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(generated from captions) Come on! Let me hear one laugh, Amy. (GIGGLES)
Give us a laugh. Come on! Will that get us over the line? Yes! Whoo! Whoo! He came halfway there. $5,000. Better than a poke in the eye
with a brush. Amy, it's all up to you now.

I'll say... ..$200. Singin' the blues. You want $200? Yep?
Let's see it. I think so.
Is she on the money? Come on, Amy. Come on! Come on! Oh. (ALL GROAN) ANDREW AND JANE: Oh, no! There it is! The $200. Jane.
That's cool. I am bitterly disappointed. You deserved better. It's been a thrill and a pleasure
to play with you. Thank you very much, though.
Thank you. Let's see the money.
Thank you! I hope you will remember us fondly
despite all this, Jane. I don't want you going home and taking the lids off
those turps bottles, alright? You need a good night's sleep
after this ordeal. Thank you, Katie Mac.
Thank you, people. Best of luck with the bubba too,
Ames, and we look forward
to seeing you next time, people. We'll paint the town... ..whatever colour they decide
on the day, I guess. Bye!

This program is captioned live. Tonight, exclusive pictures
of a Sydney newsagent's terror and the hero butchers
who stepped in. A soldier injured
in a second accident at the Holsworthy army barracks. The gas company error that nearly extinguished
Sydney's Flame of Remembrance. Sydney petrol prices
in the palm of your hand. And how older mothers are helping make Blacktown
Sydney's baby capital. VOICEOVER: This is Seven News
with Mark Ferguson.

Good evening. Two newsagents have described
the terrifying moments when masked bandits
rushed into their store swinging weapons wildly at them. The robbery was under way
at Riverstone when two brave butchers intervened,
putting up a serious fight.

It's nearly 8am. Claire Blunt is working the till
at this Riverstone newsagency when two cowards overwhelm her
with aggression. There's no regard
for the elderly lady on the right or an elderly man to the left, who has a machete
raised to his throat. Claire cowers as the thug with the crowbar
demands she open the register. "Put the money in the bag!
Put the money in the bag!" And I was just screaming
and screaming and screaming. As she fills the bandits' bag, her boss, John Emmery,
emerges from a back room. They were smashing everything
and they were making a real noise and then suddenly one of them
runs towards me with a meat cleaver. John retreats
with his hands in the air. He was screaming,
he was waving this thing around. Him and his mate
were smashing the front counter for absolutely no reason. He had our attention. Then, something grabbed
Mr Crowbar's attention - a man with a smaller knife
but a bigger heart. It was butcher Anthony Harvey Machete man
is also too scared to confront him. He bolts out the back and, almost comically,
struggles to get past a trolley then struggles again to escape
out the door, which is locked. And he gets the cleaver
and he smashes the window. Anthony continued to hold the fort
out the front and the bandits left with nothing. Heard a lady screaming,
just ran straightaway. That's all you can do. When you hear someone screaming,
they need your help. Even if you're built like
a tight-head prop. My brother jumped over the counter
like Sally Pearson and just hit the road running
like Usain Bolt. Cowardly crims, and not
the most intelligent either - too stupid to realise they shouldn't be driving around
in their getaway car half an hour later, when a cluey cop from Mount Druitt
arrested them. To have neighbours,
neighbouring shopkeepers, who look after each other is something I think
Riverstone's proud of.

A soldier has been injured after he was thrown
from a moving vehicle at Holsworthy Barracks. It's the second road accident
at the south-west Sydney base this month. Adam Walters - is at Holsworthy. Adam, what can you tell us
about his condition? Mark, the good news
is the soldier's fine although at one stage
there was deep concern when he lost consciousness. It's believed
the 25-year-old was concussed after falling
from an army truck at midday. He came to while
being treated by paramedics and started talking at the scene. The soldier was taken
to Liverpool Hospital where his condition is stable.

That soldier is undergoing
a medical care and to the best of my knowledge,
it is non-life threatening and was very different
to the accident that I think you were referring to
earlier. just two weeks after
Sapper Jordan Penpraze was killed and 17 others injured when a troop carrier overturned
during a training exercise at Holsworthy. Three others were left
in a critical condition after that crash, which remains the subject
of two separate investigations. Mark. Thanks, Adam.

Gas giant AGL has been forced
to apologise for a blunder which nearly led to the Flame
of Remembrance being turned off at Hyde Park's ANZAC Memorial. State political reporter
Lee Jeloscek is there. Lee, what was the problem? Mark, AGL says
it is an accounting error and has offered
an unreserved apology to diggers. The company sent a technician here
to the memorial to turn off the Flame of Remembrance because it believed a gas bill
of $356 had not been paid. Staff at the memorial were able to prove
the bill had in fact been paid, saving the flame which burns in honour
of fallen our soldiers. Today, AGL has admitted
the fault was at its end, though we are told
the memorial has had problems paying its Telstra
and security bills, Mark.

Sydney's crumbling
construction industry has claimed yet another victim with builder Southern Cross
going into administration owing $17 million. 600 creditors,
including many subcontractors, are waiting for money, affecting the jobs
of thousands of workers. The new Woolworths site
at Balgowlah - four weeks from completion, Now in a building freeze
and behind a picket line. The subbies want to prevent
any work here until they're paid
what they're owed. Developer Southern Cross
is now in voluntary administration, leaving 600 sub-contractors
with thousands of workers owed an estimated $17 million.

This is upsetting. If our bosses don't get paid,
we don't get paid. And the timing. Always Christmas,
always Christmas. Southern Cross had four projects
under construction, including the nearby Bunnings. The Woolies site
involves 100 contractors, one small family business
owed $400,000.

That's enough to knock them over. That will easily knock
the company over. Southern Cross joins construction heavyweights
St Hilliers and Kell & Rigby in Sydney's
recent industry collapse. A lawyer for directors
Lewis Yazbek and Andrew Box said his clients were "depressed". After 26 years, "They never thought
it would come to this day." The union says there's been rumours Southern Cross was in severe
problems for the last 12 months. Now it's probably too late. The administrator admits
there's little chance the contractors will get
their full entitlements back. The likely return -
60 cents for every dollar owed.

It is hard times for everybody.
These situations are never easy.

Billionaire James Packer says his vision of a world-class casino
at Barangaroo is the kick-start Sydney needs. In a rare and candid public address, he claims the development
is also his chance to give something back to the city.

It's been a big week
for James Packer. His new multimillion-dollar toy -
a luxury superyacht - arrived in Australia. Then, the New South Wales Government gave him an even better,
more expensive toy - a likely second
Sydney casino licence. Big day today, Mr Packer? The way he sees it, a luxury high-rise resort
and invitation-only casino at Barangaroo is more a gift
for the people of New South Wales. I think that this is a great idea. This will be great for Sydney and there is no-one anywhere who's
going try harder than our company to build something special. Speaking last night to an audience
of Sydney high-flyers, Mr Packer gave rare insights
into his private motivation. This city's been incredibly kind
to my family. My dad's a larger-than-life... ..my dad was
a larger-than-life figure and I think this is my chance
to do something that's special. Kerry Packer made his special mark
as a media tycoon. His son says he's moved
the family empire into gambling because of the internet,
the rise of China and personal experiences. I spent a lot of time in casinos
as a kid with my dad and I ended up thinking, "(BLEEP),
this must be a good business." Just like the old man.

A new mobile phone app is promising
to help drivers save money at the petrol pump. But motoring groups warn the price tracker,
developed by Woolworths, could steer consumers
in the wrong direction. To the supermarkets,
it's all about loyalty - keeping them from the checkout
to the bowser. Everyday Rewards members can check
the price of any fuel type. Instead of driving past
petrol price boards, Woolies is offering
a real-time alternative on its shopping app. Because, at the end of the day, Woolworths are putting their prices
out there for people to see. The standard price at the top,
discount price at the bottom. In smaller print -
what the competition's charging. Well, it's pretty easy
to get on the phone and check the cheapest fuel. Just a gimmick, you know.
Everyone's competing. Updated every 15 minutes but it's limited
to competitors within a 3km radius, using an average of their prices and not including
independent servos. Our advice to motorists
is don't be conned. They're not independent
and the question is, are they going to present
the full picture? Motoring groups are urging drivers
to keep shopping around. So be it, says Woolies. If the independent service stations
are cheaper than us, then customers may make
an informed choice to go elsewhere. Whether you prefer the old method
or start using one of these, the result right now
should be the same. Over the next three weeks,
petrol prices are expected to fall. It's day eight of the price cycle. Probably over the next week or so, we might see it come down
as much as 5 cents.

A growing number
of Australian couples are starting a family later in life, with over-40's
now outnumbering teenagers falling pregnant, nowhere more so than in Blacktown,
Sydney's baby boom capital. Fresh from the delivery room, 40-year-old Shannon Weibe
gave birth to a healthy baby boy this morning. I met Mark and then we were trying. Here he is today! The Blacktown mum's
one of a growing number of women leaving motherhood
until later in life. We've got the house,
we've got the careers, we've got everything we want. We can offer him
everything he needs. The fastest-growing parental groups
are now women aged between 45 and 49 and men over 50. Sharyn Ghidella was 40
when she had her first child.

It wasn't as if
I forgot to have a baby, I just couldn't find a right time
to have one, and then Austin came along. The same happened to obstetrician
Dr Rachael Hickinbotham, who says despite the myths,
pregnancy after 40 is safe.

Obviously, pregnancy is risky
at any age and as long as risks are managed, I would definitely applaud women
for having babies over the age of 40 and often they choose to do that because they haven't met
the right person. Or because of travelling or careers. Women living in major cities
are having fewer babies, and later in life compared with those in the country
and regional areas. Blacktown is leading
Sydney's baby boom. 466 more babies were born there
in 2011 than the year before. It's just having the lifestyle
to enjoy himself and not having
to look over his shoulder.

We'd all love to live
long, happy and healthy lives but few of us know the secrets
to success. But 88-year-old athlete Saul Moss
is still going strong. He revealed a few tips to a study focusing on the health
of older Australians.

Never tell Saul Moss he's too old. The 88-year-old does weights,
swims twice a week, target-shoots and has a Guinness world record
for oldest unassisted scuba diver. I don't feel 88. I feel I'm only 40. He believes - use it or lose it. Every part of the body,
even the mind, has to have regular exercise. Wife Joan
knows what keeps him going. (LAUGHS) In her 70s, she still tap dances,
line dances and does aerobics.

Along with 250,000 Australians, they've confidentially given details
about their health to the 45 and Up Study,

which has helped
hundreds of researchers answer questions
about preventing disease. The longer you sit,
the more likely you're going to die in the next three years. That women who breastfeed have a lower long-term risk
of diabetes than women who don't breastfeed. Ageing is booming, and with a growing number
of Australians over the age of 65, what researchers can learn
from people like Saul will only become more important. We're not getting any younger but the hope is
we could always get healthier. With better diet, exercise... ..oh, and one other thing. Scotch.

One before dinner, and that's it.

Still to come tonight
in Seven News - why a bank manager
stole cash from clients, including a famous author. Also, Microsoft's massive gamble -
will we buy it? And Pippa steps out of Kate's shadow
and into a frenzy of flashbulbs.

A bank worker who stole
almost $250,000 from customers has been sentenced
to 18 months in jail. Karen Chau pleaded guilty to defrauding
six Commonwealth Bank clients. Among the victims was prize-winning
author Thomas Keneally, who lost more than $70,000. The bank says it's refunded
all the stolen money. Chau's lawyers claim she's being
treated for a gambling addiction. The 39-year-old could serve
her sentence in home detention.

Sydney tech geeks have been
among the first in the world to buy Microsoft's
new touch based operating system. Windows 8 is seen as a big gamble for the once-dominant
computing company, which is now fighting to keep up
with Apple and Google. Windows 8 shatters perceptions
of what a PC now really is. Earlier this week, Apple launched
its latest whiz-bang gadgets. Today, Microsoft hit back. Seeing, touching,
clicking and swiping is really believing. And it desperately needs a boost. The graph of tablets
is going like this. I mean, sales of PCs are tanking. Microsoft not only launched
its new Windows 8 operating system which allows users
to swipe computer screens, it also revealed
some of 56 new devices, including tablets and phones, Microsoft also unveiled
its own tablet called Surface, hoping it will eat away at a market
so far dominated by the iPad. Windows 8 won't be on shelves
here in America until tomorrow but because of the time difference, Australians are already getting
their hands on it. (ALL) ..two, one, yay! At a midnight launch in Sydney, Ziming Liang was able to buy one
of the first copies in the world. How lucky I am.
I couldn't believe it. Fantastic. It's that type of enthusiasm
that Microsoft is hoping for and needs.

Barack Obama has become
the first sitting US President to vote early. The Democrat candidate
cast his ballot in Chicago. The election's not for
another 12 days but he's hoping
to provide motivation in a country
where voting is not compulsory.

This is really convenient.
I can't tell you who I voted for. Rival Republican Mitt Romney campaigned in a town
called Defiance. Polls have the pair
locked in a dead heat.

Pippa Middleton has launched
her party planning book in London. Kate's sister received
a $600,000 advance for the guide
to creative entertaining.

It's been a crazy couple of years
since my sister's wedding. Had its up sides and down sides and I feel really fortunate to be able to build a career
as a writer. Pippa also hosted a Halloween party
for children. Reviews of the book have been mixed with some suggesting
she states the obvious with tips such as
how to make a cup of tea.

There's sadness
in Kevin Rudd's house tonight with the passing of his cat Jasper. The former first feline
featured with the family dog in Mr Rudd's children's book
'Jasper and Abbey' and the
'Great Australia Day Kerfuffle'. He also starred in some of Mr Rudd's
YouTube videos, sampling his tea. Kevin Rudd broke the news today
on his Twitter account, saying:

Sport now with Jim Wilson,
and no more Hollywood at the NRL? Mark, referees boss Bill Harrigan
and his right-hand man Stuart Raper have been sacked. We're live to league central next. Also, first on Seven - a cricketing superstar says he wouldn't pick Dave Warner
for the first test. Plus, the A League
set for its ANZ debut while the pride of the west
heads north. And a jockey's gruelling journey
to make the Cox Plate.

I always said -
you've got to think big. King of the road. Giddy up! Honk! Honk! Must be pretty thirsty.

Wait till the guys see me
in this monster.

Morning, Harold. He's still mad because
I beat him last week.

Volkswagen.

VOICEOVER: We all know that:

The future of this state
depends on it. Our next generation of workers
are counting on it. But the O'Farrell Government is ripping the guts out of
TAFE colleges and public schools, and ripping off our kids with it. And more cuts to come for sure. What are we going to say
to these young people - "Sorry - your future
wasn't worth the investment"? No. No! We're going to take a stand.
(SCHOOL BELL RINGS) Get online and tell O'Farrell
to reverse the education cuts.

The axe has fallen
on referees boss Bill Harrigan and his right-hand man Stuart Raper after a season of blunders. Reporter Matt Carmichael
joins me live from League Central. Matt, no more Hollywood at the NRL.

Jim, Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper a stunned by this decision but not many people watching the NRL will be that surprised. We saw many blunders in some very big games this year including the first and third State of Origin games and also in the finals series. There will be a restructure. The NRL will be doing that and they will search replacement to be the boss of the Referees. It could be a former coach, like Brian Smith. Tony Archer, the top referee who Fairlight of favour with Bill Harrigan, he is popular and is also keen to do this job. The NRL will decide that over the next few weeks.

Australian test great Matthew Hayden says there's no room
for explosive batsman Dave Warner for the first test
against South Africa. Dave Warner's used to body blows but after crashing out
of the Twenty20 Champions League this morning, he's heading home for a test series that Matt Hayden believes
has better options to open the batting for Australia. I'd certainly like to see
Ed Cowan start the summer. And Hayden wants Cowan
to open with Shane Watson. That leaves no room
for last summer's star, who took his power game
and test cricket to a new level. COMMENTATOR: Is it good? Yes!

Although Hayden prefers
Cowan's conservative style, the pressure Warner exerts
cannot be ignored. When the man in the mirror comes up
and you're looking at yourself, going, "I've got to be able
to handle this," this is something
that Ed will confront but I think he'll confront it well. The pressure increases on
the Sydney Sixers tomorrow morning. They'll clash with Titans
in Centurion for a spot
in the Champions League final. A bag of cash awaits the winners. I got the calculator out the back
and my pen and paper, just working out
some conversion rates and if we win and don't win.

Mitchell was left out of the Australia A side next week after a night out on the alcohol in South Africa.

Alessandro del Piero has tuned up for Sunday's historic
A-League clash at ANZ Stadium. The Italian legend was given
a history lesson from Jason Culina then got his eye in before facing Perth Glory
in his 800th professional game. People ask me every week,
even when I get home they ask me, "What's he like?" He's special. Western Sydney Wanderers
are chasing their first win against defending champions Brisbane
tomorrow night.

The Sydney Swans
are yet to reach a trade deal for Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett. He's embroiled
in a salary cap scandal with AFL investigators
raiding Adelaide's offices today, seizing documents relating
to undisclosed payments to Tippett.

Jockey Chris Munce has joined forces with former rugby league
hard man Trevor Gillmeister in a torturous training program. Munce has been sweating it out
to get down to the 49.5 kilos to ride All Too Hard
in tomorrow's Cox Plate. The horse to beat, though,
is Pierro.

He's a champion 3-year-old, probably the best 3-year-old winning this race for many years and it was a blessing in disguise that he lost Caulfield. Pierro will start from gate seven.

More Joyous from gate 11. Oh, to be a fly-on-the-wall and John Singleton walks in tomorrow. Checking finance now,
and it was a dismal end to the week.

Sally Bowrey's next
with Sydney's weather, and it's looking fine for
the Seven Bridges Walk on Sunday.

Mark, the weekend skies
should stay dry and you've still got time
to register for the walk.

MAN: (SINGS)
# I've made my home my castle # Yeah, I know it sounds cliched # But when I look around # I can't believe
the masterpiece I've made # The kitchen makeover # The garden's in clover # We've changed our befores
to our afters # From carpet to ceiling # All much more appealing # Now that I made it with Masters MAN 2: # It's not so much our home # As my DIY zone # With my ladders
WOMAN: # Drills # And water blasters # And with everything I've made # Much less I have paid # Now that I made it with Masters # And although some would say # That along the way # I've had my fair share
of disasters # At barbies I brag # While I'm smoking my snags # I made it,
I made it with Masters # Yes, I made it
# He made it # With Masters. #

Thousands of people are expected to walk around
Sydney Harbour this Sunday for the Seven Bridges Walk. And it's not too late to take part. Head to the website
to register online. It's a great way
to see the sights of Sydney and raise money
for the Cancer Council.

We saw some fairly thick high cloud
brewed early this morning and it blocked the sunlight
and stopped us getting too hot. 21 was the top.

Last night, it was fairly warm
across Sydney with temperatures overnight
hovering in the high teens. The southerly change
that hit after midnight was pretty gusty along the coast with 63km/h winds
blowing at the airport. From the satellite,
staying dry under the high, which has stationed itself
over eastern Australia. And that won't change
over the weekend, with sunny skies and calm weather
for most of the south-east. But it will be a chilly start
to the weekend in Melbourne and Hobart.

On the water:

It will stay cloudy
across the city tonight. Dropping to 14. We may wake up to
a brief shower or two Before warming up to a top of 20
tomorrow. A moderate to fresh
southerly breeze will persist
throughout tomorrow, up to 30km/h at times. And that will
keep temperatures in the low 20s again.

Perfect walking weather for
the Seven Bridges Walk on Sunday. A touch overcast.

But it will heat up again on Monday with the mercury hitting
the high 20s from Tuesday.

I have

I have got your walking partner here and I feel like doing a full 26 kilometres this weekend. A big teddy is raring to go. Goodnight.

Good evening. Thanks for joining us. Coming up shortly -
the pharmacy free-for-all. We examine the cost of your
basic medicines and prescriptions. Find out how you're paying
much more than you should. That story soon. First, the cash refunds that were
Australia's best-kept secret until we showed you how to get them. In just a week, Aussie families have claimed
more than $3.5 million in rebates. And there is millions more waiting. Helen Wellings has the details on how to put that money
back in your pocket. Some clients tell us we're Father Christmas,
the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny all rolled into one. I spent five minutes online
and now I'm $3,000 richer.

I got $2,361 back -
money that's mine. I've paid for nothing. It's great. These are all the forms
that have come in.

I'll just check that for you. In just one week, on a range of household bills, hundreds of thousands of families have claimed
more than $3.5 million. That is something
that has a trail commission. $1,700 each on average. Money that's rightfully theirs, but for years has been pocketed
by redundant brokers and advisors. It's come at a fantastic time,
couldn't be happier.