Firefighters are still trying to get the upperhand on a forest fire that is scorching hundreds of acres near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford County.
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That's where we find Steve Smallshaw this afternoon. He's standing by to bring us an update on the situation.
(rollcue... still not under control)
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5 people were rescued from a burning house this morning by an off duty police officer.
Around 1-15, the police officer noticed smoke coming out of a house on Chestnut Street.
He knocked on the door.
But when he did not get a response, the officer kicked in the door. It woke up the 5 residents inside, and they made it out safely.
Authorities say there was extensive damage to the house.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The Los Alamos wildfire is growing and strong winds are expected to make matters worse.
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Meanwhile, interior secretary Bruce Babbit has put a 30- day hold on any other "prescribed burn".
He says he's launched an investigation to find out if the policy needs changing, in light of the devastating wildfire.
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((BRUCE BABBITT/SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: IRRESPECTIVE OF EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, MY FEELING IS WHETHER OR
NOT THERE'S NEGLIGENCE, THESE PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO A RESPONSE, AND,
HAVING TALKED TO THE CONGRESS, I'M QUITE SURE THAT'S FORTHCOMING.
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[OUT Q=that's forthcoming.]
Babbitt says Congress will likely pay residents, whose homes were damaged.
The wildfire destroyed 260 homes all together.
And fire officials say the blaze now covers more than 44-thousand acres.
Christy Brzonkala has lost her case.
The Supreme Court just ruled that rape victims can NOT sue their attackers in federal court, only state court.
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Former Virginia Tech student Christy Brzonkala sued two football players in federal court for allegedly raping her in a dorm room.
She was the first person ever to use the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
But the Supreme Court ruled against her five-to-four today and killed a key part of the Act -- saying Congress should never have gotten involved in a state issue.
A man in Norway took 35 children and workers hostage at a nursery school this morning.
Most of the hostages are free now.
Police say the man released all but five children and two adults.
He is now demanding to see an attorney.
Authorities say he told them he has a gun.
No word yet on a motive.
But one newspaper says the man is believed to be the father of one of the children at the nursery school.
Three Palestinians are dead and hundreds of others are injured in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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It's being called the worst
violence in four years between Palestinians and Israeli troops.
Palestinian policemen exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers.
Protesters had earlier been throwing rocks at the Israeli troops.
The violence came as the Israeli Prime Minister's Cabinet cleared one hurdle to peace by
approving the transfer of three West Bank villages near Jerusalem
to the Palestinians.
Reporters are waiting to hear what New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani has to say at this hour.
He's holding a news conference to speak about his future plans.
Yesterday, Guiliani called a Newsweek report "totally inaccurate" for saying that he's dropping out of the U-S Senate race.
The report says Giuliani's treatment for prostate cancer will force him to give up his
campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
After a 13- month investigation, the final police report on the Columbine High School shootings is being released today.
Cynthia Bowers has more from Denver.
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The key element is expected to be a timeline tracking the murders and
police response-according to some accounts the shooting spree lasted
only about 15 minutes and the killers were dead long before police
reached most of the victims.
The report analyzes some 95 bombs and the 4 weapons the two killers used
in their assault. (Graphic) A time line says the rampage began around
11:19. The first 9-1-1 call came four minutes later. By 11:34 the last
of 13 victims had been killed.// Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold then
returned to the cafeteria trying to detonate more bombs, before heading
back to the library where they killed themselves around noon. All the
while an army of law enforcement officers was banding outside the
school, but it was more than 3 hours before they made it to the library
where most of the killing took place.
(Sot/Brian Rohrbaugh father of victim) Obviously the blame starts with
the two murderers, from that point could more have been done, absolutely.
Brian Rohrbaugh, who son Daniel was killed, is among 15 families suing
the Jefferson County Sheriffs department. It was those lawsuits that
forced today's release of the report.
(Back on camera)
The report, which will be released on a CD like this one, draws from 5
thousand interviews, 10 thousand pieces of evidence, if printed would
cover 700 pages, but the sheriffs department warns it will not answer
the most often asked question. Why? Cynthia Bowers, CBS News, Denver.
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For many moms, Mothers Day was spent in Washington D. C. voicing their opinon on gun control.
A group from Roanoke attended the Million Mom March.
Kate Weidaw joined them and has their story.
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A deadly explosion at a fireworks warehouse in the Netherlands MAY be the work of an arsonist.
Dutch investigators say they're NOT ruling it out.
Saturday's explosion leveled an entire neighborhood.
At least 20 people died, and nearly 600 were injured when 100 tons of fireworks exploded.
Small fires have hampered emergency crews in their search for possible survivors.
The warehouse detonated with a force experts compared to a wartime rocket attack.
Japanese citizens have begun paying their respects to the nation's former Prime Minister.
(kay-zoh oh-boo-chees) Keizo Obuchi died yesterday.
Across Japan today, flags are flying at half- mast.
Many people around the country observed a minute's silence in honor of the liberal democratic leader.
62-year- old Obuchi had been in a coma after collapsing from a stroke in April.
Political analysts say the outpouring of sympathy will likely give Japan's ruling party a boost in the upcoming elections.
An accident on Interstate 81 slowed down traffic for a couple of miles yesterday.
The accident backed up northbound traffic for two miles yesterday, from I-581 back toward Salem.
State police say a tractor trailer clipped the car while changing lanes, then pushed the auto ahead.
Two women were in the car. Both were released after hospital treatment.
The truck driver has been charged with improper lane change.
A "cyber- crime" conference is under way in Paris, with the goal of preventing any future computer virus outbreaks.
For the next couple of days, Representatives from the Group of Eight nations will discuss computer security between the public and private sectors.
They're looking to find ways of cracking down on hackers, software pirates and other Internet abusers.
The invasion of the "Love Bug" virus earlier this month showed how vulnerable many computer systems are to attacks from anywhere.
On a lighter note.... Mothers Day was extra special at Mill Mountain zoo --Moms didn't have to pay to get in.
Hundreds of moms and their families packed inside the zoo -- to look at the animals and to celebrate the holiday.
And some of the mothers say it was a great way to spend their special day.
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((IT'S REALLY NICE HERE BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE SAY DON'T TOUCH THIS, DON'T GO THERE. SO THE KIDS CAN JUST HAVE FUN. so it makes it easy on you as a mother. THAT'S RIGHT I HAVE FUN TOO))
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And for the kids it was an inexpensive way to treat mom -- while at the same time having a lot of fun with the animals.
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((DAVID JOBE: WE HAVE LOTS OF THINGS TO SEE ALL OFF THE FLOWERS ARE IN BLOOM. WE HAVE A NEW FOX EXHIBIT. SO PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SE SEE THOSE THINGS. WE ALSO HAVE BALD EAGLES THIS SUMMER. AND WE HAVE SOME NEW THINGS ON THE WAY BABY PRAIRIE DOGS))
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Mom's day at the zoo is an annual celebration.