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Early News. Hunt resumes - outrage

as Japanese whalers continue the

slaughter in the Southern Ocean.

Road rage reportedly sparks a 2-hour long

2-hour long siege in suburban Townsville. Troubled pop singer

Britney Spears rushed to hospital

from her LA home. And in sport -

more police at the MCG as the Aussies prepare for a fiery encounter.

Now for our first look at the

markets, here markets, here is Frank. Good

morning to you. Wall Street is

trading higher. Investors buying up

the beaten down tech and retail stocks:

When I come back, details about

where to now in the BHP-Rio Tinto

stalemate? Japan has defied

international outrage and resumed

its whale cull in the Southern

Ocean. Crew on the Australian Customs ship, the

Customs ship, the 'Oceanic Viking',

say the Japanese harpooned up

say the Japanese harpooned up to

five whales, believed to be minky,

late yesterday. It comes as Stephen

Smith holds talk with his Japanese

counterpart in Tokyo. Mr Smith expressing disappointment the whale

slaughter has resumed and warning

Australia will continue its opposition to the cull. There's

been another horrific P-plate crash

in Sydney overnight. The car

in Sydney overnight. The car

slamming in to a telegraph pole slamming in to a telegraph pole at

St Ives around 2 o'clock this morning. The male driver was trapped inside the car and was

rushed to hospital in a serious

condition. A man will face court in Townsville today after a 2-hour

siege in a quiet suburban street.

The twibs-year-old allegedly

barricaded himself in a -- himself in a 26-year-old allegedly barricaded

himself in a home, holding a

replica gun. Police closed down the

area. A 28-year-old man barricaded

inside. A report that a firearm was

presented. Earlier, police received

a 000 call to report a gunman was

on the loose following a road rage

incident. A report was made to

police an altercation occurred

after a minor traffic accident. The after a minor traffic accident. The

man then fled to a house where a

tense stand-off ensued. I came

around the side and went to my

mate's house because I wasn't

allowed to move. Ambulance crews

stood by while police negotiated.

Two hours later the man surrendered.

So the public and the police, the

safety of those people were up most

in everyone's minds. The in everyone's minds. The

28-year-old has been charged with

a string of offences. He'll appear

in court this morning. Troubled pop

star Britney Spears is in a

psychiatric ward this morning. An

ambulance complete with police

escort rushed her to the medical centre overnight for a escort rushed her to the UCLA

psychological evag yaulgz

reportedly on doctor's ord ebgz evacuation,

evacuation, reportedly on doctor's

orders. Britfly was last admitted

to hospital four weeks ago when she

refused to return her sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline. Further

details have emerged about Wayne Carey's

Carey's arrest at the weekend. While police are analysing a powder discovered at his Melbourne apartment, there are reports

dollars in cash. officers also found thousands of

dollars in cash. Wayne Carey may be

out of a job but police are still

hard at work investigating the

details of Sunday night's arrest.

Officers reportedly found $9,000 in

cash stored in a bag, a powder

which was also retrieved from his Melbourne apartment is currently

being tested. Detectives may also

now speak to around 20 guests who

were there over the weekend, including

including Carlton premiership

player Wayne Johnston and his actor

wife Kate Kendall. They were there

for some hours, left around 7pm. they didn't witness any incident

between Mr Carey and his girlfriend.

Carey's inclusion in the AFL Hall

of Fame now under a cloud of doubt.

I'm sure there will be a lot of

speculation and they've been

through the whole Gary scenario. Should through the whole Gary Ablett

scenario. Should be well prepared

for this one. A blauing on his

girlfriend's MySpace page offering

relationship. an insight in to their rocky

Carey remains in hiding, believed

to be in Queensland with his

brother. Smokers and drinkers will

be paying more from today be paying more from today as

retailers pass on the twice yearly retailers pass on the twice yearly

increase in federal taxes. Rising

inflation is behind the move. The booming economy behind a

interest rate rise next week, the

first for the Rudd Government. We

got some serious problems we've got

to address. We're rolling up our

sleeves. But as home buyers here

prepare themselves for more

mortgage pain, the US Federal

percent Reserve has slashed a further half

percent off rates in a bid to percent off rates in a bid to stave

off a recession. The end is in

sight for the racing industry

affected by horse flu with

restrictions in Victoria to be

eased from today. It means some

horses from NSW and Queensland will

be allowed in to the State without

being subjected to a month of

quarantine. Some restrictions will

still apply but there's been no new

EI cases reported in Australia

residents since Christmas Day. Sydney

residents are cleaning up this

morning after the city was battered

by severe storms. Hail, heavy rain

and strong winds hit the southern

and western suburbs, causing flash flooding. One man was knocked

unconscious after lightning struck

beside his home as he tried to turn

off a powerpoint. Hail stones up to

some areas. two sent moorts in size fell in

some areas. -- centimetres in size

fell in some areas A. ferocious

blast in Turkey ripped through an unlicensed fireworks factory in

Istanbul, killing 17 people and

injuring 68 others. Eight of the

victims had gathered to watch a

small fire before the explosion.

Rescue workers faced a grim task

retrieving bodies trapped in the

debris. Extra police have been debris. Extra police have been

called in to manage the expected

fullhouse for tonight's Twenty20 between Australia and India at the

MCG. They'll be targeting racial

abuse among fans in the wake of

recent turmoil between the teams.

It comes as Aussie skipper Ricky

Ponting battles a back injury to

make it out on to the field. A

cautious captain flat on his

troublesome back during a promotional

revealing the detear promotional campaign. Ricky Ponting

revealing the detear yautding injury has put him out of action

since the Adelaide Test. Been pretty

pretty much flat on my back. The skipper's week of turmoil going

from bad to worse, barely training

and in doubt to lead the home side.

The eyes of the cricket world will

turn to the G tomorrow to witness

first-hand the fallout from first-hand the fallout from the

race row. Andrew Symonds in the gun

after being blamed for starting the

controversy. I can't talk on any controversy. I can't talk on any of

the spivs that what happened but any sort of character assassination

on Andrew Symonds as a result of

this would be completely unfair.

Both sides are still vowing to

continue verbally targeting the

opposition. We can't just shut up

and play. It's cricket and we've

got to do lots of things with the

bat and the ball and the fielding.

But there should be chit-chat.

There will still be words spoken

out there. But it doesn't

necessarily mean it's a blatant personal attack on somebody. Golf

now - defending champion Karrie

Webb will be looking to close the gap on the leaders.

Webb making the most of the wet

conditions, firing a 1 under par72.

Fellow Aussie Katherine Hull went

one better with a 71. They're chasing Ursula Wikstrom who

finished strongly, picking up three

shots on the way home. shots on the way home. David

Beckham's wait to play his 100th

game for England continues. Coach

Fabio Capello has left the super

star out of his 30-man squad, named to play in next week's

friendly against Switzerland.

Beckham hasn't had any game time

for LA Galaxy since November last

year, paving the way for Chelsea's Shaun Wright-Phillips and

Blackburn's David Bentley. Capello

said he will give Becks the chance

when Major League Soccer when Major League Soccer restarts

in April, which you'd be happy

about. Looking forward to it. The

mining giant looks set to stick

with its 3 for 1 take over offer

for Rio Tinto. Rio has rejected the

bid as too low and & was hoping BHP

would come back with a higher offer

before the deadline. BHP has until Wednesday

Wednesday next week to improve on

its $116 billion offer or just walk

away. It could all change between

now and then. BHP is not expected

to make a final decision on its bid

for some days. Now still on mining

news and Xstrata has confirmed its

Jubey Mines is unconditional. Regulation authorities have given

the deal the green light the deal the green light which

values Jubilee at over $3 billion.

And now just briefly, Mark Burrows

has resigned as deputy chairman of

Fairfax Media. It follows concerns

of a

problem of interest. The weather

details now. And cloudsy and 29 in Brisbane..

Now for a look at the papers - the

'Sydney Morning Herald' says secret

treasury advice prepared for the

Federal Government warpbdz that

Australia stands at a pivical --

warns that Australia stands at a pivotal economic juncture.

Investors of Allco have been given

days to pay out their loan after

marginal lenders deemed the stock

too risky. The downfall of MFS as

the company makes a last-ditched

attempt to prevent collapse. Reports

Reports David Hicks could cash in

on his time in Guantanamo. Details

when we return.

This morning - the Government

condemns Japanese whalers condemns Japanese whalers for

resuming their slaughter in the

Southern Ocean. Terrorism

supporters David Hicks reportedly

set to cash in on his time at

Guantanamo. Britney Spears rushed

to hospital on the orders of her

psychiatrist. And in sport - Karrie

Webb chasing her fourth Australian

Open. Now for a check of markets.

How is the Dow fairing? A pretty

bright day. Wall Street is trading

higher this morning.

We'll cross thrive to the US We'll cross thrive to the US to get

all the -- live to the US to get

all the news. Japan has resumed its

whale slaughter in the Southern

Ocean. Crew on board an Australian

Customs ship have reportedly seen

up to five whales being harpooned

by the Japanese fleet. It comes as

Steven Smith holds talk with his

Japanese counterpart in Tokyo. Mr

Smith voicing Australia's

opposition to the whale cull. Former Guantanamo Bay detainee

David Hicks is believed to be

fielding lucrative offers for his

story. According to News Limited,

as many as 30 TV networks and

publishers have made contact with Hicks's lawyer. The convicted

terrorism supporter could reap up

to $1 million from media deals but

he risks breaching proceeds of

crime laws that were upgraded last

year with him specifically in mind.

Britney Spears is in a

psychoyatdric ward this morning

after yet -- psychiatic ward this morning after yet another night of

drama. She was rushed to hospital

with a police escort. Britney

Spears is back in the hospital for

the second time in a month. The

troubled pop star is reportedly

undergoing a mental evaulgz. LA

police officers formed a medical

motorcade to escort Spears to UCLA

medical centre. They'll do some sort of medication

sort of medication evaluation.

Spears has been on a downward

spiral since her publicised

divorce from her husband Kevin

Federline. Earlier this month, the

26-year-old mother of two was 26-year-old mother of two was taken

to the hospital when she allegedly

refused to return her two young

sons to her ex-husband. She has

Seoul custody of the boys. She

arrived in a short party dress and

pink lip stick, then left before the

the hearing began. Shaving her head

bald and attacking a car with an

bald and attacking a car with an

umbrella is other weird behaviour.

Spears's psychiatrist believes she

is deteriorating wfpltd her mother

and other family members at her side,

side, doctors are doing what they

can to help her. Victoria police are testing a powder discovered at

the home of disgraced AFL star

Wayne Carey. Officers discovered a

small amount of the unknown

substance during Sunday's dramatic arrest thrfpt are

arrest thrfpt are reports $9,000 in

cash was also found at the apartment stored in a bag.

Detectives may question around 20

guests who were there over the

weekend, including Wayne Johnston

and his actor wife Kate Kendall. A

terrifying road rage incident has

led to a 2-hour siege in Townsville. A 28-year-old man allegedly

wielding a replica gun at a motorist before motorist before barricading himself

inside a house. Residents were

evacuated as specialist officers

moved in. I came around the side

and that's all they did, I went to

a mate's house because I wasn't

allowed to move. The man later

surrendered himself to police and

will appear in court this morning.

Alcohol and cigarettes will cost

more from today as retailers pass on tax

on tax increases, pushed up by

rising inflation. The booming

economy making yet another interest

rate rise more likely next Australia's overheating economy is adding an extra 24 cents tax on an average slab of beer from tomorrow, 10 cents to a packet of cigarettes, and another hit to the hip pocket is expected after the Reserve Bank meets next week. The Opposition taunting the Rudd Government on the prospect of its first interest rate rise.

to Mr Rudd and Mr Swan at the end of last year was in absolutely first-rate condition.

Brendan Nelson has clearly forgotten about inflation. We've got serious problems we've got to address, we're rolling up our sleeves to tackle those problems - Dr Nelson obviously thinks that's nothing's wrong. But as homebuyers here steel themselves for another rate hike, in the US the Federal Reserve has slashed official rates

by a further 0.5% in a bid to hold off recession. The Australian Government welcoming the second US rate cut in as many weeks. I would hope this will have a very positive impact on US economic activity and minimise the risk of a US downturn contributing to wider problems in both our economy and, of course, in the world economy. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

New research reveals epsom salts

can reduce the risk of cerebral

palsy in premature babies.

Scientists in the US say doctors

can halve the risk of cerebral

palsy by giving mothers epsom salts.

A grim task this morning for

emergency crews in Turkey. They're

recovering bodies of an explosion,

after an explosion ripped through a

fireworks factory in Istanbul. The

blast killed 17 people and injured

68 others. Eight people, who had

gathered to watch a small fire

before the explosion, are among the victims.

Ricky Ponting remains in doubt for

tonight's Twenty20 match against

India at the MCG. The skipper has

been suffering back soreness since

last week's Adelaide Test and

despite training lightly yesterday,

he's considered only an even money

chance to take his place in the

team. Been pretty much flat on my back for the last couple of days,

trying to give myself the best

chance to recover. If Ponting fails

to come up, Michael Clarke will take the reins take the reins of the Australian

side. NBL now and Townsville has

boosted its top 4 hopes with a

convincing 111-104 win over the

West Sydney Razorbacks. Not such

good news for Perth, they're in

danger of falling out of the top 4.

The Wildcats were losing by

19-points midway through the 19-points midway through the second

quarter but the Kiwi side quarter but the Kiwi side struck back with vigour.

The home side, home by 10 points,

Kirk Penney landing a game high 30

points, including five 3-pointers,

giving the Breakers their 14th win

of the season. Carlton will play an

extended squad of 30 in extended squad of 30 in its clash

with Fremantle in South Africa.

Chris Judd won't be among them,

with the former Eagles skipper to

be rested until week three of the

NAB Cup. The Blues of 2008 are set

to take on a very different look.

Probably seen a little bit of a

game plan change and a style

difference and I think we'll sort

of go along that lines. You will

see a dramatic change. Number one

draft pick Matthew Kreuzer will draft pick Matthew Kreuzer will be

among the host of new Blues. Another

Another look at finance now with

Frank. Thank you. Let's start with

Tricom and they've been urged to

stop selling off its top assets.

Tricom sold down its margin book to

under $1 billion in the past few

days, sparking fears the quick

sales could lower the prices of

certain stocks. Tricom's troubles

sent our market in to a spin

earlier this week after it delayed

its share settlements. Alumia has

announced a full year net profit of

$436 million, a 15% drop on last

year's figure. The miner blaming

the result on a stronger Aussie

dollar and higher operational costs

and pressures. Analysts are tipping they may need to downgrade

consensus earning forecasts for

later this year. A look now at the

national weather details:

Still on the weather - Australia

has its hottest January on record.

The CommSec finance report when the

Early News Returns.

Making headlines today - hunt

resumes, outrage as Japanese

whalers continue their slaughter in

the Southern Ocean. Road rage

reportedly sparks a 2-hour long siege in suburban Townsville.

Troubled pop singer Britney Spears

rushed to hospital from her LA home.

And in sport - more police at the

MCG as the Aussies prepare for a fiery encounter:

Time for another check of finance

now with Frank. To check what's

making news on Wall Street we're

live in New York now. It's been

quite a ride on Wall Street. The

Fed's rate cut couldn't save stocks,

the Dow closing in the black? The

Fed has cut interest rates by 1.25% in

in just the past nine days. While

those rate cuts are welcome news,

there are some on Wall Street who

believe it may be too late to

prevent a recession here and the

Fed is playing catch-up at the

moment. It's a huge 24 hours for

data releases and Standard & Poors

have come out with an announcement?

A big fat plate of economic news.

There's growing concern about the There's growing concern about the

health of the job market in the US.

A report today showed the number of

Americans applying for first time unemployment benefits this week

surgeed to 69,000, the worst since Hurane Katrina hit in

Hurane Katrina hit in 2005. Consumer spending last month grew

by the smallest amount in over a

year. Yesterday we learned economic year. Yesterday we learned economic

growth nearly stalled in the fourth

quarter. You mentioned the SMP quarter. You mentioned the SMP debt

rating - investors are worried

about the rating on half a trillion

dollars of investments tied to bad mortgage

mortgage loans and the downgrade

could leave bankicise and credit

unions exposed to billions more in

losses due to the mortgage mass.

Non-farm pay rolls and unemployment

are out? Wall Street is expecting

the economy to have added the economy to have added 78,000

new jobs last month, compared with

just 18,000 last month. If the

unemployment rate moves up by 5% t

could see a sell-off on Wall Street.

Thank you. To a closer look at the

market figures:

The CommSec finance report will

tell us all in a few moments time.

Thank you. Japan has resumed its

whale slaughter in the Southern

Ocean. Crew on board an Australian

Customs ship have reportedly seen

up to five whales being harpooned

by the Japanese fleet. It comes as

Steven Smith holds talk with his

Japanese counterpart in Tokyo. Mr

Smith voicing Australia's

opposition to the cull. The stolen

generation has offered suggestions

to the Federal Government ahead of

a planned apology. According to

Fairfax Newspapers, victims have

asked that apology not be

restricted to those who were removed from their parents. They've

also requested a national day be

declared for an annual restatement

of the apology. PM Kevin Rudd is

set to apologise on February 13. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh will

be the star witness at a corruption

trial in Brisbane today. Former

Queensland MP Gordon Nuttall is

facing 35 charges of receiving corrupt

corrupt payments. He's denied any

wrong doing. Premier Bligh will

give evidence at the trial today

and says her testimony rethraits to

her role as Acting Premier on two occasions.

occasions. A road rage incident has

led to a 2-hour siege in Townsville.

A 28-year-old man allegedly

wielding a replica gun at a motorist before barricading himself

inside a house. Residents were

evacuated as specialist officers

moved in. I came around the side

and that's all I did, went to a

mate's house. The man later

surrendered himself to police and

will appear in court this morning.

Britney Spears is in a psychiatric

warned this morning after warned this morning after yet

another night of high drama. She

was rushed to hospital in an

ambulance. Britney Spears is back

in the hospital for the second time

in a month. The troubled pop star

is reportedly undergoing a mental

evaluation. LA police evaluation. LA police officers formed a medical motorcade to

escort Spears to UCLA medical

centre. We'll do a psychological

evaluation, observation and a

medication evaluation. Spears has

been on a downward spiral since her

very publicised divorce from

husband Kevin Federline and their

ongoing child custody battle. The

26-year-old mother of two was taken

to the hospital when she allegedly

refused to return her two young

sons to her ex-husband. He has

Seoul custody of the boys and

Spears has done very little -- sole

custody of the boys and Spears has

done very little to do anything

about that. Her other bizarre

behaviour includes shaving her head

bald and attacking a car with an

umbrella. Spears's psychiatrist

believes her condition was

worsening and she reportededly has

not slept since Saturday. Doctors

at UCLA are doing what they can to

help her. Victoria police are

testing a powder discovered at the

home of disgraced AFL player Wayne

Carey. Officers discovered a small

amount of the unknown substance

during Sunday's dramatic arrest

thrfpt are reports $9,000 -- arrest.

There are reports $9,000 in cash

was found stored in a bag. 20

guests are being questioned,

including Wayne Johnston and Kate

Kendall. A Victorian man will face

court today accused of assaulting former Australian cricketer former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie. He suffered minor

injuries when he was attacked

outside a nightclub on Sunday night.

Well, Australia has had its hottest

January on record. The average

temperature across the country rose

1.3 degrees last month. The Bureau

of Meteorology says the nation's

average temperature has continued

to rise over the past 50 years due

to global warming. The only

exceptions to the record temperatures were eastern

Queensland and north-eastern NSW.

The troubled nation of Kenya has

plunged deeper in to crisis this

morning. An opposition politician

has been shot dead by a police

officer, prompting armed gangs to

go on a rampage. Investigators

believe the killing of the

politician arose from a love

triangle. It was unrelated to the

country's recent disputed election.

A star-studded movie premiere in LA.

Matthew McConaughey walking the Matthew McConaughey walking the red

carpet with his partner, Brazilian

model Camilia Alves, who's

expecting their first child in June.

I'llby good father. I know. I have

the instinct,. I've been looking

forward to being a father since I

was eight years old. The release of

the film, 'Fools Gold'. Matthew

McConaughey and co-star Kate Hudson

were quick to dismiss rumours

they've ever been more than just

friends. Extra police have been called in to manage the expected fullhouse for tonight's Twenty20

match between Australia and India

at the MCG. They'll be targeting

racial abuse among fans in the wake

of recent turmoil between the teams. It It comes as Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting battles a back injury to make it out on to the field. just trying to give myself the best chance to recover. The skipper's week of turmoil going from bad to worse, barely training and in doubt to lead the home side. The eyes of the cricket world will turn to the 'G tomorrow to witness first-hand the fallout from the race row. Andrew Symonds in the gun after been blamed for starting the controversy. I really can't talk about any of the specifics of what happened but any sort of character assassination on Andrew Symonds would be completely unfair. Despite the events of the past week both sides are still vowing to continue verbally targeting the opposition. We can't just shut up and play 'cause it's cricket and we've got to do lots of things with the bat and the ball and the fielding on the field. There will be still words spoken out there but if words are spoken out there it doesn't necessarily mean it's a blatant personal attack on somebody. Kelli Underwood, Ten News.

Golf now and defending Golf now and defending champion

Karrie Webb will be looking to

close the gap on the leaders when

she tees off on day 2.

Webb making the most of the wet

conditions, firing a 1 under par72 in the opening round. Katherine

Hull went one better with a 71. They're chasing Finland's They're chasing Finland's Ursula

Wikstrom, who finished strongly,

picking up three shots on the way

home. David Beckham's wait to play

his 100th game for England

continues. Coach Fabio Capello has

left the super star out of his

30-man squad, named to play in

next week's friendly against

Switzerland. Beckham hasn't had any

game time for LA Galaxy since

November last year, paving November last year, paving the way

for Shaun Wright-Phillips and

Blackburn's David bntly to contend

for his position -- Bentley to

contend for his position.

Australian stocks have suffered

their worst months in 20 years, their worst months in 20 years,

with almost 11% wiped off the

market's value. I'm joined live now

with CommSec. What's the outlook

and will we see a turn around any time

time soon? It really depends on the financial stability in global markets.

markets. The outlook for the

short-term looks good. We've seen

the SPI up around 59 points and the SPI up around 59 points and we should see resource sectors should see resource sectors doing

well. And also financial stocks

have done well in the US. We should

see gains all around today. see gains all around today. More good news, private sector good news, private sector borrowic

has hit a 19-year -- borrowing has

hit a 19-year high. We're seeing

private sector borrowing up just

over 19%, 16.5% too, a 19-year high. It's the business sector continues

to drive at the helm of the to drive at the helm of the economy.

We're seeing business lending up to

almost 20-year highs. New home sales are still weak, though? sales are still weak, though? With new home sales came in for new home sales came in for the second consec ytdive month of

weakness, we're seeing the housing

sector continue to struggle. We saw

the 2007 close out four years of

weakness for new home sales. Thank

you very much for the update. Thank you.

A weather check now:

Now for a look at what's making

headlines. The 'Daily Telegraph'

has more on Japan's decision has more on Japan's decision to

resume its slaughter of whales in

the Southern Ocean. The 'Sydney

Morning Herald' reports that Rio

Tinto is still hopeful of striking

a compromise. And David a compromise. And David Hicks is

fielding lucrative deals to tell

his story. An end in sight to the

horse flu epidemic. Details when

the Early News returns. Good morning, Making news... ACTION bus drivers angry over slow pay negotiations .. And in sport... The Caps treating tonights match as a grand

final .. But first A thirty three year old Dunlop woman will face court next Thursday, charged over making death Thursday, charged over making death threats against A-C-T Police officers. Its alleged the woman made threats to several officers, in person and over the phone, between last October and early January. Police have also seized, a number of items from her home (LOOK DOWN). The health scare involving an unregistered Canberra

sex worker may have expanded abroad. New Zealand officials have been notified that forty-one year old Hector Scott visited Auckland recently, although his activities are unknown. Scott has been diagnosed with H-I-V, and has been charged with knowingly passing on a sexually transmitted infection. The nation's sex workers association has announced concerns Scott's H-I-V status, may hinder his chances of a fair trial.

The A-C-T Government's defending delays over a new job agreement with ACTION bus drivers. ACTION supervisors have voted unanimously to take industrial action later this month ... angry the government still hasn't finalised the terms of a draft agreement, which was secured last year. The government says negotiations have been complex, due to existing workplace laws and the potential wage costs involved

The New South Wales Government's appointing a scientific committee, to offer advice on the Snowy River's, environmental flows. The six person committee will try and secure a balance between local water and electricity needs from

the Snowy Hydo scheme, with environmental concerns of the Snowy River. In sport, Tully Bevilaqua will lead the Canberra Capitals in tonight's W-N-B-L match against Dandenong Bevilaqua replaces regular captain Kellie Abrams, who suffered a possibly season-ending fractured wrist during a mid week training session. Nat Hurst will take Abrams' spot in the starting line-up

Coach Carrie Graf is treating the away game as a grand final, as a win will ensure the Caps third place and a home final NOW TO THE WEATHER A high in the Bight is bringing an easterly flow across the ACT, which should mean cool and cloudy conditions for the region today

Looking at the capitals...Canberra's set to be mostly fine ... it could be a wet drive to Sydney... but head to Melbourne and it should be fine

Chance of shower or storm for Dubbo... showers for Bega... A few showers forecast for Wollongong as well, a top of 23 A shower or two for Borwal ... A few showers for Perisher top station Mostly fine, but cloudy in Cooma ... chance of a

shower or storm in Parkes... 23 the top in Nowra So looking ahead... We should have a mostly fine Saturday, but there's still a fair chance of showers ... an afternoon shower or storm on Sunday... And a

This morning - the Government

condemns Japanese whalers for

resuming their slaughter in the

Southern Ocean. Terrorism supporter

David Hicks reportedly set to David Hicks reportedly set to cash

in on his time in Guantanamo.

Britney Spears rushed to hospital

on the orders of her psychiatrist. on the orders of her psychiatrist.

And in sport - Karrie Webb chasing

her fourth Australian Open. Now for

our final check of the markets with

Frank. Wall Street is trading

higher this morning. The Dow Jones is up:

A set-back for Woolworths. Details

in a moment. Japan has defied

international outrage and resumed

its wail cull in the southern -- whale

whale cull in the Southern whale cull in the Southern Ocean.

Crew on the 'Oceanic Viking' say the

the Japanese harpooned up to five

whales late yesterday. It comes whales late yesterday. It comes as

Foreign Minister Steven Smith holds Foreign Minister Steven Smith holds

talk in Tokyo. Mr Smith expressing

disappointment the whale slaughter

has resumed and warning Australia

will continue its opposition to the

cull. Former Guantanamo Bay

detainee David Hicks is believed to

be fielding lucrative offers for

his story. In a major test of proceeds

proceeds of crime laws, as many as

30 TV networks and publishers have 30 TV networks and publishers have

made cabinet with Hicks's lawyer.

He could reap up to $1 million from

media deals but risks breaching

proceeds of crime laws that were upgraded last year with him

specifically in mind. There's been

another P-plater crash unSydney

overnight. The car slamming in a

telegraph pole at St Ives around 2

o'clock this morning. The

18-year-old male driver was trapped inside the car before inside the car before being rushed

to hospital in a critical condition

with head and spinal injuries. A

man will face court in Townsville

today after a 2-hour siege in a

quiet suburban street. The 26-year-old allegedly barricaded

himself in a home with a replica

gun after a road rage incident.

Police closed down the area as

specialist officers surrounded the home. A

home. A 28-year-old man barricaded

inside. A report that a firearm was

presented. Earlier, police received

a 000 call to report a gunman was

on the loose following a road rage

incident. A report was made to

police that an altercation occurred

after a minor traffic after a minor traffic accident. The

man then fled to a house where a

tense stand-off with police ensued. Stunned neighbours were Stunned neighbours were evacuated.

I came around the side and went to

a mate's house because I wasn't allowed to move. Ambulance crews

stood by while police negotiated.

Two hours later the man surrendered.

So the public and the police, the

safety of those people were upmose

in everyone's mind. The 28-year-old

has been charged with a string of

offences. He'll appear in court

this morning. Troubled pop star

Britney Spears is in a psychiatric

ward this morning. An ambulance complete with police escort

complete with police escort rushed

her to the UCLA medical centre overnight for a psycholog

evaluation, reportedly on doctor's

orders. Sources close to the singer say she's comfortable with

receiving medical care. Britfly was last admitted to hospital four weeks

weeks ago when she refused to

return her sons to ex-husband Kevin

Federline. Further details have

emerged about Wayne Carey's arrest

at the weekend. While police are

analysing a powder discovered at

his Melbourne apartment, there are

reports officers also found

thousands of dollars in cash. Wayne Carey

Carey may be out of a job but

police are still hard at work

investigating the details of Sunday investigating the details of Sunday

night's arrest. Officers reportedly

found $9,000 in cash stored in a

bag, a powder which was also retrieved from his Melbourne

apartment is currently being tested.

Detectives may also now speak to

around 20 guests who were there

over the weekend, including over the weekend, including Wayne

Johnston and his actor wife, Kate Kendall. They were there for some

hours.

hours. They left about 7pm. and

they didn't witness any incident

between Mr Carey and his girlfriend.

Carey's inclusion in the AFL Hall

of Fame now under a cloud of doubt.

I'm sure there will be a lot of

speculation and they've been

through this before. So it should through this before. So it should

be well prepared for this one. A

blauing on his girlfriend's My-- blog on his girlfriend's

blog on his girlfriend's MySpace

page showing details of their

relationship. Carey remains relationship. Carey remains in hiding, believed to be in Queensland with his brother. The

end is in sight for the racing

industry affected by horse flu with

restrictions in Victoria to be

eased from today. It means some

horses from NSW and Queensland will

be allowed in to the State without be allowed in to the State without

being subjected to a month of

quarantine. Some restrictions will

still apply but there's been no new

EI cases reported in Australia

since Christmas Day. Sydney

residents are cleaning up this

morning after the city was battered

by severe storms. Hail, heavy rain

and strong winds hit the southern

and western suburbs,

and western suburbs, causing flash

flooding and uprooting trees. One man was

man was knocked unconscious after

lightning struck beside his home as

he tried to turn off a powerpoint.

Hail stones up to two centimetres

in size fell in some areas. There's

been a deadly explosion in Turkey.

A ferocious blast ripped through an

unlicensed fireworks factory in Istanbul, killing 17 people and injuring

injuring 68 others. Eight of the injuring 68 others. Eight of the

victims had gathered to watch a

small fire before the explosion.

Rescue workers faced a grim task

retrieving buddies trapped in the

debris. Ricky Ponting remains in

doubt for tonight's Twenty20 match

against India at the MCG. The

skipper has been suffering back

soreness since last week's Adelaide

Test and despite training lightly Test and despite training lightly

yesterday, he's considered only an

even money chance to take his place

in the team. Been pretty much flat

on my back for the last couple of

days. If Ponting fails to come up,

Michael Clarke will take the reins

of the Australian side. NBL now and

Townsville has boosted its top 4

hopes with a convincing 111-104 win

over the

over the Raiserbacks. Perth are in

-- Razorbacks. The Wildcats were

leading the Breakers by 19 points

midway through the second quarter

but the Kiwi side fought back with vigour.

The home side home by 10 points. Kirk Penney landing

Kirk Penney landing a game high 30 points, including five

three-pointers, giving the Breakers

their 14th win of the season.

Carlton will play an extended squad

of 30 in its clash with Fremantle

in South Africa. Chris Judd won't be

be among them, with the former

Eagles skipper to be rested until

week 3 of the NAB Cup. The Blues of

2008 set to take on a very

different look. You've probably

seen a little bit of a game plan

change. And a style difference. And

I think we'll sort of go along that

lines. You will see a dramatic

change. Number one draft pick

Matthew Kreuzer will be among the

host of new Blues. To the other

side of the world now where a

couple of the AFL's Irish players were enjoying some were enjoying some down time in

their native Dublin. Cheers. But it

wasn't all Guinness and partying

for Brisbane Lions Colm Begley and

Pierce Hanley, they also managed

to sneak in some serious gym time,

while enjoying the comforts of home.

Finance now with Frank and

Woolworths push in to the New

Zealand markets on hold again?

Woolies has been forced to wait

once again before it can bid for

retailer The Warehouse. New

Zealand's comp pigz regulator

stalling the supermarket chain from

making an offer. The deal is

suggested to be worth about $2

billion. Alumia has announced a

profit, a 15% drop on last year's profit, a 15% drop on last year's

figure of $500 11 million. The

miner blaming the result on a

stronger Aussie dollar and higher

operational costs and other

pressures. Analysts are tipping

Alumia will need to downgrade

consensus earnings forecasts. We

might end on a sweet note. A

perfect treat this morning for

people who just can't get enough

chocolate. A hotel room in New York

City has been decked out from floor

to ceiling in the sweet, dark

confectionary. A weekend in the

suite is being given away as a

Valentine's Day prize. A chocolate

spa and a year's sup thrie to take

home and all you can eat for the

night. Then a spot on 'The Biggest

Loser' no doubt.

That's it for Ten's Early News.

Don't forget 9am with David and Don't forget 9am with David and Kim, the Morning

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