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This program is captioned live. Fears fire bugs are causing havoc in NSW an Victoria. Nature's fury - WA races for Cyclone Narelle. Hugh Jackman leads an Aussie try effect that in the academies. The desperate race the save a group of killer hail trapped under sea ice. Snake on a plane - the python that hitch add ride with the Flying Kangaroo. On the bowling green with the 4-year-old who is teaching the adults a thing or two. A lion on the loose causes havoc in the US but it tours out to be a dog with a haircut!I got a baby lion.He has the mane and everything.I think it is a fair to say we have all bases covered this morning.We certainly do. Oscar buzz has turned into Oscar nominations. Fantastic to hear that Hugh Jackman has a nod.. And Naomi Watts an Jackie Weaver. She will have a smile right across that beautiful face of hers.One- day cricket starts on Nine this afternoon. Australia and Sri Lanka in Melbourne so a big day.I'm well. Snakes on a plane, crazy.You do not want to go anywhere! Happy Friday. Hope you have a big Friday and weekend planned. Let's look at the weather where you are

45 degrees in Alice springs. Fire crews across three states fear the return much scorching temperatures today and across the weekend could all but wipeout the progress they have made. More than 100 fires are burn enin NSW - 15 out of control. Crews are worried about fires at Sussex Inlet, Yass and come yafplts Queens on Queensland's bribe bribe have spent the night strengthening contain many lines. In Victoria Police are keeping an eye on fires in the west. There is a total fire ban in place across NSW, Victoria and the ACT. Fire bugs sparked nine separate blazes in the southwest of NSW. Holes near Macquarie Fields were under threat.Fires were deliberately it will by unknown persons at this time. The information that is the person left after lighting fires and police are following this World Cup the fire brigade units. Two 16-year-old boys were arrested nearby and Khaned with breach of bail. Police are appealing for anyone to contact Crime Stoppers. Authorities in Victoria are wraesing for more searing temperature was the mercury expected to soar into the 40s across parts of the state today. This new wave of heat is sure to have fire crews on edge this morning?Yes, certain le. Residents in high-risk areas. It is hard the think about the heatwave because it is raining lightly in Melbourne' and a is kite cool but the bureau tells us that in Melbourne the mercury will go up to 37 but in other parts of the state it will be 43. Coupled with strong north-west winds of up to 50 kilometres por hour that creates a perfect storm for fires the start. Not surprisingly, e is a total fire ban statewide with extreme fire danger in the Wimmera and also north central Victoria. There are 12 blazes going across the state but fire authorities are only concern bad two of them. One which has been burning for a week in the state's southwest and in the Wimmera. Compounding the fire threat in Melbourne is these arsonists that have been striking. Over the past fortnight we have had about a dozen fires. Authorities say they have been deliberately it will. The latest was in Sunshine North yesterday with four fires started in a industrial area. The Acting Premier Peter Ryan has called these fire bugs absolute idiots an he is urging the public to report any suspicious activity. Sums them up pretty wellIn Tasmania, Dunalley residents are expected to finally return to their homes today almost a week after the fire devastated the town. An information an registration session was held yesterday. Authorities say residents are likely to be able to travel along the Arthur Highway which is not yet open to the public. Distressing reports wrote emarriageing that thieves have targeted bushfire refuges than the state stealing handbags an taking fuel from cars. In breaking news - a gunman is in custody after opening fir at a Californian high school. Two people were injured in the shooting which happened at the beginning of the school day over an hour ago. Tightened student called emergency services from hiding places inside the school, including cupboards. SWAT teams evacuated the campus and situation has not yet been declared secure. We will bring you more. Communities in Western Australia's north-west are bracing for gales, storms and heavy rain from today as Cyclone Narelle roars towards the coast. The category 3 system, seen here from a NASA satellite, is backing wind of up to 250km/h near its core. Coastal and inland community are on blue alert, meaning they should take precautions.It has slowed down slightly but we could see gales develop along the West pilgrimage coast douring Friday into Saturday. A wall of dust and water has been hiped up by Cyclone Narelle. These incredible pictures taken 25 nautical miles in the north-west in the state's pilgrimage region. Fire crews have been kept busy on the Gold Coast after a bat went up in flames last night. The blaze erupted in Runaway Bay after 8 o'clock.Residents nearby help to put out the fire which was brought under kol before o'clock. No one was injured. Forensic teams will try to determine the cause. Hundreds of late night shoppers have fled a Wesley Sulzberger in Sydney's southwest after a fire broke out at a cinema candy bar in Westfield. Smoke and smog poured through three levels of the complex after a popcorn machine ignited.It was crazy. No one knew hat as happening. It was just alarms. We were not sure. Everybody started to run.There was heat water damage after the centre's sprinklers came on. No one was injured. An investigation unit will examine claim of child sexual abuse that come to light during the Federal Government's royal commission. The unit will ensure the commission can run smoothly without having to stop to investigate each individual complaint. It will are the authority to prosecute individuals which the commission does not. The terms of reference for the inquiry will be released by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, today. It is expected to focus on the systemic failure of institutions to respond to claims of child sexual abuse. Prosecutors in the US say an associate of a notorious convicted arms dealer has been arrested in Australia while trying to get a job as a protective services officer. Richard Chichakli is expected of shipping weapons and money laundering. The movie was written about the pair A background screening process uncovered Richard Chichakli's identity when he aimed for the PSO job in Melbourne. The US Government will file extradition papers before a hearing next Thursday. Police divers are being called into help search for a fisherman swept off rocks on the NSW central coats. The 60-year-old was thrown tone the water after being knocked over by a big wave at Little Bay at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.We were in the air in three and a half minute and on scene within another 30 seconds. Sadly, even by that Tim the man had disappeared. Rescue crews say the incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of not wearing a life jacket A village leader in Canada says a family of killer whales trapped under a thick blanket of ice has been freed. For two days there were grave fears for the moved around a dozen whales who got into trouble after swimming in waters north of Quebec. The mammal goes took turn to breathe through a small whole in the ice but a wind shift overnight pushed the ice into open waters and the whales were able the reach safety.A bizarre sight for companyers on board a Qantas flight from Cairns to Paparone. It was like a scene from the movie Snakes on a Plane when a 3-heater python was spotted on the aircraft A woman first pointed out the snake's head poking from the wedge about 20 minutes into the journey.

journey. Australia has been given plenty of tune the shin at this year's academies. Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver have all been nominated but are up against stiff competition. Another great day for Australian actors - Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver all get to walk the Oscar red carpet and then go inside with fingers crossed. Although Jackman in particular a real favourite with Oscar voters after his well-received hosting of the show four years ago, has some seriously tough competition an one movie legend in particular.Daniel Day-Lewis in 'Lincoln'. Naomi Watts, whose career goes way whack to television's Hey Dad gets her second nomination in 'The Impossibe'.The 23004 tsunami in Thailand. As well as Jessica and Jennifer, Naomi Watts and the other leading actress nominees have a very new and very young opponent. Tfrpblgts youngest Best Actress nomination ever, she is 9. Jackie Weaver, another nomination - this time for Silver sap line ins Play book. Jackie Weaver's entrance into Hollywood came late in her career, making today's achievement all the more spectacular. When she was nominated for animal kingdom, she was a relative unknown here. But now with this, another gong for Jackie.So she is kind of like Geoffrey Rush a few decades ago. A man of vast experience in Australia but virtually unknown here in the US and Hollywood. Best Picture? This year nine contenders.

Our fingers crossed for all the Aussies. Let's look at the markets now

It is not every day a dog is mistaken for the kin of a jungle. The puppy in the US triggered a flurry of emergency calls sparking panic from residents who thought that a lion was on the loose.

that a lion was on the loose. A lion on the loose? Rare and frightening sightings.. I just saw an animal that looked like a small lion. One call after another.I thought that it is going to be a very in evening day. Obviously we were on alert and we wanteded to be sure this was no wild animal or no animal on the street. Norfolk police put in a call to the local zoo to make sure one of its lions had not escaped.They said all the and malls were accounted for. But it was not the King of the jungle, no it was this 3-year-old labradoodle, Charles the monarch who happens to be a very popular pup.He is a big hit. This King of canines has gone viral.He has more than 11,000 likes on his Facebook page. His gleeful in from splashed all across the internet leaving him to ask one of his hundreds of new Twitterfulers "Can I give you my pawtograph?". Very cute. The story of the day.Likely to like you the death. Exactly.Its is a confusing hairdo though. For someone who has had a few! One could have been forgiven.I think people missed that. Say that again?I have had a few bad hairdos in my time. Let's look at the National fly around. Starting in Queensland

Starting in Queensland - The Prime Minister catches up with Jesse Williams over Skype and Bernard Tomic on the verge of his biggest- ever winCOMMENTATOR: Through to the semis.

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In the Australian, angry farmers have accused the Tasmanian Labor Greens Government of stopping them from burning bush undergrowth during cool months a move that might have slowed on stop the fires that roared through the state's sow east last weekend. Red alert for freak weather - the 'Sydney Morning Herald' feature as spectacular gust front associated with Cyclone Narelle which was captured about 25 nautical miles north-west of Onslow in Western Australia. Let us marry - the herald sun says the woman who lot theed housewife Maria Corp plan toss wed her jail bird lover behind bars. Power surge - the courier male says Queensland no longer produces enough baseload electricity to power the state on a warm summer's day because of the Government's decision to moth Balsom generators. Queensland is forced to Gen ray extra power at premium prices. The Hobart mercury features hammy Home and her five grandchildren huddling up jetty to escape a firestorm that destroyed their home this photo has captured the world's imagination but Tammy an husband Tim say they are more concerned about rebuilding their community than cashing in on their newfound fame. Let's get that hit of sport

Bernard Tomic one win away from a maiden ATP final fighting back from a set down to Jarrod McLean to back a spot in the semis at the Sydney International. He took the match 6- 7, 6-4, 6-2. He has now won 17 of the last 19 matches on Australian soil.I'm ready important tomorrow's semi an confident now. I have a shot to get into the final for the first time in my career so it is a big match. The 20-year-old is back on court for the fourth straight day today where he will face Andreas Seppi for a spot in the decider. Hughes, Finch and Khawaja will take on Sri Lanka. The side has been picked with an eye on the World Cup in 23015.Catch all the action on channel nine at 2pm and the Perth scorchers will head into the Big Bash so manyies full of confidence after a 91-run thrashing of the Strikers. The wind sealed a home semi for the scorchers who were in top form with the bat. Marsh an Gibbs put on 95 for the opening partnership and provided plenty of entertainment COMMENTATOR: Shot. Mid-off for 6. 50 up for him.They needed 190 to win but never came close. They were 5/39 at one stage. Matt Scott is the latest Origin star in the sights of Parramatta with the Cowboys front rower reportedly meeting with the Eels coach Ricky Stewart. Greg Bird has been offered a deal worth close to $700,000 a season. The Blues enforcer is being courted by the Dragons. We know Parramatta need some forwards as well as St George Illawarra. He has already met Barack Obama and now Australian college football star Jesse Williams has come face-to- face with Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Sort of.I understand the American food is not taking your fancy. Do you need me to send anything over for you?Yeah, everything! (LAUGHTER).Williams won the emergency college football title with Alabama and is tipped to score a $1 million contract next year. I think he could now buy anything he wants the eat. The latest from Hollywood and Hugh Jackman's Oscar nod.

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A quick hit of gossip. Michelle, good morning. Queen Beyonce taking the world by storm. What has she done now?. She says she has finally fulfilled her life-long ambition to be a accept bol of success and empowerment to ladies across the globe. She says that when she wrote songs for Destiny's Child the record label did not think they would be that successful see t gave them all the power an she got used to it. She said coats 'Yes, I now know that I am powerful. I am more powerful than my mind can digest or comprehend". She is a fantastic performer but she does not have nuclear codes, calm down. She is full of confidence which is a great thing. Ditto Ryan Gosling, you girls seem the like him.. Yes. Unanimous. Maybe there is a reason for that?He is pretty but he says he understand women. He is currently dating Eva Mendes, but says he was raised by a many with and a as sisters an he said because of his mother an sisters influences he really understand women and he listens better than most men. He has meaningful connection an deep conversations and he gets it! He should write a back for the rest of us because I'm a woman and there are women I met and I'm like "What are you talking about?". I'm just joting this stuff down!Many coming up - Aussie trifecta - Hugh, Naomi Watts an Jackie Weaver all nominated for Oscars. The unfortunate snake who himed a ride on the wing of a Qantas plane from Cairns to Port Moresby. Unbelievable pictures.A fresh heatwave is headed for the country's east this morning and has emergency crews on high alert A total fire ban is in place for NSW, Victoria and the ACT. Firefighters are battling a number of blazes across NSW. The main focus is at Sussex inlet, Yass and Yarra bin near Cooma in the state's south. They are all burning out of control. Authorities in Victoria say they hope to have a blaze in the stay's southwest con taped this morning. While on Queensland's Bribie Island fire crews have continued to backburn. Fire bug haves outraged authorities in Sydney sparking a number of blazes in the southwest. The arsonists it will up to nine separate fires. Firefighters were called the a gas track near homes at Macquarie Fields after 10.0 last night. Tfrpblgts fires were deliberately it will by unknown persons. The information that is the persons left after lighting the first and police are following this up with the fire brigade units.Two 16-year-old boys were arrested with breach of bail. Police are appealing for anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area on contact Crime Stoppers.Parts of Victoria will swelter and towns in the northwest lot likely bear the brunt of it. Christine joins us again from CFA headquarters in Melbourne. Those extreme conditions will create an ideal environment for firefighters, particularly concerned about flare-ups, in which areas?There are two district that fire authorities are particularly concerned about, north central Victoria and the Wimmera that face extreme fire danger. Not surprisingly, it is a total fire ban across Victoria today. There are actually 12 blazes still burning across the state but as you mentioned, authorities really are concerned about two of them - one in the state's southwest which has been burning for a week now, and the other in the Wimmera. Here in Melbourne, it has been raining this morning in but the Weather Bureau says that the temperature is going to reach 37 in the city but in other parts of the state it is going to top 43 degrees coupled with a very strong north-west wind of about 50 kilometres per hour which creates perfect conditions for a fire to start. What has been proving a big headache for fire authorities here is the amount of arsonists we have had strike in Victoria over the past fortnight. We have had about a tossen fires deliberately it will t latest in Sunshine North yesterday and the acting Premier, Peter Ryan, is urging any one who sees any suspicious activity particularly on such a high fire danger day to contact authorities immediately. Very concerning conditions ahead. A who are cor crash south of Ipswich in Queensland has claimed the life of a man overnight. The driver lost control of his ute and veered off the road at Mutdapilly just before 1 am. The man's car rolled and smashed into a street sign. The driver, the only person in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Flames have rocketed into the air after a blaze broke out on a boat moored on the Gold Coast. Chris O'Keefe joins us. When did this fire erupt?The fire erupted at 8.30 last night at Runaway Bay. Witnesses say they saw the 8-metre long cabin fever floating down Runaway Bay totally on fire. Firefighters had to right the bat and bring it to shore and say it took two hours to put it out because the cruiser is made of fibre glass. Police say they have no idea how the fire started and have been guarding boat all night waiting for forensic officers to arrive and try to figure out how this all happened. It is in one of the more luxury suburbs of the Gold Coast so firies have been warning all summer for people to keep their batteries turned off and all the - possible pair all the necessary safeguards for boats to ensure things like this do not happen. Let's look at finance now

Bernard Tomic an Lleyton Hewitt are looming as the players the avoid in the early round of the Australian Open. Tomic is enjoying a top round of form, into his second final. Lleyton Hewitt is looking good. He will contest the Kooyong Classic final tomorrow. One-day cricket - Australian captain George Bayley has knocked back suggestions he will lead a second-rate team against Sri Lanka. The top three batsmen making their debuts with Michael Clarke, sane what son and Dave Warner having all been rested. Dragons players insist nothing will distract them from preseason training despite rue hours the coach Steve Price business the be replaced by cage Bellamy. That has nothing to do with the players. We are preparing for this year. Rising shortly star Cam Myer says he is shocked even himself winning the national criterion in Ballarat. He broke away early in the race and was never caught. We are only a few weeks ago from the Tour Down Under so plenty of cycling about. Coming up - the Aussie adventurer who is about to retrace a journey of epic proportions in the Antarctic. Looking forward to the - we meet the point-sized lawn bowls champion. He is quite a kid. Stephanie Rice shows us how to replicate the diet and exercise regime of a champ. A good time of the year to do that. Let's get a hit of weather now. Where are you Emma?We are at the Currumbin wildlife sanctuary on the Gold Coast. A really great place to visit. When you visit the sunshine state you can check out the beautiful collection of Australian native animals and also to see their wildlife hospital where we are spending our day. This is where they care for up to 7,000 animals a year. A lot coming in with a variety of different injuries, had that be being hit by a car or flying into a window or maybe being attacked by a dog or cat or even orphaned. We will meet our first fury friends after we look at the weather.

These little guys are about 50 days old and being held by one of the great keepers here at the park and unfortunately they were found without their mother so they were brought in and now Alice cares for them 24 hours a day, is a passion if you are going to become a keeper here. They get fed about five times a day so they have to go home with A lice each night and they will grow to be about the size of a large boot. These are some of the cute friends we will meet throughout the morning.. We look forward to looking around there. Very cute. Fears fire bugs are causing havoc in NSW an Victoria as authorities brace for more extreme ater. Naomi Watts is up for Best Actress as the Aussies have leaned up at the Oscar nominations. Back in a second.Very good indeed.

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This program is not captioned. The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced early in Los Angeles. We have an Aussie trifecta which is fabulous news. Hugh Jackman nominated for Best Actor for 'Les Miserables'. Naomi Watts nominated for Best Actress in her role for 'The Impossibe' and Jackie Weaver nominated for best supporting actress for her fabulous performance in 'Silver Linings Playbook', terrific cast. A red hot field this year. Overall Steven Spielberg's epic production 'Lincoln' star in Daniel day Louis has picked up 12 nominations including Best Picture.

'Les Miserables' sees Hugh Jackman nominated for Best Actor up against Daniel day Louis for 'Lincoln'.

Daniel day Louis for 'Lincoln'. It will be a good one. A fresh wave of hot weather is set the hit the southern states today in Victoria where it is tipped to reach 43 and a total fire ban is in place across the state. There is a total fire ban in NSW where scorching temperatures could wipeout all the work done by authorities to contain the bushfires. Joining us to discuss the situation we begin with NSW. Which areas are you most concerned about?The fire in Shoalhaven, the fire at Yass, and then further down in the Cooma area. They are our three fires of principal concern but we still have 110 fires on the books and 14 are uncontained. Its is not an ideal situation going into tease conditions but firefighters have done a remarkable job to put out as many fires as they can. But we are going to have to deal with those fires still burning.How was the CFA prepared for did's conditions there?We are well prepared. We have brought home Elvis from NSW which landed Innes done last night. It has been assisting RSF at contrast was for the last few days. Our strike teams are coming back from Yass as well so they are on the Hume high which as we speak. We have crews coming home from Tasmania. So we are in a good position. We have capabilities but no major fires. There is a fire in the southwest hopefully we will contain that this morning, they have on the great work overnight. We have had lightning move over the start which is a key issue to monitor. The key issue in Victoria a total fire ban across the state, extreme fire danger rating in the Wimmera and north central which is central Victoria. Severe fire danger rating across the rest of the state. We have the whole state at high levels, people need to be really conscious and we s people in holiday mode so people are along the coast camping enjoying what the coast offers along the Murray River and it is a little warning about camp fires, people would have been using camp fires the last few days, make sure they are out, it is a total fire ban, it is illegal the have a camp fire but make sure they douse the camp fires properly, bury them an test it. We found last week the department have actually attended 50 camp fires that have been left to a condition where they could s started a fire so that is one important warning.They teed to be cold to touch. There are reports that fire bugs are at work in both Victoria and NSW. This is a very serious problem, isn't it?It is. Fire bugs - we have had in Melbourne the last few nights where we think youths have been light in fires A bit of a test - they were not serious but it is a serious matter. Arsonists are an issue tfrpl Aussie way is do not dob in someone but I think it is time we step up and if we they an arsonist dob them in. We can call Crime Stoppers, ring triple-0, the key issue is that we to not want arsonists in our community. We should not tolerate it. They potentially are killers and is something we to not need. You know what, we know arsonists, they will be your brother, sister, cousin, neighbour and have a history of fire. They would have played with fir as they had grown up an they will continue to play with it and it is a mental health issue to make sure they stay safe and we do the and protect them from lighting fires. Arson is a key issue and we rely heavily on the community to help us.The Crime Stoppers number is on the screen. Most clicked is next, including the snake that hitched a ride with the Flying Kangaroo. Beef it or not!# Welcome the danger zone... This program is not captioned. Summer's a great time for D.I.Y. Bunnings definitely help you and they definitely make the job
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We turn the table on lanky King who reveal his all-time favourite chats and gold rush among the stars - why some of the world's richest men are launching a mission the mine a asteroid. All that and more, Saturday and Sunday from 7am. The great Peter Harvey, we love him. Coming in at number 1, do you remember the film Snakes on a Plane - teak a look.Enough is enough! I have had it with these... Snakes on this... Plane!Well, Qantas has had its own dramatic snakes episode. A 3-metre python joined companyers on an early-morning flight to papa New Guinea. Passengers noticed the snakes shortly after take-off. There is nothing anybody could do. I'm not sure I would want to help it! Qantas yesterday said hitchhiking pythons were not an every day occurrence.Tank goodness for that.He has already met Barack Obama and now Jesse Williams has come face-to-face with Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a Skype in view. Have a look at this. I understand the American food is not taking your fancy. Do you need me to send anything over for you? Yeah, everything!Everything! (LAUGHTER)A big appetite.A big care package. Williams won the American college football title with Alabama last week. He is tipped to score a $1 million NFL contract later this year. At number 3 an amazing rescue story. For two days there were gave fears for a dozen Orcsa that swam into a Canadian bay. They were trapped under a pretty thick blanket of ice. I do not know how far to the next air whole and I do not think they know either. Good news, the whales have been freed A wind shift overnight pushed the ice into open waters and they were able the reach safety. Spectacular.I bet a few seals wished though had stayed there. Check out the Williams sisters indulging in their own sporting passion, ping pong. 1-nil see news. They are getting them to do all sorts of crazy things, ping- pong, karaoke. Pretty competitive in that household!At No.5, check out the trampoline-assisted basketball dunks.That is pretty cool.You would want to come down well. A happy landing!Yes, there is a big soft landing. Aren't they great?That is very clever. At number 6, a new VW car ad about what you should or should not pass onto your kids.One just like that. Right in the old bucket. Good one. Much better. Was good. You had your shoulder poitd, kept your eyes on your target. Do it again. Watch me. Very good! The durability of the VW. Good action.Finally - this Australian guy is making waves on YouTube after he proposed to his girlfriend in a boy band song.# E want to share with you every day...

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Tim for news - fire crews in NSW an Victoria say they are well equipped to deal with any fire flare-ups or fresh blazes as the heat wave conditions return to NSW. 110 fires are still burning across NSW and 14 are jet to be contained. Kews are most wore wide about first at Sussex Inlet, Yass and Cooma in the south which are still not contained. Crews on Queensland's Bribie Island have spend the night strengthening contain many lines. In Victoria firefighters are keeping their eyes on two fires in the west. There is a total fire ban in NSW, Victoria and the ACT. Emergency crews in Sydney are having to contend with reckless fire bugs who sparked nine separate blazes in the southwest overnight. Firefighters were called the a grass track near homes at Macquarie Fields after 10.30 last night. Tfrpblgts fires were deliberately it will by unknown persons at this time. The information is that the persons left after lighting fires and police are following this up with the fire brigade units.Two 16- year-old boys were arrested fear by and charged with breach of bail. Police are appealinging for anyone who saw suspicious activity on contact Crime Stoppers.News justices in that Cyclone Narelle which is barrelling towards the West Australian coast a has been up greated the category 4 system. Residents will begin to feel strong wind of up to 100km/h by this afternoon. Gusts will gradually increase to more than 130km/h by the time the storm reaches the pilgrimage coast tomorrow.We urge home owners their houses are secure. Lose materials are stowed. A huge wall of rain an dust has been whipped up. These pictures taken in the north-west.Two people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at a California school student called authorities from hiding Mrs Inside. SWAT teams evacuated the school and arrest a suspect 20 minutes later. Had is believed to be another student an was armed with a shotgun. This shooting happened on the same day that Vice President Joe Biden was due to hold talks on gun control and less an month after 20 children and six adults were shot dead in Connecticut. After lying dormant for almost four decades, things are heating up for a volcano in east rush a. After erupting late last year the volcano is spewing lava 200 metres into the air. Scientists are monitoring its activity 4 hours a day and say there are no signs the eruptionless start soon. Tourists are being warned the stay away due to hot lava, ash and poisonous gass. Let's look at the finance figures now

Allan Jones t carbon tax and the infamous Today FM Royal radio hoax have been named as 2012's biggest public relations disasters. The carbon tax topped the list compiled with an online PR watch dog. Researchers looked for public reaction to determine the so-called disasters. Allan Jones was second for his claim in September that the Prime Minister's father died of shame. We will start with tennis - Bernard Tomic will hit the court for the fourth day in a row gunning for his first finals berth against Andreas Seppi.Sought to get into the final for the first time in my career so it is a big match. Sri Lanka will be more come pettive with the start of the one-dayers in Melbourne. Australian selectors have come under fire for picking an under-strength side by George Bayley insists it is the best team available. He is the skipper. Shaun Marsh could be in a line for a recall if his Big Bash form is anything to go by. He smashed 79 from 60 balls as the Perth scorchers thrashed the Strikers by 98 runs. What a win. Adelaide United desperate the hang on the second spot in the A-League when they come up against the Perth glory. Tonight they have been forced the field a weakened side after a number of injuries. Let's look at our T-signs. Nice and quirky - this is a T-sign after a tent was taken down. Well done for that. A big I had to Stacey and her family who formed this T-sign on Christmas holidays at larens River. A good thing to do on holiday.100%. Finally - that is creative!I love that part of the world. Finally Sophie made this sign in front of the Eiffel Tower on holiday in Paris. Thanks to mum Kate for Smith thing great picture. Well done. Could be a future gymnast. Speaking of overseas, you are about the goat on the big Qantas jet this afternoon, aren't you Dick?Coming up a clean sweep - Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver nominated for Oscars. We thought Nicole mild have been a cans but she missed out. All the details in 10 minutes. Snakes on a plane, as we said - the 3 metre python, look at that. Joined passengers on a flight from Cairns to Paparone.

Why babies with anxious mothers feel more pain during vaccination. Let's get another hit of weather with Emma. Time for your best local forecast. We have come inside to the hospital here at the Currumbin wildlife sanctuary on the goal follow. This building was built about three years ago and is state of the art. It homes all the vets and to keepers here take such excellent care of all their patients. The besting if you are going to visit the sanctuary is there is a viewing plat form from all the windows so they encourage people to look inside while they are doing a variety of operations. There is a patient in the hospital who has some very sore eyes and we will meet him after we look at your national flyaround starting in Queensland

Unfortunately this little chop has something like conjunctiveitis. His vision is 50% and he could be in here for three month receiving team to try to clear all the gunk from his eyes but he is pretty comfortable chilling out. Many koalas come through the centre a lot of them found on the goal follow with similar issues. This is a big issue but here at Currumbin it is all funded by dough fashions so any money you can spare to help these little guys out, I'm sure it would be greatly appreciated. Square, absolutely.Beautiful. Getting great attentionA bit unsure. There is plenty of entertainment?Yes, we it will the red carpet in Hollywood with all the Australia quiz in Los Angeles and happy days for Hugh Jackman, another day, another nomination. This time he is up for an Oscar. All the Academy Award he down is next.

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The nominations for the academies were announced.

Is a red-hot field this year and leading charge, Steven Spielberg's epic production 'Lincoln' which stars Daniel Day Lewis as the 16th President of the US. This film has picked up 12 nominations including best picture. In that category it find itself up against

Hugh Jackman up against Daniel Day Lewis for 'Lincoln'.

Those are the key cat guys. The Oscars happen February 25 our till an you will see men right here on the Nine Network. Plenty of awards on the People's Choice Awards were held in America yesterday. Taylor Swift, or Swifty as we love to call here her making her first appearance since he reported bake- up with Harry Styles. Boy, did she look terrific making a spectacular appearance. Another award ceremony. Jennifer Laurence the big winner with six tpwopgs and of course now she has an Oscar nomination too, a great start to the year for her with BAFTA, Academy Award, Golden Globe nominations, boy she will have a stack of pretty frocks. Robert Downey Jr walked out with two awards, including favourite movie actor! Alicia Keys, let's look at her blowing everyone away with with her stunning vocals in a wonderful performance.# The girl is on fire...

is on fire...This girl is certainly on fire. Some of the high lights. Meantime, last night in Hollywood plenty of Aussie stars hit the red carpet for the Qantas Spirit of Australia Party an Nine was there. A busy time in Holland the Australians. This is the unofficial beginning of the festivities with the Qantas cocktail party and there is no shortage of homegrown talent right here on the red carpet. Leading toast, Qantas ambassador John Travolta. Australians party better than Americans.Yes! (LAUGHTER) I think they know how to knee tpweerb aide the evening better.Arty season in Los Angeles and Miranda Kerr was fresh from a significant can bash of her own. Her son's second birthdayWe had a jumping castle a bubble machine, like about 15 other kids and he had a ball .KeithYour bank and wife Nicole Kidman a massive week, both are up for Golden Globe Awards this Sunday. Any competition between lo wins?No, she has already got a few! (LAUGHTER)You need to play catch- up? Yeah There are new faces on the scene in the US an some older ones. Anthony has words of wisdom for our aspiring actors?Make sure you have a return ticket just in caseThere is in shortage of success stories her and it will be a busy week celebrating then all in Hollywood. Keeps growing.Terrific. Thank you TomOnce they all got inside Keith Urban an John Travolta put on an impromptu performance. Have a look. # She had to go # I don't know, she didn't say... # I said something wrong... # Now I long for yesterday...Yes, the man who knows the words to every song ever written, keying urban with John - great stuff. The next big party will be a Saturday night the 10th annual black tie gala will be cover by us and the golden globes on Monday our time. We should say hearty congratulations to Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver, all Oscar nominees. Fantastic stuff.. Sad Tuesday to report - Dock fee son is battling an agrowsive brain tumour so our taught are with him, his family and friends stpwhrfplComing up after 7 o'clock. Drama on a Qantas plane. A 3-either python, look at it. On a flight from Cairns to Paparone.

Yikes! Check out this cutie. The 4- year-old lawn bowls gun from Victoria who is pulling big crowds at his local bowling ground. Kid Rock with his catchy summer tune All Summer Long. Sing along at home. You can't resist!# Watching waves roll off the rock...

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Don't miss out! Thank you for your company this morning. You're watching the Today show. And we're off to Hollywood for a quick hit of gossip with Michele Mahone. Rihanna and Chris Brown, they are just itching to flaunt their rebooted relationship, it seems, Michele?Yes. Ain't it grand? They are set to walk the red carpet at the Grammys, coming up in February. Now, let's never mind the fact that Chris Brown is still on probation for assaulting Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009. Rihanna, get this, says she wants Chris around because he's her good-luck charm and things really pan out for her when he's around.Yeah!I'm gonna leave it as inner dialogue. I think we should move on.Obviously got a bad memory. Hey, LinkedIn up to her old tricks again?She has been accused of stealing a bracelet that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor. She made friends with Elizabeth's long-time friend when she was shooting 'Liz & Dick'. And she had gifted an expensive bracelet to her nurse. Lindsay wanted the bracelet. When she left the house, the bracelet kind of left with her. The nurse was like, "OK, maybe she forgot to take it off. Let's call her." She did, and Lindsay was like, "What?" Eventually, one of Lindy's assistants returned the bracelet. She was convicted of stealing a necklace back in July 2011. Richard, maybe it's genetics. She might have freakishly sticky skin and things just...Either that, or that's really what you call regifting! (LAUGHS)Hey, Britney Spears quits that big TV gig of hers?Yep. 'The X Factor' is no more. Now, people were asking Simon Cowell for ages, "Is Britney coming back?" He got real vague on us. She was being paid $15 million for about two hours of work a week. Nice job, if you can get it. Really, the only thing she said was, "Your singing is really good or bad," so she quit. That's kind of like when your boyfriend's out the door with all his Blu-Rays and sweaters and you're like, "No. I broke up with you, man." Not that that's ever happened to me.And Keith Urban has spoken out about the catfight he's in the middle of?Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey got almost down to blows. He said, "That was inevitable because they are really passionate and they have very distinct personality, so it's gonna happen." They should make sure everybody's meds have kicked in before they take the stage.Stop it! We'll check in with you a little later. Here are the top stories on Today. Bushfire arson - fears firebugs are causing havoc in NSW and Victoria as authorities brace for more extreme weather. Nature's fury - WA braces for the arrival of Cyclone Narelle. Oscars race - Hugh Jackman leads an Aussie trifecta in the Academy Awards. Rescue mission - the desperate race to save a group of killer whales trapped under sea ice. Snake on a plane - the python that hitched a ride with the Flying Kangaroo. Crackerjack kids - on the bowling green with the 4-year-old who's teaching the adults a thing or two. And - a lion on the loose causes havoc in the United States, but it turns out to be a labradoodle with a haircut! MAN: I just saw a baby lion. MAN: It had the mane, and everything. It is quite a haircut. Good morning, indeed. It is Friday 11 January 2013. Plenty on the show coming up for you. But first, scorching temperatures in Victoria and NSW are posing a fresh fire threat today, with total fire bans in place in both states. Meantime, there are fears arsonists are behind a string of blazes in Melbourne's north. And in Sydney, fire crews battled nine separate blazes in one night, all believed to have been deliberately lit. We have reporters on stand-by in Victoria and NSW. First to Christine Ahern in Victoria. Chris, what is the situation there today? Well, Alicia, we are facing extreme conditions in Victoria today. In the city, the weather bureau tells ut that the temperature will top 37 degrees, but in other parts of the state, the mercury will rise to 43 degrees, coupled with some very strong north-westerlies, up to 50km/h. And that is creating a perfect storm for fires to start. Not for profit surprisingly, it is a complete fire ban across Victoria. There are two particular districts that the fire authorities are concerned about. That is in the Wimmera and also north-central Victoria. They are facing an extreme fire danger. But everywhere else in the state, it is a severe fire danger. There are a couple of fires burning across the state. Two particular of concern is one in Kent bruck and also in the Wimmera. Fire authorities will be keeping a close eye on that today. Compounding the threat is the string of arson attacks we've had in Victoria over the past fortnight. About a dozen fires deliberately lit. Just yesterday, four fire, authority say, were deliberately lit in Sunshine North. And the Fire Commissioner says while it might be considered un-Australian to dob in ean, he is urging the -- ean, he is urging the community to call authorities, particularly today, on such a dangerous day.Thank you very much for that. Let's go now to Dan Nolan in Macquarie Fields in Sydney's south-west, where firebugs have caused havoc there overnight. Dan, take us through what's happened?Well, a total of nine separate fires were lit here in Macquarie Fields last night. None of them are particularly big. This is one behind me. Another is a little further along, in that bushland. When you can see the proximity to houses here. They are very close to houses here in this street. We can show you some pictures of what happened further down the street, where the firebugs continued to walk down the street, setting fires along the way on people's front fences. Now, fire crews were able to get in there and put those fires out without much damage. But police then chased two male youths on foot and a number of other people fled. They have ended up arresting two 16-year-olds, who have been charged with breach of bairblgs not any arson offence. They will be appearing in Campbelltown Children's Court this morning. It's of great concern as we head into a very hot day today, that this message of not lighting fires and doing something like what happened here in Macquarie Fields last night, it just isn't getting through.There is a total fire ban in place in NSW today. Airlie Walsh is at the RFS headquarters this morning in Sydney. Take us through what's in store for NSW today?Well, Alicia, as it stands currently, there are more than 100 fires tearing across NSW. 15 of these remain uncontained. Now, the areas of most concern for fire crews are those in Yass, Yarrabin and Sussex Inlet. There are fears hot, dry and windy conditions today could really span fleams or spark new fires today and over the weekend -- plaims or spark new fires today and over the weekend. A complete fire ban is in place right across the state. It's expected to hit a top of 30 degrees in Sydney today. 41 in the west. Those temperatures could soar even higher in other parts of the state. So, yeah, as a result, fire bans are in place due to those extreme conditions. Now, also today, walking tracks in national parks across the state have been closed today and right the way through until Monday. Picnic areas, however, and camping sites in the east of the state, they will remain open over the weekend. However, parks in the west of the state, they will remain closed all the way through until Monday as well, obviously due to those extreme weather conditions. So emergency crews and authorities, and national parks, really not taking any chances this weekend, Alicia.A tough day ahead for firies again. Thank you very much for that. Over to you, Dickie. Thank you. The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were revealed at a ceremony early this morning and we have an Aussie trifecta to celebrate. Hugh Jackman is nominated for his wonderful performance in 'Les Miserables' - Best Actor. Naomi Watts, 'The Impossible', Best Actress nomination. And Jacki Weaver, who stars in 'Silver Linings Playbook', has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Overall, Steven Spielberg's epic 'Lincoln', starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has picked up 12 nominations, including Best Picture. In that category, it is up against 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Zero Dark Thirty', 'Life of Pi', the number one film in Australia at the moment, 'Amour', 'Django Unchained', 'Argo' and 'Les Miserables'. That sees Hughie nominated for Best Actor. Fabulous. He is up against Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln. That is stiff competition. Denzel Washington for 'Flight', Bradley Cooper, 'Silver Linings Playbook', and Joaquin Phoenix for 'The Master'. Naomi Watts, how good is this? She has big competition in the Best Actress category, but it's wonderful to see her there. She's up against Jessica for 'Zero Dark Thirty', Jennifer Lawrence for 'Silver Linings Playbook', and two others. Jacki Weaver, her second Oscar nomination, she is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Silver Linings Playbook', playing Robert De Niro's wife, no less. She's up against Anne Hathaway in 'Les Mis'. Sally Field, Lincoln's wife. Helen Hunt, a controversial role in 'The Sessions', and Amy Adams in 'The Master'. Look at this.

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There you go. The Oscars, on Channel Nine on February 25. Richard, thank you. Well, Western Australia is bracing for Cyclone Narelle, which has been upgraded to a category-4 cyclone this morning. These photos were taken in the Pilbara region, showing a huge wall of red dust that's been whipped up by this storm. Joining us on the line now is Matt Boterhoven from the Bureau of Meteorology. Thanks for your time this morning. Tell us, when will this cyclone hit?Yeah, severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle at 2am was 570km north of Exmouth and moving south-west at 16km/h. It's gonna reach - be fairly close to the north-west Cape Sunday morning. I expect it to pass within 230km west-north-west of Exmouth.Well, communities in the line of fire are pretty used to cyclones. They are generally well prepared. How will this storm affect them?We'll see along the West Pilbara coast, gusts increase to 100km/h Friday afpblt then Saturday night and Sunday morning we could seep wind gusts increase to around 130km/h. Also see some heavy thunderstorm activity increase along the Pilbara coast today. Could see some rainfall figures, you know, 25mm to 50mm, with some isolated, heavier falls.And what is the forecast? It is cyclone season - can we expect more cyclone this is summer?Yeah, this summer we're forecasting around an average number of cyclones, which is five. We have already had TC Mitchell earlier, in late December. So we could expect another three cyclones. And there's always the possibility of a coastal impact from one of the cyclones. Certainly experiencing some wild weather. Phenomenal pictures there as well. Matt Boterhoven from the bureau, thanks for time this morning. Alicia. Hundreds of late-night shoppers have fled a shopping centre in Sydney's south-west after a fire broke out at a cinema candy bar. Smoke and smog poured through three levels of the complex in Liverpool, after what's believed to have been a popcorn machine ignited.Crazy. Like, no-one knew what was happening. It was just alarms. We weren't even sure what was happening. Someone's like, "Oh, there's a fire," and everyone started running.There was heat and water damage after the sprinklers came on, but nobody was injured. Prosecutors in the United States say a an associate of a notorious convicted arms dealer has been arrested in Australia while trying to get a job as a protective services officer. Richard Chichakli has been convicted of conspiring with Viktor Bout to ship weapons responsible for some of the most violent conflicts in Africa, as well as money laundering and fraud. The movie 'Lord of War' was written about the pair, starring Nicolas Cage. Bout is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States. Now, a background screening process uncovered Chichakli's identity when he applied for the PSO job in Melbourne. The US government will file extradition papers before a hearing next Thursday. Police divers are being called in this morning to help search for a fisherman who was swept off rocks on the NSW Central Coast. The 60- year-old was thrown into the water after being knocked over by a big wave at Little Bay around 4:00 yesterday afternoon. We were in the air within 3.5 minutes and on scene within another 30 seconds. Sadly, even by that time, the man had disappeared. Rescue crews say the incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of not wearing a life jacket. A village leader in Canada says a family of killer whales that were trapped under a thick blanket of ice has now been freed. For two days, there were grave fears for the pod of around a dozen orcas, which got into trouble after swimming into waters north of Quebec. After becoming trapped, the mammals were forced to frantically bob up and down, taking turns to breathe through a small hole in the ice. But a wind shift overnight thankfully pushed the ice into open waters and the whales were able to reach safety. Well, now let's go to the Gold Coast, where flames have rocketed into the air after a blaze broke out on a boat. For more on this story, we're joined by Nine's Chris O'Keefe. Morning to you, Chris. Take us through what happened. When did this fire erupt?Good morning, Alicia. The boat caught fire at 9:30 last night at Runaway Bay. Witnesses say they saw the boat erupt into flames before drifting down one of the canals. This made it difficult for fire crews. They had to get into the water and bring the boat to shore before they could extinguish the blaze. Because the boat was made entirely of fibre glass, it took up to two hours to put it out. It was an 8m-long cabin cruiser. That's an expensive boat. Luckily, nobody was on board at the time and ambulance officers say nobody was injured in the blaze. But police say they still have no idea how the fire started and have been guarding the boat all evening, awaiting forensic officers to arrive this morning to decide just how this fire started.Chris O'Keefe on the Gold Coast, thank you very much for that. Over to you, Deb. Alicia, thank you. Well, you have probably heard of the movie skwoction snakes on a Plane'. Well, that became a reality for passengers on a Qantas flight, with a 3m python hitch add ride on a wing from Cairns to Port Moresby. Rob was a passenger on that plane. He joins us. Good morning to you. This is such a bizarre experience. When did people notice that snake? Yeah, good morning, Deb. Um, probably just after the aircraft was ascending, reaching the cruising altitude. A lady just looked over and she saw a portion of the body hanging out from between the engine and the wing. And she, um, she signalled the cabin crew to come over and said, "I think I just saw a head of a snake."Amazing. And how did the staff respond to this?Yeah, they couldn't believe it. She actually asked the lady to jump out of her chair and she jumped into her seat and sat there for quite some time. The snake wasn't really moving at all. Only now and then, occasionally, he would pop his head up to see what's happening, realising how high he was up in the sky.The flight was going from Cairns to Port Moresby. There are plenty of snakes up there, but is there any idea just how the snake got on the wing?They said he may have crawled up into the area overnight, when the aircraft overnighted in Cairns. So he just crawled up. It's a Dash-8 aircraft, so he crawled up the wheel, and then just tucked away. The wheel comes straight out of the engine. And then he tucked away and just sat there overnight, thinking, "This is a pretty cosy spot to stay the night," not knowing it was a plane that had to go somewhere the next day.And I imagine everyone on board got lots of snaps and pictures to take note of this experience?Yeah, it was pretty crazy. Even the pilots came out in turns with their cameras and took photos. We were just egging him on to hang on, until we got into Port Moresby. He lasted the whole way. Even he was still moving when the plane was parked at the terminal. I think he had his last breath and passed away in Port Moresby.Rob, thank you for your time. As you did say, it was not a happy ending for the snake. He did die, I think, largely because of the altitude and the very cold temperatures. But, Richard, you have a very good animal story for us?Yeah, the story of the day. Is this a lion or a dog? Huh? If you guessed a dog! (LAUGHS) You're right! Charles the Mon yark and his haircut have sparked a series of emergency calls to the police in the United States. It only happens in America, folks. It seems Charles' haircut was the villain in this story, with local residents mistaking him for a lion. 911, where is your emergency?I'm driving down the street right before the zoo, and there's a lion that ran across the street. A baby lion.A lion on the loose? Frantic 911 calls flooding Norfolk emergency operation centre in Virginia on Tuesday with rare and frightening sightings.I just saw an animal that looked like a small lion.One call after another.It had the mane and everything.I just saw a baby lion.I thought to myself, "This is gonna be a very interesting day." Obviously we were on alert and we wanted to be sure that there was no wild animal or no animal on the streets.Norfolk Police put in a call to the local zoo to make sure one of its lions hadn't made a daring escape.The zoo said, "All of our lions are accounted for. They are where they should be."But it turns out it wasn't the king of the jungle on the loose. No, it was this particularly coiffed 3-year-old labradoodle, Charles the Monarch, who happens to be a very popular pup.I had to make everybody have a party with Charles. He's a big head. Now this king of canines has gone viral. He has more than 11,000 likes on his Facebook page. Hisful grin splashed all across the internet, leading him to ask one of his Twitter followers, "Can I give you my pawtograph?"The lion dude, so hot right now.He's wondering what all the fuss is about.Exactly. Emma, what's happening weatherwise? Dickie, there is a lot happening wted weather, particularly with this heat. Total fire bans in place for NSW, the ACT and Victoria. But fires also burning in sweeld Queensland and Tasmania swefplt it's all due to -- in Queensland and Tasmania as well. It's been compounded by the fact there hasn't been much rain over the last couple of weeks. The bad news is it doesn't seem to be breaking up this extended period of heat. It's so unusual and is set to continue for the next 10 days in various states. We will take a look at the weather, then we have one of the most impressive animals here at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

One of the most amazing birds you will ever see. This is Jessy, a wedge-tailed eagle. He is considered an apex predator. No other animals are after him, unless he does land on top of a crocodile. He has an amazing wingspan - take a look at this - of about 1.8m. Do you want to do that again for us, Brendan? Pretty incredible, that is. The most impressive thing is, apart from their size, they have such a close bond with their life partners. Particularly Brendan, his keeper. They can have mates of years. You can hold them on your arm, like Kelly Slater has done, and disMariah Carey, who came here last week. You can check out the free flight bird show as well. An may izing specimen. Are you looking at me -- an amazing specimen. Are you looking at me? I don't like that! Thanks, Em. Coming up after the break on Today - the Antarctic adventurers who are going to recreate one of the greatest-ever survival stories. You're watching Today. We'll be back right after this. This program is not captioned. this.
A very good morning to you. You are watching the Today show. Let's take a look at the Most Clicked Items on the Net. Coming in at number one - remember the movie 'Snakes on a Plane', with Samuel L Jackson?Who could forget it?I have had enough with these (BLEEP)!Qantas had its own dramatic snake on a plane, when a 3m python joined passengers on an early morning flight to Papua New Guinea. Passengers noticed the snake shortly after take-off, but there was nothing anybody could do to help the stricken python, clinging to the wing just a short distance from the Qantas famous Flying Kangaroo logo. Qantas said that hitchhiking pythons were not an everyday occurrence.Have you ever seen any?I have seen a few snakes on planes, but nothing like that. At number two - Aussie college football star Jesse Williams has come face to face with Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a Skype interview.And I understand the American food is not taking your fancy - do you need me to send anything over for you?Oh, yeah, erring.Everything?! (LAUGHS) -- oh, yeah, everything. Everything?!Williams won the American Football College title with Alabama last week. He's tipped to win a contract with NFL next year. Good luck to him.Coming in at number three - an amazing rescue story. For two days, there were grave fears for about a dozen orcas that had swum into a Canadian bay. They were trapped under a thick blanket of ice.I imagine there's not an air hole. That's her coming up and looking with that hopping behaviour they are showing.It was touch-and-go, but they have been freed. A wind shift overnight pushed the ice into open waters and the whales were able to reach safety.Now at number four - check out Venus and Serena Williams. They love a little bit of table tennis. A bit of ping-pong. Have a look at this.Pretty handy at it.You would think so, wouldn't you? Nice to blow up at the umpire.Look at Venus' new hairdo!Very stylish. Coming in at number five - check out these trampoline-assisted basketball dunks. Pretty cool. Wow.
Wow.That's pretty amazing.That's some pretty serious air time.You would want to know there's something underneath. Wow. How good is that?Pretty hard for blokes that are lucky to pull off a star jump.Yes, indeed.You could do that.Interesting television!At number six - the new Volkswagen car ad about what you should or should not pass on to your kids.Just like that. Right in the old bucket. Good toss. See, that's much better. That was good. You had your shoulder pointed, you kept your eyes on your target. Do it again. Watch me. (LAUGHTER) Loved that.Very good, indeed. Alright. Very good, indeed. You're watching the Today show. We have news coming up next.And a big congratulations, of course, to Hugh Jackman, who has been nominated for a Best Actor award for his performance in 'Les Miserables'. We'll be back right after this. (SINGS)

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Good morning, Melbourne. A hot day ahead with a top of 37 degrees. Right now it is 23. It's gonna be a warm one.Certainly T let's get another hit of news. Good morning again, Deb.Good morning. Fire crews in NSW and Victoria say they are well equipped to deal with any fire flair-ups or fresh blazes as the mercury climbs across the country's south-east today. 110 fires are still burning across NSW and 14 are yet to be contained.We still have that fire down in the Shoalhaven area, the fire down at Yass and then further down in the area, they are our three fires of principle concern.Parts of Victoria are in extreme fire danger, with temperatures expected to soar into the 40s in the state's west. We have the Kentbruck fire in the south-west. Hopefully they can contain it this morning. We have had lightning move over the state overnight. Hopefully we don't get new starts from that.A total fire ban is in place across NSW, Victoria and the ACT. And firebugs are testing authorities in Sydney after a number of blazes were deliberately lit in the city's south-west overnight. For the details, let's cross to Dan Nolan, at Macquarie Fields. Dan, this is incredibly frustrating for fire crews and for residents?It sure is, Deb. This is one of the nine fires that were lit here last night. None of them are particularly big. But what is most concerning for fire crews is that they were lit here in bushland. Another was lit a little further up here. But the proximity that they have to house