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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Jacinta Hocking.

Today. A dramatic surge in baby boomer support for Labor,

according to the latest figures. under pressure to explain The Department of Community Services about a 7-year-old girl, why it ignored warnings who starved to death. accused of kidnapping and armed robbery.

And in sport, to the Australian team Phil Jaques celebrates his recall with a century at the Gabba. weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at the national has a first check of the markets. To finance and Jacinta

Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warns Good morning, when the Federal the outlook doesn't look good, the market listens.

in the fourth quarter. He said growth would slow and the dollar weakened. As a result US stocks fell sharply When I come back, for Rio Tinto. BHP launches a takeover bid support from the baby boomers, There's been a sharp rise in ALP according to the latest figures. across all age groups, While Labor's increased in popularity voters aged 40-54. the biggest surge has been amongst showing a 10% swing to the ALP The latest Nielsen poll this election campaign. support Labor Over 59% of baby boomers polled for the Coalition. compared to just 40% pain caused Meanwhile he might be sorry for the by this week's interest rate rise, from John Howard. but there'll be no apology he's not the one playing word games. The PM insists the rise in official interest rates John Howard knows is hurting some families. with his words. But he has always been careful I was sorry they had occurred. Well I said

the word 'apology'. I don't think I actually used between the two things. I think there is a difference scratching her head. That had Julia Gillard for Mr Howard to say and to mean. 'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word who's playing a word game. Mr Howard says Labor's the one Instead of playing word games the Australian people Mr Rudd should tell to put downward pressure how he intends on inflation and interest rates. That job is about to get harder. the NAB's decision Others will surely follow to pass on this week's rate rise. The jobless rate is also up slightly. will skyrocket under Labor. But Mr Howard warns unemployment 200,000 and 400,000 jobs at risk That's between under a future Labor Government. they have for the future The only employment policy personal employment policy is Mr Costello's as prime minister. whereby he becomes employed controversial candiate Nicole Cornes. Mr Rudd was in Adelaide with Labor hopeful to face the media He drove off, leaving the gaffe-prone to a curbside interview. and to give new meaning HORN HONKS Fenn Kemp, Ten News. has boosted Labor's election chances. And Kevin Rudd's denied the rate rise questions on whether the hike The Opposition leader avoiding is a political plus for the ALP. political commentary, I don't engage in the business of policies for the future. my objective is to put forward our Mr Rudd says a Labor government Meantime, senior commonwealth public servants. would review performance pay for into a radiation leak An inquiry is underway at a Sydney defence department site. precautionary medical tests, Staff have been undergoing a low level leak. after what's been called returned from the Middle East The leak came from equipment being and distribution centre at Moorebank. to the national storage Neighbours of a little girl who for ignoring their pleas for help. have slammed the New South Government Department of Community Services They claim they repeatedly warned the in which she lived. about the squalid conditions don't understand Former neighbours of Shellay Ward why the department didn't act. DOCS about the conditions They claim they repeatedly warned but nothing happened. in which the family lived,

was more done. She could have been saved if there They wanted to remain anonymous, when Shellay's bedroom window but say they were worried was boarded up. but it didn't look right. You couldn't see what was going on of an appalling mess inside. The concerned neighbours spoke there was a lot of rubbish. The house was pretty disgusting, and the smell of urine in it. Shellay's bedroom had faeces

didn't attend school, Public servants were told Shellay and that she was rarely seen outside. its not their fault. But their union claims under resourced, The case workers at DOCS are overworked and underpaid. just 9kg when she died on Saturday. 7-year-old Shellay weighed Her parents deny any wrongdoing. Mark Suleau, Ten News. will be farewelled today, Popular MP Peter Andren in his New South Wales electorate. at a church service independent held the seat of Calare The highly respected federal for 11 years. in the state's central west the Holy Trinity Church in Orange. A funeral will be held at 11 am at The former journalist with pancreatic cancer. after a short battle has crashed in northern Italy, A US Black Hawk helicopter and injuring six others. killing five people training flight The military chopper was on a outside the city of Treviso, when it went down in countryside splitting in two on impact. when rescuers arrived at the scene. The helicopter was engulfed in flames is still unknown. The cause of the crash Police in Finland written by the 18-year-old student have analysed the suicide note killing 8 people. who went on a shooting rampage has been declared, A national day of mourning candles in the grounds of the school. with grieving students placing across the nation. Memorial services are also being held said goodbye to his family It's understood the gunman's note and explained his hatred of society. OJ Simpson has arrived at court and armed robbery. to face charges of kidnapping dealers, Accused of robbing sports memorabilia for life. the NFL star could end up in prison charges a decade ago, After being acquitted of murder prosecutors have lined up the big guns to make sure their case against OJ goes to trial. Essendon coach Matthew Knights has declared Phil Jacques has celebrated his recall to the Australian Test team with a patient century at the Gabba. Jacques brilliance with the bat matched by another wonderful performance from Sri Lankan spinning great Muttiah Muralitharan. Glenn McGrath back in the fold, this time on official duties, presenting the baggy green Mitchell Johnson. I actually spoke to him yesterday on the phone, he gave me a phone call so to see him here today and to receive it from him, No need to wear it today, though. Surprisingly, Sri Lanka left out Lasith Malinga but still sent the Aussies and new opener Phil Jaques in on a Gabba green top. The Sri Lankan bowlers were all at sea, though. against Ponting. Oh! And, er, don't bowl to him there. Jaques found his rhythm too.

Test cricket suddenly looked a whole lot easier. In his third opportunity at the top, a golden moment to kickstart the rebirth of his Test career. The way it ended, not so memorable. The keeper takes it. The stumping is completed. He dragged him in with a beautifully flighted delivery. Mike Hussey in impeccable touch, seeing Australia to stumps three down.

Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Essendon coach Matthew Knights has declared the Bombers will be fitter under his reign. Essendon began the hard slog of preseason, with a gut-busting time trial. Youngster Heath Hocking, just promoted off the rookie list, crossed the line first, completing the 3.2 kilometres, in just under 11 minutes. I'm really big on fitness and maximum fitness levels, and I've spoken to the players very honestly your maximum fitness levels, you won't be putting your name up for selection, and I think that's pretty easy to understand.

Although he admits the Bombers are in a rebuilding phase, Knights remains adamant they're aiming to make the finals next year. Arapaho Miss stormed to victory in yesterday's VRC Oaks, to give Victorian trainer Pat Carey his first group one success. The 3-year-old filly powering past Serious Speed to take out the 2,500 m classic.

The win was jockey Corey Brown's second at group one level. To finance, and a big takeover offer from the world's largest miner? Yes, BHP Billiton has confirmed it's made a takeover bid for its biggest rival Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto has rejected the offer,

of three BHP shares for each of its own, the company saying it looked closely at the proposal but found it significantly undervalued the company and its prospects. BHP remains undeterred and says it will continue to seek an opportunity for a takeover. The news sent Rio shares skyrocketing by a remarkable 22% within half an hour. Fears thousands of car manufacturing jobs could be at risk in Australia, with top car makers struggling to maintain Australian operations. Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, and GM Holden asking the Federal Government for assistance due to financial pressures. The motor industry warning thousands of long term jobs in Melbourne and Adelaide are under threat. Car makers are asking for a review of the $3 billion car assistance plan, the freezing of tariff cuts and rebates to develop hybrid cars.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Let's take a look at the headines in today's newspapers.

Two men fighting for life, after a fiery plane crash in Victoria. The details when Ten's Early News returns. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning. Kevin Rudd denies he's been boosted by the rise in interest rates as John Howard accuses Labor of playing word games. Investigations underway into a fiery plane crash in southern NSW. A volcano erupts in Indonesia blasting red hot rocks into the sky. And in sport,

another Bulldog leaves the kennel as Brent Sherwin heads to the UK.

Time for another check of the finance markets with Jacinta. Good morning, when the Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warns the outlook doesn't look good, the market listens.

He said growth would slow in the fourth quarter. As a result US stocks fell sharply and the dollar weakened. When I come back, AGL shareholders angry about the multi-million dollar payout to a former boss. John Howard says just because he is sorry for the pain being caused by this week's rate rise, doesn't mean he should apologise. Mr Howard's response has left Labor scratching its head. But the PM says he isn't the one who needs to explain himself to the Australian people. Instead of playing word games Mr Rudd should tell the Australian people how he intends NAB customers will pay more for their mortages from today, with other banks sure to follow the RBA's lead in the days ahead.

Fire has destroyed a charity store east of Melbourne overnight. Meantime the Prime Minister's plans for a nuclear future have suffered a setback with an own-goal from one of his backbenchers. Victorian MP Jason Wood has written to his constituents, clearly spelling out his opposition to nuclear power. Mr Wood says he has concerns about where the waste will go. The letter is a gift for Labor. Here we have on the eve of an election the Liberal party once again walking both sides of the street. in the latest political debate. Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull warning his Labor counterpart Peter Garrett would be too much of a soft touch

at international talks on climate change. Fire has destroyed a charity store east of Melbourne overnight. The blaze broke out in the St Vincent De Paul centre just after 9:00, quickly spreading to a grocery shop. It took crews an hour to control the fire,

The five is moved through the entire building. the damage bill is estimated over $3 million The fire is being treated as suspicious. Two men are fighting for their lives after an ultra light aircraft crash-landed near the Victoria New South Wales border. on impact. The Firebird Gyro burst into flames A burnt stretch of grass marks the scene but there was little left of the wreckage. It's understood an instructor and student were on-board the Firebird Gyro-copter when it crash landed bursting into flames metres short of the runway. perfectly normal Witnesses have said that it looked until it didn't pull up and stopped short of the runway and hit the ground only probably 10 or 15m to that end of the runway. Both men were airlifted to Melbourne's Alfred hospital.

One aged 50 suffering burns to 98% of his body, the other aged 58 recieved burns to 50% of his body. One was taken from a helicopter direct from here, another was taken to the hospital and was collected shortly after by the fixed wing air ambulance. It's believed the rotor craft was built by the instructor. Police and aviation authorities are investigating the cause. Ellesa Throwden, Ten News.

The career of one of Victoria's top cops is in turmoil a series of tapped phone conversations allegedly implicating him in a corruption scandal. Assistant Commissioner, Noel Ashby, has been accused of leaking secret information linked to a gangland murder. His bugged phone conversations played at a police integrity hearing. Stephen Linnell,

The Police Media director, fronts the hearing again today.

A bridge in Dubai has collapsed, killing seven and injuring another 15 people. The bridge was being built in the Dubai Marina. More than 40 workers were constructing it at the time of the accident. They'd been trying to place a large sheet of metal in the bridge's wall when it collapsed. There's been an powerful eruption in Indonesia. A volcano known as 'Krakatau's Child' hurling smoke and red-hot rocks hundreds of metres into the air. The blast sent ash and rocks surging down the slopes of the volcano, and could be heard several kilometres away. St George Illawarra are the latest club to throw their hat in the ring for the services of controversial Origin forward, Willie Mason. To make matters worse for the Bulldogs, has also walked out on the club half-back Brent Sherwin to play with English Superleague side Castleford next season. the culture of the club has changed Over the last three years and it's not for the good and I think a lot of players see the writing on the wall and they probably want out now.

The Sydney Roosters remain favourites to snare Mason's signature. Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar says he'll welcome back out-of-favour goalkeeper Robert Bajic, provided he does nothing more to "mess up" the club's unity. Bajic fled the state last week, when overlooked for the vacant keeping position. Coaches make tough decisions, yet Aurelio Vidmar's ears are still ringing from the verbal lashing Robert Bajic dished out last week when overlooked as a replacement for the injured Daniel Beltrame last week. I expect every player who's not in the squad, who's not selected, Some people react differently. That's not the reaction I expect and it's nothing that we condone at this club. The team is ready to accept back the reserve goalkeeper after he took a week off to cool down in Queensland.

The assurances that he does come back and not mess up the dynamic of the team and he's given me those guarantees. United set to move the posts for their December 28 clash with Sydney FC.

Adelaide Oval the venue to provide a warm welcome back to former coach John Kosmina. A drawcard and sometime public enemy number one among Melbourne fans, Kosmina and Sydney

take their 2-game winning streak to Telstra Dome this Saturday. It'll be a tough one. Physical? Oh, depends on what you call physical, it'll be competitive. Aggressive?

More than competitive. Competitive. Aggressive's a harsh word. I think it'll be a tremendous clash. Anthony Goodridge, Ten News. Formula One has taken another twist, The spying scandal that rocked

with Renault accused of being in possession of confidential McLaren documents. Team McLaren was recently stripped of all constructors championship points and fined more than $100 million for spying on arch-rivals Ferrari. Renault will answer charges from the sport's governing body on December 6th. To finance, and Jacinta, AGL shareholders not happy about the company's pay report. Not at all, AGL shareholders have voiced their anger over the multi- million dollar payout to sacked boss Paul Anthony. More than 60% of investors voting down the company's remuneration report at yesterday's AGM. Mr Anthony received a $5.5 million payout. He spent just 18 months in the top job. AGL Chairman Mark Johnson told investors the board would work hard to restore their confidence. Time now for our weekly check of what's making news on Wall Street and joining us now live from New York is Alexis Christoforous. Alexis, more volatility in US markets with a huge sell off on Wednesday, has Wall Street recovered today?

This market just can't seem to find

its legs for studied hours of

triple digits. The Nasdaq is of

bigger than 80 points today. Feed

share man Ben Bernanke was on

Capitol Hill today, we were looking

for glimmers of hope and he painted

a picture of an economy in a

perilous position. This economy is

going to Sly to in the 4th quarter.

High commodity prices and a weaker

dollar could stalk inflation. If

they did trying to balance this

economy. We wanted rates to be economy. We wanted rates to be cut

again, Ben Bernanke did not say

that. All eyes around the price of

oil. We haven't had the 100 dollar

US Markyate. Crude oil is Office 30

at $96 a barrel. There are wrong

going so concerned about supply

crunch. Some say they are

dispatching it hard to begin to

recover run told Doyle will have

some sizable retreat. Sub-prime

Prime mortgage crisis. Big cities

and the US bonus money going back

into the housing in-car market for.

Because so many firms have been hit

by the sub-prime mortgage losses

Merrill Lynch losses in the multi-

billion dollars. They will have to

cut some wear and bonuses will be

cut dramatically enshrined somewhat. Friday weather, There was a dazzling light show on a spectacular ship last night. Australia's first superliner P&O's 'Pacific Dawn' erupting in colour on Sydney Harbour. Images of celebration were beamed onto the side of the massive ship after a bottle-breaking ceremony by Olympian Cathy Freeman. P&O says its 70,000 tonnes of luxury heralds a new beginning for the company. A boost in baby boomer support for Labor. That's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns. Lungs are like sponges, designed to soak up air. But some people use their lungs to soak up cigarette smoke.

If you could wring out the cancer-producing tar that goes into the lungs of a pack-a-day smoker every year,

this is how much you'd get. It's enough to make you sick. Very sick. Today.

A dramatic surge in baby boomer support for Labor, according to the latest figures. The Department of Community Services under pressure to explain why it ignored warnings about a 7-year-old girl, who starved to death. OJ Simpson back in court, accused of kidnapping and armed robbery. And in sport, Phil Jaques celebrates his recall to the Australian team with a century at the Gabba. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Time for a final check of the markets. Good morning, when the Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warns the outlook doesn't look good, the market listens. He said growth would slow in the fourth quarter. As a result US stocks fell sharply and the dollar weakened. Labor has boosted its support across all age groups during the election campaign, according to new figures. For more, Ten political reporter Murray McCloskey joins us on the phone. Good morning Murray, the biggest surge in support for Labor has come from baby boomers?

The latest Nielsen poll his club

good news for Labour. Baby boomers

those aged between 40 and 54, that

a LP has 60 % of this mode and this

is an increase of 60 put CCN. Kevin

Rudd is in

He went to a maul and was mobbed by

hysterical schoolgirls. It was a

bit like Beetle mania. The local a

helper weekend visits.

Following the more Walker and Mr

Rhodes's departure we had the edify

side of Nicole Moore and being

chased through the car-park via the

media. She was literally a cornered.

Kevin Rudd could have offered her a lift. And Kevin Rudd's denied the rate rise has boosted Labor's election chances. The Opposition leader avoiding questions on whether the hike

is a political plus for the ALP.

I don't engage in the business of political commentary, Meantime, Mr Rudd says a Labor government would review performance pay for senior commonwealth public servants. Neighbours of a little girl who apparently starved to death,

have slammed the New South Government for ignoring their pleas for help. They claim they repeatedly warned the Department of Community Services about the squalid conditions in which she lived. The house was pretty disgusting, there was a lot of rubbish Shellay's bedroom had faeces and the smell of urine in it. at her home north of Sydney The seven-year-old was found dead

at the weekend. She weighed just 9kg. Eight Australian universities have made the top 100 of the world's best educational institutions. The Australian National University aced the Aussie contigent coming in at 16th. was ranked 27th The University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney was 31st,

rounded out our the top three. The new grades marked an improvement on last year's.

A man has died in a plane crash on

the border of New South wells and

Victoria. One dead from the ultra-

light plane crash. Police in Finland

have analysed the suicide note written by the 18-year-old student who went on a shooting rampage killing 8 people. A national day of mourning has been declared, with grieving students placing candles in the grounds of the school. Memorial services are also being held across the nation. It's understood the gunman's note said goodbye to his family and explained his hatred of society. OJ Simpson is in court facing charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. The NFL star's latest journey through the legal system could see him end up in prison for life. Prosecutors in Las Vegas have lined up their big guns to make sure their case against OJ Simpson goes to trial. As many as eight witnesses, including three of Simpson's former co-defendants. are expected to testify against him over the next two days. in a preliminary hearing The former NFL star and two others face 12 felony charges in connection with an alleged armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers two months ago. Simpson claims he was retrieving items that belonged to him and insists no guns were involved. But the other men in the room are expected to testify that not only were guns there but Simpson himself asked one of them to bring firearms. Most experts predict this case will go to trial so defence attorneys are not expected to call any witnesses. In essence, choosing not to show their cards before they have to. Simpson believes, according to a close friend, they are throwing the book at him in Vegas because they think he got away with murder years ago. Manuel Gallegus, Ten News. Phil Jacques has celebrated his recall to the Australian Test team with a patient century at the Gabba. Jacques brilliance with the bat matched by another wonderful performance from Sri Lankan spinning great Muttiah Muralitharan. Glenn McGrath back in the fold, this time on official duties, presenting the baggy green to our newest Test debutante, Mitchell Johnson. I actually spoke to him yesterday on the phone, he gave me a phone call and to receive it from him, it's a very proud moment for me. No need to wear it today, though. but still sent the Aussies and new opener Phil Jaques in Surprisingly, Sri Lanka left out Lasith Malinga but still sent the Aussies and new opener Phil Jaques in on a Gabba green top. Fernando too wide and too short against Ponting. Oh! And, er, don't bowl to him there. Jaques found his rhythm too. The way it ended, not so memorable. The keeper takes it. The stumping is completed. He dragged him in with a beautifully flighted delivery. Mike Hussey in impeccable touch, seeing Australia to stumps three down. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Essendon coach Matthew Knights has declared the Bombers will be fitter under his reign. of preseason, with a gut-busting time trial. Youngster Heath Hocking, just promoted off the rookie list, crossed the line first, completing the 3.2 kilometres, in just under 11 minutes. I'm really big on fitness and maximum fitness levels, and I've spoken to the players very honestly about if you don't reach your maximum fitness levels,

you won't be putting your name up for selection, and I think that's pretty easy to understand. Although he admits the Bombers are in a rebuilding phase, Knights remains adamant they're aiming to make the finals next year. Arapaho Miss stormed to victory in yesterday's VRC Oaks,

to give Victorian trainer Pat Carey his first group one success. The 3-year-old filly powering past Serious Speed to take out the 2,500 m classic. The win was jockey Corey Brown's second at group one level.

BHP Billiton has made a takeover bid for its biggest rival Rio Tinto. The offer has been rejected. For more, Martin Arnold from CommSec joins us live. Martin, a bold move from BHP?

If the deal does go ahead it will

be the second biggest takeover in

corporate history. The deal was

forced rebate the HP shoes for every one at Rio Tinto Shia, it is

15 % of Rio Tinto shares.

15 % of Rio Tinto shares. They

Australian share market suffered its

its biggest loss yesterday. When we

see sharp declines and US its share

market overnight despite his

looking at a start of 30 points looking at a start of 30 points and a positive direction. a positive direction. The Rio

a positive direction. The Rio Tinto

bhp deal would give strength to our

market today. Unemployment is

slightly higher? It undelivered

from 3.2 % to 3.4 % due to the

increase of people looking for jobs.

We saw a transition from part-time employment employment to full-time employment. Fears thousands of car manufacturing jobs could be at risk in Australia, with top car makers struggling to maintain Australian operations. Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, and GM Holden asking the Federal Government for assistance due to financial pressures. The motor industry warning thousands of long term jobs in Melbourne and Adelaide are under threat. Car makers are asking for a review of the $3 billion car assistance plan, the freezing of tariff cuts and rebates to develop hybrid cars. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Let's take a look at the headines in today's newspapers.

A Blackhawk helicopter goes down in Italy, killing five. The details when Ten's Early News returns. GOOD MORNING MORE WATER SAVING DEVICES ON THE WAY FOR A-C-T PUBLIC HOUSING PROPERTIES .. MORE ON THAT SOON

EAST BASIN IN LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN REMAINS CLOSED, AFTER YESTERDAY'S SEWAGE SPILL. THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AUTHORITY SAYS RAW SEWAGE

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

This morning. by the rise in interest rates Kevin Rudd denies he's been boosted accuses Labor of playing word games. as John Howard Investigations under way into a fiery plane crash in southern NSW. And in sport, another Bulldog leaves the kennel as Brent Sherwin heads to the UK.

Final check of the finance with Jacinta. Good morning, when the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warns the outlook doesn't look good, the market listens. He said growth would slow in the fourth quarter. As a result US stocks fell sharply and the dollar weakened.

When I come back, San Miguel to leave Australian shores. Meanwhile, he might be sorry for the pain caused by this week's interest rate rise,

but there'll be no apology from John Howard.

The PM insists he's not the one playing word games. John Howard knows the rise in official interest rates is hurting some families. But he has always been careful with his words. Well I said I was sorry they had occurred.

I don't think I actually used the word 'apology'. That had Julia Gillard 'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word for Mr Howard to say and to mean. Mr Howard says Labor's the one who's playing a word game. Instead of playing word games Mr Rudd should tell the Australian people how he intends to put downward pressure

on inflation and interest rates. That job is about to get harder. Others will surely follow the NAB's decision to pass on this week's rate rise. The jobless rate is also up slightly. But Mr Howard warns unemployment will skyrocket under Labor. That's between 200,000 and 400,000 jobs at risk

under a future Labor Government. The only employment policy they have for the future is Mr Costello's personal employment policy whereby he becomes employed as prime minister. Mr Rudd was in Adelaide with controversial candiate Nicole Cornes. He drove off, leaving the gaffe-prone Labor hopeful to face the media and to give new meaning to a curbside interview. HORN HONKS Fenn Kemp, Ten News. There's been a sharp rise in ALP support from the baby boomers, according to the latest figures. While Labor's increased in popularity across all age groups, the biggest surge has been amongst voters aged 40-54. The latest Nielsen poll showing a 10% swing to the ALP this election campaign. Over 59% of baby boomers polled support Labor compared to just 40% for the Coalition. Former prime minister Paul Keating has taken a swipe at the US and Britain

He said the world had missed a golden opportunity to be rid of nuclear weapons,

because major world powers are continuing their nuclear weapons programs. You cannot say, "If you're in the good guys' club, "you can have 'em, "but if you're part of the baddies, you can't." 'Cause everyone says, "Well, if you're having them,

Last night Mr Keating awarded former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix the Sydney Peace Prize for his work as a nuclear disarmament campaigner. An inquiry is under way into a radiation leak at a Sydney Defence Department site. Staff have been undergoing precautionary medical tests after what's been called a low-level leak. The leak came from equipment being returned from the Middle East to the national storage and distribution centre at Moorebank.

Popular MP Peter Andren will be farewelled today at a church service in his New South Wales electorate. The highly-respected Federal Independent held the seat of Calare for 11 years. in the State's central west A funeral will be held at 11:00am at the Holy Trinity Church in Orange. The former journalist died on Saturday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Two men are fighting for their lives

after an ultra light aircraft crash-landed

near the Victoria New South Wales border. The Firebird Gyro burst into flames on impact. A burnt stretch of grass marks the scene of the wreckage. but there was little left It's understood an instructor and student were onboard the Firebird Gyro-copter when it crash-landed bursting into flames

metres short of the runway. Witnesses have said that it looked perfectly normal until it didn't pull up and stopped short of the runway and hit the ground only probably 10 or 15m to that end of the runway. to Melbourne's Alfred hospital. Both men were airlifted One aged 50 suffering burns to 98% of his body, the other aged 58 recieved burns to 50% of his body.

direct from here. One was taken from a helicopter Another was taken to the hospital and was collected shortly after by the fixed-wing air ambulance. It's believed the rotor craft was built by the instructor. Police and aviation authorities are investigating the cause. Ellesa Throwden, Ten News. Fire has destroyed a charity store east of Melbourne overnight. The blaze broke out in the St Vincent De Paul centre

just after 9:00, quickly spreading to a grocery shop.

It took crews an hour to control the fire,

the damage bill is estimated over $3 million The fire is being treated as suspicious. The career of one of Victoria's top cops is in turmoil,

a series of tapped phone conversations

allegedly implicating him in a corruption scandal. Assistant Commissioner, Noel Ashby, has been accused of leaking secret information linked to a gangland murder. His bugged phone conversations played at a police integrity hearing. Mr Ashby, Do you know why you were called today?

Look, I can't make any comment. The police media director, Stephen Linnell, fronts the hearing again today. A US BlackHawk helicopter has crashed in northern Italy,

killing five people and injuring six others. The military chopper was on a training flight when it went down in countryside outside the city of Treviso, splitting in two on impact. The helicopter was engulfed in flames when rescuers arrived at the scene. The cause of the crash is still unknown. A volcano known as Krakatau's Child

hurling smoke and red-hot rocks hundreds of metres into the air. The blast sent ash and rocks surging down the slopes of the volcano and could be heard several kilometres away. A bridge in Dubai has collapsed, killing seven and injuring another 15 people. The bridge was being built in the Dubai Marina. More than 40 workers were constructing it

at the time of the accident. They'd been trying to place a large sheet of metal in the bridge's wall when it collapsed. St George Illawarra are the latest club to throw their hat in the ring for the services of controversial Origin forward Willie Mason. To make matters worse for the Bulldogs, half-back Brent Sherwin has also walked out on the club to play with English Superleague side Castleford next season. Over the last three years the culture of the club has changed and it's not for the good and I think a lot of players see the writing on the wall and they probably want out now. The Sydney Roosters remain favourites to snare Mason's signature. The spying scandal that rocked Formula One has taken another twist with Renault accused of being in possession of confidential McLaren documents. Team McLaren was recently stripped of all constructors' championship points and fined more than $100 million for spying on arch-rivals Ferrari. Renault will answer charges from the sport's governing body on December 6th. To finance news and Jacinta, San Miguel off-loading its Australian assets? That's right, the Philippines food and beverage giant

is set to leave Australia. The company selling off the Boag's brewery in Tasmania to Lion Nathan

while National Foods will be sold to Japanese brewer Kirin. Lion Nathan has revealed its $325 million deal to buy J Boag and Sons. The purchase conditional Lion says it will keep brewing the beer in Tasmania and doesn't expect to cut staff numbers.

Further trouble for the highly publicised Healthscope-Symbion merger

Symbion's biggest shareholder, Primary Healthcare, has launched a hostile takeover bid for the drug and diagnostics group. But the offer has been rejected by Symbion's board for being too low. Primary and Symbion have been at loggerheads since September, when Primary used its 21% bloc to derail an initial Healthscope-Symbion merger.

And that's finance.

Friday weather,

Cate Blanchett has helped Giorgio Armani open his new high fashion store in Japan. A newly-pregnant Blanchett flew into Tokyo to launch Armani's most expensive project. The 12-storey high-rise tower is 1,000sqm in size. Tokyo fashionistas lining up outside the boutique to get a glimpse of the award-winning actress and the Italian designer. A quick recap of the morning's top stories. A dramatic surge in baby boomer support for Labor, according to the latest figures. Department of Community Services under pressure to explain why it ignored warnings about a 7-year-old girl who starved to death. And OJ Simpson back in court,

accused of kidnapping and armed robbery. That's it for Ten Early News. the Morning News starts at 11:00am Don't forget 9am With David and Kim, and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. And I'm Jacinta Hocking, good morning. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media Australia www.redbeemedia.com.au