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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This morning - 33 people killed as superstorm Sandy leaves
a $20 billion trail of destruction across New York City. An Australian man caught
in the crossfire and killed while volunteering
at a Syrian refugee camp. And claims of animal cruelty
at Queensland's biggest rodeo has animal activists
calling for a boycott.

Good morning.

Superstorm Sandy has claimed
the lives of at least 33 people across seven US states and left a multibillion-dollar
damage bill in New York City. Now a tropical storm, Sandy is working its way inland
across Canada, leaving devastated cities
in its wake. Queens, New York...

..leaping red flames in the middle
of floodwaters left by Sandy - a frightening combination as
190 firefighters struggle to get in. There were numerous
trapped civilians down there, water going up the block, we couldn't get any apparatuses down
the block due to chest-high water. He forced the entry
to the front door and we were able to transport
the people from the rear apartment to the front of the apartment,
down the stairs and into the boat. Incredibly, it's believed
only two people were injured. We believe we lost
more than 80 houses. It looked like a forest fire
out in the Midwest. The winds were just devastating, blowing from one building
to the next one and those buildings
were close together. The worst of the superstorm
has now passed but the effects of Sandy
could be felt for days to come. You'd never think
this would happen in New York. 60 million people were in its path
over a 2,500km stretch. Buildings in Manhattan
were peeled apart, waves crashed over walls as water pushed into homes, taking great bites out
of front yards. This crane perched on top of what will be the city's
highest apartment building collapsed. Foam was sent flying at sea-side
restaurants in New Jersey, debris fell across city streets, New Yorkers stocked up
and tried to get out. I'll stay, I'll stay here and I said, "Mum, I'm carrying you
out of here if I have too." Some took shelter
in evacuation centres. During the storm, they gotta pick
you up, you can't stay outside. The Stock Exchange has been left
surrounded by sandbags after water inundated Wall Street. The water made it underground too,
flooding subways. Starbucks - a New York staple -
is closed for business. The city was plunged into darkness after a Manhattan power plant
was knocked out in series of explosions. What the hell is this?

New York University's hospital
lost backup power too. Last night some 5 million people
were still without power. it could take up to 10 days
before it's completely restored. So I guess we're all in the dark,
I guess until tomorrow.' Early estimates are putting
the damage bill from Sandy at between $10 billion
and $20 billion, making it one of the costliest
storms in US history. As dawn broke over New York, the full extent of the damage
inflicted by Sandy became clear. The worst of the storm has passed
but residents now face the challenge of a clean-up
that could take months. Across the north-east, communities
are climbing out of a watery mess. Sandy beat the eastern seaboard
with a vengeance, wrecking havoc from Rhode Island
to the Jersey shore. You have calls coming in and you
just can't get to these people So we don't know if we have bodies
out there right now or not. That's why we're out en route now,
looking. Streets that look like rivers
and landmarks now ripped apart have emergency crews working
overtime today. MAN: I know that many people
in our state woke up today to absolute devastation. I was on phone with FEMA
at 2am this morning to answer the questions they needed
answered to get that designation. The Atlantic Boardwalk,
once packed with tourists, is now filled with debris and the roller-coaster
is surrounded by ocean. Beach communities are digging out from the dunes
that once protected them. It's gonna be a while
cleaning up after this one. You can tell by looking around. It looks like a war zone
around here. The lights are still out
in the city that never sleeps, babies and elderly
in critical condition were evacuated
from a New York City hospital when the back-up generator failed. Tunnels, subways and streets
are underwater thanks to a 13-foot storm surge
that pounded New York City. Make no mistake about it,
this was a devastating storm. It may be the worst
that we've ever experienced. Now the hard work begins - cleaning up and making sure
everyone is safe. A man is still missing after the crew aboard
a replica of HMS 'Bounty' was forced to abandon ship
in the middle of the superstorm. The tall vessel started taking
on water as it battled monster seas. 15 people were rescued
but 1 woman 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 from every single direction. The ship was built in 1960 for the Marlon Brando film
'Mutiny on the Bounty'. And the superstorm has left
tens of thousands of travellers stranded around the world after dozens of US-bound flights
were cancelled. Some passengers could be left
waiting to get home for at least another week. The situation now has improved
in some ways with, of course,
more US airports opened but it's worsened in others. Here at Heathrow, for example, there
are more flight cancellations today in both directions than there were yesterday. The effect has been thousands of Americans stranded
in airports around the world and thousands of others stuck
in the US, unable to get back. There was one family trying
to get out of the city of lights, back to a place in Connecticut that may or may not have power
once they arrive. They were thinking the only way
might be through Montreal. We obviously need to get a place
to stay, here in...Paris. And, um, little indecision 'cause they don't know how long it's
gonna be before airports open. Others were spending
more that 24 hours in Heathrow, trying to get to LA. And for others spread
farther afield, for example in Asia, the next flight to the US,
depending on the carrier, might not be for nearly a week. Commerce, of course,
flows constantly between New York and London - more than 7,000 passengers a day,
more than 2.5 million last year - that's just between JFK
and Heathrow - right now leaving people on both
sides of that churning Atlantic just trying to get back. An Australian man has died
after he was caught in crossfire while working
in a Syrian refugee camp. 23-year-old Roger Abbas,
a talented kickboxer from Melbourne, was reportedly killed near
the border of Syria and Turkey. Tributes from family and friends
have been posted on Facebook and his family has been notified but the Department
of Foreign Affairs has not been able
to confirm his death. Two British soldiers
have been killed in Afghanistan. NATO has confirmed
they were shot dead at a checkpoint by a man wearing
a local police uniform. Currently, he is trying to flee
from that area but he is being pursued
by ISAF forces and by Afghan national
security forces. 56 NATO troops -
including 6 Australian soldiers - have been killed by Afghan insurgents
dressed in police or army uniforms in the past year.

The RSPCA is calling
for a corporate boycott of one of Queensland's biggest rodeo
events. The organisation wants sponsors to pull their support
from the Warwick Rodeo after it took more than half an hour
to put down a bull that had injured its leg. The animal was hurt in front
of hundreds of spectators. Big W and Bundaberg Rum are among
the event's biggest sponsors.

Swimming legend Ian Thorpe says he chose to speak out about
his long battle with depression to help others.

In his new book
the Olympic champion admits he used alcohol
to cope with his illness at the height
of his swimming career. This is the first time
I've spoken about this. I never thought I would speak
about this. I thought, you know,
I'll just keep this a secret but I realise there's
a lot of young people out there that don't know what to do. Thorpe says he's in a good place now
and is still swimming. South Australian firefighters say yesterday's fires are just a preview
of what's to come this fire season. Adelaide saw at least 17 blazes
in a 24-hour period - including seven arson attacks. Residents are being warned
to prepare their homes for further fire outbreaks. We're only a month away
from the fire danger season. This is a fair indication you need
to get out there and clean up. Temperatures peaked
around 30 degrees yesterday. There were no reports
of any injuries. A West Australian couple
has been fined $20,000 for pointing a laser
at a police helicopter. 29-year-old Patricia
and her boyfriend were using the laser
to look at stars back in July, when the chopper flew overhead. It was just like there, you know? It was just so tempting
but it was never to harm anyone. She says she bought the laser
on a beach in Bali and had no idea it was illegal. The couple pleaded guilty
and were fined $10,000 each. The days of mums staying home
until their children are in school are all but gone. New research shows almost half
of all mothers in 2-parent families are back at work before
their youngest child turns one. The proportion of stay-at-home mums with a child younger
than 1-year-old has dropped 5% since 2006. The study highlights the importance
of affordable childcare in the community.

Now for your first look
at this Wednesday's weather around the capitals.

Coming up on 'Sunrise' at 6am - we'll talk to some
of the Australians who were caught in the eye
of the storm in New York. But next on Seven Early News -
air raids claim more lives in Syria. And no First Division winner
last night

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Activists in Syria say at least six
civilians, including a toddler, have been killed in military
air raids in Damascus. The area has been under heavy aerial
and ground bombardment since last month when opposition fighters
seized control. Human rights observers say around
500 civilians have been killed across the country
over the past four days. 26 people have been killed in a collision between a passenger
bus and a truck in Pakistan's east. The bus was overtaking another
vehicle at a highway intersection when it slammed
into the oncoming truck. 10 survivors have been taken
to hospital, all in a serious condition. Crash investigators believe the truck's driver
may have been speeding. The bus was carrying people
returning home after celebrating a Muslim festival. Your first finance this Early News - the New York Stock Exchange
will reopen tomorrow after being closed for two days
due to superstorm Sandy.

There were no winners in last
night's $70 million Oz Lotto draw, which means it's now jackpotted
to a record $100 million. One in three Australians
bought into last night's draw. And that's despite experts warning the chances of winning
are next to impossible. The average person, if they buy a
ticket two minutes before the draw, they've got more chance of dying
than actually winning.

Oh, OK...

The $100 million jackpot
will be drawn on Tuesday night following the Melbourne Cup.

What a huge day for everybody.

Coming up on 'Sunrise at 6am - we'll have the very latest on
the death toll and the damage bill from New York's superstorm Sandy. But next on Seven Early News - a St Kilda star sacked
following a run-in with the law. And master trainer Bart Cummings
slams racing officials in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup.

VOICEOVER: We all know that:

The future of this state
depends on it. Our kids 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. When these kids can't get a job, are we gonna say, "We knew what
would happen, but did nothing"? No. No! We're going to take a stand.
(SCHOOL BELL RINGS) Get online and tell O'Farrell
to reverse the education cuts.

The stories we're following
on the Early News - the death toll from superstorm Sandy
has now risen to 35 people across seven US states and Canada. The storm has left A promising Melbourne kickboxer
has been killed in Syria. Roger Abbas had been volunteering
in a refugee camp when he was reportedly caught
in crossfire. And animal activists are demanding

advertisers boycott
Qld's largest rodeo after an injured bull
was left in agony for half an hour before being put down in front
of hundreds of spectators. Now it's over to Mark Beretta
with all the day's sport. Thanks, Sam. Good morning. AFL club St Kilda has sacked
defender Jason Gram after he was arrested
and charged by police. Gram was granted bail after being
held in custody on Monday night but for legal reasons. We can't reveal the charges. The 28-year-old is due to appear
in court again next month. He's expected to nominate for
the national and pre-season drafts in the hope of finding a new club. Next summer's Ashes series could
feature a historic day-night test if scientists can come up
with a suitable ball. Meanwhile, Brad Haddin says his
axing from the Australian test team came as no shock. Haddin lost his spot
to Matthew Wade. 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. South Africa has delivered
an ominous warning ahead of next week's series opener
at the Gabba. Bowling coach Allan Donald says the Proteas' pace attack
is the best they've ever had. Legendary trainer Bart Cummings has accused racing administrators of
pandering to international runners ahead of next week's Melbourne Cup. The 'Cups King' says it's too easy
for foreign horses to qualify, leaving locals at a disadvantage. 84-year-old Cummings is hoping
Sanagas can deliver him a 13th Cup and connections
are quietly confident.

He's flying under the radar a little bit and we're quietly confident that, given the right run in the Country, we're a bit of a sneaky chance. -- a run in the cup.

if qualifying conditions
don't change. The Melbourne Cup Carnival
begins this weekend with all the action exclusively
live on Seven. Saturday's $1.5 million
Victoria Derby could deliver one of the fairytale
results of the spring. The Gelagotis brothers
are preparing for the biggest day of their life not long after one of their saddest. The moon is still up over Moe
when Peter Gelagotis is hard at it - training horses and telling stories. He and brother Manny
could have a big tale to tell if their great hope Hvasstan
does what he did at trackwork today in Saturday's derby. MAN: He is flying, that horse,
seriously. A winner of the Norman Robinson
Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day, it made for emotional scenes - the Gelagotis brothers
had just lost their dad, Michael. You can't help it, you know... Like, I mean...anyone with a heart
would've cried. They had another city winner
on Saturday. They're now convinced
Dad's helping out from above. The results that we've had
in the last week, someone's...
someone's doing something. But what they wanted was to have him
at Flemington on Derby Day. I mean, I wish he could be there,
but he's not. If there is any spirits there,
or whatever, I'm sure that he's part of it. It's disappointing. So, yeah, look, we're there,
punching, as they say. So we're hoping that
we get a great result. If Hvasstan were to win the derby, emotions would be running high
again, given the best two weeks of
the Gelagotis family racing outfit have come at a time when they've
been hit hardest, personally. It would be a big thing. I reckon he'd be having
a few extra cans, there's no worries about that.

And Glen Boss will be riding that horse on Saturday as well.

Sonny Bill Williams
is expected to undergo surgery on a pectoral injury today and could be sidelined
for up to three months. The injury has the potential to delay Sonny Bill's much-
anticipated return to the NRL with the Roosters.

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. Williams is yet to sign
an NRL contract. Nissan's new V8 Supercar
is set to begin track testing within the next week. The Kelly brothers can't wait to
take their new Altimas for a spin and get a head-start on their rivals
for 2013.

That creates with it, really, an opportunity for us to capitalise on that and learn the car quicker than anyone else.

Nissan Motorspot will have four cars
on the grid at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 in March.

The launch of that event, Sam, is coming up next Friday. We will be there for there for Sunrise in Adelaide. Snazzy looking car. See you soon. Next a closer look how the weather is shaping up

Robyn's switch to Apia,
taken from a real conversation. (PHONE RINGS) So, Robyn,
what made you switch to Apia? I was looking for
a better home insurance deal than what I was offered. We needed to find something
that we could afford to pay. So I rang around, and found
that Apia was the best for us. And how did you find
dealing with Apia? Couldn't have been more helpful. We've taken
all our insurances to Apia - the cars, the caravan,
the whole lot. If you're over 50, call Apia
on 13 50 50 to switch today.

Now for a closer look at how the weather's shaping up
around the country. A trough in the Bight
will move east bringing isolated showers
to South Australia and Tasmania and a late shower or two
to Melbourne. In New South Wales we'll see showers
clear in the north with fine weather and temperatures
continuing to slowly increase as the trough approaches.

And that's Seven Early News
for this Wednesday. I'm Samantha Armytage.
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