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(generated from captions) Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kath Robinson. for this Monday 28 August - The top stories

killing 49 people. a commuter jet crashes in the US Terrorism ruled out as a cause. Fox journalists in the Gaza strip Armed militants free two for two weeks. after holding them hostage murder of a teenager A man to face court over the stabbing on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. their surge in the AFL And in sport - Fremantle continue in the Western derby. downing the Eagles the national weather: Let's take a look at Now our first look at the markets Bill, good morning. a flat to weaker opening today Local stocks are heading for Friday night. after the pull back on Wall Street since Friday afternoon - Well, it's been the talk of the town the Telstra sell-off. I'll have more on that shortly. Our top story this morning -

in the US killing 49 people a commuter plane has crashed in a critical condition. and leaving a lone survivor joins us now. Ten's US correspondent Rahni Sadler Good morning, Rahni. about this crash? What more can you tell us

parleys This looks like it could possibly be went down in woods The Comair jet, bound for Atlanta, from an airport in Kentucky. shortly after taking off of thunder I really thought it was a big clap

so did not think much of it and got a call and came down. until I heard all the sirens and there was no-one there I went out the back door and looked and I saw over the hillside. and I just looked around and the explosion. I saw the flash of light Rescue teams of retrieving bodies have begun the painstaking task set up at the scene. a temporary morgue

an immediate investigation. Comair launching we can Clearly, we want to do everything to empathise and to console the passenger's families. and to assuage the grief of all 49 so far, But despite a huge loss of life, an amazing story of survival. surviving member of the passenger We do have the confirmation of one or crew group. He's undergoing surgery in hospital. have taken off from the wrong runway. Initial reports suggest the plane may describing the disaster US investigators

in nearly six years. as the worst air accident

Kate Donnison, Ten News. This looks like it could possibly be

parleys error. That seems that this parleys error. That seems that

theory is being supporters of third

plane been taken off from the wrong plane been taken off from the wrong

runway. The plane went along to the

one kilometre of runway

one kilometre of runway end didn't

have enough room to take-off. The have enough room to take-off. The

first officer was pulled out the very first officer was pulled out the very

front of the playing. He is in

front of the playing. He is in

hospital. Every touring - everyone

else perished. A former player else perished. A former player John Hawker was killed. There were Hawker was killed. There were on

their way to their honeymoon. They

passed away along with 49 others. They to the scene of a fatal glider crash Forensic experts will today return in Sydney. and son, were killed in the accident Two people, reportedly a father south of Sydney. Emergency crews aren't sure the pair were travelling in crashed how the the motorised glider and burst into flames

near Camden Valley Way. the aircraft before the accident Claims someone jumped from are being investigated. kidnapped in Gaza have been released Two foreign journalists for nearly two weeks. after being held hostage to convert to Islam at gunpoint. The pair say they were forced ended outside a Gaza hotel. Their two weeks of captivity he was going to be killed. Steve Cantanni later said he feared still tense but now safe. Then came the cameraman Olaf Wiig, the men at a press conference. Gaza's journalists later applauded

about the whole kidnapping. Most in Gaza say they feel ashamed

The Palestinian people loving people are very beautiful, kind-hearted, more about. who the world need to know My biggest concern really is that,

to us that as a result of what happened

discouraged foreign journalists will be from coming here to tell the story. Just hours earlier, filmed by their captors. the men had appeared in a new video Blair, open your minds to Islam. Please, President Bush, please Tony that led to their release. This may have been part of the deal condemned western foreign policy. They read from a statement and been forced to say that at gunpoint. Steve Centanni later said that he'd for the last 13 days But still it's unclear who held them and whether they might strike again. Police are appealing for witnesses was left abandoned to help understand why a newborn baby in a Sydney apartment block. was discovered by residents The boy, just hours old, in this apartment block. his umbilical cord still attached. He was in a cardboard box,

in her apartment upstairs The infant's mother was found and taken to hospital who was suffering severe dehydration. along with her newborn by police. The mother has been interviewed Charges haven't been laid. accused stabbed a teenager to death A court appearance today for a man

on Queensland's sunshine coast. at Sunshine Beach near Noosa The 17-year-old died outside a home early yesterday

with a group of people. following a fight whose name hasn't been released, Police say the youngster, alcohol-fuelled road rage incident. appears to have been caught up in an Maroochydore Magistrates Court A 29-year-old man will front charged with murder. in the Persian Gulf Iran has test fired another missile of military exercises. during a series

hit its target The submarine to surface missile from where it was fired. located about one kilometre away

An Iranian Army official says intelligent weapon the missile is a long range that cannot be tracked. of military prowess The latest display Tehran and Washington adds to the growing stand off between over Iran's nuclear program. have suffered shock losses The AFL's top two teams to throw the premiership race wide open, Fremantle emerging as a genuine flag favourite after its upset win over West Coast in a fiery derby. The Dockers made it eight straight, stunning their cross-town rivals with a 57-point thumping. 11 goals in a row set up the win - Peter Bell best on ground. We were in unchartered waters and it's great for the club to be moving in that direction. But West Coast remains on top of the ladder. Its biggest threat Adelaide also suffering a humiliating loss at the hands of its greatest rival. The Crows are in serious trouble. Trent Hentshel's season over after dislocating a kneecap. Nathan Bassett injured his cheekbone and Ben Hart suffered an Achilles strain as the injury toll continues to mount. Collingwood's star forward Alan Didak is set to cop a suspension for his head high hit on Heath Scotland. Although the coach didn't seem to agree. I think the phrase is incorrect. I think he bumped Scotland. The collision rattled the Blues. Acting skipper Anthony Rocca booted six to give the Pies a 44-point win. And Geelong youngster Tom Lonergan is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after having emergency surgery to remove his right kidney. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. To the NRL - and Parramatta's 9-match winning streak has come to an end with a 23-point thrashing by Brisbane. A suspected broken hand to Jeremy Smith a further blow to the Eels, the Broncos requiring a win over the Warriors this weekend to secure a home final. We're not in a slump, but we're not on a roll either - just gotta get the job done. Meantime, pressure continues to build on coach Ricky Stuart's position at the Roosters following an embarrassing defeat by the New Zealand Warriors. Ferrari's Filipe Massa has scored his first win in a Formula 1 Grand Prix with a flawless effort in Turkey. The Brazilian led from pole position and avoided the early carnage which left Kimi Raikkonnen with a puncture. The Finn forced to retire after his McLaren hit the wall. And while Massa motored home for the checkered flag all the attention was on the tussle for second spot and the championship. COMMENTATOR: Here comes Schumacher across the line. Alonso second. Fenando Alonso extending his series lead to 12 points over Schumacher.

Aussie Mark Webber finished 10th. Finance news again and Kath, the Government announced the T3 sale would proceed on Friday but who will buy shares? The T3 float will be the country's biggest since the Government off loaded its second slab of Telstra shares 7 years ago but just who will buy the stock? Financial institutions will reportedly snap up about $3 billion worth

of the $8 billion on offer with retail investors likely to buy up the rest.

Instos purchased 40% of shares in Telstra's initial public offering with around one-third acquired by institutions in the T2 float. And Fosters is expected to this week announce a major overhaul of its Rosemount brand. Under the restructure the beverage giant will reportedly cut the number of Rosemount products on offer and will update labels and packaging. The Rosemount brand was inherited when Foster's acquired Southcorp last year but since then has experienced a 20% fall in sales. Fosters will unveil full-year earnings tomorrow. Let's take a look at the national weather:

Let's see what the newspapers are saying - in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' - the Foreign Minister has used a business function in the city to again press the importance of nuclear enrichment for Australia. In Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' - as thousands of Victorian families wait desperately for public housing, hundreds of Government-owned blocks remain vacant. And Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' says Sonny Baker was just days from celebrating his 18th birthday when he was fatally stabbed outside his home. The details when we return.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - free at last. Two kidnapped journalists released by militants in Gaza after being forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. The United States worst aviation accident in nearly six years. Just one survivor from a flight of 50 passengers. Back home - another air tragedy.

Two people, believed to be father and son, die as a motorised glider goes up in flames. And all eyes on Telstra shares - trade today on the back of news of a swift Government sell-off. Time now for another check of the markets, Kath. Bill thank you local stocks are heading for a flat to weaker opening today after the pull back on Wall Street Friday night. An Aussie wine company making it big overseas. I'll have more on that shortly. Two foreign journalists kidnapped by militants in the Gaza Strip have told how they were made to convert to Islam at gunpoint. Cameraman Olaf Wiig and correspondent Steve Centanni from America's Fox Network recorded these video pledges during their two week's in captivity. The two men were been reunited with their family

after being dropped off at a Palestinian hotel. They hope their ordeal doesn't scare others off covering stories in Gaza. The Palestinian people are very beautiful, kind-hearted, loving people who the world need to know more about. The two men are in good health.

A passenger plane has crashed in the United States, killing 49 people. The Comair jet went down in forest shortly after taking off from the Lexington airport in Kentucky. It's unclear what caused the crash but authorities have ruled out terrorism. Clearly, we want to do everything we can to empathise and to console and to assuage the grief of all the passenger's families. Amazingly, one man survived the crash and is in a critical condition in hospital. Forensic experts are investigating a glider crash near Sydney that's claimed the lives of two people - reportedly a father and son. The father is said to have been an experienced enthusiast. A Sunday outing turns to tragedy.

What appears to be a glider has impacted with the ground and caught alight.

The motorised glider crashing into a paddock and bursting into flames about a kilometre from Camden Valley Way, near Sydney, late yesterday. deceased, still in wreackage. It appears to be one person deceased, still in wreckage. Soon after emergency crews uncovered a second body in the burnt out wreck. A father and son reportedly killed. The boy just six or seven years of age. It's believed the pair were flying from Camden to Bankstown when they got into trouble. Rescue workers searched the area following unconfirmed reports someone had jumped from the aircraft. Forensic experts are investigating. Police are preparing a report for the coroner. Veronica Buck, Ten News. Fire crews spent hours bringing a fire under control in Brisbane overnight. The blaze broke out at the Smorgans Steel factory near the Gateway Bridge late yesterday blanketing the city in thick smoke. Firefighters used special machinery to break apart and douse the burning pile of scrap metal and car bodies. Telstra shares will be watched closely today after the government announced T3 will go ahead this year. But the Government's taken a soft approach talking up the shares prompting claims it's embarrassed. If potential investors are worried about losing their money in T3, the Finance Minister is not the man to ease their fears. I'm prevented by law from being a spruiker.

I'm not a licensed financial adviser. The Opposition says he's embarrassed because Telstra shares are now less than half the original price in the T2 float seven years ago. Senator Minchin is hiding behind legal technicalities. When the government sold Telstra shares in 1999, it didn't have anything like the same attitude. It was happy to tell the general public that these were a great buy. But while one outspoken Telstra executive has said he would not tell his mother to buy the shares, the Finance Minister says his mum not already owns some, she should buy more. Telstra is a very significant Australian company with a very long term and, I think, prosperous future. Telstra shares will be traded today for the first time since the Government announced details of the T3 sale late on Friday afernoon. Many predict news of the extra stock coming on to the market will keep the share price low. Laurel Irving, Ten News. At least seven people are dead and many more injured after a huge explosion at a Turkish service station. At least four mini buses and three trucks were destroyed and several cars left smoldering after the blast on this stretch of highway between Konya and Adana. Authorities aren't sure what caused the explosion but there are suggestions a gas pipeline located nearby may have been leaking. In the next few hours stars of the small screen will start arriving for this year's Emmy Awards. Ten's US Bureau Chief Leisa Goddard-Roles joins us live

from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Good morning, Leisa. Are there any Aussie in the running for an award?

They enter we should start seeing the

big name stars arriving just under

two hours. Unfortunately

two hours. Unfortunately our best

hope for the night, Hugh Jackman,. Be

here. He is in Australia if at the

moment. Judy Davis is also up for an

award. For Australia is up to two

people. So many names have people. So many names have been snubbed apparently?

snubbed apparently? Display

housewives barely rated a mention among Romanies. To the NRL - and the Brisbane Broncos are a win away from securing a home final after ending Parramatta's 9-match winning streak. A further blow to Parramatta, halfback Jeremy Smith out with a suspected broken hand, his side out of the top four. Brisbane's 23-0 victory meaning a home final for the Broncos if they defeat the Warriors this weekend. We're not in a slump, but we're not on a roll either - we've just gotta get the job done. Pressure continuing to mount on coach Ricky Stuart's position following another embarrassing loss. Jerome Ropati scoring four of the Warriors' eight tries in their 42-16 thrashing of the Roosters. I know he's disappointed. but that's out of our control and it's out of Ricky's control

so we've just got to do our job and that's Ricky's approach. Nathan Meritt consolidating his position as the season's top try-scorer with number 22 for the year, but it wasn't enough to stop the Cowboys from ending a 4-match losing streak and a week of turmoil with a convincing 34-12 win. Andrew Brown, Ten News. Collingwood has suffered a setback in the lead up to September with Alan Didak reported for rough conduct,

the star forward set to be suspended for a head-high hit in yesterday's win. The injury toll continues to mount for Adelaide with Trent Hentschel dislocating a kneecap. His season appears over and serious injuries to Nathan Bassett and Ben Hart will test the Crows depth heading into the finals. And Geelong's Tom Lonergan is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after having emergency surgery to remove a kidney.

English Premier League Champions Chelsea have returned to their winning ways with a 2-nil win over Blackburn.

Both goals came in the second half with a penalty handing Frank Lampard a shot from the spot. Didier Drogba making sure of it with a brilliant solo effort. COMMENTATOR: Second goal and Didier Drogba making a massive impact from the bench. Socceroo Lucas Neil had a chance to get one back for Blackburn

but his shot drifted wide. The Rovers now sit at the bottom of the table. Finance news and Kath, the wine market feeling the squeeze? Gripped by a global oversupply of grapes, Australia's wine industry is going nowhere fast. While the wine glut is squeezing many local wineries out of business one Aussie brand has become the toast of America. For a nation that prides itself on its love of a good drop, it's hard to believe we can't keep up with what the industry is churning out. But plunging prices and growing stocks of green skins shows wine makers desperate to clear out their cellars. One, Evans & Tate, selling off two wineries in recent weeks just to stay afloat. I think it is going to be really, really tough and quite frankly, I don't think that every brand owner that's come in the last 5 or 6 years will be around in the next couple of years. Flying in the face of such unpalatable predictions a bounding success story and one with a distinctly Australian flavour. Our Shiraz and our Merlot are the top two selling wines in the US and our yellow Chardonnay is the second most consumed Chardonnay in the US.

In just five years, Yellow Tail has smashed export records,

downed hundreds of millions of dollars in profits and even spawned its own category, dubbed the 'critter' variety. People thinking that if you put a critter or an animal on the label it will help to sell their wines. It does have a cute bottle. And it's prompted other labels to jossle for space on international shelves. With such heavy competition, wine makers are pouring their energies into branding. Absolute focus on strategy of marketing, the quality of wine

and a unique selling proposition to the consumer.

But as most will attest, the proof will always be... It's the juice in the bottle. You have to provide the consumer with what they want and it has to be at the right price. So it's not the clever marketing campaign or... It's just giving the consumer what they want. Charmaine Dragun, Ten News. Let's take a look at the national weather: 49 dead as a passenger jet crashes shortly after take off in America. We'll cross to the US when we come back.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. The top stories for this Monday 28 August - a commuter jet crashes in the US killing 49 people. Terrorism ruled out as a cause. Armed militants free two Fox journalists in the Gaza Strip after holding them hostage for two weeks. REPORTER: Weren't you afraid for your own safety? Of course. A man to face court over the stabbing murder of a teenager on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

And in sport - Fremantle continue their surge in the AFL downing the Eagles in the Western derby. Let's take a look at the national weather: Now a look at the markets. Local stocks are heading for a flat to weaker opening today after the pull back on Wall Street Friday night. I'll have more finance news shortly. Our top story this morning - a commuter plane has crashed in the US killing 49 people

and leaving a lone survivor in a critical condition.

Ten's US correspondent Rahni Sadler joins us now. Good morning, Rahni.

The Delta flight was due to fly from

Kentucky to as low enter this morning

that it seems that that it seems that part parlours may

have taken the wrong runway. Consider have taken the wrong runway. Consider

taking it to kilometre run away, it

took the one kilometre run away.

There was not enough space to

take-off. 49 people died after the

plane burst into flames. One person

was poured out of the burning

wreckage. What can you tell us about

the only survivor? He is the first

officer who was that pilot. He was at

the front of the plane. They would to

airport workers end to a police

officer who pulled him out. They

pulled him from the wreckage. He has

been taken to hospital in a critical

condition. The other 49 passengers

and crew died. Among them, along - a

local baseball star. He was on local baseball star. He was on route to his honeymoon. Forensic experts are investigating a glider crash near Sydney that's claimed the lives of two people - reportedly a father and son. The father is said to have been an experienced enthusiast. A Sunday outing turns to tragedy. What appears to be a glider has impacted with the ground and caught alight. The motorised glider crashing into a paddock and bursting into flames about a kilometre from Camden Valley Way, near Sydney, late yesterday. It appears to be one person deceased, still in wreckage. Soon after emergency crews uncovered a second body in the burnt out wreck. A father and son reportedly killed. The boy just six or seven years of age. It's believed the pair were flying from Camden to Bankstown when they got into trouble. Rescue workers searched the area following unconfirmed reports someone had jumped from the aircraft. Forensic experts are investigating. Police are preparing a report for the coroner. Veronica Buck, Ten News. The Queensland Premier is far from holding back in his quest for re-election. Peter Beattie promising to build Australia's largest children's hospital in Brisbane at a cost of $700 million.

The 400 bed facility would be built on the Mater campus in south Brisbane but not for five years. This is modest sensible expenditure which we can afford. The Opposition says that months ago Mr Beattie ridiculed its commitment to building a new children's hospital. Two foreign journalists kidnapped in Gaza have been released after being held hostage for nearly two weeks. The pair say they were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. Their two weeks in captivity ended outside a Gaza hotel. Steve Cantanni later said he feared he was going to be killed.

Then came the cameraman Olaf Wiig, still tense but now safe. Gaza's journalists later applauded the men at a press conference. Most in Gaza say they feel ashamed about the whole kidnapping. The Palestinian people are very beautiful, kind-hearted, loving people who the world need to know more about. My biggest concern really is that, that as a result of what happened to us foreign journalists will be discouraged from coming here to tell the story. Just hours earlier, the men had appeared in a new video filmed by their captors. Please, President Bush, please Tony Blair, open your minds to Islam. This may have been part of the deal that led to their release. They read from a statement and condemned western foreign policy. Steve Centanni later said that he'd been forced to say that at gunpoint. But still it's unclear who held them for the last 13 days and whether they might strike again. A court appearance today for a man accused stabbed a teenager to death on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The 17-year-old died outside a home at Sunshine Beach near Noosa

early yesterday following a fight with a group of people. Police say the youngster, whose name hasn't been released, appears to have been caught up in an alcohol-fuelled road rage incident. A 29-year-old man will front Maroochydore Magistrates Court charged with murder. Police are appealing for witnesses to help understand why a newborn baby was left abandoned in a Sydney apartment block. The boy, just hours old, was discovered by residents in this apartment block. He was in a cardboard box, his umbilical cord still attached.

The infant's mother was found in her apartment upstairs and taken to hospital along with her newborn who was suffering severe dehydration. The mother has been interviewed by police. Charges haven't been laid. The AFL's top two teams have suffered shock losses to throw the premiership race wide open, Fremantle emerging as a genuine flag favourite

after its upset win over West Coast in a fiery derby. The Dockers made it eight straight, stunning their cross-town rivals with a 57-point thumping. 11 goals in a row set up the win - Peter Bell best on ground. We were in unchartered waters and it's great for the club to be moving in that direction. But West Coast remains on top of the ladder. Its biggest threat Adelaide also suffering a humiliating loss

at the hands of its greatest rival. The Crows are in serious trouble. Trent Hentshel's season over after dislocating a kneecap. Nathan Bassett injured his cheekbone and Ben Hart suffered an Achilles strain as the injury toll continues to mount. Collingwood's star forward Alan Didak is set to cop a suspension for his head high hit on Heath Scotland. didn't seem to agree. I think the phrase is incorrect. I think he bumped Scotland. The collision rattled the Blues. Acting skipper Anthony Rocca booted six to give the Pies a 44-point win. And Geelong youngster Tom Lonergan is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after having emergency surgery to remove his right kidney. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. Ferrari's Filipe Massa has scored his first win in a Formula 1 Grand Prix with a flawless effort in Turkey. The Brazilian led from pole position and avoided the early carnage which left Kimi Raikkonen with a puncture. The Finn forced to retire after his McLaren hit the wall. And while Massa motored home for the checkered flag all the attention was on the tussle for second spot and the championship. COMMENTATOR: Here comes Schumacher across the line. Alonso second. Fenando Alonso extending his series lead to 12 points over Schumacher. Aussie Mark Webber finished 10th. Finance news again with Kath. Steve Vizard could be off the court again this time to face perjury allegations. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' says

Victorian Police have sought legal advice from the Office of Public Prosecutions. The former comedian and company director was interviewed by police over the allegations in June after admitting he breached his duties as a director by improperly trading Telstra shares.

It's alleged the statement Mr Vizard gave to ASIC differed from sworn evidence he gave at the committal hearing of his former book keeper Roy Hilliard.

And Leighton Holdings is firming as favourite to build PBL's brand news $1.5 billion casino complex in Macau. Leighton Boss Wal King has confirmed the construction giant is in talks with publishing and broadcasting. James Packer last week indicated a decision would be made within weeks. The multibillion-dollar City of Dreams development is a joint venture with Hong Kong-based Melco International. Let's take a look at the national weather:

Let's see what the newspapers are saying - More news when we return. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - free at last. Two kidnapped journalists released by militants in Gaza after being forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. The United States worst aviation accident in nearly six years. Just one survivor from a flight of 50 passengers. Back home - another air tragedy. Two people, believed to be father and son, die as a motorised glider goes up in flames.

And all eyes on Telstra shares -

trade today on the back of news of a swift Government sell-off. Two foreign journalists kidnapped by militants in the Gaza Strip have told how they were made to convert to Islam at gunpoint. Cameraman Olaf Wiig and correspondent Steve Centanni from America's Fox Network recorded these video pledges during their two week's in captivity. The two men were been reunited with their family after being dropped off at a Palestinian hotel. They hope their ordeal doesn't scare others off covering stories in Gaza. The Palestinian people are very beautiful, kind-hearted, loving people who the world need to know more about. The two men are in good health. A passenger plane has crashed in the United States, killing 49 people.

It's still unclear what caused the disaster but officials have ruled out terrorism. The Comair jet, bound for Atlanta, went down in woods shortly after taking off from an airport in Kentucky. I really thought it was a big clap of thunder so did not think much of it until I heard all the sirens and got a call and came down. I went out the back door and looked and there was no-one there and I just looked around and I saw over the hillside. I saw the flash of light and the explosion.

Rescue teams have begun the painstaking task of retrieving bodies a temporary morgue set up at the scene. Comair launching an immediate investigation. Clearly, we want to do everything we can to empathise and to console and to assuage the grief of all the passenger's families. But despite a huge loss of life, 49 so far, an amazing story of survival. We do have the confirmation of one surviving member of the passenger or crew group. He's undergoing surgery in hospital. Initial reports suggest the plane may have taken off from the wrong runway. US investigators describing the disaster as the worst air accident in nearly six years.

Kate Donnison, Ten News. Forensic experts will today return to the scene of a fatal glider crash

in Sydney. Two people, reportedly a father and son, were killed in the accident south of Sydney. Emergency crews aren't sure how the the motorised glider the pair were travelling in crashed and burst into flames near Camden Valley Way. Claims someone jumped from the aircraft before the accident are being investigated. Telstra shares will be watched closely today after the government announced T3 will go ahead this year. But the Government's taken a soft approach talking up the shares prompting claims it's embarrassed. If potential investors are worried about losing their money in T3,

the Finance Minister is not the man to ease their fears. I'm prevented by law from being a spruiker. I'm not a licensed financial adviser. The Opposition says he's embarrassed

because Telstra shares are now less than half the original price in the T2 float seven years ago. Senator Minchin is hiding behind legal technicalities. When the government sold Telstra shares in 1999, it didn't have anything like the same attitude. It was happy to tell the general public that these were a great buy. But while one outspoken Telstra executive has said he would not tell his mother to buy the shares, the Finance Minister says his mum not already owns some, she should buy more. Telstra is a very significant Australian company with a very long term and, I think, prosperous future. Telstra shares will be traded today for the first time since the Government announced details of the T3 sale late on Friday afernoon. Many predict news of the extra stock coming on to the market will keep the share price low. Laurel Irving, Ten News. And at least nine people died and 16 people wounded in this car bombing in Baghdad.

The bomb went off outside the popular Palestine Hotel in the centre of the Iraqi capital. CCTV footage capturing the moment the device exploded. 18 people died in Iraq overnight in a series of attacks across the country. The first major Atlantic storm of the season is rapidly approaching the US. Hurricane Ernesto is expected to hit Cuba tomorrow morning and then on to America's southern states in the coming days. People in New Orleans are preparing for more extreme weather conditions exactly one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. In the next few hours

stars of the small screen will start arriving for this year's Emmy Awards. Ten's US Bureau Chief Leisa Goddard-Roles joins us live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Good morning, Leisa. local baseball star. He was on route to his honeymoon. Out best hope

appears to be with Hugh Jackman. appears to be with Hugh Jackman. His

been nominated. He is not here today

because he is in Australia for the

boy 4 oz. Judy Davis is also

nominated. We're seeing for the first nominated. We're seeing for the first

time the Australian trawler dressing time the Australian trawler dressing

a few of the stars. He has people who

if presenting, stars from the red

carpet for a nominated. I'll also carpet for a nominated. I'll also

wearing one of the necklaces he

designed. That is quite Wegner the

sun. Tears of of controversy at the

moment. The tax department his moment. The tax department his on to

the stars. In the gift baskets the stars. In the gift baskets they

will receive falls for tax will receive falls for tax declarations. To the NRL - and the Brisbane Broncos are a win away from securing a home final after ending Parramatta's 9-match winning streak. A further blow to Parramatta, halfback Jeremy Smith out with a suspected broken hand, his side out of the top four. Brisbane's 23-0 victory meaning a home final for the Broncos if they defeat the Warriors this weekend. We're not in a slump, but we're not on a roll either - we've just gotta get the job done. Pressure continuing to mount on coach Ricky Stuart's position following another embarrassing loss. Jerome Ropati scoring four of the Warriors' eight tries in their 42-16 thrashing of the Roosters. I know he's disappointed. but that's out of our control and it's out of Ricky's control so we've just got to do our job and that's Ricky's approach. Nathan Meritt consolidating his position as the season's top try-scorer with number 22 for the year, but it wasn't enough to stop the Cowboys from ending a 4-match losing streak and a week of turmoil with a convincing 34-12 win. Andrew Brown, Ten News. Collingwood has suffered a setback in the lead up to September with Alan Didak reported for rough conduct, the star forward set to be suspended for a head-high hit in yesterday's win. The injury toll continues to mount for Adelaide with Trent Hentschel dislocating a kneecap. His season appears over and serious injuries to Nathan Bassett and Ben Hart will test the Crows depth heading into the finals. And Geelong's Tom Lonergan is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after having emergency surgery to remove a kidney. Breaststroker Leisel Jones has smashed yet another world record. This time in the 100m at the Australian Short Course championships. The Queenslander powered home in the semi-final slashing 0.67 seconds off the previous mark. My goal was to break the 100m and I felt really good tonight and I thought I may as well have a go because I may not feel as good tomorrow. Jones now holds the 100m and 200m world records in short and long course swimming. Finance news and Kath, the wine market feeling the squeeze? Gripped by a global oversupply of grapes, Australia's wine industry is going nowhere fast. While the wine glut is squeezing many local wineries out of business one Aussie brand has become the toast of America. For a nation that prides itself on its love of a good drop, it's hard to believe we can't keep up with what the industry is churning out. But plunging prices and growing stocks of clean skins shows wine makers desperate to clear out their cellars. One, Evans & Tate, selling off two wineries in recent weeks just to stay afloat. I think it is going to be really, really tough

and quite frankly, I don't think that every brand owner that's come in the last 5 or 6 years will be around in the next couple of years. Flying in the face of such unpalatable predictions a bounding success story and one with a distinctly Australian flavour. Our Shiraz and our Merlot are the top two selling wines in the US and our Yellow Tail Chardonnay is the second most consumed Chardonnay in the US. In just five years, Yellow Tail has smashed export records, downed hundreds of millions of dollars in profits and even spawned its own category, dubbed the 'critter' variety. People thinking that if you put a critter or an animal on the label it will help to sell their wines. It does have a cute bottle. And it's prompted other labels to jossle for space on international shelves. With such heavy competition, wine makers are pouring their energies into branding. Absolute focus on strategy of marketing, the quality of wine and a unique selling proposition to the consumer. But as most will attest, the proof will always be... It's the juice in the bottle. You have to provide the consumer with what they want and it has to be at the right price. So it's not the clever marketing campaign or... It's just giving the consumer what they want.

Charmaine Dragun, Ten News. Local stocks are heading for a flat to weaker opening today after the pull back on Wall Street Friday night. Let's take a look at the national weather: Let's take a look at the day ahead.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Terrorism has been ruled out as the cause of a plane crash in the US that's killed 49 people. Two journalists held hostage in the Gaza Strip for a fortnight tell how they were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. And police charge a man with the stabbing murder of a Queensland teenager. That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au