles, Ten News. In the United States, for the family of Andy Thomas. It's an anxious wait joins us now live from Adelaide. His mother, Elizabeth,

Good morning. Good morning. How are

you feeling at the moment? I

imagine it's going to be a very

long day. I'm feeling fairly

confident. I know they wouldn't

take undue risks. I'm sure it will

go alright. Do you have the

champagne ready? Yes. Actually I

wouldn't mind one now. I can

imagine. You've received an email

from Andy recently. What did he

say? That everything was going well

and not to worry. He's quite happy

with the way things are going. How

often has NASA been in contact in

the past week? What have you been

told? They send out on the Internet

daily what's going on, every detail.

And those reports have raised your

confidence? Yes. I've got great

faith in my son and NASA. Not

forgetting the other six, astronauts

Of course. It must be

nerve-wracking every time he goes

up. This is his last mission before

he retires from the flight pool.

What are his plans for the future?

I don't know. He'd like to come

back to Adelaide. And he's planning

on visiting Australia with his new

wife who is also a NASA astronaut

in sn Yes. She's planning to go to

the moon. It will be quite a relief

when he retires? It will be a

relief when they both retire.

Finally, Australians have taken

Andy into their hearts. You must be

so proud of him.. Yes and no. Do

you wish he'd taken on a faifr

profession? I'd like him to have

been a bank clerk or a doctor.

Thank you for your time. Best of been a bank clerk or a doctor.

luck. Thank you. have returned to dry land Seven exhausted Russian sailors of the Pacific Ocean for three days. after being trapped on the floor in their submarine, Despite having almost no air left his crew never gave up hope. the captain says Rescued from the bottom of the ocean,

back on dry land. seven Russian sailors trapped on a stricken submarine. The men had spent three days what conditions were like down there. This member of the crew was asked "Cold", he said, "very cold."

never lost hope of being saved. But the sub's commander said they'd that the crew was safe When his wife heard cried tears of happiness. she says she jumped for joy, PHONE RINGS to take an urgent call. Then she breaks off the interview her husband is coming home. It's to tell her before it was rescued. These hazy images show the sunken sub tangled up in the propeller You can see the pieces of fishing net an underwater surveillance system and cables from around the vessel, tying it down. which had wrapped themselves The Russians couldn't move it, to a Royal Navy rescue vehicle so it was left to cut it free. For Russia's Defence Minister, for any sign of the sub. tense moments as he waited Suddenly, he saw it. away in the distance. The 'AS-28' had resurfaced The operation had been a success. to recover the crew. Rescue ships moved in expressed gratitude to Britain Back in Moscow, naval chiefs the Russian sailors. for helping to save The Industrial Relations Commission on a long-running test case has handed down its decision

between work and family. calling for a better balance is at the IRC in Melbourne. Ten reporter Cameron Baud decided? Cameron, what's the Commission

The full bench of the Industrial

Relations Commission handed down a

number of decisions in rel to

paternity and personal leave. It's

decided the amount of simultaneous

unpaid paternity leave should be

doubled so both parents can stay

home to look after the children.

The total amount of paternity leave

should be doubled. Workers should

have the right to ask to return to

work on a part-time basis until the

children reach school age and

casual workers should have the

right to take two days a year leave

to look after families. These

decisions have been a long

timekming, more than two years

since the initial claims. What does

it mean practically for workers and

employers? At this stage it applies

to the 1.8 million Australians

covered by the Federal awards. Both

unions and the employer group

curbsly welcomed the outcome. Just

how relevant they remain lies in

the lands of the Federal Government

and its review of industrial

relations laws. They can be minimum

standards, but we won't know until

we see the final details. John Howard's dream of controlling the Senate becomes a reality this week. The Opposition's predicting extreme legislation will soon follow, but the Government still can't be guaranteed of the support of some of its own senators. Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce is yet to sit on the red benches of the Senate, but he's arrived in Canberra already a powerful player. He's taken a lead role in the Telstra debate, but says the intense scrutiny of recent weeks has left his family unmoved. They're more interested in whether I mow the lawns. Some of his party though are taking a keen interest, especially in his threats to vote against the Government on the sale of Telstra. Fellow National MP Ian Causley's already said he should be kicked out of the party if that happens. I hardly know the gentleman,

so it can't be personal, so that's good. Senator Joyce also has concerns

about plans to scrap compulsory student unionism at universities, but if his Coalition colleagues are worried, they're not saying so publicly. Not worried at all at this stage. we don't know what the future holds, though. No government senator will cross the floor lightly, meaning the Government will have the numbers on most legislation. And it's planning to use them to water down budget estimates committees, which have caused the Government grief in the past. Labor says the Coalition is already abusing its power, warning the GST could now be introduced on food. They've now got the numbers, that's the only other item left that they haven't sought to re-introduce. The concerns are shared by those who have lost the most in the new Senate. The Democrats once held the balance of power, and now have so few members they've lost party status. But they're adamant they have a role to play. Of course the Democrats are relevant.

Every senator is relevant. The important thing is to try to make sure the public is made aware of the extremist agendas of this government. Laurel Irving, Ten News. The office of a senior South Australian politician has confirmed he's been blackmailed over a secret gay love affair. Liberal MP Mark Brindal, who is married with four children, has admitted having sex with a 24-year-old man in his eastern suburbs electorate office. They are unconfirmed reports

the politician's male partner has a mental incapacity and the man's carer tried to demand money from the politician to keep the story quiet.

Mr Brindal, who is contesting the marginal seat of Adelaide at next year's State election, went to the police asking for help. The extortion attempt is being investigated. Police have released security camera footage Australia has fallen an agonising two runs short of pulling off one of the most astonishing Test match victories

at Edgbaston. An England win seemed a foregone conclusion with the Aussies needing 107 with only two wickets remaining but heroics from the tail enders took them so close to a miracle. The tension was extraordinary. From nowhere, Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz had edged Australia within three runs of a famous win. England's Ashes hopes again looked up in dust... ..before this. COMMENTATOR: Jones! A disconsolate Kasprowicz scarcely able to believe it. The heroes Harmison and much-maligned 'keeper Geraint Jones. The Aussies beaten, but proud. To have Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz to standing up against that bowling attack at the end of the day and almost pinch a Test match is full credit to those guys.

It says a lot about the character of our team to fight back the way we did this morning. England's victory an enormous relief. You know, I think most of my guys thought it had gone, but we fought hard. Lee and Warne started needing an unlikely 107 to pinch a win with just two wickets left. But after half an hour there was the hint of something special in the air. But on 42 though, Warne's brave vigil ended, unluckily.

Got him! Well done Flintoff! It left Lee and Kasprowicz needing 62 tough runs for victory.

But with the runs flowing the Aussies dared to dream. And Lee goes big. England becoming increasingly desperate as the tension grew. With 15 to win, Kasprowicz was dropped. Oh! There's a dive down at third man. With four needed, a Harmison full toss could have been cracked to the fence. It lead to the fateful Kasprowicz dismissal and Australian heartbreak. It's cruel really, I think, to get so close and not to get there. That's what, I suppose, is the most disappointing thing.

Locked at 1-1, they do it again at Old Trafford on Thursday. Rob Waters, Ten News. Still to come - Australia's recently retired defence chief tips a timetable for the withdrawal of Aussie troops from Iraq.

More charges laid over the London bombings. And the band of brothers rocketing up the charts.

This program is captioned live. Coalition forces could be ending their tour of duty in Iraq sooner than first thought. Australia's former defence chief, Peter Cosgrove, says he is confident Iraq's fledgling security forces will soon be able to take over from Western troops. Well, I figure that if we can get that done by the end of 2006, that would be really good.

Australian military trainers are playing a leading role in preparing Iraqis for a takeover. The Pentagon is said to be planning a phased withdrawal of US forces from the middle of next year. Insurgents struck again in Baghdad overnight, killing three Iraqi soldiers. General Cosgrove admits the presence of coalition forces is only encouraging the bloodshed. Two more suspects have been charged over London's failed terror bombings. Ibrahim Said is accused of trying to blow up a bus while 23-year-old Ramzi Mohammed is charged with trying to blow up a tube train at Oval station. Another suspect, Yassin Omar, was charged yesterday. All three will appear in court tomorrow facing life in prison for attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. And a minute's silence for the Brazilian shot to death by police after he was mistaken for a suicide bomber. The crowd silently waving white paper as part of a South American tradition. Electrician Jean Charles de Menezes was gunned down as part of London's shoot-to-kill policy with terror suspects. Horrifying pictures of the moment an angry crowd stormed a bus after an Israeli soldier opened fire inside the vehicle, killing four Arabs. A spectator with a video phone captured this footage as the gunman, a 19-year-old soldier wearing a skullcap, was killed by the crowd in northern Israel. The video shows a mob surrounding the bus, some carrying what appear to be bricks. His bruised and bloodied body lay on the floor surrounded by rocks, raising the possibility he had been stoned to death. Finance news is next including some tips for job seekers. And an Aussie down at the World Superbike Championships.

In finance news - the Australian share market is slightly higher. Jacqui Maddock at Commonwealth Securities. The Australian market has shrugged off the negative lead from Wall Street?

That's right. Wall Street was

pressured on Friday night by

supply concern jitters. The Bow

Jones shed50 points. We've bucked

that trend this morning supported

by the energy and resource majors.

The Australian share market is 10

points below the record highs in

July. Good news for job seekers?

Figures out this morning showing

job ads rose over the month of July.

The ANZ survey showed newspaper ads

fell to their lowest level thins

2003, but Internet ads rose. There

are plenty of jobs available and

the best place to find them is on the Internet. To AFL - and relief for Collingwood forward Alan Didak

after collapsing on the field in yesterday's loss to the Kangaroos. He was rushed to hospital with an irregular heart beat but was last night cleared of any serious damage. He'd really like a win, but if it doesn't come in the last three weeks, it wouldn't bother Eddie McGuire. That's the terrible thing about playing Carlton this week - at the end of the game, if Carlton wins, they'll play both theme songs, I reckon (laughs). Perched on five wins after a year of misery, the Magpies are in the unenviable position of having to lose to their arch rival this week to stay in calculations for a priority draft pick at the end of the season. We were one of the clubs who voted against it and lobbied against it being there. They decided in the interests of football it's there. So if it's there, we'll take it. The Magpies will more than likely take on the Blues minus goal sneak Alan Didak. The 22-year-old was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the field yesterday. We suspect he may have had a few irregular heart beats, and have just sent him off to hospital for an ECG, that's a cardiograph,

and some blood tests to make sure there's nothing else of concern. A nervous wait ahead for many clubs ahead of the match review panel's findings. COMMENTATOR: Oooooh! Hello! Blue Brendan Fevola has been reported twice. Daryl Wakelin, Matthew Lappin and Brett Montgomery have also been booked. So too Byron Pickett, in trouble for this.

Whoah! Byron Pickett has taken out another one! Pickett had the last laugh on the field - the Norm Smith medallist kicking the winning goal against the Blues. Tim Hodges, Ten News. In rugby league - Manly has ended its 5-match losing streak with a win over competition leader Brisbane.

But they only just got over the line against the Broncos.

Manly was desperate to end its slump and it showed against Brisbane. The home side turning around a 6-point half-time deficit and breaking a tense deadlock late in the game. COMMENTATOR: He's done something incredible!

Brisbane wasn't done yet, winger Brent Tate with the bust. Then a miracle inside ball to centre Justin Hodges to set up a edge of the seat finish. Look at the pass! That is incredible! But Manly held on. An earlier 38m field goal from captain Michael Monaghan getting them home by one point. I'm really pleased with the way we toughed it out. The Wests Tigers have moved into the top 4 for the first time this season and they did it with a big turnaround against Canberra,

who led 14-nil at half-time. He only needs a bounce. He will get one as well. The Tigers running in 22 unanswered points in the second half for their sixth straight win making it much tougher for Canberra to make the top eight.

Senior Raiders Jason Smith and Matt Adamson suffered injuries

And glamour club the Sydney Roosters are resigned to missing the play-offs after yesterday's 2-point loss to Penrith. That easy, it is almost embarrassing. Coach Ricky Stuart conceding he's also embarrassed about missing the finals. The word defence shouldn't be mentioned around our team at the moment.

There's no real excitement there in

the defensive area. Australian Troy Corser has tightened his grip on the World Superbike Championship with a pair of podium finishes at the latest round in England. The 33-year-old won the first race of the day in a tight finish from Japan's Noriyuki Haga increasing his already big world title lead. Australia's Karl Muggeridge finished sixth in the first race but his luck ran out in the second, crashing out heavily in the first lap. Corser snatched the lead in the last lap but then ran off the track and was passed by Haga. Corser finished second, Aussie Chris Vermuelen third. Next in Ten News - a look at the weather around the nation.

Now for a look at the national weather.

Proving you're never too young to be a rock star, a group of school-age brothers looks set to have a number one single. Aged 11, 12, 14 and 16, the boys call themselves Outlaw and entered a radio station competition to make a hit summer record. Their song 'Twisted X' beat 500 entries to win.

(Sings) # Come on, let's rock and roll # Let's rock and roll. # The boys say their style of music, which they call 'kinder-punk', began when their parents gave them guitars from a young age. That brings you up to date with all the news. Stay with Ten for updates throughout the day and the full details in Ten's News hour tonight. I'm Tracey Spicer. Good afternoon. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre www.auscap.com.au