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Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday September 10

That's it from us this morning. Hope your morning is going well so far.

We'll be back tomorrow from 6.30am.

Here's a wrap of the top five 'most clicked' stories of the morning.

1. Counting continues in tight race for second Senate seat

2. RSPCA denies using concrete to kill rabbits

3. Raiders stars caught boozing before key match

4. Unreality TV mantrap exposes the sexual divide

5. Labor loses ground in vital Queanbeyan booths

Concrete was poured into warrens at the RSPCA ACT's Weston headquarters on August 28, creating a danger of rabbit ...
Concrete was poured into warrens at the RSPCA ACT's Weston headquarters on August 28, creating a danger of rabbit suffocation or starvation. 

Police are urging drivers to avoid Hindmarsh Drive in Lyons following a collision.

Emergency services are reportedly on the scene.

Novak Djokovic roars back into the men's final.
Novak Djokovic roars back into the men's final. Photo: Getty Images

If you're keen on the tennis this morning, you can follow the action as Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal takes on fellow top five titan Novak Djokovic in the US Open men's final via our live blog.

It's currently underway and Djokovic has consolidated his early break in the second set. The score is 2-6, 6-3, 2-0. He has won 65 points to Nadal's 64, hit 25 winners to 14, but committed 27 unforced errors to 14. 

Mike Kelly has thanked his supporters as the count continues in Eden-Monaro.

The latest figures issued by the Australian Electoral Commission has the Labor incumbent trailing his Liberal challenger Peter Hendy by 569 votes, though the final result may not be known for days.

We'll keep you updated on the bellwether seat as the day - and the count - progresses. Meanwhile, you can catch up on what we know so far here.

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And the Australian dollar is higher as a stream of strong data out of China boosts confidence about the world’s second biggest economy.

The Aussie dollar was recently buying 0.9233 US dollars, and 0.6966 Euro.

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The ASX is set to open higher buoyed by miners as the pace of growth in China appears to have bottomed.

 

In case you've just joined us, the battle for the second ACT Senate spot continues today.

Greens candidate Simon Sheikh is holding out hope for below-the-line votes, but Liberal candidate Zed Seselja has achieved one-third of primary vote.

Meantime, Liberal Peter Hendy has edged further in front as counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro.

Liberal candidate Peter Hendy at his Greenleigh home while counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro.
Liberal candidate Peter Hendy at his Greenleigh home while counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

If you're originally from Melbourne, this may be interest to you.

High-rating Melbourne breakfast radio duo Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek have quit as hosts of Nova 100's breakfast program.

The pair announced their decision to listeners on Tuesday morning's program.

"Hughesy and I have decided that this will be our last year on the show," Langbroek told listeners, "and we have loved it and still love it ... but let's face it, we've had big lives, we're tired – not of each other actually."

Quit: Kate Langbroek and Dave Hughes will leave Nova after 12 years on air.
Quit: Kate Langbroek and Dave Hughes will leave Nova after 12 years on air. Photo: Supplied
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Updating you on the weather this morning, right now it's 17.9C outside.

The forecast is for a top of 19C, although at the rate we're going so far it could well be higher.

The day will be mostly sunny.

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The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere.
The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere. Photo: David Pope

Another native orchid shot from David Pope.

The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere.
The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere. 

Canberra Times editorial cartoonist David Pope has been up early this morning, and has sent in some pictures of the native pink finger orchids in bloom out on Black Mountain.

You've got to love spring in Canberra. Just beautiful.

If you have questions over the US response to the crisis in Syria, best to get an early night’s sleep.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout at 4am tomorrow, following Mr Kerry’s apparently offhand suggestion regarding chemical weapons in the country.

The online event also coincides with the anniversary of 9/11.

Google+ Hangout with John Kerry
Google+ Hangout with John Kerry Photo: Supplied
The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere.
The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere. Photo: David Pope

Another native orchid shot form David Pope.

A Uruguayan man has been found alive after four months lost in the Andes.

Raul Fernando Gomez Cincunegui, 58, was spotted by Argentine officials on Sunday flying into the remote mountain area by helicopter to check snow levels.

Mr Gomez had been sheltering in a mountain refuge 9,300ft above sea level, in the shadow of Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas and ran out of the hut and managed to attract their attention.

He survived the ordeal by eating rats he caught in a homemade trap, as well as raisins and sugar left in the hut.

Man rescued after four months lost in Andes

RAW VIDEO: A 58-year-old Uruguayan man is rescued from the Andes after surviving the winter on rats, raisins and sugar.

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This week's column by Jenna Price is a good read.

Inspired by this week's season premiere of The Bachelor Australia, she's flipped the coin.

Her column is a little piece of fiction about what it might be like if your 'typical' Aussie, twenty-something single female were the focus of the show.

"Now she's a schoolteacher. She can deal with 25 kids at once, all competing for attention.

Behaviour-management techniques are key for dealing with large groups of boys who really should be running around the playground for 30 minutes before they attempt to sit in class and pay attention.

Or before they spend any time with a woman and attempt to pay her serious attention...."

Read the full column here.

Unreality TV mantrap exposes sexual divide
Unreality TV mantrap exposes sexual divide 

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal has won the first set of his US Open final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic 6-2, in 42 minutes.

In the 37th meeting between the two titans of tennis, Nadal broke early to lead 2-1, and he maintained his dominance throughout the set.

The game is ongoing - we'll keep you updated.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Photo: Reuters

Former ACT Greens MLAs say the proliferation of minor parties hurt their party's vote in the federal election, but remain optimistic Simon Sheikh can still clinch the ACT's second Senate seat.

Former ACT Greens Leader Meredith Hunter said on Monday the Greens' territory campaign was "incredibly run" but the national tide towards conservative parties had been reflected in the local vote.

"Last time we were at about 16-18 per cent in the house of reps seats," she said.

"This time it has dropped back.

"It's a bit of a reflection that there were a lot of people in the community veering across to the conservatives."

A spate of incidents led police to attend three Canberra primary schools on Monday.

ACT Policing is investigating the cause of two small fires at Garran Primary School which led all students and staff to be evacuated.

Police also attended the St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Conder after the remains of an exploded tin were found on the lawn near the front office.

Police also attended Ngunnawal Primary School on Monday after a domestic issue.

The remains of an explosive device that was set of in front of the front office of St Clare of Assisi Primary School in ...
The remains of an explosive device that was set of in front of the front office of St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Conder. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

If you've ever wanted to learn more about cloud computing, you have an opportunity to do so today at the University of Canberra.

Expert in the field Dr Timothy Chou from Stanford University is giving a talk explaining the basics of cloud computing, the fundamental economics that underpin it and its implications for the global service economy.

The talk takes place today from 3pm to 5pm in the Clive Price room in Building 1.

Registration is essential - find out more here.

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