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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Frank Coletta. where their mouth is. Today - putting their money Qantas pilots to challenge $11 billion takeover bid. a private consortium's injured in Victoria Reports New Zealand firefighters protective clothing. were not wearing the right investigation takes to the streets Britain's biggest murder to security vision as the public responds victims. of one of the Red-Light Ripper's And in sport -

from Ashes revenge in the third Test. Australia just 5 wickets away Time for a finance check with Frank to the sale of Qantas? and opposition mounting is abuzz this morning with news, Kath, the business world investing $50,000 each 2,500 pilots are considering of the Flying Kangaroo. to halt the $11 billion takeover The union-backed plan 9% of the company's shareholders would need the support of at least to block the bid. the consortium takeover, Pilots and Unions believe led by Macquarie Bank, at Qantas. would lead to a loss of jobs in the US on the last close To the markets now and records again that inflation was under control. as investors were reassured coming up shortly. Kath, more news on the Qantas sale A bulldozer operator has been injured

Victoria's bushfires. in the battle against in a string of casualties. He's the latest An investigation now launched volunteers suffered serious burns. into how several New Zealand is airlifted from Mansfield Firefighter Barry Hunt to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital

face and airways. suffering serious burns to his hands, relatives rushing to his bedside. John Tupara also injured, his worried

so we'll just hold it together, We are a closeknit family for his sake too. We hope he's alright. were trapped A crew of 11 firefighters

into a gully. when the Victorian bushfire spotted is under way, An investigation into the cause the visiting volunteers but it's understood

correct protective hand gloves. were not wearing the in the state's east is fast emerging, The cost of the fire that have fallen victim. and it's not just people and property Animal carers rescuing orphaned joeys in artificial pouches. and placing them Koalas are affected. And in Tasmania, for more than a week continue. fires that've been raging Authorities now fearing engulf the coastal town of Bicheno. a blaze in the North East could Veronica Buck, Ten News. Police and rescue workers for a schoolboy missing for a week will today widen their search Blue Mountains. in the New South Wales contacted 000 last Monday Teenager David Iredale from two friends after becoming separated on a Duke of Edinborough trek, but hasn't been heard from since. has scoured an area, A 100-strong search team Grammar School student was last seen. 16km around where the Sydney 'The Daily Telegraph' says no tracks, rubbish or equipment, rescuers are baffled they've found pointing to David and fear he may have had an accident. into a bigger area this morning. The search will widen in the UK Police hunting a serial killer have spoken to more than 400 people, biggest manhunt. in what's become Britain's footage, After scouring security camera

together the last known moments detectives have started to piece Suffolk prostitutes. of the five murdered Police work the old fashioned way. have you ever seen her before? From this photograph No. No. hunting for any clues Members of a 500-strong taskforce to the serial killer. that might lead them

the night before If they go out on the drink they can't really remember stuff but if someone asks them and remember something they see. it might just jog their memory security camera footage Police have released of 24-year-old Annelie Alderton. just hours before she went missing. Her last known movements, with four other Ipswich prostitutes Her naked body was discovered along last week. telling police A friend and fellow sex worker

to feed heroin addictions. the young wwomen walked the streets since school, sort of thing, All these girls I've known and they've all got feelings, and I know every single one of them they were all human, they had, they all had hearts, do you know what I mean? But they needed drugs. none of the women put up a fight. Initial forensic reports sugges may have drugged his victims indicating to police the killer before murdering them. speaking to up to five suspects, It's understood police are of the murdered prostitutes, who were regular clients although no arrests have been made. Hugo Ward, Ten News. made an unexpected visit to Iraq. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, During a media conference with community Mr Blair urged the international is not defeated by terrorism. to ensure democracy the blood of innocent people The people that are spillling in Iraq today supporters of Saddam Hussein, are terrorists, are former democracy in this country. are everyone who doesn't want to see British troops serving in Basra. Mr Blair is scheduled to visit for a group of sick kids Nicole Kidman has played Santa of her latest movie 'Happy Feet'. hosting a special screening and the glamorous star The dancing penguins on some little faces. putting some big smiles of sick children Putting a smile on the faces for Nicole Kidman, has become something of a habit but this surprise Christmas present of her film 'Happy Feet' of an exclusive screening will be hard to top, 8-year-old Cooper Smeaton New best friend and special guest proving to be quite the gentleman. a gift of earrings and a bracelet. First of all winning her over with Yeah, and I forgot my earrings. she couldn't refuse - And then an offer if you want. I'll walk you to the cinema Yeah, well you definitely can. And so he did. He wore a tie for me today. on so he can chain me to the chair. And he also said he's got some cuffs That's not really true. Now he's taking it back. When I was making this film, I thought wouldn't it be lovely if I come back to Australia and screen it for you all, and here we are. 8-year-old Fatmata Bayoh thanked Nicole on behalf of all the patients at the Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. When Nicole visited just before her wedding in June, Fatmata was paralysed from the neck down.

When I saw your face, I knew I would run and walk again somehow She'll fly back to the United States at the end of the week

to spend her first Christmas with husband Keith Urban. Angela Bishop, Ten News. Australia is on the verge of ending more than a year of cricket torment. Our test team in the drivers seat to regain the Ashes in Perth later today. Five wickets to go and the Ashes are returning down under. We threw probably a couple of wickets away

and, you know, if we can get them and get the last five wickets I think as soon as the last wicket falls hopefully at some stage tomorrow then we'll start celebrating and the Ashes will be back home. A day of toil in the field. Australia going unrewarded through the opening session as Alastair Cook and Ian Bell dug deep. COMMENTATOR: Great shot. Superb stroke. A fine young player this lad. Bell taking to Warne not always convincing, but effective

until he scooped the great leggie to short cover on 87. It's out! That's it just another lapse in concentration. Cook continued to graft away. It's out! That's it. Stuart Clark taking Paul Collingwood out of the equation. But the young opener stood tall . His maiden Ashes ton up after almost six hours at the crease. What a moment! His marathon innings ended by the new ball. That's out. Caught behind. McGrath with two in three balls when he knocked over nightwatchman Hoggard. Australia on the verge of an Ashes knock-out punch. We're still in there, still fighting hard and if we can get through the first hour, the first session like we did this morning then obviously we'll score a few runs because KP and Freddy don't hang about so, who knows? Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Rugby league and St George Illawarra bad boy Wes Naiqama is facing the sack after another alcohol-related incident over the weekend. The 24-year-old was questioned by police following a brawl in Sydney's Kings Cross and will meet with club officials this morning to decide his future. Naiqama's latest brush with the law comes just days after the winger pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified. The Melbourne Victory have clinched the A-League minor premiership thanks a 4-nil annihilation of troubled New Zealand. All four goals were scored in a 13-minute period of power before halftime with Danny Allsopp bagging a brace.

COMMENTATOR: Allsop! An exquisite finish. The win seal's first place on the ladder with four games remaining, a double chance in the finals and qualification for the 2008 Asian Champions League. Alicia Molik has cruised into the semi-finals of the Australian Open wildcard play-offs in Melbourne, after a straight-sets win yesterday. The former world number 8 is on the comeback trail from injury and looks set to again return to the top. I'm pretty happy with the way things are going. I didn't really feel like I had to get out of first gear too much so I am looking forward to Monday and Tuesday. But the news wasn't so good for veteran Wayne Arthurs. The 35-year-old looks set to miss next month's grand slam after losing in straight sets. Looking now at finance and Frank, a class action headed Multiplex's way? Multiplex will be hit with a $1 million class action from investors in the new Wembley Stadium. They're angry at the being left in They're angry at being left in the dark about construction problems surrounding the London stadium.

Investors cliam they've lost millions of dollars as the stadium falls months behind schedule. It's believed troubles with the project came to light back in 2004

but Mulitplex failed to pass on the troubles to investors. Back from the brink disgraced businessman Alan Bond about to re-launch his corporate career. The once-jailed Australian entrepreneur is reportedly set to list a South African-based diamond company on the UK Stock Exchange, and invest in African gold and oil exploration. Bond went bankrupt in 1992, and five years later pleaded guilty to corporate fraud involving his takeover of Bell Resources. He served three years in jail. Let's take a look at the national weather:

today's headlines - in 'The Australian' Qantas pilots are considering personally investing $50,000 each to prevent the sale of the airline to a private consortium. The Dow Jones climbed to a record high on Friday More on that story in 'The Financial Review'. And 'Poised for Glory' - 'The Age' confident

after McGrath's two late wickets in yesterday's Ashes test in Perth. Reports a group injured firefighters weren't provided with the proper protective gear. That's when Ten Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Leading this bulletin - gloves off. Investigators to ask why New Zealand firefighters, injured in Victoria bushfires,

weren't wearing the right protective gear. Blacked out - 6,000 households without power after a wild storm swept through a Queensland holiday spot. HMAS 'Kanimbla' arrives home as the Navy calls for high-tech equipment Black Hawke helicopter. to retrieve the sunken Black Hawk helicopter. And Qantas pilots consider putting up their own money to stop the flying kangaroo from changing hands. Finance check with Frank. Thank you, Kath. With Wall Street in the final stretch and the Dow hitting record highs,

investors believe there's more Christmas cheer on the way this week. Kath, more news on the Qantas sale coming up shortly. A bulldozer operator has been injured in the battle against Victoria's bushfires. He's the latest in a string of casualties. At the weekend, a number of visiting New Zealand firefighters suffered serious burns. The crew of 11 firefighters became trapped when a blaze spotted into a gully in the Howqua Valley. An investigation into what happened is under way, but it's understood those suffering burnt hands were not wearing appropriate protective gloves. water churning in a Queensland town Generators have kicked in to keep hit by a freak weekend storm. are still without power. But as many as 6,000 Noosa homeowners tore roofs off dozens of properties, Winds up to 120 kilometres an hour up to half a kilometre away. some hurled onto his power lines Threw it over our fence straight off at the house. and cut the power lines inundated with hail. The holiday location was also

The local airstrip not spared. into the millions of dollars. The repair bill is expected to run more high-tech equipment The Navy will use Black Hawk helicopter in a bid to reach the army last month. that crashed off the coast of Fiji returns home. It comes as the HMAS 'Kanimbla'

for the HMAS 'Kanimbla'. It was a sombre homecoming in Townsville yesterday, The support ship docking after the Black Hawk tragedy less than a month that killed two defence personnel. to a sad occasion. Younger family members bringing joy Hey daddy, there he is on top. in waters off Fiji. The 800 soldiers were on stand-by of a pilot and soldier The deployment marred by the death on November 29. during a helicopter landing mishap locator beacon A signal from the Black Hawk's has since been detected.

a recovery operation. That data now being used to consider is it technically feasible Is it possible, and who among our friendly nations that sort of thing? can assist us in doing hasn't been found. The body of the soldier Kate Donnison, Ten News. killed in Iraq The body of a Brisbane man ahead of his funeral on Wednesday. will be returned home was killed instantly New Zealand-born, Steve Gilchrist,

when a shell hit his armoured vehicle

a private security firm. while he was working for moved to Queensland five years ago. The 33-year-old father of three He was exceptionally good at his job a really good shake, and he was out there giving life so to speak, or the bull by the horns Australian embassy in Iraq He survived the bombing of the

two years ago, a private contractor. before deciding to become charging their glasses to new laws Scores of West Australians are for 12 hours every Sunday. allowing liquor stores to open on a level playing field The legislation puts suburban outlets with hotel bottle shops, which had the monopoly on Sunday trade.

Perth has had a reputation of being a bit behind the times a bit dull. in trying to change that, This is the first step to enliven the city. to serve liquor without a meal. The changes also allow restaurants for a ship Greenpeace boats have caused problems to the United States. carrying spent nuclear fuel

surrounded the vessel early this morning. as it left Sydney's Botany Bay

what they call They're protesting against

to the East Coast of America. the secret transfer of the spent fuel

nuclear reactor in Sydney's south. The rods are from the Lucas Heights have joined the hunt 500 British police officers for the so-called Red-Light Ripper. to more than 400 people A task force has spoken in the murders of five prostitutes in an attempt to find a lead from the English town of Ipswich.

a good public response Police have received of 24-year-old Annelie Alderton, after releasing security footage

just hours before she was murdered. have questioned five men, Although detectives over the murders. they have yet to arrest anyone Australian of the Year, Poppy King, Former lipstick queen and young eight years after going bust. is making a comeback about what happened to her fortune She spoke exclusively to Ten News and her plans for the future. for her past, not for trying again. Poppy King isn't apologising with the best of intentions. I did what I did lipstick, she invented her own At 18, unable to find the perfect

and became a multi-millionaire. was turning over $6 million At its peak Poppy Industries Young Australian of the Year. and she was named her company went into receivership. Three years later,

made headlines, Her boom-and-bust story but she now says many were incorrect. she was said to owe, Of the $5.8 million her partners had invested. $3.5 million of that was money The notion of people, sort of, at that point with $5 million owed feeling like the business went under all over Australia to all these mum and pop operations to $1.5 million is a very different picture

were once best-sellers, In New York, where her lipsticks

she's back in the market, 'Lipstick Queen' this time under the brand and with investors chasing her. In a potentially lucrative deal, at Barney's department stores she's about to relaunch

across the city. and is already in boutiques of these lipsticks is unpacked, Even before the first shipment supply. demand is already outstripping is becoming tougher Life on the professional tour highest bungee facility. The Macau tower is now the world's and rebounded 34m from the ground. leapt from the 233m building bungee enthusiast AJ Hackett Scaling the enormous Macau tower, and break a world record. lengths to prove a point Some people will go to extraordiary Ten News. In New York, Leisa Goddard-Roles, is to relaunch in Australia. Her next goal

for Aussie veteran Wayne Arthurs. bundled out The 35-year-old was yesterday

wildcard play-offs of the Australian Open

his home grand slam. and looks set to miss of Australian tennis, He's the great survivor is coming to an end. but it seems Wayne Arthurs' career

of the Aussie Open wild card play-off Yesterday the 35-year-old crashed out in just the second round. APPLAUSE slipped to 161 in the world. The Victorian's ranking had already of missing his home grand slam. Now he faces the prospect But there are some youngsters on the up. West Australian Brydan Klien On Saturday, 16-year-old out of the tournament. knocked second seed Peter Luczak Yesterday, he moved within sight of an Aussie Open berth after a 3-set win. cruised into the semi-finals. In the women's draw, Alicia Molik dropping just three games. The former world number eight probably suited me a bit more today. I think the conditions It's a bit warmer, so the ball was bouncing a little higher and I was probably getting a bit more kick on my serve, a bit more spin on the ball, but, um, I was pretty happy with that.

Adam McNicol, Ten News. NBA and 10 players have been ejected following a wild brawl in New York. With 1 minute 15 secs remaining on the clock Knicks guard Mardy Collins sparked the fight with a flagrant foul on Denver's J.R. Smith. With players spilling into the Madison Square Garden stands, officials tried to keep the bench players at bay. But no-one could prevent NBA scoring leader Carmello Anthony

taking aim at Collins. When order was finally restored, both teams were forced to put five new players on the floor. As for the match, Denver won by 19 points. West Ham Unite has stunned league leaders Manchester United with a 1-nil win in the Premier League overnight. Hammer's skipper Nigel Reo Coker sticking it to Man U with just 15 minutes to play. A magic performance from keeper Robert Green blocked out the Reds best chance. Manchester now just two points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table. Brazil's International has upstaged Barcelona 1-nil

to claim the the Club World Cup in Japan. European Champions Barcelona dominated the early stages but just couldn't find the back of the net.

International substitute Adriano with no such troubles in the 82nd minute. A stunning save from the Inter keeper denied Bacelonas late charge. International becoming the second Brazilian team in as many years to lift the Club World Cup trophy. Finance now with Frank and disgruntled pilots looking to ground the Qantas takeover? There is a chance, Kath. 2,500 pilots are considering investing $50,000 each to halt Qantas's $11 billion takeover. The Union backed plan would need the support of at least 9% of the company's shareholders to block the bid. Pilots and unions believe the consortium proposal, led by Macquarie Bank, would lead to a loss of jobs at the public airline. An American company may soon be looking after more than 100 of Telstra's retail stores. A business friend of Telstra's Sol Trujillo is believed to be in talks to manage the Telstra Shops Network. The deal with Miami-based Brightstar would be the third with Telstra in 15 months. The move would benefit both parties, with Telsta's retail stores accounting for more than $2 billion a year in sales. Let's take a look at the national weather: Qantas pilots challenge company takeover plans. That's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live. Today - putting their money where their mouth is. Qantas pilots to challenge a private consortium's $11 billion takeover bid. Reports New Zealand firefighters injured in Victoria were not wearing the right protective clothing. Britain's biggest murder investigation takes to the streets as the public responds to security vision of one of the Red-Light Ripper's victims.

And in sport - Australia just 5 wickets away from Ashes revenge in the third Test.

Time for a finance check with Frank. To the markets now and records again in the US on the last close as investors were reassured that inflation was under control. The business world is abuzz this morning with news 2,500 pilots are considering investing $50,000 each to halt the $11 billion takeover of the Flying Kangaroo. The union-backed plan would need the support of at least 9% of the company's shareholders to block the bid. Pilots and unions believe the consortium takeover, led by Macquarie Bank, would lead to a loss of jobs at Qantas. More finance news shortly, Kath. A bulldozer operator has been injured in the battle against Victoria's bushfires. He's the latest in a string of casualties. At the weekend, a number of visiting New Zealand firefighters suffered serious burns. The crew of 11 firefighters became trapped when a blaze spotted into a gully in the Howqua Valley. An investigation into what happened is under way, but it's understood those suffering burnt hands were not wearing appropriate protective gloves. The Navy will use more high-tech equipment in a bid to reach the army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed off the coast of Fiji last month. It comes as the HMAS 'Kanimbla' returns home. It was a sombre homecoming for the HMAS 'Kanimbla'. The support ship docking in Townsville yesterday, less than a month after the Black Hawk tragedy that killed two defence personnel. Younger family members bringing joy to a sad occasion. Hey daddy, there he is on top. The 800 soldiers were on stand-by in waters off Fiji. The deployment marred by the death of a pilot and soldier during a helicopter landing mishap on November 29. A signal from the Black Hawk's locator beacon has since been detected. That data now being used to consider a recovery operation. Is it possible, is it technically feasible and who, among our friendly nations, can assist us in doing that sort of thing? The body of the soldier hasn't been found. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Greenpeace boats have caused problems for a ship carrying spent nuclear fuel to the United States. The activist's boats surrounded the vessel as it left Sydney's Botany Bay early this morning. They're protesting against what they call the secret transfer of the spent fuel to the East Coast of America. The rods are from the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney's south. A decision is expected today in a Federal Court case over ticket scalpers. Ebay is suing the organisers of music festival Big Day Out over their new anti-scapling ticket policy. The changes mean Big Day Out tickets bought on ebay will not be valid if the reseller can be tracked down and the tickets cancelled. The online auction site claims the promoters are breaching trade practices legislation. 500 British police officers have joined the hunt for the so-called Red-Light Ripper. A task force has spoken to more than 400 people in an attempt to find a lead in the murders of five prostitutes from the English town of Ipswich. Police have received a good public response after releasing security footage of 24-year-old Annelie Alderton, just hours before she was murdered. Although detectives have questioned five men, they have yet to arrest anyone over the murders. Nicole Kidman has played Santa for a group of sick kids hosting a special screening of her latest movie 'Happy Feet'. The dancing penguins and the glamorous star putting some big smiles on some little faces. Putting a smile on the faces of sick children has become something of a habit for Nicole Kidman, but this surprise Christmas present of an exclusive screening of her film 'Happy Feet' will be hard to top, New best friend and special guest 8-year-old Cooper Smeaton proving to be quite the gentleman. First of all winning her over with a gift of earrings and a bracelet. Yeah, and I forgot my earrings. And then an offer she couldn't refuse - I'll walk you to the cinema if you want. Yeah, well you definitely can.

And so he did. He wore a tie for me today. And he also said he's got some cuffs on so he can chain me to the chair. That's not really true. Now he's taking it back. When I was making this film, I thought wouldn't it be lovely if I come back to Australia and screen it for you all, and here we are. 8-year-old Fatmata Bayoh thanked Nicole on behalf of all the patients at the Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. When Nicole visited just before her wedding in June, Fatmata was paralysed from the neck down. She'll fly back to the United States at the end of the week to spend her first Christmas with husband Keith Urban. Angela Bishop, Ten News. Australia is on the verge of ending more than a year of cricket torment. Our Test team in the drivers seat to regain the Ashes in Perth later today.

Five wickets to go and the Ashes are returning down under. We threw probably a couple of wickets away and, you know, if we can get them and get the last five wickets I think as soon as the last wicket falls hopefully at some stage tomorrow then we'll start celebrating and the Ashes will be back home. A day of toil in the field. Australia going unrewarded through the opening session as Alastair Cook and Ian Bell dug deep.

COMMENTATOR: Great shot. Superb stroke. A fine young player this lad. Bell taking to Warne not always convincing, but effective until he scooped the great leggie to short cover on 87. It's out! That's it. Just another lapse in concentration.

Cook continued to graft away. Stuart Clark taking Paul Collingwood out of the equation. But the young opener stood tall. His maiden Ashes ton up after almost six hours at the crease. What a moment! His marathon innings ended by the new ball. That's out. Caught behind. McGrath with two in three balls when he knocked over nightwatchman Hoggard. Australia on the verge of an Ashes knock-out punch. We're still in there, still fighting hard and if we can get through the first hour, the first session like we did this morning then obviously we'll score a few runs because KP and Freddy don't hang about so, who knows? Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Rugby league and St George Illawarra bad boy Wes Naiqama is facing the sack after another alcohol-related incident over the weekend.

The 24-year-old was questioned by police following a brawl in Sydney's Kings Cross and will meet with club officials this morning to decide his future. Naiqama's latest brush with the law comes just days after the winger pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified. The Melbourne Victory have clinched the A-League minor premiership thanks a 4-nil annihilation of troubled New Zealand. All four goals were scored in a 13-minute period of power before halftime with Danny Allsopp scoring a double. COMMENTATOR: Allsop! An exquisite finish. The win seal's first place on the ladder with four games remaining, a double chance in the finals for the 2008 Asian Champions League. and qualification into the semi-finals Alicia Molik has cruised play-offs in Melbourne, of the Australian Open wildcard after a straight-sets win yesterday. is on the comeback trail from injury The former world number 8 to again return to the top. and looks set with the way things are going. I'm pretty happy I didn't really feel of first gear too much like I had to get out

to Monday and Tuesday. so I am looking forward

for veteran Wayne Arthurs. But the news wasn't so good next month's grand slam The 35-year-old looks set to miss after losing in straight sets. Time now for the CommSec finance report and some good news from the US on inflation. Joining me with more is chief economist Craig James. Craig, what does this mean for our markets?

Of South both

Bill looks great for the US but it

doesn't necessarily mean that our

doesn't necessarily mean that our

share market is for. Mining prices

and baseless of metal prices orlop

on Friday and told Gloucester the

all of two % so that market could

be flat today. What's that likely

to reveal full? There's concern

about the draft. Those $4 million

that has to be assigned to fighter

jet so we may see a budget surplus

of $8 billion for the Treasury

doesn't want to provide any tax

cuts. The takeover bid is catching

all the headlines this morning. If

you get two and a half 1000 pilots

will give you one % stake but they

need another minder cent of

need another minder cent of

shareholders to vote against and

there will be hard to do. The

unions aren't taking this lying

down will take up the fight in

terms of the Liberal backbenchers

and try and get them over the line

that Qantas should stay where it's. for the AFL rights Foxtel is set to increase its offer to $50 million a year. will pitch in Regional subscription operator Austar to help cover the extra $5 million.

what it calls a year-long stalemate The pay TV provider hopes to break with the Seven and Ten networks. the national weather: today's headlines - Let's take a look at

More news coming up after the break.

It's Mitre 10's last-minute Christmas Super Buys. 18V cordless drill, $99. Black & Decker Timber director's chair, $25. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. gloves off. Leading this bulletin - Investigators to ask why New Zealand firefighters, injured in Victoria bushfires, the right protective gear. weren't wearing 6,000 households without power Blacked out - a Queensland holiday spot. after a wild storm swept through HMAS 'Kanimbla' arrives home high-tech equipment as the Navy calls for Black Hawk helicopter. to retrieve the sunken

putting up their own money And Qantas pilots consider from changing hands. to stop the flying kangaroo A bulldozer operator has been injured Victoria's bushfires. in the battle against in a string of casualties. He's the latest

An investigation now launched volunteers suffered serious burns. into how several New Zealand is airlifted from Mansfield Firefighter Barry Hunt to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital face and airways. suffering serious burns to his hands, relatives rushing to his bedside. John Tupara also injured, his worried so we'll just hold it together, We are a closeknit family for his sake too. We hope he's alright. were trapped A crew of 11 firefighters into a gully. when the Victorian bushfire spotted is under way, An investigation into the cause but it's understood the visiting volunteers were not wearing the correct protective hand gloves. in the state's east is fast emerging, The cost of the fire

that have fallen victim. and it's not just people and property Animal carers rescuing orphaned joeys in artificial pouches. and placing them Koalas are affected. And in Tasmania, for more than a week continue. fires that've been raging Authorities now fearing engulf the coastal town of Bicheno. a blaze in the North East could Veronica Buck, Ten News. water churning in a Queensland town Generators have kicked in to keep hit by a freak weekend storm. are still without power. But as many as 6,000 Noosa homeowners tore roofs off dozens of properties, Winds up to 120km/h

up to half a kilometre away. some hurled onto his power lines Threw it over our fence straight off at the house. and cut the power lines inundated with hail. The holiday location was also The local airstrip not spared. into the millions of dollars. The repair bill is expected to run killed in Iraq The body of a Brisbane man ahead of his funeral on Wednesday. will be returned home was killed instantly New Zealand-born, Steve Gilchrist, when a shell hit his armoured vehicle while he was working for a private security firm. moved to Queensland five years ago. The 33-year-old father of three He was exceptionally good at his job and he was out there giving life a really good shake. He survived the bombing of the Australian embassy in Iraq two years ago, before deciding to become a private contractor. The Navy will use more high-tech equipment in a bid to reach the army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed off the coast of Fiji last month. It follows a sombre return to Australia for HMAS 'Kanimbla'. The support ship docking in Townsville on Sunday less than a month after the recent tragedy which killed a pilot and a soldier. A signal from the aircraft's locator beacon has been detected. That data now being used to consider a recovery operation. Police and rescue workers will today widen their search for a schoolboy missing for a week in the New South Wales Blue Mountains. Teenager David Iredale contacted 000 last Monday after becoming separated from two friends on a Duke of Edinborough trek, but hasn't been heard from since. A 100-strong search team has scoured an area, 16km around where the Sydney Grammar School student was last seen. 'The Daily Telegraph' says rescuers are baffled they've found no tracks, rubbish or equipment, pointing to David

and fear he may have had an accident. The search will widen into a bigger area this morning. Police hunting a serial killer in the UK have spoken to more than 400 people, in what's become Britain's biggest manhunt. After scouring security camera footage, detectives have started to piece together the last known moments of the five murdered Suffolk prostitutes. Police work the old fashioned way. From this photograph have you ever seen her before? No. No.

Members of a 500-strong taskforce hunting for any clues that might lead them to the serial killer. If they go out on the drink the night before they can't really remember stuff but if someone asks them it might just jog their memory and remember something they see. Police have released security camera footage of 24-year-old Annelie Alderton. Her last known movements, just hours before she went missing. Her naked body was discovered along with four other Ipswich prostitutes

last week. A friend and fellow sex worker telling police the young women walked the streets to feed heroin addictions. All these girls I've known since school, sort of thing, and I know every single one of them and they've all got feelings, they had, they all had hearts, they were all human, do you know what I mean?

But they needed drugs. Initial forensic reports suggest none of the women put up a fight. indicating to police the killer may have drugged his victims before murdering them. It's understood police are speaking to up to five suspects, who were regular clients of the murdered prostitutes, although no arrests have been made. Hugo Ward, Ten News. Palestinians are on the brink of a civil war threatening to throw the region into further turmoil.

Gunmen from the ruling Hamas party clashed with their Fatah rivals on the streets of Gaza City, just a day after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called for an early election. A 19-year-old woman was killed in crossfire

as militants fired mortars at government offices. Life on the professional tour is becoming tougher for Aussie veteran Wayne Arthurs. The 35-year-old was yesterday bundled out of the Australian Open wildcard play-offs and looks set to miss his home grand slam. He's the great survivor of Australian tennis, is coming to an end. but it seems Wayne Arthurs' career of the Aussie Open wild card play-off Yesterday the 35-year-old crashed out in just the second round. APPLAUSE slipped to 161 in the world. The Victorian's ranking had already of missing his home grand slam. Now he faces the prospect on the up. But there are some youngsters West Australian Brydan Klein On Saturday, 16-year-old out of the tournament. knocked second seed Peter Luczak of an Aussie Open berth Yesterday, he moved within sight after a 3-set win. cruised into the semi-finals. In the women's draw, Alicia Molik dropping just three games. The former world number eight probably suited me a bit more today. I think the conditions It's a bit warmer, a little higher so the ball was bouncing a bit more kick on my serve, and I was probably getting a bit more spin on the ball, I was pretty happy with that. but, um, Adam McNicol, Ten News.

following a wild brawl in New York. NBA and 10 players have been ejected remaining on the clock With 1 minute 15 secs the fight with a flagrant foul Knicks guard Mardy Collins sparked on Denver's J.R. Smith. the Madison Square Garden stands, With players spilling into the bench players at bay. officials tried to keep NBA scoring leader Carmello Anthony But no-one could prevent taking aim at Collins. we could hear it from up here. COMMENTATOR: That punch was so loud, of games because of that punch. You know he is gonna miss a lot When order was finally restored, five new players on the floor. both teams were forced to put Denver won by 19 points. As for the match, league leaders Manchester United West Ham United has stunned in the Premier League overnight. with a 1-nil win sticking it to Man U Hammer's skipper Nigel Reo Coker with just 15 minutes to play. Robert Green A magic performance from keeper blocked out the Reds' best chance. of Chelsea at the top of the table. Manchester now just two points clear Finance news now with Frank. Thank you, Kath. and the Dow hitting record highs, With Wall Street in the final stretch Christmas cheer on the way this week. investors believe there's more

of large pre-election tax cuts. The Treasurer has shot down hopes Peter Costello says are framing the budget senior ministers "revenues are moderate". in an environment where He says the drought and the levelling off of the commodity price cycle has impacted on the economy, namely growth. $36 billion of forecast cuts Mr Costello conceding last year's don't come every year. investing $50,000 each 2,500 pilots are considering $11 billion takeover. to halt Qantas's The Union-backed plan 9% of the company's shareholders would need the support of at least

to block the bid. the consortium proposal, Pilots and unions believe led by Macquarie Bank, at the public airline. would lead to a loss of jobs That's the latest news on finance. You know it's the silly season start running through the streets when hundreds of Santa's in nothing but a pair of red speedos.

to keep these runners warm There were no customary red robes in the skimpiest of swim wear. as they braved the Boston winter suited to Bondi Beach than Boston The budgey smugglers would be better but it was all in a good cause, for children's charities. the mini-marathon raising money the national weather: Let's take a look at Let's take a look at the day ahead.

of the morning's top stories - A quick recap injured in wild Victorian blazes reports New Zealand firefighters

were not wearing the right protective clothing. Putting their money where their mouth is -

Qantas pilots to challenge $11 billion takeover bid. a private consortium's And in sport - from Ashes revenge in the third Test. Australia just 5 wickets away That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Kathryn Robinson, 'bye for now. And I'm Frank Coletta, good morning. www.auscap.com.au by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext Captions