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Good morning, I'm Kathryn Robinson.

And I'm Frank Coletta. Welcome.

Making headslines today - hundreds

of people evacuated after a

massive blast at a Sydney apartment

block. A 15-year-old boy feared

drowned after being swept out to

sea on the NSW North Torrential rain causes floogs sea on the NSW North Coast.

flooding in Brisbane and the --

flash flooding in Brisbane and flash flooding in Brisbane and the

Gold Coast. Rain denies Australia's

cricketers a first-up win against India in the first tri-series match.

Now to our first cheb of the

markets with Frank. Thank you very

much. Wall Street enjoyed its best

week in almost five years as US

stocks rose again on Friday.

When I come back, BHP facing

another obstacle in its bid for Rio

Tinto, this time from China. Thank

you. Hundreds of people have been

evacuated after a massive

explosion in a Sydney building. The

blast was heard several suburbs away. Two residents have been

rushed to hospital. One in a

serious condition. Amber is at the

scene. A terrifying experience for

hundreds of residents here in

Sydney overnight. Where a massive

explosion has ripped through an

apartment building in Uulimo. A

crime -- urbgsz ltimo. A crime

scene has been established. It left

two people injured, one seriously

and both have been taken to

hospital. At least 500 others have

also had to be evacuated to

emergency accommodation at a hotel

near Sydney Airport. Engineers and

forensic teams are expected to

arrive shortly to establish what

happened. Grave fears are held for

a teenager swept out to sea by

flash flooding on the NSW North

Coast. The 15-year-old boy was body

boarding with a group of friends in

a rain-swollen creek when he disappeared.

disappeared. His board has been

found. The search will resume found. The search will resume this

morning. More than 170 morning. More than 170 millimetres

of rain fell in the area over the

weekend. And police divers will

3-year-old today join the search for a

3-year-old boy feared drowned in

the Murray River in Victoria. The

toddler fell off the back of a

house boat at Echuca last night and

has not been seen since. Around 500

homes in east Brisbane are on flood

alert after torrential rain

battered the area. Flash flooding

on the Gold Coast has caused havoc

on roads overnight. This man hung

on to the back of his van for over

an hour. Rescue crews eventually pulled him to safety. A second

driver hours later was rescued

after also becoming trapped. A

lucky escape for two people on

board a plane forced to make an

emergency landing in Sydney. Fire

crews and ambulances were rushed to

Bankstown Airport after the pilot called for emergency support while

in the air. The light aircraft's

nose wheel collapsed and doused

with fire retardant. The two people

on board were not injured. The

Opposition has accused unions of being

being a real threat to inflation

and interest rates. An imminent

rate hike has fuelled predictions

of mortgage doom for hundreds of

thousands of Australian families. forecast this year, With at least two interest rate hikes new research predicts find themselves in mortgage stress, 750,000 households will is paid on the home loan. where more than 35% of income and mortgage stress is among them. There are real pressures out there meets on Tuesday The Reserve Bank board to increase official rates by 0.25% and is widely tipped in a bid to rein in inflation. While lenders factor in increases, before you default on your loan. the advice is to act early it's doing its bit The Government says and keep rates down to fight inflation by tackling expenditure, forecasting pain in its first Budget. That doesn't address as the most significant threat. what the Opposition sees The extent to which the unions -

of $30 million or more which spent in the order getting Mr Rudd elected - and have excessive influence. take control

The economy will be one of 10 core

challenges to be faced by the

nation, tackled at summit held

Parliament House in April. A nation, tackled at summit held at

thousand of what the PM calls our

best and brightest will be invited

to brain storm the policy for the

next decade. Each idea developed in

the Australia 2020 gathering will

then be assessed by Government.

Heath Ledger will be farewelled at

a private funeral in his home town

of Perth. It's understood the

actor's parents have decided

against having a public memorial

at his old school, Guildford Grammar.

Grammar. His body is due in Perth

on Thursday. It's unclear if

Ledger's former fiancee Michelle

Williams and their daughter mutid

duwill attend. Taurpl -- Matilda

will attend. A report has revealed

hundreds of people with criminal

histories will teach in Victorian

schools this year. Teachers

convicted of stalking, theft and

drug use are among those drug use are among those declared

fit to work in classrooms by the

education watchdog. Up to 400 other teachers with serious criminal

offences remain in the classrooms

but privacy laws prevent them from

the run after shooting dead being named. The gunman remains on

the run after shooting dead five

women in a botched robbery at a

shopping centre in Chicago. Police

say they're hunting a man described

as black, stocky and about 1 metre

75, who witnesses saw leaving the

shop with a gun. Victims ranged in

the age of 22 to 37 and were all

from the local area, apart from one

woman from Indiana. At least 11

people have been killed and nearly

100 injured in a serious suicide

attack at a Sri Lankan train

station. A female suicide bomber

blew herself up as train pulled in

to the main railway station in the

country's capital. The blast comes

hours after a bomb went off at a

zoo, killing 18. Both attacks zoo, killing 18. Both attacks have

been blamed on Tamil Tiger

militants, although the group has

denied responsibility. Well,

Australia has been denied a

first-up win in the one-day

tri-series. Rain ruining the

contest with the Aussies in contest with the Aussies in sight

of victory. In the end there was

simply too much rain to go on any

longer, the Gabba and its patrons

soaked under Brisbane's summer

deluxe, after India had -- deluge,

after India had crumbled.

COMMENTATOR: Spot on snfpt that's

superb fast bowling. Brett Lee the

star, 5/27, Australia chasing an

amended target of 192. Gilchrist

started in a positive mood. Off the

mark! The run rate given a turbo

boost by James Hopes. Four

boundaries off Pathan's second over.

No luck there. Short and wide. popularity dived even further, the No luck there. Short and wide. His

retiring

retiring Gilchrist walking just as

more rain came. 141, better than a

run a ball seemed a long way off.

Knocked him over. Hopes removed.

Then Ponting gone. They've got the

captain. The point shared as the

rain got everyone. Two late goals

have helped Fulham defeat Aston

Villa 2-1 this morning. The

Cottageers finding the equalliser in the 73rd minute before a brilliant

strike from Jimmy Bullard ensured

them the three points. What a goal!

What a moment for Fulham. A late

goal from Robert Huth earned

Middlesbrough a 1-1 draw with

Newcastle. It attracts an audience

of 100 million in the US alone and

the countdown is on for America's

showpiece sporting event, the Super

Bowl. The New England Patriots

hours away from their shot of

history, attempting to become the

first team to complete a first team to complete a perfect

19-game season. Tom Brady is in

good spirits after being cleared of

an ankle injury. Their opponents,

the New York Giants, can rewrite

the record books - no team has ever

won 11-straight games on the road.

Finance with Frank and important

executives in town? Yes, the

president of Chinalco will brief

the Federal Government and the

media on ilgts decision to team up

with -- its decision to team up

with Alcoa. This is a clear

indication that BHP could face

competition in its takeover bid for Rio with increasing speculation

Chinalco and Alcoa could be laying

the groundwork for a full takeover.

The two companies have reserved The two companies have reserved the

right to increase their share right to increase their share in

Rio, it comes two days after Rio, it comes two days after BHP's

deadline to put up or shut up in

its bid for the rival miner. Tricom

is drastically cutting back its securities lending business in securities lending business in a

bid to restore market confidence.

The troubled broker The troubled broker sent shockwaves

through the market when it failed

to settle its trades on time. The

company will produce its --

increase its loan book. increase its loan book. Microsoft

has picked up Blackstone Group as

an advisor on what's set to be the

biggest technology takeover in history.

history. Microsoft has announced a

bold $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo to challenge international giant

Google and has signed up Blackstone

and Morgan Stanley as advisors on

the mega deal. If successful, the

deal could mean big changes of

Internet use. Accounts could be

transferred to Microsoft Services.

A look now at the national weather

details for the day ahead:

Now let's take a look at what's

making headlines. Kevin Rudd

unveils more on the 2020 summit to

be held in April, including the 10

most pressing problems to be

addressed during the conference.

That story. In the 'Financial

Review', BHP is reassessing its

$350 billion merger with Rio. A

peak body claims private and Catholic schools are being ignored

by the South Australian Government.

Victoria police set up their hunt,

-- set up their huntor an intruder

who attacked an elderly woman. and you'll be captivated by its fuel efficiency. Its common-rail turbo diesel uses just 8.6 litres per 100 k's. of five or seven seats. All-wheel drive Holden Captiva Diesel. Go to new heights.

This morning - two injured and

hundreds evacuated after a hundreds evacuated after a blast

at a Sydney apartment building.

Flash flooding in South-East

Queensland as torrential rain

batters the east coast. New

Australian research busting the

myths about what causes cancer. And

in sport, world number 1 Tiger

Woods celebrates his 7th Dubai

Desert Title. Wall Street bounced

on Friday? It defied the poor job

numbers to complete its best week

in almost 5 years as US stocks rose again. Will the 3 quarter of a million Australians facing mortgage stress

affect the RBA's decision? Hundreds

of people have been evacuated

after an explosion in a Sydney

apartment building. The noise of

the blast could be heard several

suburbs away. It's believed a gas

leak may have caused the blast in

the lobby of the 9-storey apartment.

It was a massive shock. I thought

we were going to die. Two people

have been taken to hospital. One in a

a serious condition with burns.

Police have closed off the street

and evacuated nearby buildings. A

15-year-old boy is missing, feared

drowned after being swept out to

sea on the NSW north coast. The

teenager was body boarding with a

group of friends in a rain-swollen

creek in Woolgoolga when he was

swept away by flash floods. Poor

conditions are hampering the search

for the teenager but his board has

been found. The search will resume

this morning. More than 170

millimetres of rain fell in the

area over the weekend. And police

divers will today join the search

for a 3-year-old boy missing in the

Murray River in Victoria. The

toddler fell off the back of a

house boat at Echuca last night and

has not been seen since. Around 50

homes in east Brisbane are on flood

alert after torrential rain

battered the area. Meantime, glad

flooding on the Gold Coast has --

flash flooding on the Gold Coast

has caused hafb -- havoc. Rescue

crews eventually pulled the man to

safety. Hours later a second driver

was rescueed after also becoming

trapped. More rain is expected for

the coming days. Victoria police

are stepping up their search for an are stepping up their search for an

intruder who attacked an elderly

woman in her Melbourne home. The

grandmother died in hospital

yesterday after waiting nine days

before reporting the attack.

76-year-old grandmother was

brutally bashed on January 20 as

she watered her backyard. Her

attacker repeatedly striking her

head and body before throwing her

against a tree trunk. Fearing for

her life, she kept quiet for nine

days until the pain from her

injuries became unbearable. She

died in hospital on Sunday. It's a

tragic set of circumstances that

has led us here today. Tragic in

the sense that a lady was too

scared to contact police in the

first instance. A caravan has been

set up in the grandmother's street

as part of the investigation. Some

neighbours reported seeing strange

men hanging around in the area in

the days before the tack. With a

2-week-old crime scene, police

admit thor there's little to work

on. It's caused a delay in her

medteral treatment which has

probably contributed to her death.

New Australian research is busting

urban myths about what causes

cancer. It's found mobile phones,

deodorants and coffee are extremely

unlikely to increase your chance of

getting the disease. But smoking,

drinking alcohol and deliberate sun

exposure still top the list of

high-risk activities. The research

aimed at calming public fears about

cancer has been releaseed to

coincide with World Cancer Day today. Police in the US are

searching for a gunman who shot

dead five women in the suburban

shopping centre in shicag ofplt

investigators believe it was a

robbery -- Chicago. Investigators

believe it was a robbery that went

wrong. The aftermath of aAmerica's

latest shooting atrocity. Five

women shot dead at a shopping

centre. Now a clearer picture of

what happened has emerged. Through

the investigators inside, they were able to determine a pretty

substantially that the motive in

this case was a robbery. And that

at some point it went rather poorly.

Those who died here were all in

their 20s and 30s. Among them a

store employee. Their killer fled

the scene, leaving nothing behind

but devastation. A 4-storey hotel

in western India, where officials

had issued a warning to evacuate

last week, as collapsed, killing at

least eight people. The victims

were mainly hotel workers and

guests who had stayed despite of the warning.

Rescue efforts are continuing with

more people feared trapped in the rubble. Tiger Woods has produced a

trademark last-day charge to post

his 7th win in eight appearances at

the Dubai Desert Classic. After

starting the final round four shots

adrift of the lead, Woods finished

with a brilliant string of birdies to to claim victory. CHEERING AND CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Overnight leader Ernie Els needed a

birdie on the last hole to force a

play-off. Once again, Karrie Webb

reins -- reigns over Australia women's golf. A second play-off hole, mountains of pressure, Karrie Webb once again rising to the occasion. CHEERING COMMENTATOR: Australia's best ever golfer shows why it's a fourth Australian Open title for Karrie Webb. Just the feelings and the emotions that you feel, whether or not you do it it's just a great feeling to be in that position. Just making the decider an amazing achievement - she'd led early in the final round till Korean teenager Shin Ji-yai sunk back-to-back birdies. Karrie struggled to stay steady. By the 15th, she found herself 2 shots in arrears. to make any mistakes coming in I knew that Shin wasn't going and that I needed to make 2 out of the last 3. That she did - a barnstorming finish with birdies on 16 and 17. She couldn't find a third for the win, the play-off hole good enough, Karrie now eyeing a repeat double at the Masters this week. Anthony Goodridge, Ten News.

Now results in the opening game of cricket's

cricket's tri-series overnight.

Rain forcing an early end to the

game seven overs in to Australia's

innings. They were under pressure

too. Knocked him over! James Hopes

and Ricky Ponting both fell in the

chase. The star of the day, though,

Brett Lee - he took five. -- 5/27.

The RBA meets tomorrow? They do. A lot

lot of unhappy people. 750,000 are

already gripped by mortgage stress

but the RBA is not likely to show

sympathy and they are tipped to

lift rates to an 11-year high. The

Government is scrambling to reign

in inflationary prec-- rein in

inflationary pressures. We believe

the extent to which the unions

which spent in the order of $30

million or more getting Mr Rudd

elected, take control and have

excessive influence. Union members

are expected to be among a thousand

delegates at a summit in April

which will discuss core challenges

to the nation, including the

economy. Embattled finance company

MFS is believed to be on the verge

of sell agmajority stake in its Stella Group hospitality business.

The deal could be announced as

early as today and will help

recapitalise MFS which is seeking

to refinance $220 million in debt

by March. Now the half-year

reporting season kicks off this

week with investors anxiously awaiting results. Overall half-year

earnings are tipped to be 10% to

12% higher than previously. The 12% higher than previously. The ASX

is expected to report a bumper

result of about $180 million while

the CBS a expecting an earnings

boost of around -- CBA is expecting

an aurpbings boost of around 10%.

-- earnings boost of around 10%. A

weather check now:

Heath Ledger to be farewelled at a

private funeral in his home town.

And the CommSec finance report when

the Early News returns.

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Hundreds of people evacuated after

a blast at a Sydney apartment block.

A 15-year-old boy feared drowned

after being swept out to sea on the

NSW North Coast. Torrential rain

causes flash flooding in Brisbane

and the Gold Coast. Rain denies Australia's cricketers a first-up

win against India in the one-day tri-series.

Back to Frank now with finance. Thank you. Wall Street defied

disappointing jobs data, end

ag52-month stretch of employment growth to rise again.

Coming up - CommSec's expert tells

us more about BHP's battle for Rio

and the reports coming up from some

big names. Two people have been

injured and hundreds evacuated

after an explosion in the lobby of

a building in inner Sydney. Joining

me on the line now is Amber Muir

who's at the scene. We've heard a gas leak might be behind the blast. What more can you tell us? The

explosion ripped through the Ultimo

apartment block around 1 hurt clk

this morning. It blew -- 1:30 this

morning. It blew out a window. It

trigard massive fireball. But

amazingly, no-one was killed. Two

people as you mentioned were

injured and one seriously. Both

have been taken to hospital and

about 400 others had to be

evacuated to emergency

accommodation at a hotel near Sydney Airport. It's understood

most of those people were

university students from the nearby

University of Technology around the

corner here and the entire block

has been sealed off as a crime

scene while police and structural

engineers examine the site to

determine what happened. Thanks for

the update. Grave fears are held

for a teenager swept out to sea by

flash flooding on the NSW north

coast. The 15-year-old boy was

bodyboarding with a group of

friends in a rain-swollen creek in Woolgoolga when he disappeared. Hazardous conditions have hampered

the search but his board has been

found. The search will resume this

morning. More than 170 millimetres

of rain fell in the area over the

weekend. And police divers weekend. And police divers will

today join the search for a

3-year-old boy feared drowned in

the Murray River in Victoria. The

toddler fell off the back of a houseboat at Echuca last night and

has not been seen since. Around 50

homes in east Brisbane are on flood alert after torrential rain

battered the area. Flash flooding

on the Gold Coast has caused havoc

on the roads overnight. This man

hung on to the back of his van for

over an hour. Rescue crews

eventually pulled him to safety. A

second driver was rescued after also

also becoming trapped. More rain is

forecast for the coming days. The

opposition has accused unions of

being a real threat to inflation

and interest rates. An imminent

rate hike has fuelled predictions

of mortgage doom for hundreds of

thousands of Australian families. With at least two interest rate hikes forecast this year, new research predicts 750,000 households will find themselves in mortgage stress,

where more than 35% of income is paid on the home loan. and mortgage stress is among them. There are real pressures out there The Reserve Bank board meets on Tuesday and is widely tipped to increase official rates by 0.25% in a bid to rein in inflation. While lenders factor in increases, the advice is to act early The Government says it's doing its bit

to fight inflation and keep rates down by tackling expenditure, forecasting pain in its first Budget. That doesn't address what the Opposition sees as the most significant threat. The extent to which the unions - which spent in the order of $30 million or more getting Mr Rudd elected - take control and have excessive influence.

The economy will be one of 10 core challenges

challenges facing the nation to be

tackled by a weekend-long summit to

be held at Parliament House in

April. A thousand of what the April. A thousand of what the PM

calls our best and brightest will

be invited to brain storm the

economy for the next decade. Each

one -- each issue will then be assessed by Government. Heath

Ledger will be farewelled during a

private funeral in his home town of

Perth. It's understood the actor's

parents had decided against

having a public memorial at his old school,

school, Guildford Grammar. The

28-year-old's body is due back in Perth

Perth this week and will be laid to

rest at the family plot. It's

unclear if Ledger's former fiance, Michelle Williams and their

daughter will taepd the funeral.

Yesterday stars including Tom

Cruise attended a memorial for the

actor in LA. A lucky escape for two

people on board a plane forced to

make an emergency landing in Sydney.

Fire crews and ambulances were

rushed to Bankstown airport after

the pilot called for emergency

support while in the air. On landing the light aircraft's

nosewheel collapsed and was doused

with a fire retardant. The two

people on board were not injured. At least 11 people have been killed

and nearly 100 injured in a suicide

attack at a Sri Lankan trainstition.

A female suicide bomber -- train

station. A female suicide bomber

blew herself up. The blast comes

hours after a bomb went off at a

zoo, killing 18. Both attacks have

been blamed on Tamil Tiger

militants, although the group has

denied responsibility. A gunman remains

remains on the run after remains on the run after shooting

dead five women in a botched

robbery at shopping centre in

Chicago. Police say they're hunting

a man described as black, stocky

and abouts 1 metre 75, who

witnesses saw leaving the shop with

a gun. Victims ranged in the age

from 22 to 37 and were all in the

local area apart from one woman

from Indiana. Australia has been

denied a first-up win in the

one-day tri-series. Rain ruining

the contest with the Aussies in

sight of victory. In the end there

was simply too much rain to go on

any longer. The Gabba and its patrons soaked under Brisbane's

summer deluge, after India had crumbled. Spot on! That's superb

fast bowling. Brett Lee the star,

5/27. Australia chasing an amended

target of 192. Adam Gilchrist

started in a positive mood. Off the

mark. The run rate given a turbo

Boost by James Hopes. Boost by James Hopes. Four

boundaries there. No love despite

appearances. His popularity dived

even further, the retiring

Gilchrist walking, as more rain came.

He's knocked him over! Sharpl

sharpl removing Hopes -- Sharma

removing Hopes. The captain gone

too. The point shared as the rain

got everyone. Two late goals have

helped Fulham defeat Aston Villa

2-1 this morning. The 2-1 this morning. The Cottageers

finding the equalliser in the 73rd

minute before a brilliant strike

from Jimmy Bullard ensured them the

three points. What a goal! What a

moment for Fulham. Elsewhere, a

late goal from Robert Huth earned

Middlesbrough a 1-1 draw with

Newcastle. It attracts an Newcastle. It attracts an audience

of 100 -- million in the US alone

and the countdown is on for the

Super Bowl. The New England

Patriots hours away after their

shot at history, attempting to

become the first team to complete a

perfect 19-game season. Tom Brady

is in good spirits after being

cleared of an ankle injury. Their

opponents can rewrite the history

books, no team has ever won

11-straight games on the road.

Home owners are bracing for more

pain this week with the Reserve

Bank meeting tomorrow on interest

rates. With more Craig James joins

us now from CommSec. Good morning,

Craig. Many analysts are tipping a

rate hike on Wednesday, given

current inflationary pressures

doofplt you agree? We do. We expect

a quarter of a percent rate hike

and that's because the economy is

growing a bit too fast. And that

was confirmed on Friday when the

budget figures were released for

the year to October, showing a

massive 15.9 billion dollar surplus,

showing Federal Government coffers

benefiting from the strength of our

economy and the global economy.

Chinalco has taken a 12% stake in

Rio Tinto. What options are left

for BHP? They'll either have for BHP? They'll either have to

walk away or increase its bid for

Rio Tinto. The current and formal

bid is three BHP Billiton shares for

for every one of Rio Tinto's shares.

They'll have to up to to 4 or 4 They'll have to up to to 4 or 4 and

a quarter. It will have to deal

with Chinalco and sell some of Rio

Tinto's aluminium assets. OK. Some

reports coming out locally and with Wall

Wall Street closing stronger on

Friday on the back of the proposed

Yahoo and Microsoft deal, are we

likely to see gains on the local

sharbgt? The futures market seems

to think so. It's pricing in 200

points at the start of trade today

and that will be due to Rio Tinto

and BHP. The shares up in the order

of 13% in London. BHP up in the

order of 10%. The energy sector

won't gain. The oil price fell by

3% on Friday. Thanks for the wrap. Thank Thank you.

A weather wrap now:

Taking a look at today's newspaper headlines. The 'Sydney Morning

Herald' reports on the shooting of

an Australian girl in India by a

man who had been stalking her. The

'Sydney Morning Herald''s BiDay has

more on the pairing of Chinalco and

Alcoa to snare a 12% share of Rio.

Kevin Rudd has invited 1,000

Australians to help plan the future

of Australia. Cancer myths busted.

We'll have the details on that

research when the Early News returns.

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Fluez. -- Early News. Flash

flooding in South-East Queensland

as torrential rain batters the east

coast. New Australian research

busting the myths about what causes

cancer. And in sport, world number one, Tiger Woods celebrates his 7th

Dubai Desert Classic title. For a

check of the markets and the US

markets did well on Friday? They

did. Despite fears of a recession

sparked by those bad job numbers in

the US, stocks rose again on Friday.

Chinalco's Alcoa deal and what it

means for the big Australian. Up to

1,000 people have been evacuated

after a terrifying explosion in a

Sydney building. Two people were

taken to hospital, many others were

treated on the side of the road.

The multiple explosions could be

heard kilometres away. Bricks and

debris from the apartment block

scattered across the road.

Terrified residents were woken by

the blast shortly after 1am. I

thought we were going to die. Heard

a bang and people screaming and

just a big shock wave. People just a big shock wave. People

running out. Two people were taken

to hospital, one suffering severe

burns. While many others were

treated on the street. It was like

in three instance. Bang, bang, bang.

Three blasts that happened it

seemed. It's believed a gas leak

caused the massive explosion. Fire

crews were on the scene within four

minutes and confronted with what

appears to be an explosion in the lower ground floor. Investigations

are continuing. A 15-year-old boy

is missing, feared drowned, after

being swept out to sea on the NSW

North Coast. The teenager was body

boarding with a group of friends in

a rain-swollen creek in Woolgoolga

when he was swept away by flash floods. Poor conditions are

hampering the search for the

teenager but his board has been

found. The search has resumed this

morning. More than 170 millimetres

of rain fell in the area over the

weekend. Police divers will today

join the search for a 3-year-old

boy missing in the Murray River in

Victoria. The toddler fell off the

back of a house boat at Echuca last

night and has not been seen since.

Around 50 homes in east Brisbane

are on flood alert after torrential

rain battered the area. Glad

flooding on the Gold Coast has

caused havoc on the roads overnight.

This man hung on to the back of his

van for every an hour after he was

stranded by flood waters. Rescue

crews eventually pulled him to

safety A. second driver was rescued

after also becoming trapped. More

rain is forecast for the next few days. days. A report has revealed

hundreds of people with criminal

histories will teach in Victorian

schools this year. Teachers

convicted of stalking, theft and

drug use are among those declared

fit to work in classrooms by the

education watchdog. Up to 400 other teachers with serious criminal

offences remain in the classroom

but privacy laws prevent them from

being named. Victoria police are

stepping up their search for an

intruder who attacked an elderly

woman in her Melbourne home. The

grandmother died in hospital

yesterday after waiting nine days

before reporting the attack. The stpibs-year-old

stpibs-year-old grandmother was

brutally bashed -- 76-year-old

grandmother was brutally bashed on

Wednesday when she was watering her

backyard. Fearing for her life, she

kept quiet for nine days until the

pain from her injuries became

unbearable. She died in hospital on

Sunday. It's a tragic set of

circumstances that has led us here

today, tragic in the sense that a

lady was too scared to contact police in the first instance. A

caravan has been set up in the

grandmother's street as part of the

investigation. Detectives also

door-knocking neighbours. Some

reported seeing strange men hanging around

around in the area in the days

before the attack. But with a

2-week-old crime scene, police

admit there's little to go on. It's

caused a delay in the investigation

commence. And caused delay in a

medical treatment which is probably contributed to her death.

Predictions of another interest

rate hike has the Government

scrambling to reign in

inflationary prec-- rein in inflationary inflationary pressures. Kevin

Rudd's 5-point plan doesn't address

the most significant threat to the

economy, according to the

Opposition. To the extent to the

unions who spent $murt million or

more getting Mr Rudd elected take

control and have excessive

influence. The summit in April discuss influence. The summit in April will discuss core challenges to the

nation including the economy. New

Australian search is bursting urban

myths about what causes cancer. It's found mobile phones,

deodorants and coffee are extremely

unlikely to increase your chances

of getting the disease. Smoking,

drinking alcohol and deliberate sun

exposure till top the list of high-risk

high-risk activities. The research

aimed at calming public fears about

cancer has been released to

coincide with World Cancer Day

today. Fierce fighting has rocked today. Fierce fighting has rocked Chad's capital for the second Chad's capital for the second

consecutive day as government forces battle to drive back forces battle to drive back rebels.

The army is insisting the city has

not fallen to the rebels and the

President is safe. Aid agencies are

reporting many dead from the

fighting and 300 people are being

treated in hospitals. France has

evacuated around 400 foreigners

from the central African country.

At least 30 people have been killed

in a series of powerful earthquakes

across east Africa. The Democratic Republic

Republic of Congo and neighbouring

Rwanda have the worst quakes with

magnitudes of 6.0 and 5 oit 0

respectively. At least 10 people

died when a church collapsed in

Rwanda. Police say the death toll could rise. Tiger Woods has produced a

trademark last-day charge to post

his 7th win in 8 appearances at the Dubai Desert Classic. After

starting the final round shour

shots adrift of the lead, shots adrift of the lead, Woods

finished with a 7 under 65.

Overnight leader Ernie Els needed a

birdie on the last to force a

play-off with Woods but his

approach shot found if lake. Once

again, Karrie Webb reigns over

Australia women's golf. Celebrating

a fourth national title. A second play-off hole, mountains of pressure, Karrie Webb once again rising to the occasion. CHEERING COMMENTATOR: Australia's best ever golfer shows why it's a fourth Australian Open title for Karrie Webb. Just the feelings and the emotions that you feel, having to hit great shots under pressure, whether or not you do it Just making the decider an amazing achievement - she'd led early in the final round till Korean teenager Shin Ji-yai sunk back-to-back birdies. Karrie struggled to stay steady. By the 15th, she found herself 2 shots in arrears. I knew that Shin wasn't going to make any mistakes coming in 2 out of the last 3. That she did - a barnstorming finish with birdies on 16 and 17. She couldn't find a third for the win, the play-off hole good enough,

Karrie now eyeing a repeat double at the Masters this week.

Anthony Goodridge, Ten News.

No result in the opening game of cricket's tri-series overnight.

Rain forcing an early end to the

game seven over said in to Australia's innings. They were

under pressure too. He's knocked

him over! James Hopes and Ricky

Ponting both fell in the chase. The

star of the day, Brett Lee, he took

5/27. Our star of the day, Frank,

important executives in town to

discuss their Rio? Chinalco will

brief the Federal Government and

the media. Forces joined to a the media. Forces joined to snatch

a 12% stake in Rio Tinto. It's a

clear indication that BHP could

face competition in its takeover

bid for Rio with increasing

speculation Chinalco and Alcoa

could be laying the groundwork for

a full takeover. The two companies

have reserved the right to increase

their share in riskpo it comes just

two days before BHP's deadline to

put up or shut up in its bid for

the rival miner. An anxious wait

for investors as the big players

prepare to release their profit

reports. Despite the recent global

market turmoil, overall half-year

earnings are tipped to be 10% to

12% higher than previously. The 12% higher than previously. The ASX

is expected to report a is expected to report a bumper

result of about $180 million. The

CBA is expecting an earnings boost

of up to 10%. The president of Chinalco will hold a media

conference in Sydney to grab a 12%

stake in Rio Tinto. The Bureau of

Statistics will release trades data for December.

It's been a big one. Going to be a

big week in finance. It will be. A look look at the national weather details for the day

That's it for Ten's

That's it for Ten's Early News.

Goodbye for now. Have a great day.

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