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(generated from captions) Tonight - we, Douglas's family, On behalf of all of us,

unharmed. ask his captors to return him to us

A family records a TV appeal direct to the captors for broadcasting of an Australian hostage in Iraq. An inquiry reveals vital evidence

of the Sea King disaster. pointing to the possible cause

for five police officers... No chance of survival

during their aerial patrol. ..when something goes wrong

to a cathedral altar? And what would make someone set fire

of a prime suspect Police tonight probing the mind

they allege is a serial arsonist.

and welcome to the Late News. Hello there, I'm Sandra Sully

in 'Sports Tonight' - And coming up a little later for this. a soccer club pays the price

that behave like morons We have a few idiots

and now we have to suffer. they've been banned for. We'll tell you how long First - a desperate appeal tonight Douglas Wood from the family of Australian

to the people holding him hostage.

for Arabic television, His brothers recorded a message serves no purpose saying his captivity and he's seriously ill. A heartfelt plea for a life.

we, Douglas's family, On behalf of all of us,

With brother Vernon by his side, unharmed. ask his captors to return him to us

unharmed. ask his captors to return him to us With brother Vernon by his side, to their brother's kidnappers, Malcolm Wood has recorded a message deeply worried about his safety. He has a serious heart condition. without medication, In his current stressed environment, altogether. his health could fail him

Mr Wood says the kidnapping won't change

in Iraq the Australian Government's policy and serves no public purpose. He's pledged to ask his brother in the country if he's released. to close down his company the message will be heard. But there are no guarantees

are helping to pay the cost The Ten Network and others

to Arab station al-Jazeera, of sending the recording

if it will be played. which has not decided from the Foreign Minister. It has, however, run an appeal

Wood is a 63-year-old engineer. Mr Downer telling the kidnappers to help the Iraqi people. Mr Wood was working

of Mr Wood's wife At the Californian home Australian diplomatic officials on developments. are keeping her updated a television appeal. Mrs Wood is also considering

I'm sorry. We can't say anything right now, al-Jazeera has become a popular way In recent years, to the world. for terrorists to send their message as the most effective way Now it's being seen

of communicating with the kidnappers try to establish direct contact. while hostage negotiators arrived in Iraq today. Those negotiators about Douglas Wood's situation, The Government admits it knows little

will discover much more and hopes the top-level team in the next 48 hours. the troops will stay. But it's adamant

by anti-war protesters, But Mr Wood's case has been seized on withdraw from Iraq. demanding Australian forces

John. (ALL CHANT) Listen to the people, Bring the troops home. Laurel Irving, Ten News. may have been the cause Mechanical failure

helicopter crash on Nias. of the fatal Sea King

of Australian Navy Sea Kings The entire fleet

has now been grounded indefinitely. of the nine Australians killed The families since Sea King 2 went down. have been desperate for answers has offered the first clues. A preliminary investigation of the flight control run, Two components

connected together, which are normally from one another. were found to be detached

of the hardware Several critical parts

connecting the two components despite an extensive search. haven't been found, on impact They may have been destroyed

or in the fire which followed. will be further analysed. Flight controls

It's significant.

it's a significant piece of evidence It is a significant finding, in what is a lengthy process. but it's only a step and black box voice recorder In examining the accident site

of pilot error or engine failure. investigators found no evidence

really are At this point our thoughts of those people who were killed. with the families

With the 'Kanimbla' now home, remaining six Sea Kings indefinitely. Rear Admiral Moffitt has grounded the

as much as we will ever know Until I'm convinced that we know

about the cause of the crash, for them to fly. then it doesn't make sense to me has also been established A 5-member board of inquiry

to determine what went wrong.

which will be open to the public, Formal hearings, in a couple of months. are expected to begin

Leonie Mellor, Ten News. a suspected serial arsonist Police have charged

to St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. after setting fire Investigators allege is the latest attack this blazing altar they've been questioning tonight. by a 34-year-old man

extinguishing the fire Attendants wasted no time

chased after a suspect, while a member of the public in a nearby park. holding him for police with one count of assault He's been charged

of fire-related offences. and four counts Police say he's also responsible at two Flight Centre offices, for fires

and earlier in the week. lit this morning

He's in police custody tonight tomorrow morning. and will appear in court

hanging over a major hospital A cloud of suspicion has been left

of a baby boy. after the poisoning death the police investigation The Coroner in Perth has condemned Alastair Hope was scathing, of a 7-day-old baby in March 2001 saying the tragic poisoning

had never been properly investigated. written statements from nurses, It took police over a year to collect

"unacceptable" and "a disgrace". a situation the Coroner labelled the Coroner's report yet, Well, I haven't seen but I'm very disappointed by the fact that the investigation isn't up to standard.

The Coroner slammed the lack of action by hospital staff and detectives,

saying it clearly compromised the inquiry, leaving no clear evidence as to how the newborn had been given a gross overdose of pain-killers. The Coroner also found

there was no investigation by the hospital to determine whether other patients were at risk of being poisoned. I would accept that criticism at this time, I would accept that criticism at this time,

but I would also say to you now that this incident happened five years ago, things have changed. I can assure you that the situation at the moment would be very, very different. The little boy's mother, bundled out of the inquest after giving evidence, was given Panadeine Forte the morning her son was poisoned, but experts say it's unlikely two tablets could've caused the massive overdose. While the killer's identity remains a mystery,

the Coroner wants all nurses who came into contact with the child

to be treated as suspects. He's also recommended detectives continue probing the case so the circumstances of the poisoning can be adequately investigated. But if that's the Coroner's recommendation, I will respond to that positively. Charmaine Dragun, Ten News.

A likely date has emerged for John Howard to quit as PM. A well connected business source predicts it will happen in March next year

and that's been encouraging to supporters of his replacement. John Howard is fit, energetic and keen to get on with it. Certainly, last night the PM was talking future leadership - his own. We embark on further reforms in coming months mindful of the kind of leadership that the Australian people look for. But one of Australia's leading businessmen, with strong Liberal connections,

believes next March, after his 10th anniversary as PM, and after significant reforms have gone through the Senate, and after hosting the Queen at the Commonwealth Games, John Howard will quit. Kim Beazley says too much damage will be done before then. A fair dinkum Prime Minister cannot accept headlines like this. Or maybe like this, quoting a Costello camp source

that the Treasurer has the ticker for a fight. A fair dinkum Prime Minister would call his Treasurer in and lay down the law to him and say, "You're either loyal or you quit." But a Liberal source says John Howard is not interested in damaging the Treasurer. There's no doubt, forcing Peter Costello out would also damage the Government. His credentials as an economic manager got a boost today

with the Reserve Bank holding interest rates. And some economists believe another rate rise this year is unlikely. It's been our view for quite some time that the move in March was going to be the only move in this cycle. Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. When we come back - why police have called in two AFL stars for some tough questioning. Ben, what sort of relationship do you have with John Kizon?

Did you speak to either of those two that night? And the song Russell Crowe wrote for his wife. (Sings) # I'm so hard to handle

# My life's a suitcase that's never been closed # Don't know how you stand me #

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This program is captioned live. Police have arrested a terror suspect claimed to be a close friend of Osama bin Laden. The man now under tight security in a Pakistan jail is accused of being the mastermind behind two bombings aimed at assassinating the Pakistani president. The American Government had a $13 million bounty on this man.

Two AFL stars have been caught up in a police inquiry into gang violence. Their club moved into damage control tonight, defending the players, who were called in for questioning but refused the request. The AFL's competition leaders, the West Coast Eagles, have defended two of their star players Under siege on his way to an early morning radio gig, Eagles skipper Ben Cousins had little to say about his connections with organised crime target John Kizon.

Ben, what sort of relationship do you have with John Kizon? Did you speak to either of those two that night? And that's just what police want to know. Who did Ben Cousins and team-mate Michael Gardiner talk to, and what did they talk about when they rang the Metropolis nightclub on the night of violence

that left a senior member of the Coffin Cheaters bikie gang fighting for his life in hospital. We know that both Gardiner and Cousins had made phone calls to people in the nightclub that night.

We want to find out what those phone calls are about. It's part of a much wider investigation. The Eagles stars were called in to CIB headquarters to be questioned about the phone calls made before and after the nightclub incident where Coffin Cheater Troy Mercanti was stabbed, and a member of the Scorpion Boys street gang was shot. But the two footballers walked away after refusing to answer police questions. I'm a little bit disappointed that they haven't cooperated with police, given their high profile in the community.

It's not a good message to send to younger people. Eagles coach John Worsfold went straight into damage control, suggesting Cousins and Gardiner will be spoken to, and will be helping police with their inquiries.

The club doesn't condone anyone associating with known criminals, but that's a life choice that people have to make. But this question couldn't be answered. John, when you were captain of the club, this thing, this sort of incident, just wouldn't have occurred, would it? Your call, your perception. Rex Haw, Ten News. One of Australia's top young designers has taken centre stage at Australian Fashion Week tonight. Kit Willow's self-titled label is already a huge hit with celebrities overseas, and after seeing her latest collection you can see why.

Willow outfits are a favourite with Nicole Ritchie, while Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears are fans of her lingerie. She's made a name for herself by mixing old-world glamour with modern fashion - tonight's show no exception. I was thinking of Botticelli painting 'The Angels' women in 1400s and how he portrayed them as these strong, magical, whimsical women.

The Willow show provided a perfect end to day three of Fashion Week, which wasn't without controversy. There's nothing like a bit of star power to put the media in a spin, and at this year's Fashion Week that job fell on Jade Jagger's shoulders. The daughter of rock legend Mick Jagger was the celebrity guest for Charlie Brown.

Many expected her to model some of the new designs but she says that was never on the agenda.

Um, no, I'm here to sit in the front row and support Charlie. So you were never planning to actually model yourself as well? Um, no. Jagger did grace the catwalk briefly at the end to the sound of familiar voice. 'BROWN SUGAR' BY THE ROLLING STONES PLAYS Charlie Brown's new collection was still enough to keep the packed house happy, but plenty were confused. Those in the know knew that Jade wouldn't be modelling

but think a lot of people there this morning thought, "What's she doing? Where is she?" I even had people next to me saying, "Is that her? Is that her?" as other models came down. Some people thought that she would be modelling the clothes and others just knew that she was coming on at the end. Fashion Week pioneer Leona Edmiston created a lavish production for her show. A male model sunbaked on the grass beside the runway while some of the girls had porters carrying their shopping bags.

It wasn't just about good clothes but also unexpected accessories. A birdcage gave a new spin to the term "canary yellow". Just don't let the birdcage idea go to your head. Dan Nolan, Ten News.

When we come back -

the song Russell Crowe wrote for his wife. (Sings) # I'm so hard to handle # My life's a suitcase that's never been closed # Don't know how you stand me # Then in 'Sports Tonight' - a soccer club banned for this. We have a few idiots that behave like morons

and now we have to suffer. We'll tell you how long they'll be on the sidelines. You get more for your dollar at Bunnings Warehouse every day.

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This program is captioned live. An aerial patrol has turned to disaster

for five police officers. Their helicopter clipped an apartment building and crashed in flames. No-one on the ground was hurt. The helicopter had been in the air monitoring holiday traffic and was returning to base when something went wrong. It's not clear why the helicopter was so close to buildings before the crash. More than 60 people are dead With the latest on finance here's CommSec's Tom Piotrowski. Tom, the Reserve Bank's call to leave rates on hold was backed up today with the release a short time later of weak retail figures?

Well Sandra, the RBA's decision

provided little comfort for the

market today. It was all about the

market today. It was all about the corporate and economic news. Investors corporate and economic news. Investors had corporate and economic news. Investors had pinned corporate and economic news. Investors had pinned their

corporate and economic news. corporate and economic news. Investors had pinned their hopes on a Investors had pinned their hopes on a recovery Investors had pinned their hopes on

Investors had pinned their hopes on a recovery in consumer spending in the month

a recovery in consumer spending in the month of March, which didn't

happen. Sales for the month were flat happen. Sales for the month were flat compared happen. Sales for the month were

happen. Sales for the month were flat compared to the expected rise.

Making things worse was

Making things worse was a flat compared to the expected rise. Making things worse was a profit warning Making things worse was a profit

Making things worse was a profit warning from retailer J and B hi-fi. It It cited warning from retailer J and B hi-fi. It cited weaker warning from retailer J and B hi-fi. It cited weaker sales warning from retailer J and B hi-fi. It cited weaker sales in warning from retailer J and B hi-fi. It cited weaker sales in big

It cited weaker sales in big ticket items and consumer

ticket items and consumer electronics. Shares fell by more

electronics. Shares fell by more than 10%, dragging electronics. Shares fell by more than 10%, dragging other similar

than 10%, dragging other similar brands down as well. The health sector brands down as well. The health sector was brands down as well. The health sector was the brands down as well. The health

sector was the only one spared in brands down as well. The health

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pharmaceutical business and listing for its global pharmaceutical business and its local radiology pharmaceutical business and its local radiology services. pharmaceutical business and its local radiology services. This

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group can do the same remains to be seen but shares group can do the same remains to be seen but shares were group can do the same remains to be seen but shares were up group can do the same remains to be seen but shares were up 17% group can do the same remains to be seen but shares were up 17% today. Thanks, Tom. CommSec's Tom Piotrowski To the rest of the day in detail:

and controversial markets One of Australia's most lucrative is opening up again. to Saudi Arabia. Live sheep will be exported

Exports stopped almost 22 years ago when Saudi officials claimed

with a shipment. there were health problems

Russell Crowe has finally revealed

with his spare time what he's been doing was canned. since the Aussie movie 'Eucalyptus'

and made a solo album, He's dumped his band

and not his army of critics. one he insists is for the fans

about saying what he thinks, Russell Crowe is never shy

on his first album and he has plenty to say

30 Odd Foot of Grunts. without his old band,

This isn't about radio singles

and it's not about, you know, the solo project.

We're just treating it really simply and putting it out on the Internet, If you really want it, you can find it.

Called 'My Hand, My Heart', its songs are pretty personal, like 'The Weight of A Man', written for his wife , Danielle Spencer.

(Sings) # I'm so hard to handle

# My life's a suitcase that's never been closed # Don't know how you stand me # You can imagine how preposterous her life must be. (laughs) She's married to me and has sort of like weekly ridicule. that she's an idiot So basically telling her

this despicable bastard because she married particular week - or whatever it is I've done that or ruined somebody else's life. destroyed the film industry with dual tragedies in his family The first single, 'Raewin', deals to his baby son Charlie. and is dedicated

should always be talking # (Sings) # A son and his father

Can you gauge his reaction to it? Oh he likes it. will make him go quiet for a while. That's one of the two songs that

to number one on download charts here The single's already gone and around the world, for his rock star leanings, but the movie star still cops flak

flattering comments particularly after he published and Billy Bragg on the Net. made about the album by Sting

I thought if I leave that in there, that will be printed quite a lot. So you're playing games with us?

No, I'm not really. You know, it's just I haven't got a job at the moment, nothing else to do late at night. In fact he's got quite a lot to do. His latest movie 'Cinderella Man' opens in the US this month and there's a chance he'll try to squeeze in a tour for the album. It's out on the Net on May 10. Angela Bishop, Ten News.

The weather's next and then if it happened in sport today you're about to see it with Leigh Diffey. in 'Sports Tonight' they're smiling up in Brisbane. Sandra, tonight -

has re-signed with the club Supercoach Leigh Matthews

to the end of 2008.

mixed emotions. Meanwhile at St Kilda,

The Saints are seething. The Roosters send Walker on his way. an unwanted nickname. And Queensland give the Waratahs

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This program is captioned live. To the national weather details now and the satellite shows thick cloud over the west, more patchy cloud covering Queensland and New South Wales. A cold front will hit the south-east corner bringing rain to South Australian farmers. A trough will bring more rain to Western Australia. The chance of rain for Cairns, showers for Brisbane and Adelaide. Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Alice Springs will be mostly sunny. Late showers for Melbourne and Hobart. Darwin will be fine. from the Ten News centre And that's the latest for this Wednesday May 4. is next. 'Sports Tonight' with Leigh Diffey from the Late News team, goodnight. I'm Sandra Sully -

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