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America's Cup will stay in America! America's Cup will stay America! Dd - Team USA completes one of sport's greatest comebacks.

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Lawyers for Adrian Bayley fight to reduce the sentence Meagher.
imposed for the murder of Jill Meagher. A spectacular missing link . Scientists in awe at the discovery of a 400 million-year-old fish face. And - if the shoe fits. The image makeover aimed at attracting more women into the force.Gender, race, any religion will be treated with equal respect. Everything that's expected in a work place.

The United States is celebrating a famous America's Cup victory over Team New Zealand. They came from 8-1 down to win the 34th edition of the great race. After capturing the attention of the global sporting public, the America's Cup was down to the final race.The wind is good. We are all clear. Sailing and spectacular are words not often used in tandem. But that's what competition for one of the grandest trophies produced. Team New Zealand and Team USA head-to-head in the sport's new age of technology professionalism.This is going to be a very fast race.Team USA was on a roll and late in the race their lead had strung out for all to see. With Australians on board including gold medallist Tom Slingsby, it was a win for many nations. America's Cup will stay in America!

Sporting folklore for sure, with an unthinkable comeback that would take time to sink in.

On your own you're nothing but when you've got a team like this around you they can make you look great. They did all of that today and the whole series. Just so proud of the boys. I mean to be facing the barrel of the Gunnell at 8-1, these guys didn't even flinch. The harbour was ablaze with support as Team New Zealand's crew reflected on a loss they will now shoulder for life.They've really done an amazing job to sort their boat out and probably a good things for us they didn't do it earlier. The race prides itself on being contested in good spirit and as much as a win for Team USA, this was a win for the sport of sailing itself.Did you guys enjoy that?Yeah! New fans drawn to an an inspirational chapter and one that will be read over and over to anybody who will listen.

Team USA's amazing feat has left our neighbours across the ditch despondent. New Zealand correspondent Dominique Schwartz has more. For the past eight days, shed 10 here on Auckland's waterfront has been packed with hundreds of expectant Kiwi fans, hoping each day that that would be the day where their team would score that elusive final win to bring home the America's Cup. But it wasn't to be.America's Cup will stay in America! Team USA, under Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill, proved to be too strong, their boat too fast. They've staged one of the most rackable comebacks in sporting history, winning the last eight straight races, turning what appeared a week ago to be a New ago to be a cakewalk for the
New Zealanders victory for Team New Zealanders into a glorious victory for Team USA. Now fans here obviously were here obviously were very despondent at that news.I'm proud of my country. Really proud.I really wanted them to win. 'Cause it was - I'm still proud of them. It was amazing. Prime Minister John Key probably summed up the mood when he Tweeted just one word. Bugger. The Prime Minister's botched expectations that his ... (audio drops out) His Education Minister put the idea back on the agenda, but Tony Abbott says more important things must come first. Political correspondent Greg Jennett is in Parliament. Greg t appears that Christopher Pyne's proposal isn't getting much momentum. What's Mr Abbott had to say?Compulsory student fees were once compulsory, then they weren't, then the Labor Government once again restored them . The university sector, not to mention Student Unions around the country, have been very keen to maintain them. So when Christopher Pyne the Education Minister put them back on the agenda yesterday, it did set the heirs running again. Through the course of the day he said abolishes them was not a Prime Minister and now Tony Abbott has backed him up, saying it's not only down the back of a very long list of priorities for government, it's not even close to getting attention among the government's current plans.When the former government moved to reimpose compulsory student unionism, obviously opposed it. I have to say that obviously opposed say that there's a lot own our plate. We are going to be a very busy and active government over the next few years, and this is not a priority for us and we have no plans for change in this area at this time. And Greg, it's early days yet, but these prime ministerial media conferences appear to be fairly rare. How's the Prime Minister explaining that strategy?It is a different pace, and it is as you say early days. The Prime Minister says when he has something to say, he will in general say it. Now, his appearance in Melbourne in the electorate of Aston was something of a first today. His first electorate visit in Melbourne as Prime Minister and it came with that media doorstop opportunity. Now, not only has the Prime Minister been sparing in his appearances, but it's also becoming clear that other frontbenchers need to go through a process to make some of their own appearances and that's an approval process that office.
does run through the leader's office. That's something Mr Abbott confirmed today. He said that he wants to be a consul Tait tiff and collegial government, and that's why it's important we continue in government the sort of processes we had in opposition. So next time you see a minister fronting for media conferences you can be assured that they have gone through a process of approval to get there. Greg Jennett, thank you.Thank you. Lawyers for Jill Meagher's killer Adrian Bayley are in Victoria's court of appeal arguing the sentence handed to Adrian Bayley was too harsh. The 41-year-old a serving a minimum 35 years' jail for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne last year. In sentencing, Justice Jeffrey Nettle said he'd committed one of the worst conceivable crimes. Reporter Sarah Farnsworth is at at court.All we know for sure is that his defence counsel have made submissions to court of appeal to reduce his 35-year minimum term that he received back in June. We do have some indication as to what points they will be making out in court today. It's been reported that they're going to focus on what they believe were errors in law made by the judge when he sentenced Bayley, in particular, was the statement that you read out there, that the killing of Jill Meagher was one of the worst kinds con severable. The judge also stated to Bayley that he believed he killed Jill Meagher because she would've done to police about the rape, and as the judge said, and/or because he derived some sort of perverted pleasure from hurting women. These we believe are some of the points that his lawyers are going to focus on today. They're going to argue before a three-judge bench that the judge wasn't open to drawing those conclusions. We have heard also that a further ground of appeal has been lodged with the court and we're likely to hear details of that later on this morning. In Nairobi, a team of international nor ren sick experts is trying to piece together exactly what happened in the final moment of the siege inside the Westgate Shopping Centre. It comes as victims of the terrorist attack are being laid to rest and the country's religious condemn the attacks. The ABC's Martin condemn the Martin Cuddihy reports from Nairobi. Every nun in east Africa Nairobi. Every Africa who's a member of the Africa who's a member of Sanfriscan Sisters of St Joseph is in Nairobi. Not content with watching on television they' offering support and religious counselling. It you are just helpless. You are looking at the pictures which are transmit and you can't do much. In this deeply religious country, faith leaders are showing solidarity.We would like people to know this very clearly, that Islam is not terrorism, and neared is terrorism Islam.They're trying to come to terms with the worst terrorist attack in Kenya since 1998. Forensic expert s from across the world are helping to piece together the final momentsWe have begun the exercise of addressing the forensic effort to determine whether there are still any bodies holed up there. Past building collapsed during the final assault. It's believed some hostages were buried with their attackers.We have also been asked how did the car park cave in? Again that is a matter to be determined by structural engineers. Scores of people recall killed when Al Shebaab militants attacked the upmarket mall. The funerals of the dead are now being held. At a Sikh crematorium a family gathers for the the last and goodbye. 17-year-old Pavaz Singh stayed with miss grandmother inside the Westgate Shopping Centre. He was shot in the back seven times. Just as they died together, they were farewelled together. As Kenyans come to terms with their grief, they're also looking for answers. They want to know how this attack could've been planned, and carried out with such deadly efficiency.

More than 300 people are dead after a powerful earthquake in south-west Pakistan. The tremor flattened entire villages in remote areas making it difficult for doctors and aid workers to care for survivors. Villages of brick and mud homes were shaken to ruins within seconds. Hundreds of people died, survivors camped in died, survivors camped open, and local hospitals kept I don't know where where they are.

People flocked to see it. A rare but not unknown phenomenon. The product of one of hundreds undersea mud volcanoes along this coast but the island will quickly erode. could
Seismologists suggest that could happen within months. Back inland, Pakistan's army drafted in troops to help the rescue but a local insurgency could make that operation harder. Officials are appealing for more tents, medicines and food. Local hospitals have been overwhelmed, and the scale of the disaster is still emerging. The FBI has released chilling video footage of the gunman who killed 12 people during a shooting rampage at a Washington DC navy base. The footage shows 34-year-old Aaron Alexis calmly entering the complex, using the security pass issued to him as an IT contractor. The images show him stalking the corridors armed with a shotgun. The FBI's also released pictures of the weapon Alexis used during the shooting which they say shows evidence of his mental health issues.Handwritten etchings were present on various parts of the shotgun. Etched into the barrel of the shotgun were the words "end to the torment". The shooting has led to questions about how Alexis was granted a special security clearance and prompted calls to review the government vetting process. The Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing down the threat of piracy charges for Greenpeace activists arrested for trying to board an oil platform in the Arctic. Prosecutors previously accused them of piracy, a charge that carries a prison term up to 15 years. Greenpeace denies doing anything wrong and says the accusations are a fantasy. Those detained include a Tasman man and a British born man and a Australian resident A treaty control the trade in conventional weapons has received a boost with the United States signing the agreement. The US Secretary of State says the treaty will keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists but it faces domestic opposition with the American gun lobby saying it could restrict the right to bear arms.This treaty will not fact,
diminish anyone's freedom. In fact, the treaty recognises the freedom of both vid wallets an States to obtain, possess and use arms for legitimate purposes.It's very significant that the United States, the world's largest exporter of arms, signed the treaty this morning here in New York. Australia was one of the first countries to sign the treaty, but participating nations also need to give it legislative backing so it will need to be ratified by the US Senate before it has full effect. Children who fled the misery of Syria are being put to work in neighbouring Lebanon. Some as young as 4 are spending their days in the fields to help feed their families. Just after dawn, it's time to go. But these children aren't boarding a school bugs. The truck is taking them to the fields to work. They're not dressed for it. They're far too young. Russia is 10. She is one of the oldest. Her family fled Syria's war five months ago. But now this child is doing an adult's job. These children cost less. So now they're being employed across the fertile fields of the Bekaa valley. This is the new face of Syria's humanitarian crisis. Child labour. They're harvesting grapes, potatoes. Today it's court jets. A Syrian middle man keeps them in line. He also keeps a share of their wages. It's hard work. 13-year-old Ahmed shows me how his hands hurt. Children shouldn't be doing this. But if they don't, their families don't eat. This man is from a local charity of the he says he can't bear to see this.

choice? No. The children have no choice? No. Their only choice
is to work. choice? No. is Charities like his ensure children also get some education. Even if it's just intomorrowal classes. Nothing about these Syrian's children's lives as it should be. Working in the fields at such a young age, going to makeshift classes in the open air. But it's an impossible task to get all of the Syrian children into the Lebanese school system. But here, at least they're safe. They've escaped the war. And that's something. For Russia and her five siblings, this tent is now home. It's better here, she tells me. There are no bombs. But it pains her widowed mother to send her children to the fields. "I feel like my heart is being ripped out", Fatima says, but what I can do? If they don't work, we can't live.

There are no easy moral choices in war. And this war is destroying Syria and the future of

A check now of the markets. Here's Alicia Barry. Worries about the US budget are keeping investors on the sidelines?That's right, after yesterday's strong session, concerns about the US Government's finances have surfaced and the Australian share market is tracking the losses posted on Wall Street overnight.

The treatment of women in the Defence Force has been a hot topic in recent years after several scandals and multiple reviews. The ADF's trying to recruit more women, and improve the way they're treated. And that includes getting more girls to consider a Defence career, by showing them what life in the military is like. Eric Tlozek reports. These girls are being measure ed up to see if they'll knit into a new life. The Defence Force wants to encourage female high school students to consider a military career by offering them a taste of life on base.Our research indicates that a lot of girls don't generally consider Air Force and certainly careers like air crew in Air Force as a possibility 'cause they don't believe they can do it. The young women are attending the RAAF's first flight camp at the Amberley Air Force Base in south-east Queensland as part of a push to break down gender barriers.You cannot go over around or under the obstacle. You must go through. The young women have been told they will be supported throughout their careers.I think gender, race, religion will be treated with respect.Year 12 student Ting Ting Luo is still making up her mind about a Defence Force career but recent scandals haven't damaged her trust in treats
the military about how it treats women.I don't see it as
an treats women.I don't see it opportunity
an issue but I embrace it as an opportunity rather than an issue but I embrace opportunity rather than a hindrance.17-year-old Sayan yupg has already joined after spending time as an air cadet. She will begin officer training in Canberra next year unfazed by the negative publicityIn a squadron back at home there's only five or so girls for 20 guys but you're not treated any differently. A lot of the times it's actually the girls that do better in the activities.A government review of women in the Defence Force found there was lack of equipment in leadership roles but the RAAF says there are few positions that women are yet to occupy. The most note sbl that of fast jet pilot.We are providing more opportunity. We're encouraging more women to give a go but we're certainly not dropping any standards to try to increase our numbers.The army and navy are also running camps for young women and the Air Force is running a separate camp for its technical roles A new way to get women on board.

Scientists have uncovered a fossil that could be the earliest known creature with a face. The discovery in China of a fish that's 419 million years old is published in 'Nature' and an Australian Brian commoo is old is published in the journal
'Nature' Brian commoo is among the team that made the breakthrough being hailed by many as a missing link. Professor John Long from Flinders University joins me now. Can you tell us, what's so special about this fish?Yes, to what's so special about of the the
fish?Yes, to me it's one of the most exciting discoveries of the century because it in a gap between an ancient dominateed the seas rivers an lakes of the world for 70 million years and the entire modern fish fauna of boney fish and sharks. There is an intermediate form that has a complete lower jaw exactly the same as the jaw that was in the boney fishes alive today.What does that mean in terms of human evolution?Well, we humans have a long pedigree and we look at the origin of different anatomical system likes the legislation and they first appear in plachyderms as hind fins. Similar with the jaw, that first appeared in this fish from China. So it links these ancient armoured fishs with the beginning of the building of the human body plan. What else is special about these particular ancient fish? I understand that in addition to the Hinds limbs there are issues in terms of balance and even mating habits?That's right. The plachyderms were the very first backbone creatures on earth to reproduce during population that was a discovery my team made back in 200 by discover n an embryo inside one of these fish. They also had the most advanced inner ears with can three canals. They're starting to be tracked back to these fish as the innovators of most of the human body plan.It seems extra hoard this was unearthed in an urban area of China. Could there be more discoverers too come?I think so. Australia and China are frontier countries nor approximately paleontology there's lots of new ground to explore. Already the oldest fossil fish in the world come from Central Australia but those sites have only opinion scratched. These sites in China were only discovered in the last couple of years there's many years of digging to be had in future errs years. I think there will be many big exciting discoveries like these sort of fossils coming out of both China and Australia in the next decade.Professor John Long, thank you so much for joining us.My pleasure.In the AFL, Hawthorn is making final preparations ahead of its grand final match against Fremantle this weekend. The Dockers are vying for a slice of history, hoping to take home the premiership for the first time. And today is the last chance for Hawks fans to see the team train before the game and it seems they're leaving nothing to chance. Kelly underquood in Melbourne. It's been five years since the Hawks last had that premiership. How are they looking this year?Well, they are hooking are are hooking pretty good. They lost just the three are the minor premiers. lost just the three games. As a
result, this are the minor premiers. They've
lost just result, this is their final training session, no great result, this is their surprise that this Waverley training session, no park precinct in Melbourne's south-east park precinct in south-east has been absolutely engulfed with brown engulfed with brown and gold, Hawthorn fans. They've braved the wind and the rain and now the sun's out. Pretty much everything you expect on your average Melbourne day. They're desperate to get a last-minute ought graph and to whish their heroes the best of luck ahead of Saturday's grand final. This is their second grand final within the last two years. So they've become familiar with soaking up all the atmosphere. The players wandered out of the rooms pretty casually just a few moments ago. The theme of the Hawthorn theme song was blaring out from the speakers. They're having just a light run behind me. Nothing too stren knew wus. It's all about preparing themselves for Saturday's big game.What's the mood like? Clearly locals would be pretty keen to keep the silver wraer in Melbourne?Well, there is a real party atmosphere here. But there's also this sense of anxiety, sense of nervousness, some would say a sense of dread before.
because they have been here before. We need to rewind only 12 months ago and they went into a grand time as the hot favourites. They were upstaged on that day by the Swans. And so certainly among this thousands of fans here, there's a feeling of let's hope this doesn't happen again. Hawthorn go in the overwhelming favourites against Fremantle. The Dockers players arrive in Melbourne later tonight, The Dockers players arrive Melbourne later tonight, 8.30 this Melbourne later this evening. We're also Melbourne later tonight, 8.30 awaiting the news of the final teams. So the final 22 for each side will be made public later this evening. Fremantle expected to name an unchanged line-up. There's always a heartbreak, a hard-luck story in the lead-up to grand final this week. This year is longs to Brendan Whitecross, the Hawthorn player who seriously injured his knee in the preliminary final win over Geelong T opens up at least one space for Hawthorn. And so at least one player here today will get tapped on the shoulder and will be included in the final 22 team to be announced later this evening . Kelly underquood in Melbourne, thank you. Tasmanians are mourning one of the State's most popular personalities. Marjorie Bligh e pit advertised the Australian pursuit of the ideal suburban home life and may have been the inspiration behind a world-famous Australian character. Born in rural Tasmania, Marjorie Bligh was a force of nature.Just look hat these people and think oh they're really old people and yet I'm old myself but I can't make myself believe I'm old. I'm a person that can't waste time. After working as a cook she became a newspaper correspondent in the 1950s.It was pouring with rain. I'm writing 'cause that's my other life. I have written six books. The books included hints on,000 to remove possums, how to use beetroot as rouge and recycling everyday items.That's a duster. You know how these venetian blinds gets on your nerves? Her books included marriage trips like staying trim, never nagging and being honest but not brutal.What would the world be like if there wasn't a woman to make clothes, to cook the dinner? She became known as the housewife superstar.I earned these when I was at Campbelltown, I can tell you. About 150 entries I put in and I win about 1230 prizes. Her sharp wit led many to believe she was the inspiration nor Barry Humphries' alter ego Dame Edna Everage.People asked me to write a vegetarian one. Are you going to?No, I like meat! Marjorie Bligh will be remembered as one of Tasmania's most enduring personalities.

Let's take a look at the national weather now. Here's Vanessa O'Hanlon. For the eastern States, a trough is directing those very warm north-westerly winds into Queensland and also New South Wales. Severe to extreme fire conditions across parts of Queensland. And a total fire ban for the north eastern areas of New South Wales over to the north west. And down to Sydney. Behind the trough, we have a frontal system moving over Tasmania, up through the southern areas of New South Wales, eventually getting up to the northern eastern parts of New South Wales and that's creating a westerly change as that low deepens. We're also seeing quite heavy rainfalls through parts of Victoria and Tasmania. A high will replace that, so we'll see clearer skies into tomorrow, particularly for South Australia, but then we have another cold front that's coast
currently moving over the south coast of Western Australia. This will track over to the south-east tomorrow and Saturday, and we also have a top of 21 degrees with showers in Perth. Very windy down in the south eve up into Sydney with a top of 30 today.

We are expecting We are expecting showers for
the AFL We are the AFL grand final on the Saturday, hopefully most of the AFL grand final that activity will clear by early afternoon. Around that activity will country for tomorrow: country for

That's the news for now. Our next full bulletin on ABC1 is at 5.30. I'm Nicole Chettle. Have a good afternoon.

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