Russia is following through on its threat to retaliate for the expulsion of 50 of its diplomats from Washington.
U-S officials ordered the Russian diplomats expelled because they're believed to be involved in the case of accused spy and former F-B-I agent Robert Hanssen.
This morning, officials ordered 50 AMERICAN diplomats out of Russia.
Elizabeth Palmer reports.
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[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sergei Karaganov/Political Analyst; :37]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Palmer/Reporting; :43]
[OUT Q=Palmer, CBS News, Moscow.]
((In direct retaliation for America's expulsion of 50 Russian diplomats,
the Russian government is expelling 50 American diplomats...four now,
the rest later this summer.
Russia's foreign Minister Igor Ivanov insists the Russians who were
expelled were doing nothing wrong and accused members of the Bush
administration of stirring up confrontation.
Earlier, President Bush said he backs the expulsions fully.
"It's the right decision to make, and I believe we can have a working
relationship with the Russians."
In Moscow, although the initial reaction has been hostile some think the
hostility won't last.
SOT Sergei Karaganov, political analyst
But others not so optimistic are hinting this is the chill that could
return Russia and America to the atmosphere of the cold war.
EP, CBSN, Moscow.))
House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith says members of the State Senate have "crossed the line." He's asking Virginia's Attorney General to rule on the legality of a group that was established to defend the Senate's position on the state budget.
Griffith says the Senators created "Virginians for Fiscal Responsibility," as an educational corporation. But the Salem Delegate suggests that is a smokescreen to avoid financial disclosure laws.
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[IN Q=In their excitement]
((DEL. MORGAN/GRIFFITH: IN THEIR EXCITEMENT, IN THEIR ZEAL TO DEFEND THEIR POSITION, WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH IT OR DISAGREE WITH IT, THEY CROSSED THE LINE. AND THEY NEED TO COME CLEAN AND SHOW WHERE MONEY'S COMING FROM, SO THAT THERE ISN'T THIS SPECULATION OF SOMETHING UNTOWARD GOING ON.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Morgan Griffith/(R) Salem]
[OUT Q=untoward going on.]
There is no timetable for the Attorney General's response, but Griffith says he has asked Mark Earley for an expedited opinion.
We'll have more on this story, and the reaction of Senate members tonight on News 7.
Comair announced today it's canceling seven percent of its flights in anticipation of a possible strike by its pilot's union.
But Comair flights to Cincinnati from Roanoke are still running as scheduled.
If no agreement is reached by early Monday morning, and the union calls for a work stoppage, the airline will cancel all of its flights.
Comair is urging its customers to call ahead to check reservations.
That number is 1-800-354-9822.
The airline is also asking customers to leave detailed contact information if asked for it.
Henry County authorities say dozens of drug dealers and users are off the streets - after an investigation ended in dozens of arrests yesterday.
Authorities arrested a total of 56 adults and one juvenile yesterday after months of working under- cover.
Charges include conspiracy, distribution, and possession of crack cocaine.
While the arrests mark a victory in the county's war on drugs, officials say the BIGGEST impact the arrests will have is on the community.
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[IN Q=If you would have]
((LET. LARRY LEHMAN: IF YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN THE PEOPLE RIDING BY WITH THEIR THUMBS UP AND SMILES ON THEIR FACES WHEN THEY SAW US TAKING SOME OF THESE PEOPLE OUT OF THE HOUSES THAT YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT WE'RE DOING.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Larry Lehman/Virginia State Police;]
[OUT Q=what we're doing]
Police also seized a Porsche, two A-K-47 semi-automatic rifles and 20 pit bulls.
42 of the people arrested face state charges, while 15 others face FEDERAL charges.
Counseling is replacing classes today at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California-- the latest scene of a school shooting.
The 18- year- old suspect, a senior at the school, is described as a loner who seemed angry at the word.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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[SUPER=03-El Cajon, CA;]
[SUPER=01-Belle Wither/Granite Hills Student;]
[SUPER=01-Paul Pfingst/District Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-John Ashcroft/U.S. Attorney General;]
[OUT Q=Lawrence, CBS News, El Cajon, CAl]
CLASSES ARE CANCELLED TODAY AT GRANITE HILLS HIGH... GIVING POLICE,
ADMINISTRATORS AND STUDENTS TIME TO COPE WITH YET ANOTHER SCHOOL
SOT: BELL WITHER/GRANITE HILLS HIGH STUDENT
"IT WAS SCARY, COLUMBINE IS COLORADO, SANTANA IS RIGHT DOWN THE STREET,
GRANITE HILLS IS MY OWN SCHOOL AND IF IT CAN HAPPEN IN A TINY LITTLE
COMMUNITY LIKE EL CAJON IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE."
CHAOS ERUPTED HERE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHEN 18 YEAR OLD JASON HOFFMAN
ALLEGEDLY OPENED FIRE WITH A SHOTGUN ON FELLOW STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.
AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE WERE HIT, BUT FORTUNATELY NONE OF THE INJURIES ARE
LIFE THREATENING. POLICE SAY THAT OUTCOME WOULD LIKELY HAVE BEEN
DIFFERENT IF NOT FOR THE HEROIC ACTIONS OF A POLICE OFFICER STATIONED AT
SOT: PAUL PFINGST/EL CAJON DISTRICT ATTORNEY
"THERE WAS ADDITIONAL AMMO THAT WAS NOT USED AT THE SHOOTING AND WE
BELIEVE THE REASON IT WASN'T USED WAS BECAUSE HIS ACTIVITIES WERE
INTERRUPTED BY THE EL CAJON POLICE, THE OFFICER WHO WAS AT THE SCENE.
POLICE SAY HOFFMAN WAS ENGAGED IN A LIVE GUN BATTLE WITH THE OFFICER AND
WAS APPREHENDED AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE FACE AND BUTTOCKS. WITH THIS
RAMPAGE COMING JUST LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER THE FATAL SHOOTING DOWN THE
ROAD AT SANTANA HIGH.... THERE'S CERTAIN TO BE RENEWED CALLS FOR TOUGHER
GUN CONTROLS LAWS.
SOT: JOHN ASHCROFT/ATTORNEY GENERAL
"SO WE'VE GOT A LOT OF LAWS ON THE BOOKS THAT MAKE THIS KIND OF ACTIVITY
ILLEGAL, THE POSSESSION OF GUNS BY CHILDREN IN SCHOOL IS ILLEGAL AND
ADULTS AT SCHOOL SITES IS ILLEGAL, BUT GUNS, PARDON ME LAWS ALONE AREN'T
GOING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM."
(STANDUP... TO COME....POLICE CONSIDERING CHARGES FROM ASSAULT
TO ATTEMPTED MURDER...CHRIS LAWRENCE..CBS NEWS...........).))
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No time behind bars for a former Danville basketball coach who had sexual contact with a minor.
Ronald Hollingsworth yesterday pled guilty to taking indecent liberties with a female student at his home in January.
The judge put Hollingsworth on probation for three years.
Hollingsworth became head coach at George Washington High School last July.
Shortly after his indictment, Danville's school superintendent put Hollingsworth on administrative leave.
Superintendent Andy Overstreet was unavailable to define what Hollingsworth's status with the school district is now.
A vote today will determine whether the first rewrite of Virginia's history and social science Standards of Learning will be approved.
And after months of public and teacher comment, the State Board of Education kicked off hours of debate yesterday with a series of disagreements over what children should be required to know.
For instance, how do you test if second graders have tolerance and respect for various religions?
[IN Q=It could be as simple as]
((JENNIFER BYLER/STATE BD. OF EDUCATION: IT COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS ALLOWING AN EXPLANATION OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS, ALLOWING AN EXPLANATION OF RAMADAN DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.))
((JOLYNNE DEMARY/STATE SUPERINTENDENT: YOU CAN PROBABLY ADD ANYTHING IN HERE THAT'S AT LEAST APPROPRIATE FOR THE CHILDREN THAT YOU'RE DOING. BUT DON'T ADD IT THINKING THAT WE'RE THEN GOING TO TURN AROUND AND DEVELOP QUESTIONS AND PUT 'EM ON A TEST AND MEASURE IT.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Byler/State Board of Education; :00]
[SUPER=01-JoLynne DeMary/State Superintendent; :14]
[OUT Q=on a test and measure it.]
The rewrite is one vote away from approval.
Virginia's teens may soon have to wait until they're a little older - to be allowed to drive.
Governor Gilmore says he will probably sign off on the General Assembly's legislation that would raise the age for both learners permits and licenses by six months.
The bill also limits the number of teenage passengers in a car and imposes a midnight curfew on most young drivers.
The legislation passed after a rash of fatal accidents involving teen drivers.
The South Pacific plunge of Russia's Mir Space station was a "show in the sky" for spectators.
But this was NO fireworks display.
Russian space officials say this morning's controlled descent into the ocean went perfectly.
Mir's final re-entry to Earth lit up the skies over Fiji, ending its 15- year trip around the globe.
Mir was the largest man-made spacecraft ever to re- enter the earth's atmosphere.
It marks the end of an era in Russian space exploration.
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A psychiatric center named for a man who supported FORCED sterilization now has a NEW name.
The state's mental health board voted yesterday to rename DeJarnette Center to the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents.
Doctor Joseph Spencer DeJarnette was director of the hospital for 38 years -- AND a leader in Virginia's eugenics movement.
He proposed forced sterilization of blacks, American Indians and whites he considered physically or mentally "defective."
More Vermont sheep are heading to slaughter.
[SUPER=03-East Warren, VT;]
While expressing sympathy to the owners, federal agents seized another flock believed to be infected with a form of Mad Cow Disease.
Several protesters were at the farm of Larry and Linda (fuh-LAYS) Faillace this morning when U-S-D-A officials and police seized the animals.
125 sheep are on their way to Iowa, where they'll be killed and studied to determine whether they do, in fact, have the disease.
Today's seizure comes just days after a larger flock was taken from another Vermont farm.
While preparing for Sunday's Academy Awards show, five people were injured-- one critically-- when scaffolding gave way and collapsed.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]
The mangled structure fell onto the red carpet that will be used for the awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The scaffolding is of the type that's usually used to hold spotlights.
A fire department spokesman says the 20 foot scaffolding simply gave way.
Inspectors from the Division of Occupational Safety are trying to determine the cause of the collapse.
Finally... a PAINLESS way for diabetics to check their blood sugar levels.
And the government has approved it.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Glucowatch.
It looks like a wristwatch and it checks sugar levels every 20 minutes using tiny electric currents.
It can also sound an alarm as blood sugar drops to dangerous levels.
Still the F-D-A says the Glucowatch won't completely replace the finger prick blood tests. It says the device is sometimes wrong, especially when the person is sweating heavily.
It recommends patients always use a fingerstick before deciding to use insulin.
Harry Potter fans were bilked out of THOUSANDS of dollars - reportedly by a Virginia scam artist.
Police say Ralph Vitale Junior of Arlington did 6-THOUSAND dollars worth of business on e-bay - selling bogus first edition copies of Potter books that he claimed were signed by author J-K Rowling.
Book dealers say a first-edition, first-print of a Harry Potter book could fetch around 4-THOUSAND dollars - WITHOUT the author's autograph.
U-S Postal Inspectors say Vitale's case is the first-known incident of trafficking in phony Harry Potter books.
Country crooner Shania Twain will have to give up her belly- baring outfits for a while....
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Nov. 17, 1998;]
The singer's publicist says Twain and producer- husband Mutt Lange are expecting their first child.
The 35- year- old Twain and her husband of seven years live in Geneva, Switzerland.
She dropped out of the public eye after her last release, "Come On Over" in 19-99.
Throughout her career, Twain's sold more than 50- million albums.
No official word yet on WHEN exactly Twain will begin singing LULLABIES...
[GRAPHIC=NCAA Final Four]
The final trek into the Final Four is on...
In NCAA action last night - Duke dominated U-C-L-A... winning with a final of 76-63.
Southern California also slid by Kentucky last night... with a score of 80 to 76.
Maryland downed Georgetown by 10 with a score of 76-66 and Stanford also walked away a winner last night beating Cincinnati 78-65.
While Virginia's run at the NCAA title is over - one NBA scout likes what he sees in one Cavalier.
Sophomore center/forward Travis Watson has been mentioned in NBA circles. ACC ref Duke Edsall has heard of Watson's value from an NBA scout.
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[SUPER=01-Duke Edsall/NCAA & ACC Referee; :00]
[OUT Q=.....comment about him"]
Cave Spring hosted cross county rival Northside yesterday.
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Tyler Lumsden was on the mound for the Knights as more than 15 pro scouts watched the big lefthander throw against the Vikings.
Lumsden was hot early--
He struck out four of the first seven Vikings he faced through two innings.
The Knights backed him up at the plate.
Shawn Potter sends this Brian Eagan pitch off the scoreboard in left center field for a solo homer,
The Knights led 2 to nothing through the fourth inning.
Cave would add another run in the inning--
Eric Jones hits a grounder to short.
Northside's Michael Eubank's throw to first is low, allowing Tom Hagan to score from second and make it 3 to nothing.
Cave Spring goes on to win it 10 to zip.
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Radford University golfer Stephanie George is tearing up the links. Denise Allen introduces us to the senior.
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie George/Radford Golf Captain; :17]
[SUPER=01-Dan O'Boyle/River Course Golf Pro; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Matt Sutphin/Radford Golf Coach; 1:21]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]
((Stephanie George is one of the best collegiate golfers on the east coast, but it wasn't always that way.
The Myerstown, Pennsylvania, native says she began her golf career at Radford with nearly a 10 handicap.
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[IN Q=I had]
[OUT Q=nervous a lot of the times]
In her senior year this Radford captain is 611-33- and 10 in head to head competition.
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 SPORTS: THE BIG CHANGE HAPPENED WHEN SHE STARTED PLAYING SUMMER TOURNAMENTS LIKE THE NORTH AND SOUTH AT PINEHURST AND THE U.S. WOMEN'S PRO AM IN OREGON. PLAYING IN THESE HIGH PROFILE VENUES TAUGHT GEORGE SHE HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO COMPETE AT ANY LEVEL.
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[IN Q=IT PUSHES]
[OUT Q=MORE RELAXED]
Since her freshman year George has learned how to manage her time. Now she fits in her school work and puts more hours on the links than ever before.
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[IN Q=the amount]
[OUT Q=hard work]
George is seeing benefits from her hard work and so is the Radford golf program.
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[IN Q=her exposure]
[OUT Q=for our program]
George's goal is to make the All-Big South golf team and help her team to the conference title and an NC-Double-A Bid.
After graduation she starts working for a spot on the LPGA Tour.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
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A local elementary school principal found herself "green" yesterday - but not with envy.
In fact - the Grandin Court Elementary principal was quite happy with the makeover - but not as happy as her students.
It's not easy being green. Phyllis Cundiff discovered that yesterday as her students applied bright green fingernail polish and make-up.
Cundiff was delivering on a promise, after challenging the students...
to read at least 750 books.