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Good morning. I'm Frank Coletta. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. terror denial - Making news this Wedneday -

over the failed UK attacks a Gold Coast doctor being held as lawyers fight his cancelled visa. says he's no radical, Flash flood - the evacuation of scores of residents a burst water main forces

in Sydney. in the UK Up she goes - a salvage team with explosives splits a beached container ship to aid the salvage effort. And market milestone - key 14,000 mark for the first time. the Dow Jones climbing above the weather, and for the rest of the day: Now for a look at the national

Now to our first check of the markets record for Wall Street this morning? and Catherine, a milestone and a That's right Frank, US blue-chip stocks rose,

14,000 mark for the very first time, pushing the Dow Jones past the but then the Dow fluctuated and solid earnings reports. as investors weigh tame inflation

When I come back, on News Corp's bid for Dow Jones. I'll have the latest details legal team will today file an appeal Terror suspect Mohamed Haneef's to detain him further. against the Government's decision to the Federal Court The action will be taken may need to double-check the charge. but his legal team confusing reporters The Attorney-General when he was unable to clarify he provided support to terrorists. whether Haneef 'intentionally' knew

the Government indicated This comes as

the evacuation of dozens of residents A burst water main has forced from their homes. which erupted late yesterday, The gusher, sent millions of litres and several other properties into three apartment buildings in the Sydney suburb of Rosehill. Residents grabbed what they could to emergency accommodation. before being evacuated Fire crews worked through the night staircases and homes. to pump water out of carparks, water authority could stem the flow. It took several hours before the overnight in Sydney. A terrifying high-speed chase a 15-year-old boy, A car, allegedly driven by eluded police for more than an hour until the pursuit came to a catastrophic end.

Astra at the side of a Sydney road The shattered remains of a Holden after being hit by a stolen car that reached speeds of up to 150km/h. after a marathon chase

in Sydney's far west, It started about 9:30 last night allegedly at the wheel of a Camry a 15-year-old boy on board. and three young male passengers

And they didn't give up easily - road spikes several times. police unsuccessfully deploying about 50km from where it began, The chase came to an end on a roundabout, the vehicle spinning out of control a 27-year-old woman, colliding with a car driven by before coming to rest. then mounting a gutter The woman was seriously injured. in a nearby hospital. She's now in a stable condition taken into custody for questioning. The teenage boys have all been

a critical incident investigation. Police have launched why the chase began. They haven't disclosed Nick Whitehead, Ten News.

are in the grip of a cold snap. South-eastern states coldest day in two decades yesterday, Sydney shivered through its enjoyed a dumping of snow. while several parts of Victoria Temperatures getting as low as -7. in Melbourne. The chill wasn't so much fun created miserable conditions. Heavy rain, strong winds and hail another icy blast on its way today. And the bureau warns there's has defended its decision The Federal Government for its emissions trading scheme. not to set a carbon target its own climate change message It comes as Labor launches on Internet site YouTube. might not be a vote-winner, John Howard's appearance on YouTube

than paying for a television ad. but it's a whole lot cheaper cyber space to sell his credentials The Prime Minister taking to on climate change. our economic prosperity We do not have to sacrifice to tackle the problem. for an emissions trading scheme. The PM talked up his plans YouTube message, But Labor followed with its own on climate change. which claims Mr Howard is asleep Australia needs TV AD: Now he's finally said

but he won't set targets. an emissions scheme, about climate change There are a lot of lies told but probably the biggest has been asleep for 11 years is that John Howard has done nothing. and that the Australian Government won't be setting an emissions target But the Government

before the election. you have a carbon target. If you're fair dinkum you don't have a carbon target. If you're not fair dinkum

There is no magic green bullet. action on climate change The Prime Minister warning will hurt the hip pocket. higher energy and petrol prices. Reducing carbon emissions will mean Murray McCloskey, Ten News. The big clean-up has begun in Japan two devastating earthquakes. following people and levelled many buildings, The tremors killed at least nine

the rubble, looking for survivors. rescue teams still combing in temporary accommodation, 13,000 people are living

lining up for drinking water. with thousands more Officials are still concerned at a major nuclear power plant, about damage caused of contaminated water with more than a thousand litres leaking into the ocean. coast of England earlier this year A cargo ship that ran aground off the salvage crews dispose of the wreck. has been blown up to help was carried out A controlled explosion to split the stricken ship. as part of a 2-day effort

earlier this year The Napoli was deliberately beached

it would break up in heavy weather. because crews feared in the process, Several containers fell overboard days of frenzied looting which prompted on the beach. as cars and motorbikes washed up and Essendon's chairman To AFL, and Kevin Sheedy have held a secret breakfast meeting

about the master coach's future. amid growing speculation It comes a week before Sheedy's tenure at the club. the Bombers board officially discuss at the Bombers under scrutiny, With his 27-year reign Ray Horsburgh Kevin Sheedy and Essendon chairman held a secret 2-hour meeting, but the pair was coy when queried on the reason for the get together. About? With Kevin? Yeah, about Saturday's team. Was it? We have a regular meeting every three weeks and that's all it was. It follows mounting pressure on the club to make a final decision before the end of the home-and-away season so fans can give the premiership coach a fitting farewell, if his contract isn't renewed. We said it at the start of the year - we're not gonna be rushed in and we're not going to decide it in the press. Melbourne teenager Ricky Pettard has spoken for the first time of the day he almost almost died on the MCG, now discharged from hospital, he admitted he was scared as the doctors worked to save his life. a needle on the table and saying, I remember him saying he put "If you get any worse I'm going to put this in your chest." And I said, "Yeah, no worries." and then everything came back to me. A few seconds later he stuck it in Ian Cohen for Sports Tonight. St George rugby league star Mark Gasnier has warned fans not to expect miracles when he returns from a 6-month injury break this weekend.

Gasnier's been thrown straight into the five-eighth hotseat. But he hasn't played since tearing his pectoral muscle in pre-season. If we get a win out of it, it's a big bonus and there'll be a lot of confidence from myself as well as the team and then hopefully we can build on that from there, but I'm not coming out to say I'm going to turn around and win the game for Saints. Gasnier's Dragons play last-placed Penrith on Saturday. Wallabies coach John Connolly has decided against rushing fullback Chris Latham into his starting line-up for Saturday's Tri-Nations-Bledisloe Cup decider against New Zealand. Latham will start from the bench after Connolly admitted he has concerns about his match fitness. We're asking him to go from club footy to an All Black game, which is a huge step. In saying that, when he was in last November,

he was considered the best fullback in the world. The Wallabies fly out to Auckland this morning. Catherine's here with another look at finance and Rupert Murdoch close to snaring Dow Jones? That's right Frank, News Corp. and the owner of the 'Wall Street Journal' are reportedly close to signing off on a $5 billion takeover deal. The Dow Jones chief executive has tentatively agreed to accept Rupert Murdoch's US$60-a-share offer, which will be put to the board later today. still remains up in the air, still divided with the controlling Bancroft family on whether or not it will accept the offer. The Bancrofts own 64% of Dow Jones and are reportedly set to meet on Thursday to vote on the deal. The bulls have been out on Wall Street overnight, with the Dow Jones Industrials climbing above the key 14,000 mark for the first time ever. But investors and analysts alike are now asking whether or not the stampede can continue. BELL RINGS Right from the opening bell, the Dow Jones industrial average started pushing towards a new milestone. Within 30 minutes it streaked past 14,000 before pulling back to reconsider.

The big wild card for the market is inflation and traders are still chewing on this morning's report from the Labor Department. Inflation at the wholesale level fell slightly in the June,

but, excluding food and energy prices, it was actually 0.3% higher. Whatever the ups and downs, the bulls are still bullish. It appears to me and economic recovery or expansion as though this bull market has further to go - is going to go through 2007 and 2000 and May. The next big test comes on Wednesday

through 2007 and 2008 The next big test comes on Wednesday when the Fed it signals its plans for interest rates which have not been changed in more than a year. Now for a look at the national weather, and for the rest of the day:

Now for a look at today's newspapers:

600 Ford workers to learn their fate today

as the company looks at closing a plant in Geelong. Those details when the Early News returns.

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This morning - emergency evacuations - dozens of Sydney residents moved to temporary accommodation as a burst water main forces them from their homes. High-speed chase - police take four young boys in for questioning

over a dangerous pursuit that's left a woman injured.

Lawyers for a Gold Coast terror suspect challenge a controversial visa ban, as the US is warned of a potential al-Qaeda attack. And in sport - Australia's Cadel Evans on the charge at the Tour de France, finishing third in the event's ninth stage. Time for a check of the markets now, and Catherine, that was quite a session in the US overnight?

Indeed it was Frank, the Dow finally pushing above the 14,000 mark thanks to a tame inflation report and solid earnings reports. Job losses at Coles in the wake of the Wesfarmers takeover -

those details shortly, Frank. Dozens of Sydney residents have spent the night in temporary accommodation, after being washed out of their homes. A burst water main flooding several apartments buildings and properties in the city's west. Taking what little they could, families fled their homes, the water rising around them. I'm grabbing enough stuff for my family and for my son and hopefully get through all this.

A burst main sending millions of litres of water through three separate apartment buildings and several homes in the Sydney suburb of Rosehill. The water flooding underground carparks, bubbling up through staircases and leaving dozens of residents on the street. said "Your house is flooded out." Basically my landlord rang me up and All the residents have been evacuated, police have found accommodation for those. the mains will be shut down So over the next 24 hours

and the damage will be assessed. we'll remove all the water around 3:00 yesterday afternoon The flash-flooding which started continued well into the night. The damage bill into the tens of thousands. is expected to run Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. Four suspects have been charged in Sydney. at the wheel of a car, A 15-year-old boy was allegedly which reached speeds of up to 150km/h.

road spikes Police unsuccessfully deployed several times during the pursuit, which lasted more than an hour. The chase ended about 50km from where it began,

the vehicle spinning out of control on a roundabout, colliding with Holden Astra car driven by a 27-year-old woman,

then mounting a gutter. The woman was seriously injured, but is now in a stable condition in hospital. Mass job losses are today expected, as Ford shuts an 82-year-old manufacturing plant in Victoria. The 'Australian' newspaper claims 600 workers will be told the motoring company is shifting to imports. The Geelong factory to stop making six-cylinder engines for the company's Falcon and Territory range by 2010.

Falling sales of large Australian-made cars and reduced tariffs on imported cars are said to be behind the decision. in Brisbane, A ferocious overnight housefire forced to run for his life a 20-year-old man went up in flames. as the 2-storey inner-city cottage and quickly took hold. The fire started on the lower floor The building was reduced to ashes. with minor injuries. Two firefighters ended up in hospital

legal team will today file an appeal to detain him further. against the Government's decision to the Federal Court The action will be taken may need to double-check the charge. but his legal team confusing reporters The Attorney-General when he was unable to clarify whether Haneef 'intentionally' knew he provided support to terrorists. This comes as the Government indicated

they may consider tightening bail laws following the Brisbane magistrate's decision to grant Haneef bail. A chilling warning overnight for the United States that al-Qaeda operatives based in Iraq could soon launch an attack on American soil. A report made public just a few hours ago says terrorists are actively on the hunt for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. The terror threat is here,

along the Afghan-Pakistan border in the mountainous region and it is also here in Iraq. from 16 government spy agencies - A new report Intelligence Estimate - known as the National and evolving terrorist threat says the West will face a persistent in the next three years. to strike within the US Al-Qaeda is stepping up its efforts and there are increasing signs a safe haven Pakistan has once again become to use as a base of operations. for al-Qaeda fighters Al-Qaeda will continue to attempt attacks in the homeland. visually dramatic, mass casualty Top intelligence analysts the resources of al-Qaeda in iraq see the terror network using to hit at the US. Because Iraq has proven to be the training ground. Al-Qaeda and groups like that are now much more capable in aspects of urban warfare. Al-Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden, is still believed to be hiding

in these mountains along the Afghan border where, the report says, the network has regenerated its ability to attack. There should be no question in anybody's mind - bdespite our successes - this is an enemy that remains determined. Susan Roberts, Ten News. In Washington, has been caught on camera. A terrorist attack in Thailand and injured 18 other people. The bomb blast killed a policeman the scene after an earlier explosion. Police and reporters had rushed to Officers found the second bomb and were attempting to defuse it

with a mobile phone. when it was detonated used the 2-bomb tactic in the past Muslim extremists in the region have to target police. from the United States. A spectacular sight the city of Phoenix A monster sandstorm is swallowing in the desert state of Arizona. whipped up high winds Days of powerful thunderstorms

sand which is blanketing the region. and the towering wall of dust and Drivers have been warned to go slow with visibility reduced to less than 10m. Australia's Cadel Evans has moved into fourth overall at the Tour de France after finishing third in Stage 9. the climbs of the French Alps, Germany's Marcus Burghardt faced an even tougher obstacle. to the bike race without a leash is like like taking a shark to a swimming event. Colombian Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez claimed the stage after going out on his own, while Spaniard Alejandro Valverde led Evans across the line. St George Illawarra have thrown Mark Gasnier straight into the hot seat from injury this weekend. for his long-awaited return for his first match in six months. He's been named at five-eighth he's ready to play again, Mark Gasnier has no doubts

not to expect an instant turn-around but he's warned Dragons fans to his team's trying season. it's a big bonus If we get a win out of it,

from myself as well as the team and there'll be a lot of confidence we can build on that from there, and then hopefully but I'm not coming out to say and win the game for Saints. I'm going to turn around new concept for the former centre, Playing five-eighth still a very was that fateful pre-season match his previous start in the number six with a torn pectoral muscle. that left him There's always an element of risk in anything in life, but Gaz would be extremely unlucky for it to go again. And an unknown 27-year-old carpenter will make his first grade debut for the Bulldogs this weekend. Part-time footballer Fred Briggs is lining up alongside the likes of millionaire Sonny Bill Williams. Very excited, yeah. Just can't wait to get out there and make the first tackle, do the first run.

It just goes to show that if you like what you do and you're prepared to work away and work hard at it, that you can follow your dream, I guess.

Leanne West, Ten News. Nick Riewoldt and Nick dal Santo with the club re-signing for a further three years. The Saints say they've retained them than a number of other clubs on contracts significantly less

motivation behind the show of faith. A pact made five years ago, the were prepared to offer.

always going to be that speculation These things do take time so there's and Nick's concerned but as far as I'm concerned

we're in for the long haul keeping the group together. and it's all been about talks on Kevin Sheedy's future And Essendon will officially begin

at a board meeting next week. and jobs on the line at Coles? Another check of finance now The boss of Wesfarmers could take the axe to Coles senior management if the group's $21 billion takeover deal gets across the line. Richard Goyder is looking to slash as many as 100 positions and could sack more if he can find enough quality replacements. Mr Goyder outlined the plan at a briefing earlier this week which comes as he attempts to bring about a serious cultural change within the struggling retailer. Coles shareholders vote on the takeover deal in October. On Wall Street the Dow Jones hit another milestone, passing above 14,000 points for the first time.

Joining us now with more is Craig James over at CommSec.

A lot will depend on the current ending season. A couple of

companies have passed their ending.

meet expectations, Providing Toopi earnings results

meet expectations, no problems. The

US share market is fairly valued at

the moment. More consolidation in the mining sector? Territory

resources making a bid of resources making a bid of just

under $1 billion for Consolidated

Minerals. We will see a lot more Minerals. We will see a lot more of

this particularly after the ending

season is out of the road.

Consolidation is very healthy thing

for miners. When

for miners. When restrictions up by

big drive up prices. Be was a

lacklustre day for our market

yesterday - would you expect today?

It will be another day of investors

sitting on their hands. The US and

the German figures - there is a lot

happening and investors one would

have pushed stocks ahead of what is

happening in the US.

thanks very much. Craig James at CommSec, weather, and for the rest of the day: Now for a look at the national he's no radical - that's next. Terror suspect Mohamed Haneef says

And the Dow reaches 14,000 - a live report from Wall Street when the Early News returns.

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terror denial - Making news this Wedneday - over the failed UK attacks a Gold Coast doctor being held says he's no radical, as lawyers fight his cancelled visa. Flash flood - the evacuation of scores of residents a burst water main forces in Sydney. in the UK Up she goes - a salvage team with explosives splits a beached container ship to aid the salvage effort. And market milestone - key 14,000 mark for the first time. the Dow Jones climbing above the weather, and for the rest of the day: Now for a look at the national and the Dow finally does it. Now the markets

Pushing above the 14,000 mark and solid earnings from Coca Cola. thanks to a tame inflation reading

to the New York Stock Exchange Ahead - we'll cross

what drove the market today. to find out

has reportedly told police A Gold coast terror suspect has been wrongly labelled a radical. he doesn't believe in jihad and It comes as his legal team Government's controversial decision prepares to fight the to cancel his visa. emerges from a Brisbane watch-house Mohamed Haneef's lawyer has called home for 2.5 weeks. that the acussed terrorism supporter he got a bit teary. When we talked about family issues

The late night visit preceding a Federal Court challenge against the Government's decision to revoke his visa. Haneef's defence team to rebut claims by the Immigration Minister that he intentionally gave his SIM card to a terror suspect. His wife in India, who's also been stripped of her Australian visa, is fuming. I want him back with full respect and honour of what he had before all this has happened. 27-year-old Haneef has meantime told investigating officers he is a Muslim with moderate views. He says he's never been asked to take part in jihad, which he deplores, and he denies any links to radical movements. But an Indian newspaper alleges Haneef was a senior member of a now-banned Islamic group. Either way, he'll soon have the support of his family. A representative to visit him in the coming days.

Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Four suspects have been charged over a terrifying overnight car chase in Sydney. A 15-year-old boy was allegedly at the wheel of a car, which reached speeds of up to 150km/h. Police unsuccessfully deployed road spikes several times during the pursuit, which lasted more than an hour. The chase ended about 50km from where it began, the vehicle spinning out of control on a roundabout, colliding with Holden Astra car driven by a 27-year-old woman, then mounting a gutter. The woman was seriously injured, but is now in a stable condition in hospital. Dozens of Sydney residents have spent the night in temporary accommodation,

after being washed out of their homes.

A burst water main flooding several apartments buildings and properties

Taking what little they could, families fled their homes,

the water rising around them. I'm grabbing enough stuff for my family and for my son and hopefully get through all this.

A burst main sending millions of litres of water through three separate apartment buildings and several homes in the Sydney suburb of Rosehill.

The water flooding underground carparks, bubbling up through staircases and leaving dozens of residents on the street. Basically my landlord rang me up and said "Your house is flooded out." All the residents have been evacuated, police have found accommodation for those. So over the next 24 hours the mains will be shut down

we'll remove all the water and the damage will be assessed. The flash-flooding which started around 3:00 yesterday afternoon continued well into the night. The damage bill is expected to run into the tens of thousands. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. A ferocious overnight housefire in Brisbane,

a 20-year-old man forced to run for his life as the 2-storey inner-city cottage went up in flames. The fire started on the lower floor and quickly took hold. The building was reduced to ashes. Two firefighters ended up in hospital with minor injuries. The Federal Government has defended its decision not to set a carbon target for its emissions trading scheme. It comes as Labor launches its own climate change message on Internet site YouTube. John Howard's appearance on YouTube might not be a vote-winner, but it's a whole lot cheaper than paying for a television ad.

The Prime Minister taking to cyber space to sell his credentials on climate change. We do not have to sacrifice our economic prosperity

to tackle the problem. The PM talked up his plans for an emissions trading scheme. But Labor followed with its own YouTube message, TV AD: Now he's finally said Australia needs an emissions scheme, but he won't set targets. There are a lot of lies told about climate change but probably the biggest is that John Howard has been asleep for 11 years

and that the Australian Government has done nothing. But the Government won't be setting an emissions target before the election.

If you're fair dinkum you have a carbon target. If you're not fair dinkum you don't have a carbon target. There is no magic green bullet. The Prime Minister warning action on climate change will hurt the hip pocket. Reducing carbon emissions will mean higher energy and petrol prices.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Thousands of people in the Ukraine have been evacuated after a freight train crash sparked a chemical emergency. Residents of 14 villages near the tracks were immediately ordered to leave after 15 carriages containing noxious chemicals derailed and burst into flames. Plumes of poisonous white smoke were sent into the air and several people had to be taken to hospital suffering breathing problems.

A cargo ship that ran aground off the coast of England earlier this year has been blown up to help salvage crews dispose of the wreck. A controlled explosion was carried out as part of a 2-day effort to split the stricken ship. The Napoli was deliberately beached earlier this year because crews feared it would break up in heavy weather. Several containers fell overboard in the process, which prompted days of frenzied looting

as cars and motorbikes washed up on the beach.

To AFL, and Kevin Sheedy and Essendon's chairman have held a secret breakfast meeting amid growing speculation about the master coach's future. It comes a week before the Bombers board officially discuss Sheedy's tenure at the club. With his 27-year reign at the Bombers under scrutiny, Kevin Sheedy and Essendon chairman Ray Horsburgh

held a secret 2-hour meeting, About? With Kevin? Yeah, about Saturday's team. Was it? We have a regular meeting every three weeks and that's all it was. It follows mounting pressure on the club to make a final decision before the end of the home-and-away season so fans can give the premiership coach a fitting farewell,

if his contract isn't renewed. We said it at the start of the year - we're not gonna be rushed in and we're not going to decide it in the press. Melbourne teenager Ricky Pettard has spoken for the first time of the day he almost almost died on the MCG, now discharged from hospital, he admitted he was scared as the doctors worked to save his life. I remember him saying he put a needle on the table and saying, "If you get any worse I'm going to put this in your chest." And I said, "Yeah, no worries." A few seconds later he stuck it in and then everything came back to me.

Ian Cohen for Sports Tonight. St George rugby league star Mark Gasnier has warned fans not to expect miracles when he returns from a 6-month injury break this weekend. Gasnier's been thrown straight into the five-eighth hotseat. But he hasn't played since tearing his pectoral muscle in pre-season. If we get a win out of it, it's a big bonus and there'll be a lot of confidence from myself as well as the team

and then hopefully we can build on that from there,

but I'm not coming out to say I'm going to turn around and win the game for Saints. Gasnier's Dragons play last-placed Penrith on Saturday. Wallabies coach John Connolly has decided against rushing fullback Chris Latham into his starting line-up for Saturday's Tri-Nations-Bledisloe Cup decider against New Zealand. Latham will start from the bench after Connolly admitted he has concerns about his match fitness. We're asking him to go from club footy to an All Black game, which is a huge step. In saying that, when he was in last November, he was considered the best fullback in the world. The Wallabies fly out to Auckland this morning.

Time for finance and a Qantas board meeting today. That's correct, Frank. And it comes amid reports Qantas is apparently a step closer to spinning off its fleet into a separate company. One of the partners in the failed $11 billion takeover,

Allco Equity, is reportedly interested in entering a joint venture with the Flying Kangaroo, given its experience in managing aircraft leases. The Qantas board is meeting today to discuss the possibility and also look at spinning off its frequent flyer program.

The carrier will also discuss its plans for a new chairman ahead of Margaret Jackson's departure in November. Former chief executive, James Strong, appears to be the frontrunner despite rules in the Qantas charter

that prevent former Qantas bosses from taking up the chairman role. Wall Street has reached a significant milestone, passing above 14,000 for the first time ever. Joining us now with more from the New York Stock Exchange is Claire Leka. Hi Claire, the Dow finally managing to get across the line, even if it was only briefly?

Yes. He was only briefly, he was

just about 30 minutes after just about 30 minutes after the

opening bell this morning. It

crossed a few times after that hole

was not able to hold for the close.

It is only 13 points shy of 14,000

at the moment but it only took

three months to go from 13,000 up

to 14,000. What is driving this? A

lot of mergers and acquisition

activity on Wall Street. Big deals

were the driving force behind this

rise. Solid profit results driving

the market today? Those were the

other reasons why we had the big

rally on Wall Street today. We had

to producer price index - the

measure of the wholesale inflation.

There was down only 0.02 %. We had

some good earnings reports from

companies like Coca-Cola and

Johnson and Johnson and also at Merrill

Merrill Lynch and an upgrade of

American Express which helped the blue chips. Now for a look at today's newspapers:

A warning from the United States - al-Qaeda is planning a series of new attacks. Those details when the Early News returns. GOOD MORNING

COMING UP - AN ONLINE POLL'S DECIDED ON THE MOVIES FOR THIS THIS YEARS CAPITAL DRIVE-IN.

BUT FIRST - RURAL FIRE SERVICE BRIGADES IN THE MONARO AND SNOWY MOUNTAINS ARE JOINING FORCES, TO PLAN FIRE MANAGEMENT FOR THE COMING SUMMER. THEY HOPE TO IMPROVE FIRE-FIGHTING SERVICES, AFTER A HECTIC SEASON EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE PLAN WILL BE PRESENTED IN COMMUNITY MEETINGS OVER THE COMING WEEKS. A NEW REPORT HAS FOUND IMPROVEMENTS IN THE STATE OF THE A-C-T'S INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE HAS INCREASED IN THE LAST

DECADE, WHILE THE RATE OF IMPRISONMENT FOR INDIGENOUS MEN IS ALSO CONSIDERED THE LOWEST IN THE COUNTRY. AND CANBERRANS HAVE SPOKEN.. DECIDING ON THE SIX MOVIES TO BE SHOWN AT THIS YEARS CAPITAL DRIVE-IN. MONTY PYTHON'S THE LIFE OF BRIAN CAME OUT ON TOP OF AN ONLINE POLL, AHEAD OF THE ORIGINAL WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, AND GHOSTBUSTERS. THE MOVIES WILL BE SHOWN IN THE CAR PARK OPPOSITE QUESTACON FROM AUGUST THREE. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL THROUGH THE WINTER IN THE

CAPITAL WEBSITE. CHECKING SPORT.. AND THE CANBERRA RAIDERS WILL NAME A LARGELY UNCHANGED LINE-UP FOR SATURDAY'S CRUNCH MATCH AGAINST THE STORM. FORWARD SCOTT LOGAN WILL MAKE THE TRIP TO MELBOURNE, AFTER MISSING LAST WEEKEND'S WIN WITH A HIP INJURY. A FITNESS TEST LATER IN THE WEEK WILL DETERMINE IF HE'S FULLY RECOVERED. NOW TAKING A LOOK AT HOW THE DAYS SHAPING UP WEATHERWISE ...

A VERY COLD AIR MASS IS EXPECTED TO BRING SHOWERS, FALLING AS SNOW TO 500 METRES ACROSS THE ACT TODAY IF YOU'RE HEADED TO SYDNEY, IT'LL BE COLD AND WINDY .. DRY IN BRISBANE AND DARWIN, WHILE IN CANBERRA, A TOP OF 5 AND LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS COLD ACROSS THE REGION .. A TOP OF JUST THREE AND SNOW IN ORANGE .. WAGGA SHOWERS AND 7 .. WINDY IN WOLLONGONG .. SUNNY AND 8 IN DUBBO BATHURST SNOW SHOWERS AND 6 .. COLDER AND FIVE THE TOP IN GOULBURN .. FINE BUT WINDY IN BATEMANS BAY

A TOP OF 12 IN NOWRA .. COOMA COLD WINDY AND SNOW SHOWERS A SHEEP GRAZIERS WARNING REMAINS IN PLACE FOR THE

A-C-T AND SOUTH TABLELANDS.. A CANBERRA LAKES SMALL BOAT ALERTS BEEN ISSUED TODAY WITH WINDS REACHING 30 KAYS .. AND THE BUREAU'S WARNS MOTORISTS OF SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS CAUSED BY SNOW AND BLACK ICE (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.)

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Emergency evacuations - dozens of Sydney residents moved to temporary accommodation as a burst water main forces them from their homes. High-speed chase - police take four young boys in for questioning over a dangerous pursuit that's left a woman injured. Lawyers for a Gold Coast terror suspect challenge a controversial visa ban, as the US is warned of a potential al-Qaeda attack. And in sport - Australia's Cadel Evans on the charge at the Tour de France, finishing third in the event's ninth stage. Now our last look at finance and a history-making close for the Dow. The Dow finally pushed above the 14,000 mark thanks to a tame inflation report and solid earnings reports.

When I come back I'll have the latest details on Newscorp's bid for Dow Jones. A burst water main has forced the evacuation of dozens of residents from their homes.

The gusher, which erupted late yesterday,

sent millions of litres into three apartment buildings and several other properties in the Sydney suburb of Rosehill. Residents grabbed what they could before being evacuated to emergency accommodation. Fire crews worked through the night to pump water out of carparks, staircases and homes. It took several hours before the water authority could stem the flow. A terrifying high-speed chase overnight in Sydney. A car, allegedly driven by a 15-year-old boy,

eluded police for more than an hour until the pursuit came to a catastrophic end. The shattered remains of a Holden Astra at the side of a Sydney road after being hit by a stolen car involved in a marathon chase that reached speeds of up to 150km/h. It started about 9:30 last night in Sydney's far west. A 15-year-old boy allegedly at the wheel of a Camry and three young male passengers on board. And they didn't give up easily - police unsuccessfully deploying road spikes several times. The chase came to an end about 50km from where it began. The vehicle hurtling through a red light, colliding with a car driven by a 27-year-old woman, then mounting a gutter before coming to rest. The woman was seriously injured. She's now in a stable condition in a nearby hospital. The occupants of the stolen car

were taken into custody for questioning. Police have launched a critical incident investigation. They haven't disclosed why the chase began. Nick Whitehead, Ten News. Crisis talks over Sydney's ailing rail network have ended with a series of promises. Unions, rail management and the New South Wales Government agreeing to negotiate over medium to long-term improvements. They say a cooperative approach to maintenance is essential.

Last night's marathon meeting followed another day of transport chaos in the city. A train broke down at Milsons Point, delaying thousands of commuters. Terror suspect Mohamed Haneef's legal team will today file an appeal against the Government's decision to detain him further. The action will be taken to the Federal Court but his legal team may need to double-check the charge. The Attorney-General confusing reporters

A chilling warning overnight for the United States that al-Qaeda operatives based in Iraq could soon launch an attack on American soil. A report made public just a few hours ago says

terrorists are actively on the hunt for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

The terror threat is here, in the mountainous region along the Afghan-Pakistan border and it is also here in Iraq. A new report from 16 government spy agencies -

known as the National Intelligence Estimate - says the West will face a persistent and evolving terrorist threat in the next three years. to strike within the US Al-Qaeda is stepping up its efforts and there are increasing signs Pakistan has once again become a safe haven

for al-Qaeda fighters to use as a base of operations. Al-Qaeda will continue to attempt visually dramatic, mass casualty attacks in the homeland. Top intelligence analysts see the terror network using the resources of al-Qaeda in Iraq to hit at the US. Because Iraq has proven to be the training ground. Al-Qaeda and groups like that are now much more capable in aspects of urban warfare. Al-Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden, is still believed to be hiding in these mountains along the Afghan border where, the report says, the network has regenerated its ability to attack. There should be no question despite our successes - this is an enemy that remains determined. In Washington, Susan Roberts, Ten News. A spectacular sight from the United States. A monster sandstorm is swallowing the city of Phoenix

in the desert state of Arizona. Days of powerful thunderstorms whipped up high winds and the towering wall of dust and sand which is blanketing the region. Drivers have been warned to go slow with visibility reduced to less than 10m. Some of Hollywood's big names have walked the red carpet in New York for the latest premiere

The movie's stars John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Queen Latifah

were all on hand to take part in the festivities. But one surprise guest was Katie Holmes without husband Tom Cruise. The film opens to audiences in the US on Friday and premieres in Australia in September. Australia's Cadel Evans has moved into fourth overall at the Tour de France after finishing third in Stage 9. On a brutal day for riders through the climbs of the French Alps, Germany's Marcus Burghardt faced an even tougher obstacle. COMMENTATOR: Tanking a dog to the bike race without a leash is like like taking a shark to a swimming event. Colombian Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez claimed the stage after going out on his own, while Spaniard Alejandro Valverde led Evans across the line. St George Illawarra have thrown Mark Gasnier straight into the hot seat for his long-awaited return from injury this weekend. for his first match in six months. He's been named at five-eighth he's ready to play again, Mark Gasnier has no doubts not to expect an instant turn-around but he's warned Dragons fans to his team's trying season. it's a big bonus from myself as well as the team and there'll be a lot of confidence we can build on that from there, and then hopefully but I'm not coming out to say and win the game for Saints. I'm going to turn around new concept for the former centre, Playing five-eighth still a very was that fateful pre-season match his previous start in the number six with a torn pectoral muscle. that left him There's always an element of risk in anything in life, but Gaz would be extremely unlucky for it to go again. And an unknown 27-year-old carpenter will make his first grade debut for the Bulldogs this weekend. Part-time footballer Fred Briggs is lining up alongside the likes of millionaire Sonny Bill Williams. Very excited, yeah. Just can't wait to get out there and make the first tackle, do the first run. It just goes to show that if you like what you do and you're prepared to work away and work hard at it, I guess. Leanne West, Ten News. Good news for St Kilda fans, Time for final check of finance now for the market to digest. and more takeover talk exploded yesterday Shares in explosives maker Orica equity is circling the company. as reports again surface that private to close at $31.70 Shares put on more than 5% is being prepared. on speculation a $37-a-share bid a $32-a-share buyout proposal Back in April, Orica rejected led by Bain Capital, from a consortium it was only a matter of time but conceded before another approach came its way. on the latest reports, The company is refusing to comment at least $10 billion. but any deal is expected to be worth for the Dow Jones industrial average And a milestone overnight climbing above 14,000 points for the first time in history.

The Dow streaked past the key psychologically important level in early trade and lingered close to its highs for the majority of the session. The market was supported by better-than-expected inflation numbers at a wholesale level and a strong raft of profit reports. Attention now turns to key consumer price numbers out later this week and a statement from the Federal Reserve. Sell-out tours in the US

have cemented the Wiggles as our best-paid entertainers.

That's right Frank, of the 'Wall Street Journal' News Corp. and the owner on a $5 billion takeover deal. are reportedly close to signing off has tentatively agreed The Dow Jones chief executive US$60-a-share offer, to accept Rupert Murdoch's later today. which will be put to the board still remains up in the air, But the deal

still divided with the controlling Bancroft family it will accept the offer. on whether or not The Bancrofts own 64% of Dow Jones on Thursday to vote on the deal. and are reportedly set to meet weather, and for the rest of the day: Now for a look at the national Terror denial - a Gold Coast doctor being held over the failed UK attacks says

he's no radical as lawyers fight his cancelled visa. Market milestone - key 14,000 mark for the first time. the Dow Jones climbing above the Flash-flood - a burst water main forces the evacuation That's it for Ten Early News. The morning news starts at 11am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. 'm Frank Colletta, bye for now. And I'm Catherine Kennedy. Good morning.

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