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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Our top stories this Monday - battling blazes Welcome relief for firefighters

conditions are easing. in New South Wales - that have destroyed homes

Off with our heads - the 2002 Bali bombers of capital punishment. call for a so-called humane form A former American president for Osama bin Laden slams George Bush's hunt And in sport - who's been reported dead.

Sydney in the AFL Grand Final West Coast looking for revenge over in doubt for the NRL decider. and a knee injury has Micahel Crocker the national weather: Let's take a look at of the markets Now time for our first check in Melbourne. and good morning to Kathryn Robinson Thanks, Bill. Well, US stocks fell on Friday night more greatly than expected. on fears the economy is slowing to open in the red today And the all ords is expected following Wall Street lower. Telstra's stand off with the PM. I'll have more on that shortly. are hoping wild winds, Firefighters in NSW across the state, which fanned bushfires will ease today. and a motorcyclist killed Seven homes were destroyed to the fire season. in an ominous early start firefighters overnight. There was no rest for more than 1,000 of more than 100km/h Wild spring weather whipped up winds and fanned flames. The conditions today in recent years. are probably the worst we've seen control 50 blazes across the state. Volunteers worked tirelessly to Conditions should ease this morning. But the devastation has been done -

Oakdale and Maroutta. seven homes destroyed at Picton, her dogs Eileen Risby only had time to rescue as flames lapped at her door. They were petrified. I just had to get them out. That's all I had time to think of. At least she was there. Not this household. The owners are overseas. a well-deserved holiday. Just went last week for

authorities a chance to regroup. Today's milder conditions should give of a be a long, hot season. But they know it's just the start Gerard Scholten, Ten News. a number of large fires Strong winds are fanning across parts of California. of Los Angeles, This blaze, about 100km north

14,000 residents. has forced the evacuation of about are pounding the area Winds of more than 70km/h for the next day or so. with no let-up expected have been sent in Nearly 2,000 firefighters if conditions worsen. to help with more evacuations have turned their fight for clemency The three Bali bombers to be a more humane death. into a fight for what they believe The militants say than face the firing squad they'd rather be beheaded for their role in the 2002 attacks. at their next appeal Their lawyer will stress the point

quoting Islamic law. smiling assassin Amrozi, The men, including the so-called last month had their executions delayed to make way for a judicial review. at the nightclub bombings All have expressed their delight including 88 Australians. which killed 202 people There's growing scepticism

Osama bin Laden is dead. over claims al-Qa'ida terror boss, Goddard-Roles joins us now live. Ten's US Bureau Chief, Leisa what's the latest? Leisa the reports surfaced in France,

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backache or that he it was backache or that he it was us that

the French secret service report.

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there's no evidence to suggest that

the enlargement is dead. If he is

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alive and to prove that he is still

out there. The hunt for them Leiden out there. The hunt for them

is causing controversy in the States

with former President Bill Clinton

accused of not doing enough to

capture him. There has been a lot of

finger-pointing over here about why it has some of in Laos and has not

been active. President Bush was on

Fox News and been asked why he didn't

put the last an hour of this is. He

saw red. He gave the order up for

Bernardon to be killed but it was

never carried out. He said that it never carried out. He said that

has come closer to killing been lies

in. He was pointing straight in. He was pointing straight at

President Bush. At least I tried.

That is the difference between me and

Bush. They regularly for trying they

had eight months for trying they did

not try. I tried. I tried and failed.

He says his greatest regret was not

getting the some of the London. Ken Moroney New South Wales Police Commissioner has weighed into the debate should have to learn English. on whether migrants 'Daily Telegraph' He's told the Sydney's to Australia must embrace our values, ethnic groups who decide to migrate history and culture. common courtesy of speaking English. He says that includes having the hears some people say Mr Moroney says he's amazed when he for 30 years their parents have lived here can't speak our native tongue. but they, themselves, again. Mark Latham has put pen to paper opposition leader But the controversial former associates in his new book doesn't take a swipe at former 'A Conga Line of Suckholes' just the personalities they make up.

'Sydney Morning Herald' - According to the decline in Australia's male culture. Latham blames left feminists for the forced to leave their homes Scores of Dili residents have been after an upsurge in violence. one another with stones Two groups reportedly pelted in the East Timorese capital in a revenge attack. was set alight Nearby, the civil registry office by a group of unidentified men. the nation descended into chaos The violence comes four months after then prime minister Mari Alkatiri. over the sacking of 600 soldiers by international peace-keeping force Jose Ramos Horta now rules and an including Australians is on stand-by. their side to a crushing win Australia's bowlers have carried Tri-Series final. over the West Indies in the Malaysian Chasing 241, the Windies were never likely ran riot. as Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken

but his stay was short-lived. Watson off to a flier The edge. COMMENTATOR: And there it is. So was Ricky Ponting's. Yes, again Ponting is LBW'd. Oh, that's gotta be out. Katich was struggling notching milestones he'd rather forget. That's 50 for Katich, 50 balls that is and he has 11. Middle-order punch coming through half centuries from Martyn and Symonds. Then Hussey with a late, yet familiar rescue act. 240 below par. But it looked plenty when Lee got Gayle, first ball of the West Indies innings. Even better when Morton fell for a 32-ball duck. Lara fell, perhaps unlucky. Again it was umpire Mark Benson pointing the way. I think bat hits pad. And the floodgates opened. Watson in on the act. Can't get easier. The Aussies were zeroing in on the tail. Ponting extinguishing the Windies's last glimmer of hope running out Sarwan before Lee finished proceedings. His 12th wicket of the tournament earning him Player of the Series and Australia, a 127-run victory.

To come away with a win here after experimenting the way we did early on in the tour has obviously been very enjoyable for us. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. It's the AFL's night of nights at Melbourne's Crown Casino, with the counting of the 2006 Brownlow Medal. Two grand finalists are two of the top chances, but both Eagle skipper Chris Judd and favourite Swan Adam Goodes will stay at home rather than attend the award ceremony. The best Victorian hope is Bulldog veteran Scott West. Look, on the Monday, there's a lot of phone calls. I guess if you're touted as one of the favourites,

you do seem to get phone calls or messages, and you start to think, "Well, what if...?" So you do start to get a little nervous. The Brownlow Medal is exclusive to Channel Ten - check your local guides. To rugby league and Melbourne could be without Michael Crocker when they face Brisbane in the NRL Grand Final. The forward is recovering after hyper-extending his knee during the Storm's big win over the Dragons. I'd hate to be sitting on the sidelines and watching the boys play

so I'll do everything I can to get out there. Meantime, the Broncos will learn of Petero Civoniceva's fate today after the prop was placed on report for a high shot during Friday's night's win over the Bulldogs. Now time for another look at finance and Kath, a new twist in the Telstra sell-off? Yes, Bill. Possibly more instability ahead for Telstra with board set for a stand off with the Prime Minister. 'The Financial Review' says the phone giant will oppose John Howard's plan to appoint Geoff Cousins to the Telstra board.

Telstra will release a statement to the stock exchange later this morning saying it does not recommend the appointment of Mr Cousins, a former adviser to the PM. But the recommendation will do little because as majority shareholder the government will be able to vote in support of Mr Cousins. Still the development is another complication ahead of the planned T3 float later this year. Yes, Bill. Analysts say it's wait-and-see on the Coles takeover front but expect to get a clearer indication this week if any more rival bids will emerge. Potential raiders including US-based Kohlberg Kravis Roberts will be keeping a close eye on just how Coles shares trade today. Analysts expect they'll hold off launching any rival offer for a few days until they see how the share price settles. On Friday, Coles shares dropped 29 cents or 2% after soaring nearly 3% on Thursday following the retailer's profit announcement. And Bill, the Central Bank is cracking down on the number of high-risk margin loans being offered to investors. I'll have more on that story shortly. Let's take a look at the national weather: Let's see what the newspapers are saying in 'The Australian' - a Queensland professor slams the way geography is taught in our schools. He's calling for a national review of the subject. Despite the State Government dismissing its use, a 'Herald Sun' investigation shows Melbourne residents are drinking treated waste water. Relief for firefighters battling deadly blazes in New South Wales.

We'll have more when the Early News returns. This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - 1,000 New South Wales firefighters on stand-by in case yesterday's killer blazes re-ignite. India shows interest in trade deals down under provided the Federal Government alters its nuclear policy. Bad weather delays the search for a helicopter believed to have crashed in Nepal with an Aussie on board. And in sport - Australia beats the West Indies in the final of the one-day tournament in Malaysia.

A check of the finance markets now and Kath, Wall Street on the defensive this week?

It will if reports on housing and growth suggest

the US economy is heading for an aggressive slow down and that's despite the Fed's decision to leave rates on hold. A warning for investors who borrow money to trade share. I'll have the details soon.

More than 1,000 NSW firefighters have spent the night controlling 50 blazes which destroyed seven homes across the state. 100km/h winds continued to fan flames into the night

marking an ominous start to the fire season. Picton, Oakfield and Maroutta were the worst hit. The Rural Fire Service expecting calmer conditions today. An elderly Melbourne woman's decision to stay up and watch television may have saved her life after a car crashed into her bedroom. The driver lost control of the station wagon

careering across three lanes and a service road before crashing through a fence. It came to rest just centimetres from the woman's bed. The driver fled the scene, but was later apprehended and charged with numerous offences including drink driving. Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile has given up his Trade Portfolio. He'll swap with Transport Minister Warrren Truss to spend more time boosting the National Party vote before next year's election. As Nationals Leader, Mark Vaile has been criticised

for being overseas with his Trade portfolio, while at home, internal party problems make headlines, and voter support falls. But he denies his job swap is an admission the Nationals are struggling. It's not a concession, it's a well-judged decision and well-timed decision. Mr Vaile will trade portfolios with Transport Minister Warren Truss to spend more time in regional Australia, shoring up support for his party in the lead-up to next year's election. Apparently Mr Vaile wants to get out of the Trade Portfolio because there's too much hard work involved. Mark Vaile has effectively been put into a witness protection program to try and shield him from the political fallout from the wheat-for-weapons scandal. I'm not running away from anything. The Nationals face a new challenge in next year's election with conservative independents in Parliament now uniting, confident they can dent the Nationals' vote in the Senate. I would be disappointed if we couldn't secure the 12% needed, of course, for a Senator. Laurel Irving, Ten News. Australia could soon be selling uranium to India. India is reportedly stepping up its calls for Canberra to change its nuclear policy that would let it sell uranium to countries that have not signed the non-proliferation treaty. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' says the Prime Minister is apparently open to altering the policy but Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is fiercely opposed. If the Government stands firm it risks losing valuable trade deals with India.

An Australian woman is one of 24 people feared dead in a helicopter crash in Nepal. Bad weather has temporarily stopped the rescue mission after the aircraft lost radio contact during a storm. The large Russian-made helicopter, like this one, hasn't been heard from since Saturday when it's believed to have crashed east of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. Australian Dr Jill Bowling was on board with other conservationists and dignitaries when radio contact was lost. There are hopes Dr Bowling's aircraft was forced to land. We still don't believe what's happened. We still have hope. But many on board had satellite phones that weren't used.

Nepalese rescue authorities say hope is fading. Some local people heard explosive noise, and so far no contact from anyone among 24 passengers. Poor weather has temporarily halted the search of the mountainous region in the country's remote east. A world-renowned conservationist, Dr Bowling is a director of the World Wildlife Fund. She's a very respected person in WWF family and a very dynamic and bright manager and leader. The MI-17 helicopter is often used at high altitudes. It's three years since an almost identical aircraft crashed on the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing three people on board. An army foot patrol and several helicopters are on stand-by to resume the search. Hugo Ward, Ten News. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is calling for calm during Ramadan after 20 people were killed in a string of attacks on the first day of the Holy month. Sectarian hostilities were heightened over the weekend because Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims couldn't agree

on which day Ramadan began. Car bombs and mortar attacks across the country killed at least 20 people and injured as many as 40 others. Tens of thousands of Muslims have gathered in Mecca for prayers on the first day of Ramadan. The holiest month in the Islamic calendar is meant to be a time of reflection when Muslims across the world abstain from eating, drinking, sex and other indulgences from dawn till dusk. During Ramadan, it's common for Muslims to go to the mosque and spend several hours praying and studying the Koran. Three young children have been found dead in a murder saga that has rocked America. The bodies of two young boys and a little girl were discovered together in their public housing apartment in St Louis just hours after a woman was charged with killing their pregnant mother and her unborn baby. Family friend Tiffany Hall has been charged with killing the 7-month pregnant woman after trying to remove the foetus from her womb using a pair of scissors. It's believed she then returned to the apartment and killed her three children. And storm soaked parts of the United States have been deluged by another record-breaking downpour. Over 48 hours, parts of Kentucky received nearly 18cm of rain, that's the heaviest downpour in a decade. Hundreds of residents were stranded by flash flooding many woke to find everything they owned destroyed. Nine people have been killed, including a father and his 1-year-old daughter after their truck skidded out of control in floodwaters. A crushing win by Australia's cricketers in the Malaysian Tri-Series final overnight.

Chasing 241 for victory the Windies were never going to make it. Wickets falling at regular intervals. COMMENTATOR: Can't get easier. Brett Lee named Man of the Series after another player of the match award. His four wickets helping Australia to a 127-run win. Sydney and the West Coast Eagles will train today as the build up continues to the AFL Grand Final. Experts finding it difficult to choose a favourite. They are two of the sport's newest, fiercest rivals and for a second straight season, the Eagles and Swans will battle it out for AFL's greatest prize. It's a great rivalry now. I suppose it's come out of the last number of games. I think our guys look forward to the challenge. We hope that they do, too. The Eagles have been installed early favourites

to change the result of 12 months ago. Definitely better prepared, that's for sure. Last year was just a lot of excitement going into it where this year, I reckon it's more business like. The guys have been way more relaxed. Swan Amon Buchanan will find out today if he's free to play in the Grand Final. He'll come under scrutiny at the Match Review Panel for this bump on Friday night.

The Eagles will consider one change to their line up, with star defender David Wirrpanda a chance to return from his hamstring. Tim Hodges, Ten News. In the English Premier League - Socceroo Tim Cahill scored for Everton in this morning's 1-all draw with Newcastle. Everton remain unbeaten in the premiership but they trailed early at St. James park after this goal from Shola Ameobi. Cahill levelled the scores just before halftime. That was Cahill's second goal in a week. It was a spiteful clash with both teams reduced to 10 men late in the second half. Titus Bramble first to go, before Everton's Tony Hibberth was also sent off for a wayward tackle.

Finance news and Kath, a warning from the Reserve Bank

but this time not about interest rates? That's right, Bill. The Reserve Bank is cracking down on the number of high-risk margin loans being offered to investors.

The Central Bank is concerned by the number of people taking out loans to trade shares especially the number that have their money invested in just one stock. Big swings on the share market could effectively wipe out individual portfolios in one hit so from this quarter, banks will be required to provide details to the RBA on the number of margin loans investing in just one stock. There's growing speculation Australia's resources boom could be coming to an end. The big miners are tipped to downsize their future profits after an astonishing run.

The share market's been on a roll over the last few years. Investors becoming quite accustomed to seeing their companies' post record profit results. BHP Billiton eclipsed them all last month when it announced yearly takings of nearly $14 billion, up two-thirds on the previous year's record. But the so-called 'prophets of the profits' think the market has reached its peak. I think it's pretty certain that profit growth here will moderate over the next year or so. Fears of falling commodity prices and further interest rate hikes

all fuelling the belief resource stocks will struggle, despite continuing international demand for raw materials. We recognised you won't have world record prices for commodities forever. Shareholders are always looking at as to what is going to happen over the next few years and if there's some storm clouds on the horizon, then the share price will suffer.

Despite warning flags the bull market could be losing its charge, analysts aren't tipping a spectacular fall. It's very unlikely that we will have a crash landing or a hard landing here. Central banks around the world are taking normal rates back slowly.

Charmaine Dragun, Ten News. Virgin Blue cleared for take off to the United States. Those details very soon, Bill. Let's take a look at the national weather: The Bali bombers say they'd rather face beheading than the firing squad. More when the Early News comes back. Let's take a look at the day ahead:

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This program is captioned live.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Our top stories this Monday - battling blazes welcome relief for firefighters in New South Wales - that have destroyed homes

conditions are easing. Off with our heads - the 2002 Bali bombers of capital punishment. call for a so-called humane form A former American president for Osama bin Laden slams George Bush's hunt who's been reported dead. And in sport - Sydney in the AFL Grand Final West Coast looking for revenge over in doubt for the NRL decider. and a knee injury has Micahel Crocker the national weather: Let's take a look at of the markets with Kath. Now time for a check Thanks, Bill. Well, US stocks fell on Friday night on fears the economy is slowing more greatly than expected. I'll have more finance news shortly. Firefighters in NSW are hoping wild winds,

which fanned bushfires across the state, will ease today. and a motorcyclist killed Seven homes were destroyed to the fire season. in an ominous early start firefighters overnight. There was no rest for more than 1,000 of more than 100km/h Wild spring weather whipped up winds and fanned flames.

The conditions today in recent years. are probably the worst we've seen control 50 blazes across the state. Volunteers worked tirelessly to Conditions should ease this morning. But the devastation has been done - Oakdale and Maroutta. seven homes destroyed at Picton, her dogs Eileen Risby only had time to rescue as flames lapped at her door. They were petrified. That's all I had time to think of. I just had to get them out.

At least she was there. Not this household. a well-deserved holiday. Just went last week for

authorities a chance to regroup. Today's milder conditions should give of a be a long, hot season. But they know it's just the start Gerard Scholten, Ten News. forced to leave their homes Scores of Dili residents have been after an upsurge in violence. one another with stones Two groups reportedly pelted in the East Timorese capital in a revenge attack. was set alight Nearby, the civil registry office by a group of unidentified men. the nation descended into chaos The violence comes four months after then prime minister Mari Alkatiri. over the sacking of 600 soldiers by international peace-keeping force Jose Ramos Horta now rules and an including Australians is on stand-by. Parents who consider heroin for their children the greatest drug concern have been told to think again. police service, The head of the nation's biggest Ken Moroney says to destroy generations. the amphetamine Ice has the potential The New South Wales Commissioner says to personal violence the drug can already be lined and robbery offences. have turned their fight for clemency The three Bali bombers to be a more humane death. into a fight for what they believe The militants say than face the firing squad they'd rather be beheaded for their role in the 2002 attacks. at their next appeal Their lawyer will stress the point quoting Islamic law. smiling assassin Amrozi, The men, including the so-called last month had their executions delayed to make way for a judicial review. at the nightclub bombings All have expressed their delight

including 88 Australians. which killed 202 people There's growing scepticism Osama bin Laden is dead. over claims al-Qa'ida terror boss, Goddard-Roles joins us now live. Ten's US Bureau Chief, Leisa what's the latest? Leisa the reports surfaced in France, He says his greatest regret was not

getting the some of the London. The

report's other claims that this

report's other claims that this is in

love and died last mother of typhoid.

There is no evidence that some of the There is no evidence that

love of his dead but there are

similar reports from Saudi Arabia and

even relatives who live in America

say they have no reports there he is

actually dead. Bilal and is causing

controversy in the US the former President Bill Clinton accused of not

doing enough to capture him. doing enough to capture him. There

has been a lot of finger-pointing

here as to why their lives and has

not been captured. Bill Clinton was

asked on TV this morning why he did

not put in Laos and out of business.

He gave the order to be killed but it

was never carried through because

they could not certify that they could not certify that they put

Ludham was a shed behind the attack.

He said that he was closer to

capturing Bernardon than anyone

since. At least I tried. That is since. At least I tried. That is the

difference between me difference between me in some

including all the right wing is a

narrow taking enough. narrow taking enough. They ridiculed

me for trying they did not try. I

tried. I tried and failed. made it very clear that it is his tried. I tried and failed. Clinton

greatest regret that he did not

capture of the London. in a helicopter crash in Nepal. of the Mi-17 chopper There's been no sign on Saturday. since it went down during a storm effort in the mountainous region Bad weather is hampering the rescue east of Kathmandu. from the World Wildlife Fund Australian, Dr Jill Bowling, conservationists and dignitaries was on board with other when radio contact was lost. world's most punishing mountains He was left for dead on the one of in the process and lost the tips of his fingers to climb again. but Lincoln Hall is determined has family adventures in mind. The Everest survivor He's just out of hospital trimmed after having his frost-bitten fingers of the next mountain to climb. but Lincoln Hall is already thinking

satisfying meal It's like having a good, you don't start immediately thinking about the next one you get hungry again. but sooner or later, on top of Mt Everest. Back in May, he was declared dead on his own Somehow he survived 36 hours then he managed to stumble down. I had to reach well into my deep - deep into myself that I found well, deeper than I thought drained. so that's left me really quite Despite needing more treatment, who's also suffered frost bite, he's been consulting a mate about deciding to climb again.

were the way. He told me that velcro gloves

Ali Donaldson, Ten News. Muslim leaders later today The Pope is due to meet controversial comments on Islam. to try to defuse anger over his Muslim countries to his summer palace He's invited representatives of for talks. in Turkey The meeting will be closely watched in November. where the Pope is planning to visit on Islam and violence Pope Benedict's recent remarks across the Muslim world. has sparked outrage for causing offence The Pontiff has apologised but claims he was misunderstood. their side to a crushing win Australia's bowlers have carried over the West Indies in the Malaysian Tri-Series final. Chasing 241, the Windies were never likely as Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken ran riot. Watson off to a flier but his stay was short-lived. COMMENTATOR: And there it is. The edge. So was Ricky Ponting's. Oh, that's gotta be out. Yes, again Ponting is LBW'd. Katich was struggling notching milestones he'd rather forget. That's 50 for Katich, 50 balls that is and he has 11. Middle-order punch coming through half centuries from Martyn and Symonds. Then Hussey with a late, yet familiar rescue act.

240 below par. But it looked plenty when Lee got Gayle, first ball of the West Indies innings. Even better when Morton fell for a 32-ball duck. Lara fell, perhaps unlucky. Again it was umpire Mark Benson pointing the way. I think bat hits pad. And the floodgates opened. Watson in on the act. Can't get easier. The Aussies were zeroing in on the tail. Ponting extinguishing the Windies's last glimmer of hope running out Sarwan before Lee finished proceedings. His 12th wicket of the tournament earning him Player of the Series and Australia, a 127-run victory. To come away with a win here after experimenting the way we did early on in the tour has obviously been very enjoyable for us.

Paul Cochrane, Ten News. It's the AFL's night of nights at Melbourne's Crown Casino, with the counting of the 2006 Brownlow Medal. Two grand finalists are two of the top chances, but both Eagle skipper Chris Judd and favourite Swan Adam Goodes will stay at home rather than attend the award ceremony. The best Victorian hope is Bulldog veteran Scott West. Look, on the Monday, there's a lot of phone calls. I guess if you're touted as one of the favourites, you do seem to get phone calls or messages, and you start to think, "Well, what if...?" So you do start to get a little nervous. The Brownlow Medal is exclusive to Channel Ten - check your local guides. Argentina will play Russia in the final of the Davis Cup after wrapping up their tie against Australia with two more victories in this morning's reverse singles. In the first match Augustin Calleri thrashed Paul Hanley 6/0, 6/3.

With Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis and Wayne Arthurs not fit to play today, the fifth match was a forfeit win for Argentina. Then in the exhibition match, Peter Lucek beat Juan Ignacio Chela, 7/6, 6/3. Now time for another look at finance with Kath. Virgin Blue's plans to fly to the United States have been given the thumbs up by the Federal Government. Airfares are tipped to plummet when Virgin starts up and the Government says it'd like to see some competition for Qantas on the route. As far as inbound tourism is concerned it's a critical sector across the Pacific between Australia and the west coast of the United States. Virgin Blue will reportedly announced its US plans in the next two months. There are growing calls for Australian airlines to cut fuel surcharges amid falling crude oil prices. Last month Qantas announced its fuel surcharge for flights to London would nearly double. The crude oil price was then $70 a barrel, now it's down to $59. I wouldn't expect airlines to hold temporary once those conditions have passed.

All domestic airlines also have fuel surcharges in place. I'll have more finance news shortly. Let's take a look at the national weather: Let's see what the newspapers are saying Relief for firefighters battling deadly blazes in New South Wales. There are rules that affect what you see on television. These rules cover program classifications.

When you see certain programs, advertising, as well as the presentation of news and current affairs, they are part of the Code of Practice for Commercial Television. If you'd like a copy of the code, visit our website for more information, or write or call us at: This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - 1,000 New South Wales firefighters on stand-by in case yesterday's killer blazes re-ignite. India shows interest in trade deals down under provided the Federal Government alters its nuclear policy.

Bad weather delays the search for a helicopter believed to have crashed in Nepal with an Aussie on board. And in sport - Australia beats the West Indies in the final of the one-day tournament in Malaysia. More than 1,000 NSW firefighters have spent the night controlling 50 blazes which destroyed seven homes across the state. 100km/h winds continued to fan flames into the night marking an ominous start to the fire season. The conditions today are probably some of the worst we've seen in recent years. Picton, Oakfield and Maroutta were the worst hit. The Rural Fire Service expecting calmer conditions today.

Strong winds are fanning a number of large fires across parts of California.

This blaze, about 100km north of Los Angeles, has forced the evacuation of about 14,000 residents. Winds of more than 70km/h are pounding the area with no let-up expected for the next day or so. Nearly 2,000 firefighters have been sent in to help with more evacuations if conditions worsen. Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile has given up his Trade Portfolio. He'll swap with Transport Minister Warrren Truss to spend more time boosting the National Party vote before next year's election. As Nationals Leader, Mark Vaile has been criticised for being overseas with his Trade portfolio, while at home, internal party problems make headlines, and voter support falls. But he denies his job swap is an admission the Nationals are struggling. It's not a concession, it's a well-judged decision and well-timed decision. Mr Vaile will trade portfolios with Transport Minister Warren Truss to spend more time in regional Australia, shoring up support for his party in the lead-up to next year's election. Apparently Mr Vaile wants to get out of the Trade Portfolio because there's too much hard work involved. Mark Vaile has effectively been put into a witness protection program to try and shield him from the political fallout from the wheat-for-weapons scandal. I'm not running away from anything. The Nationals face a new challenge in next year's election with conservative independents in Parliament now uniting, confident they can dent the Nationals' vote in the Senate. I would be disappointed if we couldn't secure the 12% needed, of course, for a Senator. Laurel Irving, Ten News. Australia could soon be selling uranium to India. India is reportedly stepping up its calls for Canberra to change its nuclear policy that would let it sell uranium to countries that have not signed the non-proliferation treaty. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' says the Prime Minister is apparently open to altering the policy but Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is fiercely opposed. If the Government stands firm it risks losing valuable trade deals with India. An elderly Melbourne woman's decision to stay up and watch television may have saved her life after a car crashed into her bedroom. The driver lost control of the station wagon careering across three lanes and a service road before crashing through a fence. It came to rest just centimetres from the woman's bed. The driver fled the scene,

but was later apprehended and charged with numerous offences including drink driving. An Australian woman is one of 24 people feared dead in a helicopter crash in Nepal. Bad weather has temporarily stopped the rescue mission after the aircraft lost radio contact during a storm. The large Russian-made helicopter, like this one, hasn't been heard from since Saturday when it's believed to have crashed east of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. Australian Dr Jill Bowling was on board with other conservationists and dignitaries when radio contact was lost. There are hopes Dr Bowling's aircraft was forced to land. We still don't believe what's happened. We still have hope. But many on board had satellite phones that weren't used. Nepalese rescue authorities say hope is fading. Some local people heard explosive noise, and so far no contact from anyone among 24 passengers. Poor weather has temporarily halted the search of the mountainous region in the country's remote east. A world-renowned conservationist, Dr Bowling is a director of the World Wildlife Fund. She's a very respected person in WWF family

and a very dynamic and bright manager and leader.

The MI-17 helicopter is often used at high altitudes. It's three years since an almost identical aircraft crashed on the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing three people on board. An army foot patrol and several helicopters are on stand-by to resume the search. We're crossing our fingers and hoping for the best. Hugo Ward, Ten News. Three young children have been found dead in a murder saga that has rocked America. The bodies of two young boys and a little girl were discovered together in their public housing apartment in St Louis just hours after a woman was charged with killing their pregnant mother and her unborn baby. Family friend Tiffany Hall has been charged with killing the 7-month pregnant woman after trying to remove the foetus from her womb using a pair of scissors. It's believed she then returned to the apartment and killed her three children. A cranky Bill Clinton has told critics

his administration's hunt for Osama bin Laden was thorough. The former US president hit back at his critics

saying he tried to put the al-Qa'ida leader out of business the Taliban because of the CIA. but was hampered from overthrowing But at least I tried. and some, That's the difference between me that are critisicing me now. including all of the right wingers They ridicule me for trying. they did not try. They had 8 months to try, around the world There's growing scepticism was killed on the weekend. following reports Osama bin Laden by Australia's cricketers A crushing win overnight. in the Malaysian Tri-Series final were never going to make it. Chasing 241 for victory the Windies Wickets falling at regular intervals. COMMENTATOR: Can't get easier. Brett Lee named Man of the Series award. after another player of the match to a 127-run win. His four wickets helping Australia

is still hopeful of making a splash A sore and sorry Michael Crocker in Sunday's battle with the Broncos, despite the forward hyper-extending his knee in the Storm's big win over the Dragons. I hate to be sitting to get out there. The Storm touching down to a heroes welcome, the small but vocal fan club given something to cheer about in the absence of a local team in the AFL Grand Final. It's a big occasion for rugby league,

and not get too carried away with. something we'll definitely enjoy the fate of Prop Petero Civonaciva Meanwhile, Brisbane will today learn

on Sonny Bill Williams. following his high shot will result in a lesser charge The Broncos hopeful his good record in the biggest game of the year. and allow him to take his place Andrew Brown, Ten News. A final look at finance with Kath and growing speculation could be coming to an end. Australia's resources boom

Yes, Bill. their future profits The big miners are tipped to downsize after an astonishing run. over the last few years. The share market's been on a roll Investors becoming quite accustomed post record profit results. to seeing their companies' last month BHP Billiton eclipsed them all

of nearly $14 billion, when it announced yearly takings on the previous year's record. up two-thirds 'prophets of the profits' But the so-called has reached its peak. think the market I think it's pretty certain that profit growth here will moderate over the next year or so. Fears of falling commodity prices and further interest rate hikes all fuelling the belief resource stocks will struggle, despite continuing international demand for raw materials. We recognised for commodities forever. you won't have world record prices as to what is going to happen Shareholders are always looking at

over the next few years on the horizon, and if there's some storm clouds then the share price will suffer. could be losing its charge, Despite warning flags the bull market

a spectacular fall. analysts aren't tipping a crash landing It's very unlikely that we will have or a hard landing here. are taking normal rates back slowly. Central banks around the world Charmaine Dragun, Ten News. A quick recap of the markets now.

this morning. Bill, that's all from me Have a great day. the national weather: Let's take a look at That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods. Good morning. www.auscap.com.au by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext Captions