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(generated from captions) across WA The massive cleanup is in full swing Good morning. Ten News with Tracey Spicer. was up to before he got stuck. what police think the victim in a service station roof - And a body found to save her kidnapped father. A daughter's desperate plea is expected to cost. just how much this wild weather worst storms ever - Cleaning up after WA's

he has been seriously harmed We have no reason to believe to release Douglas Wood. to convince kidnappers is the latest attempt Christina's website statement begs for her father's life. A desperate daughter its own steps to secure his release. while Mr Wood's family takes with tribal leaders, to continue negotiating has decided to stay on in Baghdad Islamic clerics One of Australia's leading is being held captive. where Australian Douglas Wood in Iraq, Fresh hopes of a breakthrough Anthony Robertson, Ten News. the tens of millions. The damage bill estimated to run into Three schools remain closed today. for help. responding to hundreds of calls through the night, Emergency crews have worked and we've got to make it safe. we've got to secure the shop but what we've got to do, know where to start really, You just stand there and you don't the windows started breaking. a loud explosion and then of lightning - First there was a big flash devastated. Businesses across the south-west town and tossed to the beach. Boats torn from their moorings office was just demolished. I turned around and the entire as though a train was headed my way. I just heard this screeching sound just moments before. who'd left the news room for journalists inside a narrow escape through the ABC's radio studios - saw a construction crane crash another tornado Further south in Bunbury, many still waiting for help. leaving 100,000 homes in the dark, Power cut across the city were out for hours. Hundreds of traffic lights I'd see it like this. but I never thought It was my beautiful old house, under the force of the wild weather. This man's house caving in roofs off houses and offices. A series of small tornadoes peeled across the city's southern suburbs. a trail of havoc it was enough to wreak Lasting only a matter of minutes, to ever hit Perth. It's one of the worst storms many households return to normal. and it could be months before without power Thousands of homes remain ripped across parts of the State. of devastating tornadoes after a series

to rob the business The likely theory - he was attempting Why he was there? he'd been dead for several days. the state of the man's body Police say judging by and made the discovery. searched the roof and an airconditioning technician inside the service station An odour was smelt to check it out. The owners calling in an expert on Brisbane's bayside. at the Freedom Fuels service station to a problem which first alerted customers late yesterday It was a terrible smell while trying to break in. high-voltage wires It's thought the victim touched inside the roof. after the discovery of a man's body a Brisbane service station Investigators are combing Laurel Irving, Ten News. that a breakthrough is near. after being assured by tribal leaders delay his departure from Baghdad He remains optimistic and will now Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilali. Australia's Islamic community, in the work of the head of may still lie Douglas Wood's best hope we're certainly not giving up. But as I've said often before, there's no question of that. extremely difficult - This is proving to be that we're doing on the ground. There are all sorts of other things about its work. The Government won't go into detail after his capture two weeks ago. in Iraq since shortly of the top-level hostage team, much less is known about the work to free Mr Wood, While the family does all it can are with the Iraqi people, and that: also says her thoughts on her wedding day, seen here with her father The statement from Christina, and 7-year-old son. to her 10-year-old daughter as a doting grandfather Her statement recalls Douglas Wood from Christina's children show. as these heartbreaking pictures at this stage. but we honestly don't really know

meaning they've had virtually no income for three years. They can plan for one or two but three is impossible to plan impossible to plan for. plan for one or two but three is impossible to plan for. They plan for one or two but three is impossible to plan for. They feel abandoned impossible to plan for. They feel abandoned by impossible to plan for. They feel abandoned by the impossible to plan for. They feel abandoned by the Federal impossible to plan for. They feel abandoned by the Federal Government. abandoned by the Federal Government. They say abandoned by the Federal Government. They say there's abandoned by the Federal Government. abandoned by the Federal Government. They say there's been very little mention They say there's been very little mention of They say there's been very little mention of drought They say there's been very little mention of drought assistance They say there's been very little income for three years. They meaning they've had virtually no income for three years. meaning they've had virtually no income for three income for meaning they've had virtually no faced three droughts in a row, faced three droughts in a row, now. Many of these farmers have faced three droughts in a now. Many of these farmers have faced three droughts in now. Many of these farmers have faced three droughts now. Many of these farmers have faced three now. Many of these farmers have faced now. Many of these farmers have Federal Government. They need it now. Many of these farmers Federal Government. They need it now. Many of these now. Many of Federal Government. They need it assistance, preferably from the farmers. They need financial farmers. They need is just a plea for help from these Tracey, more than anything, today from today's meeting? what outcome is expected is drought declared - Dan, 90% of NSW alone Ten reporter Dan Nolan is there. in the western NSW town of Parkes. are today holding a crisis meeting authorities and farmers in drought, With almost 50% of the nation Tim Collits, Ten News. this morning conducting more checks. Forensic experts are back at the site That's one theory we're working on. as to the cause of death. We're not sure the aluminium roofing. after cutting through high-voltage wires inside the ceiling the victim may have touched At this stage it's believed have been offered counselling. Upset staff at the service station the man's identity or age. Police are yet to confirm on the roof itself. and the legs were outside leaning inside the ceiling The torso was partly when something went wrong. mention of drought assistance in last mention of drought assistance in last week's mention of drought assistance in last week's budget. mention of drought assistance in last week's budget. The mention of drought assistance in last week's budget. The farmers mention of drought assistance in last week's budget. The farmers say they last week's budget. The farmers say last week's budget. The farmers say they are good businessmen but they need some need some help they are good businessmen but they need some help to they are good businessmen but they need some help to tie they are good businessmen but they need some help to tie them they are good businessmen but they need some help to tie them over they are good businessmen but they need some help to tie them over to get need some help to tie them over to get through need some help to tie them over to need some help to tie them over to get through the drought. How dry is it out it out there? get through the drought. How dry is it out there? It's get through the drought. How dry is it out there? It's bone-dry get through the drought. How dry is it out there? It's bone-dry here today. We flew today. We flew out it out there? It's bone-dry here today. We flew out from it out there? It's bone-dry here today. We flew out from Sydney it out there? It's bone-dry here today. We flew out from Sydney this morning, today. We flew out from Sydney this morning, where today. We flew out from Sydney this morning, where it today. We flew out from Sydney this morning, where it was today. We flew out from Sydney this morning, where it was raining. today. We flew out from Sydney this morning, where it was raining. Out here, here, they morning, where it was raining. Out here, they haven't morning, where it was raining. Out here, they haven't seen morning, where it was raining. Out here, they haven't seen decent morning, where it was raining. Out here, they haven't seen decent rain for here, they haven't seen decent rain for months here, they haven't seen decent rain for months and here, they haven't seen decent rain for months and out-breaking here, they haven't seen decent rain for months and out-breaking rain for for years. for months and out-breaking rain for years. There's for months and out-breaking rain for years. There's virtually for months and out-breaking rain for years. There's virtually no topsoil for years. There's virtually no topsoil out for years. There's virtually no topsoil out here. for years. There's virtually no topsoil out here. It's for years. There's virtually no topsoil out here. It's turned basically basically into topsoil out here. It's turned basically into talcum topsoil out here. It's turned topsoil out here. It's turned basically into talcum powder. It's just basically into talcum powder. It's just dust. basically into talcum powder. It's just dust. Some basically into talcum powder. It's just dust. Some farmers basically into talcum powder. It's just dust. Some farmers are basically into talcum powder. It's just dust. Some farmers are trying to to feed just dust. Some farmers are trying to feed grain just dust. Some farmers are trying to feed grain to just dust. Some farmers are trying to feed grain to their just dust. Some farmers are trying to feed grain to their sheep just dust. Some farmers are trying to feed grain to their sheep to keep to feed grain to their sheep to keep them to feed grain to their sheep to keep them ground. to feed grain to their sheep to keep them ground. They to feed grain to their sheep to keep them ground. They can't to feed grain to their sheep to keep them ground. They can't find to feed grain to their sheep to keep them ground. They can't find a spot spot on keep them ground. They can't find a spot on the keep them ground. They can't find a spot on the ground keep them ground. They can't find a spot on the ground for keep them ground. They can't find a spot on the ground for the keep them ground. They can't find a spot on the ground for the grain because spot on the ground for the grain because it spot on the ground for the grain because it is spot on the ground for the grain because it is just spot on the ground for the grain because it is just swallowed spot on the ground for the grain because it is just swallowed up spot on the ground for the grain because it is just swallowed up in the because it is just swallowed up in the dust. because it is just swallowed up in the dust. It's because it is just swallowed up in the dust. It's a because it is just swallowed up in the dust. It's a terrible because it is just swallowed up in the dust. It's a terrible condition out the dust. It's a terrible condition out here the dust. It's a terrible condition out here in the dust. It's a terrible condition out here in Parkes the dust. It's a terrible condition out here in Parkes at the dust. It's a terrible condition out here in Parkes at the the dust. It's a terrible condition out here in Parkes at the moment. Thank out here in Parkes at the moment. Thank you. Australia's contingent of Federal Police will return home today after losing their legal protection in Papua New Guinea. The officers were deployed to PNG as part of an $800 million aid program. Their presence has always been controversial with a Port Moresby judge last week cancelling their immunity from prosecution. The Federal Government is now in urgent talks with PNG to resolve the crisis. 115 AFP members are due to touch down in Canberra this afternoon. The fast food trap - is what you're eating really low fat? We'll tell you what to look for when Ten's Morning News returns. And what caused this family to be bee-seiged by millions of unwanted house guests? My sisters and I live with our grandmother. Even though we work so hard to grow enough to feed us, our crop was not good and we will go hungry. and what I fetch is dirty and is making us sick. for medicine She is worried that she's getting old when she dies? ANNOUNCER: Sadly, Agnes's story is not unique. living in desperate poverty No child should have to live like this. and help provide them with the basics every child deserves. or call World Vision now on: This program is captioned live. A warning to fast food consumers to choose low-fat products carefully. New research has found so-called healthy alternatives at McDonald's restaurant chains actually have almost the same nutritional value as a Big Mac. Nutritionist Sharon Natoli joins us. Sharon, in your latest newsletter, you warn consumers about McDonald's Deli Choices range. Is their marketing deceptive? Well, I guess it's pleasing to see that they're offering a greater range of choices to people but the message is to stick to the ones that are under 10 grams of fat per sever. They're the ones where you are going to be better off in terms of less fat and lower kill jewels. Some of the choices within that range have the same amount of fat and kill jewels as a Big Mac. With obesity levels reaching record levels, obesity levels reaching record levels, how obesity levels reaching record levels, how can obesity levels reaching record obesity levels reaching record levels, how can consumer s make levels, how can consumer s make levels, how can consumer s make healthy choices? It's important to read the nutritional information in store. Compare the different store. Compare the different sources and select those that have less kill jewels and less less kill jewels and less fat, then you'll be better off. Thank you for your time. Shock new predictions about our health. Experts say within 15 years cancer rates will rise by up to 50%. The World Health Organization warns cancer already claims more deaths than TB, malaria and AIDS combined and the situation is quickly getting worse. If we cannot reverse current trends, there will be a 50% increase in these numbers with an estimated 16 million new cancer cases in 2020 and 10 million deaths. Indonesian pigs are being tested amid fears of a deadly new flu strain that could spread to humans. The killer bird flu has been discovered in swine, with health experts worried the bug might mutate in the pig and then infect people. Tests have been conducted in several places but so far only one area in West Java has shown positive results. A home invasion of a sticky kind - millions of bees taking over a house, forcing the owners to flee. The Chavez family home is a hive of activity - literally. This is like, 6 feet long and you have 3 million bees right here. And while these may be your garden variety honey bees, don't be fooled. They bored through solid brick to get into the ceiling, and now almost every cavity wall in the house has been colonised. One day I got near the wall and knocked on it and it sounded like a buzz saw. We knew that we had a bee problem, but we didn't know it was this extensive until we took the wall apart. Now they're in a jam - with the bees come honey, and together they've made the house unliveable. Smoking them out is only half the problem, removing their honeycomb stockpile the other. Another 50 pounds still to go. If you'd like to taste it, it is delicious. No-one knows how long it will be before them family can call it home sweet home again. In the United States, Leisa Goddard-Roles, Ten News. A glimmer of democracy in the Middle East - more than a century after the rest of the world, women have been finally granted the right to vote in Kuwait. Young men and women danced and cheered outside Parliament after the Speaker announced the legislation was passed by a majority of the all-male house. The vote met fierce resistance from Islamists and conservative MPs. America is pressing its Middle Eastern allies to bring in political reform to counter the growth of Islamic militancy. A coming of age for Prince William - he's to perform his first solo royal duty and it will happen in New Zealand. William will visit the Shaky Isles in July to support the British and Irish Lions rugby tour. While there, he will represent the Queen, laying a wreath to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war in the Pacific. The prince's trip follows that of little brother Harry, who turned out to support the Lions in Australia during the World Cup two years ago. There's a worldwide appeal to identify a mysterious man who has baffled authorities in the UK. Found well-dressed but soaking wet six weeks ago, he hasn't uttered a single word, but has astounded carers with beautiful piano playing. Somebody knows this man's story - who he is, where he came from. He's a mystery to his carers. The only thing they know about him for certain is that he has a gift for music. He was picked up on the seafront of Sheerness in Kent by the police. He was wearing a smart suit and tie and he was soaking wet. That's six weeks ago now and he still hasn't spoken a word. He's been in hospital all that time and he's said to be anxious and unapproachable. The nurses decided one day to give him pen and paper. They'd hoped for a note - his name, a nationality maybe. But this is what they got, and this sketch intrigued and baffled them. The medical staff brought him here to the hospital chapel, where he sat down at this piano. He began to play - and he played for hours, lost in the music. There was nobody who was skilled enough to recognise the music. They just knew it was classical music and it was played very well but we've been unable to actually get anybody in to actually see him play again. The only language this man seems to understand is music. His carers hope his talent holds the key to solving his mystery. Back-to-back Brownlow Medals dashed for the West Coast's Chris Judd - the reaction when Ten's morning news returns. Also, reeling on the reef - Tahiti takes its toll. especially on your home phone. But with the new Optus $39 Home Cap you'll pay just $39 a month for up to $120 worth of calls, including calls from your home phone to mobiles, national and international calls to every country. And if you spend less than $39, you only pay for what you use. So put an end to large bills with the new Optus $39 Home Cap. Call Optus now on: And switch today. SONG: # Yeah, yeah, yeah. # Introducing the FOXTEL Digital Gold Medal Deal. Connect to FOXTEL Digital and get the ultimate package of all the very best channels for two months FOXTEL Gold Medal Deal. Get two months of the very best of FOXTEL Digital free. Call today: This program is captioned live. It's the most talked about dress stain since Monica Lewinski's - a soiled frock that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe is taking the spotlight in a collection now up for auction. More than 200 of the movie diva's most private items, including underwear, will go under the hammer. But it's the dress attracting the most interest. anything to do with President Clinton. It's either a wine stain but it was during the time that Marilyn was making the film 'Let's Make Love' and we have photos of Marilyn with the stain on the dress so it's definitely a piece you don't want to have dry-cleaned. The auction will be held early next month. In finance news, the Australian share market has opened stronger. Donohue D'Souza at Commonwealth Securities - retailers are feeling the heat. Spot on, Tracey. Clothing retailers Spot on, Tracey. Clothing retailers have stocked up on the latest winter fashions but there's just one problem - no winter. The just group, with bands such as JJs and Jackie E have cut its sales forecast, joining rebel sprt, blaming the unseasonal warmer weather and a slow-down blaming the unseasonal warmer blaming the unseasonal warmer weather and a slow-down in consumer weather and a slow-down in consumer spending. As a result, the retailer is wearing the brunt of the is wearing the brunt of the sell-off today. News is getting better sell-off today. News is getting sell-off today. News is getting better for motorists? Crude oil prices remain under pressure. According to the latest weekly data, According to the latest weekly data, petrol prices right across petrol prices right across Australia fell for a fourth consecutive Australia fell for a fourth Australia fell for a fourth consecutive week. In fact, the national average now at $1.06 per litre national average now at $1.06 per litre is national average now at $1.06 per national average now at $1.06 per litre is down from a record 111 cents. litre is down from a record 111 cents. If litre is down from a record 111 cents. If these litre is down from a record 111 litre is down from a record 111 cents. If these trends continue, we'll cents. If these trends continue, we'll see cents. If these trends continue, cents. If these trends continue, we'll see a lot more of those smiling motorists. Thank you. The AFL's 2004 Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd is ineligible to win the award this season. The star West Coast Eagle midfielder has accepted his 1-match ban, ruling him out of the best and fairest. He went about training yesterday hoping he'd still be able to take on the Magpies this weekend, but a phone call from Peter Schwab's match review panel ruled Chris Judd out for a week for this wild backhander. COMMENTATOR: That is the incident that has created a pretty big storm. The match review panel deemed his contact reckless. After deliberating long into the night, the Eagles have reluctantly accepted the 1-match ban for the strike. The ruling polarising opinions. I think he'd be happy to accept the one week. It could have easily been two. You say, pushed to breaking point, and I think you're right, but at the same time, it happens, and he's got to be able to control himself. This is about upholding the rules and spirit of the game. Those blokes have to be able to attack the footy and can't be impeded when they're just trying to get to the action. In other tribunal results, the Demons' woes continue. Jared Rivers to miss a fortnight for this strike. Tiger Ray Hall accepted a 2-week suspension his hit. Bulldog Ryan Hargrave will miss one week for an elbow. Port big man Brendon Lade's elbow only costing a reprimand. Ohhhh!. Well, you're allowed to that now, according to last week's tribunal. The AFL's coffers have been boosted - almost $19,000 coming their way thanks to 15 wrestling and melee charges. But relief for two spearheads - Saint Fraser Gehrig cleared of making contact to Daniel Chick. So too, Matthew Lloyd - no case to answer for this rough-house hit on Docker Scott Thornton. Tim Hodges, Ten News. Selection surprises and controversial omissions as rugby league's State of Origin series moves into full swing. The NSW and Queensland teams now gearing up for next Wednesday night's series opener in Brisbane. Origin selection was like a bolt from the blue for Steve Simpson. The Newcastle forward wasn't even part of the NSW squad before yesterday - selectors preferring him to the likes of Manly's Brent Kite and Penrith pair Trent Waterhouse and Joel Clinton. My fiancee's father rang me up and heard it on the radio and I said, "You're joking, aren't you?" I said, "I'm not even part of the 30." So it's a great surprise. There's just two new faces in the Blues' squad - Manly's Anthony Watmough and Melbourne's Matt King, his adopted home town a great leveller. I've got a 6:00 flight back to Melbourne and that'll put my feet back on the ground. No-one knows anything about Origin or league or anything down there. New faces too for Queensland - Penrith fullback Rhys Wesser a controversial omission. Very unlucky for Rhys Wesser, who did a fine job last year, and I guess the same for halfback, given that Scott Prince did a great job for Queensland last year. Origin first-timer Johnathan Thurston to wear the Maroon number seven among plenty of his North Queensland team-mates. There's six of us there, so we know each other's game, so it'll be good. And in NRL news, South Sydney captain Ashley Harrison has become the first player charged over the now-outlawed grapple tackle. His team-mate Luke MacDougall facing a 7-week suspension for a dangerous throw. Leanne West, Ten News. More cuts, bumps and bruises as Tahiti's notorious surfing break turned it on again at the Billabong Pro. American surfer Damien Hobgood crashing into a jet ski after coming out of a barrel with nowhere to go. I saw it and tried to pick the best part to hit it with and at the last second I threw my butt into it. Plenty of other wipe-outs as a big westerly swell kicked in, churning out perfect 2m waves above the treacherous reef. Australia's world championship ratings leader Trent Munro among those through to the next round. Manchester United fans are up in arms over the football club's takeover by an American billionaire. Angry supporters sprayed graffiti at Old Trafford in protest at Malcolm Glazer, who could now technically sell the club's assets to finance his massive debt. Some fans calling for a boycott of games. Until he can prove that he is here for the fans and here for the tradition of the Manchester United football club, I am just not going to come. Others are threatening to disrupt next week's FA Cup final against Arsenal. Next in Ten news, a look at the weather around the nation.

My sisters and I live with our grandmother. Even though we work so hard to grow enough to feed us, our crop was not good and we will go hungry. and what I fetch is dirty and is making us sick. for medicine She is worried that she's getting old when she dies? ANNOUNCER: Sadly, Agnes's story is not unique. living in desperate poverty No child should have to live like this. and help provide them with the basics every child deserves. or call World Vision now on: Now for a look at the national weather. Hong Kong has revived a bun fight of towering proportions. A dozen dedicated bun snatchers scaled a 14m pastry pylon covered with 1,000 sticky treats. The aim - to grab as many buns as possible from the top of the tower within three minutes. The climb resurrects an island ritual banned decades ago by the former British rulers, who declared it too dangerous. 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. by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au