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Clock starts now. What is 94 - 32?

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No is correct. Singer Celine Dion was born
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Correct. Rearrange the letters
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Lime is correct, Lugarno. What is 48 + 27?

75. Does the sugar glider
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250 points in a high-quality match-up today. Lugarno, they came home
with a wet sail. Gabrielle, Adam and Sarah, 270. Just falling shy of the 280 which belongs to Our Lady Queen
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This program is captioned live. In this bulletin - Victoria to ban
outlaw motorcycle gangs. A second koala rescued from
South Australia's bushfire zone. And the dark side of the sun - thousands witness
a rare solar eclipse.

VOICEOVER: This is Seven's 4:30 News
with Sally Bowrey.

Good afternoon. A Sydney coroner has slammed police
over the taser death of a Brazilian man - accusing officers
of acting in an "almost ungoverned pack mentality". The family of Roberto Curti takes
some comfort from today's findings but will continue to push
for criminal charges against the officers involved. Jodie Speers has more. Sally, the coroner hasn't held back
at all in slamming the police over their actions
towards Roberto Curti on the morning that he died. She's described some of them
as reckless, careless, excessively forceful and dangerous in trying to taser
the Brazilian student 14 times. Some of those times
he was actually lying on the ground, not posing a risk to anyone. He was restrained
and he was handcuffed and the court heard there was
no justification for those uses It's impossible to believe
that he would have died but for the actions of police. All the medical experts agree
that his death was not coincidental. Now, the coroner made
a raft of recommendations including that five of the officers
involved face disciplinary action over their behaviour that morning, of police procedures and training in the area of tasers
and capsicum spray. Here's how the authorities
have responded to some of those recommendations
this afternoon. We will immediately adopt
all five of those recommendations handed down today by the coroner. Now, Sally, one of the main aims
of this inquest was to provide some answers
to Roberto Curti's family. A lot of them live in Brazil
and some came out for the inquest. His sister, Anna,
actually lives here in Sydney with her husband, Mike, an they've told us
that they're disappointed that no criminal charges
have been recommended against the police involved but they are pleased
with some aspects of the findings and they feel like the circumstances surrounding
Roberto's death are a little bit clearer
for this inquest. Whilst nothing
will ever bring Berto back, we continue to push
for those responsible to face the consequences of their
appalling behaviour on that night. A very difficult time for them and, no doubt,
today's findings will be attracting quite a lot of interest
in Brazil as well, Sally.

Police have launched
a murder investigation following the discovery of a woman's
body in South-East Queensland. The 85-year-old was found dead in her Macleay Island home
south-east of Brisbane yesterday afternoon. Officers are treating her death
as suspicious but won't comment on her injuries. The alarm was raised when she didn't turn up
to meet with a friend.

Victoria is getting tough on bikies
- becoming the latest state to ban outlaw motorcycle gangs. Under the new laws,
members won't be allowed to gather or wear their club colours.

The government in Victoria has decided to take on the by key gang culture. Police will be able to apply to the Supreme Court to invoke orders against certain motorcycle gangs. That will prohibit them from associating with each other and also wearing their colours or jackets or patches when they ride down the street. The police union has come out questioning whether there are the resources to enforce this legislation, and will Institute of Victoria has come out and questioned whether the law may be knocked over in the High Court as it has been in SA and NSW. Here is some reaction.We are moving to fill that gap and we do not what Victoria to be a haven for criminal biker gangs.I haven't seen the Victorian laws, but registration of a decision of another court without the ability of people in Victoria to challenge that - I think that will cause a lot of problems.More legislation is expected next year, with legislation to prohibit the fortification of biker gang headquarters. Police are being given the powers to tear down fortification. Police are investigating
whether speed was to blame for a deadly crash
in Melbourne's south-east. Two men were killed when their motorcycle collided
with a truck at Dingley Village just before 8:00 this morning. It happened
in a 40km/h road works zone. We're still speaking to witnesses and the major collision unit
are here making their inquiries but there's some suggestion
that speed may have been involved. The victims
are yet to be identified.

has paid her respects
to our fallen diggers ahead of the annual defence talks
between Australia and America. For more, we're joined
by political reporter Alex Hart. Good afternoon, Alex. Those talks are about to wrap up -
what have they been discussing? Afternoon, Sally. There's been a big focus
on expanding the role of US forces on Australian soil,

and Afghanistan is of course
high on the agenda. Hillary Clinton also congratulated
our government on recently winning a place on
the United Nations Security Council. Before sitting down for the meeting, she visited the War Memorial
in Perth to lay a wreath
in honour of our fallen diggers. Let's hear
some of what she had to say at the start
of today's AUSMIN talks where she was joined by the
US Defence Secretary and our defence and foreign
ministers. All of our work together, whether it's on the world stage
or here in the Asia-Pacific or the Indo-Pacific, and the vision we share. But Alex, the Secretary of State
couldn't escape the crisis engulfing senior
US military figures in Washington? No, Sally -

she was caught off-guard ahead of her meeting with
Prime Minister Gillard last night. During a group photo, she was questioned
about the sex scandal that brought down the head
of the CIA, David Petraeus, and raised serious doubts
about the future of the US commander in Afghanistan,
General John Allen. Take a look. He's under investigation. REPORTER: Ms Secretary, on behalf of the Pentagon
press corp, Can General Allen remain an effective commander
in Afghanistan when he's under investigation? That caused quite an awkward moment
for Mrs Clinton. Tonight, she'll attend a reception
hosted by the WA Premier tonight before flying to Adelaide to wrap up what's expected to be
her last visit to Australia as Secretary of State, Sally. Thanks, Alex.
Alex Hart reporting in Canberra. Julia Gillard has reacted angrily to the latest claims about her role
in a union slush fund. A newspaper report says the Prime Minister received
a $5,000 cash payment from the man at the centre
of the scandal in 1996. No allegation of wrongdoing by me but the story's
been published today. This is smear, pure and simple and I'm not going to dignify it
by becoming involved in it. Ms Gillard refused to say whether she did receive the money
or what it was for.

Queensland's Housing Minister has become
the second cabinet member to resign since the Newman government
took office in March. Bruce Flegg quit his role
as minister, for administration failures
within his office. They were administrative oversights,
or if I could put it that way, sloppy administration. It follows claims from
his recently-sacked media advisor that Dr Flegg had been working
in his GP surgery while claiming to be
in his electorate.

Another koala injured
in South Australia's Tulka bushfire has been flown to Adelaide
for specialist care. Narla has severe burns
to her feet, hands and nose as well as singed ears. She's in extreme pain at the moment. Doing very well considering but this is all completely alien
to her and the pain she's in
would be immense so she's doped up
on some pretty good pain relief and we're giving her fluids. Marley,
the koala rescued on Monday, is also still critical.

Tens of thousands of people
travelled to Far North Queensland to witness Australia's first
full solar eclipse in a decade. Day turned into night
just after sunrise. In Far North Queensland
this morning, stargazers got to see
the moon swallow the sun. Complete darkness for two minutes during a rare and breathtaking
solar eclipse. WOMAN: Wow. GRANT DENYER: This is a
spine-tingling experience. Sunset came, midnight came
in the middle of the morning and we saw stars! Around 20 million people
watched the eclipse worldwide as the stunning pictures
were streamed online. 60,000 people
who travelled to Cairns The cloud came over
but still quite awe-inspiring. Just the rarity,
just the absolute... It'll probably never happen again
in my lifetime, to be actually in the place,
underneath it. Two to four solar eclipses occur
every year but rarely over a large land mass
like Australia. Even more rare - when the sun
is near its solar maximum. This is the only time we see
the outer part of the sun, the beautiful wispy parts
of the outer atmosphere of the sun that, millions of degrees in
temperature, very, very hot, and we're trying to understand, why is that the case? Scientists from around the world
came here to learn about its cosmic dance. They were also
keeping a close eye at NASA. The sun is 400 times bigger
than the moon but it also happens to be
400 times further away. So when they line up in the sky, like they did
this morning in Australia, they perfectly block each other out, which is just an amazing coincidence
of astronomical proportions. The last solar eclipse
over the Great Barrier Reef was in 710 AD.

The next one will be in 2237.

Next in Seven's 4:30 News -

Prince Charles
put to the sword on his birthday. And incredible video as a plane


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A home in Sydney's west
has been destroyed by fire. The blaze broke out
in the single-storey property in West Ryde just before 7:00 this morning. An elderly man was inside and was taken to hospital
with minor burns. 20 firefighters and five tankers
battled the flames which sent thick smoke into the air,
closing local roads. It's believed
the fire started in the kitchen from cooking left unattended.

Seven News has
been given a rare insight into a brave Australian soldier's
horrific ordeal in Afghanistan. Sapper Curtis McGrath lost both legs
in an explosion almost 3 months ago. He's spoken exclusively
to Chris Reason, who joins me now. Chris, this is a remarkable story
of bravery.

It's an incredible story. Curtis was on his first mission in Afghanistan, 10 weeks into the job when he triggered a bomb and lost both of his legs. He is now confined to a wheelchair. This week he was released from hospital in Brisbane after an intensive 2.5 month recovery program. He was gracious and brave enough to talk to us about his ordeal. We can tell you that he was basically on a sign in Afghanistan when he triggered the bomb. This vision is taken from his own helmet camera. It was taken in the lead-up to the incident. He talks us through that incident. The extraordinary thing was that he was the unit's leader medico, so he had to talk his friends to his own first aid.It was dark, I was on my back. There was lots of dust falling. It was silent. Deadly silent. I sat up a little bit on my elbows and looked down - my legs were gone.Ie ds account for about one-third of Australian deaths in Afghanistan. It's extremely rare for the army to give this kind of insight. It's a very special and rare moment. The great chance to see what

see what our troops into. Prince Charles has celebrated
his 64th birthday New Zealand style, at a party at
Wellington's Government house. The Prince and his wife Camilla were joined by
dozens of other locals who were also born today. # Happy birthday to you, # Happy birthday to you. # The royal cake
was made up of 64 pieces with a different
New Zealand theme on each.

Passengers onboard a corporate jet
have escaped serious injury after a crash in Brazil. at an airport in Sao Paulo. It bounces along the grass before slamming into
a concrete retaining wall just metres shy of a busy highway. The pilot suffered serious injuries, but his two passengers walked away
from the wreck.

after repeatedly driving along
a footpath to avoid a school bus. A judge ordered Shena Hardin
spend two humiliating days holding a sign
saying she's an idiot. The bus driver recorded
her crazy antics and handed the video to police. Hardin also had
her licence suspended for 30 days. Next in Seven's 4:30 News - 'GQ' magazine names
its Man of the Year. Also, we'll meet the newest members
of Melbourne's penguin family. And in sport,
Michael Clarke wants more aggression for next week's second test
in Adelaide.

VOICEOVER: We all know that investment
in public education is vital. 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 rise up against
this short-sighted madness.

Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth
has been given 'GQ' magazine's highest honour. The 29-year-old
beat tough competition to take out the coveted
Man of the Year title. He appeared via video link
to accept his award. I was thrilled to find out
I was given this award because 'GQ' have been
so supportive of me right from the beginning
of my career. The awards recognise the diverse
and inspirational talents amongst Australian men.

Time to check the financial markets. The ASX 200 closed 8 points up.

Melbourne Aquarium has welcomed its first two subantarctic
gentoo penguin chicks of the year. They made their first
public appearance today when they were weighed and measured
in their exhibit. And our cameras captured
another chick pipping. So, they're just starting to break
through the shell at the moment so, in the next day or two, we should be seeing two more chicks
in the colony. The first chick,
born on Remembrance Day, has been named Poppy.

Sport shortly, but first, Seven News is coming up
in your capital city at 6:00 and these are the stories
making headlines. Hello there. Coming up in Sydney tonight - we'll hear from the New South Wales
Police Commissioner on whether the five officers involved in the taser death
of Brazilian student Robert Curti will face charges.

A coroner's described their actions
as thuggery. We'll hear a young Australian
soldier's remarkable account of the moment he lost both his legs
while on duty in Afghanistan. Seven News Reporter Chris Reason
has that exclusive interview. You'll be shocked to hear how
the soldier feels now about the war. Also tonight, we'll tell you about how the collapse
of another local building company has ruined Christmas
for some Sydney families. We'll have exclusive
underwater pictures showing how this morning's
total solar eclipse affected marine life
on the Great Barrier Reef. And cricket legend Matthew Hayden talks exclusively
to Channel Seven about what he thinks of
Ricky Ponting's ordinary performance in the first test
against South Africa. Those stories and more
in Sydney's Seven News at 6:00 but now here's Jim
with all the day's sport. Good afternoon, everyone. Australian cricket captain
Michael Clarke has told his fast bowlers
to maintain their aggression for the second test against
South Africa in Adelaide next week. James Pattinson and Petter Siddle
came close to crossing the line as they pushed for the win
yesterday. I think the aggression, the intent is a big part
of the way we play our best cricket and I certainly don't want to
stop that. Proteas skipper Graham Smith
wore the brunt of the verbal attacks and expects more of the
same in the second test. There was a lot of noise but I didn't really make out
what was being said. It's no different, I guess,
to any of the other games, really. The Aussies have
the next four days off before heading to Adelaide.

The Kurt Tippett salary cap scandal
has deepened with Adelaide football manager
Phil Harper now implicated and he, too, will face the music
at Monday's hearing in Melbourne. Tippett intends to sue the Crows
if the AFL de-registers him. who will argue Tippett's case
at Monday's AFL commission meeting. Meantime, Melbourne recruit
Chris Dawes has trained with his new club
after leaving Collingwood. More on Dawes and Tippett
in Seven News in Melbourne and Adelaide at 6:00.

New Parramatta rugby league coach
Ricky Stuart fears rugby union may swoop if the NRL doesn't pave the way for
Israel Folau to sign with the Eels. A day after Sonny Bill Williams
joined the Roosters, Parramatta bosses admit they are struggling to fit Folau in
under the salary cap. We seem to be just punching
our heads against a brick wall. It'd be nice for it to happen, but it'd be disappointing
for him to go to another code. Meanwhile, former Eels coach
Daniel Anderson will consider a coach's challenge after taking over
as boss of the referees.

The world title grudge match between
Daniel Geale and Anthony Mundine, is locked in for January 30
at Sydney Entertainment Centre. Mundine says corrupt judging is
the only thing that will save Geale when the pair do battle.

Mundine defeated Geale in a
contentious points decision in 2009. Tennis stars Li Na
and Caroline Wozniacki will play at the Apia
International Sydney in January as their final lead-up
to the Australian Open. Meanwhile, Andy Murray says breaking his Grand Slam drought
at the US Open has left him hungry for more success
in Australia. It made me realise that all of the
hard work was worth it. I'm happy with the year The Scot will start next season
in Abu Dhabi before heading to Australia.

After the break,

we'll get the national
weather forecast with David Brown.

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Good afternoon. David Brown
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In Melbourne,
it's a dry and cloudy afternoon. A weak change tomorrow.

While in Brisbane,

From the satellite, most of the country is cloud-free while a belt of high-level cloud
stretches across the Bight.

This front will bring some showers
to Tassie

Some light rain will come to southern parts of SA and eventually we will see some showers affecting Victoria. Wet conditions expected along the west coast of Tasmania and central parts of the state. Now changing Queensland and mild conditions in South WA.

That's the latest weather.
More at 6:00, sally. Thanks, David.

That's the latest
from the 4:30 News team. I'm Sally Bowrey.
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