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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This morning - at the Prime Minister George W. Bush pokes fun in Washington. as his official tour continues a spectacular light show overnight, Brisbane residents treated to officials suspect a meteor shower. And dramatic new video crashed into the Pentagon of the moment a hijacked jet nearly five years ago. on September 11

weather forecast: Looking at today's

at the morning's finance news. Kath Robinson with our first look

this morning buoyed by Boeing.. US blue chips have inched higher has received a rare honour The Prime Minister on his tour of the United States that he trusts his handling and assurances from President Bush AWB wheat scandal. of the multimillion-dollar It's a rare honour - on the White House lawn, a state visit ceremony Prime Minister in two decades. only the second for an Australian a strong leader. Americans appreciate and your commitment I salute your courage and personal decency. needs the President's leadership Howard stressing that the world still which has a long way to run. in the war against terror senior advisers admits One of President Bush's is going through sour times, the Administration to welcome John Howard all the more reason for George Bush as no-fair weather friend. who he sees US wheat farmers are angry wheat bribes to Saddam. over the AWB's multimillion-dollar handling of the scandal. The President trusts John Howard's on the block, He may not be the prettiest person you can take it to the bank. when he tells you something of the AWB scandal Hot on the heels is under investigation yet another major Australian company over its overseas operations.

Chris Ellison Federal Justice Minister

against Woodside Petroleum has referred a complaint to the Australian Federal Police. of the company's dealing They're looking into the legality of Mauritania, with the African nation to its government. particularly a $100 million payment operating in an overseas country We have a company to be asked and answered. in a manner which leaves questions off Mauritania Woodside's joint venture began pumping oil in March. a spectacular light show last night Queensland residents were treated to streaked across the sky. when a mysterious green object

sparking fears of a plane crash. The strange sighting initially early evening, The object was first spotted and aircraft reporting the sighting. traffic controllers or a UFO But it wasn't a giant fireball which startled locals with a view. just a suspected meteorite and it lasted for 3-4 seconds It came down and landed somewhere. and it went straight across of a plane crash Police initially received reports

were inundated with callers. as local radio stations for an explanation. Disk jockeys even ringing NASA right towards the end, It looked like a firework it was green. east to west, The meteorite was seen travelling near Warwick. it's thought it came to rest inland in a drive-by shooting A man has been critically wounded

from a Melbourne primary school. just metres by air ambulance to hospital The victim was rushed with a gunshot wound to the chest. before collapsing. He'd flagged down a motorist rushed to the school. Anxious parents Their children locked down inside. knife-wielding bandit in the leg. Just hours later police shot a He'd earlier held up a sandwich shop. September 11 terrorist attacks, Nearly five years after the has released the first video the US Justice Department crashing into the Pentagon. of the plane

shows American Airlines flight 77 The security camera footage headquarters, killing 184 people. slamming into the US military a Freedom of Information Act request The images were released following by the group Judicial Watch. conspiracy theories about the crash. It's hoped the video will end

and nearly 40 people injured At least 19 people have been killed in a violent attack in Baghdad. in the city's north-east Police say gunman stormed a car park

and shot five security guards an oil tanker, killing 14. before detonating explosives under have been taken to hospital, The injured are suffering horrendous burns. many people Jason Taylor NRL, Parramatta's caretaker coach has tackled the job head on, who were drunk before training. dropping two important players $5,000 by a club in turmoil. Tim Smith and Mark Riddell also fined

Mark Riddell and Tim Smith Parramatta's pie-eyed pair

front up to face the music. from first grade Their new coach dropping them against Penrith. for Friday night's match are gonna be good examples I suppose these two for the rest of the team. I made a bad decision yesterday. for my actions. I'm just very, very sorry before training, The pair's trip to the pub in a horror stretch for the club. the latest episode Just two wins this season resigning on Monday and coach Brian Smith his position was made untenable amid rumours by forces within the club. if there was anything there You hear it, but the people,

that are gonna know. are the only ones

but I don't know. He might have pushed out

I always remember Jack Gibson saying as the front office the team's only as good at Parramatta's in turmoil. and obviously the front office

make an offer for Jason Akermanis In AFL, Melbourne is expected to

should he leave Brisbane next year. to target the Brownlow medallist, The Demons say they have the cash depending on whether the dispute results in separation. between Akermanis and the Lions some financial muscle We're starting to get about Jason, so I don't want to necessarily talk but the point we're making is, amongst the big boys. is that we're in Geelong mentor Mark Thompson Meanwhile,

will coach his 146th match when the Cats face Collingwood on Saturday night. That makes him the club's second longest serving coach. Boxing, Danny Green has weighed in slightly heavier

than Anthony Mundine for tonight's WBA super middleweight title eliminator in Sydney. On the eve of Australia's biggest fight

access to the two men was denied, television crews attempting to cover the weigh-in were forced to wait outside amid tight security. Green arrived dressed for combat while a relaxed Mundine quelled the pair's fierce rivalry. I've got no bitterness or feel bad to any person in any way. I just want to prove that I'm the best. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory contender for the WBA title held by Denmark's Mikkel Kessler. Finance news, another big profit for Macquarie Bank? The millionaire's factory is living up to its reputation delivering another bumper profit. Annual earnings rose 13% to $916 million. The 14th consecutive profit result was underpinned by growth in assets under management and success in offshore operations.

And analysts predict a number of lucrative deals in the pipeline after Macquarie announced a capital raising of $750 million. The result has boosted Macquarie's CEO Allan Moss' pay packet to $21.2 million - making him the highest-paid Australian executive.

But chairman David Clarke whose earning $11.4 million a year says the high salaries are necessary to keep staff from going overseas to work on Wall Street. National weather: Let's see what the newspapers are saying:

This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this morning. President Bush throws his full support behind John Howard's handling of the AWB kickbacks scandal. Two people arrested in Western Australia over the shooting murder of a Sydney boxer.

Media personality Rex Hunt admits he paid for sex for more than a decade with three different woman. And in sport, NRL coach Jason Taylor talks tough punishing the two players who turned up to training drunk. Time for finance, what's the latest in this takeover for Wattyl? South Africa's Barloworld is making concessions in a bid to win control of the paintmaker. The company says it will sell off its Bristol brand and 50% of its stores as it works to get its $321 million bid across the line. The ACCC raised concerns over the takeover, saying the tie-up would diminish competition. Queensland residents were treated to a spectacular show last night when a mysterious green light streaked across the sky. The suspected meteorite was seen travelling east to west. Local radio stations inundated with callers reporting the sighting. It came down and lasted 3-4 seconds It looked like a firework right towards the end, it was green. It's believed the object came to rest inland near Warwick. Police are hunting a gunman whose victim is fighting for life in hospital after a brazen shooting near a primary school in Melbourne. Anxious parents rushed to the school which went into lockdown. Fighting for his life the 26-year-old victim was rushed to hospital by air ambulance helicopter suffering a gunshot wound to his chest. He was gunned down in an apparent drive-by shooting just metres from a nearby primary school. At this stage a male is in a stable condition at hospital. The bullet has passed through the wound so he is very lucky.

The school locked down as anxious parents rushed to collect their children. We tried to ring the school half a dozen times

and we can't get through to the school. Witnesses say the wounded man staggered onto the road and flagged down a passing car before collapsing in a pool of blood. He fell to the ground, he was on the ground. As I was driving past he was on his knees and fell to the ground. And police have shot a robbery suspect in the leg outside a suburban police station

after he lunged at officers with a knife. The shooting followed a long chase through Melbourne's inner north after the man allegedly held up a sandwich shop.

John Howard has reaffirmed the Coalition's commitment to the war on terror on the latest leg of his tour of the United States. After a welcome, complete with pomp and ceremony, the PM said there was still a need to expand opportunities for democracy. Half a world away Mr Howard couldn't escape leadership questions. President Bush coming to his defence suggesting he'd be in office longer than him. He says they have a lot in common although... Queensland residents were treated to a spectacular show last night Police are hunting a gunman

New South Wales detectives will fly to Perth today after the arrest of two people over a Sydney double murder.

26-year-old boxer Bassam Chami and his 27-year-old friend Ibrahim Assad were gunned down in Granville in March. Their killings believed to be the result of a drug feud. Last night West Australian authorities swooped on a 30-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man. One of Melbourne's most beleaguered tourist attractions has suffered another mishap, stranding five people above the treetops. A section of the Arthur's Seat chairlift derailed leaving passengers, including a 4-year-old girl, dangling metres in the air. Rescuers using a cherry picker took several hours to get them down. It's the latest in a series of problems since the collapse of a pylon brought the ride down, injuring 16 people in January 2003. Media personality Rex Hunt has admitted to paying three women for sex for more than a decade. The millionaire fishing expert and AFL commentator has told News Limited papers the arrangements - in some instances worth $1,000 a week - were not with prostitutes. The 57-year-old says he was ashamed to tell his wife of 34 years Lynne. He says for undisclosed reasons he was desperate for physical contact. A bomb scare has brought a British city to a standstill.

The bizarre threat didn't come from terrorists but the discovery of a 1,000 pound World War Two bomb. It was in the middle of the Mersey right beside Liverpool's city centre that the WW2 bomb was found. A routine survey of the river by a Royal Navy mine sweeper uncovered the device last night. This yellow marker buoy was attached by divers. The bomb was lifted just above the surface then towed out to sea. The bomb scare caused long delays not least of all for 250 people on board ferries from Belfast and Dublin. They had to wait almost 12 hours at sea before the docks were finally declared safe.

Liverpool was a key port for Britain in the 1940s especially for the Atlantic convoys. And the German device found today was one of thousands used to attack the city. After sitting on the seabed for 60 years it's unlikely the device would have ever gone off

without a controlled explosion by the Royal Navy.

But when you find a 1,000 pound bomb you don't take any chances. Indonesia's President Yodhoyono has paid a visit to main areas affected by the Mount Merapi volcano. The President toured an evacuation centre and surveyed the volcano for himself. Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations for 5,000 people living near the base of the mountain.

Officials still don't know when the volcano will blow its top, but say an eruption is imminent. The United States has released dramatic new vision

of the moment a plane crashed into the Pentagon on September 11. Joining us now is Ten US bureau chief Leisa Goddard Roles. Leisa, why was this video released?

The video comes for a half years

after the attacks. There are two

videos that have been released. videos that have been released. Let's

have a look. We are seeing the plane

coming in. It happened very fast. A

those have studied it say it proves a

plane did hit the Pentagon.

Conspiracy theorists believe a

playing it didn't hit the Pentagon. A

lobby group has been fighting to have

this video released. The Defence

Department has kept the videos

secret. It is dredging up paying for

memories for those lost in the attack. In the NRL, a decisive first day in the job for Parramatta's caretaker coach Jason Taylor. He's dropped Mark Riddell and Tim Smith for turning up drunk for training. New coach Taylor keen to set new standards for his players. If they don't want to uphold those they're not gonna be in the team. These two are gonna be good examples for the team. And the Queensland State of Origin team has called in former hitman Trevor 'The Axe' Gillmeister to toughen up their defence. Gillmeister reckons the Maroons have gone soft in recent years. AFL, Melbourne has emerged as one of the front-runners

to secure the services of disgruntled Brisbane player Jason Akermanis. The Demons have the cash to target the Brownlow medallist should he leave the Lions. The future of Jason Akermanis is an issue that's going to be speculated upon right up until clubs are allowed to begin player trading in October, but already Melbourne is considering throwing its hat into the ring. When and if at the end of the year - there's no secret we went after Lance and we're very happy with Byron. Buoyed by Byron Pickett's addition to the team it's understood the Demons have the dollars for the still contracted Lion. We're starting to get some financial muscle so I don't want to talk about Jason but the point is we're in amongst the big boys. Port Adelaide players aren't offended by Mark Williams' stinging public criticism, saying they can't hide from the truth. Probably came as not a huge surprise for the players. Our performance on the weekend was very ordinary from a Port Adelaide standard. The great thing about Mark is he's very open and honest and he wouldn't say anything to the media that he wouldn't say to the players. Officials from the International Olympic Committee

have begun a three day visit to Beijing inspecting the progress for the 2008 Games. The tour began with a visit to the Olympic Green where the national stadium will be the precinct's centrepiece. Known as the Bird's Nest the stadium will house the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the track and field events for the summer games. Now time for finance, the Telstra sale inches away from approval? The Government's $25 billion sell-off is likely to get the go-ahead within weeks. The breakthrough comes after Telstra and the competition watchdog reportedly settled their differences over the telco's $3 billion fibre optic network. Communications Minister Helen Coonan says that the pair are in talks and that a conclusion is expected within weeks. Now for a look at the national weather: The cast of 'The Da Vinci Code' drum up publicity ahead of this week's premier. The details when Ten's Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. This morning - George W. Bush pokes fun at the Prime Minister as his official tour continues in Washington. Brisbane residents treated to a spectacular light show overnight, officials suspect a meteor shower.

And dramatic new video of the moment a hijacked jet crashed into the Pentagon on September 11 nearly five years ago. Looking at today's weather forecast: US blue chips have inched higher this morning buoyed by Boeing.

John Howard has received a rare honour at the White House. With the details, I'm joined by Ten's political editor, Paul Bongiorno who's travelling with the Prime Minister in the US. Paul, it's Mr Howard's seventh visit in five years. Why has it taken so long for him to get a full state welcome?

The two men get on that very well

The two men get on that very well

together. Mr Bush thinks that Mr

Howard may at last him as a leader.

American farmers angry at the wheat

scandal. We have spoken to some of

the week to senators who have been

outspoken. There is a move for an

inquiry. The White House as a lens on

the senators not to embarrass its

ally Mr Howard. Earlier Mr Bush ally Mr Howard. Earlier Mr Bush said

he had for competent into how Mr

Howard is handling the wheat scandal. Meantime, high hopes are held for the PM's upcoming talks with Indonesia's President. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer expects John Howard and Susilo Bambang Yudoyono to patch up the rift caused by the Papuan refugee row. It'll be the first time the two leaders have spoken since Australia's decision to grant temporary protection visas to 42 asylum seekers. Queensland residents were treated to a spectacular light show last night when a mysterious green object streaked across the sky. The object was first spotted early evening, traffic controllers and aircraft reporting the sighting. But it wasn't a giant fireball or a UFO

just a suspected meteorite which startled locals with a view. It came down and it lasted for 3-4 seconds and it went straight across and landed somewhere. Police initially received reports of a plane crash as local radio stations were inundated with callers. Disk jockeys even ringing NASA for an explanation. It looked like a firework right towards the end, it was green. The meteorite was seen travelling east to west, it's thought it came to rest inland near Warwick. A three-day counter terrorism exercise continues in Sydney today despite criticism that it's a public relations stunt. The training involves NSW police, emergency services and the Australian Defence Force. This is not in response to any specific intelligence.

Mr Ellison claims the exercise, called Neptune's Treasure, is crucial to see if Federal and State authorities are prepared for a terrorist attack. More details have emerged about the 14 days spent underground

by Beaconsfield miners, Todd Russell and Brant Webb. The man who headed the rescue has revealed the men were found

after they were heard singing country and western songs. Peter Hatswell claims up until that time Todd Russell had been keeping a record just in case they didn't make it. He was recording times of the blasts and what it felt like and he was writing it on his overalls, the leg of his overalls. Mr Hatswell claims the two men survived in the early part of their ordeal by catching water dripping from the mine walls in their helmets. A bomb scare has brought a British city to a standstill. The bizarre threat didn't come from terrorists but the discovery of a 1,000 pound World War Two bomb. It was in the middle of the Mersey right beside Liverpool's city centre that the WW2 bomb was found. A routine survey of the river by a Royal Navy mine sweeper uncovered the device last night. This yellow marker buoy was attached by divers. The bomb was lifted just above the surface

then towed out to sea. The bomb scare caused long delays not least of all for 250 people on board ferries from Belfast and Dublin. They had to wait almost 12 hours at sea before the docks were finally declared safe. Liverpool was a key port for Britain in the 1940s especially for the Atlantic convoys.

And the German device found today was one of thousands used to attack the city. After sitting on the seabed for 60 years

it's unlikely the device would have ever gone off without a controlled explosion by the Royal Navy. But when you find a 1,000 pound bomb you don't take any chances. Nearly five years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US Justice Department has released the first video

of the plane crashing into the Pentagon. The security camera footage shows American Airlines flight 77 slamming into the US military headquarters, killing 184 people. The images were released following a Freedom of Information Act request by the group Judicial Watch. It's hoped the video will end conspiracy theories about the crash. A judge has begun reading the verdict in the trial against the only surviving militant of the Beslan school massacre. The judge says Nurpashi Kulayev, who has not entered a plea,

will more than likely be found guilty of murder, terrorism and hostage taking. The siege in the Russian town led to the deaths of 331 victims, more than half were school children. 31 alleged terrorists died after bombs exploded when security forces raided a school gymnasium to free the children held hostage. The cast and crew of 'The Da Vinci Code' are drumming up more publicity ahead of the movie release. A specially designed 'Da Vinci Code' train will attempt to break the world record for the longest non-stop international train journey from London to Cannes. Tens of Thousands of Christians around the world are planning major protests to coincide with the movie release on Friday. NRL, Parramatta's caretaker coach Jason Taylor has tackled the job head on, dropping two important players who were drunk before training. Tim Smith and Mark Riddell also fined $5,000 by a club in turmoil. Parramatta's pie-eyed pair Mark Riddell and Tim Smith front up to face the music.

Their new coach dropping them from first grade for Friday night's match against Penrith. I suppose these two are gonna be good examples for the rest of the team. I made a bad decision yesterday. I'm just very, very sorry for my actions. The pair's trip to the pub before training,

the latest episode in a horror stretch for the club. Just two wins this season

and coach Brian Smith resigning on Monday amid rumours his position was made untenable by forces within the club. You hear it, but the people, if there was anything there

are the only ones that are gonna know. He might have pushed out but I don't know. I always remember Jack Gibson saying the team's only as good as the front office and obviously the front office at Parramatta's in turmoil. In AFL, Melbourne is expected to make an offer for Jason Akermanis should he leave Brisbane next year. The Demons say they have the cash to target the Brownlow medallist, depending on whether the dispute between Akermanis and the Lions results in separation. We're starting to get some financial muscle so I don't want to necessarily talk about Jason,

but the point we're making is that we're in amongst the big boys. Meanwhile, Geelong mentor Mark Thompson will coach his 146th match when the Cats face Collingwood on Saturday night. That makes him the club's second longest serving coach.

Boxing, Danny Green has weighed in slightly heavier than Anthony Mundine for tonight's WBA super middleweight title eliminator in Sydney. On the eve of Australia's biggest fight access to the two men was denied,

television crews attempting to cover the weigh-in were forced to wait outside amid tight security. Green arrived dressed for combat while a relaxed Mundine quelled the pair's fierce rivalry.

I've got no bitterness or feel bad to any person in any way. I just want to prove that I'm the best. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory contender for the WBA title held by Denmark's Mikkel Kessler. The miner has offloaded one of its Peruvian copper mines to Swiss based Xstrata. The sale for just under $1 billion was well flagged to the market. Earlier this year BHP's CEO Chip Goodyear said the miner was looking at offloading the asset. And horse racing will again be shown on Sky Channel in New South Wales and Victoria after wagering company Tabcorp and Thoroughbred Vision reached a deal. The agreement will run until 2012 and will see Sky pay $22 million a year for the Sydney and Victoria racing rights.

National weather: Two people arrested over a Sydney double murder. The details after his break on Ten's Early News. GOOD MORNING, COMING UP, A POSSIBLE PAY RISE FOR GOULBURN WORKERS, AND PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR THE P-M'S 11 AT MANUKA. BUT FIRST, AND RICHARD (MUL-KAY) MULCAHY, SAYS HE'S HAPPY TO SERVE AS DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER, UNDER BILL (STEPH-FAR-NEAR-AK) STEFANIAK, WHO TOOK OVER FROM BRENDAN SMYTH YESTERDAY, AFTER WINNING THE SUPPORT OF HIS 7 COLLEAGUES. THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION HAS CALLED FOR A FULL JUDICIAL INQUIRY, FOLLOWING MORE CLAIMS OF BULLYING WITHIN THE DEFENCE FORCE. AUSTRALIA'S FIRST FEMALE OFFICER, LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER ROBYN FAHY, SAYS SHE WAS BEATEN DUNTROON IN CANBERRA. DAILY WHILE STUDYING AT LOW INCOME EARNERS IN THE SOUTHERN TABLELANDS COULD SOON BE TAKING HOME A BIGGER PAY CHECK, IF THE UNIONS GET THEIR WAY. THE A-C-T-U WILL PUSH FOR A 4-PER CENT INCREASE IN AWARD WAGES, TO HELP COVER THE RISING COST OF PETROL AND INTEREST RATES.. THE RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE HAS LAUNCHED ITS LARGEST EVER CAMPAIGN, AND WANTS SOUTHERN TABLELANDS RESIDENTS TO JOIN IN.

OPERATION LIFEBLOOD IS HOPING TO COLLECT AN EXTRA WINTER, TO PREVENT 21 THOUSAND LITRES DURING SHORTFALLS. AND PRESSURE IS MOUNTING FOR ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT A STUDY INTO MALE SUICIDE. THE RATE FOR AUSTRALIAN MEN IS AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY IN REGIONAL AREAS, LIKE THE RIVERINA AND MURRAY.

TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND TICKETS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER'S 11 AT MANUKA OVAL GO ON SALE NEXT MONTH. MEANWHILE, CANBERRA RESIDENTS HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY TO REGISTER FOR PRE-PURCHASED ASHES TICKETS.

NOW TO THE LATEST LOCAL WEATHER.

THAT HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM CONTINUES ACROSS OUR PART

OF THE WORLD THIS MORNING, ALTHOUGH PLENTY OF FROST AND FOG ABOUT THE REGION THIS MORNING.

IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL, THIS MORNING'S COOLER WEATHER, WILL GIVE WAY TO A FINE SUNNY DAY. CANBERRA HEADED FOR A TOP OF 19 DEGREES. IN SYDNEY, A MOSTLY SUNNY DAY AND 23. IN THE GONG, A FINE AND MOSTLY SUNNY DAY, THE MERCURY TIPPING 21 DEGREES. LIGHT NORTHWEST TO NORTHEAST WINDS, AND 22 IN BEGA. CHANCE OF A SHOWER, AND 21 IN BATEMANS BAY. HEAVY FOG IN GOULBURN THIS MORNING, CLEARING TO A TOP 19. A FINE DAY IN NOWRA AFTER SHOWERS EARLIER IN THE WEEK. COOMA WARMING TO A TOP OF 18 DEGREES. A COLD FRONT WILL MAKE ITS WAY ACROSS THE REGION ON FRIDAY, WHICH MEANS COLLER WEATHER AND POSSIBLE SHOWERS. GOOD NEWS FOR THE SKIIERS THOUGH, WITH HEFTY SNOW This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this morning. President Bush throws his full support behind John Howard's handling of the AWB kickbacks scandal. Two people arrested in Western Australia over the shooting murder of a Sydney boxer. Media personality Rex Hunt admits he paid for sex for more than a decade with three different woman. And in sport, NRL coach Jason Taylor talks tough punishing the two players who turned up to training drunk. The Prime Minister has received a rare honour on his tour of the United States and assurances from President Bush that he trusts his handling

of the multimillion-dollar AWB wheat scandal. It's a rare honour - a state visit ceremony on the White House lawn, only the second for an Australian Prime Minister in two decades. Americans appreciate a strong leader. I salute your courage and your commitment and personal decency. Howard stressing that the world still needs the President's leadership in the war against terror which has a long way to run. One of President Bush's senior advisers admits

the Administration is going through sour times, all the more reason for George Bush to welcome John Howard who he sees as no fair-weather friend. US wheat farmers are angry over the AWB's multimillion-dollar wheat bribes to Saddam. The President trusts John Howard's handling of the scandal. He may not be the prettiest person on the block, when he tells you something you can take it to the bank. Queensland residents were treated to a spectacular show last night when a mysterious green light streaked across the sky. The suspected meteorite was seen travelling east to west. Local radio stations inundated with callers reporting the sighting. It came down and lasted 3-4 seconds and it went straight across and landed somewhere. It looked like a firework right towards the end, it was green. It's believed the object came to rest inland near Warwick. Police are hunting a gunman whose victim is fighting for life in hospital after a brazen shooting near a primary school in Melbourne. Anxious parents rushed to the school which went into lockdown. Fighting for his life the 26-year-old victim was rushed to hospital by air ambulance helicopter suffering a gunshot wound to his chest. He was gunned down in an apparent drive-by shooting

just metres from a nearby primary school. At this stage a male is in a stable condition at hospital. The bullet has passed through the wound so he is very lucky. The school locked down as anxious parents rushed to collect their children. We tried to ring the school half a dozen times and we can't get through to the school. Witnesses say the wounded man staggered onto the road and flagged down a passing car before collapsing in a pool of blood. He fell to the ground, he was on the ground. As I was driving past he was on his knees and fell to the ground. And police have shot a robbery suspect in the leg outside a suburban police station after he lunged at officers with a knife. The shooting followed a long chase through Melbourne's inner north after the man allegedly held up a sandwich shop. New South Wales detectives will fly to Perth today after the arrest of two people over a Sydney double murder. 26-year-old boxer Bassam Chami and his 27-year-old friend Ibrahim Assad were gunned down in Granville in March. Their killings believed to be the result of a drug feud. authorities Last night West Australian

swooped on a 30-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man. The woman will be interviewed today while Sydney detectives will seek the man's extradition when he fronts a court on murder charges. Media personality Rex Hunt has admitted to paying three women for sex for more than a decade. The millionaire fishing expert and AFL commentator has told News Limited papers the arrangements - in some instances worth $1,000 a week - were not with prostitutes. The 57-year-old says he was ashamed to tell his wife of 34 years Lynne. He says for undisclosed reasons he was desperate for physical contact. The 'Drowsy Chaperone'

has swpet the board with 13 Tony Awards. Leisa Goddard-Roles has more. Leisa, who has been snubbed.

Julia Roberts made her debut this

year. Everyone expected she would get

an award. But she has missed out. 11

an award. But she has missed out. 11

nominations have been given to nominations have been given to the colour purple. Indonesia's President Yodhoyono has paid a visit to main areas affected by the Mount Merapi volcano. The President toured an evacuation centre and surveyed the volcano for himself. Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations for 5,000 people living near the base of the mountain. A highly anticipated outing in Japan for the country's princess, she's taken part in her first school excursion.

Hundreds of onlookers turned out to catch a glimpse of four-year-old Princess Aiko as she was led into the park by her mother. The princess's birth in 2001 sparked a nationwide debate over whether laws should be changed to allow a female to ascend to the throne. In the NRL, a decisive first day in the job for Parramatta's caretaker coach Jason Taylor. He's dropped Mark Riddell and Tim Smith for turning up drunk for training. New coach Taylor keen to set new standards for his players. If they don't want to uphold those they're not gonna be in the team. These two are gonna be good examples for the team. And the Queensland State of Origin team

has called in former hitman Trevor 'The Axe' Gillmeister to toughen up their defence. Gillmeister reckons the Maroons have gone soft in recent years. AFL, Melbourne has emerged as one of the front-runners to secure the services of disgruntled Brisbane player Jason Akermanis. The Demons have the cash to target the Brownlow medallist The future of Jason Akermanis is an issue that's going to be speculated upon right up until clubs are allowed to begin player trading in October, but already Melbourne is considering throwing its hat into the ring. When and if at the end of the year - there's no secret we went after Lance

and we're very happy with Byron. Buoyed by Byron Pickett's addition to the team it's understood the Demons have the dollars for the still contracted Lion. We're starting to get some financial muscle so I don't want to talk about Jason but the point is we're in amongst the big boys. Port Adelaide players aren't offended

by Mark Williams' stinging public criticism, saying they can't hide from the truth. Probably came as not a huge surprise for the players.

Our performance on the weekend was very ordinary from a Port Adelaide standard.

The great thing about Mark is he's very open and honest and he wouldn't say anything to the media that he wouldn't say to the players. Wendell Sailor's manager is to face allegations

that Wallabies players were supplied with ecstasy at a corporate Christmas party in 2004. Two of Greg Keenan's former employees are suing his company for compensation, alleging Keenan's conduct forced them to resign from their jobs. Sailor, who has been suspended after testing positive to cocaine, wasn't at the Sydney event.

The millionaire's factory is living up to its reputation delivering another multimillion-dollar record profit. Annual earnings rose 13% to $916 million, making it the 14th consecutive profit result. But analysts say

the companies golden performance may be running out of steam with profit over the second half slipping.

Macquarie CEO Allan Moss is rolling in cash, he's the highest-paid Australian executive pocketing $21.2 million last year. Mr Moss received a 15% pay rise on his 2005 pay packet but the bank has defended the remuneration packages saying it needs to attract highly-skilled global candidates.

Now for a look at the national weather:

Looking ahead:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. President Bush praises the PM's handling of the wheat for weapons scandal, at a jovial press conference in Washington. Two people arrested in Western Australia over the shooting murder of Sydney boxer Bassam Chami. And Brisbane residents treated to a spectacular light show overnight, officials say it's possible it was a meteor shower.

And that's it for this edition of Ten's Early News. Remember the morning news is at 11:00 and we'll wrap up the day's top stories in our news hour at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, thanks for your company. And I'm Kath Robinson, have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au