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in tatters, AFL star Ben Cousins' career with drug possession. after being charged a funeral service in Brisbane today Soldier tribute, David Pearce. for slain Australian trooper latest election pledge, Housing experts slam Labor's some good news from the polls. as the Coalition finally receives And in Sport, rock Rugby League. fresh sexual assault allegations at the national weather: Now for a look markets, here's Catherine. Now with a first check of the are trading lower this morning Good morning, US stocks earning from banks, after a combination of disappointing a bleak backdrop for equities. and soaring oil prices patined

details of the record fine When I come back, Richard Pratt, billionaire businessman, could be facing. will front court tomorrow One of the stars of the AFL on a drugs charge. Ben Cousins, West Coast Eagles champion Perth street and arrested. was pulled over on a busy of the Eagles The troubled former captain in central Perth was stopped for a traffic offence and later taken to the city's crime headquarters.

After more than six hours of questioning,

with possessing drugs Cousins was charged with a driver assessment. and failing to comply and the player's ex-girlfriend Cousins's father Bryan both later turned up at the station. latest run in with police earlier this year follows his suspension from the club and a stint at a US drug clinic. to substance abuse Ben's problem relates and he faces a great challenge. the West Coast captaincy The 29-year-old had earlier lost from a random-breath-testing bus after running away on a Perth highway. earlier this year He made a comeback on the field but was struck down by injury, as his club failed it enjoyed in 2006. to repeat the premiership success

West Coast was already on notice from the AFL that it faced major penalties with Ben Cousins surfaced. if more problems I think, moving forward Certainly, we'd be under a lot of pressure. if there were any more incidents,

to avoid punishment Now, the only way for the club may be to sack their fallen star. was released on bail Ben Cousins and will appear in court tomorrow. Rob Newton, Ten News. Police expect to lay charges tablets at a primary school after 3 young students took ecstasy

of New South Wales. on the south coast thought the pills were lollies. The year 5 students claim they My little boy's in Grade 5, as the three children. in the same class actually offered There was more children than the three who took it,

so it's, yeah, a big concern. will be interviewed by police, The children and their parents to rest in Brisbane today, Trooper David Pearce will be laid in Afghanistan. a week after he was killed will be farewelled The 41-year-old father of 2 in a few hours time. in a full military service Opposition Leader Army chiefs, the Prime Minister, will be in attendance. and family and friends who'll form a guard of honour. So too, hundreds of colleagues, in a roadside bomb attack. Trooper Pearce was killed for the PM, Finally, a good poll result today over Labor on the key issues the Coalition stretching its lead and national security of the economy in The Australian newspaper, According to the survey handle the economy, 53% believe the Coalition would best compared to 29% for Labor. of National Security, The Coalition also ahead on the issue 49% to Labor's 26. made up ground The Government has also industrial relations, on who would best handle almost halving since February. with Labor's lead over the Coalition to make housing more affordable Kevin Rudd has outlined his plans if he wins the election.

government's push But he's refusing to bow to the to release his plans for tax reform. now he's feeling the love. John Howard has promised the cash, But there was no love for Kevin Rudd. You taunted us to produce a plan. We've produced a plan. Where is your plan to match our plan

over the next five years? But Mr Rudd wasn't biting. We will release it in due season that we need to put anything out and don't feel slightly by tomorrow lunchtime. on another key battleground - Instead, he focused housing affordability. $6 billion worth of land. The Commonwealth owns to turn much of it into housing. Mr Rudd wants submit their surplus land it shouldn't be released. and show cause as to why

is that Labor is on the record

the housing affordability problem. saying land release won't solve of the $6 billion dollar acreage Even so, he can't say how much is likely to be released. is a clear-cut process What we're outlining here for land release. a land audit was their idea, anyway. The Government says Thank you, Mr Rudd, of flattery. for imitation is a very sincere form Leonie Mellor, Ten News. A federal Court appeal begins today, Tasmanian pulp mill. against the controversial

the Federal Government's The Wilderness Society is appealing of the pulp mill, environmental assessment earlier this year. after losing a court challenge gave the mill the go ahead Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull this month. his decision Green groups are challenging of the project. to fast track the assessment met with his Iranian counterpart Russian President Vladimir Putin has for historic nuclear talks. At the centre of the talks

over its nuclear program. will find a solution It's hoped Putin's visit of leaders from the Caspian Sea area, Earlier the two men attended a summit outside nations the countries strongly warning against using their territories for launching military action. More trouble for the New Zealand rugby league team in the wake of Sunday's embarrassing 58-nil loss to Australia. A number of players are now at the centre of a sexual assault complaint. The hotel room where a woman alleges she was sexually assaulted by New Zealand players,

after Sunday's record loss to Australia. From what the police have told me, that had happened in the room, that there was an assault possibly including up to four or five guys. The woman went to police the next morning in a distressed state. Officers have spent the last two days interviewing hotel staff about what they saw of the players. They were very well-mannered and well-behaved, so yeah, it was quite a surprise for me, because nobody actually knew There was no complaint lodged to my night manager. Police say it's likely to be a long investigation. Their first task is to identify

The New Zealand team left the country on Monday for a tour of Great Britain. Leanne West, Ten News. One of the most courageous comebacks in AFL history is now complete. Essendon's Adam Ramanauskus was yesterday elevated from the club's rookie list on a one year deal,

signalling his stunning return from a secondary bout of cancer. He's only 26 years of age and it's a vote of confidence from us as a club. Everyone's excited about having him here. The 2000 premiership player played five games for the Bombers in '07. Cricket and a hat-trick to New South Wales fast man Doug Bollinger has left WA reeling in their Pura Cup match at the WACA. Cricket and a hat-trick to New South Wales fast man Doug Bollinger has left WA reeling in their Pura Cup match at the WACA. Earlier, Test-hopeful Phil Jaques put the visitors in a commanding position. Jaques hammering 25 boundaries on his way to a second innings 167.

West Australian spinner Aaron Heal with the breakthrough

20 minutes after lunch. Peter Forrest chimed in with 64 runs. New South Wales setting the Warriors an unlikely 468 for victory. And with just three wickets in hand after that Bollinger hat-trick, the Warriors are staring down the barrel of outright defeat. Finance news now with Catherine, and Richard Pratt facing a record fine?

Yes, Max, in the region of $36 million dollars. The judge considering a penalty for the cardboard king after he faced court over a price fixing cartel. Australia's third-richest man fronted the Federal Court

and the glare of the spotlight on his fall from grace. I know a lot more now than I knew then, but I sincerely regret what has happened and I accept ultimate responsibility. Mr Pratt formally admitted his company, Visy, colluded with rival Amcor to fix prices and maintain their 90% slice of Australia's cardboard industry. The court documents highlighted 37 breaches of the Trade Practices Act between 2000 and 2004 - a period when cardboard prices increased 20%. The ACCC described a deliberate and concealed cartel

which held secret meetings at hotels and parks, sanctioned at the highest level. on prices If you agree with your competitor and prices are higher than they otherwise would have been, then the consumer suffers. a record $36 million penalty The consumer watchdog wants for Visy and Mr Pratt. While the Visy parties have admitted liability, they told the court they do not accept that customers suffered any losses as a result of the collusion. But a class action is being planned. We estimate the losses are in the order of $300 million to $700 million. The judge hasn't set a date for announcing the penalties. Kellie Morgan, Ten News. The South Australian government has agreed to lift a 15% shareholding cap on energy giant Santos. The oil producer welcoming the decision to ditch the 28-year-old restriction, and boost share prices. saying it will fuel growth But the deal is conditional, a one-year waiting period applies before it comes into effect, and the energy company must spend at least $60 million over ten years on community projects. Now for a look at the national weather: Let's take a look at the headlines in today's newspapers: An Australian soldier to be farewelled with full military honours. The details when Ten's Early News returns. Take a ride through Spin City, the ultimate place to keep your car in top performance. Start with a spin through the car wash.

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MAN: Race ready. Goin' up! ..on the Spin City motorised lift where you rise up and then speed down the the Spin City spiral ramp. Spin City Playset with motorised Cars and batteries not included. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning. Australian soldier, David Pearce, to be laid to rest after a military service in Brisbane today. WestCoast Eagles Star Ben Cousins arrested for drugs possession Hospital crisis, nurses to take industrial action today in Victoria over a payrise. And paparrazi magnet, the pop star to face hit and run charges. Now with a check of the markets, here's Catherine. US stocks are trading lower this morning after a combination of disappointing earnings from banks and soaring oil prices created a bleak backdrop for equities. When I return, details of which overseas mining company is aiming to rival resource giant BHP Billiton. Australian soldier David Pearce will be farewelled at a funeral in Brisbane today. Trooper Pearse was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last week. Trooper David Pearce. A member of the Brisbane based second-14th Light Horse Regiment, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afgahnistan.

He was driving a light armoured vehicle when it was ambushed in Oruzgan Province last Monday. The father of 2 died instantly. He is the first soldier to be killed by direct enemy action The father of 2 died instantly. by direct enemy action in the current deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Trooper Pearce's body arrived home on the weekend accompanied by a member of his military unit. The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are expected to take time out

from the election campaign to attend the funeral. So too, hundreds of colleagues, who'll form a guard of honour. Trooper Pearce leaves behind his wife of 18 years - Nicole,

and his two daughters Stephanie and Hannah. The funeral will be held at St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane's CBD this morning. AFL star Ben Cousins will front a Perth court tomorrow on a drugs charge. The West Coast Eagles champion on a city street and taken into custody. Cousins has been charged with possession of a drug. He was released on bail early last night after several hours questioning. Earlier this year, the Brownlow medallist was suspended from his club and underwent drug treatment in the United States.

A post-mortem's being carried out on the body of a baby found at a Tafe college in Adelaide. A cleaner made the discovery in a women's toilet on the 3rd floor of the building. The weirdest thing I probably saw was the coroner van, or the van from the coroner, and they had a baby carrier. That was quite bizarre. The baby boy was either a newborn or close to full term, and had been in the building for up to a week. Kevin Rudd has outlined his plan to improve housing affordability,

One in four hospital beds will be closed and a quarter of operations cancelled in Victoria today Nurses are fighting for a 6% pay rise. Fed up with their treatment by the Brumby Government, nurses gathered en masse. I will be too emotional to speak, this is amazing .

Voting to take industrial action in support of a 6% pay rise after rejecting the State Government's offer of 3.5%. CHEERS

And calling on the Government to protect the current ratio of five nurses for every twenty patients. We are pretty angry that we have to fight for the same conditions every year. We're getting paid less than our colleagues in other states. We are looking after their mothers their aunties. and aged care homes. The Government is seeking a hearing at the Industrial Relations Commission to stop the action. We have virtually doubled hospital funding since we have been in Government,

but I would be disappointed if nurses did take action which put the health and safety of patients at risk. Ellesa Throwden, Ten News. Kevin Rudd has outlined his plan to improve housing affordability, but it's drawn criticism from housing experts who say it will do little to help home buyers. The Labor leader says the Commonwealth is sitting on $6 billion worth of land much of which could be turned into housing. The process we outline is that each year government departments submit their surplus land and show cause as to why it shouldn't be released. Thank you, Mr Rudd, of flattery. The government says the land audit was their idea. Torrential rain and high winds have lashed Spain's east coast, killing two people and sparking flash floods.

The flood water swept through towns, washing away dozens of cars. One woman died when a wall of water rushed through her house. The army's emergency services have been called in to assist the massive clean up. Britney Spears has turned herself in to police and there was no slipping in unnoticed,

thanks to the paparazzi. The troubled star walked into a Los Angeles police station to be formally charged over a nasty incident behind the wheel. She left after having her fingerprints and mug shot taken.

REPORTER: Were you nervous going in? What was the experience like? Oh, they were nice. They were really nice. Do you feel relieved? The singer was captured by paparazzi clipping another vehicle as she turned into a parking space then walking away. She'd been driving without a valid licence. Brisbane recruit Travis Johnstone says he's excited by the prospect of lining up in the Lions' star-studded midfield next year. The 27-year-old veteran of 160 games with Melbourne,

has headed north after being traded late last week. Travis Johnstone was in Bangkok when he first heard the Lions wanted him, and just a week later, the former Melbourne midfielder finds himself settling into a new club and a new State. I was extremely nervous at the start when I was speaking with Simon Black and Luke Power - to have guys like that saying to you I was a bit overwhelmed by that. Johnstone admits he was initially disappointed to be leaving the Demons. But the number one pick in the 1997 national draft is desperate to make an impact next year.

The Lions have gained one star but face losing another. Essendon has offered mercurial forward Jared Brennan a lucrative 3-year deal. Leigh Matthews remains hopeful he'll stay. but Jared had never said to us, "I want to be traded."

So that never happened. Adam McNicol, Ten News. New Zealand police are investigating a sexual assault complaint

against members of the Kiwi rugby league team. A woman has alleged she was violated by a group of players at their team hotel following New Zealand's record loss to Australia on Sunday. From what the police have told me, that there was an assault that had happened in the room, possibly including up to four or five guys. The New Zealand team is now touring Great Britain. Cricket and Victoria is on the verge of outright victory over South Australia at the Adelaide Oval. David Hussey the main destroyer for the visitors, backing up his first innings century with a well-made 74 not out, before the Bushrangers declared with a lead of 347. In reply, the Redbacks are in disarray. 4 for 27 at stumps on day three. Earlier, Jason Gillespie helped the Redbacks avoid the follow on

with a defiant 49. with just six wickets in hand The Redbacks must bat day four out to avoid outright defeat. Nannes and Denton the best with the ball in the second innings with two wickets apiece so far. Finance news with Catherine, to be bigger than BHP? and a Brazilian miner desperate That's right Max. CVRD has unveiled plans to spend a record $12.2 billion

in growth projects over the next year. The company revealing it wants to overtake Australian rival BHP Billiton in the next five years. CVRD says it has no acquisition plans for now, but hasn't ruled out striking a deal which would make it a larger player than BHP. Experts are predicting a reduction in the number of takeovers,

following last week's changes to tax laws. Yesterday, the government clarified the legislation, saying deals announced before October 13 would not be affected. This means the demerger of PBL will go ahead, after all. But tax experts are forecasting a hiatus in mergers and acquisitions until the uncertainty is resolved. at the national weather, Now for a look to Princess Grace Kelly, A special tribute as fans mark the 25th anniversary of her death. An exhibition, organised by the Consulate General of Monaco, has opened in New York. It includes a display of Grace Kelly's gowns, her 10 carat engagement ring, and of course her Academy Award. That's next. And the Commsec finance report, when the Early News returns.

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You're watching Ten's Early News. Our top stories this morning. Drug arrest, in tatters, AFL star Ben Cousins' career with drug possession. after being charged a funeral service in Brisbane today Soldier tribute, David Pearce. for slain Australian trooper latest election pledge, Housing experts slam Labor's some good news from the polls. as the Coalition finally receives And in Sport, rock Rugby League. fresh sexual assault allegations at the national weather: Now for a look here's Catherine. Now another check of the markets, are trading lower this morning US stocks of disappointing earnings from banks after a combination

When I come back, for a look at today's markets. we'll cross live to CommSec

to rest in Brisbane today, Trooper David Pearce will be laid on a drugs charge. will front court tomorrow One of the stars of the AFL

Ben Cousins, West Coast Eagles champion Perth street and arrested. was pulled over on a busy of the Eagles The troubled former captain in central Perth was stopped for a traffic offence to the city's crime headquarters. and later taken of questioning, After more than six hours with possessing drugs Cousins was charged to rest in Brisbane today, Trooper David Pearce will be laid in Afghanistan. a week after he was killed will be farewelled The 41-year-old father of 2 in a few hours time. in a full military service Opposition Leader Army chiefs, the Prime Minister,

will be in attendance. and family and friends

who'll form a guard of honour. So too, hundreds of colleagues, in a roadside bomb attack. Trooper Pearce was killed to make housing more affordable Kevin Rudd has outlined his plans if he wins the election. government's push But he's refusing to bow to the to release his plans for tax reform. now he's feeling the love. John Howard has promised the cash, But there was no love for Kevin Rudd. You taunted us to produce a plan. We've produced a plan. to match our plan Where is your plan over the next five years? But Mr Rudd wasn't biting. We will release it in due season that we need to put anything out and don't feel slightly by tomorrow lunchtime. on another key battleground - Instead, he focused housing affordability. $6 billion worth of land. The Commonwealth owns to turn much of it into housing. Mr Rudd wants is that The process we outline submit their surplus land each year government departments it shouldn't be released. and show cause as to why for Kevin Rudd The small hiccup is that Labor is on the record

the housing affordability problem. saying land release won't solve it is only part of the solution. Mr Rudd concedes of the $6 billion dollar acreage Even so, he can't say how much is likely to be released. is a clear-cut process What we're outlining here for land release. a land audit was their idea, anyway. The Government says Thank you, Mr Rudd, of flattery. for imitation is a very sincere form Leonie Mellor, Ten News. Tasmanian pulp mill. against the controversial Brad Hodson joins us live. With more, Ten political reporter from the Wilderness Society. Brad, this appeal today

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his than good news for the colour

this year. The colourless in it had

increased its lead to at to employ a doctor A Queensland hospital is offering of a grandmother. who was suspended over the death before a tribunal hearing Dr Jaideep Bali pleaded guilty in not properly examining admitting he made a mistake 67-year old Lillian Shaw. the Indian trained doctor The hearing heard that may have contributed administered a dose of morphine in January 2005. to the grandmother's death for another 10 months, Dr Bali is suspended a new role when he returns. but has already been offered have been recalled Yoplait yoghurt products amid fears of metal contamination. for a number of Yoplait products, National foods has issued the recall amid fears of metal contamination. for a number of Yoplait products, including baby yoplait, may contain metal flakes. because of concerns they some metal to flake into the product The company says corrosion caused

of an international manhunt A paedophile at the centre has been identified. as Christopher Paul Neil, Police have named him

a 32-year-old Canadian. in Thailand, He's now thought to be on the run

cameras at Bangkok airport after being captured by security unscrambled pictures of him three days after Interpol released on the internet. over the level of traffic Questions have been raised at London's Heathrow airport, airliners on the runway. following a collision between two No-one was injured. didn't come into contact Passengers just relieved the two jets in the air. one of Heathrow's busiest periods The collision happened during as two giant aircraft manoeuvred on giant taxiways. Eyewitnesses said the British Airways 747 en route to Singapore was overtaken by a Sri Lankan Airbus. They felt a vibration as the Airbus clipped the tip of the 747's wing. The collision did not put lives at risk but the wings of a 747 are extremely vulnerable. They contain fuel tanks which can hold over 200,000 litres. And which extend within a few feet of the damaged wing tip. Wing strikes are always serious. If this strike had occurred elsewhere on the wing then the potential is for the fuel tank within to be ruptured, for jet aviation fuel to escape from them.

But pilots at Heathrow - one of the busiest airports in the world - rely on the expertise of air traffic controllers and their own vigilance while using the taxiways. More trouble for the New Zealand rugby league team in the wake of Sunday's embarrassing 58-nil loss to Australia. A number of players are now at the centre of a sexual assault complaint. The hotel room where a woman alleges she was sexually assaulted by New Zealand players, after Sunday's record loss to Australia. From what the police have told me, that there was an assault that had happened in the room, possibly including up to four or five guys.

The woman went to police the next morning in a distressed state. Officers have spent the last two days about what they saw of the players.

They were very well-mannered and well-behaved, so yeah, it was quite a surprise for me, because nobody actually knew anything about it. There was no complaint lodged to my night manager. to be a long investigation. Their first task is to identify the men involved. The New Zealand team left the country on Monday for a tour of Great Britain. Leanne West, Ten News. One of the most courageous comebacks in AFL history is now complete. Essendon's Adam Ramanauskus was yesterday elevated from the club's rookie list on a one year deal, from a secondary bout of cancer. signalling his stunning return and it's a vote of confidence from us as a club. Everyone's excited about having him here. The 2000 premiership player played five games for the Bombers in '07. Now he may be three-time defending Champ Car champion, but Sebastien Bordais clearly isn't as much at home behind the wheel of a rally car. In the lead-up to Indy, the Frenchman strapped in for a spin, but probably didn't expect to finish upside down on the track. The driver emerging unhurt, albeit a little embarrassed. The car suffering $30,000-worth of damage. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has warned recovery for the world economy following the credit crunch,

is still a long way off, despite some modest gains. With more, Craig James from CommSec joins us live.

Good morning Craig, there's mixed news from the Fed Reserve Chairman, what factors are continuing to restrict growth and is there any indication of when markets might bounce back?

The key concern is housing. Ben

Bernanke believes that they will be

as significant drag on the US

economy and the coming months. Ben

Bernanke can cut interest rates if

needed, but certainly housing is

the key concern on everyone's lips.

Our market closed and the read

following a poor performance on

Wall Street what can we expect

today? US and European markets are

down under Australian dollar

plunged almost two cents last night.

Our market will be weaker today

down by about 30 points. The price

of fuel has risen. Singapore

desolating is above $91 a barrel

overnight. This means that

Australian motorists will see

prices rise by five to 18 over the

next couple of weeks. at the national weather: Now for a look in today's newspapers: Let's take a look at the headlines to be held today in Brisbane A military funeral David Pearce. for slain Australian soldier when Ten's Early News returns. Next MINISTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED A MOTION AGAINST THE CHIEF

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SUNSHINE AND WARMING UP 22 DEGREES .. // MORE FINE 26 DEGREES FORECAST FRIDAY .. // AND A MOSTLY FOR SATURDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE) Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning. David Pearce, to be laid to rest Australian soldier, in Brisbane today. after a military service Another fall from grace = arrested for drugs possession West Coast Eagles Star Ben Cousins Hospital crisis - today in Victoria over a pay rise. nurses to take industrial action And paparrazi magnet Britney Spears turns herself in to police -

to face hit-and-run charges. the pop star here's Catherine. Now a final check of the markets, this morning US stocks are trading lower disappointing earnings from banks after a combination of this morning US stocks are trading lower a bleak backdrop for equities. and soaring oil prices created disappointing earnings from banks after a combination of

a bleak backdrop for equities. and soaring oil prices created disappointing earnings from banks after a combination of

When I return, petrol perices are expected to rise. bad news for motorists as will be farewelled Australian soldier David Pearce a service this morning in Brisbane. Brad Hodson joins us live. With more, Ten rolitical reporter about today's service? Brad, what can you tell us

At 1030 this morning his family and

the military will fare well the 41-

year-old father-of-two. Trooper

appears was killed last week when

his vehicle was hit by a telly ban

roadside bomb. His body was

returned on the weekend and there

will be a full military service

this morning here in Brisbane his

body will be carried out by an

honour guard of his colleagues. The

Queen's state governor the

Opposition leader and the Prime

Minister will be there Minister will be there to woo. Kevin

Kevin rider has been on the road

for a few days he's been talking

they about housing affordability and

they did it is expected that they

will make a 2.5 billion-dollar announcement an election sweetener

for Labour to do well in. in a single vehicle smash A man has been killed in Melbourne overnight. The 51-year-old died instantly and slamming into a traffic light. after losing control of his BMW The crash happened on the Nepean Highway.

whether excessive speed was a factor. Police investigating Speed - it's a wet road.

how you get the message through. You wonder wasn't wearing a seatbelt. It's believed the driver Kevin Rudd has outlined his plan to improve housing affordability,

from housing experts but it's drawn criticism to help home buyers. who say it will do little The Labor leader says

on $6 billion-worth of land the Commonwealth is sitting could be turned into housing. much of which

is that The process we outline submit their surplus land each year government departments it shouldn't be released. and show cause as to why

Thank you, Mr Rudd, is a very sincere form of flattery. for imitation the land audit was their idea. The Government says Both sides of politics are expected to announce changes to the childcare rebate in a bid to woo the working mothers' vote. The shake-up is expected to see the 30% tax rebate paid fortnightly when parents pay the bill, instead of once-a-year in a lump sum. A new $73.5 million electronic childcare management system

will be set up to pay the rebate directly into parents' bank accounts. One of the stars of the AFL will front court tomorrow on a drugs charge. West Coast Eagles champion Ben Cousins was pulled over on a busy Perth street and arrested. The troubled former captain of the Eagles was stopped for a traffic offence in central Perth and later taken to the city's crime headquarters. After more than six hours of questioning, Cousins was charged with possessing drugs and failing to comply with a driver assessment. Cousins's father Bryan and the player's ex-girlfriend both later turned up at the station. The Brownlow medallist's latest run-in with police

follows his suspension from the club earlier this year and a stint at a US drug clinic. Ben's problem relates to substance abuse and he faces a great challenge. The 29-year-old had earlier lost the West Coast captaincy after running away from a random-breath-testing bus on a Perth highway. He made a comeback on the field earlier this year but was struck down by injury, as his club failed to repeat the premiership success it enjoyed in 2006. West Coast was already on notice from the AFL that it faced major penalties if more problems with Ben Cousins surfaced. Certainly, I think, moving forward if there were any more incidents, we'd be under a lot of pressure. Now, the only way for the club to avoid punishment may be to sack their fallen star. Ben Cousins was released on bail and will appear in court tomorrow. Rob Newton, Ten News. One in four hospital beds will be closed and a quarter of operations cancelled in Victoria today as nurses take industrial action over a pay dispute. The nurses are fighting for a 6% pay rise after rejecting The industrial action is due to start this morning

with nearly every public hospital to be affected. The Government is seeking a hearing Industrial Relations Commission at the to try to stop the action. Relations between the US and China are on edge this morning, after George W. Bush met the Dalai Lama in Washington. We know each other. And we have develpoed I think a very close friendship. The White House talks foreshadowed a congressional medal ceremony for the Tibetan spiritual leader, whom China regards as a separatist and a traitor. Beijing has denounced the award. Britney Spears has turned herself into police and this time it wasn't her parenting but her parking that was under scrutiny. Dressed more like she was headed for a night on the town The pop star and paparazzi magnet faces hit-and-run charges. In early August the ever-present hoard of cameras caught her in a city parking lot where she bumped her Mercedes into another parked car as she was trying to park. Spears is also charged with driving without a licence.

In under 45 minutes police finger-printed, photographed and booked her, then Spears walked out with a smile. They were nice. They were really nice. Whilst Spears sorts out her moving violations, her record company has shifted her latest album into the fast lane. by two weeks Moving the release date up rocketed up the charts. after the single 'Gimme More' in her life... With all that's going on Where's the party at? ..this latest run-in with the law like much of a speed bump. didn't seem Ten News. In Los Angeles, Terri Okita, says Brisbane recruit Travis Johnstone by the prospect of lining up he's excited

star-studded midfield next year. of 160 games with Melbourne The 27-year-old veteran after being traded late last week. has headed north

Travis Johnstone was in Bangkok the Lions wanted him, when he first heard finds himself the former Melbourne midfielder and a new State. settling into a new club at the start I was extremely nervous with Simon Black and Luke Power - when I was speaking saying to you to have guys like that

and that - we want you to come and play for us I was a bit overwhelmed by that. Johnstone admits to be leaving the Demons. he was initially disappointed in the 1997 national draft But the number one pick next year. is desperate to make an impact

The Lions have gained one star but face losing another.

mercurial forward Jared Brennan Essendon has offered a lucrative 3-year deal. he'll stay. Leigh Matthews remains hopeful asking about Jared Essendon were certainly "I want to be traded." but Jared had never said to us, So that never happened. Adam McNicol, Ten News.

Wales fast man Doug Bollinger Cricket and a hat-trick to New South rugby league team More trouble for the New Zealand 58-nil loss to Australia. in the wake of Sunday's embarrassing centre of a sexual assault complaint. A number of players are now at the From what the police have told me, that had happened in the room, that there was an assault up to four or five guys. possibly including Wales fast man Doug Bollinger Cricket and a hat-trick to New South has left WA reeling in their Test-hopeful Phil Jaques Earlier, in a commanding position. put the visitors way to a second innings 167. Jaques hammering 25 boundaries on his with the breakthrough West Australian spinner Aaron Heal 20 minutes after lunch. in with 64 runs. Peter Forrest chimed an unlikely 468 for victory. Finance news now to expect more pain at the pump. and motorists are being warned Yes, Max after crude oil rallied to a brief record of US$88 a barrel,

in northern Iraq threatening supply concerns Turkey might attack could rise by 5 to 10 cents a litre. means the price of petrol But not for a few weeks. Economists stressing to register down-under. the global increase takes time Flight Centre Australia's largest travel agency for this financial year. is predicting a boost in profits the high end of its profit target, Flight Centre tracking at and strong company performance. fuelled by healthy sales growth to first-half pre-tax profit growth The growth expected to translate in the region of 30%.

to nearly $70 million Earnings are likely to increase for the first six months to January. And Max, that's the finance news for this morning.

lining the pockets of their breeders. Miniature pocket pigs are has finally paid off. A nine-year breeding program are being sold as pets for $350. The pint-sized porkers of ordinary pigs. They're a fifth the size an order has already been placed. And they'll be in Australia soon Breeders say and have a good temperament. they're easy to house train at the national weather, Now for a look of the morning's top stories. A quick recap in tatters AFL star Ben Cousins' career for drug possession. after being arrested A military funeral service to be held in Brisbane today

David Pearce. for slain Australian Trooper

unpopular with experts And Labor's housing plan some good news from the polls. as the Coalition finally receives That's it for Ten Early News. the morning news starts at 11:00am Don't forget 9am With David and Kim, in the Ten News at five. and we'll wrap up the day bye for now. I'm Max Futcher, Good morning. And I'm Catherine Kennedy. www.auscap.com.au by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext captions