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Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Simon Crean on the attack Among this morning's top stories,

for his Victorian seat. after retaining pre-selection The Prime Minister now says will sell uranium to India. there's little chance Australia A big hangover in Hollywood Academy Award winner Dion Beebe. especially for Aussie And in sport - for AFL club Carlton. a financial crisis First look at the weather today.

on Wall Street this morning. kath with finance, and some big news speculation has been confirmed Yes Bill, yesterday's takeover AT&T taking over Bell South that the largest US telephone company for $87 billion and slashing 10,000 jobs on the way. in American corporate history The deal is one of the biggest from company boards, and still requires approval shareholders and regulators. more on economic data out this week. And Bill, I'll be back shortly with from a triumphant Simon Crean A stinging attack on the ALP for the seat of Hotham. after retaining pre-selection the party faces destruction The former Labor leader warns and threats against its members. unless it ends factional deals Simon Crean's sweetest victory

of a suburban bowling club arrived in the modest surrounds in Melbourne's south-east of ardent supporters. surrounded by a smattering Three cheers for Simon. withdrawing his challenge Union official Martin Pakula voted in favour of Mr Crean after the vast majority party members for the seat of Hotham. retaining pre-selection 196 votes to 88. victory for the rank and file. Well, it's just an overwhelming It smashes the factional leaders. The former opposition leader the support from members acknowledging and Latin American communities of the Cambodian, Vietnamese during the often bitter battle. that have gone on against people. Because I know the threats but this is a victory for you. I know that Share it with me as you ever want me to. and I'll be with you for as long

for his lack of support Mr Crean attacking leader Kim Beazley for campaigning against him. and Victorian senator Stephen Conroy can't be honest with me, If people in the Labor Party with the Australian public? how can they be honest has now developed A diplomatic stalemate over uranium sales between Australia and India trade-focused state visit with the Prime Minister's what we want to sell to India being dominated not by

but what we won't sell. would not sell uranium to countries Our position has been that we nuclear non-proliferation treaty. that do not adhere to the of changing that policy. We don't have any current intention is persisting with his case But Prime Minister Singh an exception for India. that Australia should make We have an impeccable record to any unauthorised proliferation of not contributing of nuclear technologies. for the second leg of his visit. Mr Howard travels to Mumbai today A harsh response from Iran against its nuclear program. to the latest American threats Agency resumed debating the issue, As the International Atomic Energy a killing field for any attacker. Tehran warned that Iran would become Muhamed el Baradei Head of the Agency to international peace. says it could become a serious threat

research centrifuges, Iran plans some 3,000 would lead to a nuclear weapons. a move Washington fears A new Cole Inquiry document shows John Anderson was warned directly former Deputy Prime Minister before he sold shares in the company. about AWB's sanction-busting problems told the inquiry Company Chairman, Brendan Stewart, AWB held a series of meetings in June and other senior ministers. with Mr Anderson They were about adverse findings the United Nations' Volcker Inquiry. expected from sold his shares in October, Mr Anderson were released. before the Volcker findings Me Anderson behaved improperly. I don't believe for one minute

remember. They didn't pursue the matter,

failed to mention the June briefings Mr Anderson

insider trading last week. when he denied Earlier this morning, it had signed a contract Iraq announced

of Australian wheat. to buy 350,000 tonnes with the Australian firms, A price is yet to be set

it should be around $70 million. but Baghdad officials say

to make childcare more affordable. A radical plan A peak welfare body the 30% childcare tax rebate is pushing the government to axe wasteful and regressive. which it's branded can be a financial headache, Having children a nightmare. finding appropriate childcare for Australian families. It's a bit like a lottery in the country Depending on where you are you pay for services, will depend on the cost how accessible they are that you might be able to access. and even the quality of the services has recommended sweeping changes. Peak welfare group ACOSS to axe the childcare rebate It wants the Federal Government favours high-income earners. which it says Far be it from favouring the wealthy, of the assistance it in fact gives a majority to low- and middle-income earners. But ACOSS says its plan for families of government-recommended fees to receive a guaranteed 30% would be fairer.

Under our proposals would get a guaranteed Australian families

30% childcare benefit rebate as you move down the scale, and of course, low- and middle-income earners more than that. they would be getting

ACOSS also wants 20 hours a week for all children of free pre-school education of demand across the country. and a new system to identify areas a $700 million price tag The plan comes with be considered in the May Budget. which the welfare group says should to suggestions The Minister says he's open but warns the plan could see losers. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. an Oscar-size hangover this morning. Hollywood is waking up with Among those partying last night, only Academy Award winner, Australia's Dion Beebe. former Brisbane cinematographer

Carlton is in financial turmoil, with the club revealing its debt has reached extraordinary levels. Blues president Ian Collins says he will approach the AFL for assistance. The Blues are officially in the red. Carlton's $7 million in debt and seeking help from the AFL. To make matters worse

the president has declared on-field success still a few years away. Melbourne might still be alive in the NAB Cup, but it's come at a cost.

Jared Rivers will miss the start of the home and away season.

Scans revealing the a torn medial ligament in his right elbow. I thought it was pretty bad in the pain I was in. It's still pretty painful. I'll see how we go. Another week and another bizarre training regime for the Eagles as they continue to try to put recent off-field controversies behind. Wests Tigers' number one Brett Hodgson

has been given the captaincy for 2006. The fullback awarded the honour in place of Scott Prince who stepped down after signing with the new Gold Coast franchise. I'm very proud and honoured. You know it's something, you want to play first grade and then you want to captain your side. And Ashley Harrison continues to impress at the Roosters. The new recruit named vice-captain by coach Ricky Stewart after a stunning debut in red, white and blue. Aussie Formula One driver Mark Webber has given Bahrain the seal of approval for the new season opening race. The world championship starts at the Middle Eastern track this week. Webber and the Williams team ready for the hot conditions at the desert track which was selected because of the Commonwealth Games. Opening practice is Friday. All the race action can be seen here on Ten. Finance, and the job market is losing some steam. That's right Bill. Job seekers may have a tough time over the new few months with ads falling to their lowest level in nearly three years. Ads in the nation's major papers fell by 2% in February according to the ANZ. The result doesn't bode well for Thursday's official jobless figures which are expected to reveal a rise in unemployment. And the latest inflation reading is likely to please the Reserve Bank that meets today to discuss interest rates. The TD Securities and Melbourne Institute inflation gauge showed consumer prices fell one tenth of a per cent in February. The result takes the annual rate of inflation to 2.8% - which is well within the RBA's comfort zone.

A look at what's making news across the country:

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this morning, the PM continues his visit to India but a political stalemate looms over the sale of Uranium. Simon Crean wins pre-selection in Victoria and calls for the party to return to rank and file membership A Hollywood-sized hangover this morning in Tinsletown following yesterday's Oscar celebrations. And in sport - a financial crisis looms for AFL club Carlton. Finance, and we're not DIYing like we use to. No we're not. after almost a decade of fever pitch home renovations there's less rendering, hammering and painting going on. Builders have downed tools by the looks of the latest housing industry renovation data which has fallen over 13% to $688 million in the December quarter. Economists say the activity is lower due to unstable economic conditions in NSW. And Bill, a bit later -

what's expected from the Reserve Bank's meeting today. Simon Crean has survived a bitter pre-selection battle to retain ALP pre-selection for the seat of Hotham. The former opposition leader scored an overwhelming victory

in the vote by party members. Union official Martin Pakula forced to withdraw his challenge. Well, it's just an overwhelming victory for rank and file. It smashes the factional leaders. Mr Crean said threats had been made against his supporters Labor leader Kim Beazley is also under fire from his frontbencher Julia Gillard. Speaking on the ABC's 'Australian Story' Ms Gillard attacked her boss for his handling of the AWB scandal and the bitter factional war within the party.

She also regrets not challenging for the party leadership when Mark Latham stood down. A diplomatic stalemate between Australia and India over uranium sales. India wants to buy from us for non-military purposes but so far Australia is saying no deal. The body language was all good between prime ministers Howard and Singh but this trade-focused official state visit to India has been dominated not by what we want to sell to India,

but what we won't sell - uranium. Our position has been that we would not sell uranium to countries that do not adhere to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. We don't have any current intention of changing that policy. But Prime Minister Singh is persisting with his case that Australia should make an exception for India. We have an impeccable record

Australia's diplomatic discomfort over what to do about uranium sales to India has led to what one Indian observer regards as mixed messages from our Prime Minister. What he said earlier and what he said this morning has left people a bit confused. The Indian Government regards the door as still open to future uranium sales from Australia but the Australian position appears to have hardened. From here, Mr Howard and his entourage of 20 Australian business executives go to Mumbai where among other things the Prime Minister will open some commercial offices and meet the cast of a Bollywood movie.

Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile is also overseas, co-chairing the first annual review of the Australia/USA free trade agreement in Washington. More than a year after the agreement was introduced, Mr Vaile is in New York meeting an Australian business contingent to discuss the benefits of the deal. This is an arrangement for the long-term. He's also dismissed claims several senior Government figures knew about AWB kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime before AWB was named in the Volcker report. A man will face court today after being charged over a fatal stabbing in Melbourne. 28-year-old John Talevski was arrested by police overnight. He's been charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. A 30-year-old man died and two of his friends suffered knife wounds in an unprovoked attack as they went for a walk at Spotswood in Melbourne's west on Saturday. Sectarian reprisals continue to take a heavy toll of lives across Iraq with about 20 deaths overnight. The worst incident was in Baqouba where a car bomb was detonated in the centre of a busy market filled with women and children. At least six civilians including children were killed and about 30 injured. Police say the bomb was detonated by remote control and the target was an Iraqi patrol. The only man charged in relation to the September 11 attacks on the United States

has returned to court near Washington DC amid tight security for sentencing. After more than four years in custody

Zacharias Moussaoui will be sentenced to either death or life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring with al-Qa'ida to hijack planes. To secure the death penalty prosecutors must be able to prove a direct link between the attacks and Moussaoui. Hollywood is waking up with a hangover this morning after a night of post-Oscar partying. Academy Award winner cinematographer Dion Beebe was mixing it up with the A-list crowd which included everyone from movie stars to Madonna. It's shocking, it's thrilling it's overwhelming. Style icon, Nicole Kidman, was voted one of the best dressed on the red carpet. AFL, and Essendon's Adam Ramanauskas is facing an uncertain future, revealing his battle with cancer is more serious than ever. The 25-year-old will undergo an operation later this week

followed by chemotherapy in an effort to finally beat the cancer he was first diagnosed with three years ago. The newlywed Bomber made a successful comeback from his first cancer surgery in 2003,

only to have last season cut short because of a knee injury. The Wests Tigers have named Brett Hodgson as their new captain for 2006. The fullback gaining full support from Scott Prince who stepped down after signing with the Gold Coast Titans. There's a new skipper but no change to the Tigers' tactics. I don't see my role as going out there and dictating what to do. The players who know what they do anyway. I'm still concentrating on what I have to do. Everyone in our side knows what their role is anyway. That includes Scott Prince, who'll continue to lead without the captain tag. With me standing down it wouldn't change me as a person and the way I approach games. Still got a role to play in the team and I'm willing to do that. The Roosters launched their season last night. Hot new recruits Braith Anasta and Ashley Harrison

greatly lifting premiership aspirations. He's probably been our best player. Over the last few games he's fitted in really well too, that's why I've made him vice-captain of the team. Six players will share Melbourne's captaincy. Kiwi international David Kidwell the first to lead against the Warriors in Round 1. And Brad Thorn and Corey Parker have been dropped for the Broncos' season-opener against the Cowboys.

Finance, and the Reserve Bank meets today - should mortgage holders be worried? Thanks Bill, and yes the Reserve Bank does meet today to discuss interest rates and it's one year to the month since the RBA last increased rates. For more I'm joined by Juliana Roadley from CommSec. And Juliana you'd have to be a very brave person to be tipping a rate rise from the RBA?

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that an interest rate rise.At 5.5 per cent. The retail trade number in

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our first indication of February numbers. There is business optimism.

This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Among this morning's top stories, Simon Crean on the attack

after retaining pre-selection for his Victorian seat. The Prime Minister now says there's little chance Australia will sell uranium to India. A big hangover in Hollywood especially for Aussie Academy Award winner Dion Beebe. And in sport - a financial crisis for AFL club Carlton. The weather today.

Kath with finance.

Yes Bill, as we reported yesterday Virgin was to launch its new low home loan product and it did so in flamboyant style with none other than Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson. The Virgin founder unveiled the home loan product which has an interest rate of 6.59% and no annual fees. Sir Richard says he plans to snare between 4 and 5% of the market with his unique loan.

Make sure we offer a lifestyle change. If somebody falls pregnant they can put their mortgage on hold for a while. At the launch Sir Richard said Virgin Blue would need daily flights on the Sydney/LA route in order to return a profit.

A stinging attack on the ALP from a triumphant Simon Crean after retaining pre-selection for the seat of Hotham. Simon Crean's sweetest victory arrived in the modest surrounds of a suburban bowling club in Melbourne's south-east surrounded by a smattering of ardent supporters. Three cheers for Simon. Union official Martin Pakula withdrawing his challenge

after the vast majority party members voted in favour of Mr Crean retaining pre-selection for the seat of Hotham. 196 votes to 88. Well, it's just an overwhelming victory for the rank and file. It smashes the factional leaders. The former opposition leader acknowledging the support from members of the Cambodian, Vietnamese and Latin American communities during the often bitter battle. Because I know the threats that have gone on against people. I know that but this is a victory for you. Share it with me and I'll be with you for as long as you ever want me to. Mr Crean attacking leader Kim Beazley for his lack of support and Victorian senator Stephen Conroy for campaigning against him. If people in the Labor Party can't be honest with me, how can they be honest with the Australian public? A new Cole Inquiry document shows former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson was warned directly

about AWB's sanction-busting problems before he sold shares in the company. Company Chairman, Brendan Stewart, told the inquiry AWB held a series of meetings in June with Mr Anderson and other senior ministers. They were about adverse findings expected from the United Nations' Volcker Inquiry. Mr Anderson sold his shares in October,

before the Volcker findings were released. I don't believe for one minute Me Anderson behaved improperly. They didn't pursue the matter, remember. Mr Anderson failed to mention the June briefings when he denied insider trading last week. A diplomatic stalemate has now developed between Australia and India over uranium sales with the Prime Minister's trade-focused state visit being dominated not by what we want to sell to India but what we won't sell. Our position has been that we would not sell uranium to countries that do not adhere to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

We don't have any current intention of changing that policy. But Prime Minister Singh is persisting with his case that Australia should make an exception for India. We have an impeccable record of not contributing to any unauthorised proliferation of nuclear technologies. Mr Howard travels to Mumbai today for the second leg of his visit. All eyes are on Iran as pressure mounts over its controversial nuclear program.

It comes as the UN holds crucial talks over the issue to decide what action to take. Protesters demonstrate outside the UN's nuclear watchdog headquarters in Vienna. They're calling for Iran to be referred to the Security Council over its controversial nuclear program.

Inside, the 35-member board begins crucial talks that could pave the way to action. I think there is a universal recognition that this is an issue of serious implication to international peace and security. Western powers believe Iran wants to develop nuclear arms, which it denies, claiming it only wants to produce fuel to generate electricity. As opposition grows within the international community, so too does the evidence. The regime now has more than 300 Shahab-3 missiles, with a modified version that has a range of up to 2,000km. Iran has promised to turn the country into a killing field if any country attacks. An official British inquiry into the death of Princess Diana has found no evidence of foul play. Rumours of conspiracies have been rife since the princess and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were killed in a high-speed car smash in Paris in 1997.

Britain's 'Daily Mail' newspaper says the English investigation agrees with the French finding that her death was an accident, caused mainly by excessive speed.

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Hollywood hard to. It was a very be

Hollywood hard to. It was a very be denied. A real find happens at the

denied. A real find happens at the parties. All parties. All the Australian stars

parties. All the Australian stars

parties. All the Australian stars

parties. All the Australian stars were there. You had a chat with

were there. You had a chat with Australia's only winner. He was just

Australia's only winner. He was just

Australia's only winner. He was just so happy. He is such a lovely bloke.

so happy. He is such a lovely bloke.

so happy. He is such a lovely bloke. so happy. He is such a lovely bloke. He was born in Brisbane. He was there

He was born in Brisbane. He was there

He was born in Brisbane. He was there

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with his mum and his dad. Fashion is a big thing at the Oscars. Most

a big thing at the Oscars. Most commentators gave the best

commentators gave the best press

commentators gave the best press award to Nicole Kidman. There was

award to Nicole Kidman. There was clean and white and the simple. Could

The Wests Tigers have named Brett Hodgson as their new captain for 2006. The fullback gaining full support from Scott Prince who stepped down after signing with the Gold Coast Titans. There's a new skipper but no change to the Tigers' tactics.

I don't see my role as going out there and dictating what to do. The players who know what they do anyway. I'm still concentrating on what I have to do. Everyone in our side knows what their role is anyway. That includes Scott Prince,

who'll continue to lead without the captain tag. With me standing down it wouldn't change me as a person and the way I approach games. Still got a role to play in the team and I'm willing to do that. The Roosters launched their season last night. Hot new recruits Braith Anasta and Ashley Harrison greatly lifting premiership aspirations. He's probably been our best player. Over the last few games he's fitted in really well too, that's why I've made him vice-captain of the team.

Six players will share Melbourne's captaincy. Kiwi international David Kidwell the first to lead against the Warriors in Round 1. And Brad Thorn and Corey Parker have been dropped for the Broncos' season-opener against the Cowboys.

The latest round of a sports car series in Mexico turned into a round of track-side boxing. Bingham and JC France came into contact on lap 74 of the Mexico City 250 and when the dust settled tempers flared.

Strangely, both drivers waited to be cleared by emergency personnel before trying to inflict pain on each another.

Neither one of these guys are small. Obviously some serious disagreement as to what went on on the race track there. The drivers have been suspended for their tarmac tussle. Finance with Kath. Publisher John Fairfax has continued with its push into the online market, spending $625 million on New Zealand online portal trademe. The news came as Fairfax reported a 5% increase in first-half net profit of just under $125 million. The result was in line with market expectations and was impacted by a slowdown in the metropolitan classifieds market.

And Toll Holdings has continued with its push to win control of Patrick Corporation, extending its $4.6 billion takeover bid until next month. The decision came as Toll splashed out on an offshore acquisition, buying a 60% stake in Singapore's SembCorp Logistics for around $1 billion. A look at what's making news across the country: Stay with us, coming up - Simon Crean on the attack after his pre-selection success and the cheerleader who puts the job ahead of personal safety. BASKETBALL STARS IN ACTION TODAY A-C-T AMBULANCE CREW AND WATER POLICE WILL BE OUT ON LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN EACH MORNING THIS WEEK, TAKING PART IN A WATER RESCUE EXERCISE WITH THE SNOWY HYDRO SOUTHCARE HELICOPTER. A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN WILL CONTEST NEXT YEAR'S STATE ELECTION, FOR THE NATIONALS IN THE MONARO ELECTORATE. DAVID MADDEW WAS ENDORSED TO CONTEST THE SEAT, AT A MEETING OF THE PARTY'S ELECTORAL COUNCIL IN QUEANBEYAN. A THREE-DAY COURSE ON OBESITY PREVENTION STARTS TODAY, BY A-C-T HEALTH. THE GROUP IS SHOCKED BY FIGURES SHOWING 62 PER CENT OF MEN AND 45 PER CENT OF WOMEN, ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE. A NEW Y-H-A HOSTEL IN CANBERRA WILL OPEN THIS AFTERNOON. THE Y-H-A PROVIDES LOW-COST ACCOMODATION TO BACKPACKERS. THE TRAVELLERS ARE CONSIDERED IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTORS TO THE A-C-T TOURISM INDUSTRY. TO SPORT, AND THE BRUMBIES' ARE BACK IN TRAINING TODAY, WITH THEIR NEXT GAME AGAINST THE SHARKS AT HOME THIS WEEKEND. AND, THERE'LL BE A CHANCE TO SEE SOME FUTURE AT THIS MORNING'S LAUNCH OF BASKETBALL STARS IN ACTION, THIS YEAR'S A-I-S MEN'S AND WOMEN'S PROGRAMS. THE PROGRAM ALREADY PRODUCING SOME GREAT STARS, THE STATE, WITH ANOTHER FAIRLY CLEAR DAY OTHERWISE CANBERRA 28, EXPECTING A SUNNY DAY AGAIN, SYDNEY SHOULD BE FINE AND 27 DEGREES HOT AGAIN AND 38 FOR PERTH DUBBO AND ORANGE CAN EXPECT A SUNNY DAY, WITH SOME LATE SHOWERS ON THE WAY FOR THOSE IN WOLLONGONG CLEAR SKIES FOR BATHURST, WITH A FINE OUTLOOK AS WELL FOR BOWRAL AND GOULBURN MUDGEE CAN EXPECT A SUNNY DAY, WITH SOME WET WEATHER HEADING TO NOWRA THERE'S A WIND WARNING FOR THE SOUTH COAST, A SMALL Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this morning, the PM continues his visit to India but a political stalemate looms over the sale of Uranium. Simon Crean wins pre-selection in Victoria and calls for the party to return to rank and file membership A Hollywood-sized hangover this morning in Tinsletown following yesterday's Oscar celebrations. And in sport - a financial crisis looms for AFL club Carlton. Simon Crean has survived a bitter pre-selection battle to retain ALP pre-selection for the seat of Hotham. The former opposition leader scored an overwhelming victory in the vote by party members.

Union official Martin Pakula forced to withdraw his challenge. Well, it's just an overwhelming victory for rank and file.

It smashes the factional leaders. Mr Crean said threats had been made against his supporters A diplomatic stalemate between Australia and India over uranium sales. India wants to buy from us for non-military purposes but so far Australia is saying no deal. The body language was all good between prime ministers Howard and Singh but this trade-focused official state visit to India has been dominated not by what we want to sell to India, but what we won't sell - uranium. Our position has been that we would not sell uranium to countries that do not adhere to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. But Prime Minister Singh is persisting with his case that Australia should make an exception for India. We have an impeccable record Australia's diplomatic discomfort over what to do about uranium sales to India has led to what one Indian observer regards as mixed messages from our Prime Minister. What he said earlier and what he said this morning has left people a bit confused. The Indian Government regards the door as still open to future uranium sales from Australia but the Australian position appears to have hardened. From here, Mr Howard and his entourage of 20 Australian business executives go to Mumbai where among other things the Prime Minister will open some commercial offices and meet the cast of a Bollywood movie. Bali Nine drug mule, Scott Rush, will not appeal his life sentence. He says he's lost faith in the Indonesian court system. Instead, he'll bypass the courts and make a direct plea to the Indonesian President for mercy. Rush's lawyer has told reporters the 19-year-old fears he might get the death penalty if he takes his case to the High Court.

Rush will only make his clemency plea after the other members of the Bali Nine have had their appeals heard. A man will face court today after being charged over a fatal stabbing in Melbourne. 28-year-old John Talevski was arrested by police overnight. He's been charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. A 30-year-old man died and two of his friends suffered knife wounds in an unprovoked attack

as they went for a walk at Spotswood in Melbourne's west on Saturday. Hollywood is waking up with a hangover this morning after a night of post-Oscar partying. Academy Award winner cinematographer Dion Beebe was mixing it up with the A-list crowd which included everyone from movie stars to Madonna. It's shocking, it's thrilling it's overwhelming. Style icon, Nicole Kidman, was voted one of the best dressed on the red carpet. Carlton is in financial turmoil, with the club revealing its debt has reached extraordinary levels. The Blues are officially in the red. Carlton's $7 million in debt and seeking help from the AFL.

To make matters worse the president has declared on-field success still a few years away. Melbourne might still be alive in the NAB Cup, but it's come at a cost. Jared Rivers will miss the start of the home and away season. Scans revealing the a torn medial ligament in his right elbow. I thought it was pretty bad in the pain I was in. It's still pretty painful. I'll see how we go. Another week and another bizarre training regime for the Eagles as they continue to try to put recent off-field controversies behind them. Aussie Formula One driver Mark Webber has given Bahrain the seal of approval for the new season opening race. Webber and the Williams team ready for the hot conditions at the desert track which was selected because of the Commonwealth Games.

Final look at the markets before we go. A cheerleader in the US has refused to let injury stop her from cheering on her team. High school student Kristi Yamaoka suffered concussion after falling head first from the top of a 3m pyramid. The teenager had to be restrained as she was transported to hospital because she seemed unable to stop cheering. Fortunately tests showed she did not suffer any brain damage. Kristi was treated for concussion and a chipped vertibra, but is expected to make a full recovery. National weather for today:

Now a quick recap of the morning's top stories. And that's all for this edition of Ten's Early News. Have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au