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After nearly throwing in the towel, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have renewed their commitment to Mideast peace talks at Camp David.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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It is a day to catch up on some much needed rest for both the Isreali
and Palestinian delegations. After 9 days of marathon talks that were on
the verge of breaking apart late last night -- a last minute push by a
weary President Clinton kept both sides at the table.
"The short answer to why we're still here after everybody thought we
were through is that nobody wanted to give up. After all these years, as
hard as these issues are, they don't want to give up."
Out of a host of difficult issues, the hardest remains the status of
east Jerusalem -- both Israelis and Palestinians lay claim to the holy
city. Prime Minister Ehud Barak may not survive politically if he gives
too much away -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat refuses to take
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"Ultimately .. tough one to crack."
While the President attends the G-8 economic summit in Japan,
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will help mediate the discussions
-- but the President will remain in almost constant contact -- and will
return to Camp David to assess the status of the renewed negoations as
early as Sunday.
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"The gaps remain substantial, but there has been progress, and we must
all be prepared to go the extra mile."
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"In the end, the President will only be away from the talks for three
days -- but with the Muslim and Jewish Sabbaths approaching he may only
miss one full day of negotiations. Then it's back to work -- this time,
with no-prearragned deadline. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."
Already weary from his role in the Mideast peace talks, President Clinton is now on his way to Japan.
Japanese authorities have ordered tight security for the Group of Eight summit, which begins this weekend.
A major reason for the extra security is local anger over the U-S military presence on the island.
Nearly 30-thousand U-S troops are stationed in Okinawa.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of protesters formed a chain around a major U-S air base in Japan, showing their opposition to the American
The G- eight meetings will be held at a beach resort in the northern part of Okinawa.
State Senator Emily Couric annnounced today that she's dropping out of the race for Virginia Lieutenant Governor.
The Charlottesville Democrat said in a news conference that she has pancreatic cancer.
People are suing the owner of Cory Everson's gym in Roanoke County.
The women's gym shut down almost three weeks ago.
The chief financial officer says he's waiting for new air conditioners, but he never warned his customers before locking the doors.
Gym member Kelly Hayes has sued the parent company of Cory Everson's for 154 dollars.
And an aerobics instructor says she's going to sue to get her paycheck.
Employees say their paychecks were due in the beginning of the month and still haven't arrived.
They've also been requesting complaint forms from the state Labor Department.
Chief financial officer William Bailey has not returned our phone calls.
Fire officials are still trying to find out what caused a fire at the Shenandoah Homes retirement community.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth floors were evacuated after a couch caught on fire in a fourth floor room.
Officials say the fire was contained quickly and no one was hurt.
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((CHIEF RICK BIRCH: THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED BY THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM THE SMOKE DID SPREAD THROUGH THE FLOOR SOMEWHAT AND WE DID DO A PARTIAL EVACUATION.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Birch/Roanoke Co. Fire Chief]
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Windows were opened to ventilate the rooms.
Residents started returning to their rooms around 10 o'clock.
An official cause of the fire is not known at this time.
20 people have been indicted on charges of manufacturing and distributing moonshine.
The indictments stem from investigations by "Operation Lightning Strike", and charge three specific moonshine operations in Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania - including one in Franklin County.
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The indictment alleges between 19-85 and May of last year, Farmers Exchange country supply store in Rocky Mount supplied moonshine operations with sugar, jugs and other equipment used to make the liquor.
U-S-Attorney Robert Crouch says the nearly 20-million dollars in tax revenue have been lost because of these illegal operations.
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((ONE OF THE KEY ASPECTS OF THESE CASES IS THE TAX LOSS TO EVERY CITIZEN - CERTAINLY THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA - IN THIS CASE THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA AS WELL, AND ALL OF US U-S CITIZENS.))
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"Operation Lightning Strike" is a combined effort of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms .. and The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
Lynchburg officials hope to have the city's museum re-opened this weekend.. one week after a ceiling collapsed inside the historic structure.
Maintenance crews had noticed a second story ceiling beginning to sag early Sunday morning.. it came crashing down a few hours later.
But museum officials say they had enough time to remove all the artifacts from the room before the ceiling came down.
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((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUM DIRECTOR: IF THIS HAD HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, UNOBSERVED, AND WE HAD NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE MATERIALS OUT, MOST OF THE WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST, SO THIS IS A TERRIBLE THING TO HAPPEN TO A HISTORIC STRUCTURE, BUT IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS IT HAPPENED PROBABLY IN THE BEST WAY IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.))
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Engineers say the main girders of the 155- year- old building had weakened over the years and just snapped.
The second floor will be closed for several months, but first floor exhibits should re-open this weekend.
News 7's latest survey shows that George Allen has got the edge over Chuck Robb in the U. S Senate candidates race.
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The poll of more than 600 registered voters gives Allen a ten point lead at this point in the campaign.
But twelve percent of the people questioned have not made up their minds yet.
George Allen visited Southside on his "Listening Tour" campaign .
The former governor has been traveling across the state in his R-V.
At a luncheon yesterday in South Boston he met with supporters and spoke about his campaign on the road.
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((GEORGE ALLEN/(R)-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: I GET STRENGTH FROM SEEING PEOPLE AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT WE'RE GETTING IN SOUTHSIDE AND ROANOKE. WE HAVE A MAGNIFICENT STATE. THE BEST ASSET IS THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE AND THAT REALLY KEEPS ME GOING.))
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Allen also held a town hall meeting in Danville last night.
A Martinsville man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in a convenience store killing and robbery last year.
A judge handed down the sentence yesterday. William LeMaine Murphy was found guilty earlier this year of accessory after the fact to murder and receiving stolen property.
Murphy and another defendant say they were in the getaway car when the murder happened.
Michael Anthony Ramey is accused of killing one store clerk and injuring two others at Taylors Little Grocery in Axton.
His trial is set for October.
A Radford High School phys-ed teacher was cleared of assaulting a student yesterday, -- but then charged with assaulting a police officer as he left court.
A judge found Carroll Purcells NOT guilty of assault and battery but GUILTY of cursing at a 9th grader.
Police say afterward, he attacked the officer who worked on the case against him in the court parking lot.
Virginia Tech's police chief is returning to his job, but not right away .
Mike Jones has been on paid leave since May.
That's when employees filed complaints against him.
Jones was cleared of the as-yet unspecified allegations.
BUT Tech says Lieutenant John Brotherton will stay on as Acting Police Chief until the department develops a training program dealing with sexual harassment.
A university review panel found what it called "a pattern of inappropriate gender and sexual banter" among Tech police employees.
Dental care will soon be available to children with little or no insurance.
A new pediatric dental clinic is being built inside Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
Carilion says it's important to reach as many kids as possible because dental problems can lead to more serious health problems.
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((TOM ADAMS/CARILION DENTAL CARE: THERE IS A DESPERATE NEED FOR PEDIATRIC DENTAL CARE.. THE ESTIMATES IN ROANOKE CITY ARE ABOUT 8-THOUSAND CHILDREN WHO NEED CARE, OUTSIDE OF ROANOKE IN THE AREA THAT IS SERVED BY CARILION ESTIMATES GO UP TO 40-THOUSAND WHO DON'T HAVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED BECAUSE OF LACK OF MONEY OR BY HABIT))
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The clinic is expected to open in January and will serve children from birth to age 21 .
And finally this afternoon--
It's a bitter custody battle over a monkey.
A family in New York is fighting to keep authorities from taking away the exotic animal.
John Slattery has the facts about this "monkey business".
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[SUPER=01-Michelle Flickshtein/Monkey Owner; 1:08]
[OUT Q=John Slattery, CBS News, New York.]
SIR Anthony Hopkins joined Governor Gilmore for lunch yesterday.
In the script for the film that's shooting at the State Capitol, Hopkins is Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter.
But to Governor Jim Gilmore he's just "Tony."
The pair shared a cigar a few weeks ago when "Hannibal" started shooting in Richmond.
Yesterday, they shared lunch at the Governor's mansion with the film's producers.
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((WE DISCUSSED THE FILM. WE DISCUSSED HANNIBAL AND SOME OLD THINGS THAT HAD BEEN DONE IN THE PAST, AND THAT I LIKED. AND THAT TONY HOPKINS HAS DONE TO BE SUCH A SUCCESS. AND LET HIM KNOW HOW MUCH WE ENJOYED THEM BEING HERE. ALL OF THEM. Anthony Hopkins: SOME POLITICS. BUT WE WON'T GET INTO THAT. SOME POLITICS. YEAH VERY INTERESTING ISSUES.))
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[OUT Q=interesting issues.]
Hopkins says "it's hard to agree and hard to disagree on politics because all issues are so complex."