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He is out of position. Our NSW and Victorian viewers are about to leave the tennis for Seven News. If you would like to continue watching this and the tennis, switch over to 7TWO. The fifth set is about to be played. Tonight, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. Marcos Baghdatis and David Ferrer. A big night on Rod Laver This program is captioned live. Tonight - Sydney's hottest day ever causing medical emergencies,
fires and transport chaos. Our cameras capture incredible
pictures of a monster blaze. Homes threatened
as new fires erupt across the state. And doping cheat Lance Armstrong
comes clean on how he cheated his way to glory.

This is Seven News at 6:00 with Mark Ferguson. Good evening. Sydney has sweltered through
its hottest day on record, with temperatures in the city
reaching a top of 45.8 degrees this afternoon. It was even hotter
in our western suburbs as the scorching heat
pushed emergency crews to the limit. This is the kind of day
emergency services dread. Concert-goers collapsing
in the heat at the Big Day Out, unbearable at Homebush but people did their best
to stay cool and upbeat. Best day my of life. Hundreds of paramedics and police
working hard to keep crowds safe and themselves cool. At Glenrock Scout Camp,
near Newcastle, 11 scouts were treated
for heatstroke. Across Sydney, almost 133 people
were treated by paramedics Across Sydney, 133 people
were treated by paramedics after falling unconscious
in searing heat. Dozens more were treated for
heat-related stress and illness. It's been a busy 10 days
for emergency services. That's just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of people
calling 000. Firefighters battled a blaze in
Kenthurst in Sydney's north-west. The heat pushing them to the limit. In Penrith,
thick smoke filled the sky as emergency crews
fought against a grassfire that had flared up again
behind the sewage treatment works. As the bushfires burned
big crowds packed the Penrith pool. Zoe, look!

Staying hydrated was a top priority. At the ice-skating rink,
business was booming. It's hot outside
so we just came here. Thought this would be a good place
to cool down for a few hours before I go home
and have a barbeque. The sand was scorching
at Bondi Beach. In the sweltering city, only brave office workers
battled the unbearable heat. It was hotter in Sydney
than out the back of Bourke today. At 9am, it was already
29 degrees in the city. 35 degrees by 11:00 35 degrees by 11:00, 44 degrees at 2:00. Hitting 45.8 degrees by 3:00
this afternoon - an all-time record. And that wasn't the worst of it - records were smashed across Sydney. The airport hit 46. Campbelltown, 45. Penrith topped 46.5 degrees.

30 towns and cities across the state
were hotter today than they've ever been before. I'm just glad to go
and have a beer, mate! The change is heading our way. It will hit the city
around 8:00 tonight, Liverpool at 8:30pm, then Penrith around 9:00pm. A severe thunderstorm warning
has been issued for Sydney with damaging winds forecast tonight which could bring bigger problems
for firefighters this evening. It's going to be very gusty so any fires that are
already burning in the area will become very difficult
to control. Sally Bowrey joins us live now. Sal, this heat is now causing
major train delays this evening. That's right, Mark. Trains across the entire network, except for the eastern suburbs
and Illawarra line, are delayed
by up to an hour tonight. That is due to overhead wiring
and signal problems caused by the extreme heat
we've been experiencing. Commuters are being told
train tickets can be used to catch Sydney buses and ferries
instead. I'll have more details on when we can expect
that cool change to hit Sydney a little later on.

A Seven News cameraman
has filmed extraordinary pictures from inside a monster firestorm
in Victoria's Gippsland region. The fast-moving blaze
destroyed homes as it raced through Glenmaggie where four firefighters
were trapped in their truck. A fire crew drives through
the heart of a firestorm. On board, a Channel 7 cameraman
capturing every frightening moment as the blaze turns the daylight sky
into a hellish red. Jump in the car now! OK, mate.

Move down!

No, you're going down this way. Get away from the radiant heat. They're on a mission
to save property and spot a fireball ahead. Now, just watch gas cylinders. Driving closer,
they soon discover it's a home well engulfed in flames. Stop, stop, stop, stop!
Let them get in! You can see the outdoor furniture
and what's left of the wall as a single firefighter
attempts to douse the flames. Alright, go. But this is a losing battle. Strong winds fuel the fire. Others step in
but it's too intense. Lost that one,
it's not even worth it. These crews are intent
on saving other properties but it's too unsafe. Guys, you probably want get yourself
somewhere safe down on the lake. OK, let's go! Jump in! For one crew, this soon turns into
a life-saving mission. Come here! Get back here! Get back here! Residents determined
to stay and fight for their homes oblivious to the threat
from the thick smoke and fire as they try to pack away
outdoor furniture. Just metres away,
this house explodes into flames - its weatherboard structure
further fuelling the blaze. A view from the sky shows
just how extensive the firestorm is. Holiday-makers take refuge
near a lake as waterbombing aircraft
dump load after load. But there was only so much
they could do. Fire crews were forced to withdraw
from this area of Heyfield. The remnants are haunting - and a home left to burn
to the ground - yet another
that couldn't be saved.

More now on the Victorian emergency and Seven's Michael Scanlan
is with fire crews. Michael, are they gaining control? Not really.

Not really. A short time ago, in the Gizzy services said this file will continue to burn for the next few weeks. Is extremely large and has cut through the 45,000 hectares. Is extremely fast-moving, much like a grass fire but has taken hold in much bigger bush land. Images is services believe that between four and five homes have been destroyed. The fire fund is moving towards Le Col at the moment where 10 residents had decided to stay and protect their properties. They are joined by 20 fire crews who were also helping them protect their town. The conditions here are extremely hot, dry and windy. We are in desperate need of rain here in Victoria to ease the fire threat.

As record-breaking heat
swept into New South Wales fire emergencies
developed around the state. Houses came under threat near Young,
at Cessnock in the Hunter Valley, at Cooma, and Bega in the south. The Coonabarabran blaze
also broke containment lines. First to the emergency
this afternoon near Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley, where some residents were ordered
from their homes. Lee Jeloscek is there
for Seven News. Lee, is the fire now under control? Mark, the windy weather conditions
are making it difficult for crews and an emergency warning
remains in place. It has been a frightening afternoon
for residents and the threat isn't over with the forecast wind change
expected to push towards other neighbourhoods
later tonight. Stirred by strong winds
and intense heat this fireball races across the field
near Cessnock. Firefighters desperate to keep
the blaze away from nearby homes. Plumes of black smoke
fill the hot air and flames race through the park
and up trees. This fire started late yesterday when a car was torched
in nearby scrub. Just after 3:00 this afternoon,
it broke containment lines crossing Duffie Drive. It wasn't just the heat
challenging firefighters. The wind was continually changing, pushing the front
in different directions. There were a few evacuations
but luckily, no homes were lost. The wind turned around pretty quick. It

It started from nowhere.The Inuit was going to come because they said it was coming up the road and his whole thing was going to go but it has Corner cross and kept going.

This terrified roo
was also desperate to get away, running head-first into a fence
in a panicked escape. With temperatures soaring
past 40 degrees, there was no beating the heat. Heroic firies doing everything
they could to contain the inferno. It's feared this blaze
could change direction again. Southerly winds are expected
to hit the area later tonight, pushing the fire north
towards the suburb of Neath. Homes are under threat
in the south of the state where a fire is burning
out of control near Merimbula. The Princes Highway has been closed and some residents are being urged
to shelter in Bega. Alex Hart is at Millingandi
for Seven News. Alex, some property
has already been destroyed. Mark, just before 3:00, authorities issued
an emergency warning to residents living in the
Millingandi area of the Bega Valley. It is not yet clear

It is not yet clear if a property destroyed was a shed or a house. The fire broke out just after midday but only really became a major concern for the Rural Fire Service just after three o'clock when a southerly wind changed swept through this region. Residents were issued with an emergency warning, telling them to evacuate their homes if their plan is to leave during a bush fire emergency. It is unclear at the moment how many properties are at risk but the fire has spotted across the Princess highway into another nature reserve, putting more homes at risk. The Princes Highway has just been closed about one hour ago. Except to essential traffic. There are about 45 firefighters on the ground, 11 trucks and a waterboarding helicopter trying to bring this blaze under control. At this stage, the cause is still unknown.

The severe conditions again tested
the people of Coonabarabran where 51 properties
have already been destroyed. Hugh, just how bad is it there? Mark, people here have had plenty
of downright scary moments today. It's been close to 40 degrees
and the winds were gusting hard - some of the toughest conditions
for firefighters. The fire travelled 10km in just
a few hours early this morning, putting homes and stock at risk. Moving like lightning
through paddocks, the huge fire near Coonabarabran
grows bigger. Farmers rushed to move
valuable livestock from the flames' path as firefighters raced
to protect homes. One metre a second.
It was that quick. Just go with this wind. The blaze broke containment lines
south of town early this morning, emerging from the hills
into open grasslands and making a run
for the Newell Highway. It was closed for most of the day as volunteers battled
to stop it spreading further. Residents were told to go. It is going to impact on
that house down there and it's only a couple of clicks
from the freeway. And impact around the house - you can see it's burnt
around the house. These are undoubtedly
the conditions everyone feared - the driving winds. That grassfire is moving
so quickly across the plain. Homes here were saved but the conditions
were a worry for crews all day. Low humidity and gusty winds. We certainly do have some concerns. We do have winds with some strength that could potentially push the fire
further south. It is not just houses
that have been destroyed. Marty Lill has already lost
hundreds of stock. We are humanely destroying cows
that have succumbed to the fire. It really breaks our heart to see
animals suffering under these conditions. His prized cattle that survived
are trying to keep cool inside as the fire rages on outside.

At the Knight family property
just south of town, smoke fills the air and flames are fast approaching
the house. We just thought we had it
a bit contained this morning but the wind
has just been ferocious. When Seven News called in
earlier this week, the Knights had concerns. Today, they were realised. Just as we arrive,
crews launch a full scale attack.

Sneaked up with the wind under it
pretty quick, yeah. The properties on this road
have been under threat for days but just in the past
20 minutes or so, things have got really bad. The flames have been creeping up
over the hill and now they're getting very close
to the house. Family and friends
struggle to save the animals. Ah, just getting
rid of a mob of steers that are right on the crest here. As strangers in planes,
helicopters and trucks do their best to stop the flames. Finally, the 160-year-old homestead
starts to look safe and the smoke begins to clear. These waterbombing aircraft
have been all over this area for the past 30 minutes. They've managed to douse
the bigger flames and now the trucks are coming
to mop up the rest. It's given us a terrible fright and the RFS guys
have just been fantastic. Blackened and a bit bruised
but grateful for all the help. 10 years to the day since Canberra
was devastated by bushfires a memorial has been held
to mark the tragedy. 4 people died and almost 500 homes
were destroyed when fire roared
into Canberra's suburbs. Hundreds gathered today to remember. The loss and grief experienced
that day was enormous. An occasion like this just
gives us the, I guess, the OK to let
some of those emotions out, to sort of have a hug
with loved ones. Some residents boycotted in protest at the government's handling
of the fires. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong
has confessed to being a drug cheat who wasn't afraid of being caught during his highly anticipated
interview with Oprah. He apologised
for his repeated denials but claimed it wasn't possible to
win events like the Tour de France without performance-enhancing drugs. This story is so bad and so toxic
and a lot of it is true. It's the confession
heard around the world. OPRAH: Yes or no? Did you ever take banned substances to enhance
your cycling performances? Yes. Lance Armstrong admits
he began taking drugs in the mid-90s before he was treated for cancer. In all seven
of your Tour de France victories, did you ever take banned substances
or blood dope? Yes. Doping so bold, it included
injecting drugs during the race. My cocktail, so to speak,
was only EPO, but not a lot, transfusions and testosterone. Armstrong has already been stripped
of his seven Tour de France wins and banned for life but today,
the International Olympic Committee ordered him to hand back his
bronze medal from the Sydney Games. While refusing to name other cheats,
he blamed the culture of cycling. Was it a big deal to you?
Did it feel wrong? At the time? No. It did not even feel wrong.
No. It's scary.

Did you feel bad about it?

No. Even scarier.

Did you feel, in any way,
that you were cheating? No. The scariest. He claims he did not
force team-mates to use drugs and wasn't the leader
of a sophisticated drug program. And as for those angry denials... It can't be any clearer
that I have never taken drugs... Yeah, yeah.
I was a bully. Armstrong claims
he stopped using drugs after 2005 and wasn't cheating
during his comeback, Riders in that race today
expressed anger and disappointment. Lance deceived everybody
on the planet, you know? Us included. The World Anti-Doping Agency
slammed Armstrong's claim that he used drugs
just to level the playing field, calling his actions fraud and saying if he hoped
for redemption, he failed. It wasn't a deep
and sincere apology, if that's what we're looking for. It certainly wasn't that. I really do feel
that he has to name names. They have every right
to feel betrayed and it's my fault.

So, is Lance Armstrong
now telling the whole truth? We'll have the verdict from a panel
of experts later in the bulletin. Also, how an elderly couple
fought off an attacker. An urgent cheese recall
following a deadly outbreak. And a new arrival's big day out. That's next.

A 92-year-old man has described
how he fought off an intruder who broke into his Gosford home. Athol Shaw says, at first, he thought someone
was playing a joke on him before the man fled with just $20. Athol Shaw is 92. His wife, Audrey, is 90 - easy prey for the young man
who terrorised them in their own living room last week. "I want money, money, money!" And I said, "I'll get you money." And that was after
a slap in the face. And I bent down to pick up my
glasses and that's when he just..., you know. He never hurt me,
otherwise I might have jobbed him. And he reached over
and grabbed thing from... ..the $20 note from there. Just $20. Athol threw a mug at him and chased the coward out
with a knife. The thief had entered
their Gosford home by climbing onto a wheelie bin
and through an open window. Put another chair on top of that, used that to climb in
through the window there. Descriptions of him are limited. Male, young, approximately 183cm
tall, wearing a black-hooded top. Audrey's grandfather
built this house. She's lived here
for all 90 years of her life and Athol has lived here for
the 70 years they've been married. In that time, they both say,
society has really changed. Oh, it's a different world today.
Nothing like it. We used to leave our doors open. They will lock the place up
from now on. Police advise all elderly
to do the same. There's an urgent recall
of dozens of soft cheeses after the deaths of two people
were linked to a strain of listeria. The cheese was made in Victoria
and sold throughout New South Wales. The popularity of Jindi Cheese
spans the country and now,
following an outbreak of listeria at their Victorian headquarters, the number of consumers
placed at risk is unprecedented. This is the largest outbreak
of listeria we think we've ever seen. I think the significance
is that it affects, potentially, so many people
in so many parts of Australia. It's already been tied
to two deaths - an 84-year-old Victorian man
and a 44-year-old Tasmanian man. A woman in New South Wales
suffered a miscarriage. The recalled Jindi varieties include blue brie wedge, 200g Jindi camembert, and Wattle Valley camembert. That recall extends
throughout Australia and to New Zealand
and South-East Asia. In all, 18 people have fallen ill
across Australia after contracting
the same unique strain of listeria with several new cases confirmed
after detailed analysis. It became clear to me
that there was indeed a strong link between these seven new cases
and Jindi. The disease is most destructive
to three groups of people. The elderly, particularly those with some form
of chronic disease, anybody with immune compromise, and any pregnant woman. Listeria has
a 70-day incubation period so the concerning unknown
for authorities is how many more cases are yet
to be identified across Australia. A full list
of recalled Jindi products is available
on the Seven News website. A rather large bundle of joy
has explored his new enclosure for the first time. Melbourne Zoo's latest arrival had no trouble stepping
into the spotlight this morning. The calf was born
after a 4-day ordeal but was walking within minutes. He stuck pretty close to mum's side,
kicking up some dust for fun. The baby boy already weighs 131kg and zookeepers say he is looking
healthy and doing well. The public will soon
be able to vote on his name. Still to come
in this special 1-hour edition of Seven News and Today Tonight - a dramatic manhunt south of Sydney. Was Lance Armstrong telling
the whole truth? Expert analysis is next. And how scammers are taking
advantage of a bargain website.

A 30-year-old petty criminal is fast becoming one
of the state's most wanted men after eluding police
on the South Coast for the third time in a week. Adam Walters joins us from Nowra,
where a search is under way. Adam, who is this fugitive? His name is Joshua Duke,

a convicted thief but described
by police as armed and dangerous. He fled into bushland
just after midday, ditching his four-wheel drive after
police attempted to pull him over. Officers swarmed the area setting up road blocks and searching 16 square kilometres
of the Shoalhaven State Forest. A rescue helicopter
and the dog squad were called in,

but Duke managed to escape
for the third time in eight days. Wanted for several break and enters, Wanted for several break and enters. Duke was stopped by police
last Friday, north of Nowra
on the Princes Highway. He then reversed
into their patrol car and sped off. On Wednesday police again attempted to arrest
Duke but he managed to escape. Today, this "catch me if you can"
game continued but police were again
unable to find him. Police say the public should not
approach Duke if they see him and call 000 immediately.

during September's Muslim riot has avoided jail. 19-year-old Omar Halaby was given
a 12-month good behaviour bond by Magistrate Pat O'Shane. He was charged after taking part in
violent protests in the city against an anti-Islamic film. The court heard he was remorseful
for his behaviour and had already paid $500
for the damage to the police car. More now on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's
very public confession. The world is still asking,
"Did he really come clean?" on the extent of the cheating and the incredible financial awards
that went with it. Today Tonight's Pippa Gardner
reports on the Armstrong confession, what it might cost and was it just
a public relations exercise? I've never taken
performance-enhancing drugs. I am a flawed character,
as I well know. I have never doped. How many times do I have to say it?! We have nothing to hide. It did not even feel wrong? No.

Scary. I'll start my answer by saying
that this is too late. It's too late
for, um, probably most people. It was the explosive interview with
Oprah the world had waited for. But what will it make
of Lance Armstrong's answers? I view this situation
as one big lie. I think the body language is saying,
"I want sympathy" here. Body language and behaviour expert
Michael Kelly dissected Armstrong's performance and what motivated it. Transfusions and testosterone, which, in a weird way,
I almost justified it because of my history, obviously
with testicular cancer and losing. Mm-hm. I think talking about his cancer - he's trying to get
the sympathy vote, I'll just drop that cancer in. All the fault and all the blame
falls on me. I certainly couldn't handle it and I was used to controlling
everything in my life. I controlled every outcome. Overall, the interview is that, "you should believe that
I was under tremendous pressure "and you may have done
what I would had done "so don't judge me so harshly." I will spend the rest of my life
trying to earn back trust and apologise to people
for the rest of my life. The only time I think he was lying
when Oprah asked him, "Did you force people to take
performance-enhancing drugs?" The idea that anybody was forced
or pressured or encouraged was not true.

I'm out of the business
of calling somebody a liar but if you ask me
if it's true or not, then I'm going to say
that's not true. I think he was lying there. This is really the last stage of
desperation for Lance Armstrong. He's tried everything else. It left just one option -
crisis management. Anthony McClellan
is an expert in the field. Confessing all on Oprah he says it was a well-thought out
and stage-managed strategy. One of the mistakes he made was that
he didn't say sorry quickly enough. It took him 11 minutes
to say that he was sorry. I think he should've answered
with a yes. "Yes, I've done it and I'm really
sorry that I've done it." I mean, he didn't tap into
the emotions that he should've been tapping into
quickly enough. isn't just about saving face
and appeasing fans - potentially a stint in jail awaits for the former hero to millions. In the US,
more people have been jailed for lying about their drug taking than actually about the drug taking. Andrew Stone from the
Australian Lawyer's Alliance says Armstrong was careful in the detail. But if proven he lied under oath
about his drug use, he could be charged with perjury. People get hefty jail terms
for lying on oath. And then there's
the financial fallout. Armstrong ruthlessly
went after and sued almost anyone
who said he was a drug cheat. Like Britain's 'The Sunday Times' who paid out $500,000 in 2006
to settle a libel lawsuit. They're not the only ones who are
likely to want their money back, plus interest. Armstrong's seven Tour de France
wins netted him $4 million
in prize money. On top of that, he got $7.5 million
in Tour victory bonuses. Sponsorship deals earned him an
estimated $20 million-plus annually.