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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday May 23

That's all from us today Canberra. We'll be back with another morning news blog tomorrow at 6.30am.

Thanks so much for joining us.

We'll leave you with a wrap of the major headlines.

  • A man believed to be a British soldier has been hacked to death in broad daylight on the streets of London in an apparent terrorist attack.
  • Significant job losses are expected at Telstra after the telco announced sweeping changes to its operational structure as it shifts away from its legacy business.
  • A man has been shot dead in Orlando while being questioned by the FBI in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Telecommunications company iiNet has sealed a multimillion dollar agreement to sell of TransACT's fibre-to-the-premises network in the ACT, less than two years after buying the Canberra company.
  • A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera.
    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera. Photo: ITV News

    Paul Jurak has come through with the goods again. 

    He's sent through these lovely shots from Lake Burley Griffin this morning.

    See more at his Facebook page and Canberra Times Lake View blog.

    Stephanie Anderson

    The search for missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn has recommenced within the Kosciuszko National Park, but poor weather has restricted forces to the ground.

    A spokesman for NSW Police said searchers would continue focussing on Lady Northcote Canyon, the Opera House Hut area and the western face of Mount Kosciuszko after voices were heard in the area yesterday.

    Overcast skies and rain have kept helicopters grounded, but the weather situation will be reassessed later this morning as the search for the 25 year old continues.

    Prabhdeep Srawn - the Canadian bushwalker missing in the Kosciuskzo National Park.
    Prabhdeep Srawn - the Canadian bushwalker missing in the Kosciuskzo National Park. Photo: Supplied
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    Drivers are being urged to avoid an Evatt intersection due to a burst water main this morning.

    Territory and Municipal Services said the southbound lane of Copland Drive 50 metres south of the Clancy Street intersection will be closed until further notice due to a burst water main, and traffic controllers will be on site to control traffic.

    We'll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

    There are signs of retaliation in London after the shocking machete attack on a soldier. People have been arrested at two mosques and members of the English Defence League are gathering.

    Members of the English Defence League (EDL) wear balaclavas as they gather outside a pub in Woolwich in London.
    Members of the English Defence League (EDL) wear balaclavas as they gather outside a pub in Woolwich in London. Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS
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    Breaking news this morning that Ford is expected to announce the closure of its Broadmeadows production line.

    An announcement is due at 9.15 am, and a press conference at 10.45am.

    So keen to see Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.

    Jenna Clarke brought us the news earlier that we'll get a sneak peek at the flick in Canberra next week.

    Here's some footage from the premiere in Sydney last night as part of a report from Donna Demaio.

    From ACTION Buses this morning...

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    Ambulance officers are assessing one person after a crash in Flynn earlier this morning.

    Emergency crews were called to the scene of the two car collision at the intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Spalding Street around 8.15am.

    An ESA spokesman said intensive care paramedics were assessing one patient suffering neck pain, but it is not clear whether they will need to be transported to hospital.

    ACT Policing said there were no road closures in place as a result of the crash.

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    Sunrise after the rain. What a shot from @handmadecanberra on Twitter. You can share photos with us too by tweeting @canberratimes or emailing online@canberratimes.com.au.

    Stephanie Anderson
    Bob Knight.
    Bob Knight. Photo: Melissa Adams

    The children of Canberra truck driver Bob Knight have thrown their support behind a police campaign to track down illegal guns, four years after their father was killed by a stray bullet from a Sydney shootout.

    A bullet from a shootout between two gangs fatally wounded the 66-year-old as he sat in the cabin of his truck on a nearby road at Milperra in Sydney’s south-west in 2009.

    His son David Knight helped launch the nationwide police initiative on Thursday, stating that his father’s death wasn’t a case of being in the wrong time at the wrong place.

    “Dad was where he was supposed to be and had been for the past 15 years,” he said.

    “He didn’t even wear a watch. The guns shouldn’t have been there.”

    Joining Mr Knight on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, Detective Chief Superintendent Mal Lanyon said the two week operation would commence tomorrow.

    Jenna Clarke

    Sydney may have partied like it was 1922 at the Australian premiere of The Great Gatsby on Wednesday night however Canberra will get a sneak peek of Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated flick early next week.

    Palace Electric Movie Club Members will be in a flap of excitement as the New Acton cinema will be screening a special preview on Tuesday, May 28 - two days before it opens around the country.

    Tickets are still available, unfortunately Leo won't be attending.

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    There's been a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Spalding St in the suburb of Flynn in Canberra's north this morning.

    Police are on their way to the scene. Avoid the area if possible.

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    If you're just tuning in here's a weather recap for you.

    We're in for a top of 13 degrees today and there's a 70 per cent chance of rain, with morning showers forecast.

    Right now it's 9.1 degrees. 

    It will be an otherwise cloudy day, with southeasterly winds of between 15 to 25 km per hour.

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    Planning on having a child or two? Apparently the cost of raising two rugrats has hit the $812,000 mark.

    Far out.

    This figure is up significantly on 2007, when it was estimated at $537,00. 

    And that's for a typical middle-income family - this amount increases at every income level.

    If you're wondering where your cash is going, apparently 18 per cent of your household budget goes on food, and 20 per cent is on transport.

    See how you measure in our report up today.

    Around the world in 80 words or so, recapping the major international headlines for you...

    A man believed to be a British soldier has been hacked to death in broad daylight on the streets of London in an apparent terrorist attack.

    In Orlando, Florida - a man has been fatally shot while he was being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case, after lunging at an FBI agent with a knife.

    And a 33-year-old Polish man has received a face transplant just three weeks after being disfigured in a workplace accident.

    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera.
    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera. Photo: ITV News
    Australian Dollar. One dollar coin, currency, money,  $1 coin, generic, one-dollar coins.  AFR Picture by REBECCA HALLAS

    Meantime, the Aussie dollar fell to an overnight low of 0.967 US dollars.

    The Australian dollar was recently buying 0.9702 US dollars, 0.755 Euro, 0.645 pounds and 100.070 yen.

    Follow the Markets Live blog from 9.30am.

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    In markets news, Australian shares are set for early losses after Wall Street fell, reversing an early rally, as concern grew that the Federal Reserve will scale back its stimulus efforts if the labor market continued to improve. European stocks were higher.

    Today's cartoon by David Pope.

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