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Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Catherine Kennedy. Today - tragic end. on Pumpkin's mother A post-mortem to be carried out comes forward. as the toddler's missing sister yet another highway attack Rock throw - NSW police investigate with critical injuries. that's left a man

Beirut bombing - a high-profile MP

explosion in the Lebanese capital. 1 of 7 people killed in a powerful And in finance news - strong gains. shares a $36 billion boost. The US rate cut gives Australian

Now for the first check of finance news.

after the US slashed rates? Catherine, it's all good news Good morning. in the US A big cut in interest rates has buoyed markets globally slip into a housing-driven recession. easing fears the US economy could

When I come back - is coming to its country's rescue. news on how the Bank of England

A tragic end little girl dubbed 'Pumpkin.' to the bizarre abandonment of the in the boot of her husband's car. Her mother's body was discovered of the family home for days Nai Xin Xue's sedan sat out the front

before being seized on Tuesday night. did New Zealand police learn Only yesterday afternoon of its grim contents. The body of an Asian female of the Honda Rafaga vehicle has been found in the boot

the Keystone Avenue address which was parked outside in Mt Roskill last night.

has been used for some time. It doesn't appear that the vehicle The body is expected to be formally identified today

as Anan Liu Xue, the mother of 3-year-old Qian,

in Melbourne last Saturday. who was dumped by her father in the discovery Police blame the delay and problems in obtaining warrants. on a lack of car keys

Neighbours were horrified. gotten onto it first thing, Well, the police should have interviewing neighbours. as soon as when they started I think they came on Sunday, to look at the car right away so, they should have gone in for the lady all along, you know? so they wouldn't have been searching It's a big shock, you know, so, yeah, a big shock. suddenly, a body found here Qian's grandparents in China of the discovery of the body have been notified to get a flight and are urgently trying

to either Australia or New Zealand. In the meantime, staying with her foster family their granddaughter is quite happy in Melbourne. particularly animated yesterday, They say she was of her missing mother on television. having seen an image The hunt for her 57-year-old father, who is the prime suspect

a murder investigation, in what has now become continues in the United States. Kellie Morgan, Ten News. another rock throwing incident, NSW police are investigating

this time in Sydney's north, critical head injuries, a 17-year-old male suffering Allambie Heights on Tuesday night. of the Toyota Camry at the time. The teenager was in the back seat and remains in a stable condition. He's undergone surgery

may have witnessed the attack Police are appealing for anyone who to come forward. on the run from Victoria A police officer who shot a murderer

he'd be killed. has told how he thought The sergeant told an inquest but to reach for his gun. he had no choice is a different man today Sergeant Shane Gray along with his wife Mandy, fronting the inquest

throughout the proceedings. who's been in tears In January last year, was barely recognizable,

and severe facial injuries suffering a badly broken nose with a violent criminal on the run. following his encounter to flee police in Viictoria, William John Watkins was trying Colleen and Laura Irwin. over the rape and murder of sisters by Sergeant Gray south of Karratha 38-year-old Watkins was stopped from a nearby roadhouse. after reports he stole $80 of fuel

Sergeant Gray said when he was initially pulled over Watkins appeared calm it ever since he was in Victoria. saying he was doing But when Sergeant Gray told him for questioning, to come back to the station that's when Watkins suddenly turned. to the head and ribs. Sergeant Gray received several blows the trigger twice, The Sergeant says he pulled one of the bullets hitting Watkins in the chest.

otherwise he would have been killed. He says he had no option, in Perth next week. The inquest continues Ebeny Faranda, Ten News. in the Phuket plane crash on Sunday Families of the 89 people killed in compensation. will be paid $153,000

which crashed in bad weather, Operators of the One-Two-Go jet, a $350 million insurance policy. revealing the airline has The Thai Transport Ministry has vowed compensates relatives to ensure the airline fully of the crash dead and survivors. accused of armed robbery. O.J. Simpson has faced court - After three nights in jail, with bail set at US$125,000, Simpson will finally be let out that is AU$146,000 Australian. trial of the century, A dozen years after the so-called

with the world watching. O.J. Simpson was back in court

LAWYER: Mr Simpson is present. judge read the charges against him. The former NFL star listened as a inlcuding kidnapping 11 criminal offences, armed robbery of sports memorabilia, in connection with an alleged in a Las Vegas hotel room. in this case at $125,000. JUDGE: Accordingly, bail is set Simpson was granted bail. And after three nights in jail, Yes your Honour. JUDGE: Do you understand that order? Simpson denies guns were present that were stolen from him. and says he was retrieving items when the time comes? REPORTER: How will you plea Not guilty. was arrested overnight A fourth suspect in the case while two others testifying against Simpson There's talk some could end up

another high-powered legal battle, in what is already shaping up to be with Simpson spending life in prison. one that could end Manuel Gallegus, Ten News. In Las Vegas,

including a prominent politician, At least seven people, have been killed after a powerful explosion of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. in a Christian suburb the flames following the blast Firefighters struggled to contain which set cars on fire and gutted buildings,

showering the street with debris. The bombing just the latest in a long line of attacks on government ministers that has rocked Lebanon over the years.

North Queensland rugby league captain Jonathan Thurston has been cleared to play in Saturday night's Grand Final qualifier against Manly. The NRL Player of the Year last night beating a dangerous throw charge at the league judiciary. Yeah, very relieved. A big weight off my shoulders, now I can concentrate for Saturday's match. Thurston telling the tribunal

that injuries to both of his shoulders

made him incapable of lifting much bigger opponents. To AFL now

and the bidding war is about to begin over former West Coast captain Chris Judd. He's arrived in Melbourne to officially open negotiations with prospective clubs. The ex-Eagle has landed in Melbourne for a busy 48 hours. He will be seeing a surgeon for his groin and talking with four clubs - Carlton, Collingwood, Melbourne and Essendon.

It's good to be home and just looking forward to catching up with my family and some mates and that. So, looking forward to it. At Geelong they are gearing up for tomorrow night's preliminary final against the Magpies, watching the Cats bandwagon load up. put the lid on anything. We haven't intentionally We've been saying for quite a while that we're enjoying the season,

and we have, and it's not different to where we sit right now. And heartbreak at the Kangaroos with Corey Jones in for foot surgery as his teammates prepared for their showdown with Port Adelaide. Ah, it's been sore for a while so hopefully it all goes well and hopefully they have a good win on the weekend. Ian Cohen, Ten News. NBL and Melbourne defeated Singapore and Townsville beat West Sydney overnight while it's been a tough NBL initiation for the Gold Coast Blaze, defeated by reigning champion Brisbane in their season opener.

The competition newcomers began brilliantly taking an 8-point lead into the second quarter but Brisbane narrowed the margin to two by half-time

before Bullets sharpshooter Ebi Ere fired 13 straight points. COMMENTATOR: To Ebi - they can't stop him at the moment. He knocks down another. Ere finishing with a game-high 28 points. Back to finance and globally all markets performed well?

Financial markets have risen sharply across the globe after the US Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in four years. Australian bank stocks and shares heavily exposed to the US have made strong gains. The US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates, and for markets it was a true bell-ringer. BELL RINGING A 0.25% drop saw markets jump as they opened. First, the US, then Asia, and Australia, where the All Ordinaries rocketed 154 points, an 8-week high. The turnaround from last week's subprime mortgage gloom in the US means local non-bank lenders can again access cheap money. Just don't expect the Reserve Bank to follow the US. It's unlikely that the Reserve Bank's going to cut interest rates.

But the Reserve Bank governor is likely to wait and see before raising rates. So, Aussie mortgage holders are off the hook for now. They fear that there's a lot more negative stories going to come out

before things really rectify themselves. The boom day on the sharemarket added $36 billion and saw banks and mining stocks leading the way. Even the Coles Group lifted 15 cents despite a dismal 35% drop in profits. Max Futcher, Ten News. Meantime, the Bank of England has become the white knight of that country's credit squeeze. It's doubled the amount of emergency loan money available to banks at a benchmark interest rate of 5.75%. That's far lower than the 6.47% institutions typically charge one another. The Bank of England lent more than $10 billion yesterday and has promised to continue the action today to strengthen confidence in the country's financial system.

It comes on the heals the Northern Rock liquidity crisis which saw depositors withdraw billions in savings from the mortgage lender earlier this week. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Let's take a look at today's newspapers.

Kevin Rudd denies he's physically unfit to become PM following a heart operation more than a decade ago.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back. Leading Ten's Early News this Thursday morning - safe and well. Pumpkin's missing half-sister comes forward as police attempt to identify a body believed to be that of her mother.

Ticker questioned - Kevin Rudd fends off malicious rumours about a decade-old heart operation saying he's fit for office. Bail - but at a price. A court frees O.J. Simpson on armed robbery charges on a $146,000 bond. And in sport - Johnathan Thurston escapes suspension at the judiciary, free to play Manly this weekend. here's Catherine. Now for a check of the markets,

A big cut in interest rates in the US has buoyed markets globally easing fears the US economy could slip into a housing-driven recession.

Later in the bulletin - details on Coles's net profit and it isn't good. New Zealand police will carry out a post-mortem

on a woman believed to be the mother of abandoned toddler 'Pumpkin'. Her body found in the boot of husband Nai Zin's car. The martial arts guru hasn't been found. His first daughter, who'd previously disappeared, has come forward to say she's OK. Little Pumpkin's grandparents now planning to head to Australia to take her home. A crime scene's been established in central Sydney after at least one shot rang out in a Surry Hills apartment block. Police rushed to the scene - officers believe the shot was fired from inside the building. No injuries have been reported. Kevin Rudd says he's as fit as a fiddle despite malicious rumours about his heart operation fourteen years ago. The Opposition Leader had an aortic valve transplant and says he's been fine ever since. Kevin Rudd's enemies want the public to think he's a risk. Just stand back - it could be a complete disaster. Perhaps the Opposition Leader's feeling like a lamb amongst wolves. Mr Howard will resort increasingly - increasingly - to negative fear campaigns, negative smear campaigns. If Mr Rudd regards criticism of him as a smear campaign then he's got a very thin skin.

anti-Labor sources outside Parliament are circulating rumours about Mr Rudd's heart operation 14 years ago. The aortic valve was replaced and I received a transplant.

He denies the heart graft has a use-by date,

saying he's got the ticker to be prime minister. But the Government's again questioned Mr Rudd's credentials after the Opposition Leader botched an answer to a tax question. Well, as of July 1, if you went through the four thresholds, I think the high threshold kicks in I think at $175,000, and then I think it cascades down the spectrum. He couldn't name a single rate. He couldn't name a single threshold. The Treasurer faring little better with a question about tax cuts in the last Budget. Ah, I think it was $36 billion, wasn't it? It was certainly over $30 billion - $31.5 billion? OK, I stand corrected. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Meantime, a new poll shows Labor is poised for a landslide victory in the important seat of Eden-Monaro in New South Wales. According to leaked ALP research, Labor's Mike Kelly holds 51% of the primary vote compared to just 39% for Special Minister of State Gary Nairn. The former army colonel is also ahead by 16 points in the two-party preferred stakes - The seat's considered a crucial indicator of the election outcome. A Sydney DJ is free from jail

in Bali. after facing an uncertain future 41-year-old Nick Taylor was allegedly caught with 0.3 grams of cocaine on the Indonesian resort island last month. After serving several weeks in jail, he argued in court that he was an addict allowing the judges to exercise leniency. Former American football star O.J. Simpson has been bailed over his alleged role in a raid on a sports memorabilia dealer. With more, Manuel Gallegus joins us live from Las Vegas. O.J. Simpson has paid the price for his freedom today. His bail set at US$125,000, but is the reprieve may only be temporary?

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weekend's AFL preliminary finals, As footy fever builds before this one of the game's greatest pieces of history could go under the hammer. The first ever Brownlow medal to be sold and it's expected to fetch a six figure sum. It's the highest individual honour in Aussie Rules football. The Brownlow Medal, first won in 1924 by Geelong great Edward 'Carji' Greeves. And now, it's on the market. with something that's so valuable when you have a sister and extended family. Carji Greeves was a Cats legend with a spot in the AFL Hall of Fame. His historic Brownlow is housed at the Melbourne Cricket Club museum, allowing footy fans to see history up close. Its caretakers to seek legal advice

if the new owners want to take it off display. It's on loan until 2012 and we hope that whoever buys it will extend that loan so that it's on display for all Victorians to see. If the AFL, Geelong or the MCC don't want to buy the medal, it may be put up for auction and could end up overseas. We'd have to look at that sort of thing very seriously, I think it becomes another issue. And the AFL has declared tomorrow night's preliminary final

between the Cats and the Magpies a sell-out. Almost 100,000 people to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Ben Lewis, Ten News. A massive boost on the eve of the NRL grand final qualifier for North Queensland with their inspirational captain Johnathan Thurston free to play against Manly.

The Player of the Year cleared of a dangerous throw charge. the NRL judiciary last night, When Johnathan Thurston faced his club's grand final hopes were riding with him and it took the tribunal of former players less than 10 minutes to find him not guilty. Yeah, very relieved. A big weight off my shoulders, now I can concentrate for Saturday's match. Thurston telling the hearing he didn't lift NZ Warrior Wairangi Koopu,

and couldn't do so even if he tried. His evidence backed by a medical report about the perilous state of the Dally M medallist's shoulders. Thurston needs surgery in the off-season,

the half back incapable of lifting an opponent who weighs more than 100kg. It's pretty hard trying to block it all out of your mind. I'm just relieved it's all over now. Most pundits didn't give the Cowboys a chance of beating Manly

without Thurston. But the Sea Eagles will still go in as favourites despite Thurston's presence and North Queensland's run of seven straight wins.

Leanne West, Ten News. Former West Coast Eagle Chris Judd has arrived in Melbourne to begin negotiations with prospective new clubs.

Judd is expected to meet with Carlton, Collingwood, Melbourne and Essendon. I'll catch up with my family, meet a few clubs and meet a few surgeons and that's about it. The visit to the surgeon in a hope to address his ongoing groin injury. Finance now with Catherine and the US rates decision sends world markets skyrocketing? Frank, they've continued to rally a day after the 50 basis points slashing. The move delivered a $36 billion dollar boost to australian markets with the banking and mining sectors leading the 2.5% gain. Similar gains in Asia and Europe with Britain's leading share index putting on a whopping 176 points. But, it was bad news for the Greenback battered by all the major currencies.

Retail giant Coles has reported a big dive in its net profit tumbling 36%. Full year takings were down nearly $40 million to just under $748 million. Supermarket and liquor stores led the downturn, while it's Target, K- Mart and Office Works chains performed well. The company, which is the subject of an $18 billon takeover by Wesfarmers, concedes it may take up to three years for its supermarket business to deliver acceptable returns. Shocking safety concerns have been raised about the revolutionary Dreamliner planes Qantas is set to buy. A former Boeing engineer has warned the 787 aircraft, which is made largely from brittle materials

rather than flexible aluminium, could smash apart and emit toxic chemicals if it crashed. He says the material used in the plane's fuselage could also emit dangerous chemicals when burning. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is investigating. Qantas has ordered 65 Dreamliner planes and has options to buy 20 more. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. A teenager injured in yet another rock-throwing attack. That's next. And the Commsec finance report, when the Early News returns. Oh, you're so busted. Franklins has price busted 2-litre Bulla ice cream varieties. Look for this and other Price Busters. Only at Franklins.

This program is captioned live.

Today - tragic end. A post-mortem to be carried out on Pumpkin's mother as the toddler's missing sister comes forward. Rock throw - NSW police investigate yet another highway attack that's left a man with critical injuries. Beirut bombing - a high-profile MP 1 of 7 people killed in a powerful explosion in the Lebanese capital. And in finance news - strong gains. The US rate cut gives Australian shares a $36 billion boost. Now for a look at finance, Catherine, all major markets rallied? A big cut in interest rates in the US has buoyed markets globally easing fears the US economy could slip into a housing-driven recession. When I come back - we'll cross live for the CommSec finance report. New Zealand authorities will carry out a post-mortem today on the body of a woman believed to be the mother of a little girl dumped in Melbourne at the weekend. It comes as her family in China makes plans to travel to Australia to take the 3-year-old home. After sitting outside the family home for 10 days, the car was seized by New Zealand police, unaware it was hiding a grim secret. The body of an Asian female has been found in the boot of the Honda Rafaga vehicle which was parked outside the Keystone Avenue address in Mount Roskell. Anan Liu was the mother of 3-year-old Qian, abandoned by her father, Nai Xin, at Melbourne's Southern Cross railway station last Saturday. Known as Annie, the 27-year-old was last seen alive on Tuesday, a neighbour saying she heard fighting at the family home the day before. Just loud, raised voices. A subdued one to start with

and then a loud, male, dominating voice. It's been revealed the mother and her daughter had spent time in a women's refuge. Nai Xin, recently reclaiming a sword and passport confiscated amid claims of domestic violence and threats to kill his wife. Anan has also appeared on a singles website, her parents preparing to travel from China

to take home the little girl affectionately know as 'Pumpkin'. Allan Raskall, Ten News.

An inquest into a police shooting heard how the officer involved had no option to shoot a man in Western Australia or he could have been killed. Acting Sergeant Shane Grey shot and killed William John Watkins who bashed the officer when he was pulled over last year January, accused of stealing petrol.

Watkins was later named as the person responsible for the rapes and murders of two Melbourne sisters, Colleen and Laura Irwin. Police are investigating an apparent rock-throwing incident that's left a teenager fighting for his life in hospital. The rock struck the boy in the head in Sydney's north. A night out with mates turns ugly. A teenager hit in the head with a rock while travelling in a car with four friends somewhere on Allambie Road in Sydney's north. silver Toyota Camry with two friends. He was sitting the back seat of the The driver of the sedan rushing the 17-year-old to Manly Hospital He's now in a critical but stable condition. Police establishing a crime scene in the hope of finding his attacker. It comes just weeks after another girl was nearly killed after a rock was allegedly hurled at her car on the New South Wales South Coast. Meanwhile, 11 children are being treated for minor injuries sustained in a bus collision with a semitrailer in Queensland. The rig rolled into the school bus sending the kids flying through the air. The bus driver is in hospital The driver of the truck unharmed. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Kevin Rudd denies he's physically unfit to become Prime Minister, following a heart operation more than a decade ago. It's claimed anti-Rudd campaigners outside of Federal Parliament, are circulating rumours the surgery has a use-by date. The aortic valve was replaced and I received a transplant. Mr Rudd says he's as fit as a fiddle, citing his trek across the Kokoda Track as proof. a 17-year-old teenager was found dead Two months ago on a railway line in England. Natasha Coombs had been hit by a train. Today her family is coming to terms with a new tragedy. Natasha's mother has been found dead on the same stretch of track. Mother and daughter, best of friends. Joanne Coombs lived for her family,

but two months ago that secure world was torn from her. Today, flowers and tributes lie close to the railway line where 17-year-old Natasha Coombs lost her life. She'd been out with friends one summer evening at the end of July and was last seen on close circuit cameras boarding a train at Ipswich Station. Then, she disappeared. During the ensuing police search, Joanne Coombs and her husband Gary made their own anguished appeals for help in finding their daughter. In an interview filmed later, Joanne tried to find words for her desperation. She's my life, I mean, my job is a housewife and to me it means looking after my husband and my daughter, and there isn't a thing that I wouldn't do for her. Not a thing.

Last night, a body believed to be that of Mrs Coombs was spotted less than 100 yards from the location where her daughter had been found. Police are still trying to establish how and why she came to be there.

O.J. Simpson has been released from jail just hours after he was granted bail on 11 charges including armed robbery and kidnapping.

After three nights in jail, bail has been set at US$125,000,

which is AUS$146,000. He's been banned from contacting witnesses and must stay in America. Three co-defendants have been charged with 11 criminal counts, including assault with a deadly weapon. His lawyer says Simpson will plead not guilty. If convicted he faces the possibility of life in prison. At least seven people, including a prominent politician, have been killed after a powerful explosion in a Christian suburb of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Firefighters struggled to contain the flames following the blast which set cars on fire and gutted buildings, showering the street with debris. The bombing just the latest in a long line of attacks on government ministers that has rocked Lebanon over the years. North Queensland rugby league captain Jonathan Thurston

has been cleared to play in Saturday night's Grand Final qualifier against Manly. The NRL Player of the Year last night beating a dangerous throw charge at the league judiciary. Yeah, very relieved. A big weight off my shoulders, Thurston telling the tribunal that injuries to both of his shoulders made him incapable of lifting much bigger opponents. To AFL now and the bidding war is about to begin over former West Coast captain Chris Judd. He's arrived in Melbourne to officially open negotiations with prospective clubs. The ex-Eagle has landed in Melbourne for a busy 48 hours.

He will be seeing a surgeon for his groin and talking with four clubs - Carlton, Collingwood, Melbourne and Essendon.

It's good to be home

and just looking forward to catching up with my family and some mates and that. So, looking forward to it. At Geelong they are gearing up for tomorrow night's preliminary final against the Magpies, watching the Cats bandwagon load up. We haven't intentionally put the lid on anything. and we have, and it's not different to where we sit right now. And heartbreak at the Kangaroos with Corey Jones in for foot surgery as his team-mates prepared for their showdown with Port Adelaide. Ah, it's been sore for a while so hopefully it all goes well and hopefully they have a good win on the weekend. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Rugby Union, and George Gregan is set to equal the international Test captaincy record when he leads the Wallabies out against Fiji on Sunday. Playing in his 137th Test, Gregan will skipper the side in place of injured Stirling Mortlock. It'll be his 59th appearance as captain. It's not one of those things you set as a target. But it came up, I think, last year. I think to be around playing as long as he has, I think, going on 40 years now, you need to be obviously very professional and that's the type of guy he is. Coach John Connolly has mixed the side up slightly with three changes to the starting 15. Australian shares heavily exposed to America have made strong gains through the easing of the US funds rate. With more, CommSec's Craig James joins us live. Was the $36 billion boost expected down-under and can our market sustain the gains?

There are investors were taken by

surprise does love investors across

the world that the bigger than

expected rate cut. The good news is a maverick thinker can sustain a maverick thinker can sustain

their games. The mining sector will their games. The mining sector will

lead the way. Zinc was up five per

cent. A good day for the miners.

Adelaide Bank had to scotch rumours

that it needed assistance from the

Reserve Bank following are the rump

of the Northern Rock in the UK. La

Bank responded positively on the

share market yesterday was years but seven per cent. Let's take a look at today's newspapers. A post-mortem to reveal if a body found in a NZ car is that of little Pumpkin's mother. The details when Ten's Early News returns. GOOD MORNING- THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT PROMISES TO CONTINUE FIGHTING THE SPREAD OF HORSE FLU - THAT STORY SOON BUT FIRST - THERE ARE CALLS FOR A PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO THE A-C-T TAXI SYSTEM. THE OPPOSITION CLAIMS A REVIEW OF LOCAL SERVICES ARE NEEDED, AS MANY DRIVERS ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE A LIVING SOME DRIVERS WILL RALLY OUTSIDE AGAINST THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY THIS MORNING, TO VENT THEIR CONCERNS. THE A-C-T OPPOSITION'S WELCOMED A GOVERNMENT PLAN

TO ENCOURAGE MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AT LOCAL SCHOOLS. THE PLAN WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY, AND INCLUDES MEASURES FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS TO GET ACTIVE THE OPPOSITION SAYS THE STRATEGY'S VITAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD OBESITY, BUT HAS QUESTIONED WHY THE GOVERNMENT HASN'T ACTED SOONER. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT'S VOWING TO CONTINUE IT'S FIGHT TO PREVENT HORSE FLU ENTERING THE TERRITORY. A TRAINING SESSION FOR RACECOURSE PERSONNEL AT THOROUGHBRED PARK TODAY IS THE LATEST OF A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED SESSIONS TO HELP THE A-C-T INDUSTRY WARD OFF THE FLU. AND CANBERRANS ARE BEING ASKED TO COMMENT ON AN A-C-T GOVERNMENT'S STRATEGY TO FIGHT CHRONIC DISEASE. THE DRAFT PLAN INCLUDES PREVENTION, DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF

ILLNESSES SUCH AS DIABETES ON LOCAL RESIDENTS TO SPORT,

AND THIS YEAR A-C-T PRIMARY SCHOOLS FUTSAL CUP KICKS

OFF AT TUGGERANONG THIS MORNING. NEARLY FIFTY TEAMS FROM SCHOOLS ACROSS THE CAPITAL ARE TAKING PART, IN BOYS, GIRLS, AND MIXED TEAMS. NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER... A COLD FRONT AND INLAND TROUGH HAS CROSSED THE REGION OVERNIGHT, CAUSING A FEW SHOWERS THIS MORNING A COLD FRONT AND INLAND TROUGH HAS CROSSED THE REGION OVERNIGHT, CAUSING A FEW SHOWERS THIS MORNING DRY IN BRISBANE .. A FEW SHOWERS IN MELBOURNE

A SHOWER OR TWO IN WOLLONGONG TODAY TOPS OF 19 DEGREES ..ORANGE HEADING FOR 11 .. SHOWERS CLEARING AND 17 IN WAGGA .. AND CLOUDY IN DUBBO GOULBURN SHOWERS AND 15 DEGREES .. WARMER AND 17 IN BATEMANS BAY .. BATHURST AND BOWRAL EXPECTING 13

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FINE AND SUNNY INTO THE WEEKEND .. // 16 ON SATURDAY AND SLIGHTLY WARMER SUNDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE) This program is captioned live. Welcome back. Leading Ten's Early News this Thursday morning - safe and well.

Pumpkin's missing half-sister comes forward as police attempt to identify a body believed to be that of her mother. Ticker questioned - Kevin Rudd fends off malicious rumours about a decade-old heart operation, saying he's fit for office. Bail - but at a price. A court frees O.J. Simpson on armed robbery charges on a $146,000 bond. And in sport - Johnathan Thurston escapes suspension at the judiciary, free to play Manly this weekend. For a final look at the markets, here's Catherine. A big cut in interest rates in the US has buoyed markets globally easing fears the US economy could slip into a housing-driven recession. Later in the bulletin - details on Symbion Health's assessment of offers from rival companies looking to buy its assets.

A tragic end to the bizarre abandonment of the little girl dubbed 'Pumpkin.' Her mother's body was discovered in the boot of her husband's car.

Nai Xin Xue's sedan sat out the front of the family home for days before being seized on Tuesday night. of the family home for days Only yesterday afternoon did New Zealand police learn of its grim contents. The body of an Asian female has been found in the boot of the Honda Rafaga vehicle which was parked outside the Keystone Avenue address in Mt Roskill last night.

It doesn't appear that the vehicle has been used for some time. The body is expected to be formally identified today as Anan Liu Xue, the mother of 3-year-old Qian,

who was dumped by her father in Melbourne last Saturday. Police blame the delay in the discovery on a lack of car keys and problems in obtaining warrants. Neighbours were horrified. Well, the police should have gotten onto it first thing, as soon as when they started interviewing neighbours. I think they came on Sunday, so, they should have gone in to look at the car right away so they wouldn't have been searching for the lady all along, you know? It's a big shock, you know, suddenly, a body found here Qian's grandparents in China have been notified of the discovery of the body and are urgently trying to get a flight to either Australia or New Zealand. In the meantime, their granddaughter is quite happy staying with her foster family in Melbourne. They say she was particularly animated yesterday, of her missing mother on television. having seen an image The hunt for her 57-year-old father, who is the prime suspect in what has now become a murder investigation,

continues in the United States. In Auckland, Kellie Morgan, Ten News. Confessed terrorism supporter David Hicks has been interviewed by Federal Police as part of conditions for his release from jail. 32-year-old Hicks was interviewed for 90 minutes at the maximum security Yatala jail in Adelaide's north. His lawyer, David McLeod, says new light on terrorist activities. that he was unable to shed any The interview is likely to be the first of many before his release in December. Kevin Rudd says he's as fit as a fiddle despite malicious rumours about his heart operation fourteen years ago. The Opposition Leader had an aortic valve transplant and says he's been fine ever since. Kevin Rudd's enemies want the public to think he's a risk. Just stand back - it could be a complete disaster.

Perhaps the Opposition Leader's feeling like a lamb amongst wolves.

Mr Howard will resort increasingly - increasingly - to negative fear campaigns, negative smear campaigns.

If Mr Rudd regards criticism of him as a smear campaign then he's got a very thin skin. But it's now emerged are circulating rumours anti-Labor sources outside Parliament 14 years ago. about Mr Rudd's heart operation anti-Labor sources outside Parliament are circulating rumours 14 years ago. The aortic valve was replaced He denies the heart graft has a use-by date, saying he's got the ticker to be prime minister. But the Government's again questioned Mr Rudd's credentials after the Opposition Leader botched an answer to a tax question. Well, as of July 1, if you went through the four thresholds, I think the high threshold kicks in I think at $175,000, and then I think it cascades down the spectrum. He couldn't name a single rate. He couldn't name a single threshold. The Treasurer faring little better with a question about tax cuts in the last Budget. Ah, I think it was $36 billion, wasn't it? It was certainly over $30 billion - $31.5 billion? OK, I stand corrected. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has hinted at what may lie ahead for him after federal politics. He wants to be the next South Australian Premier. Adelaide's 'Advertiser' reveals to lead the Liberals against South Australian Premier Mike Rann he would consider a switch to State politics to lead the Liberals against South Australian Premier Mike Rann

in the 2010 election. Downer is passionate on the issue of guaranteeing Adelaide's water supply and is said to consider the change' to campaign on this issue. O.J. Simpson has faced court - accused of armed robbery. Simpson will finally be let out with bail set at US$125,000, that is AU$146,000 Australian. trial of the century, A dozen years after the so-called O.J. Simpson was back in court with the world watching. LAWYER: Mr Simpson is present. The former NFL star listened as a judge read the charges against him. 11 criminal offences, including kidnapping in connection with an alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia, in a Las Vegas hotel room. And after three nights in jail, Simpson was granted bail. JUDGE: Do you understand that order? Yes your Honour. Simpson denies guns were present and says he was retrieving items that were stolen from him.

REPORTER: How will you plea when the time comes? Not guilty. A fourth suspect in the case was arrested overnight while two others have been charged and released. There's talk some could end up testifying against Simpson in what is already shaping up to be another high-powered legal battle,

one that could end with Simpson spending life in prison. In Las Vegas, Manuel Gallegus, Ten News. The judge in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector is considering a lesser charge of manslaughter with the jury still deadlocked after a week of deliberations.

Jurors admit they're unable to reach a unanimous verdict over whether Spector shot actress Lana Clarkson four years ago. Justice Larry Fidler says he's thinking of giving the jury the option of convicting the 67-year-old of manslaughter in an effort to break the impasse.

A massive boost on the eve of the NRL grand final qualifier for North Queensland with their inspirational captain Johnathan Thurston free to play against Manly. The Player of the Year cleared of a dangerous throw charge. When Johnathan Thurston faced the NRL judiciary last night,

his club's grand final hopes were riding with him and it took the tribunal of former players less than 10 minutes to find him not guilty. Yeah, very relieved. A big weight off my shoulders, now I can concentrate for Saturday's match.

Thurston telling the hearing he didn't lift NZ Warrior Wairangi Koopu, and couldn't do so even if he tried. about the perilous state of the Dally M medallist's shoulders. Thurston needs surgery in the off-season, the half back incapable of lifting an opponent who weighs more than 100kg. It's pretty hard trying to block it all out of your mind. I'm just relieved it's all over now. Most pundits didn't give the Cowboys a chance of beating Manly without Thurston. But the Sea Eagles will still go in as favourites despite Thurston's presence and North Queensland's run of seven straight wins. Leanne West, Ten News. Fireworks at the Twenty20 cricket World Cup in South Africa this morning, Indian Yuvraj Singh smashing 6 sixes off one over

from England's Stuart Broad. The feat taking Yuvraj to 58 from just 16 balls propelling India to the massive total of 4/218. Yuvraj only the second man after Herschelle Gibbs to achieve the honour in international cricket. England scoring 200 in reply. In the other game overnight, South Africa beat New Zealand by 6 wickets. Time for a final finance check into a flurry? Frank, they've continued to rally a day after the 50 basis points slashing.

The move delivered a $36 billion dollar boost to Australian markets with the banking and mining sectors leading the 2.5% gain. Similar gains in Asia and Europe with Britain's leading share index putting on a whopping 176 points. But, it was bad news for the Greenback battered by all the major currencies. Symbion Health has revealed it's considering rival proposals from companies keen to snap up its assets. Meantime, speculation is rife wireless broadband provider Unwired will merge with Engin. Engin - an internet telephone company - yesterday raised its stake in Unwired from 11.37% to more than almost 20. The share sale was worth just over $9 million. That's our Thursday look at finance. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Frank Coletta, 'bye for now. And I'm Catherine Kennedy. Good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au