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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. ANNOUNCER: This is Nine News with Amelia Adams.Good morning. We begin with a shooting murder of a 28-year-old man outside his home in south-western Sydney. We'll cross straight to Nine's Dimity Clancey in Punchbowl for the late E. Do police have any clues -- for the latest. Do police have any clues as to who the gunman is?Morning. It's very early in the investigation. You can see Owen Street in Punchbowl is still in lockdown. It has been for some 12 hours now. There's a large number of police here on scene trying to work out why somebody would want to come here and shoot to kill 28-year-old Bachir Arja last night. Detectives have spent the morning talking to residents here in there street. A lot of them, we have learned this morning, are actually related to the victim himself. Some say they heard up to eight shots fired here around 11 o'clock last night. He was home with his mother. We understand that Bachir had some information and he was wandered out the front of his home. Shots were fired at him. Very sadly, we're told his mother quickly came out the front and held Bachir in her arms, telling him not to die before his fiancee arrived and that she was on her way. Sadly, despite the best efforts to save him, he passed away a short time later. This quiet street in Punchbowl quickly filled up with friends and family, some very shocked people about what had just played out in their neighbourhood. We must make note that police say and they believe this was a targeted attack. Let's have a listen to police and witnesses.I think it's quite important that members of the public realise that what occurred in Owen Street, Punchbowl, last night was not a random attack. We are very satisfied that what occurred was a targeted shooting. My mum heard some shots. Then we all came running out and we were like, "What's going on?" Then we heard he passed away. It was like fireworks. Then we heard someone screaming, like, I think a lady. What more do we know about the victim?We have learnt this morning that Bachir Arja got engage add couple of months ago. We understand he owned a local tobacco shop here in Punchbowl. Interestingly, Amelia, we have also learned this morning that Bachir was related to the wife of Ali Eid, who was shot dead just a few streets away here in Punchbowl last month. Police will be looking at possible links and are desperate to find any clues they can get to what happened here last night.This follows a number of other shootings in Sydney within 24 hours, the latest in Mosman? That's right. There were reports this morning of a shot fired after an argument between a group of people at a unit block in Mosman. And then this, this morning's shooting, also follows two drive-by shootings, one in Cherrybrook and one in Milperra yesterday. Police today are more desperate than ever to get this gunfire under control. Dimity, thanks for the update. And a 21-year-old man shab shot in Victoria's east. Emergency services were called to a street at 6:30 last night to find a man with a gunshot wound to his lower torso. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital. Australian tourists who were stranded in cyclone-ravaged Fiji have begun returning home. Cyclone Evan battered the island nation with torrential rain and winds of more than 200km/h. At one point, more than 2,000 Australians were stuck in the country, forced to shelter in their hotel rooms. About Monday night about 6:00, the winds really picked up. Trees, branches, everything was falling. It was a little bit scary.Windows were broken.Trees were Yeah.There have been no reports of serious injuries after the category-4 storm. Tony Abbott has been caught out again, this time for not reading the judgement dismissing the sexual harassment claim against former speaker Peter Slipper. The Opposition Leader has shrugged off his lack of knowledge, claiming he's been too busy. For the details, we cross to Kerrie Yaxley in Canberra. Kerrie, good morning. This isn't the first time Mr Abbott hasn't been across current issues? No, it's not the first time, Amelia. Back in August he admitted he hadn't read a statement from BHP over its decision to shelve part of a mining project, but delaimed the mining and carbon taxs -- blamed the mining and carbon taxes any, even though BHP didn't. Tony Abbott says he's been too busy to read the case. In it, the Justice says James Ashby acted in combination with another staffer and Mal Brough to advance their political interests. Mr Abbott has repeatedly defended Mal Brough throughout this, saying he's been transparent and upfront about his involvement and says he should remain the Liberal National Party's candidate for the seat of Fisher.I haven't read it. I am confident that he has acted rightly at all times.And why haven't you read that judgement?Because I am doing very important things for the people of Australia here in this country right now.And, noz surprisingly, it hasn't -- and, not surprisingly, it hasn't taken the Government very long at all to react. Craig Emerson says the Opposition Leader is lazy and there unfit to be prom.Mr Abbott did not read the -- to be prime minister. Mr Abbott did not read the statement on the Olympic Dam. He did not read the judge's statement on Mal Brough and James Ashby. The only document that we know Mr Abbott has read this year is 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.Just on another issue, Julia Gillard has now set a date to apologise to victims of forced adoptions?Yeah, that's right. March 21 next year is the date that's been set. And a Senate inquiry found that during the 1950s, '60s and '70s, thousands of babies were forcibly removed from their mothers, who were mostly young and unmarried women. The inquiry heard quite horrific cases of young women being tricked into signing adoption papers, or drugs before signing them. And some were even told their babies had died. In its findings, the inquiry described the practice as barbaric and a horror of our history, and recommended an apology. That is why the Prime Minister is acting. A few arrangements need to be finalised and the Government is expected to make an announcement next year explaining how victims can be expected to attend the ceremony that will be held here in Canberra.Thank you for that. Heading overseas now - the White House says President Obama wants to reinstate a ban an assault rifles after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at a primary school in Connecticut. Despite growing pressure on gunmakers, sales of the deadly weapons jumped in the wake of the tragedy. With each body buried, calls for change. Just today the White House voicing support for new gun laws and renewal of the assault weapons ban - weapons that fire bullets in rapid succession with each pull of the trigger. On the government's heels, the business community also proving fob a potential kalgtszist. One -- what prompted the move may be instructive. The union representing California's teachers said it was reviewing its decisions because of its connections to Bushmaster.Teachers feel passionately.Advocates for gun control see these as strides in the direction of culture change, making assault rifles taboo.A lot of people are getting behind and understanding that, at the end of the day, it's not necessarily the dollar that counts but it's the sense. You know? The sense of what they are doing with their money. The sense of the types of weapons that we're selling to the general public.But in the wake of the shootings, sales of assault rifles have jumped. So the question is - how deep is any change? For answers, we go directly to those at the centre of the conversation. The teachers and the largest makers and sales of assault rifles. I am calling to know if Butch master... Six states responded, two definitely invest in makers of the assault rifles. None has followed California's lead yet. On the corporate side, Dick's Sporting Goods today is reporting it's removing some models of assault rifles today for the time being. Only Walmart got back to us, saying, "No assault rifles are coming off the shelves." But for the first time, they removed an ad for an assault rifle used in Newtown. Well, the anxious wait is over for tens of thousands of high school leavers across NSW. Teenagers started receiving their HSC results early this morning, either online, through a text message or over the phone. While it's been a big day for student, parents are being urged not to overanalyse.Parents need to be careful. Because they can unwittingly put a lot of pressure on them by trying to problem-solve. Just stay quiet and let them process how they are feeling.Students in Victoria and Queensland received their results earlier in the week. And a $40 million Christmas present for a family in Melbourne's outer east, who have won last night's Oz Lotto jackpot. The good news was broken to a retired Lilydale woman this morning. He said she's been dreaming of a phone call for years. It's the biggest single lotto win this year. Imagine that. A quick look at the weather for you now:

There's plenty more to come in Nine's Morning News Hour - we'll go live to our reporter in Melbourne, where work has begun on the bridge named in the honour of Jim Stynes. Travel delays in the US as a winter storm lashes three states. And - the Queen's historic appearance at a cabinet meeting in the UK.

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Tomorrow on 'Today' - Aussie megastar Hugh Jackman joins us live. We are gonna talk life, love and 'Les Miserables'.And right now it's back to the morning news. Work has started today on Melbourne's newest bridge, which is being built in honour of Jim Stynes, who passed away earlier this year. Nine's Andrew Lund is down by the Yarra River and joins us now. Andrew, a fitting memorial to the very popular Jim Stynes?Yes, Amelia. Jim Stynes helped connect a lot of people through his work with the AFL and the Reach Foundation. The idea is that this bridge will help connect people by linking the city with Dockland, while at the same time providing a permanent memorial to one of Melbourne's favourite adopted sons. Jim Stynes sadly lost his battle with cancer earlier this year, but this will allow his memory to continue to live on. The Lord Mayor and Planning Minister officially launched it this morning. It will go across the bank, to take pedestrians and cyclists from North Bank, down here to Docklands. Jim's friends and family say they are looking forward to having a permanent place to be able to come and remember him.And I think this bridge here is a great symbol of our city and a great message to everyone that if you have a dream it can be achieved, because Jim Stynes did it and he did it his way. So thank you to the State Government and the Melbourne City Council on behalf of the Melbourne Football Club and the AFL, that we can be shown to create an environment that produces this type of quality person. Now, the bridge will be built using a combination of steel and wood. It has quite an interesting disiefpblt parts of it will appear as -- design. Parts of it will appear as if they are floating just above the level of the water. Construction is expected to take 12 months. All going to plan, it should be open by this time next year.A great tribute for a great man. Thank you for that. An extreme cold snap in the Ukraine has killed 37 people and left more than 100 others in hospital. The mercury plunged to below -20 degrees in the country's west and is expected to fall even lower in the coming days. Army tanks have been brought in to try and clear the snow, with blizzards bringing traffic to a standstill on major highways near the capital. The Queen has become the first monarch to attend a UK cabinet meeting in more than 200 years. The historic visit was arranged to mark her Diamond Jubilee year. They say the Queen has seen it all before. Well, actually, not this. Though she meets David Cameron regularly, as she did 11 of his predecessors, she had never attended a full meeting of the cabinet. Normally, a bustling affair, as the monarch took her seat you could hear a pin drop. Or a camera shutter click. The Prime Minister chose to point out theerator of the occasion.But we think that the last time the monarch attend add cabinet was in 1781, during the American War of Independence. But I am happy to report relations have improved slightly since then. I will be speaking to President Obama in a video conference this afternoon. Then it was on to parliamentary business. The Queen may have been riveted, inwardly. Her one interjection after the cameras left was to implore ministers to make the next Queen's speech short. As David Cameron rolls out the usual logjam of legislative proposal, watch carefully and you will see the royal eyebrows twitch. There was time for a couple of jovial group photos. And what to buy for the woman who has everything? What else - place mats. We're told they were top of the monarch's Christmas list. The Foreign Secretary was able to tell the Queen that a large part of Antarctica was being called Queen's Jubilee Land. Still ahead this morning - thieves in Brisbane attempt to steal not one but two ATMs. How the Dead Sea Scrolls have been brought back to life. And 'Grease' rockers Olivia Newton- John and John Travolta back together. (SINGS) # You're the This program is not captioned.

Police in Brisbane are on the hunt for a gang of thieves who targeted ATMs overnight, escaping with a $180,000 loot. Nine's Andrew Kos is following the story for us. Around 1:30 this morning, thieves made quite a substantial withdrawal from this ATM behind me. In fact, they had taken the whole machine. This NAB machine here at Waterford in Logan, south of Brisbane, was targeted last night. Now, police say an unknown number of offenders driving a white truck, which may have had ramps on the back and a winch, approached this machine, entered through the side door and then pulled the machine from the wall. Now, it's believed to contain up to $180,000, so quite a substantial amount of money. Now, obviously, that's caused some inconvenience for local customers here this morning, as well as the business owners in this area. Have a listen to what they had to say. Low-lifes, particularly at Christmas time. You know, that's gonna cost people money, cost the bank money, which they then pass on to the customers, which is us. Yeah, it's a bit scary to happen. Especially so close to the shop and what we've been through. If they were to get into us, I think it would definitely destroy us.There are CCTV cameras in this area. Police are currently viewing that footage to try and get more evidence. Now, about 15 minutes before the thieves successfully pulled this machine from the wall, they attempted to pull one from another wall a few suburbs away. And police believe the same offenders, driving this same white truck, may be responsible for other attempted ATM thefts earlier on in the year. So police are appealing for anyone with information to please come forward. More than 2,000 years after they were first penned, Google has helped bring the Dead Sea Scrolls into the 21st century. The biblical artefacts have been archived online, with thousands of fragments from the collection available in digital form.This project brings to life the 10 Commandments, Genesis book, the psalm, and some thousands of images of fragments from the Scrolls.The Scrolls were discovered in caves near the Dead Sea in 1947. A few large pieces are on permanent display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. There are fears this morning for the health of a 12-week-old puppy snatched from a Melbourne pet store in a brazen daylight robbery. A man, out with his partner and young son, was caught on security camera lifting little Buddy out of his enclouzure at Pet's Paradise -- enclosure at Pet's Paradise. The woman distracted the shop asant while her partner swooped.I guess she tried to butter me up.Keeper's fear Buddy could become very ill. More than 30 years since the movie 'Grease' became an international phenomenon, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are teaming up once again. The pair have spoken about their new album and life since the hit film. SONG: # You're the one that I want # You are the one I want # Oh, oh, oh... # Three decades after their last duet, John Travolta and Olivia Newton- John are back with a brand-new holiday album this Christmas that's all for a good cause. Thank you, both, for being with us.You're welcome.Happy holidays. So, John, I understand that this whole idea came about last Christmas, when Olivia sent you a text.We can drama ties it for you, if you like. Congratulations, John. Jot you're the One That I Want' has been voted most popular of all time.Guess what, kids. It's the biggest duet in history. I'm gonna congratulate her back. Hey, why don't I do a duet with Olivia?Wow! Great idea. Wish I had thought of that. That's awesome. Jump to three weeks later. "Why don't we do a whole album?" "That's a fantastic idea!"How does it go? (SINGS) # I think you might like it... # So, we mentioned that this was all for a good cause. And, Olivia, I know that you're giving your part of the proceeds to your cancer research centre. And, John, this is for your son, Jet. This has obviously gotta be a tough time of year for you and your family?Every day is a tough time when you lose your child. So this is a way that you help solve some of that angst, you know? And I think it's the same for Olivia. When you have a bigger purpose it helps soothe that, you know? But there's not a moment of the day I don't think about my son. What was it like on the set filming 'Grease'? People talk about the chemistry that you two had. That was so many years ago and it's still there.Yes.Yes.Look at that chemistry. Oh, my gosh.It's pretty rare to see something like this, though.We had an amazing experience making that movie. It was incredible. We're both so grateful that people still love that Film and they are still discovering it.What happens to Sandy and Danny?I think he might have been a mechanic. A really good one. She might have been a beauty therapist.A manicurist.Let's have a quick look at the weather now:

Still to come on Nine's Morning News Hour - Sydney Police on the hunt for a gunman after a 28-year- old man was shot dead. The debate over America's gun laws fires up. And - Romeo Beckham strikes a pose, following in his parents' modelling footsteps.

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Welcome back. You're watching Nine's Morning News Hour. These are our top stories - a 28-year-old man has been shot dead in Sydney's south-west. Police are hunting the gunman. Another slip for Tony Abbott - he says he's too busy to read the judgement dismissing the sexual harassment claim against Peter Slipper. And anger spills on to the streets of America as the debate over gun laws steps up a gear. Returning to our top story now. A 28-year-old man has been gunned down outside his home in Sydney's south-west. It's just one of four shootings within the past 24 hours. Nine's Sylvia Jeffreys has the details. A family and a fiancee have been left shattered by the death of Bachir Arja. The 28-year-old, known as Barry to his friends, was engaged to be married next year. He comes from a very close Muslim family and he lived here in Owen Street in Punchbowl with his mother, who was at home last night as this all unfolded. Police say Bachir Arja received information that there was someone outside his house. When he walked outside, he was shot several times, suffering wounds that would prove fatal. Witnesses say they saw two men leaving the scene and police say they haven't, at this stage, ruled out links to another fatal shooting in Punchbowl three weeks ago, in which a father of four was executed in broad day. Look, it would be naive of me and any investigative team not to investigate any possibility of links. But certainly those links have not been confirmed. Nor ruled out at this time. And it will form part of the ongoing investigation. This also follows another two drive-by shootings in Sydney yesterday - one at Milperra and the other at Cherrybrook. Police are also now investigating reports of a shot fired at Mosman in Sydney's North Shore late last night. That one happened outside a unit block on Shadforth Street. Look, officers say that last night's fatal shooting at Punchbowl was, by no means, a random attack and that the victim, a 28-year-old, was known to police. The Government has seized on Tony Abbott's admission that he hasn't read the judgement dismissing the sexual harassment claim against former speaker Peter Slipper. Kerrie Yaxley is following developments for us in Canberra. Kerrie, good morning. The Government's getting plenty of mileage out of this latest slip-up from the Opposition Leader?Well, Amelia, as you would expect, they have got just a few things to say about this. Now, Mr Abbott's been overseas for the best part of the last week. He's been to Afghanistan and London and he says he's been too busy to read the 76-page judgement, which came out about this time last week N it, the justice says James Ashby worked in combination with Mal Brough to advance their political interests. Mr Abbott has repeatedly defended Mr Brough, saying he's been upfront about his involvement. The Government has been quick to point out that this isn't the first time Tony Abbott's been caught out for not reading an important document. Back in August, he admitted to not reading a BHP statement on plans to shelve part of their mining project. He blamed the carbon and mining taxes, when the statement didn't list them as reasons. Let's hear from Tony Abbott and then Craig Emerson's reaction.I haven't read it. I am confident that he has acted rightly at all times.And why haven't you read that judgement?Uh, because, uh, I am doing very important things for the people of Australia here in this country right now.Mr Abbott did not reat read the BHP statement on -- read the BHP statement on Olympic Dam. Mr Abbott did not read the judge's statement on Mal Brough and Mr Ashby. The only document that we know Mr Abbott has read this year is 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.Kerrie, just on another story - a date has now been set for the Gillard Government's apology to victims of forced adoption?Yeah, Amelia. On March 21 next year, Julia Gillard will formally apologise on behalf of the nation. It's believed that 150,000 mostly young and unmarried women had their babies forcibly removed from them by churches and adoption groups in the 1950s, a' 60s and '70s. A Senate inquiry heard cases of women being tricked into signing adoption papers and being physically rep strained. The inquiry calls it a horror of our history and has recommended an apology, which is why the Government is acting. The Government will make a more detailed announcement on the arrangements for the apology early next year.A lot of people waiting a long time for that apology. Kerrie, thank you for that. Well, protesters in the US have marched on the National Rifle Association in Washington as anger grows in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre. They are demanding new gun control laws. But gun activists are remaining tight-lipped about the debate. At NRA headquarters in Virginia Monday, an angry crowd. Scores of activists protesting the gun lobby, and the gun control debate ignited yet again. But those in support of the NRA questioned whether the assault rifle used in the Newtown massacre was really the issue. Conservative columnist John called into the NRA's webcast yesterday.The bottom line is the laws don't work. These mass killings are because of psychotic or mentally ill individuals.But some political leaders are fed up with the nation's gun violence. 34 Americans are killed every day by firearms.This is just ridiculous. This is an outrage. We are killing each other! And we're the only industrialised country in the world doing it. The nation has fought this battle before. In 1994, Congress passed an assault weapons ban after a surge in gun violence across the nation. The law banned 18 types of rifles. But after 10 years, it expired, as the gun lobby's power had grown. But according to a University of Pennsylvania study, the number of mass shootings did decline during that daddy, except for the year 1999. That was the year of Columbine. 13 students and faculty killed in a murderous rampage. The country has seen a spate of mass shootings, including the spree in Tuson and the clorld movie theatre massacre, but -- Colorado movie theatre massacre, but nothing in the way of gun control. Richard Engel and his crew have been freed after being held captive in Syria for almost a week. The foreign correspondent and two of his production staff were taken hostage by pro-government militia last Friday. Late last week, captors posted video of the group in a bare room. They escaped during a firefight between their captors and rebel activists.The last five days were very difficult. We're very happy to be out. We appreciate all the help. The last five days are some days that we would rather forget.He says he and his crew were psychologically tortured and threatened with death. The life of a 7-year-old boy is at the centre of a legal dispute in the UK after his parents couldn't agree on treatment for thist his cancer. The British High Court -- for his cancer. The British High Court has now ruled Neon Robert should undergo emergency life- saving surgery. Both parents have his best interests at heart. But they are neither together now as a couple, nor in their opinion of what should happen to their son. Ben Roberts, on the right and wearing a scarf, is happy for Neon to have surgery and radio therapy. Sally Robert assist not. And so it is for a High Court judge to decide, a last resort - hardly ideal. But they are decisions that need to be made immediately because it is genuinely a matter of life or death. And it has come to this. Neon Roberts has a small lump on his brain, which his doctors believe it part of an old, cancerous tumour that they failed to remove in an initial operation. But it must come out with a matter of urgency. His mother disagrees. She says that it could be something like scar tissue. And based on those odds, brain surgery is too risky. After some consideration, the justice decide with the doctors, and with Neon Roberts' father. The operation should go ahead. "I have reflected on the mother's concerns and no-one could fail to sympathise," he reasoned. "I have weighed up the rifpbgs attach would surgery. I am -- risks attached with surgery. I am quite satisfied that surgery is in his best interest."The idea is for the doctors and family to reach an agreement. If there are more facts the parents want to know, the doctors should give the information. It is unusual for these disputes, which happen regularly, to get as far as the door of the High Court. It's always a sad situation.Neon Roberts will have surgery immediately. And then on Thursday, everyone will come together again at the Royal Courts of Justice, to argue over the next stage of his treatment - radiotherapy. A decision will be made by the end of the week. Because, as the judge made clear to everybody, at stake is the life of a young and very poorly boy who is now relying on a court to make a sensible decision about his future, because no-one else can. A little girl in the US state of Kentucky has received an early and very special Christmas present. Madeline Wilkinson thought she was volunteering to announce a special guest as a school assembly. But she was, in fact, introducing her dad, who had just returned from a tour of duty overseas. When I saw him, I was surprised. Was a little overwhelming. Uh, especially when so many tears started to flow. But, uh, yeah, it was worth every minute of it.He's home for Christmas, returning to duty early next year. Staying in the US, emergency crews are on high alert as extreme weather lashes parts of the country. Torrential rain, snowstorms and the threat of tornadoes are throwing holiday plans into chaos. The strongest north-west storm of the season blew in Monday, with winds reaching 100 miles an hour, knocking out powerlines, bringing down trees and creating blizzard conditions in the Washington Cascade Mountains. Just south of Washington, a tree fell into this house, puncturing the ceiling of the baby's room and narrowly missing his crib. The baby was unharmed. Higher elevations from Washington to Utah now feeling the cold hair of this winter storm and expecting up to three feet of snow. 17 states are now in winter weather warnings and watches from the north-west, all the way to Minnesota and Wisconsin. It's expected to move east and cover parts of the Midwest, from Denver to Chicago, with four to 12 inches of snow. Later in the week, the same storm will produce severe weather in southern states, with possible tornadoes. By Friday, the north-east could be hit with one to two inches of heavy rain and gusty wind. Almost a week since passing out and suffering a concussion, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains out of action as she recovers. Doctors say the 65-year- old may be unable to return to work until at least late January. Hillary Clinton has earned a new title under the Obama 234 - most- travelled Secretary of State -- Administration - most-travelled Secretary of State. But it's one she's now paying for. Clinton is still recovering after effects from a mild concussion. This is the second time in eight years Hillary Clinton has had trouble. Before the concussion, Hillary Clinton insisted her age and health do not concern her.I am, thankfully, knock on wood, not only healthy but have incredible stamina and energy. According to the State Department, the 65-year-old Clinton became ill early last week. She became dehydrated and fainted at home. That's when she sustained the concussion. But now, instead of returning to a diplomatic trip to Morocco and the Persian Gulf, Secretary Clinton is at home, under doctor's orders.The most important thing for her is to get rest. No emails, no works, no stressful situation. That's the best proven way to get over these symptoms.In the last four years, she's amassed more than 950,000 travel miles, while visiting 112 different countries. And as it looked more and more likely Senator John Kerry will replace Clinton as skreat, all of that jet setting may -- secretary of state, all of that jet setting may finally be coming to an end. David and Victoria Beckham's second son is following in their footsteps, landing a modelling contract. The 10-year-old is the new face of the iconic fashion label Burberry. Behold the modelling debut of 10-year-old Romeo Beckham. The fashion-forward swaun of dishy David and Victoria, mediocre -- spawn of dishy David and Victoria, mediocre pop singer- turned-designer.This is sort of a natural extension of the Beckham brand.Fashion sense passed from father to son like a throne, or the keys to North Korea. Beauty is in the blood. Corindi Crawford's daughter models. Anna Nicole Smith's little girl just started, aged six. Following the paths of many more, Georgia May Jagger, Patrick Schwarzenegger - yep, I said it.There are a lot of cute kids in the world. But no kid brings the immediate value that a celebrity kid brings. There's an instant recognisability, even if they don't know the kid, they certainly know the parents.But beware, sometimes they can eclipse. Jon Voight is big. Angelina is huge. And some don't even know who Billy Ray Cyrus is. Like his mum, Rome -- and unlike his mum, Romeo smiles. The Yalta Zoo in Ukraine is celebrating what could be the world's cutest triplets. They are two weeks old and need to work on their terrifying roar. Breeding white South African lions has proven pretty tricky around the world, so the zoo was ecstatic to welcome three at once. Despite the fur coats, they sleep inside to escape the cold. Time for all the sports news. We won the test, but some ball- tampering allegations?Stolen a few of the headlines from what was a very good victory, Amelia. We'll examine the fall-out from Australia's gritty win in Hobart yesterday. Also - how's this for ball cruelty from last night's Big Bash? And - why the new Origin eligibility rules would This program is not captioned.

Easier access to story that is interest you. When we get the news, you get the news. See it first online at news .ninemsn.com.au. Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has blasted allegations of ball- tampering during the Hobart test, labelling them ridiculous. The accusation has taken some gloss off Australia's dramatic win over Sri Lanka yesterday. Man of the Match after taking nine wickets, Siddle still wasn't happy after the game.Why would I want to jeopardise that, when I know we can do everything in the spirit of the game and win?It's these shots that had the ICC involved. Siddle and Ed Cowan accused of tampering with the ball.We play very hard on the field, there's no doubt about it. With you we understand that there's a line that up can't cross.It wasn't from our management. I think it's something that we saw on television which was shown and that was it. Nothing else.The cricket hierarchy won't take the issue any further, but it's a sour footnote to an otherwise memorable first win of the summer for Australia. COMMENTATOR: Mitchell Starc will get the five and Australia will get the victory.I think our bowlers deserve a lot of credit. I think Starc was outstanding once again. Watto did a magnificent job, and so did Nathan Lyon.Siddle and Starc proved too tough for Sri Lanka's middle order. The bowling line-up gets another shake-up in merblgs with Ben Hilfenhaus out and Jackson Bird -- in Melbourne, with Ben Hilfenhaus out and Jackson Bird in. That was the main factor in us bringing him into the squad. Clarke's own place in the side for the Boxing Day test is also in doufplt he's battling a hamstring injury.I know they will give me as much time as required leading up tod the game.Meanwhile, in the Big Bash, the Perth Scorchers have pulled off an unlikely 9-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat. The Heat reached 4/109 before the rain came down and Perth needed more than 10 runs an over to win. But it wasn't a problem, as Nathan Coulter-Nile hammered Dan Christian. COMMENTATOR: That is massive! That has gone a long, long way back. (LAUGHS) It was just monstrous.The match was wrapped up with another six a short time later. It's Perth's second win in a row. To rugby league - Reni Maitua has returned to training with the Parramatta Eels this morning, just days after being floored by a teammate during a night out in Sydney's Kings Cross. The incident resulted in under-20s player Shaun Anderson being sacked by the club. Started grabbing me on the jaw and whatever, and started, like, slapping me and whatnot. I thought he was about to, like, deck me or something. So I stood back and hit him first. And then, yeah, that's what happened. Could have been worried, because his eyes were open. He was looking clean up in the air. Like, he was dead set knocked out. And it wasn't, you know, the best look on a man's face. I believe I haven't been given, you know, a decent crack at all. Only just been here for preseason. Like, it's an NRL player's word against, you know, an under-20's player word. Straight up, they are gonna pick the NRL player, aren't they?And the debate over Origin eligibility looks to have come to an end, with the NRL making a number of major rule changes ahead of the new season. Nine's reporter joins us now. As we are talking to each other from either side of the Tweed River, we could argue all day about who should have been a Queenslander and who shouldn't have. But how has this been settled now?Gosh, haven't there been many family awkward moments over this debate? And we certainly don't need any more reasons to have an argument. Buff the new rules are that you must have lived in your state before the age of 13 or be the son of a former Origin player. And, of course, you must also be eligible to play for Australia. Now, the headlines are very different either side of the border, as you can imagine. But under these new rules, Greg Inglis would have been a Blue, which would delight all the New South Welshman out there. And it also means that James Tamou would have been a Kiwi. For now, we'll hang on to Greg Inglis. We'll have to breed our own in future.The other on-field changes, they have been pretty controversial, haven't they?They have. And these came out yesterday. And we'll start with the shoulder charge one. Essentially, a player must be attempting to make a tackle. Now, the NRL was pretty keen to crack down on this sort of stuff. We saw some pretty sickening collisions last season. But, essentially, the players will no longer be automatically referred to the judiciary for shoulder charges. And the penalties range from a 2- match suspension up to a grade-5 charge. So pretty severe. You would hope that it's worth it for the players to get their technique right in the preseason. Now, the other thing is the benefit-of-the- doubt rule, which riles a lot of people up - essentially, the referees will make a call, if they think it is a try or not. And if they have a little bit of uncertainty, they will refer it to the men in the box. And then, only then, if there is sufficient evidence, will they overrule the men in pink down on the field. Hopefully that will make 2013 a little bit smoother.Seems like a simply approach and a better one. Thank you. The Central Coast Mariners are reportedly vying for Alessandro Del Piero's signature, with rumours the Italian World Cup winner isn't happy at Sydney FC. And a new reara at the Brisbane Roar began this morning, with Mike Mulvey taking charge of the A- League side for the first time. It comes after Rado Vidosic was moved sideways. The Roar are sitting ninth on the ladder after 11 matches. It wasn't long since they were competition winners. Hopefully they can get back up there.Thank you. Breaking news for you now - the man accused of the Lyn family murders in Sydney has been committed to stand trial. The 48- year-old is charged with murdering his brother-in-law and four other family members, including two boys, aged nine and 12, in 2009. Still to come on Nine's Morning News Hour - we'll have the finance and the latest weather forecast.

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