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George W Bush wins Florida's 25 electoral votes but Democrats say not so quick.
A live report is just ahead.
Also, an update on the teenager missing for 12- hours after getting lost while hiking in Roanoke County.
Plus, the latest on Frank Beamer's future at Virginia Tech.
News 7 is next.
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George W. Bush has officially won the state of Florida - but the race for the White House is far from over.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
For nearly two weeks, they've been counting and re-counting ballots...
This evening, Florida's Secretary of State declared Governor Bush the winner there, giving him the state's 25 electoral votes.
But Bush will have to wait a little longer for the final victory celebration, as his challenger, Vice President Al Gore, continues to prepare for a court challenge.
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Drew Levinson is in Tallahassee, Florida .. He joins us now live with the latest...Drew.
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GEORGE W. BUSH HAS CLAIMED THE PRESIDENCY....
BUSH: Secretary Cheney and I are honored and humbled to have won the state of Florida, which gives us the needed electoral votes to win the election.We will therefore undertake the responsibility of preparing to
serve as America's next president and vice president.
THIS CAME JUST HOURS AFTER FLORIDA SECRETARY OF STATE KATHERINE HARRIS
CERTIFIED THE RESULTS OF THE FLORIDA ELECTION.
KATHERINE HARRIS/FLORIDA SECRETARY OF STATE:....George Bush winner
BUSH ASKED THAT AL GORE RECONSIDER HIS VOW TO FIGHT ON IN THE
BUSH: " If the vice president chooses to go forward, he is filing a contest to the outcome of the election, and that is not the best route for America.
IT HAD BEEN A LONG DAY FOR VOTE COUNTERS IN WEST PALM BEACH COUNTY. THEY
HAD ASKED FOR AN EXTENSION OF TODAY'S FIVE OCLOCK DEADLINE BUT KATHERINE
HARRIS TURNED THEM DOWN. AND IN HER FINAL COUNT SHE REFUSED TO INCLUDE
THE PARTIAL PALM BEACH HAND RECOUNT.
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN /VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: " THE SECRETARY OF STATE...CHOSE TO CERTIFY AN INCOMPLETE AND INNACURATE
THOUGH THE FINAL TALLY SHOWED THAT GORE HAD WITTLED AWAY AT BUSH'S SLIM lead DEMCRATS CLAIM A republican protest last week intimidated Miami-Dade elections officials causing them to stop the manual recount there.
Democrats plan to challenge those results as well as in Palm Beach AND NASSAU. ))
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A young hiker is recovering in the hospital tonight, after spending TWELVE hours lost on Dragon's Tooth trail in Roanoke County.
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17-year old Adam Hubert was hiking with his sister and a friend yesterday afternoon ..
Hubert's mother tells News 7 Adam decided to go ahead of the group to warm up the car for them.
But Hubert lost his way on the trail.
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Rescue crews received a cell-phone call from Hubert around 5-30 yesterday evening saying he was lost.
But the antenna on his phone broke, and Hubert lost communication with rescue workers.
Hubert was finally located around 2 this morning, however it took about five hours for rescuers to carry him down the trail because he was too weak to walk.
Hubert was taken to Roanoke Memorial.
His mother says he suffered from hypothermia, and is being held in the progressive care unit.
A 70-year-old Henry County man was found shot to death in his home this afternoon ..
Officials with the Sheriff's department say the man's daughter found his body around two o'clock at his home on Old Bassett Heights Road.
A shotgun was found at the scene.
Officials say the man allegedly mentioned to his daughter earlier in the day that he might clean his guns.
Deputies believe the wound was self-inflicted, and that the shooting was accidental .. but the incident is still under investigation.
The man's name has not been released.
Frank Beamer has taken the Hokies to unprecedented heights during his 14 years as Tech's head football coach, but tonight there's concern he may head south to North Carolina.
This morning, the University of North Carolina was granted permission to talk to Beamer about becoming the Tarheels' new head coach.
Sources tell News 7 Beamer met with U-N-C athletic director Dick (Buh-Door) Baddour this afternoon,
and that he likely will decide whether to stay at Tech or accept the Carolina job by tomorrow.
Last night the Hokies gave Beamer his 98th win at Tech.
He is the winningest coach in school history, and most agree should he leave, the repercussions would be felt throughout the university community.
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Icy weather snarled holiday traffic in New England today.
Massachusettes State Police say by midday, dozens of accidents had already occurred throughout the state, due mainly to the slick roads.
Freezing rain also caused complications for air travelers.
Delays at Logan International Airport were about 90 minutes, with longer delays on some flights between Boston and the West Coast, New York and Chicago.
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No icy weather here, but plenty of holiday headaches for travelers on Interstate 81 in Virginia today.
Northbound traffic in Botetourt county was bumper to bumper this afternoon after a series of accidents backed up traffic for at least 20 miles.
State Police report an accident near Lexington sent several people to the hospital - although the number of patients and their conditions haven't been released.
Police say several other chain-reaction accidents only made the situation worse.
Three people are sent to the hospital this evening after two cars collide in front of one ..
Salem police say the driver of this Suzuki Sidekick was at a red light in front of Lewis Gale when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Keagy Road.
The Sidekick was sideswiped by a Toyota Camry ..
The driver and a passenger in the Sidekick were taken to Roanoke Memorial.
The driver of the Camry was taken to Lewis Gale.
Police say none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.
Charges are pending against the driver of the Sidekick.
An overweight mother is accused of trying to smother her child with her body.
The details of this strange case are still ahead.
And Roanoke organizations lend a helping hand in the wake of two deadly housefires..
We'll be right back.
Decreasing temperatures lead to an increasing number of house fires ..
That, according to fire officials.
Just last week fire fighters in Roanoke responded to six house fires.
But there is help out there for families who lose everything in a fire...Kate Weidaw reports.
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((Ricky and Laura Akers lost almost all of their belongings when their Stewart Avenue house caught fire on November 19-th.
That's when the American Red Cross stepped in and gave the family vouchers for food and clothing. Thanks to the organization's disaster relief fund, more then 2-thousand dollars has been given out in the past week to folks who have been the victims of house fires.
((AMY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: THEIR TYPES OF NEEDS WOULD BE FOOD, SHELTER, CLOTHING, IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR EYE GLASSES WE CAN HELP REPLACE THOSE, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AND IN SOME CASES WE CAN ASSIST WITH BURIAL EXPENSES.))
((WENDY JONES: IT'S IMPORTANT TO HELP THESE PEOPLE REBUILD THEIR LIVES.))
Wendy Jones is taking it upon herself to help the Wade family .. They lost their home on Tillett Road in Southwest Roanoke November 22nd. Flowers now sit in front of the charred house in remembrance of six year old Yatoya Harper who lost her life in that fire. Jones placed a sign in the yard asking for donations.
((WENDY JONES: THEY DON'T HAVE ANY HOUSE WEARS ANY MORE, THEY DON'T HAVE A COUCH, THEY DON'T HAVE A TELEVISION, I BELIEVE I HAVE A DONATION OF A FULL SIZE BED, BUT THEY HAVE NO MATTRESS OR BOX SPRING.))
Fire officials believe a kerosene heater may have caused the fire. And this time of year those types of fires are common according to Captain Roger Manual.
((CAPT. ROGER MANUAL/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.: SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF FIRES ARE AUXILIARY HEATERS, THE KEROSENE HEATERS, OR ELECTRIC HEATERS PLACED IN AREAS TO CLOSE TO OTHER COMBUSTIBLES, AND SOMETIMES OVER LOADED EXTENSION CORDS.))
Manual says while loosing everything in a house fire can be devastating, it's reassuring to know organizations like the American Red Cross will be there to help.
Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
900- families are homeless in South Africa after fire ripped through a shantytown on the outskirts of Cape Town.
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The fire was in Langa township, a poor Cape Town suburb where people live in shacks.
Officials there say the fire broke out in the afternoon and took firefighters four hours to get under control.
People desperately tried to rescue their possession from the flames but the fire spread too rapidly for most to salvage anything.
No deaths were reported but four people suffered minor burns.
A 350- pound woman is behind bars accused of using her body to try and suffocate her daughter.
Jay Dow reports from New York.
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THEY WERE INITIALLY DISPATCHED TO CHECK OUT REPORTS OF POSSIBLE
BUT WHEN OFFICERS ENTERED THIS TWO FAMILY HOME IN THE BELLAIRE
SECTION OF QUEENS EARLY SATURDAY MORNING, THEY INSTEAD FOUND ROSEMARY
ZEPHIRIN USING HER 350 POUND BODY TO SUFFOCATE HER TWELVE YEAR OLD
THE UNCONSCIOUS CHILD WAS TAKEN TO NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY
HOSPITAL, WHERE SHE'S LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.
POLICE ARRESTED THE THIRTY YEAR OLD MOTHER AND HELD HER SUNDAY AT
MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES.
IF ROSEMARY ZEPHIRIN AND HER DAUGHTER WERE HAVING PROBLEMS, THEY
APPARENTLY DID NOT SHARE THEM WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS.
MANY LONG TIME RESIDENTS SAY THE FAMILY JUST RECENTLY MOVED TO
THE BLOCK, AND ADD THAT FOR THE MOST PART KEPT TO THEMSELVES.
IN FACT, POLICE HAD TO FORCIBLY REMOVE ZEPHIRIN AFTER SHE
BARRICADED HERSELF IN THE APARTMENT.
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out. I was just standing right here looking at her."
- And how did she look?
- "Like stressed, uh, she had on shorts, and a T-shirt and no
(Sot - BARTON: "They were always quiet. No noise coming out of
their house at any time, day or night. You would never think that
anything like that is going on in there.")
MEANWHILE, AS ZEPHIRIN MAKES HER WAY THROUGH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
AND HER DAUGHTER RECOVERS FROM A CASE OF NEAR-FATAL SUFFOCATION,
POLICE HAVE YET TO DISCLOSE THE SOURCE OF THE FAMILY DISPUTE.
In Queens, I'm Jay Dow.))
An Ally McBeal castmember will have to spend some time with REAL lawyers.
That's still ahead.
Plus the latest on Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch too....
We'll be right back.
More problems for actor Robert Downey, Junior.
He has been arrested on drug charges by police in Palm Springs, California.
Police say an anonymous caller led authorities to a hotel room where they found Downey with cocaine and methamphetamine last night.
The 35-year-old was arrested for drug possession, being under the influence and committing a felony while free on bail.
Downey was released from prison three months ago...He spent a year behind bars for violating his probation for missing scheduled drug tests.
Actress Cybill Shepherd is unhurt after a fire at her Memphis, Tennessee home.
The actress called the fire department after seeing smoke in her attic yesterday.
The fire was under control in about 15 minutes.
Shepherd says a bedroom fireplace could be to blame, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Box-Office was red hot this holiday weekend.
According to studio estimates, the top dozen movies have grossed more than 236-million dollars - exceeding the previous record by 11-million bucks.
The Grinch Stole Christmas - was the box office lead - for the second straight weekend.
"Unbreakable," starring Bruce Willis as a man who learns he may possess superpowers, snuck in to second place.
And many moviegoers saw spots this weekend, as Disney's 102-Dalmations finished third.
Everything that shines and glimmers was at the Salem Civic Center this weekend.
It was all part of the 21-st annual Mineral and Gem Show.
Organizers hand picked the dealers from across the United States to showcase their merchandise.
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A special display of fluorescent minerals was a highlight of the event.
The show wrapped up for this year this evening.
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Last night's 42-to-21 victory over Virginia should have ushered the Hokies into a few days of rest and relaxation. But with Frank Beamer's visit to Chapel Hill today - no one is resting in Blacksburg.
Steve Mason tells us why uncertainty lingers in both Blacksburg and Charlottesville tonight.
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The Hokies moved to fifth in the coaches poll but remained sixth in the A-P.
Clemson offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez is the new head coach at West Virginia.
Rodriguez, who played under Don Nehlen, was given a five year contract that will pay him 400-thousand dollars annually.
Nehlen is retiring at the end of the Mountaineers season.
Meantime, Wake Forest has fired head football coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell took over the program in 1993 and compiled a 27 and 63 record.
He had only 1 winning season at the school.
The Philadelphia Eagles are in first place in the N-F-C Eastt.
Eddie Murray missed a 45 yard field goal that would have forced overtime and the Eagles hold on for the 23 to 20 win.
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Stephen Davis was sidelined today with a hairline fracture in his right forearm.
That forced the Skins to go to the air this 36 yard Jeff George pass to James Thrash and Washington jumped out to the 7 to nothing lead in the first quarter.
Philadelphia rallied behind quarterback Donovan McNabb. He hits Jeff Thomason on this 3 yard T-D pass to make it 7 to 7 in the first.
The Redskins would take a 14 to 10 lead to the locker room at the half when George hit Stephen Alexander on this 19 yard T-D pass.
Philadelphia opened the third quarter McNabb rolls out but keeps the ball and scores on the 21 yard run and the Eagles led 17 to 14.
Then with the game tied at 20 to 20 with 3 minutes left David Akers booted this 30 yard field goal and the Eagles hold on for the 23 to 20 win.
The Ravens are guaranteed their first winning record in Baltimore after beating the Cleveland Browns 44 to 7 and improve their record to 9 and 4.
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Brian Billick working the sideline.
His Ravens fell behind 7 to nothing then Trent Dilfer goes to the air and hits Sam Gash on this 2 yard T-D pass play and the Ravens led 14 to 7.
Raven Rookie Jamal Lewis ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns this 36 yard run gave Baltimore a 31 to 7 lead and the Ravens win it 44 to 7.
Aaron Brooks got his first career start today and the former Virginia quarterback passed for 190 yards and scored the winning touchdown as New Orleans beat the St. Louis Rams 31 to 24.
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Brooks was fired up for his first N-F-L start.
The Saints fell behind 7 to nothing then Brooks goes to the air and hits Brian Milne on the 4 yard touchdown pass play and the Saints tied the game at 7.
Then in the second quarter, Brooks fakes the handoff and takes it to the house from 2 yards out and New Orleans led 21 to 7.
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The Rams tied the game at 24 in the fourth then Brooks scores the winner diving over the top from the 1 and the Saints win it 31 to 24.
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The Bucs hosted the Bills in Tampa today.
Warrick Dunn rushed for 106 yards, the first back to gain 100 yards against the Bills this season, and he scored twice as Tampa Bay beat Buffalo 31 to 17.
And here are the rest of the N-F-L scores.
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The Radford Highlanders broke a three game losing streak today beating Hampton 74 to 70 at the Dedmon Center.
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Ron Bradley talking to his players during a timeout.
The Pirates go to Lashawn Howard he drives down the lane and puts it in to make it 9 to 8 Radford.
The Highlanders then go to B.J. Haigler he passes it to Corey Watkins who drives through the lane for 2 of his game high 25 points.
Hampton kept it close as Howard takes it to the baseline and lays it in and the game was tied at 15.
Radford pulled away in the second Jason Williams passes to Andy Savtchenko he scores in the low post and the Highlanders win it 74 to 70.
Roanoke College bounced back today after losing in the first round of the Sheraton Baltimore North Classic.
Colby Leftwich scored 19 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Maroons beat Goucher 83 to 72.
Plenty of action among the men's and women's state basketball teams lets check those scores.
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