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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. I'm Frank Coletta. Good morning. And I'm Catherine Kennedy. Welcome to Ten's Early News.

Today, Escape plot, confinement in a Greece prison, drug fugitive Tony Mokbel in solitary accused of scheming an escape.

Soldier tribute,

of Trooper David Pearce, plans in place to bring home the body killed in Afghanistan. Retracing the final steps, spend a second day in Paris. jurors in the Princess Diana inquest And in Sport, sacked! Two Broncos players shown the door,

late night bashing. accused of a vicious at the national weather, Now for a look For a first look at the finance, from Wall Street? Catherine, a late rally

following the release just hours ago, Good morning, US stocks rallied late of the last Federal Reserve meeting. of the minutes were contained It's revealed inflation expectations three weeks ago. after interest rates were slashed another rate cut is likely. That's lead to speculation details why packing company Visy, When I come back, dollar damages bill. could be facing a multi-million locked in solitary confinement Drug fugitive Tony Mokbel has been inside an Athens prison, he was planning an escape. following a tip-off delay a decision It comes as Greece's Supreme Court to Australia. on whether to extradite him

Greek authorities came down hard on

Tony mock bow after Australian

authorities tipped them off said he

was planning an escape. Mocha bells

are lawyers say he's been held in

she main conditions likening

herself to a prison. We can his

rides at European Court of Human

Rights. It comes as the big Greek

Supreme Court players to extradite

him. Police are thread Six men, including five soldiers, drug ring run from an army base have been charged over an alleged in north-east Victoria. in Wodonga, Police swooped on the Latchford base allegedly seizing ecstasy and cash.

face court at the end of the month. The men were granted bail and will to bring home Arrangements are underway Trooper David Pearce, the body of 41-year-old father of two in Afghanistan. killed by a roadside bomb leaders have paid tribute to him The country's political and military as the Taliban steps up its attacks. but warned more casualties are likely David Pearce was a family man. When he wasn't wearing his uniform, they were his universe. When he wasn't serving his country, and Hannah, 6. The father of Stephanie, 11, Married for 18 years to wife Nicole.

Married for 18 years to wife Nicole. and Hannah, 6. and our support to them. We offer our prayers and his sacrifice. I commend his service the ultimate price Trooper Pearce paid similar to this device in Iraq, when a roadside bomb, exploded next to his ASLAV. in a line of three. He was driving the second Returning from patrol in Tarin Kowt. and just 6km from the Australian base that's a light armoured vehicle - The first LAV got through - was the one that was hit, and the second one had 30 engineers in his. and then my son-in-law Another soldier also was injured, a full recovery. but is expected to make

an extremely dangerous environment, we work in We do the best we can, but yeah,

from time to time. and casualties will occur with a Defence Force escort Trooper Pearce will be brought home full military honors. and laid to rest with John Howard says a special debt of gratitude he is owed for giving his life - one that can never be repaid. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. will be announced today A major upgrade stretches of road. for one of the country's deadliest a dual carriageway by 2016, The Pacific Highway will become under a billion dollar plan by Prime Minister John Howard. to be announced last year, 25 people died on the highway which stretches Queensland Thunderstorms in south east and caused flooding. have damaged homes

were the hardest hit Areas north of Brisbane in this ceiling. heavy rain breaking a massive hole were left without power, More than 4,000 homes the night to repair the damage. emergency crews working through and repairs are underway Further south, in Lismore after tennis ball size hail and smashed windows. damaged buildings are on their way back to London Jurors in the Princess Diana inquest correspondent Danielle Isdale With more, Ten's European joins us live. spent 20 minutes at the Ritz hotel, Dani, the five men and six women why was this so significant?

The franc the jurors had to say for

themselves and number of the area

is in their hotel to see how is in their hotel to see how and

where Dodi and Diana spent their

final evening together. They did a

tour of the bar where Henri Paul

was drinking that fateful evening.

Perhaps the most sobering moment

was when they were taking to was when they were taking to the

service lift. They had seen it

before or on CCTV footage of Diana

and Dodi, on the final moments

before they left on their journeys.

They are the last moments captured,

totally unaware of the events that

were to unfold. And the jurors also

return to the tunnel crash site? We

don't know what would have happened

if Henri Paul had gone a different

ways. The jurors were a company to

buy a report is. Please he will one

of them had to save. I think

there's barely and that because you

get a sense of the speed at which

cars travel, the initial curve and

the Alma tunnel and the gradient of

the road. The jurors will head the road. The jurors will head back

to London tomorrow to reconvened,

to hear from the first a lot of witnesses. The stars of Ben Affleck's new film not to show the film in the UK have defended the decision of missing British toddler because of similarities to the case Madeleine McCann. of 'Gone Baby Gone' Strutting out for the premiere tale of a missing 4-year-old girl. the movie tells the all-too-familiar before Madeleine's disappearance. The film was shot last year the UK next month, It was originally due for release in appointed a new head detective Meanwhile, Portuguese police have disappearance to lead the inquiry into Madeleine's after his predecessor was sacked last week. Off season troubles for the Brisbane Broncos.

They've sacked two players accused of a vicious late night bashing that's left a man with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. Broncos forward Ian Lacey free on bail after a court appearance today. His team-mate John Te Reo in New Zealand and yet to be interviewed by police. But their club won't be waiting for the outcome. We've concluded from our investigations the two players in question are in serious breach of their NRL contracts

and our own internal code of conduct. are in serious breach of their NRL contracts and our own internal code of conduct. According to police, the pair was drinking at a hotel when they chased a 32-year-man out of the building. the man was unconscious, witnesses alleging he'd been beaten and kicked as he lay on the ground.

Lacey says he's not guilty. He certainly will be defending the charges at this stage. And the Melbourne Storm's premiership coach Craig Bellamy has been appointed to the New South Wales State of Origin job. His goal is to arrest the Blues' 2-year losing run. Leanne West, Ten News. Wallabies coach John Connolly has returned home, and subtly returned fire at his predecessor Eddie Jones, who directly blamed the outgoing coach for Australia's premature exit from the World Cup. People will judge Eddie on their Wallabies and his performance at QLD, and his behaviour, since then everyone will make up their own minds. It was a happy homecoming on the other side of Australia. Nathan Sharpe producing a rare smile after 3 days of painful reflection. Leaves you with a hollow feeling, certainly a long flight back. Another check of finance, and Catherine, it's not good news for packaging company, Visy? Packing company Visy could be facing a damages bill of up to $700 million, after boss Richard Pratt's shock admission of an illicit deal with Amcor. Visy now facing a class action from Companies claiming they were forced to pay millions of dollars extra in packaging. Multi-billionaire Richard Pratt, as chairman of the Carlton Football Club and the Visy packaging group, loves to win. And two years ago, he was sure he could defeat an ACCC price fixing action. I'm confident the evidence will show that I had no part in any market-sharing agreement or understanding between competitors. While Australia's third-richest man is currently overseas, he has apologised for his role in forming a cartel with cardboard rival Amcor.

Mr Pratt has admitted his wrongdoings and he will be paying what I understand will be Mr Pratt has admitted his wrongdoings what I understand will be and he will be paying the largest fine in corporate history. It's estimated the fine will be about $40 million, with a class action by customers expected to go into the hundreds of millions. Visy's action has impacted on the price of all goods, as rising packaging prices are passed on at the checkout. Everything we buy comes in a cardboard box, is huge for consumers. The Treasurer says criminal sanctions should be introduced for future cases. There should be a criminal offence serious cartel behaviour. James Wakelin, Ten News. More trouble for the proposed Healthscope merger with Symbion's biggest shareholder, Primary Health Care, launching another attack on takeover plans. Healthscope put forward a revised bid for Symbion's pathology, medical centres and radiology operations after shareholders voted down an earlier proposal. But Primary Health Care is considering a legal challenge to the new deal, claiming it's risky and doesn't provide enough value to shareholders.

Now for a look at the national weather, Now, for a look at what's in today's newspapers,

The clean-up begins in a northern New South Wales town, after a severe hailstorm batters the region. The details when Ten's Early News returns. Higher interest, no bank fees,

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Bombers reprieve, how the three Bali bombers could be spared the death penalty, five years after the attacks. And deadly plane crash, up to 10 skydivers killed in the US. To finance, and Catherine, a late rally on Wall Street?

US stocks edged higher following the release just hours ago of the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting. It's revealed inflation expectations were contained after interest rates were slashed three weeks ago. That's lead to speculation another rate cut is likely. When I return, details why Westpac is the only company making an offer for the troubled RAMS network.

The clean-up's begun in the NSW town of Lismore after a severe hailstorm lashed the region. joins us live. With more, Ten reporter Meg Palmer Meg, we understand hailstones the size of tennis balls pelted the town, how extensive is the damage?

When the rain and wind seemed to

have passed now but the cost of the

damage is still rising. I am damage is still rising. I am

driving through the main street of

Lismore and now, a business owners

accounting their losses. I spoke

with several shop owners and they estimate with several shop owners and they

estimate the cost is being into the

millions of dollars. They say there

hail was so heavy it pot up so

quickly, it looked like it was so.

A lot of cars a damaged as well. Liz was council meeting convened

last night. Property damage and last night. Property damage and

flooding in Holmes was flooding in Holmes was reported

last night. No one was that the

image in the storm local hospitals

only treated people for minor aberrations.

aberrations. The eat is quite

amazing that no one was hurt. It

looks like they will be no reprieve

for a Queensland. I spoke with the

bureau a few moments ago and they said that Queensland can be expected Hunter, To wins and rain

in northern New South Wales and

South East Queensland people are

being told to take precautions for

the rest of the week. We should have a fine weekend. Drug fugitive Tony Mokbel is locked in solitary confinement this morning in an Athens prison following claims of an escape plot. Greek counterparts about the scheme Australian Police have warned their

and an alleged plan by rival underworld figures

to have him murdered. It follows the postponement of a decision by the country's top court to have him extradited to Australia. REPORTER: Rough time? Ah, it's not easy, but we keep going. He's wanted in Melbourne in connection with the murder of a rival crime boss and for a drugs conviction. Arrangements are underway to bring home the body of 41-year-old father of two Trooper David Pearce, killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. We offer our prayers and our support to them. the Bali bombers Indonesia will not rush to execute before this Friday's anniversary of the 2002 attacks. In something of a lifeline to the three convicted men, the country's attorney general has backed away from supporting capital punishment. Hendaman Supanji says Amrozi, Ali Ghufron and Imam Samudra must first receive a copy of the rejection of their final appeal. The news, which gives hope to Australians on death row in Bali, comes a day after Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Robert McClelland was pulled into line by the ALP leader over unsanctioned comments he made supporting the abolition of capital punishment.

And despite the ongoing threat of terrorism, the top end of the tourism market is proving an unexpected success story in Bali. But it's gain has come at the cost of strife-torn Kuta. Five years on from the Bali bombing Kuta beach still looks half empty. We used to have good business here, now a lot's gone down. Not good business now, it's very quiet. People are scared to come to Kuta. what they can The Indonesians are doing to restore the confidence of tourists, with unprecedented security checks at every arrival point, transit area and hotels. And it seems the Aussie love affair with Bali, is slowly rekindling, but just not in Kuta. I think it's unfair that the Government is saying to come to Indonesia is dangerous, when bombers are in places like Madrid and also America, and in London, and they're not telling Australians not to go there. But Kuta's loss is proving gain for other less populated regions, capitalising on the international boom in luxury retreats. You couldn't get further removed from the hustle and bustle of Kuta here, but it's the peace and beauty that's drawing back the crowds with spas and weddings proving the new boom for the tourism industry. Thsi resort is one of scores recently opened outside the Badung region, struggling to keep up with demand. It hosts 21 weddings a week, and has few spare rooms until the new year. The ultimate in luxury proving an unexpected saviour for a country tainted with terrorism. In Bali, Amber Muir, Ten News. Searchers have found the wreckage of a plane near Seattle. Seven bodies have been found and authorities say there's little hope for the three people still missing. Poor visibility and the steep snow covered mountains have held up the search. Rescue teams spent the night at the crash site investigating the scene. The plane crashed at a speed of 110km/h, the force of the impact making it unlikely any survivors will be found. John Connolly has returned home to face the music after the Wallabies World Cup exit, and he's wasted no time hitting back at Eddie Jones,

his predecessor, who pointed the finger of blame for the failure directly at the outgoing Australian coach. Beaten but still raising applause. time as Wallabies coach, John Connolly touching for the last and again forced to respond to another barb from his predecessor Eddie Jones. People will judge Eddie on their Wallabies and his performance at Queensland, and his behaviour since then, own minds. everyone will make up their Jones - who's now assisting South Africa, believes Connolly should never have stripped George Gregan from the captaincy. A decision he thinks cost them Saturdays quarter final against England. Those sort of discussions don't help anyone, and we beat the All Blacks with Stirling at 13. For Connolly, it's the end of a 2-year tenure in Green and Gold, a devastating way to exit after a campaign that promised so much. Losing a World Cup quarter final is a huge disapointment for everyone but thats sport- you look at the cricket team losing to India and thats what keeps bringing you back. Connolly wants to see an Aussie fill his role next season. And with European offers now flooding in,

his own coaching days are sure to continue. Happy home coming too on the other side of Australia. Finally some player movement in the AFL's trade week. Adelaide has parted ways with talented on-baller Marty Mattner, who joins Sydney on a three year contract. hoping we could add to - We sort of went into the week a bit like Malcheski, Kennelly, get some outside run - I think Marty plays well inside and outside. But, yeah, with his leg speed and his ability to distribute the ball, it was something we really wanted. Both Carlton and West Coast are hoping the Chris Judd deal will be finalised today. Premiership-winning Melbourne rugby league coach Craig Bellamy has been appointed to the New South Wales State of Origin job.

for Parramatta pacemen Jarryd Hayne and Krisnan Inu, only that they'll be representing different countries in Sunday's Trans-Tasman Test. representing different countries

in Sunday's Trans-Tasman Test. The pair grew up together in Sydney's south-west. We used to play touch together all the time and he was always at fullback. So it's gonna be pretty funny if I happen to make a break it's gonna be pretty weird. and he's at fullback - The one-off Test will be Hayne's international debut.

Finance now and Catherine, BankWest won't be pursuing RAMS? That's right Frank, It follows speculation Bankwest would try to trump Westpac's $140 million offer for the non bank lender. BankWest will instead focus on taking on the four major banks in Australia and yesterday opened the first of its 160 new retail branches on the east coast. Aussie Home Loans is also putting pressure on the big four banks, announcing it will branch out into personal and car loans. Boss, John Symond, says the move will increase competition in the market, worth around $2.5 billion a month.

Aussie Home Loans is expected to offer lower rates than most other lenders

with fixed personal, unsecured loan rates of between 10.99 and 12.99%.

Now national weather:

Drug fugitive Tony Mokbel in solitary confinement after allegedly plotting to escape from prison. That's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns. for farmers and rural communities suffering the drought. These changes mean that more farmers in more areas such as income support and interest rate subsidies. The off-farm income exemption has been doubled All small businesses reliant on farmers are now eligible to access drought assistance. And there'll be more counsellors and increased funding for emergency relief for rural communities. Don't self-assess. (Pants) (Heartily) Breakfast-time! Yeah, won't be a minute, Merv. 45 grams of All-Bran with fruit and yoghurt - beautiful! Mmm, looks good. Well, if you're going to make fibre your friend, the trick is you gotta keep the relationship interesting. Merv, reckon you could pass one of those bricks? MAN: Take the All-Bran Challenge and see if it changes your life. Escape plot, drug fugitive Tony Mokbel in solitary confinement in a Greece prison, accused of scheming an escape. Soldier tribute, plans in place to bring home the body of Trooper David Pearce, killed in Afghanistan. Retracing the final steps, jurors in the Princess Diana inquest spend a second day in Paris. And in Sport, sacked! accused of a vicious late night bashing. Now for a look at the national weather, and Catherine with a check of the markets. US stocks edged higher following the release just hours ago of the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting. When I come back, we're live to CommSec for a look at the markets. Australian drug fugitive Tony Mokbel has been placed in solitary confinement in an Athens prison following claims of an escape plot.

Ten reporter Ellesa Throwden joins us live. Ellesa, Mokbel was in court overnight for an extradition hearing. Ten reporter Ellesa Throwden joins us live. Ellesa, Mokbel was in court overnight for an extradition hearing. What details did Greek authorities give of this plan?

It came out during the hearings

that Greek authorities had received

a tip off from Australian place. As

a result of this he's been placed

in solitary confinement. His

lawyers are now complaining that he

is being held in the inhumane

conditions. It is also been claimed

their rival underworld figures have

been tried to him. They been tried to him. They are

hatching a plan to him at the

moment. Greek authorities hold of

the decision to extradite a mock

bow. Mocha bells or lawyers are

looking another decision to have him extradited. A Sydney business has been gutted by fire.

Crews were called to this Panel beaters workshop just before 3. 30am, finding it well alight. They were able to control the fire, before it spread to neighbouring offices on the lower levels of the building. There are no reports of any injuries. in south-east Queensland Powerful thunderstorms have casued widespread damage. Areas north of Brisbane bore the brunt of the storm cell with more than 7,000 homes losing electricity.

Torrential rain ripped a massive hole in this ceiling, covering the loungeroom with wet insulation. SES crews received close to 200 calls throughout the night with coastal areas north of Brisbane the hardest hit.

More than 7,000 homes were left without power. And traffic lights were out as Energex crews worked to restore power. A glass panel in the city fell from the 22nd floor of a this building smashing over the footpath. Nobody was injured but police closed the area with more glass dangling over the edge. The wild weather isn't expected to ease with the bureau forecasting more wild weather today. In Lismore, repairs are under way after tennis ball-size hail lashed the town. Local businesses and schools badly damaged. Even the church was pounded by the storm's fury. A lot of cars coming in with broken windscreens and dented panels. It's the worst thing I've ever seen. A pure white-out, you couldn't see anything. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Arrangements have been put in place to bring home the body of 41-year-old father-of-two Trooper David Pearce. Trooper Pearce was killed when a roadside bomb exploded alongside his light-armoured vehicle six kilometres from the Australian base in Tarin Kowt, in southern Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife Nicole and two daughters Stephanie and Hannah. We know it is a time of great grief for them and we offer our prayers and our support to them.

He'll be laid to rest with full military honors. Foreign private security guards escorting a convoy through Baghdad have shot dead two Iraqi women. According to witnesses, the masked men threw a smoke bomb and opened fire on a car driving next to the convoy they were protecting. It's believed the guards signalled for the woman to pull over. The Iraqi government is calling for the United States to end its association with the security firm American embassy staff in Iraq. which has the contract for guarding A British jury has spent its second day in Paris, trying to put to rest suspicions about the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed. They visited the crash site and the Ritz hotel, before returning home. It didn't take long for jurors to walk in Princess Diana's final footsteps at the Ritz hotel in Paris. They were 20 minutes inside the hotel guided by the coroner, Justice Scott Baker. BBC correspondent Nicholas Witchell joined the jurors as they retraced her steps to the fateful night she and boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed tried to outrun the paparazzi back to his Paris apartment. From the entrance, to the hallway, to the bar where their driver Henri Paul had allegedly been drinking. When the five men and six women reached the service exit where CCTV footage captured the last images of the lovers arm in arm, they stood silent. From the hotel the jury were shown alternate routes to Dodi's apartment. Had the driver turned right here it could have changed the deadly course that night. But at this very point he made the fateful decision to take the tunnel instead. Which is why jurors spent more them at the crash site than at any other stop getting a close up look at the entire scene. After the final drive through the tunnel it was time for jurors to head to the airport for their return to Britain. In Paris, Charlie D'gata, Ten News. An Australian company's built a $220,000 dream boat for the 'Piano Man'. Billy Joel saw the prized speed boat on the internet and it will soon be on its way to Miami in time for Christmas. He's a boat lover himself. He recognised the quality and he just loves the boat, the whole style.

And the name he's chosen for this uptown girl? A not very glamorous 'Pug'. Off season troubles for the Brisbane Broncos. They've sacked two players accused of a vicious late night bashing that's left a man with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. Broncos forward Ian Lacey free on bail after a court appearance today. His team-mate John Te Reo in New Zealand and yet to be interviewed by police. But their club won't be waiting for the outcome. We've concluded from our investigations

the two players in question are in serious breach of their NRL contracts

and our own internal code of conduct. According to police, the pair was drinking at a hotel when they chased a 32-year-man out of the building. Moments later, the man was unconscious, witnesses alleging he'd been beaten and kicked as he lay on the ground. Lacey says he's not guilty. He certainly will be defending the charges at this stage. And the Melbourne Storm's premiership coach Craig Bellamy has been appointed to the New South Wales State of Origin job. His goal is to arrest the Blues' 2-year losing run. Leanne West, Ten News. Wallabies coach John Connolly has returned home, and subtly returned fire at his predecessor Eddie Jones, who directly blamed the outgoing coach for Australia's premature exit from the World Cup. People will judge Eddie on their Wallabies and his performance at QLD, and his behaviour,

since then everyone will make up their own minds. It was a happy homecoming on the other side of Australia. Nathan Sharpe producing a rare smile after 3 days of painful reflection. Leaves you with a hollow feeling, certainly a long flight back. Australian cricket umpire Darrell Hair could be umpiring Test matches again as early as next year discrimination lawsuit against the International Cricket Council. Hair has agreed to undertake a six-month rehabilitation program, following which he may be eligible for re-appointment to the ICC panel of elite umpires. from Hair's sacking The lawsuit arises after Pakistan's infamous 2006 forfeit to England. Economists are downplaying fears of a corporate sector slowdown, despite softer business readings for the month of September. With more, CommSec's Martin Arnold joins us live. Martin, how can the sector remain buoyant if confidence has declined for a fourth-straight month?

Business conditions are still

supportive. Only last month we saw

record highs record highs including profitability in business

conditions. There is some slowdown

for calm and confidence. There is

still some volatility in the

international market. There is good international market. There is good demand locally and offshore demand locally and offshore foreign

sources. Our market was back in sources. Our market was back in

record territory yesterday. It

should be a very good day another should be a very good day another

record close by the looks of things.

Wall Street had turnovers and indexes in positive territory. We

are expecting further interest rate

cuts in the US. We're looking at a

50. Start in trade. We are also 50. Start in trade. We are also

seen jumps in base metals and seen jumps in base metals and other resources. Now for a look at the national weather, Now, for a look at what's in today's newspapers, A grim end for 10 missing skydivers in the US. The details when Ten's Early News returns. ENCOURAGING MORE INVESTMENT IN LOCAL BUILDING PROJECTS - MORE ON THAT SOON THE A-C-T OPPOSITION'S DEMANDING FUNDING FOR MORE

ACUTE CARE BEDS IN LOCAL HOSPITALS.

THEY'RE CALLING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE ANOTHER FIFTY BEDS BY THE END OF THE YEAR, AND

ANOTHER FIFTY IN NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET .. TO EASE PROBLEMS IN OUR HEALTH SECTOR. THEY'VE ALSO CALLED FOR MORE STAFF TRAINING AND THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF COMMUNITY APPOINTED HEALTH BOARDS. THE FEDERAL MEMBER FOR EDEN MONARO'S ANNOUNCED MORE

THAN SIX MILLION DOLLARS FUNDING FOR LOCAL WATER PROJECTS. GARY NAIRN YESTERDAY VOWED TO MATCH FEDERAL LABOR FUNDING FOR THE NEW BRAIDWOOD SEWERAGE TREATMENT PLANT HE'LL ALSO FOOT THE BILL FOR NEW WATER SAVING PROJECTS IN BUNGENDORE, BERRIDALE AND NIMMIT-A-BELL A MEETING'S BEEN PLANNED IN CANBERRA LATER THIS MONTH, TO DISCUSS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN LOCAL BUILDING PROJECTS. THE GOVERNMENT BACKED EVENT'S DESIGNED TO ATTRACT LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS TO HELP EXPAND OF OUR COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. AND IN SPORT THE FUTURE OF THE SYDNEY SWANS RESERVES IN THE CANBERRA A-F-L COMPETITION'S SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED BY THE END OF THE WEEK. MANY CLUBS WANT TO KEEP THE SWANS IN CANBERRA, PROVIDED THE NUMBER OF CONTRACTED PLAYERS THEY USE IS RESTRICTED. THE SIDE'S BEEN UNDEFEATED FOR MORE THAN TWO SEASONS. NOW TO THE WEATHER... FINE CONDITIONS TODAY, AS A WEAK RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN NSW AND THE ACT TO THE NATIONAL MAP - PARTLY CLOUDY AND 23 IN

SYDNEY TODAY .. A FEW SHOWERS IN MELBOURNE LATER ON .. IN CANBERRA, A SUNNY 23 DEGREES

POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT IN WAGGA .. CLOUDY AND 20 IN ORANGE .. A FINE 22 DEGREES FORECAST FOR WOLLONGONG SOME CLOUD AND 23 IN BATHURST .. EARLY DRIZZLE IN BOWRAL .. MOSTLY SUNNY IN BATEMANS BAY THE CHANCE OF LATE THUNDERSTORMS IN PARKES .. A CLOUDY 21 IN COOMA TO THE OUTLOOK -- AND THE CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS OR STORMS TOMORROW AND A VERY WARM 27 DEGREES .. //

COOLING RIGHT DOWN ON FRIDAY AND 14 .. // AND FINE ON SATURDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE) Storm devastation, wild weather lashes South-East Queensland. Extradition delay, drug lord Tony Mokbel remains in a Greek prison, accused of hatching an escape plot. Bombers reprieve, how the three Bali bombers could be spared the death penalty, five years after the attacks. And deadly plane crash, up to 10 skydivers killed in the US. To finance, and Catherine, has another check of the markets. US stocks edged higher following of the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting. It's revealed inflation expectations were contained after interest rates were slashed three weeks ago. When I return, why there are calls for serious cases of price-fixing to be made a criminal offence. Thunderstorms in south east Queensland have damaged homes and caused flooding. Areas north of Brisbane were the hardest hit heavy rain breaking a massive hole in this ceiling. More than 4,000 homes were left without power, emergency crews working through the night to repair the damage. Further south, and repairs are underway after tennis ball size hail in Lismore damaged buildings A Brisbane cab diver is in hospital after a violent attack early this morning. the cabbie and a male passenger It's understood an arguement between turned ugly. The taxi's windscreen smashed and roof damaged. The shaken driver was treated at the scene before an ambulance arrived. A man is assisting police with their inquiries. A medical bungle with horrific consequences. A young father tried to take his own life after being told he had terminal cancer. Thankfully, the suicide attempt failed. Then just days later, doctors told him the diagnosis was wrong. "Sorry. We've made a big boo-boo." I thought, "What the hell are you talking about? "You've told me I'm going to die. How much worse can it get?" The 39-year-old's tests had been mixed-up with another man's who has a similar name and birthdate. Drug fugitive Tony Mokbel is locked in solitary confinement this morning in an Athens prison following claims of an escape plot. Australian Police have warned their Greek counterparts about the scheme and an alleged plan by rival underworld figures to have him murdered. It follows the postponement of a decision by the country's top court to have him extradited to Australia. REPORTER: Rough time? Ah, it's not easy, but we keep going. He's wanted in Melbourne in connection with the murder of a rival crime boss and for a drugs conviction. Arrangements are underway to bring home

the body of 41-year-old father of two Trooper David Pearce, killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The country's political and military leaders have paid tribute to him but warned more casualties are likely as the Taliban steps up its attacks. When he wasn't wearing his uniform, David Pearce was a family man. When he wasn't serving his country, they were his universe. Married for 18 years to wife Nicole. The father of Stephanie, 11, and Hannah, 6. We offer our prayers and our support to them. I commend his service and his sacrifice. Trooper Pearce paid the ultimate price when a roadside bomb, similar to this device in Iraq, exploded next to his ASLAV. He was driving the second in a line of three. Returning from patrol

and just 6km from the Australian base in Tarin Kowt. The first LAV got through - that's a light armoured vehicle - and the second one was the one that was hit, and then my son-in-law had 30 engineers in his. Another soldier also was injured, but is expected to make We do the best we can, but yeah, we work in an extremely dangerous environment, and casualties will occur from time to time. Trooper Pearce will be brought home with a Defence Force escort and laid to rest with full military honors. John Howard says he is owed a special debt of gratitude for giving his life - one that can never be repaid. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. Indonesia will not rush to execute the Bali bombers before this Friday's anniversary of the 2002 attacks. In something of a lifeline to the three convicted men, the country's attorney general has backed away from supporting capital punishment. Hendaman Supanji says Amrozi, Ali Ghufron and Imam Samudra must first receive a copy of the rejection of their final appeal. The news, which gives hope to Australians on death row in Bali, comes a day after Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Robert McClelland leader was pulled into line by the ALP over unsanctioned comments he made supporting the abolition of capital punishment. Searchers have found the wreckage of a plane near Seattle.

Seven bodies have been found and authorities say there's little hope for the three people still missing. Poor visibility and the steep snow covered mountains have held up the search. Fashion has become the latest victim of global warming. Australian designers at Sydney Fashion Week say designs, fabrics and sales are all being forced to change to cope with warmer weather. Black is back in a big way... ..with a hint of red, a touch of purple and a dash of gold for good measure. Alex Perry launching his trans-seasonal collection. With what I do, you never know. Some people might love it, some people might hate it, but I think it's a really good thing to be a little bit nervous. The make-up? The make-up's great. It's really dramatic and different. A bit crazy but nah, it's good, will look good on stage. 2007 marks Sydney's first trans-seasonal fashion week, showcasing designs for late summer, early winter. With all the talk about climate change at the moment, there's a lot of people saying that autumn/winter is just not required or just not relevant anymore. I think it's a valid point. You're seeing summers now that start in October and end in May. After tonight, it's a waiting game for designers. Retail outlets have four weeks to place their orders. The clothes will be available to customers in store by mid-Feburary. Gabrielle Boyle, Ten News. As AFL clubs and fans wait to see if Carlton can secure Chris Judd, the trading period has finally seen some deals done.

The Crows sending midfielder Martin Mattner to Sydney. There's been plenty of talking but few deals locked in so far. Adelaide defender Marty Mattner yesterday traded to Sydney for pick 28. We had a win the other week hoping we could add some outside run I think Marty plays well inside and outside but, yeah, with his leg speed and his ability to distribute the ball was something we really wanted.

But with his leg speed and his ability to distribute But in somewhat of a shock - Swans onballer Jude Bolton might be looking for a new home.

I said to the players no-one's off the table. The Chris Judd talks between Carlton and West Coast will continue today. One player who's future is secured is 33-year-old Shane Wakelin. The Pies defender surprised to be offered a one-year contract extension after the sudden retirements of Nathan Buckley, James Clement and Paul Lucuria. I've said on numerous occasions I'm going to retire I think I'm 99% sure and...but that's footy. Adam Nichols, Ten News. Premiership-winning Melbourne rugby league coach Craig Bellamy has been appointed to the New South Wales State of Origin job. Meantime, a bit of a reunion for Parramatta pacemen Jarryd Hayne and Krisnan Inu, only that they'll be representing different countries in Sunday's Trans-Tasman Test.

The pair grew up together in Sydney's south-west. We used to play touch together all the time and he was always at fullback. So it's gonna be pretty funny if I happen to make a break and he's at fullback - it's gonna be pretty weird. The one-off Test will be Hayne's international debut. Cricket and the bad blood between Australia and India looks set to continue, Indian paceman Shanth Sreesanth accused of more unsportsmanlike behaviour in Monday's game. Despite not even playing, Sreesanth celebrated Andrew Symonds' dismissal, clapping disrespectfully in the batsman's face as he left the field, forcing Australian 12th man Stuart Clark to intervene. The series continues tomorrow. A final finance check now with Catherine, and packaging company Visy in a spot of bother? Australia's third richest man's expected to be fined Yes, and it's prompted calls for serious cases of price-fixing to be made a criminal offence. Visy boss and Carlton AFL club chairman Richard Pratt has apologised for his role There should be a criminal offence in relation to serious cartel behaviour. Australia's third richest man is expected to be fined a record $30 million. is expected to be fined a record $30 million. MBF is pushing ahead with its plans to demutualise, even as it considers a merger proposal from the Australian arm of British health insurer BUPA. The private health insurer is aiming for a vote in February, for members to approve plans to list the company on the Australian Securities Exchange. in early December, MBF is hoping for court approval it says discussions with BUPA are continuing. And that's finance. Now national weather: We've all heard the phrase it's 'raining cats and dogs' but this story is about pumpkins falling from the sky. A giant 450 kilo pumpkin was dropped onto this bus from a height of 30m. It's a bizarre, annual tradition in Oregon to mark the start of autumn. But it wasn't the biggest pumpkin on offer - weighing in at 700 kilograms won the annual pumpkin weigh-off in California. 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