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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Asylum seeker crisis - the Government under fire THAT fatal blast as authorities investigate and a new boatload on its way. the real border security. This morning, Plus... Yeaaaaah! on Twitter. ..Ashton Kutcher's magic million And then... in time gone by. # (SINGS) # I dream the dream (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) ..the Susan Boyle effect. This Sunday April 19, 2009. # Reach up for the sunrise to the big sky... # # Put your hands in VOICEOVER: Live from Brekky Central and Samantha Armytage. Andrew O'Keefe # Reach up for the sunrise # Put your hands in to the big sky Good morning. an all-star morning. Thanks for joining us on what is celebrities in the world. Coming up, some of the biggest No, not us. Daniel Craig. Stand-by for blond Bond

He's back in a new movie. Ronan Keating. Also ahead, Irish singing sensation comedy genius Martin Short And later, live and exclusive. Test

Can you call hill a giant though? We

got some giant celebrities coming

up. Martin Short, can he be a giant?

He looked like a giant, wide, not

up. He is a very funny guy. He was

great in 'Father of the Bride', one

of the great roles. the new Da Vinci Code controversy. Also ahead,

doesn't want us to see the sequel. Find out why the Vatican on the set of the Tom Hanks film. The difficulty filmmakers suffered

There is a fof si when Suri turns

three, eastern Europe will die. She

turns three today! Help, if you

turns three today! Help, if you are

in Poland. Oh we laugh. It could be

happening. Won't we look like happening. Won't we look like fools?

fools?! The Czech Republic has been

consumed by fire. Anyway. is biting so hard, Then later, the credit crunch crisis on billboards. the jobless are selling themselves just that. We'll meet the woman doing on the side of a highway. She advertises her services

Her name is Pasha. Pasha Stocking?

Pasha Stocking. Not Pasha Bulker. from Sharyn Ghidella. But let's begin with the latest news Good morning, Sharyn. to announce a big funding increase The Federal Government is set asylum seekers heading to Australia. to help Indonesia stem the flow of are en route to Australia, It comes amid fears more boat people explosion off Ashmore Reef. following Thursday's deadly a surge of asylum seekers As Australia grapples with arriving on our doorstep, the Federal Government admits needs reviewing. the nation's border protection tactics and more resources. We may have to look at different is expected to announce The Government

to help stop people-smuggling. a multimillion-dollar funding boost Fairfax reports new surveillance equipment most of the money will go towards

for Indonesian authorities. and training programs Afghani asylum seekers without visas It comes less than 48 hours after 70 were intercepted in West Java. heading to our shores. A second boat is believed to be possibility of a further arrival. Our forces are on high alert for the morning's explosion off Ashmore Reef The death toll from Thursday but is expected to rise. stands at three, haven't been found Two missing asylum seekers are clinging to life. and some survivors transferred to Brisbane. Six men have been A seventh arrived overnight. Any patient who has severe burns have had to the extent that these people are at the risk of dying. operate on the physical trauma, As Australia's world-class surgeons will also help the men heal. interpreters and social workers in a positive way We can start interacting with them psychological trauma. to try to help them get over their working on some of the 23 survivors. In Perth, specialists have started to minimise the risk of infection They've been quarantined all will pull through. and doctors are hopeful I felt very, very sad look on their face to see the very dismayed and distant and sheer grief. and the look almost of utter In Darwin, some light on exactly what happened. police hope witnesses will shed at least 50 defence personnel They've already interviewed some of the survivors and could start talking to as early as this afternoon. get a clear picture I am hoping that we'll be able to about what has happened. remain critically ill in hospital Two backpackers packed with tourists, after a 4-wheeldrive, Fraser Island. rolled on Queensland's 11 were in the vehicle

on a beach yesterday morning. when the accident happened in their 20s, died at the scene. A man and woman, believed to be Hervey Bay Hospital, Eight others are being treated at critically injured passengers while the two at the Princess Alexandra hospital are fighting for life in Brisbane. similar accidents happen regularly. Police say on the main roads, They don't know how to drive they don't know the circumstances, they can't drive on beaches, ah, they don't know our country open to very serious injury. and they only leave themselves on Fraser Island beaches Locals want the 100km/h speed limit to be reduced. slugged extra on their power bills People in New South Wales will be

electricity infrastructure. to upgrade the State's ailing News Limited says details of the $18 billion upgrade the State Government will announce later today. one-third of the State's The 5-year program will replace

power poles, cables and substations. fork out up to $2.50 extra a week. To pay for it, consumers will Sydney's CBD and surrounding suburbs recent blackouts. have been plagued by The worst one, on March 30, 70,000 homes and businesses. saw power cut to from charging unfair exit fees The banks may soon be banned interest rate cut in full. after failing to pass on the latest several measures The Federal Government is looking at among the banks to increase competition reviewing punitive bank exit fees. and that could include Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen says are complaining about the charges more and more bank customers and he might ban them. The Government is also angry mortgage holders didn't get all of last week's 0.25% interest rate cut. In world news, US President Barack Obama says he'll ask his top public servants to tighten their belts to cut government spending. During his weekly address, President Obama vowed to get rid of dozens of government programs that have turned out to be a waste of money. All across America, families are making hard choices and it's time their government did the same. Mr Obama says many government department bosses have already taken steps to save money. A US journalist has been jailed in Iran after being convicted of spying.

31-year-old Roxana Saberi, a dual American/Iranian citizen, has lived in Iran for the past six years reporting for several international news services. She was initially detained for illegally buying alcohol but later went on trial for spying for the United States.

Saberi's been sentenced to eight years' jail. Her family and friends have set up an international campaign calling for her release. A woman has been arrested in the US after security guards caught her peeping into windows at Britney Spears' house. The 26-year-old was nabbed wearing camouflage and carrying camera gear on the grounds of the singer's home north-west of Los Angeles. The former 'American Idol' contestant says she was only there to make a documentary on paparazzi photographers. And thousands of Orthodox worshippers have packed into Christianity's most sacred shrine to celebrate Easter week's holy fire ritual. Christians traditionally believe Jesus Christ was crucified and buried at the site in Jerusalem's Old City where the church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands. The ritual follows the belief that a holy fire appears spontaneously from Jesus' tomb as a message that he hasn't forgotten his followers. (BELLS TOLL) (SCREAMING) While Protestants and Roman Catholics marked Easter last week, Orthodox Christians are on a different calendar.

Isn't it good news that Britney is

OK. And it wasn't you. I wish I had

seen Britney when I was in LA. I

didn't see anyone. Brad, George, I

must run into one of them. Shrek. At

Disneyland? Universal. We had the

best tile. The kids must have been

pleased with that. Now if you have a

photo with Joe jockey you will have

the whole set. You said that, not

me. I love Joe. You had a good time?

I had the best time in LA. Everyone

must go. Time for

must go. Time for sport now. St Kilda and Geelong have continued their unbeaten season

after a dominating performance last night. The Saints thumped the Dockers by 83 points

in their AFL match at Etihad Stadium, while the Cats outplayed the Crows. Earlier,

Port Adelaide produced the upset of the year, beating Hawthorn and Sydney was too good for Carlton. St Kilda forward Nick Riewoldt kicked five goals while Nick Del Santo tore the Dockers to shreds in the midfield. Del Santo briefly left the field in the last quarter with a knee injury but he says it's nothing to worry about. Yeah, I feel fine now. So far so good.

It took me 30 seconds to get it up.

The body is holding up alright. So far so good.

It's sure to be an uncomfortable week for Dockers coach Mark Harvey after another disappointing performance. At AAMI Stadium, Gary Ablett scored three goals to lead the Cats to victory in his 150th match.

The Crows narrowed the gap to just 11 in the third quarter, before the visitors blitzed again in the last quarter. Paul Chapman finished off with a strong showing in the closing minutes to seal the win. The Cats remain on top of the table and face the Lions at home next week. The New South Wales Waratahs have sent their finals hopes into a nosedive after losing by a point in Sydney overnight. The Western Force claimed victory against the 'Tahs for the first time since joining the Super 14 in 2006. The Reds suffered their fourth straight defeat, losing to the Lions at Suncorp Stadium. In other results, the Hurricanes beat the Stormers and the Chiefs outplayed the Cheetahs. The Force's Drew Mitchell looked to have scored the first try of the match after a beautifully weighted kick. But it was controversially disallowed after it was ruled Staniforth put his foot into touch. The 'Tahs have a bye next week, before touring South Africa where they'll realistically need to win all three games. Despite the margin being 11,

the Reds admit they were disgraceful against the Lions in front of a home crowd. To make matters worse, All Black flanker Daniel Braid suffered a season-ending injury. He ruptured his Achilles tendon and will need surgery.

Reds skipper James Horwell says his side never looked like winning. We just didn't come out and play tonight. We gave them too much possession, we just didn't show up. It doesn't get any easier for Queensland - they play the Blues next weekend. Manly fullback Brett Stewart has again put his off-field dramas aside to inspire the Sea Eagles to victory. Stewart scored two tries in his side's 16-point win over the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. In the other match, Newcastle produced an upset win against the Dragons. The NRL premiers were in control of the match, delivering South Sydney their second consecutive loss. Manly centre Jamie Lyon says Stewart has turned his side around. He's come back pretty well. Hopefully he can keep playing good footy. Stewart has scored five tries in his two matches this year. Despite playing some entertaining footy, the Dragons suffered their second loss of the season, beaten by Newcastle at WIN Stadium. Wendell Sailor bagged a double in the first half for the Red and Whites and made sure his rival Adam MacDougall knew about it. But it was 'Mad Dog' who had the last laugh - his second half try inspired a Knights comeback. Jamie Whincup will be aiming to make it four wins from four championship races when the Hamilton 400 V8 Supercar event concludes today. Whincup led from start to finish in yesterday's race and will be the man to beat today. The 59-lap race begins at 12:30 this afternoon. Him

Chelsea are through to the FA Cup

final. That is fun. A big week for them. Now to Sunday's weather. And a low spinning up in the Tasman is responsible for strengthening winds along the NSW coast. That will result in isolated showers and dangerous surf conditions. Elsewhere, a high in the Bight should bring fine weather to much of Victoria and South Australia. Now let's take a look at the capital cities, and Brisbane will be fine today.

Later this week winds are expected to swing onshore,

triggering a shower or two. Brief showers in Sydney today with cool southerly winds bringing tops in the low 20s. Melbourne can expect some morning drizzle, clearing to a fine afternoon. That fine weather should last until at least Thursday. Fine in Canberra with maximum temperatures around 20 degrees. Perth will be fine and partly cloudy today, reaching 29 degrees. It should remain fine and warm tomorrow, but a thundery shower may develop on Tuesday. Taking a look around the rest of the country - fine in Canberra. also sunny in Hobart and in Darwin, late showers and storms.

Canberra just had two goes. I missed

that. You don't listen to what I

say? I was preparing for this great

throw to the break. Off you go. Just ahead - live to hospitals across the country, caring for those injured asylum seekers. Plus, Mel Gibson's message for the judge in his multimillion-dollar divorce case - butt out!

It sounds like contempt of court. There you go.

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I could just eat you all up. Yes, I could. VOICEOVER: New McCain Steam Fresh baby vegetables. (PING!) The sweetest vegies, in four single serves. It's a very busy morning for Australia's best doctors. They're working tirelessly to save the lives of the asylum seekers who survived that boat explosion off Ashmore Reef earlier this week. More than half of the 44 survivors are being treated in Royal Perth Hospital. The others are at Royal Darwin Hospital with a small few transferred to Brisbane. Meanwhile, the Navy is monitoring a new boatload of asylum seekers making its way to Australia. And the Federal Government is set to announce a big funding increase to help Indonesia stem the flow of asylum seekers to Australia. Seven reporter Lee Jeloscek is in Darwin and Blake Johnson is in Perth. Good morning to you both. Lee, we'll start with you. What's the current condition of the patients in Darwin?

At this stage there are 12 patients

being treated he here at

being treated he here at the Royal Darwin Hospital and of those 12, 3

are in a critical condition.

Yesterday they transferred six and

another may be transferred later

today. What do we know about this

new boat? There have been reports

there is another boat, a boat off

the north Australian coast. Chris

Evans refused to confirm this but

border patrol and Customs are on

high alert. Moving to Perth now, Blake, how are patients holding up there?

Doctors here say the 23 patients are

going OK. Six in intensive care and

another six in trauma unit. Every

patient required surgery and doctors

hope they get through the last of

those patients, 10 of them, later today. The investigation into the cause of the boat explosion has intensified. Police are interviewing witnesses? The

Questions still remains exactly what

happened on Thursday. The 44

survivors of the blast will be

interviewed by police as soon as

they are well enough and 50 rescue

personnel will be interviewed and we

are seeing officers from Queensland,

WA and the - and the Federal Police

helping out with that investigation. Lee Jeloscek and Blake Johnson,

we'll check back with you later in the show. Moving on, it seems making a seachange isn't all it's cracked up to be. Researchers at Bathurst's Charles Sturt University have found a majority of those who moved from Sydney to the bush faced more negatives than positives. About 90% of them are so disenchanted

they plan to move on to another town - some, back to the city. Many felt they received a cold greeting and didn't fit in.

That wouldn't happen in Wagga Wagga,

Sam? We are very friendly country peel. City residents also had to cope with poor health care,

poor roads and fewer work opportunities.

Warm beer and fashions that are 50

years behind those of the capital cities. Those who fancy a seachange are being encouraged to do more research before they move.

That doesn't sound right. Country

people are very welcoming. It

depends which country. Cornwall not particularly welcoming. Moving on, it seems everyday products like coffee and peanut butter are benefiting from the recession. Grocery sales are up as belts tighten, according to Fairfax papers. Basic spreads are predicted to grow by as much as 26% over the next four years, as people eat out less and try to save on expensive food items.

It is all those country folk

welcoming the city people. That means staples such as bread are more popular than ever. And more people are saving on over-the-counter cappuccinos. They're buying their coffee from grocery stores. Moving on, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is in hot water again. The foul-mouthed foodie has been accused

of serving his London pub customers ready-made meals prepared in a food factory. Dishes such as pork belly, braised pig cheeks and orange and bitter chocolate tart are reportedly prepared in bulk and then transported in plastic bags to several of his restaurants. Ramsay's team admits half its food is prepared off-site, but promises no fresh produce is prepared at the facility in question. The chef has said in the past, "My food hell is any ready meal".

Those pre-prepared pigs cheeks in

plastic bags. And finally, Mel Gibson's divorce is heating up. The actor has demanded a Filipino judge be removed from the case. Gibson's legal team argued Judge Rafael Ongkeko would be prejudiced against him on religious grounds. According to Sydney's 'Sunday Telegraph', Gibson adheres to a strict Catholic code

that's at odds with the judge's own beliefs. The Hollywood star and his wife of 28 years, Robyn Moore,

filed for divorce last Monday, amidst rumours Gibson is seeing another woman.

Several women called OK Csaba. There

is a story developing there. Any

indication of how the judge's

beliefs don't - He is a Filipino

judge. Filipinos are predominantly

Catholic. It is a fairly staunch

form of Catholicism. Ahead this morning, the world's tallest man. So how does he fit on the bed at night? Then later, breakfast with the stars - blond Bond Daniel Craig, Irish singer Ronan Keating

and comedy legend Martin Short, live and exclusive. But next, news, sport and weather together. You're watching Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network. Time for this week's travel deal now and how would you like to get the star treatment by flying StarClass? It's Jetstar's international business class and for a limited time you can fly to Bali for just $799 from either Sydney or Melbourne. Jetstar also has some great StarClass deals to other international destinations including Tokyo, Phuket and Hawaii. But you'll have to be quick! These fares are only on sale until midnight tonight. For all the details and to book, just log on to:

If Naomi Campbell is in your Campbell, duck. Ahead this half hour, the young gun taking over council. Meet the university student who's graduated to mayor status. Then later, remember the Hollywood writers' strike? Well, now there are threats of an actors' strike but has there been a breakthrough?

Right now though it's 7:30, so let's get a news hit from Sharyn. Good morning. Australia is set to offer Indonesia more money and resources to help it stop the flow of asylum seekers to our shores. It comes after 70 Afghanis, without visas

were discovered in West Java on Friday. There are also reports a second boatload of asylum seekers is heading towards Australia. Meanwhile, a seventh critically ill survivor from Thursday's deadly explosion has arrived in Brisbane for treatment. Any patient who has severe burns to the extent that these people have had are at the risk of dying. The death toll from the blast stands at three but two men remain missing. Police are now interviewing hundreds of witnesses to piece together exactly what happened. Locals are calling for speed limits on Fraser Island to be reduced after yesterday's fatal backpacker crash. Two European tourists were killed instantly and two remain critically ill in hospital after their 4-wheeldrive rolled on a beach. Police say accidents like this happen all the time. Over the three years that I've been here there's been quite a number of very similar type incidents. Eight other passengers are being cared for at Hervey Bay Hospital. Three men are being questioned by Sydney police, accused of robbing a brothel manager in the city's inner west. The trio walked into the establishment in Five Dock just before 2am, assaulted the manager and took off with his wallet and watch.

Police spotted their car not long afterwards and chased them before they crashed and ran away. But officers managed to catch all three of them. One even had to be plucked from the Parramatta River. An American journalist has been jailed for eight years in Iran after being convicted of spying. The 31-year-old woman's conviction has led to a chorus of protests around the world, including the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Journalist Roxana Saberi reporting

for American television before she

went to her father's country of

origin Iran to study and write a

book. Roxana faced the serious

accusation of buying alcohol and

working as a journalist without a

press card. Then the charge of

spying was introduced. She was found

guilty and had a brief trial behind

closed doors. Lawyers acting for the

family now plan to appeal. Roxana's

father has flown to Iran vowing not

to leave until she is freed. He

claims she is weak and frail and

they are using undue pressure

against her to make incriminating

statements. The president has not

made statements about the nuclear

ambitions. Family fear she may be

used as a bargaining chip in future

negotiations. Statements from the

State department demanding her

release and her release will have serious implications to reach out to

the Islamic public. Still overseas, and parts of America's Midwest are in the midst of a spring snow storm. The wild weather has shut highways, cancelled flights and closed schools in Colorado and Wyoming. 122cm of snow fell in the mountains and 15cm came down in the city of Denver. Officials say this won't be the last of the unseasonable weather - more falls are expected today and into tomorrow. Prince Phillip has reached an impressive milestone - he's now the longest standing spouse of any British Monarch. The 87-year-old been at the Queen's side since her coronation in 1953.

Over the past half-century the Duke of Edinburgh has travelled the world extensively, notching up several embarrassing gaffes along the way. During a visit to Australia he asked an Aboriginal leader if they still throw spears at each other. Not one to make a fuss, Prince Phillip is said to be celebrating with a quiet weekend at Windsor Castle. A Japanese man has shaken and A Japanese man has shaken and stirred his way to the top, becoming the world's best bartender. He beat thousands of mixologists to take out first prize at the championships, in Texas. The competition attracted hopefuls from 60 countries. Judges looked for accuracy and precision, a larger-than-life personality and the ability to entertain drinkers. And now with sport, here's Simon Reeve. Good morning. In AFL, Hawthorn's slow start to the season has gone from bad to worse. The defending premiers went down to Port Adelaide, beaten by 30 points. No concerns for Lance Franklin's hamstring. It didn't stop him from side-stepping opponents with little song and dance Port were two steps head.

COMMENTATOR: He unloads and kicks a wonderful goal. For his failure to recognise the umpire Matt Thomas could be in trouble.

The Hawks had to be pushed - trailing by 13 at quarter-time. A facial from an old team-mate had Dew and the Hawks looking better. Franklins' third had them in front for a moment. Played on when he didn't have to, why not make it a bit more difficult? Tredrea went two better as the Hawks lost another two to injury - Guerra on ice and only just back - Jordan Lewis. While Hawthorn had their moments to forget - there were Power failures, too. Nothing in it, but Tom Logan was head and shoulders above the rest. Takes a screamer! Port Adelaide switched it on in the last - Tredrea kicking six. The Hawks were roadkill as the visitors ran home booting seven to three. All was left to be topped was Logan's earlier effort. Oh! Haven't they turned it on today. It was a fair degree of understanding their game plan. We're lucky to get Nick Russell back from Hawthorn, who has spent a bit of time in their box. In the other matches, St Kilda and Geelong both registered wins to remain unbeaten this year. The Saints dominated the Dockers, while the Cats had to work for their victory over the Crows. Elsewhere, Sydney beat Carlton at the SCG. Fremantle never looked like winning against the Saints, in another disappointing performance. It'll be a tough week for poor Freo coach Mark Harvey, after his side remains winless this season.

The New South Wales Waratahs have suffered a major blow to their finals hopes. The 'Tahs were beaten by a point against the Western Force in front of a disappointed home crowd. The Reds were pretty ordinary against the Lions, going down by 11. The Hurricanes downed the Stormers and the Chiefs outskilled the Cheetahs. The Force was unlucky not to take the lead on two occasions. They crossed the line twice, only to be called back for some controversial rulings. New South Wales captain Phil Waugh says it was a game they should have won. Gee whiz, I don't know how many points we left out here again.

The 'Tahs now realistically need to win all three games on their tour of South Africa to secure a finals spot. The Knights have come from behind to beat the Dragons in the NRL. In the other match, Manly made it two-from-two, with troubled fullback Brett Stewart scoring twice. Wendell Sailor also crossed twice in the first half for the red and whites, who went into the break ahead. But his rival Adam MacDougall had the last laugh. A huge week for Chelsea continues after they qualified for the FA Cup final this morning, beating Arsenal in their semifinal. Despite the Gunners scoring first, Guus Hiddink's Blues hit back to take the match 2-1. Chelsea goes on to play the winner of Manchester United and Everton. In the English Premier League, West Ham kept Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw. Middlesbrough held Fulham to a 0-0 draw. Stoke downed Blackburn 1-0. Sunderland and Portsmouth also registered wins. Aston Villa went ahead and looked to have the game under control but West Ham scored the equaliser five minutes from time.

That's your news and sports so far.

They will win. She should - they

should share it around a bit more. I

am a Man snob. So is Sam. Now for Sunday's weather. Cairns can expect sunny conditions today. Fine in Brisbane. Brief showers in Sydney. Canberra will be fine. Showers in Melbourne. A sunny 16 in Hobart. 23 degrees in Adelaide. Perth will be partly cloudy. Storms in Darwin. In Alice Springs, sunny. Ahead this hour, breaking her silence - the real reason Samantha Ronson broke up with girlfriend, Lindsay Lohan.

I can't wait, can you! I have

I can't wait, can you! I have been dying to know. But next, why age is no barrier. The uni student who's been elected mayor. Stay with us. When my allergies play up, I feel like I'm in a daze. Now I'm Claratyne clear. (HAPPY MUSIC) Claratyne relieves my worst allergy symptoms, KIDS: Catch! And it won't make me drowsy. Hit allergies for six! Whoo! (CHEERING) And live Claratyne clear.

MAN: (ON TELEVISION) Australians need more ATMs... (BEEP) (MACHINE WHIRRS AND RATTLES) (GRUNTS) (MACHINE WHINES) (WHINING STOPS) in more convenient places. This week our friends at Accor are offering you the chance to unwind at Mercure Sydney at a discounted rate. This contemporary four-star hotel is located in the heart of the city so you can explore Sydney's major attractions, restaurants and bars. Weekend Sunrise viewers can stay for the exclusive rate of $99 per night in a standard room. But hurry - the offer is only available for the first 200 callers. To book: Being the mayor of a city is a tough gig. You have to deal with disgruntled residents and pushy politicians on many local government issues. So imagine the surprise in the US city of Stillwater when the newly elected Mayor turned out to be 27 years old and a university student. Nathan Bates studies health education and on campus he's just one of 20,000 students. But now he's the leader of almost 50,000 residents. The fact that a student ran and actually won, not just a council seat but as the actual figurehead of the council and the chair of the council, was a big surprise to everyone involved. Nathan Bates joins us now from Stillwater in the United States. Good morning. How are you going to juggle your university commitments

with your responsibilities as Mayor?

I couldn't juggle my university

commitments with my social life. It

will take a lot of careful planning

and do my classes at night and do my

mayor duties during the day. What

inspired you to run for mayor at the

age of 27? You got to start

somewhere and I thought this would

be a great place to start my

political career and more

importantly there were things in

Stillwater that could be done

differently and I wanted everyone to

have a voice on the counsel. Is it a

thrill to be called your worship.

What is your title, Nathan?

it is just may

What is your title, Nathan? Really it is just mayor. They don't do

Lordship or anything. They don't

give you a gown with trim or

anything like it? No. I have talked

about it but they put me off. You

can do anything. You the boss. Your other councilmen are considerably older than you. How do they feel about your appointment?

Well, I think that everyone on the

council is going to be professional.

We are looking forward to it S we

are all under the impression that

new blood brings new ideas oo into

the council. It will be an

adjustment into the new life but we

all want the best for our city. What

all want the best for our city. What

is first on the agenda of a health

sciences student when he gets the

mayor seat? Well, a lot of big

points of contention in Stillwater

but really the main thing I am

focusing on first is get the housing

situation fixed. There are a lot of

students forced to live in slums.

That is not to say Stillwater is bad

at all. The quality of life for

students is below standards and I

want to make sure they are taken

care of as well. It will make you

popular on campus when you fix the

housing crisis. You will be a

shoo-in with the ladies at the bar.

No comment. What is the population

of Stillwater? We are right now

currently around 50,000. It's an

approximation. We haven't done the

census yet but we are guessing it is

around that number. It is a

around that number. It is a fairly

decent sized city. Congratulations.

decent sized city. Congratulations. I hope it all goes terribly well for

you. Best of luck. Thank you.

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Weekend Sunrise continue was Andrew

and Sam. Jazz things up a bit for

you. Thank you - who is that? Who is

that player I am thinking about? I

am playing the saxophone. Trumpet is

like that. Our next segment is a

lesson air instruments. You

finished? We got some very important

stuff to get to. She's one of the most powerful women in Hollywood and she's not even old enough to know it. Suri Cruise is the daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the envy of all the other celebrity kids in the playground. Right now in the US, she's celebrating her third birthday. With parents like hers, we can only expect it's a good one.

Let's find out from our showbiz correspondent Nelson Aspen. He joins us now from Los Angeles. Good morning. What's Suri up to?

You know it is also America fer rara

and James Wood and Eric Roberts's

birthday but all eyes are on Suri.

She is 3 years old today. She is the

cutest kid in LA. She is absolutely

adorable. All the stories that we

adorable. All the stories that we hear about the millions of dollars

that they are laying out in her

dancing classes and language classes

but when it came to her birthday it

was pretty low-key. They had a small

party at their home. She wanted a

princess-themed party and she had a

cake with Belle from 'Beauty and the

Beast'. I just came from

interviewing Jennifer Garner, whose

birthday was yesterday. She gave

birth to her second daughter named

Sarafina. Ashton Kutcher may have a

million people following him but I

have fewer. I twittered what do you

want me to ask Jennifer

want me to ask Jennifer she came up

want me to ask Jennifer she came up with the baby. She came up with

Sarafina and it means angel. It is I

Italian for angel.

Moving on, from birthday to break-up, Samantha Ronson's mother has spoken out about the DJ's high-profile split from Lindsay Lohan?

Don't you love it when your mother

comments on your love life. Her

mother came out in defence 0.5% her

mother came out in defence 0.5% her daughter saying she is keeping busy

and pressed her to talk about

Lindsay. More women should take a

lesson from this woman and said " lesson from this woman and said "I

don't think I should comment on Lindsay. don't think I should comment on

Lindsay." Good plan. I she is

spending more time with her family.

I don't know if that is good for Lindsay. Finally, Nelson, there were fears in Hollywood of another strike. This time the actors were threatening to walk off set unless they could reach a deal with producers. But our fears can now be put to rest?

You can get a good night's sleep

tonight and all the shows will be

tonight and all the shows will be out in 2010. I am a SAG member and I

don't have any specifics. I don't

know what is going on. Justine

Bateman is on the board of the SAG.

She is not happy with the deal. A

lot of the sticking points has to do

with the new media and payment. That

is her big problem. I was looking at

some old links on Lance the monkey

chimp. I hope they are covering it

as well. Save the monkeys. You got

too much tile on your hands. I can

always squeeze in a funny monkey

video on YouTube. Coming up, major star power - don't miss Irish singing sensation Ronan Keating,

blond Bond Daniel Craig and Hollywood comedy legend Martin Short, live. But next - news, sport and weather together. You're watching Weekend Sunrise, on the Seven Network. set your stomach off, causing uncomfortable heartburn. Unlike antacids, one tiny Zantac tablet can relieve your toug est heartburn and indigestion all day and all night. Put out what you put in with Zantac. Under investigation - authorities question injured asylum seekers and monitor a new boatload on its way. This morning, Australia's tough new border security. Plus, need a job? Why not advertise yourself on a billboard?

This woman did. You won't believe the results. And then, have breakfast with the stars.

Standby for the blond Bond Daniel Craig, Irish singer Ronan Keating, # Loving each day as if it's the last # Dancing all night and having a blast # Oh, baby, I want you right here next to me. # And Martin Short, live and exclusive, this Sunday April 19, 2009. # Reach up for the sunrise # Put your hands in to the big sky... # VOICEOVER: Now back to Weekend Sunrise with Andrew and Sam. Also coming up, the Susan Boyle effect. This overnight superstar has ignited fierce international debate. Find out why, later.

Right now, though, it's time for the latest news from Sharyn Ghidella.

Good morning. The Federal Government is set to send more money to Indonesia to help authorities there stem the flow of asylum seekers heading to Australia. It comes amid fears more boat people are en route to Australia following Thursday's deadly explosion off Ashmore Reef. As Australia grapples with a surge of asylum seekers arriving on our doorstep, the Federal Government admits the nation's border protection needs reviewing. We may have to look at different tactics and more resources. The Government is expected to announce a multimillion-dollar funding boost to help stop people-smuggling. Fairfax reports most of the money will go towards new surveillance equipment and training programs for Indonesian authorities. It comes less than 48 hours after 70 Afghani asylum seekers without visas were intercepted in West Java. A second boat is believed to be heading to our shores. Our forces are on high alert for the possibility of a further arrival. The death toll from Thursday morning's explosion off Ashmore Reef stands at three, but is expected to rise. Two missing asylum seekers haven't been found

and some survivors are clinging to life. Six men have been transferred to Brisbane. A seventh arrived overnight. Any patient who has severe burns to the extent that these people have had are at the risk of dying. As Australia's world-class surgeons operate on the physical trauma, interpreters and social workers will also help the men heal.

We can start interacting with them in a positive way to try to help them get over their psychological trauma. In Perth, specialists have started working on some of the 23 survivors. They've been quarantined to minimise the risk of infection and doctors are hopeful all will pull through. I felt very, very sad to see the very dismayed and distant look on their face and the look almost of utter and sheer grief. In Darwin, police hope witnesses will shed some light on exactly what happened. They've already interviewed at least 50 defence personnel and could start talking to some of the survivors as early as this afternoon. I am hoping that we'll be able to get a clear picture about what has happened. A man's been killed after being hit by a car in Melbourne's south overnight. It's believed the man was lying in the middle of the road

when he was run over at Frankston just after 11pm.

The driver stopped and tried to help the man but he died at the scene. We will be looking for some assistance to identify this male. He appears to be between 25 and 35 years of age with short, straight dark hair. Police are investigating why the man was lying on the road. Two backpackers remain critically ill in hospital after a 4-wheeldrive packed with tourists rolled on Queensland's Fraser Island. 11 were in the vehicle when the accident happened on a beach yesterday morning. A man and woman, believed to be in their 20s, died at the scene. Eight others are being treated at Hervey Bay Hospital while the two critically injured passengers are fighting for life at the Princess Alexandra hospital in Brisbane. Police say similar accidents happen regularly. They don't know how to drive on the main roads, they can't drive on beaches, ah, they don't know the circumstances, they don't know our country and they only leave themselves open to very serious injury. Locals want the 100km/h speed limit on Fraser Island beaches to be reduced. The residents of New South Wales will be footing the bill to fix the State's troubled electricity infrastructure. News Limited reports the New South Wales Government will announce details of an $18 billion upgrade later today.

To pay for it, consumers will be billed up to $2.50 extra a week. Over five years one-third of the State's cables, substations and power poles will be replaced. It comes after recent major blackouts hit Sydney's CBD and inner suburbs. In world news, five people have been found dead inside a house in the US state of Maryland. Relatives discovered the bodies after not hearing from the family for days. Neighbours say two adults and three small children lived there. It makes you think. You hear about it everywhere else but not here. Not in our town. Shocking. Police haven't confirmed how they died or if all five victims are members of the same family. A young woman has accused London's police of using unnecessary violence and aggression during the G20 riots. Nicola Fisher was hit in the face by a baton-wielding officer during the G20 protests on April 2. I just think, like, certain police officers are thugs with weapons who seem to be allowed to attack people. The UK's police watchdog has questioned a second man over the death of Ian Tomlinson. The 47-year-old died after being allegedly shoved to the ground by an officer during the protests.

Thousands of Orthodox worshippers have packed into Christianity's most sacred shrine to celebrate Easter week's holy fire ritual. Christians traditionally believe Jesus Christ was crucified and buried at the site in Jerusalem's Old City where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands. The ritual follows the belief that a holy fire appears spontaneously from Jesus's tomb as a message that he hasn't forgotten his followers. While Protestants and Roman Catholics marked Easter last week, Orthodox Christians are on a different calendar. And it was barely that rough at the football last night, Simon. Good morning. St Kilda and Geelong have continued their unbeaten season after a dominating performance last night. The Saints thumped the Dockers by 83 points in their AFL match at Etihad Stadium,

while the Cats outplayed the Crows. Earlier, Port Adelaide produced the upset of the year, beating Hawthorn and Sydney was too good for Carlton. St Kilda forward Nick Riewoldt kicked five goals while Nick Dal Santo tore the Dockers to shreds in the midfield. Dal Santo briefly left the field in the last quarter with a knee injury but he says it's nothing to worry about.

I feel fine now. Just a little bit

of a sting. Just knocked it and took

me 30 seconds to get it right. The

body is holding up alright. So far

so good. Not sure what he said

there. It was very quick. It's sure to be an uncomfortable week for Dockers coach Mark Harvey after another disappointing performance. At AAMI Stadium, Gary Ablett was phenomenal in leading the Cats to victory in his 150th match. The Crows narrowed the gap to just 11 in the third quarter,

before the visitors blitzed again in the last quarter. Paul Chapman finished off with a strong showing in the closing minutes, to seal the win. The Cats remain on top of the table and face the Lions at home next week. Brett Stewart has led Manly to their second consecutive win in the NRL. Elsewhere, the Dragons lost their spot on top of the NRL table, losing to Newcastle at WIN Stadium. Manly's troubled fullback scored twice to hand Souths their second consecutive loss. Jamie Lyon also bagged a double for the defending premiers. Brett Stewart has scored five tries since his return from suspension. Ford's Jamie Whincup will be aiming to make it four wins from four championship races when the Hamilton 400 V8 Supercar event wraps up today. Whincup made it look easy yesterday, taking the lead from Winterbottom early. He led all the way to the flag, handing Ford its first round victory in nine years of racing in New Zealand. Channel 7 will have coverage of today's 59-lap race from midday. Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has scored a quick 44 runs for Chennai against Mumbai in the Indian Premier League. Hayden was lucky not to be out early after the keeper dropped a sitter. He went on to hit six fours and a six off tormentor Harbhajan Singh. Despite some hard hitting from Chennai, Mumbai won the match by 19 runs. Chelsea have outgunned the Gunners in their FA CUP semifinal win this morning. Despite Arsenal scoring first, Guus Hiddink's Blues hit back to take the match 2-1. Chelsea goes on to play the winner of Manchester United and Everton. In the English Premier League, Lucas Neill's West Ham kept Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw.

Middlesbrough held Fulham to a 0-0 draw. Stoke downed Blackburn 1-0. Sunderland and Portsmouth also registered wins. Aston Villa went ahead and looked to have the game under control but West Ham scored the equaliser five minutes from time.

We went boundary side at the Sydney/ We went boundary side at the

Sydney/Carlton match. It is so

different watching football, the

different watching football, the skill, the hits, everything. There

was a clash between Thompson and one

of the Carlton guys which would have

had us in traction for two years and

they just stood up. Sam stood they just stood up. Sam stood there

with eyes like balls. Did you get a

ball? , next time. It must be nice

on the boundary. It is much better

live than on TV. You get to see everything happening.

everything happening. I can't follow

the ball. It takes me 10 minutes to

find the ball. I will take you next

time. You got to put your wine glass

down Why is the Indian Premier

down Why is the Indian Premier League being played in South Africa?

With security concerns India and

they thought it was a much better

idea. There are plenty of

idea. There are plenty of Indians South Africa. They could have had it

in Fiji but. Not safe there either. South Africa. Now for Sunday's weather Fine in Brisbane and 28. Brief showers in Sydney. Canberra will be fine and 21 and showers in Melbourne. A sunny 16 in Hobart, 23 degrees in Adelaide. Perth will be partly cloudy and 29. Storms and 35 in Darwin and in Alice Springs - sunny and a top of 30 degrees. Just ahead, the news in focus including the asylum seeker disaster and the new boatload headed for Australia. Plus, the internet piracy case that could land us all in trouble. And is this the world's tallest man? China's gentle giant, when we come back. We are covered for flood damage? Mmm. We're with GIO. Flood cover wasn't an optional extra, was it? I mean, it wasn't a box we should have ticked but forgot, was it? No. It's automatically included. But they don't include flash floods, do they? Yes, they do.

And storms, rising rivers, flooding from dishwashers and hot-water systems, burst pipes, tsunamis. Well, that's a relief. Mmm. Switch to GIO Home and Contents Insurance with automatic flood cover. Australia's best doctors are working around the clock to save the lives of the asylum seekers who survived that boat explosion off Ashmore Reef earlier this week. The next few days are crucial in their treatment. More than half of the 44 survivors are being looked after at Royal Perth Hospital. The others are at Royal Darwin Hospital with a small few transferred to Brisbane. Some are well enough to be moved to a Darwin detention centre. While emergency services are focusing on the injured, authorities are now investigating the incident and monitoring a new boatload of asylum seekers on their way. It comes as the Federal Government prepares to announce

a big funding increase to help Indonesia stem the flow of asylum seekers to Australia. Reporter Lee Jeloscek is in Darwin

while Blake Johnson is covering the story for us in Perth. Good morning to you both. Lee, we'll start with you. What's the current condition of the patients in Darwin?

Good morning, Sam. There are now 12

patients being cared for at

patients being cared for at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Doctors say

three are cit al and nine others are

in a serious but stable condition

and doctors are hopeful they will all survive. Lee, a number of injured have been moved to Brisbane?

They were six of the most badly

burnt patients. They were

transferred because there is a more

specialised burns unit and they have

burns on 50% to 60% of their bodies. Lee, for those well enough to be released, who is looking after them?

Late Friday night three of them who

were well enough were discharged

from hospital. They are cared for at

a detention centre. They will be

questioned by detention officials

and other officials on Thursday. Moving to Perth now, Blake, how are patients holding up there?

We got 23 patients and six of them

are still in intensive care. Some of

them with burns up to 45% on their

bodies. Today another full day of

surgery and hopefully get through

the last of the victim who's need

surgery at 10:00. At best, doctors

hope some will be released later

this week and some not for weeks or

months. Blake, the investigation into the cause of the boat explosion has intensified. Police are interviewing witnesses?

They are. They interviewed about 50

workers from the defence force who

saw the explosion or helped with the

rescue effort. The 45 survivors on

the boat will also be interviewed by

police as soon as they are well

enough. The official word is we

don't know how or why the boat

exploded. Clothes were taken and

hopefully there will be something

there that points to what happened.

Blake, there are also suggestions the Australian Federal Police issued a report to the Federal Government warning its border protection policies were soft. How has the government responded to those claims?

Sam, the Government deny it's ever

received that report. In fact

Senator Chris Evans says he was told

by the Federal Police that the

Government is doing a good job in

breaking up people smugglers and

that our security teams are on high

alert of more boat people. Lee, the Navy is also monitoring a new boatload of illegal immigrants on their way to Australia. Where are they now and what are authorities doing?

That is right. There are reports

there is another boat load. It is on

the far north coast of Australia.

They remain on high alert, border

patrol and Customs remaining on high

alert to make sure no more illegal

boats enter the waters. What can you tell us about the government's planned funding increase to help combat the surge of asylum seekers?

Indonesia is seen as a gateway and

we have seen four boats make it into

Australian waters and Indonesian

officials say they stopped two

others P by boltering the border

patrol in Indonesia it might curb

some of boats entering Australian waters. Lee Jeloscek and Blake Johnson, thanks for joining us. Internet pirates have been served one of their biggest blows yet. The men behind one of the world's most popular file-sharing websites have been sentenced to a year in jail. A Swedish court ruled the founders of Pirate Bay were guilty of breaching copyright law. Pirate Bay helps more than 20 million users download movie and music content for free - an operation which has lost the industry billions of dollars. This weekend, co-founder Pete Sund laughed off a multimillion-dollar fine that formed part of the sentence. I owe you 31 million Swedish, just kidding. I think that's as close as they're going to get to any money from us.

But the ruling could set a precedent for internet piracy and we could all be in trouble. Pete Blasina is our gadget guy. Good morning. Let's look at this site first. How does Pirate Bay work exactly?

It is an interesting development

because Pirate Bay actually doesn't

host any copyright material. It is

like a bulletin board where people

post the fact. Andrew, if you had

something recorded you would post

you had a particular movie, it may

be a Bond movie, for example. I

would link to you and download it.

Using Bit Torrent I would go on to

the site and find the movie or music

and link to it and download it. They

are being charged with not so much

infringing but enabling

infringement. That is an interesting

development. You had to host the

infringed material on your site? Nap

ster was found to do the name thing.

It is a really interesting

development. But the point is it has

taken three years to get to this

point. Pirate Bay which is hosted on

a number of servers outside Sweden,

Russia and Belgium. If they close

down the one in Sweden, which is

unlikely, it will still operate, if

they close it down, it will continue

to operate on mirror sites. The site's founders plan to appeal the decision.

Do they have any hope? I think they

do. They have a good chance of

beating this down the line. It just

shows the legislators are five years

behind where the internet is. They

got to do something to got to do something to catch up.

They are desperately trying. There

have been just a few successes,

Kasar and Gruxster but they are not

getting down to where you and I are

doing it. Thanks, Pete. Well, now to the man who could be the world's tallest. Zhao Liang went to hospital for a routine foot operation. It's then that doctors marvelled at his height - almost 8'1" - three inches taller than the current world's tallest man who goes by the nickname 'The Mongolian Mast'. Now, the 'Guiness Book of Records' is investigating and so is reporter, John Ray. Hard to hide when you're 8 feet tall but somehow, everyone overlooked which is odd because Zhao Liang overlooks everyone else. This is a bit like standing under a skyscraper. It is really very strange. Do you want to be the world's tallest man, is that something you want to be? TRANSLATOR: How can you control your own body? How can you control how high you grow? His mother might have the answer just why his clothes have to be specially made. That is a big jacket. Shoes, too. Super-sized 28. And you can't buy these in the shop, either. And I thought I had big feet. He eats two pounds of bread, two bowls of rice and two meat dishes at dinner, she tells me. Until he checked into hospital for an operation on his foot, where he lies now on two beds, this contender for world's tallest man was China's best-kept secret. He would rather it had stayed that way. I'm definitely not like a normal person. I'm so tall, when I go out, lots of people surround me and take photos. It causes a traffic jam. If Zhao is as big as they say, he will make the man who holds the official title of world's tallest a shorty at just 7'9". But however he measures up, Zhao is every inch a gentle and reluctant giant. From the world's tallest man to the world's fattest beast. In a case of 'The Biggest Loser' meets Animal Planet, zookeepers in Washington got worried about a bear.

He was simply too large. So, they put him on a strict diet. Un Yang reports.

This is Nikki, a

This is Nikki, a 17-year-old Spectacled bear devouring a bag of

mealworms. A bear. Take a picture.

They are a treat he rarely gets to

eat anymore. This is Nikki two years

ago at 500 pounds. He was 48% body

fat and that is higher than bears

going into hibernation. Nikki does

not hibernate. The average bear

weighs 340 pounds. The caretakers

couldn't find his tail under the

fat. I think he is big. He was fed

too much. We found when Nikki first

arrived that he was a arrived that he was a really lazy

bear. Nikki didn't climb like the

other bears. He liked to waddle out

and sit. Nutritionists put him on a

strict diet. I don't think he

noticed a difference. I doubt he

registered he was getting less At a

svelte 345 pounds and he has his eye

on a new female bear. Nikki is

losing to lose a few more

losing to lose a few more pounds

before he is formally introduced.

Wow, what a fat bear. This is

totally like Anchor man, it is all

falling apart. We are cutting edge

on it. The Mongolian Mast. You are

obsessed with it. It sounds like a

weird fetish. Coming up, major star power - Ronan Keating, Daniel Craig and Martin Short. But next, the new king of the internet. Yeeahhh! How Ashton Kutcher beat CNN to the magic million on Twitter. Stay with us. Hundreds farewelled Brumby Shawn Mackay in Sydney and Canberra. He was remembered as a caring .. fun-loving go-getter. A 20-year-old man accused of gunning down a bikie and his mate at Chisolm last month.. pleaded NOT guilty. A 34-year-old woman's the first Canberran to be charged with failing to make sure her three young children went to school. A 42-year-old man was stabbed in the head and chest at Griffith. 36-year-old Seth Evans was arrested and refused bail. Relief .. buyers were found for troubled ABC centres in Queanbeyan .. Cooma and Goulburn. Strong winds and a dust storm lashed the capital .. while heavy rain flooded Canberra House. A tamil protester on his sixth day of a hunger strike collapsed unconscious from exhaustion in Canberra. And the Territory's Treasurer says it'll take 7 years to get the budget out of the red.More tomorrow. Hungry Jack's believes everyone should get the same stunning value no matter which store they visit.

small Coke and a sundae for just $4.95 at every store. Yeah! $4.95. It's stunning value for every Australian.

Good morning again, everyone. The Federal Government is poised to announce a multibillion-dollar boost to Indonesia's limited immigration detention facilities. It comes 48 hours after 70 Afghani asylum seekers were intercepted in West Java. Meanwhile, police in Darwin are hoping to interview some of the survivors from Thursday's deadly boat explosion as early as this afternoon. Two backpackers remain critically ill in hospital after a 4-wheeldrive packed with tourists

rolled on Queensland's Fraser Island. A man and woman, believed to be in their 20s, died at the scene. Eight others are being treated at Hervey Bay Hospital. And Australia's Orthodox community is celebrating Easter today. Worshippers in Melbourne flocked to this Greek Orthodox church in Prahran last night. And making sports headlines, this morning St Kilda and Geelong remain on top of the AFL table after beating Fremantle and Adelaide respectively. The win for Geelong was icing on the cake for Gary Ablett, who played in his 150th match. The Waratahs have suffered a shock loss to the Western Force. In a match of missed opportunities, the 'Tahs lost by a point. They'll need to begin a winning streak in South Africa to ensure a spot in the finals. And Ford's Jamie Whincup will be out to make it four wins from four championship races as the Hamilton 400 concludes today. Seven will have live coverage of the big race - check your local guides. And the weather this Sunday - Sunny in Brisbane. Showers in Sydney. Fine in Canberra. Melbourne can expect morning showers. Adelaide will be fine and sunny. A top of 29 in Perth.

In Darwin, late showers and storms.

The fact thaw can go 100km/h on a

beach with no lanes. There are huge

trenches that run along the beach

and the drops can be three or four

feet. You are in midair. And being

backpackers they would not be

experienced in those conditions. It

is just not good. It is very fast to

be driving in sand. Yesterday they

apparently swerved to miss a waive.

apparently swerved to miss a waive. And they were thrown from a vehicle,

which is why they died. You do

rattle around in those things. You

hit a bump and everyone hits the

roof. A horrible story. Indeed, we

are going to move on though. Ashton Kutcher is one of the most popular celebrities in Hollywood. He's got millions of adoring fans worldwide, not to mention a stunning wife in Demi Moore. But strangely, the actor doesn't think he's popular enough. So, he entered a popularity contest on social website Twitter. In the red corner - news channel CNN. In the blue corner - Mr Kutcher himself.

The race was on to accrue a million fans online, first. Yeaaaaah! Ashton Kutcher has every reason to celebrate - he's just won a very public battle against CNN. There are a million people that need to be thanked for this and I'm not one of them, because I'm not following me - I'm following you.

He doesn't have anything against the news broadcaster, personally. Rather, he challenged them in a race to be the first to attract a million followers on social networking site Twitter. People of the interweb, today we have done something extraordinarily special - we have shown the world that the new wave is here, it is present, and it is ready to explode. You guys are all of it. This very public 'battle royale' played out online, for the whole world to see. The anchors at CNN weren't shy about it, either.

Are you putting me on? Are you kidding? Do you think you can take on an entire network? Do you know how big we are? Do you know what CNN is? Kutcher, you're playing out of your field. But when Kutcher trumped his opponent, he humbly pr