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Good morning. Welcome to Ten News.

Today, Israeli troops withdraw from

key positions in and around Gaza

City after halting the war on Hamas,

but rockets are still being fired into Israel.

As the countdown to the

inauguration resignation continues, US president-elect Barack Obama

takes part np one of the first official duties. And Benji Marshall official

stars again as Australia levels the

one day series. And a leading

economic forecaster says NSW is now

in recession and predicts Victoria

and other States are set to follow.

And the weather:

But first, a very fragile and delicate cease-fire is in place delicate cease-fire is in place in

the Middle East with Israel and

Hamas agreing to end the latest

conflict. Israel has made the first

move by beginning to withdraw its forces. Once again, the day began with forces. Once

rockets. In apparent challenges two

Israel's unilateral cease-fire,

Hamas fired its infective weapons

at three Israeli towns. Israel

replied with helicopter gunships.

But hours later, hope that the

guns really will fall silent. Hamas

spokesmen announced their own

conditional one-week cease-fire.

The militants say they will hold

fire for seven days on condition

that Israeli forces withdraw in

that time. Some Israeli troops are

starting to pull out and they seem

happy enough to do so. Israel says

it has won a major victory but will

not pull all its men out of Gaza

until it's sure the rocket fire has

major really stopped. Israel is claiming a

major military success, but there

has been damage to the country's

international reputation. Hamas

suffered severe casualty, but the

movement is still hanging on. movement is still hanging on. But

the truth is that Gaza is now a

wasteland ravaged by war and it

will take more than words and good

hope. intentions to bring any kind of

The US Airways jet which made a

dramatic emergency landing in the

Hudson River in New York last week is finally back on land. Crews

hauled the plane back on land after

several hours struggling with

freezing water and the aircraft's

weight. The black box was also

recovered. Investigators are

hoping to find out what happened

after the plane struck birds

forcing the pilot to make an emergency emergency landing.

Celebrations are under way in

Washington DC as the US counts down

to the inaugration of its first

black President. Barack Obama

placed a wreath at the Arlington

National Cemetary ahead of a

star-studded concert later today.

A state of emergency has been

declared in Washington, and yet nothing's

nothing's wrong. The powers that be nothing's wrong. The powers that be

here had to push the official

crisis button to release funding

for the largest, most complex

security operation ever. There's a

small army here - literally. 30,000 small army here - literally. 30,000

soldiers backing up 8,000 police

officers. The waterways are already

being patrolled and when the time

comes, there will be fighter jets

overhead. This morning, Barack

Obama and Joe Biden laid a wreath

at the tomorrow of the unknown

soldier in Arlington National

Cemetary. Tomorrow is a time for solemnity as well as The ceremonial arrival happened solemnity as well as celebration.

last night as his train heaved

into Union Station. The journey was

the same as that taken by his hero,

Abraham Lincoln. At the Lincoln

Memorial, Bruce Springsteen has

been warming up for a free concert.

The Obamas and 500,000 others are

expected, but that crowd will be expected, but that crowd will be

witness to Tuesday's momentous dwarfed by the one that bears

events.

Firefighters in NSW are preparing

for more bushfires this week with

heat wave temperatures expected for

western Sydney. In wsm A,

firefighters have contained blazes

which threatened houses. Three

houses were lost when the fires

went through the area. A wind

change eased things yesterday and

cooler weather for the next three days should allow firefighters to get on top of things.

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has

struck off the Kermadie Islands

north of New Zealand. The

earthquake hit north of Raoul

Island and no tsunami warning has

been issued.

Police will decide later this

morning whether to resume the

search for a man missing off the

NSW Central Coast. Marcello Munoz

was last seen in Shelley Beach. The

body of his friend, Charlie Daza

Parada, was pulled from the beach a

short time later. The search by

police proved unsuccessful yesterday. Authorities have

conceded there is now little chance he'll be found alive.

The Prime Minister returns to work

after an interrupted three-week

break. He'll only be be behind the

desk for nine days. Figures from

Queensland show poker machines

were the big winners from the Government's economic stimulus

package. After the handout, an

extra $15 million went through the pokies.

Pre-Christmas bonuses were intended

to boost the economy through

increased retail spending.

Scientists in far North Queensland

are racing against the clock to

stop a new strain of denghue fever

from spreading south. It's a different

different species to the North

Queensland one. Scientists believe

it could spread as far south as

Melbourne. They'll meet in Cairns

to discuss further eradication strategies. Some of the world's best poker players

players sit down in a bid to become

the King of the Aussie millions.

The economic downturn doesn't seem

to matter much to them, even to matter much to them, even though

it costs $10,000 to play.

These players have the chance to

walk away $2 million richer. Much

like the game itself, the world's

fifth biggest poker tournament is

continuing to grow.

More than 800 are vying for a slice

of the $10 million prize pool. Joe

Hashim has conquered casinos all

over the world, but a win at home

eludes him.'S hoping to be the

first Australian to make the table.

When I make the table, I will win When I make the table, I will win

it. I make a promise to Australia,

when I make the final table, I will

win. It attracts professionals as

well as less serious types. The

players are a lot nicer herement

when you give someone a bad when you give someone a bad beat,

you're usually not insulted or your

mother is not insulted. In the

States, they're more vicious and

violent. King of the Aussie Millions will be crowned on Saturday.

Australia has levelled the one day

series with South Africa after yet

another dramatic finish in Hobart.

The Australian bowlers did the job The Australian bowlers did the job after Shaun Marsh earlier top

scored for the second match in

A case of deja vu - chasing 249 for victory, again came from the clouds. South Africa, seemingly gone, COMMENTATOR: He's gone high in the air. High, high in the air. The man gets under it, but it sails over his head - it's a six! Mark Boucher's maximum off the fourth last ball left the Proteas needing 9 off the final three. The Australian brains trust deep in conversation. They came up with the goods. It will be a victory for Australia and well bowled - Ben Hilfenhaus keeping his nerve. While many of his team-mates struggled, Shaun Marsh yet again did the job with the willow.

That's four. That's hammered. what was eventually a winning total, his efforts earning him Man of the Match honours. I've probably got out in the last two games at crucial times, so hopefully in the next few games I can bat right through and get that hundred. But I'm really happy with the way it's going at the moment. The 5-match series now heads to Sydney, all square at one win apiece. Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

Defending Australian Open champion

Novak Djokovic reckons he's right

to go for back to back titles. He's relishing the role of being the

hunted rather than the hunter.

It's going to be the first time in

the role as a defending Grand Slam

champion, so obviously it's a new

experience for me, but I try to

look at it as a positive experience.

The action at Melbourne Park gets under way later this morning.

Lance Armstrong has made a steady

return to cycling finishing in the

middle of the pack. He took it

relatively easy in the prelude to

the Tour Down Under. Robbie McEwan

took out the event.. Just glad took out the event.. Just glad to

be there. I just said to him "welcome back" and he was cruising

along. Just wanted to stay out of

trouble. Armstrong and the rest of

the Tour Down Under field have a

rest day today before the field

begins tomorrow.

Despite being confined to the

wooden spon, the Newcastle Jets had

a win over Perth after Antun

Kovacic and Mark Milligan found the

back of the net. In Wellington, the

Phoenix were able to hold Adelaide

to a draw, but now must win away in

Melbourne next weekend and

Melbourne next weekend and hope

other results go tear way in order

to qualify for the finals.

Finance news with Frank, and Finance news with Frank, and more

bad news for the economy.

A leading economic forecaster says

NSW is now in recession. And the

bad news is that Victoria and other

States are set to follow. Access

Ecomonics business outlook for

December reports that WA and

Queensland will bear the brunt of

the downturn. It shows that

Victoria will also suffer though as

manufacturing contracts there fall. Victoria's finance and business

services are also in big trouble

according to Access.

The American Government is working

on a new plan to buy out toxic mortgages and securities from the

country's big banks. The Government

has been again forced to bail out

Bank of America, this time

injecting another $20 billion into

the financial giant to help it

absorb the cost of buying Merrill

Lynch. Citigroup is also in trouble

posting a loss for the fourth

quarter and that is the second

worse in that bank's history.

American banks are closed this

morning for the Martin Luther King holiday. .

Briefly, James Packer's Macau

casino fell 7% in the three months

to December. to December. Qantas-backed budget

airline Jetstar Asia has posted a

modest profit. Multiplex warns it

may post a $38 million yearly

profit loss.

A quick look at the weather:

Time for a look at the newspapers around the country and the

'Australian' says that Barack Obama

is set to appoint one of Kevin

Rudd's closest friends, kurt

Campbell to Government.

And a wave of sackings from the

'Financial Review' has placed work at

at risk.

And the 'Daily Telegraph' And the 'Daily Telegraph' reports

that the world's biggest liquor

company is targeting teenagers

with a potent new drink exempt from

the Government's alcopop laws.

This program is captioned live. This

is Ten News. Today - Israeli troops

withdraw from key positions around

Gaza City, but rockets continue to

be fired by Hamas militants.

The US Airways jet which made a

dramatic emergency landing in the

Hudson River in New York last week

is finally back on land.

And in sport, was this wonder

strike enough to give Fulham

victory in the London Derby against

West Ham.

And in finance, a leading economic

forecaster has predicted prices for

iron ore and coal will halve

iron ore and coal will halve during

the current global slowdown.

First, a cease-fire has been agreed

to. Israeli forces have started to withdraw from their positions in

Gaza City. Troops have flashed

victory signs. Hamas has ored

Israel will open border crosses into the Palestinian territories to

allow the flow of aid and

humanitarian goods which are needed.

World leaders meet in Egypt and

believe that lasting peace is

necessary. It must be followed by

immediate action to secure a peace

settlement. Sillians have started top return to what --

top return to what -- civilians

have started to return to their

tops to rebuild their lives. Investigators Investigators in the US have

recovered the aircraft that crashed

in New York's Hudson river in New York's Hudson river on

Friday. They'll examine the plane now.

The pilot onboard US Airways flight

49 said he made this split-second

decision to make this water landing.

The National Transportation Safety

Board said just before the landing,

air traffic control asked if the

crew wanted to return to the

airport. And the pilot responded

"We are anticipate unable, we may

end up in the Hudson". Crews

remofbled the plane from the waters.

The Airbus A320 was almost entirely

submerged next to a sea wall where

workers positioned a crane to carry

it on to a nearby barge. The

objective is to lift it up a objective is to lift it up a foot

or so at a time. Let the water

drain and lift it up to increase

the weight. Investigators say that

the jet's right engine is still

attached and boats using sewn ar

mapping may have found the other one

Officials are keen to inspect the

engines to see why the plane

crashed so quickly - within five

minutes of take off.

20 asylum seekers are being

processed on Christmas Island after

being intercepted off the West

Australian coast. They were spotted

by an airport patrol. 28 other boat

people were intercepted last year

and are due to be resettled in SA

in the next few days.

A police ka car has been rammed dur

ago high speed chase in Sydney.

During the chase, the sports car

rammed the police car and a

Mitsubishi Lancer. Two teenage boys

aged 15 and 17 ran from the scene

but were arrested a short time

later. They'll both face court later later today.

NSW residents are being told to

prepare their homes for bushfires

ahead of a hot and dry weekend.

The National Park near Perth has

burned for two days. 8,000 hectares

of land and $60 million of the

State's timber industry have been

destroyed. The needles on the

canopy of the trees, once they come

to the ground have the potential to

reignite because there will be

stumps and large woody material in

the ground that will remain alight

for months. The fire is finally out.

Residents and firefighters will

today start the massive clean up.

It's just an environmental disaster.

It's just shocking. Further south though, this bushfire is though, this bushfire is still burning. Already, it's destroyed

three homes. It's going to be a

scar for the community,

particularly as this is the second

fire in about six years of that

nature. It's the type of damage NSW

firefighters are desperate to avoid.

An extreme fire danger has already been issues for been issues for the staipt's south-west. But with temperatures

expected to soar into the 40s this

week, they're warning residents in

bush land everywhere to be prepared.

There are reports this morning of a

miracle rescue in Queensland. A

7-year-old boy was saved by his

2-year-old brother from drowning

near Townsville after the toddler

fell into a water hole. His parents

looked away to unload an esky from

the car and both boys are safe and well. Barack

Barack Obama has arrived in

Washington ahead of the naig resignation.

resignation. He rolled into

Washington DC's -- ahead of Washington DC's -- ahead of the

inaugration. He rolled into

Washington DC's Union Station. The

Obamas will be the guests of honour

at a free concert. That's due to

kick off any minute now and we'll

bring you the pictures as soon as they come to hand.

Australia's largest country music

festival continues in Tamworth festival continues in Tamworth

after the contest was won by

19-year-old Liam Brew last night.

I've dreamt of this. To even be a

part of Star Maker is a huge thing.

So be the winner, yeah, it's a great

thing. Aspiring country singer

joins the likes of former winners

like Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys

and Keith Urban.

Australia has levelled the one day series with South Africa at one

game a piece after another tight

finish in the second match in

Hobart. Shaun Marsh scored for the

Aussies before Ben Hilfenhaus held

the ball. The Aussies got up by just five mince muns.

Defending what looked to be a low

total, Australia's bowlers stepped up.

Just hours away from the first

Major of the year, the men's top

tennis players have begun the mind

games. All claim it's the others

who are under pressure.

The defending champion Novak

Djokovic claims he's right to go

for back to back titles. The bottom line is that tennis is a very mental sport. This probably divides the top players from the rest of the guys. But while he is on a high promoting a new racket, the hunting goes on.

And the man who's been the number one target for the best part of a decade is happy to let the young guns squabble for top spot as history beckons. That takes the pressure off a little bit and actually increases the pressure on the other guys. So obviously that's kind of nice You enter a tournament and you don't think about that that much - on playing. 13th seed Fernando Gonzalez, a horror draw awaiting. I think for anyone I'm probably one of the more dangerous unseeded players

in the draw.

So it puts a little bit more pressure on him, I guess. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Lucas Neill's West Ham have come

out on top in the London Derby with

Fulham. A defensive error by John

Pantsil allowed the Hammers to take

the lead after six minutes before a screamer from Paul Konchesky drew

them level.

COMMENTATOR: Oh, that is quite

stunning. Paul Konchesky scores a

magnificent goal. But further

defensive lapses allowed West Ham

to secure the points. Across town,

Spurs went a goal behind before Jermain Defoe struck against his

former club to ensure it all

finished even.

Quiet today, but it is expected to

be a busy week in finance with the

first big wave of fourth quarter profit

profit results in the US. Joining

me with the details is Juliana

Roadley from Commsec. Mixed

messages from the US. There's hope

that Barack Obama can fix things, but

but earnings there look bad? The

Obama stimulus plan, everybody is

hoping that it can give the turn

around needed but we're worried

about how long it will take to pass through

through the Senate. He'll be given

$275 billion worth of tax cuts and

$550 million spending for infrastructure, schools and medical

aid. Then the worry is how long

that's going to take to trickle down to the economy. In the reporting season, worse than

expected. We were looking for a 14.4% fall but unfortunately the

banks pulled us down. Citigroup

posting a $8.29 billion loss and

Bank of America losing $1.8

billion in the last quarter. The

DOW is still up as is the NASDAQ.

What does it mean for our market

when it opens this morning? Looking

at our market. We were up by 18 points

points helped by the resources. The

market up around 10 points. The

gold price was up $30. Oil up by 3%

and good gains in base metals.

Hopefully we'll have a great day.

A leading economic forecaster has

predicted prices for Australia's

iron ore and coal will halve during

the current global slowdown.

Access Ecomonics says the slump in Access Ecomonics says the slump in

China will slash commodity prices

and deepen the impact on

Australia's domestic economic. It

reports that the current slowdown

is the largest meltdown in modern history.

Briefly now and NSW has fallen into

recession with Victoria and the

other States set to follow

according to the latest outlook.

BHP Billiton will reportedly

announce a decision on the future

of its Ravensthorp mine in WA in

the next couple of days. Queensland

Rail is expanding its freight

operations buying 12 new operations buying 12 new

locomotives. And the Bureau of

Statistics will release its finance

figures for November.

A brief look at today's weather:

A health warning about a dangerous

new strain of denghue fever.

Details when we return.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. Today's main

stories - Israeli troops withdraw

from key positions in and around

Gaza City halting the war on Hamas,

but rockets are still being fired into Israel.

As the countdown to the inaugration continues, US president-elect

Barack Obama takes part in one of

the first official duties.

And in sport, Shaun Marsh stars

against as Israel levels the one

day series against South Africa. In business, a leading economic

forecaster says NSW is now in

recession and predicts Victoria and

other States are set to follow. And the weather:

A very fragile and dam cat

cease-fire is in place in Middle

East with Israel and Hamas. Israel

has made the first move by beginning

to withdraw its forces.

Once again, the day began with

rockets. An apparent challenge to Israel's unilateral cease-fire,

Hamas fired its infective weapons

at three Israeli towns. Israel replied

replied with helicopter gunships.

But hours later, hope that the

guns really will fall silent. Hamas

spokesmen announced their spokesmen announced their own

conditional one week cease-fire.

The militants say they will hold

fire for seven days on condition

that Israeli forces withdraw in

that time. Some Israeli troops are

starting to pull out and they seem

happy enough to do so. Israel say

it is has won a major victory but

will not pull all its men out of

Gaza until it's sure the rocket

fire has really stopped. Israel is

claiming a major military success,

but there has been damage to the country's international reputation.

Hamas suffered severe casualties,

but the movement is still hanging

on. But the truth is that Gaza is

now a wastelands ravaged by war

and it will take more than words

and good intentions to bring any

kind of hope.

The US Airways jet which made a

dramatic emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York last week

is final little back on land. Crews

hauled it out of the river after

several hours struggling with the

freezing water. The black box was

also recovered and investigators

hope to find out from that what happened.

Celebrations are under way in

Washington DC as the US counts down

the hours to the inaugration of the

first black president. Barack Obama

placed a wreath at the Arlington

National Cemetary ahead of a

star-studded concert later today.

A state of emergency has been

declared in Washington. And yet,

nothing is wrong. The powers that

be here had to push the official

crisis button to release funding

for the largest, most complex

security operation ever. There's a

small army here, literally. 30,000

soldiers backing up 8,000 police

officers. The waterways are already

being patrolled and when the time

comes, there will be fighter jets

overhead. This morning, Barack

Obama and Joe Biden laid a wreath

at the tomb of the unknown soldier

at Arlington National Cemetary. An

inaugration is a time for solemnity

as well as celebration. The

ceremonial arrival happened last

night as his train heaved into

Union Station. The journey was the

same as the one taken by his hero

Abraham Lincoln. At the Lincoln

memorial, Bruce Springsteen has

been warming up for a free concert

this afternoon. The Obamas and half

a million other people are

a million other people are expected,

but even that crowd will be dwarfed

by the one which will bear witness

to Tuesday's momentous events.

Firefighters in NSW are gearing up

for more bushfires this week for more bushfires this week with

heat waves expected again for

western Sydney. Firefighters in WA

contained blazes which threatened

Bridgetown. Three houses were lost

when the fire swept through the

area. A wind change cooled down area. A wind change cooled things Scientists in far North Queensland down yesterday.

are racing against the clock are racing against the clock to

stop a new deadly strain of dengue

fever from sprelding south. The

Asian tiger mass queet owe has established itself there in the

Torres Strait. It is toll rant in

cold climates. Scientists believe cold climates. Scientists believe

it could spread as far south as

Melbourne. They'll meet this week

to discuss eradication strategies.

A 6.2 earthquake has struck in

Kermadie Islands north of New Kermadie Islands north of New

Zealand. No tsunami warning has

been issued.

a Police are resuming the search for

a man lost in NSW at Shelley Beach.

The body of his friend has been

pulled from the surf. pulled from the surf. Authorities

have conceded there's now little

chance he'll be found alive. chance he'll be found alive.

The Prime Minister returns to work

today after an interrupted three

week break. He'll only be here for

nine days before he heads overseas

again. This time India, Papua New

Guinea and Switzerland. And figures

from Queensland show that pokies

were the big winners from the

were the big winners from the

Government's stimulus package. It

went from $152 million in November

to $ 167 in December. The

pre-Christmas bonuses were intended

to boost the economy through increased retail spending.

Australia has levelled the one day

series with South Africa after yet

another dramatic finish in the

second match in Hobart. Defending a

seemingly low tot of 249. The

Aussie bowlers did the job after

Shaun Marsh bowled in succession.

A case of deja vu. again came from the clouds. South Africa, seemingly gone,

He's gone high in the air. COMMENTATOR: High, high in the air. but it sails over his head - The man gets under it, it's a six! off the fourth last ball Mark Boucher's maximum off the final three. left the Proteas needing 9 deep in conversation. The Australian brains trust

They came up with the goods. and well bowled - It will be a victory for Australia Ben Hilfenhaus keeping his nerve. struggled, While many of his team-mates did the job with the willow. Shaun Marsh yet again That's four. That's hammered.

what was eventually a winning total, His innings of 78 helped Australia to Man of the Match honours. I've probably got out in the last two games I can bat right through so hopefully in the next few games and get that hundred. it's going at the moment. But I'm really happy with the way

all square at one win apiece. Roger Oldridge, Ten News. Novak Djokovic, The defending champion, claims he's right to go for back-to-back titles.

I'm going to be the fist time in

the role as a defending Grand Slam

economic forecaster says NSW is in News could be better. A leading News could be better. A leading getting worse? the final. And the economy is their way in order to qualify for week and hope other results will go under way later this under The action at Melbourne Park gets look at it as a positive challenge. experience for me, but I try to champion, so obviously it's a new

It says Victoria will also suffer will bear the brunt of the downturn. Ecomonics says WA and Queensland States set to follow. Access recession with Victoria and other

slide there. Victoria's finance and though as manufacturing contracts

business services are also in big

trouble according to Access. The American Government is working

on a new plan to buy up toxic mortgages and securities from the

country's big banks to help ease

the credit crisis. The Government

has been forced to again bail out

Bank of America injecting $20

billion in the financial giant to

help it absorb the cost of help it absorb the cost of buying

Merrill Lynch. Citigroup is also in

trouble posting an 8.3 billion loss.

That is the second worse result in

American the bank's history.

American banks are closed this morning.

Brief business news now and James

Packer's Macau Casino fell 7% in Packer's Macau Casino fell 7% in

the three months to December.

Qantas backed budget airline

Jetstar Asia has posted a modest

profit. And the TD Securities

Melbourne Institute inflation gauge for December is due for December is due out today.

And the weather quickly:

Front pages of today's newspapers - the

the 'Age' reveals Victorian police

have not paid a cent in more than

$13 million in rewards.

The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports

Israel deliberately blocked the Israel deliberately blocked the United Nations from building up

food supplies in Gaza before the launch

launch of its war on Hamas.

And in the

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Cancer Council Classic. Cancer Council Classic.

A police car rammed during a high

speed chase in Sydney's west. speed chase in Sydney's west. The

details when we return.

This program is captioned live.

This program is captioned live.

Today, Israeli troops withdraw from

positions in and around Gaza City,

but rockets continue to be fired

by Hamas militants.

The US Airways jet which made a

damatic emergency landing in the Hudson River is finally back on land.

And in sport, this wonder strike

gives Fulham victory in their

London Derby against West Ham.

Finance, and a leading economic

forecaster predicted prices for

Australia's iron ore and coal will

halve during the global financial slowdown.

Israeli Government forces and Hamas

have agreed to a cease-fire. Troops

have flashed the victory signs and

celebrated the possible end to the

campaign. Hamas has demanded that

Israel open all border crossings

into the Palestinian territories to into the Palestinian territories to

allow the flow of humanitarian aid.

World leaders meeting in Egypt believe a lasting peace is possible.

Three weeks of tragedy must be

followed by immediate action to

secure a permanent peace settlement.

Civilians have started to return to

what's left of their homes to

recover the dead in an attempt to

rebuild their lives.

Tens of thousands of people in

Washington DC have defended on the Washington DC have defended on the

Lincoln Memorial. The huge crowd

cheered Barack Obama and his family

as they arrived as the guests of

honour at the concert headlined by

U2 and Bruce Springsteen.

Actors Tom Hanks, Jaimy Foxx and

Denzel Washington will expected to recite pieces from American history.

Investigators in the US have recite pieces from American history.

Investigators in the US have

recovered the aircraft that crashed

on the Hudson River last Friday.

The pilot onboard US Airways flight

1549 said he made a split second

to decision to make this water landing

to avoid what he told

investigators, could have led to a

catastrophic crash in a catastrophic crash in a populated

neighbourhood. The Department of

Transportation said just before the

landing, air traffic control asked

if the cuep wanted to return to the airport. And the pilot responded

"We are anticipate unable, we may

end up in the Hudson"

Crews have removed the plane from

the river's icy waters. It was

almost entirely submerged next to

a a sea wall where workers positioned

a crane to carry the jet on to a

nearby barge. The objective is to

lift it up a foot or so at the time,

let the water drain. Lift it up

some more to try to decrease the

weight. Investigators say that the

jet's right engine is still

attached.

Officials are anxious to inspect

the engines to see why the plane

crashed to quickly - within five

minutes of take off.

20 asylum seekers are currently

being processed on Christmas Island

after being intercepted off the WA

coast at the weekend. They were

spotted by an airforce patrol

before being picked up by the Navy.

28 other boat people intercepted in

September and November last year

are due to be resettled in SA over

the next few days.

A police car as been A police car as been rammed during a high speed chase in Sydney's west.

Officers pursued the car through

Merrylands. During the chase, it

rammed a police car and a Mitsubishi

Lancer before slamming into a power

pole. Two teenage boys aged 15 and

17 ran from the scene but were

arrested a short time later.

NSW residents are being warned to

prepare their homes for bush fires ahead of more ahead of more hot and dry

conditions. Already there's an

extreme fire danger in the

south-west of the State.

The national park near Perth has

burned for two days. 8,000 hectares

of land and $60 million of the

State's timber industry have been

destroyed. The needles on the

canopies of the trees, the canopies of the trees, the ones

that come to the ground have the potential to reignite potential to reignite because there

will be stumps and larpbl woody

material in the ground that will

remain alight for months. The fire

is finally out. Residents and

firefighters will today start the

massive clean-up. It's just an

environmental disaster. It's just shocking. Further south though,

this bushfire is still burning.

Already it's destroyed three homes. It's

It's going to be a scar for the community, particularly as this is the second fire in

the second fire in about six years

of that nature. It's the type of

damage NSW firefighters are

desperate to avoid. An extreme desperate to avoid. An extreme fire

danger has already been issued danger has already been issued for

the State's south-west, but with

temperatures expected to soar into

the 40s this week, they're warning

residents in bushland everywhere to

be prepared.

Reports this morning of a miracle Reports this morning of a miracle

rescue in Queensland. 7 -year-old who saved his 2-year-old brother

from drowning near Townsville after

the toddler fell into a water hole.

His parents had looked away to

unload an esky from a car and both

boys are safe and well. Alan Jones

has returned to the airways after

the second major health scare in

less than a

less than a year. He underwent a three-hour operation last month to

remove a brain tumour. His surgeons

said it was benign.

Australia's largest country music

festival conditions in Tamworth in

NSW today after the star-maker

talent concert was won by Liam Brew last

last night. I've dreamt of this so

so many years, and to even be a

part of Star Maker was a dream. To

be the winner is a great feeling.

The aspiring country singer joins the

the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Gina

Jeffreys and Keith Urban.

Australia has levelled the one day

series with South Africa at one

game a piece after another tight

finish in Hobart. The Aussies got

up by just five runs. Mash Marsh

was the top scorer .

Defending what looked to be a low

total, Australia's bowlers stepped

up. Ben Hilfenhaus held his nerve in a final frantic over. Just hours

Just hours out from the first top

Major of the year, they all claim

that it's the others who are under pressure. The defending champion, Novak Djokovic, claims he's right to go for back-to-back titles. The bottom line is that tennis is a very mental sport. This probably divides the top players from the rest of the guys. But while he is on a high promoting a new racket, the hunting goes on. And the man who's been the number one target for the best part of a decade is happy to let the young guns squabble for top spot as history beckons. That takes the pressure off a little bit and actually increases the pressure on the other guys. So obviously that's kind of nice for a change. You enter a tournament and you don't think about that that much - you can actually more concentrate on playing. Our best local hope is putting the heat on his first-round opponent, 13th seed Fernando Gonzalez, a horror draw awaiting. I think for anyone I'm probably one of the more dangerous unseeded players in the draw. So it puts a little bit more pressure on him, I guess. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Lucas Neill's West Ham have come

out on top of the London Derby with

Fulham. A defensive error by John

Pantsil allows the Hammers to take

the lead after six minutes after a

long-range screamer from Paul

Konchesky levelled it.

COMMENTATOR: That is stunning. Paul

Konchesky scores a magnificent goal.

Further defensive lapses allowed West Ham to secure the points.

Across town, Spurs went behind against

against Portsmouth before Jermain

Defoe scored for the club to

ensure that the honours would remain even.

It's expected to be a busy week in

finance with the first big wave of fourth

fourth quarter profit results in

the US. Joining me with the details

is Juliana Roadley from Commsec.

Mixed messages from the US. There's

hope that Barack Obama can fix things,

things, but company earnings there

look bad. What can we expect? If

you look at Obama's stimulus

package, it is set to give $550

billion worth of spending that will

go into infrastructure, schools and

medical aid. The worry is how long

it will take to pass it through the

Senate and how long it is going to

take to filter down into the

economy. Then looking at the

reporting season, while we were

hoping of a decline of 14.4%

across the board, it looks like the

banks have already pulled us past

that level. On Friday, we had Citigroup coming

Citigroup coming out and posting a $8.29 billion loss and Bank of

America with a $1.89 billion loss.

The DOW up by 68 and the NASDAQ up

by 17. Where are we heed this

morning? Hopefully a great day. We

finished stronger on Friday and we

look set to open up ten points higher.

higher. Once again it will be driven by the commodities. Oil up over 3%

over 3% on Friday and good gains in

base metals all ahead of a holiday base metals all ahead of a holiday

in the US tonight for Martin Luther

King Junior day.

A leading economic forecaster has

predicted prices for Australia's

iron ore and coal will halve during

the economic slowdown. Access

Ecomonics says that the slowdown in

China will deepen the impact on

Australia's domestic economy. Australia's domestic economy. They

say that the current slowdown is

the largest meltdown in modern history.

NSW motorists face a $70 a year

rise in the price of the green slips. The 'Daily Telegraph'

reports the Motor Accidents

Authority has approved a 7% Authority has approved a 7% increase for compulsory third party

fees from February 1. The increase

comes on top of the $10 Government

levy increase in November and it

now means that green slip have now means that green slip have gone

up 14% - that's three times the

inflation rate.

Briefly in other business news:

Tim, that's finance up to the minute.

All right, thank you. A quick look at the weather:

That's it for Ten News. Have a

great day. Good morning to you.

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