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(generated from captions) Come on, Walter!
Did I not warn you about Walter? Have a heart, son!
(LAUGHS) Have a heart, son! Yeah! To bring it up to $20,000.
To bring you up to $20,000. Alright, Harry. To make it $20,500, what's in 7? It's all you for a change, buddy. I know, and I'm scared
and I'm panicking. Got sweaty palms.
(LAUGHTER) I think, Jack, for our sake,
I've got the 75 big ones. Alright. That'll do.
Come on. Come on. Everybody, come on!

Yeah! Yeah! You turned 500 bucks into $20,500! Sweaty palms? You'll have
Pacific palms, at this rate. Let's see the money!

You'll have to decide
on the garden plan. Celebrations, jubilations
and why not? There will be hundreds of children
celebrating all over Australia tonight. Good on you, Jack,
good on you, Harry, and best of luck with the garden,
Annie. Much love to you. Thanks for being with us, everyone.
See you next time.

This program is captioned live. Tonight - Sandy unleashes its fury on America becoming a deadly,
history-making storm. A power station explosion
blacks out New York, leaving millions
without electricity. A teenager's ear bitten off
in a vicious Sydney dog attack. Our new road rules - what you need to know
to avoid big fines. Plus, the Sydney beaches where
shark nets are riddled with holes. VOICEOVER: This is Seven News
with Chris Bath. Good evening. At least a dozen people are dead after superstorm Sandy
slammed into America's east coast. With hurricane-strength winds, it ripped apart buildings,
cut power to millions of people and flooded coastal areas,
including parts of New York. High drama over New York. A terrifying start
as Sandy moved in. The crane perched on top of what will be the city's
highest apartment building, collapsed. Nearby buildings were evacuated
as police cleared a "collapse zone". The instructions to all of them are don't try to be a hero
and lose a life over this. It blew back, crashing onto itself
when winds were gusting at 65km/h. Those gusts soon doubled as 'Frankenstorm'
swept across the coast from North Carolina up to Maine. 60 million people were in its path
over a 2,500km stretch. It made a menacing sight from space The facade was peeled off
this 4-storey building in Manhattan. Incredibly, no-one was injured. As the storm
whipped up monster waves, some headed for higher ground while others took their chances keen to make it a memorable moment. Orders were issued for people
to stay inside their homes, but some, who live on the water,
had nowhere else to go. I think it is safer
than being on shore. It's got a week of electricity,
water and food. Are you nervous? A little bit,
but I've got a good friend here. Hundreds of trees were toppled,
crashing into homes and bringing down powerlines. A Manhattan power plant was knocked
out by a series of explosions. WOMAN: What the hell is this?! Power was cut to 5.3 million people. Authorities warn it could be weeks
before it's fully restored. Waterfront homes
felt the brunt of Sandy, especially around Atlantic City, where it first crossed the coast. By nightfall,
the Big Apple was deserted. Streets in low-lying areas
were soon under water. The big concern - the storm surge. In New York city
and here in Jersey City, in less than an hour,
this road has become a river and it's not even high tide yet. We have seen record surge levels, we're seeing an extraordinary amount
of water throughout Lower Manhattan. It inundated the Stock Exchange
on Wall Street with water up to 1m deep inside. It also swamped parts
of the city's famous subway. All transport services
in Sandy's path were cancelled. The usually busy skies
over America's east coast were clear today. Around 12,000 flights were grounded, stranding some Australians
who were keen to leave. Rugby league star Johnathan Thurston
was among them. JOHNATHAN: We're trying to scramble
to get our flights back home but at this stage we're not too sure
when we'll be heading back. Other Aussies were just trying
to keep safe. There's a lot of tourists
around here who have been forced to stay inside,
sometimes because of a curfew and others because they're not quite
sure exactly what's going on. and a couple of hours ago
we went to Times Square - there's not a lot going on here. The presidential election campaign
was suspended while Barack Obama
returned to the White House. Away from the coast, Sandy slammed into
another storm front which dumped deep snow
in West Virginia. It had weather experts
reaching for the record books to find out the last time a hurricane
triggered a blizzard warning. We're live now to Angela Cox
in Jersey City. Ange, have the weather
conditions eased? Chris, the worst of the storm has
passed and the water is receding. Earlier, this street
was deep in water.

Strong winds will continue
throughout most of the day with another 20cm of rain
also forecast.

It is remarkable is how quickly the water has receded. A few hours ago, the water was up to your thighs. With a massive storm like this, there was always going to be a huge impact. The earlier estimate of the damage bill is $20 million. Although the storm is weakening,
it's still packing a punch. Sally Bowrey is tracking its path.
Sally, where's it headed? Chris, right now Sandy
is 100km north of Atlantic City in New Jersey where it crossed the coast
around 11am Sydney time. It was history making, the strongest-ever storm
to hit based on low pressure. The lower the pressure,
the bigger the storm. Because it's such a massive storm,
Sandy's impact is far reaching. 10 American states
have declared a state of emergency. This is the path Sandy took,
moving up the US east coast, then making a dramatic left turn,
as forecast, at the north-east corner. Tonight,
it's expected to make a right turn and head north
towards Toronto and Maine. This is how the superstorm
looks from space. If Sandy were a country, it would be the 20th biggest
in the world. An historic weather event, Chris. Right in the middle
of the superstorm, the crew aboard a replica
of HMS 'Bounty' was forced to abandon ship. The tall ship started taking on
water as it battled monster seas. 15 people were rescued,
but one later died. The captain is still missing. Being down there in those waves is more like being
in a washing machine. You have these waves kind of hitting
at you in every single direction. The ship was built in 1960 for the Marlon Brando film
'Mutiny on the Bounty'. To other news now, and a teenager's ear
has been bitten off during a vicious dog attack
in Sydney's south-west. Live to Lee Jeloscek
at Liverpool Hospital. Lee, what condition's he in? Chris, the 19-year-old is in
a stable condition tonight as doctors work
to re-attach his ear. He was walking his dog at East Hills
just after 3:00 this afternoon when they were attacked
by two pitbull terriers. As he tried to rescue his own dog, the pitbulls started biting
his legs. He fell to the ground. That's when his ear was bitten off, the attack only ending
when residents came to the rescue. Patient's left ear
has totally been severed to the actual base of the ear. When police arrived, they tracked down the pitbulls
around the corner. With their guns drawn, they ordered the dogs' owner outside
for questioning, and helped catch his dogs. The good news is paramedics
recovered the ear and surgeons are confident
of reattaching it. Chris.

Two doctors from Bega Hospital
have contradicted each other over events that occurred before the death of baby
Elija Slavkovic from meningitis. Their evidence at the inquest
frustrated Elijah's grieving mother, who made a desperate plea
for the truth. When Elijah Slavkovic arrived
at Bega Hospital from Pambula Hospital he was clearly sick and in trouble. There was a lot of to-ing
and fro-ing on the telephone and everyone seemed to be panicked. Dr Tin Myint was working
in emergency that night. Today he told the inquest
into Elijah's death the baby was so sick he called his supervisor at home and asked her to transfer Elijah
to Canberra Hospital. She said, "Why don't we keep him
at our hospital "under antibiotic cover?" I suggested to her, you must come
and see the baby to decide. She said, "OK, Tin,
send him to Canberra." I just wish the VMO on call
that night had taken the time to come in
and look at Elijah herself. Dr Erika Jaensch said that
conversation never happened:

Elijah wasn't given antibiotics
for nearly three hours. The stories are so different. It's my son's life
we're talking about and he deserves the truth. The coroner was then told
a doctor at Canberra Hospital asked Dr Myint to consider flying
Elijah to Sydney Children's Hospital for intensive care. He said he didn't remember
that conversation. Elijah was sent to Canberra and later driven
to Sydney Children's. Sydney police say they will show
zero tolerance to drivers who don't know about new road rules
which come into effect on Thursday. The changes include
new signalling rules and restrictions on mobile phones, carrying big penalties
for drivers who ignore them. Today, drivers can't hold
their phone while talking. From Thursday, they can't hold
their phone in traffic at all. When they touch it, they're tempted to look at it for
text messages or do something else. They can be very, very dangerous. Drivers can only touch their mobile
passing it to a passenger or dialling or receiving calls
from a fixed mounting ideally, on the dash. If it's up at eye line that's great because you can see the phone plus
watch the roadway at the same time. In-car phone mountings
are selling quickly. It's been the busiest ever. The stock comes in,
it's out the door. The other high-profile law change
involves roundabouts. Drivers will have to indicate
well before they get to one then indicate again as they exit. Failure to do so -
2 points and $165. You'll also have to give way
to pedestrians when turning at an intersection. A 3-point penalty there
and more than $230 and U-turns will be banned
across all unbroken lines. A nearly $300 fine for cars,
nearly $1,200 for trucks. Police say
there will be no grace period. The very day
the new rules become law they will start fining drivers. They have an ally. 20-year trucking veteran Frank. Oh, look at that! Overtaking a bloody double set
of lines you (BLEEP) idiot! This is his in-car video catching reckless drivers
going through red lights. Oh! a (BLEEP) another one! Texting, talking on their phones
and nearly killing themselves... Oh! Oh, (BLEEP) ..as this driver would have done had their car crossed into the path
of the oncoming semitrailer. He has 141 videos and rising. If you be an idiot in front of me,
you become a YouTube movie star. this summer
may want to think twice. A Seven News investigation has found some of the shark nets
have gaping holes in urgent need of repair. The familiar sight
of pylons and nets, a sign of safety
at Sydney's harbour beaches? With summer approaching we sent underwater cameras
to seven key harbour enclosures. Two were in such disrepair, they
need not have been there at all - Balmoral and Clifton Gardens. They have to maintain these areas,
swimming enclosures, or not have them there at all, because it's ineffective
if it's got big holes in it. Nielsen Park and Watsons Bay
were good. Parsley Bay and Greenwich Baths
were loose at the base. Mosman Council's nets
were by far the worst. It's important to be clear
to the public about changes to enclosures. it includes high tides,
it includes holes in the nets. The Council quotes
expert advises that it's the pylons that are crucial,
not the nets, even spaced 5m apart. The pylons themselves act as a
barrier which may deter sharks in any event,

whether the net is there or not. Still, they are upgrading. For $50,000, Balmoral will be repaired,
Clifton Gardens replaced but even that has caused concern. Campaigners are calling
for some marine maintenance on the existing nets. They don't want new or replacement
netting put in because that will not only prove
fatal to sharks but almost every other species
that comes too close. New nets are difficult for fish
to see, like this harmless
Port Jackson shark we found. Ideally, we want it to be a barrier
so it doesn't trap animals, it's not a trap we want it to be. Old nets, full of algae-overgrowth,
stop the collateral kill. Still to come tonight
in Seven News - Alan Jones' ratings are in. How did listeners respond
to his comment about the PM's dad? First pictures of the stations
for Sydney's north-west rail line. And every third person
has a Lotto ticket so what are our chances
of winning $70 million? Find out, next.

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Alan Jones' attack on
the Prime Minister's father hasn't turned listeners away
from his 2GB breakfast show. Despite the outcry and backlash,
his audience has increased. Crisis? What crisis? Another ratings win
for Alan Jones, not that he's surprised. Why would I be surprised?
Why would I be surprised? He's apologised for his comment about the Prime Minister's father
dying of shame but he's making no apology for
giving his listeners what they want. It's called the Alan Jones Program,
I do it for that reason. That's what my audience expect.
That's why they stick and stay. More than stayed - multiplied. Jones' Breakfast Show rose 0.5%
to 17.3%. Radio 2GB strengthened
its lead overall. I'm sure they were feeling nervous
about the numbers coming out, regardless of what they think because clearly, what they didn't
want was another negative headline. Headlines that sparked
an online campaign against Jones driving away many
of his advertisers. Since replaced, he says,
and not welcome back. Well, why would you? Why would you these people swallowed
a whole heap of stories about me which weren't valid. The Jones row came towards
the end of this rating's period, not that the breakfast host
is concerned. He expects his audience will be
even bigger in the next figures, despite his critics. They are on the side
of the Government. Well, I'm not and everyone knows
that. Tough luck. Transport Minister
Gladys Berejiklian is promising North West Rail Link
commuters they will be able to travel
from Rouse Hill to the city in less than an hour. She has revealed what the
eight stations will look like and the travel times between them. Concerns have been raised
that the changeover at Chatswood will be too slow.

Once you get off the carriage
at Chatswood you'll wait up to three minutes,
it could be less than that depending on when you get off and
when there's a train coming through. Commuters have until December 3
to comment or raise noise concerns. It's estimated one in three
Australians has bought a ticket in tonight's Oz Lotto
$70 million jackpot, and although many of us have already
spent the money in our minds experts warn we have
next to no chance of winning. At the luckiest newsagency
in Sydney part-time punters lining up... One come from Mudgee this morning. ..all the way to Cabramatta,
chasing $70 million. This one is big one, yeah. I wish. My fingers crossed. It's the biggest jackpot since May. I'd probably give some to the sister
and my mother. I'd take the family on a
big holiday around the world. You could do that and more, fly on Qantas first class
3,165 times or buy the latest $340,000 Porsche, why not 205 of them? Become an instant property baron snaring 117 average-priced
Sydney homes. Your chances - 1 in 45 million. The average person, if they buy a ticket
two minutes before the draw, they've got more chance of dying
than they have of actually winning. Even if you bought a ticket
every three minutes since Captain Cook
landed in Australia, you're still only
a 60% chance of winning. They say
you've got to be in it to win it. Only problem is, everybody else
has got the same idea. If it doesn't go off tonight, it will jackpot to a record
$100 million next Tuesday, Melbourne Cup day. Then you'll really want to be... Lucky! (GIGGLES)

Sport now with Jim Wilson,
and Sonny Bill is back in town. Chris, he's back to sort out
his deal at the Roosters but his boxing bout
is almost certainly off. We'll hear from Sonny Bill next who's battling
a major injury concern. Plus, Brad Haddin's loved ones
rally around him as South Africa
talk up their attack. And we'll show you the new Nissan
set to take on Ford and Holden.

He's Dev, I'm Dale. And this is my mother-in-law,
Eileen. Eileen is staying with us
for the next nine months whilst she has her hips done. Nine months. That's the same length of time this carton of delicious
Devondale Long Life Milk stays fresh unopened. We keep a carton chilled
so it's always ready to go. Unlike Eileen.

Nine months.

That's an awfully long time.

Sonny Bill Williams
is hoping a pectoral muscle injury doesn't affect his planned move
to the Sydney Roosters. He's unlikely to fight next month and may not be right
for the start of the NRL season with scans not positive. He looked fit, but that pectoral muscle problem
has Sonny Bill worried after a great run. I've probably had about four years
without injury so I've been blessed in that sense
but I didn't want this to happen. It didn't stop him holding his
nephew Malik for the first time. Hopefully if I do, you know,
have to have some time off I just miss the fight
and can continue my season. His handshake deal with the Roosters means there's no rush
to put pen to paper. Man, I'll cross that bridge
when we get to it. Pat, come on, bro. Roosters great Brad Fittler
can't wait to get him on board and just hopes injury
doesn't stop him. He'll be playing a
different position so he'll need every bit of pec
he's got. Super league veteran Steve Menzies
warmed his up at the Origin legends golf day and backed the Eels chase
for English enforcer Gareth Hock as Ricky Stuart looks to add
some much-needed mongrel to the Parramatta pack. Yeah, that's the way he plays. He's very aggressive player
on the edge there. He's big bloke, runs hard
but he's got a few skills as well. Brad Haddin saw
the writing on the wall and expected to miss out
on the first test against South Africa, but he has no plans to retire. The Sydney Sixers captain
returned home from South Africa this afternoon and believes selectors made the
decision to go with Matthew Wade months ago.

I think when you've been
around cricket long enough to get the feeling
that it was going to go this way but from my point of view,
I'm content where things are at. In an ominous warning to Australia, South African bowling coach
Allan Donald says the Proteas will field their
strongest ever pace attack. I say this humbly and respectfully,
I think this is as good as it gets. Meantime, day-night test matches
are back on the agenda and Cricket Australia
is keen on the concept. He's aiming for Cup number 13 and Bart Cummings is taking a very
low-key approach to next Tuesday's Emirates Melbourne Cup. Bart was nowhere to be seen on
a spectacular morning at Flemington. He's hoping imported stayer
Sanagas can upstage the more fancied runners
in the Cup.

He's flying under the radar a little bit but we are quietly confident they given around run, he will have a sneaky chance. You'll see
all the Melbourne Cup Carnival beginning with Derby Day on Saturday
right here on Seven. Ford and Holden look out with Nissan confident they can upstage
their rivals when they debut in the V8 Supercar
Championship next year. The new car was unveiled today after 23,000 hours
of exhaustive testing.

It is an exciting time not only for us, but for everyone in a V8 Supercars and all the fans. Nissan's first race will be
at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March.

I was getting carried away and Colin Cooper faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow. What will happen then? He is in a lot of strife, I believe. The Twitter message saying that there was a toxic environment in the Wallabies was not a good look and they want to send a strong message. Checking finance now. The share market
was a little subdued today, with Wall Street closed
because of Superstorm Sandy. The ASX 200 put on 9 points. Regional airline Skywest was up 57% following a takeover swoop
from Virgin Australia.

Sally Bowrey is next
with Sydney's weather and it's going to warm up tomorrow. Temperatures will be
in the 30s in some suburbs. I'll have the details,
after the break.

Well, the blind-spot
alert system - if there's a car in your blind
spot, the little light lights up. It makes me a feel
a bit more secure actually. I'd love it
if everyone drove a Mondeo.

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There's a bit of a pattern emerging
so far this spring with the hottest days
hitting during the week, followed by mostly mild weekends. The reason can be put down to the
cycle of cold fronts every six days or so. This week is another example
of that. We saw a fresh seabreeze
in the city. It kept things fairly comfortable,
23 the top. Right now it's 21. A few showers swept across
the Blue Mountains. The wet weather didn't drift
into the Sydney Basin. The seabreeze was the story
for the coast, 50km/h gusts at the Airport. It didn't reach the west, and that meant temperatures
were a lot warmer. From the satellite, isolated showers and storms fired up
over northern New South Wales and ranges. Tomorrow we'll see showers
clear the north of the state with fine weather settling in as temperatures start to climb. Fine along the east coast tomorrow, wet in Adelaide. Few showers in Hobart. Late shower in Melbourne. Smooth sailing on the water
tomorrow:

Staying dry in Sydney followed by a mostly sunny day
tomorrow. Warmer in the west. Getting even hotter on Thursday ahead of a southerly change
at night,

that will also bring a few showers
on Friday. A cooler weekend.

Thanks, Sally. Before we go,
here's the latest on the superstorm that is tonight still pounding
America's north-east. at 11am Sydney time. 130km/h winds caused
widespread destruction. A crane was ripped apart on top of a
90-storey building in New York City, while the facade of an apartment
building came crashing down. 13 people have been killed
from storm-related injuries. Tonight, 5 million people
are without electricity. As if New York firefighters
don't have enough to contend with they are now battling a major fire
that's broken out in a flood zone. That's Seven News for this Tuesday but we'll have any further updates
on the superstorm throughout the evening. I'm Chris Bath.
Thanks for your company. Ahead on Today Tonight - the lengths desperate parents
are going to to save their out-of-control son. That's next.

On Today Tonight - the 14-year-old boy
who can't be controlled. I feel helpless,
can't do anything to help him and that's hard as a mother. Also, don't touch it - the new mobile phone laws - will they make our roads safer? And the superfoods - I believe by changing my diet,
it's helped hold the cancer, the prostate cancer in regression. Good evening
and thanks for your company. First tonight,
the family living in hell and living in fear
of their own 14-year-old boy. His parents and brother facing daily
abuse, violent assaults, even death. A lot of it captured on camera. But as Frank Pangallo reports,
they're refusing to give up on him. (SHOUTS) Stop it! (WAILS) That's enough! When he gets into a rage, he is unable to be controlled
or restrained. He does it with fury in his eyes and filthy language
that comes out of his mouth. Get into your room. Go away! Hey, you (BLEEP)! You (BLEEP)! (SCREAMS) That's not my little boy. Jake is just 14 years old and, for most of his life,
he's been extremely troubled.