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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. the Cole Inquiry told Our main stories this morning -

kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime. the Prime Minister knew of AWB south-east Queensland Wild weather threatens

south of the border. and isolates hundreds is spreading in Melbourne's suburbs. Fears the deadly legionnaires disease in almost a 150 schools across NSW. And asbestos scares National weather for today:

Kath with finance. the European Central Bank The big news overnight is that has raised interest rates to curb inflation. for the second time in three months in the 12 Euro zone countries The cash rate now stands at 2.5%. increase the key ECB interest rates At today's meeting, we decided to

by 25 basis points. another rise in June. Economists are tipping with a full wrap of the retail sales And Bill, I'll be back shortly released yesterday. and building approval numbers a diplomatic cable warning Claims today kickbacks of alleged Australian Wheat Board office six years ago. was sent to the Prime Minister's been made at the Cole Inquiry The revelation's to execute search warrants at AWB which is threatening to uncover missing notebooks with Government ministers. recording meetings a group of 100 noisy protesters Meanwhile, anniversary celebrations wasn't going to rain on Mr Howard's in Sydney overnight. mister popular with everyone. 10 years in office doesn't make you Around 300 protesters braved the rain distinguished guests a warm greeting. hoping to give the PM and CROWD BOOS But protesters ran out of puff Mr Howard arrived at the front door. walking away just minutes before treated to a rousing reception. Inside Mr Howard and wife Janette a series of John Howard tributes The national anthem kicked off

watched by guests on giant screens. for John Howard, It's not just a night of celebration to reflect with some pride it's also a night for all of us with humility always, real justification and satisfaction. but with a sense of left to reflect Politicians and party members on a decade of Coalition power. might disagree, While these dinner guests it seems most political punters final year in office. believe this is PM Howard's has almost halved its odds One betting agency in Prime Minister in 2006. that there will be a change move to Melbourne tonight The celebrations reportedly forked out where business leaders have $10,000 for a seat. James Boyce, Ten News. couple from their blazing house Firemen have rescued an elderly in Sydney's west. neighbours just before midnight The noise of the blaze woke but they couldn't get inside. They just couldn't get to her was just too thick. because the smoke Firefighters forced their way in on the kitchen floor and found an elderly man and his wife in another room. suffering severe smoke inhalation. They're in hospital

legionnaires disease could spread Victorian health authorities fear

with a seventh victim struck down. killed by the virus says The family of a man is needed prevent another death. tougher testing on cooling tower Two weeks ago was a fit and healthy 85-year-old. Dorothy Dickins's husband a final farewell at his funeral. Yesterday she bid him last Thursday He died from legionnaires disease to understand and his family is still struggling could have claimed his life. how the illness With legionnaires disease it's something you just shouldn't get at this time, you know, in 2006. You just shouldn't get it. of another 5 or 6 years of life. So it's sort of robbed him is an 83-year-old man The latest victim who is being treated in hospital. in the outbreak to seven. Taking the total infected but are yet to show symptoms. More people may have been infected are still waiting for test results Health authorities in Melbourne's northern suburbs. on nine suspect cooling towers Mr Dickins's family believes introduced six years ago tougher inspection laws

should have prevented the tragedy. to have more stringent testing, If it's possible of cooling towers more regular testing that would be great. and if it benefits someone else, I'm sure dad would want that. current laws are adequate. Authorities insist Nicole Strahan, Ten News. in 158 schools across NSW. Asbestos has been found in the school playgrounds It's believed fibres have been found used by thousands of children. Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' reports the principals of the schools from water restrictions have received exemptions with water in order to spray the grounds becoming airborne. and stop the fibres Queenland's south-eastern coast Violent weather has lashed has been reported. but only minor damage a mud slide threatened four homes At Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast no immediate damage to residents. but rescue officials say there's is also on high alert The town of Bellingen in NSW may become stranded with warnings up to 800 residents as flood waters rise. severe weather warning It follows yesterday's the worst is yet to come. with forecasters predicting even if it's flowing slowly. Water is very, very powerful and sinking is very, very real. The risk of your car floating away Former British rocker Gary Glitter in Vietnam. is facing a lengthy prison term case against Glitter The prosecutor in the child sex abuse of at least three to four years. has demanded a prison sentence that 61-year-old Glitter be deported He's also asked after serving his sentence. two pre-teen Vietnamese girls. Glitter is accused of molesting former lover Russell Crowe Superstar Meg Ryan has defended who ruined her marriage. denying he was a home-wrecker In her first interview for two years, the actress says for Russell Crowe. she didn't leave husband Dennis Quaid and he took a lot of heat for that He wasn't a home-wrecker about not saying, and he had a lot of grace, frankly, knew were going on in my marriage not talking about things that he and I'll be very grateful to him for a long time for that. Crowe met Ryan on the set of the movie 'Proof Of Life' and their affair sparked a tabloid frenzy. Ian Thorpe will be given as much time as possible

to prove his fitness for this month's Commonwealth Games His campaign is in serious doubt due to a mystery virus. An hour a day of training is all doctors will allow Thorpe in what is a vital stage of his preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

The Olympic champion and his coach know it's not enough. It's difficult too, when you haven't done the work and you know that you are not as fit as you would like to be. So of course his mental state isn't fantastic. Swimming legend Keiren Perkins won Olympic gold in '96 on a limited preparation. He know's what Thorpe's going through and concedes his withdrawal would be a big blow to the team.

He's somebody who's very good at leading by example and if he's not there, then especially on the men's side, they are going to be struggling to find the person who takes on that role. Australian swimming officials prepared to give Thorpe as much time as he needs. As far as I'm concerned, he's got until Tracey and he make a decision. There's no deadline from Swimming Australia to do that or the Commonwealth Games Association. Jon Glanville, Ten News. Brisbane will not have captain Michael Voss but Jason Akermanis will return for tonight's NAB Cup quarterfinal against Melbourne. The Lions confident its young side can upset Melbourne in the pre-season game at the Telstra Dome.

Yeah, last week was good for the young guys to get a run and there's a couple of them that actually stood up to the test and played pretty well and I think one of them got best on ground - 28 touches so, yeah, exciting times. Jeff White will make his long-awaited return for the Demons after suffering horrific facial injuries

in last year's elimination final.

Finance, and a surprise jump in retail sales. Retail trade was surprisingly strong over January, consumers lining up to take advantage of those post-Christmas sales. Sales rose by nearly 1% to $17.5 billion - only half that was expected by analysts. Shoppers in Tassie and the ACT spurred the market on -

the clothing sector the most buoyant sector. Consumers cashing in on Christmas gift certificates also be behind the surprise increase. Meantime, the country's property market still remains subdued with building approvals dropping nearly 2% in January. No surprise - the hardest hit was NSW with the weakest property market falling 10.9%. Queensland was next in line with a fall of 7.7%. Rises were recorded in all other states.

Weather for today: Now a look at what's making headlines today: Coming up in Ten's Early News - floodwaters hit parts of NSW and Queensland. And another victim in Melbourne's legionnaires outbreak. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among the main stories.

Wild weather isolates hundreds in northern New South Wales and threatens south-east Queensland. Claims the Prime Minister was warned of alleged AWB kickbacks six years ago. And legionnaires disease lays another victim low in Melbourne. Kath with finance. The Reserve Bank says this week's weaker-than-expected GDP numbers aren't necessarily bad news. The central bank's head of economic analysis Tony Richards says the RBA is still generally upbeat about the state of the economy. Mr Richards says with the global economy performing well, Australia should expect to enjoy an annualised rate of economic growth around 3% for the next year at least. And Bill, I'll be back with CommSec shortly. Angry protesters couldn't mar last night's celebration dinner in Sydney for the PM's decade in the Lodge. Hundreds turned out to confront John Howard. What do we want? (All chant) Workers' rights! When do we want it? Now! Our public schools need funding! But the PM's security team was ready directing him in a back way

to avoid the demonstrations outside. Violent weather has lashed Queenland's south-eastern coast but only minor damage has been reported. At Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast a mud slide threatened four homes but rescue officials say there's no immediate damage to residents. The town of Bellingen in NSW is also on high alert with warnings up to 800 residents may become stranded as flood waters rise.

It follows yesterday's severe weather warning with forecasters predicting the worst is yet to come. Water is very, very powerful even if it's flowing slowly. The risk of your car floating away and sinking is very, very real. A 7th Victorian has been struck down by the deadly legionnaire's disease. Yesterday, family and friends farewelled 85-year-old Ron Dickins who died after falling ill with the disease. Health authorities are still trying to pinpoint the source of the outbreak.

It's just something that you just shouldn't get at this time you know, in 2006. You just shouldn't get it. So it's just sort of robbed him of another 5 or 6 years of life. The latest victim is an 83-year-old man who is now recovering in hospital.

American President George W. Bush has signed an historic nuclear cooperation pact with India. But the occasion was marred by news of a fatal bombing outside the American embassy in Pakistan. It's the President's first visit to India and he wasted no time getting down to business,

signing the historic nuclear energy agreement. It is a necessary agreement. It is one that will help both our peoples. It gives India access to American nuclear technologies, aimed at helping it overcome a looming energy crisis. But the deal is facing stiff opposition in Washington with some US congressmen concerned it turns a blind eye to India's nuclear weapons program. The deal didn't stop yet another day of anti-Bush protests on the streets of New Delhi and Kashmir. The landmark agreement came as news broke of a suicide bombing outside the US embassy in neighbouring Pakistan. An American was among five people killed, a day before President Bush is due to visit the country. Terrorists and killers are not going to prevent me from going to Pakistan. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Superstar Meg Ryan has defended former lover Russell Crowe,

denying he was a home-wrecker who ruined her marriage. In her first interview in two years, Ryan says Crowe showed grace despite a media mauling. After years out of public view, Meg Ryan is back in the spotlight. The romantic comedy star of 'When Harry Met Sally',

'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail' has gone on 'Oprah' to talk about one very unhappy ending. I didn't leave my marriage for Russell Crowe. I left my marriage. Ryan almost kissed her good-girl image goodbye when she and Crowe caused a tabloid frenzy over the end of Ryan's longtime marriage to actor Dennis Quaid.

She says she took a very public bullet for something that was not her fault. I think I did, and I think, honestly, Russell did too,

because he wasn't a home wrecker. He took a lot of heat for that. He had a lot of grace, frankly, about not saying - not talking about things that he knew were going on in my marriage and I'll be very grateful to him for a long time for that. Ryan met Crowe on the set of 'Proof of Life'. You stood in my kitchen and told me my husband was coming home. I told you you'd have to trust me and you said you could. Now with newly adopted daughter Daisy, Meg Ryan is rebuilding that good-girl image by working with the charity CARE International and confronting issues like HIV among women in India. It is one story she hopes will have a happy ending. Patrick Burns, Ten News. The model under intense scrutiny for her link to former AFL player Wayne Carey, has not been afraid of the spotlight in Melbourne showing her fashion sense. Just an onlooker earlier in the week, Kate Neilson took a stroll on the catwalk last night. The former winner of the Miss Indy competition helping fashion label Flux unveil its autumn/winter collection. Wayne Carey revealed last week he had separated from his wife Sally while Ms Neilson insists she's just good friends with the former Kangaroos' captain. Ian Thorpe will be given as much time as he needs to overcome the mystery illness that threatens his Commonwealth Games campaign. One hour a day of training is all doctors will allow Thorpe in what is a vital stage of his preparation. The Olympic champion and his coach know it's not enough. It's difficult too, when you haven't done the work and you know that you are not as fit as you would like to be. So of course his mental state isn't fantastic. Tests have been unable to reveal why Thorpe has been forced to scale back his workload. AFL - and questions remain as to why young Lion Anthony Corrie has been omitted from Brisbane's line-up for tonight's NAB Cup quarterfinal against the Demons. Anthony Corrie was a notable absentee when Brisbane arrived in Melbourne. For the second week in a row, the 21-year-old was not in the line-up. It's understood the club suspended him for disciplinary reasons for the first match,

the club denying his omission this week, though, is for anything more than for football reasons. Off-field controversies aside, Brisbane believes its promising side can extend their NAB Cup campaign beyond the Telstra Dome clash with Melbourne. Yeah, last week was good for the young guys to get a run and there's a couple of them that actually stood up to the test and played pretty well and I think one of them got best on ground - 28 touches so, yeah, exciting times. And Richmond star Nathan Brown's comeback continues to gather momentum. He'll captain the Tigers in Kane Johnson's absence against the Western Bulldogs in a practice match on Saturday.

Ian Cohen, Ten News. National weather for the rest of the day:

To Kath now, and a quieter end to the week? We'll see out the first week of March with one last piece of economic data, the Balance of Trade. For more I'm joined by Donahue D'Souza from CommSec. And Donahue, what's expected on the trade numbers?

The commodity index rose. It should

provide a boost for exports.

Overall I trade deficit of $1

billion. It has been a volatile

week. We are still in front by 15 . week. We are still in front by 15

week. We are still in front by 15.. that Stay with us for the latest on the NSW/Queensland floods. And the $18 million pokie win that never was.

Ronald McDonald is cleaning up Australia. But unfortunately, there's only one of him. But before you start, always remember to wear gloves and protective gear, and never pick up dangerous-looking objects. Unless, of course, it's Hamburglar. and don't let rubbish become part of the scenery. McDONALD'S THEME PLAYS

This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Our main stories this morning - the Cole Inquiry told the Prime Minister knew of AWB kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime. Wild weather threatens south-east Queensland and isolates hundreds south of the border. Fears the deadly legionnaires disease is spreading in Melbourne's suburbs. And asbestos scares in almost a 150 schools across NSW. National weather for today: Kath with finance. All the talk over the spread of bird flu is giving drug company Biota a boost. Its shares jumping 8% yesterday after the US Department of Health increased stockpiles of the company's anti-bird flu drug Relenza. Shares closed the session at $1.79. Bill, more shortly on why one of the country's miners is being sued by the corporate regulator. Claims today a diplomatic cable warning of alleged Australian Wheat Board kickbacks was sent to the Prime Minister's office six years ago. The revelation's been made at the Cole Inquiry which is threatening to execute search warrants at AWB to uncover missing notebooks recording meetings with Government ministers. Meanwhile, a group of 100 noisy protesters wasn't going to rain on Mr Howard's anniversary celebrations in Sydney overnight. 10 years in office doesn't make you mister popular with everyone. Around 300 protesters braved the rain hoping to give the PM and distinguished guests a warm greeting. CROWD BOOS

But protesters ran out of puff walking away just minutes before Mr Howard arrived at the front door. Inside Mr Howard and wife Janette treated to a rousing reception. The national anthem kicked off a series of John Howard tributes watched by guests on giant screens. It's not just a night of celebration for John Howard, it's also a night for all of us to reflect with some pride with humility always, but with a sense of real justification and satisfaction.

Politicians and party members left to reflect on a decade of Coalition power. While these dinner guests might disagree, it seems most political punters believe this is PM Howard's final year in office. One betting agency has almost halved its odds that there will be a change in Prime Minister in 2006. The celebrations move to Melbourne tonight where business leaders have reportedly forked out $10,000 for a seat. James Boyce, Ten News. Wild weather is lashing south-east Queensland as a massive storm continues to build off the coast. The flash points are on Queensland's Gold Coast and in Bellingen on the New South Wales North Coast. Joining us now on the line from Bellingen is Toby Cuthel from the New South Wales State Emergency Service. Toby, thanks for your time. Can you update us on the current situation in Bellingen at the moment?

We are almost isolated. All roads out

of their town or we have major flood

of their town or we have major flood levels. The river is still rising.

The bureau is predicting a peak of

The bureau is predicting a peak of 7.2 metres by 9 am. We have no

evacuations at this stage. Of the A 7th Victorian has been struck down by the deadly legionnaire's disease. Yesterday, family and friends farewelled 85-year-old Ron Dickins who died after falling ill with the disease. Health authorities are still trying to pinpoint the source of the outbreak. It's just something that you just shouldn't get at this time you know, in 2006.

You just shouldn't get it. So it's just sort of robbed him of another 5 or 6 years of life. The latest victim is an 83-year-old man Asbestos has been found in 158 schools across NSW. It's believed fibres have been found in the school playgrounds used by thousands of children. Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' reports the principals of the schools

have received exemptions from water restrictions in order to spray the grounds with water and stop the fibres becoming airborne. Firemen have rescued an elderly couple from their blazing house in Sydney's west.

The noise of the blaze woke neighbours just before midnight but they couldn't get inside. They just couldn't get to her because the smoke was just too thick. Firefighters forced their way in and found an elderly man on the kitchen floor and his wife in another room. They're in hospital suffering severe smoke inhalation.

American President George W. Bush has signed an historic nuclear cooperation pact with India. But the occasion was marred by news of a fatal bombing It's the President's first visit to India and he wasted no time getting down to business, signing the historic nuclear energy agreement. It is a necessary agreement. It is one that will help both our peoples. It gives India access to American nuclear technologies, aimed at helping it overcome a looming energy crisis. But the deal is facing stiff opposition in Washington with some US congressmen concerned it turns a blind eye to India's nuclear weapons program. The deal didn't stop yet another day of anti-Bush protests on the streets of New Delhi and Kashmir. The landmark agreement came as news broke of a suicide bombing outside the US embassy in neighbouring Pakistan. An American was among five people killed, a day before President Bush is due to visit the country. Terrorists and killers are not going to prevent me from going to Pakistan. Kate Donnison, Ten News. The British actor who leapt to fame for his role as the artful dodger in the hit movie 'Oliver'.

has died aged 53. Jack Wild had been suffering from cancer. As a 16-year-old he was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the cheeky cockney pickpocket. (Sings) # Consider yourself at home # Consider yourself one of the family. # Wild was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2000 after a life of heavy smoking and drinking. Imagine winning millions at a casino only to be told you were playing on a malfunctioning machine. That's what happened to a punter in the US and understandably, he's not happy. Stanley Rosemond was ecstatic when the word 'Congratulations' scrolled across the poker machine he'd been playing.

The attendant inside shows me the numbers and says "Would you like to see what you have won?". Excited casino employees showed Stanley a computer monitor which announced he'd won more than $11 million. But after waiting several hours to collect his win, Stanley and his wife were escorted to the office of the big boss. He says "OK, your machine malfunctioned". Casino managers told Stanley that the machine was only capable of paying out $5,000

and pointed to a sticker which says:

Gaming experts say unless the player was found to be cheating, the casino is duty-bound to pay up. You pay the player off. Your machine was wrong. You screwed up. But their lawyers disagreed. Their final offer to Stanley - a payout of just $1,100.

In the United States, Rahni Sadler, Ten News. One hour a day of training is all doctors will allow Thorpe in what is a vital stage of his preparation. The Olympic champion and his coach know it's not enough. It's difficult too, when you haven't done the work and you know that you are not as fit as you would like to be. So of course his mental state isn't fantastic. Tests have been unable to reveal why Thorpe has been forced to scale back his workload. AFL - and questions remain as to why young Lion Anthony Corrie has been omitted from Brisbane's line-up for tonight's NAB Cup quarterfinal against the Demons. Anthony Corrie was a notable absentee when Brisbane arrived in Melbourne. For the second week in a row, the 21-year-old was not in the line-up. It's understood the club suspended him for disciplinary reasons for the first match, the club denying his omission this week, though, is for anything more than for football reasons. Off-field controversies aside, Brisbane believes its promising side can extend their NAB Cup campaign

beyond the Telstra Dome clash with Melbourne. Yeah, last week was good for the young guys to get a run and there's a couple of them that actually stood up to the test and played pretty well and I think one of them got best on ground - 28 touches so, yeah, exciting times. And Richmond star Nathan Brown's comeback continues to gather momentum. He'll captain the Tigers in Kane Johnson's absence against the Western Bulldogs in a practice match on Saturday. Ian Cohen, Ten News. There's a new player in the battle for ownership of NRL club South Sydney. Reports suggest a new consortium headed by Vaughan Richards, boss of the Champion footwear and clothing company, is expected to launch a $4.8 million bid. Meanwhile, the Russell Crowe-Peter Holmes a Court bid has fired back at critics from Souths leagues club. All we've heard from our opponents is at best scaremongering, the spread of information,

as of today, incredible personal attacks. No alternative, to make the club a significantly better or consistently successful again, has been presented. Members will vote on the Holmes A Court-Crowe bid on March 19. Finance news now with Kath and one of our miners in trouble? That's right, Bill. Fortescue Metals and its boss Andrew Forrest are facing legal action

from the Securities and Investments Commission over contracts the company entered into with Chinese companies in 2004. ASIC alleges Fortescue deceived and mislead the market by overstating the nature of the contracts which sent the company's share price soaring. Better news for Leighton Holdings - the construction group winning a $330 million deal

to build a coal mine for BHP Mitsui Coal in central Queensland. Work should begin in the next six months.

Weather for today: Now a look at what's making headlines today:

We'll be back shortly with more news. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among the main stories.

Wild weather isolates hundreds in northern New South Wales and threatens south-east Queensland. Claims the Prime Minister was warned of alleged AWB kickbacks six years ago. And legionnaires disease lays another victim low in Melbourne. Angry protesters couldn't mar last night's celebration dinner in Sydney for the PM's decade in the Lodge. Hundreds turned out to confront John Howard. What do we want? (All chant) Workers' rights! When do we want it? Now! Our public schools need funding! But the PM's security team was ready directing him in a back way to avoid the demonstrations outside. Violent weather has lashed Queenland's south-eastern coast but only minor damage has been reported. At Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast a mud slide threatened four homes but rescue officials say there's no immediate damage to residents.

The town of Bellingen in NSW is also on high alert with warnings up to 800 residents may become stranded as flood waters rise. It follows yesterday's severe weather warning with forecasters predicting the worst is yet to come. Water is very, very powerful even if it's flowing slowly. The risk of your car floating away and sinking is very, very real. Victorian health authorities fear legionnaires disease could spread with a seventh victim struck down. The family of a man killed by the virus says tougher testing on cooling tower is needed prevent another death.

American President George W. Bush Two weeks ago Dorothy Dickins's husband was a fit and healthy 85-year-old. Yesterday she bid him a final farewell at his funeral. He died from legionnaires disease last Thursday and his family is still struggling to understand how the illness could have claimed his life. With legionnaires disease it's something you just shouldn't get at this time, you know, in 2006. You just shouldn't get it.

So it's sort of robbed him of another 5 or 6 years of life. The latest victim is an 83-year-old man who is being treated in hospital. Taking the total infected in the outbreak to seven. More people may have been infected but are yet to show symptoms. Health authorities are still waiting for test results on nine suspect cooling towers in Melbourne's northern suburbs. Mr Dickins's family believes tougher inspection laws introduced six years ago should have prevented the tragedy. If it's possible to have more stringent testing, more regular testing of cooling towers and if it benefits someone else, that would be great. I'm sure dad would want that. Authorities insist current laws are adequate.

Nicole Strahan, Ten News. American President George W. Bush has signed a landmark nuclear power deal with India. The agreement will see the two countries share nuclear technologies, aimed at helping India overcome a looming energy crisis. But the deal is facing stiff competition in Washington with members of the US Congress opposed to the deal. It is a necessary agreement. It is one that will help both our peoples. Members of Congress are concerned India may abuse the agreement. Former British rocker Gary Glitter is facing a lengthy prison term in Vietnam. The prosecutor in the child sex abuse case against Glitter has demanded a prison sentence of at least three to four years. He's also asked that 61-year-old Glitter be deported after serving his sentence. Glitter is accused of molesting two pre-teen Vietnamese girls. Superstar Meg Ryan has defended former lover Russell Crowe, denying he was a home-wrecker who ruined her marriage. In her first interview in two years, Ryan says Crowe showed grace despite a media mauling. After years out of public view, Meg Ryan is back in the spotlight. The romantic comedy star of 'When Harry Met Sally', 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail' has gone on 'Oprah' to talk about one very unhappy ending. I didn't leave my marriage for Russell Crowe. I left my marriage. Ryan almost kissed her good-girl image goodbye when she and Crowe caused a tabloid frenzy over the end of Ryan's longtime marriage to actor Dennis Quaid. She says she took a very public bullet for something that was not her fault. I think I did, and I think, honestly, Russell did too, because he wasn't a home wrecker. He took a lot of heat for that. He had a lot of grace, frankly, about not saying - not talking about things that he knew were going on in my marriage and I'll be very grateful to him for a long time for that. Ryan met Crowe on the set of 'Proof of Life'. You stood in my kitchen and told me my husband was coming home. I told you you'd have to trust me and you said you could. Now with newly adopted daughter Daisy, Meg Ryan is rebuilding that good-girl image by working with the charity CARE International and confronting issues like HIV among women in India. It is one story she hopes will have a happy ending.

Patrick Burns, Ten News. Ian Thorpe will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness for this month's Commonwealth Games His campaign is in serious doubt due to a mystery virus. An hour a day of training is all doctors will allow Thorpe in what is a vital stage of his preparation for the Commonwealth Games. The Olympic champion and his coach know it's not enough. It's difficult too, when you haven't done the work and you know that you are not as fit as you would like to be. So of course his mental state isn't fantastic. Swimming legend Keiren Perkins won Olympic gold in '96 on a limited preparation. He know's what Thorpe's going through

and concedes his withdrawal would be a big blow to the team. He's somebody who's very good at leading by example and if he's not there, then especially on the men's side, they are going to be struggling to find the person who takes on that role. Australian swimming officials prepared to give Thorpe as much time as he needs. As far as I'm concerned, he's got until Tracey and he make a decision. There's no deadline from Swimming Australia to do that or the Commonwealth Games Association. Jon Glanville, Ten News. Brisbane will not have captain Michael Voss but Jason Akermanis will return for tonight's NAB Cup quarterfinal against Melbourne. The Lions confident its young side can upset Melbourne in the pre-season game at the Telstra Dome. Yeah, last week was good for the young guys to get a run and there's a couple of them that actually stood up to the test and played pretty well and I think one of them got best on ground - 28 touches so, yeah, exciting times.

Jeff White will make his long-awaited return for the Demons after suffering horrific facial injuries in last year's elimination final. Injuries continue to hamper the Australian cricket team with Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds ruled out of tonight's second one-day International against South Africa. Ponting missed the opening one-day loss to the Proteas with a stomach injury and after a fitness test has been ruled out for the second.

Andrew Symonds was also unavailable for game one with a hip muscle strain. Kath with our finall look at finance and crunch time for Myer? Yes, South African retailer Edgars has confirmed it's interested in the department store chain. The deadline for interested parties to submit a bid expires at the close of business today. In a letter to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Edgars says it will form a team to bid for the 61 stores

that are expected to sell for around $1 billion. Elsewhere the UK's second largest department store Debenhams has announced it also plans to bid for the underperforming chain. That's all from me Bill - have a great weekend. Our final look at the national weather:

Now for a look at the day ahead - And that's our edition of Ten's Early News. I'm Bill Woods, have a great weekend. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au