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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Good morning I'm Kathryn Robinson. This Thursday - planning another terrorist attack one of the Bali bombers caught from his death row prison cell. to be tested for AIDS 500 Queenslanders

tested positive. after a female dentist of a terror scare in Amsterdam. A US-owned airline at the centre 12 passengers are being questioned. that dramatic race fall. And in sport - escapes with just a broken hand. Champion jockey Damien Oliver the national weather: Let's take a look at markets, good morning Frank Coletta. Now time for our first check of the

Good morning, Kath. a breather this morning Well, Wall Street's taken a bit of is cooling. amid concern the housing market

BHP smashes an Aussie record. on its profit result soon. I'll have more One of the Bali bombers on death row further terrorist attacks has been accused of plotting from his prison cell. Imam Samudra used a laptop Indonesian police also allege

to contact extremists and potentially played a role Bali attacks. in arranging last year's second in the 2002 Bali bombings, Sentenced to death for his part

this week, Imam Samudra was to be executed after lodging an appeal. but he received a late reprieve he's plotted more atrocities. Now he's facing fresh allegations

Indonesian police arresting two men to Samudra. for helping smuggle a computer used the Internet The Bali bomber then allegedly

to raise money for terrorist attacks. the laptop had been in use Investigators say

last year prior to the second attack in Bali that killed four Australians. One report suggesting and organiser of that blast. Samudra had been the main fundraiser squad for the first Bali attack, Despite facing the death by firing co-accused, Ambrozi and Ali Ghufron, neither Samudra or his two

have expressed any remorse. has told her lawyers Also in Indonesia, Schapelle Corby prisoner exchange with Australia. she doesn't want to be part of any as a free person. She says she only wants to return James Wakelin, Ten News. given to the first person Canberra says the sentence on Australia convicted of planning a terror attack

is appropriate. Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock says jail term - Faheem Khalid Lodhi's 20-year for such an offence - the toughest ever handed down fits the crime.

The 36-year-old was convicted the national electricity grid. of plotting to blow up in the possession of maps, He was found to have been and a handwritten terror-manual. chemical price lists in 2019. Lodhi will be eligible for parole north Queensland on up to 500 people Tests will begin this morning in treated by an HIV-positive dentist. stopped working on Tuesday The dentist, who hasn't been named,

the virus. after learning she had contracted

and Collinsville Hospitals She's been working at Bowen since December last year. is very small. Doctors say the risk to patients

but we cannot be sure It is virtually zero mechanism here so we are taking the safest in letting patients know. dentist ever transmitting HIV There's no record of an Australian to a patient. may not be secure. Fears the Government's new SmartCard have been detected within Centrelink Hundreds of privacy breaches

government's Privacy Taskforce and now even the head of the for the SmartCard. worries about what that means

at an absolute minimum. The data on the card should be kept disturbed by the Centrelink breaches. Professor Fels says he's deeply investigation shows the system works. But the Government says the in Amsterdam 12 passengers have been detained

terror scare. after another mid-flight the US-owned plane back to ground F-16 fighter jets escorting were seen acting suspiciously. after a group of passengers This is the Northwest airlines flight

aviation terrorist scare. at the centre of the latest was bound for Mumbai The passenger plane of some of the passengers. when the crew became suspicious

I felt a little bit scared. Just the atmosphere on the plane. of south Asians, Some people think there were a group they think south Asians, paying attention and they weren't really were saying. to what the flight attendants Early reports suggest their mobile phones after take off. several passengers began using to land. The pilot then radioed for permission Within minutes, were guiding the plane two F-16 fighter jets

into Amsterdam's Schipol Airport. over the incident. Dutch police have detained 12 people of mid-flight terror scares It's the latest in a series transatlantic airline terror plot. since UK police foiled an alleged

an extension to question 11 suspects Overnight, London police were granted being held over that alleged plot. arrested in Pakistan two weeks ago, But one suspect, was released without charge. appeared in court Yesterday, a further 11 suspects and conspiracy to murder. facing a range of terrorist charges Hugo Ward, Ten News. an Australian Chinese authorities have detained over Tuesday's airline bomb hoax. Wong Chung-wah Australian cosmetics businessman has allegedly told police this China Southern Airlines flight he made the threat against headed for Sydney because he was lovesick.

for such a bomb hoax is five years. The maximum jail term in China consular access to the man. Australian officials are seeking

Three Mexican fishermen in the Pacific Ocean who spent nine months adrift their two companions. have denied eating they were smuggling drugs. They've also rejected claims the allegations has been launched But an official inquiry into in Mexico. shark-fishing expedition The men say they were on a and drifted 8,000km. when their boat ran out of fuel died of starvation They claim their two companions two months into their ordeal. remains in a Melbourne hospital Champion jockey Damien Oliver after a sickening race fall. surgery on a broken hand, But while he's expected to require

Oliver has escaped serious injury. Less than three months into his comeback, Damien Oliver's riding career is again uncertain. RACE CALLER: Langarza's down! Langarza's gone down, has gone through the rail. The champion jockey falling from favourite Langarza, after the 4-year-old suffered a heart attack before crashing through the running rail. Oliver was taken to Epworth Hospital for X-rays and scans. He has fractured bones in his hand and a lacerated chin that required stitches. But all in all, it was a lucky escape. He's quite bright and well. He's pretty shaken up, of course. At the moment, he doesn't know how lucky he is. When he sees the film, whether it's in a few days or a week or so, it'll certainly sink into him then that he has come out of this one relatively well. His wife raced to join him in hospital, but he's set to be discharged today. Oliver's career almost ended following a fall at Moonee Valley in March last year. The 34-year-old spent 15 months on the sidelines after fracturing his back and having steel rods inserted in his spine. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. Melbourne has major injury concerns ahead of Saturday's crucial game against Geelong. Captain David Neitz remains in doubt with a hip injury, Jared Rivers has knee problems and Brad Green failed to train yesterday. But even if Neitz misses this week, he'll be ready for the finals in a fortnight. Last year, he had knee problems - he was gone - so we're in better shape. And Geelong will step up Cameron Mooney's anger management program after his fourth suspension this year.

Australia needs an enormous win over Qatar today for any hope to progress at the men's basketball world championships. Despite a solid start, the Boomers were taken apart by Lithuania for their third consecutive loss in the tournament. The three-time Olympic Bronze medallists, 21 points too strong, winning 78-57. Frank's here with more finance and that stellar result from BHP Billiton.

Yes Kath, the world's biggest miner broke all records, reporting Australia's biggest ever full year profit result. The company made nearly $14 billion last year

amid surging demand for our natural resources. The market was expecting a record-breaking result from BHP Billiton. What it got was staggering. Full-year profit rose a mammoth 63% to $13.7 billion Australian dollars,

easily eclipsing last year's near $8.5 billion gain. These results continue to reflect the consistent and successful execution of our company's strategy. Record high commodity prices and China's insatiable demand for raw materials driving the result. Iron ore, copper, coal and oil - highly sought. We have completed 30 projects and four of those were completed and commissioned in the last 12 months. Shareholders are set to reap the rewards.

The company extending its share buy-back program by an additional $4 billion and increasing its dividend to 18.5 US cents. This is four cents, or 28%, higher than our final dividend for 2005 and its the ninth consecutive increase

consistent with our progressive dividend policy. The result is more double that of any other Australian company. Rio Tinto's the closest with a $6.8 billion year followed by Telstra's $4.5 billion profit in 2004. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. And global packaging giant Amcor is to slash hundreds of jobs and sell off as much as $1 billion worth of assets. Three factories across the country will close including the company's Box Hill site in Melbourne. It comes despite a 43% rise in full-year profit of $351 million. Amcor says it's looking to cut as much as $500 million in costs and has so far achieved $420 million worth of savings, closing down non-profitable businesses. Let's take a look at the national weather:

Now for a look at today's newspapers - on Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' - AFL player Chris Tarrant fears for his future at the Magpies

in light of recent drunken escapades.

The bizarre antics of Hollywood star Tom Cruise have become too much for production company Paramount Pictures ending their 14-year contract with the actor. And in the Hobart 'Mercury' -

our favourite Dame receives the key to her hometown of Melbourne honouring her contribution to showbiz. Two journalists kidnapped in the Middle East alive. We'll have the details when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - an AIDS alert in Queensland after a dentist tested positive to the virus. 500 people to be screened this morning.

Serious Centrelink breaches spark fears the government's new SmartCard may not be secure.

Police confirm a man on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings has been planning another attack from his cell. And a desperate video plea from two American journalists

abducted by Palestinian militants. Time for another check of the markets, here's Frank. Thank you, Kath. Wall Street's dipped into the red today amid reports the economy is slowing. Virgin Blue unveils a solid profit result - more in a moment. Hundreds of residents in north Queensland are being asked to take HIV tests after a dentist tested positive to the virus. Special clinics are opening in Bowen and Colinsville this morning. School children will be among the 500 plus people lining up for blood tests. Health authorities calling an urgent media conference to alert residents to the potential threat.

One of our public dentists in north Queensland told us that she had contracted HIV. The female dentist stopped practising on Tuesday. Those affected would've been treated at Bowen and Collinsville Hospitals since December last year as well as a handful of patients in Ayr. Queensland Health is urging locals not to panic. It is virtually zero but we cannot be sure so we are taking the safest mechanism here in letting patients know. Screening begins at 9am at Bowen

and Colinsville.

Results should be available within 48 hours. Kate Donnison, Ten News. New South Wales Health says the chances of an outbreak of hepatitis A at a Sydney school are slim. 100 St Patrick's students have been given preventative injections. A further 200 will receive jabs today

after all are believed to have been exposed to the virus,

through a tuckshop worker who's tested positive. The disease can be transmitted by eating food that's been handled by someone who has the virus.

A new poll suggests the Liberals may be gaining ground

in the lead-up to the Victorian state election. The figures are a boost for leader Ted Baillieu in a week dominated by infighting between former Premier Jeff Kennett and Treasurer Peter Costello over his performance. The figures show on a Two-Party preferred basis - the Liberals have gained two points to reach 45%. Steve Brack's Labor still has a comfortable 10-point lead but would lose several marginal seats if the results were mirrored in the November election. A woman is being questioned over the stabbing of a man in one of Sydney's wealthiest suburbs.

Police and emergency services found the 50-year-old at this Rose Bay property last night battling multiple chest wounds. He's in hospital in a serious condition. It's not yet clear what sparked the incident. Serious concerns have been raised about the government's new SmartCard. The Government's own privacy taskforce is worried

after serious breaches within Centrelink. A forensic check of Centrelink's computers has caught almost 600 staff tampering with files

and spying on clients, including their former lovers.

100 workers have been sacked or disciplined. In effect, we've undertaken a spring clean and it's clear this is about as bad as it will ever get.

These revelations are a source of great concern.

They also cast doubts on the Government's Smartcard project. Smartcards would hold the confidential information of anyone using a government service. But now, even the head of the Government's privacy taskforce says he's deeply disturbed by the Centrelink breaches and it shows the need for safeguards on the Smartcards.

The data on the card should be kept to an absolute minimum and it should be stored separately from any of those departments, Centrelink or Medicare. Laurel Irving, Ten News. One of the 2002 Bali bombers has been accused of plotting further terrorist attacks

from his death-row prison cell. Indonesian police claim Imam Samudra has been using a laptop, smuggled into the jail, to contact others extremists on the internet. There are also reports he may have used that computer to fund and organise the second Bali bombing last year. Two other men have been arrested over the breach. 12 passengers have been detained in Amsterdam

A New Zealand cameraman kidnapped in Gaza has appealed to his family to pressure Palestinian authorities for his freedom. A previously unheard of militant group released this video, after kidnapping the journalists 10 days ago. Fox News journalist Steve Centanni and his Kiwi cameraman Olaf Wiig said they were being treated well but needed help. If you could apply political pressure on local government in Gaza

and the West Bank. The Palestinians militants

are demanding Muslim prisoners be released from US jails. Champion jockey Damien Oliver remains in a Melbourne hospital after a sickening race fall. Oliver fell from his mount Langarza after the horse suffered a heart attack before crashing through the running rail.

But he's been cleared of serious injury suffering a broken hand and lacerated chin. He's quite bright and well. He's pretty shaken up, of course. At the moment, he doesn't know how lucky he is. The top hoop is expected to be discharged later today. Several Melbourne stars face fitness tests in a bid to be ready for Saturday's crucial game against Geelong.

Captain David Neitz is the biggest name in doubt but Brad Green and Jared Rivers are also struggling to come up. With the finals only a fortnight away, the preparations of Melbourne skipper David Neitz are under a cloud. Brad Green missed training and is another in doubt, along with Jared Rivers. While Neitz is struggling with a hip problem, it's not as bad as last season, when he was forced out of the finals and the Demons were thrashed.

Last year, he had knee problems - he was gone - so we're in better shape. Cameron Mooney's pre-season has already started. His fourth suspension

has Geelong stepping up his anger management program. He's be fined a fair bit of money because of the loss of wages and we're gonna have a program that's gonna be ongoing, a management program to try and get him to control himself. After missing a month with a knee injury, West Coast's Adam Hunter is set to return for Sunday's western derby. Yeah, I reckon a big chance, yep. REPORTER: It's all feeling pretty good? Yeah, everything's going pretty well, all my rehab and that. So, just about done now, so it's just up to the match committee whether I get a game. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Rugby league and Penrith player Frank Pritchard has revealed to a Sydney newspaper how Australia's tough new anti-doping agency conducted a pre-dawn raid of his home. The Agency has made no apologies for a recent blitz of drug tests on league players. At the Canberra Raiders, the drug-testers have been hard to miss. We've been done four times in five weeks, so maybe they know something we don't know.

And while the Raiders say the only highs at their club are purely natural, NRL players have been getting door knocks from testers at 6:00 in the morning. We want athletes to know that it is possible that we can test them multiple times in a week, it is possible that we can come back and test them the next day. We're not naive enough to think we won't have positive tests from time to time. We've got an extensive drug testing program. We need to stay vigilant in the area

and when we do get a positive result, we need to take appropriate action. And when that day next comes, one of the game's premier players says the guilty party should cop a hefty ban. If they're cheating, it's not fair. There are players here doing it on the back of hard training and conditioning and you've got other players - if there's other players that are using banned substances, well, I'd be filthy. Leanne West, Ten News. More finance news now and Frank, Virgin Blue's profit pretty rosy?

Kath, it's flying along. A good result for Virgin Blue considering the airline industry is struggling with rising fuel prices and increased security costs. The budget airline reported a 13% increase in net profit for the nine months to the end of June. Earnings came in at $84 million, the airline's low-cost business model helping reduce costs. Chief Executive Brett Godfrey says

he's not particularly worried about any economic slowdown saying it may, in fact, attract more customers to Virgin. And no sign of that economic slowdown according to the latest economic indicator just more bad news on the interest rate front. The Westpac and Melbourne Institute's leading index, which measures the likely pace of economic growth in the next six to nine months, rose 0.8% over June. That takes the annual pace of growth to 5.3% well above the long term average of just 3.9% meaning there are claims from some analysts that another rate rise could be on the cards. Let's take a look at the national weather: One of the Bali bombers serving time on death row admits to planning more attacks. The details when we return.

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This program is captioned live. Good morning I'm Kathryn Robinson. This is Ten's Early News. This Thursday - one of the Bali bombers caught planning another terrorist attack from his death row prison cell. 500 Queenslanders to be tested for AIDS after a female dentist tested positive. A US-owned airline at the centre of a terror scare in Amsterdam. 12 passengers are being questioned.

And in sport - that dramatic race fall. Champion jockey Damien Oliver escapes with just a broken hand. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now time for a check of the markets, good morning Frank Coletta. Good morning, Kath. Well, Wall Street's taken a bit of a breather this morning

amid concern the housing market is cooling.

One of the Bali bombers on death row has been accused of plotting further terrorist attacks from his prison cell. Indonesian police also allege Imam Samudra used a laptop to contact extremists

and potentially played a role in arranging last year's second Bali attacks. Sentenced to death for his part in the 2002 Bali bombings, Imam Samudra was to be executed this week, but he received a late reprieve after lodging an appeal. Now he's facing fresh allegations he's plotted more atrocities. Indonesian police arresting two men for helping smuggle a computer to Samudra.

The Bali bomber then allegedly used the Internet to raise money for terrorist attacks. Investigators say the laptop had been in use prior to the second attack in Bali last year that killed four Australians. One report suggesting Samudra had been the main fundraiser and organiser of that blast. Despite facing the death by firing squad for the first Bali attack,

neither Samudra or his two co-accused, Ambrozi and Ali Ghufron, have expressed any remorse. Also in Indonesia, Schapelle Corby has told her lawyers she doesn't want to be part of any prisoner exchange with Australia. She says she only wants to return as a free person. James Wakelin, Ten News. Tests will begin this morning in north Queensland on up to 500 people treated by an HIV-positive dentist.

The dentist, who hasn't been named, stopped working on Tuesday after learning she had contracted the virus. She's been working at Bowen and Collinsville Hospitals since December last year. Doctors say the risk to patients is very small. It is virtually zero but we cannot be sure so we are taking the safest mechanism here

in letting patients know. There's no record of an Australian dentist ever transmitting HIV to a patient. Water is again taking centre stage in the Queensland election campaign. While the Opposition has unveiled a billion-dollar plan

to drought-proof the state, the Premier admits there could soon be drastic farming restrictions.

If the Armageddon situation continued and it didn't rain in 2007, then we might actually pay them not to farm for a year We've got a fruit and vege shortage. The campaign enters its 10th day today. An Adelaide teenager has told how close he came to falling victim to Monday's steel girder accident. Chaa Slattery ducked in the split second before the girder speared through his school bus window. I was just sitting in the bus and I heard a really big noise and I just remember lying against the fence after that with a really big cut in my head. The 15-year-old has undergone surgery for a skull fracture. Five other students were injured in the accident. 12 passengers have been detained in Amsterdam after another mid-flight terror scare. F-16 fighter jets escorting the US-owned plane back to ground after a group of passengers were seen acting suspiciously. This is the Northwest airlines flight at the centre of the latest aviation terrorist scare. The passenger plane was bound for Mumbai when the crew became suspicious of some of the passengers. Just the atmosphere on the plane. I felt a little bit scared.

Some people think there were a group of south Asians, they think south Asians, and they weren't really paying attention to what the flight attendants were saying.

Early reports suggest several passengers began using their mobile phones after take off. The pilot then radioed for permission to land. Within minutes,

two F-16 fighter jets were guiding the plane into Amsterdam's Schipol Airport. Dutch police have detained 12 people over the incident. It's the latest in a series of mid-flight terror scares since UK police foiled an alleged transatlantic airline terror plot.

Overnight, London police were granted an extension to question 11 suspects being held over that alleged plot. But one suspect, arrested in Pakistan two weeks ago, was released without charge. Yesterday, a further 11 suspects appeared in court facing a range of terrorist charges and conspiracy to murder. Hugo Ward, Ten News. Chinese authorities have detained an Australian over Tuesday's airline bomb hoax. Australian cosmetics businessman has allegedly told police he made the threat against this China Southern Airlines flight headed for Sydney because he was lovesick. The maximum jail term in China for such a bomb hoax is five years. Damning evidence in the third day of Saddam Hussein's genocide trial. The former Iraqi dictator and six others had to listen to evidence from Kurds

who witnessed mass killings in vorthern Iraq in the 1980s. One woman told the court how a poison gas attack hit her village killing one of her daughters and burning her other children. The prosecution alleges that up to 180,000 civilians were killed. Saddam's trial has now been adjourned until September 11.

Champion jockey Damien Oliver remains in a Melbourne hospital after a sickening race fall. But while he's expected to require surgery on a broken hand, Oliver has escaped serious injury. Less than three months into his comeback,

Damien Oliver's riding career is again uncertain. RACE CALLER: Langarza's down!

Langarza's gone down, has gone through the rail.

The champion jockey falling from favourite Langarza,

after the 4-year-old suffered a heart attack before crashing through the running rail. Oliver was taken to Epworth Hospital for X-rays and scans. He has fractured bones in his hand and a lacerated chin that required stitches. But all in all, it was a lucky escape. He's quite bright and well. He's pretty shaken up, of course.

At the moment, he doesn't know how lucky he is. When he sees the film, whether it's in a few days or a week or so, it'll certainly sink into him then that he has come out of this one relatively well. His wife raced to join him in hospital, but he's set to be discharged today. Oliver's career almost ended following a fall at Moonee Valley in March last year. The 34-year-old spent 15 months on the sidelines after fracturing his back and having steel rods inserted in his spine. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. In cricket - Australian umpire Darrell Hair says people will pay for his vilification during the current ball-tampering debate. Meanwhile, Pakistan has trained at Lords expecting next week's one-day series against England to go ahead.

Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, whose actions sparked the ball-tampering row, was keeping quiet.

Have you any comments about Mr Hair's comments in the Brisbane newspaper? His hearing scheduled for Friday has been postponed as one of the adjudicators can't make it. Australia needs an enormous win over Qatar today for any hope to progress at the men's basketball world championships. Despite a solid start, the Boomers were taken apart by Lithuania for their third consecutive loss in the tournament.

The three-time Olympic Bronze medallists, 21 points too strong, winning 78-57. Frank's here with more finance. It was a surprising result for James Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting which reported a 26% rise in annual profit. Earnings rose to $610 million despite ongoing problems with its Nine Network. It's the first annual result since the death of Kerry Packer and was largely driven by PBL's gaming assets that recorded double digit growth. The owner of Melbourne's Crown Casino is also reportedly eyeing more gaming assets in Europe. Now let's take a brief look at some of the other profit results out yesterday. And the owner of Sydney Airport, Macquarie Airports turned in a first-half profit of $203 million up nearly 30%. It says it will focus on its current portfolio over the rest of the year

rather than new acquisitions. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now it's time to check the conditions in the snow fields. Joining us from Thredbo is Ten snow reporter Madeline Hubbard. Hi, Madeline. What can people expect who planning to hit the slopes this weekend?

This is pretty wet end just laid but

as is expected to turn into snow lay sure.

sure. Snower is expected sure. Snower is expected for tomorrow he will have to see saying. If. Now for a look at today's newspapers - We'll have more news when the Early News returns.

GOOD MORNING, COMING UP IN SOUTHERN CROSS TEN NEWS: ETHANOL-BLENDED FUEL - BY 20-11 ? BUT FIRST, TODAY'S TOP STORY. CHEAPER FUEL COULD SOON BE ON THE WAY FOR SOUTHERN TABLELANDS DRIVERS.... WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT

SUPPORTING PLANS, TO MANDATE THE USE OF ETHANOL BLENDED PETROL. IS BEING SET-UP, TO A SPECIAL "E-10 TASKFORCE" INVESTIGATE SET UP COSTS, AND PHASE THE PRODUCT BY 20-11. (?? READ ??) MEANTIME, V-8 SUPERCAR LEGEND DICK JOHNSON WILL DRIVE INTO CANBERRA THIS AFTERNOON... AS PART OF FORD'S L-P-G CHALLENGE. THE TEAM'S TRYING TO MAKE A 23-DAY - 13-AND-A-HALF-THOUSAND K TRIP - SPENDING JUST A-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. TWO A-C-T RURAL FIREFIGHTERS ARE HEADED FOR THE UNITED STATES.... REPLACING TWO OTHERS ALREADY ON THE GROUND. THEY'LL JOIN 45 AUSSIES, WORKING TO FIGHT FIRIES IN IDAHO. IT'S THE FIFTH TIME FIRIES FROM AUSTRALIA HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE STATES, DURING A FIRE CRISIS. MORE THAN 50 READERS AND WRITERS, WILL JOIN TOGETHER OVER THE NEXT 3 DAYS .... AS PART OF CANBERRA'S ANNUAL "READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL".

THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "LANDSCAPE AND ESCAPE". A MAJOR PART OF THIS YEARS EVENT, WILL BE A PROGRAM

FOR YOUNG AND ASPIRING WRITERS. AND DAYLIGHT SAVING WILL START A MONTH EARLY THIS YEAR.... THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD - KICKS OFF ON THE FIRST OF OCTOBER. TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND CANBERRA SPRINTER PATRICK JOHNSON HAS RUN A P-B, TO WIN THE TWO-HUNDRED-METRES AT A MEET IN SWEDEN. HE ALSO WON THE ONE HUNDRED METRE FINAL. NOW TO THE VERY LATEST LOCAL WEATHER INFORMATION. (FOR LYONS - AND THE A-C-T) IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL - A CLOUDY START TO THE DAY, BEFORE THUNDERSTORMS MOVE ACROSS LATER THIS ARVO. 23 DEGREES, WITH CLOUD INCREASING, AND PATCHY SHOWERS, IN WOOLONGONG. THUNDERSTORMS AND 17 IN BEGA. STORMY WEATHER TOO IN ORANGE. HEADED FOR 21 DEGREES IN BATEMANS BAY, AND BATHURST.

19 THE TOP IN BOWRAL. RAIN IN GOULBURN. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING IN BOTH COOMA, AND MUDGEE. LATE SHOWERS IN NOWRA. TO THE ALL-IMPORTANT OUTLOOK NOW, FOR CANBERRA AND SURROUNDS.... AND TODAY'S SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW. SUNNY AGAIN ON SATURDAY, WITH THE CHANCE OF LIGHT FALLS ON SUNDAY. FINE CONDITIONS RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL WEDNESDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - an AIDS alert in Queensland after a dentist tested positive to the virus. 500 people to be screened this morning. Serious Centrelink breaches spark fears the government's new SmartCard may not be secure. Police confirm a man on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings has been planning another attack from his cell. And a desperate video plea from two American journalists abducted by Palestinian militants. Hundreds of residents in north Queensland are being asked to take HIV tests after a dentist tested positive to the virus. Special clinics are opening in Bowen and Colinsville this morning. School children will be among the 500 plus people lining up for blood tests. Health authorities calling an urgent media conference to alert residents to the potential threat. One of our public dentists in north Queensland told us that she had contracted HIV. The female dentist stopped practising on Tuesday. Those affected would've been treated at Bowen and Collinsville Hospitals since December last year as well as a handful of patients in Ayr. Queensland Health is urging locals not to panic. It is virtually zero but we cannot be sure so we are taking the safest mechanism here in letting patients know. Screening begins at 9am at Bowen and Colinsville. Results should be available within 48 hours. Kate Donnison, Ten News. The health scandal at the heart of the Queensland election is about to enter a final stage. With the police investigation now complete, authorities say they're closing in on rogue surgeon Jayant Patel. The brief of evidence now totals more than 39,000 pages and the Director of Public Prosecutions is reviewing the case. However, a provisional warrant is still needed to arrest Dr Patel. The New South Wales Government may be forced to repay motorists caught speeding over the past seven years. The District Court has ruled all photographs used by the RTA, in a case against a man accused of speeding, were invalid. The court found the camera in question was not adjusted daily, the photos therefore not acceptable evidence. It means all speeding fines based on photo evidence, issued since 1999, may now be disputed. Fresh claims our Foreign Minister was privy to wheat exporter AWB's dealings with Saddam Hussein. The company's in-house lawyer says Alexander Downer, who's already appeared at the inquiry into kickbacks with Iraq, was kept in the loop on the alleged plan to inflate prices. He may now be called to give further evidence. Mr Downer maintains he had no knowledge of AWB's alleged move to lift the price of its two Iraq wheat contracts by $10 million. Serious concerns have been raised about the government's new SmartCard. The Government's own privacy taskforce is worried after serious breaches within Centrelink. A forensic check of Centrelink's computers has caught almost 600 staff tampering with files and spying on clients, including their former lovers. 100 workers have been sacked or disciplined. In effect, we've undertaken a spring clean and it's clear this is about as bad as it will ever get. These revelations are a source of great concern. They also cast doubts on the Government's Smartcard project. Smartcards would hold the confidential information of anyone using a government service.

But now, even the head of the Government's privacy taskforce says he's deeply disturbed by the Centrelink breaches and it shows the need for safeguards on the Smartcards. The data on the card should be kept to an absolute minimum

and it should be stored separately from any of those departments, Centrelink or Medicare. Laurel Irving, Ten News. One of the 2002 Bali bombers has been accused of plotting further terrorist attacks from his death-row prison cell. Indonesian police claim Imam Samudra has been using a laptop, smuggled into the jail, to contact others extremists on the internet. There are also reports he may have used that computer to fund and organise the second Bali bombing last year. Two other men have been arrested over the breach. A New Zealand cameraman kidnapped in Gaza

has appealed to his family to pressure Palestinian authorities for his freedom. A previously unheard of militant group released this video, after kidnapping the journalists 10 days ago.

Fox News journalist Steve Centanni and his Kiwi cameraman Olaf Wiig said they were being treated well but needed help. If you could apply political pressure on local government in Gaza and the West Bank. The Palestinian militants are demanding Muslim prisoners be released from US jails. A leading NRL player has revealed how anti-doping officers raided his home. Penrith forward Frank Pritchard has told a Sydney newspaper he was startled by the pre-dawn raid. He's not the only one - many players have been targetted in a recent blitz of drug tests. We want athletes to know that it is possible that we can test them multiple times in a week, it is possible that we can come back and test them the next day. But the Agency has denied a report that an unnamed NRL player is on the verge of being busted for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Champion jockey Damien Oliver remains in a Melbourne hospital after a sickening race fall. Oliver fell from his mount Langarza after the horse suffered a heart attack before crashing through the running rail. But he's been cleared of serious injury suffering a broken hand and lacerated chin. He's quite bright and well. He's pretty shaken up, of course. At the moment, he doesn't know how lucky he is. The jockey is expected to be discharged later today. Several Melbourne stars face fitness tests in a bid to be ready for Saturday's crucial game against Geelong. Captain David Neitz is the biggest name in doubt but Brad Green and Jared Rivers are also struggling to come up.

With the finals only a fortnight away, the preparations of Melbourne skipper David Neitz are under a cloud. Brad Green missed training and is another in doubt, along with Jared Rivers. While Neitz is struggling with a hip problem,

it's not as bad as last season, when he was forced out of the finals and the Demons were thrashed. Last year, he had knee problems - he was gone - so we're in better shape. Cameron Mooney's pre-season has already started. His fourth suspension has Geelong stepping up his anger management program. He's be fined a fair bit of money because of the loss of wages and we're gonna have a program that's gonna be ongoing, a management program to try and get him to control himself. After missing a month with a knee injury, West Coast's Adam Hunter is set to return for Sunday's western derby. Yeah, I reckon a big chance, yep. REPORTER: It's all feeling pretty good? Yeah, everything's going pretty well, all my rehab and that. So, just about done now, so it's just up to the match committee whether I get a game. Ian Cohen, Ten News. More finance news with Frank. Yes Kath, the world's biggest miner broke all records,

reporting Australia's biggest ever full year profit result. The company made nearly $14 billion last year amid surging demand for our natural resources. The market was expecting a record-breaking result

from BHP Billiton. What it got was staggering. Full-year profit rose a mammoth 63% to $13.7 billion Australian dollars, easily eclipsing last year's near $8.5 billion gain.

These results continue to reflect the consistent and successful execution of our company's strategy. Record high commodity prices and China's insatiable demand for raw materials driving the result. Iron ore, copper, coal and oil - highly sought. We have completed 30 projects and four of those were completed and commissioned in the last 12 months. Shareholders are set to reap the rewards. The company extending its share buy-back program by an additional $4 billion and increasing its dividend to 18.5 US cents. This is four cents, or 28%, higher than our final dividend for 2005 and its the ninth consecutive increase consistent with our progressive dividend policy. The result is more double that of any other Australian company. Rio Tinto's the closest with a $6.8 billion year followed by Telstra's $4.5 billion profit in 2004. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. A final check on the markets. Wall Street's dipped into the red today amid reports the economy is slowing. He's the world's most wanted man and she's one of the world's most respected entertainers. And as bizarre as it sounds, Osama bin Laden and Whitney Huston are being paired in the same romantic sentence. A new book suggests the al-Qa'ida leader is obsessed with the pop diva. The Sudanese author says so much so he's even considered killing her husband Bobby Brown.

How would she know - you ask - well, the novelist, Kola Boof, claims to have once been Bin Laden's former sex slave. Let's take a look at the national weather: That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Kath Robinson, see you tomorrow. And I'm Frank Coletta. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au