A building catches fire in downtown Altavista.
We'll have a live report, coming up on News 7.
And an overnight shooting at a Southeast Roanoke apartment leaves one man dead and another injured.
Showers come to and end as the sunshine returns. Will we see more showers tonight...I'll let you know in my forecast...
News 7 at noon is next.
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A Southeast Roanoke man is dead after a struggle for a gun just after midnight.
Police say the 27-year-old man was handling a gun inside a Southeast apartment.
Two other men were apparently trying to wrestle it away.
The gun went off, shooting one man in the head and injuring another in the neck.
The third man was not hurt.
Police are releasing NO details of the shooting.
They say they still have NOT notified family members of the man who died.
No charges have been placed ...
Investigators hope gun shot residue tests will help them figure out what happened.
Eight people vacationing in France are alive and well-- after two days of being trapped inside a flooded cave.
A rescue team found the Swiss tourists about 325 feet from the entrance to the cave this morning.
One official says the cave will be dried, so the tourists can get out.
But that'll likely take several hours.
The cave is located 30 miles from Swiss border.
The vacationers reportedly entered the cave to improve their ability to face challenges in their careers.
Scientists are digging up the bodies of victims of the Titanic.
They have been given permission to exhume three bodies, in hopes that DNA technology will help identify them.
But as Rob Gordon reports, there are questions being raised about the morality of the whole operation.
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A suicide bomber has taken his own life and five others at a shopping mall in Israel.
The militant Palestinian group, Hamas is claiming responsibility.
Meanwhile, there's word that Israel has shelled the headquarters of Palestinian security forces in retaliation.
Kimberly Dozier has more.
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((Narr: The deadliest attack in recent days...a spike in the now
A Palestinian suicide bomber was stopped by police, walking in to this
shopping mall. One witness said he had a 'cold look in his eyes.' He
the explosives strapped to his waist, and blew himself up.
The dozens of wounded overwhelmed the local hospital...again. This
town, so near to Palestinian territory, has been targetted over and over.
The latest bombing was claimed by militant Palestinian group Hamas. They
say Israel had asked for it, and warned of more attacks to come.
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there is only one address where the responsibility lies - Mr. Arafat and
all the gang around him: the Palestinian authority.'
Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority condemned the attack, but his
blamed Israel for stoking Arab anger -- This week , Israel
admitted it wrongly targetted and killed five Palestinian policemen at
The White House, still somewhat reluctant to get involved, is calling
cycle to stop.
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"It is essential that the leaders in the Middle East speak out clearly
As Palestinian and Israeli officials continue their ritual debate
over, 'who started it. The end -- dead and innocent civilians -- is
depressingly the same.KD, CBS News, London
Dozens of firefighters are still on the scene of a large warehouse fire in downtown Altavista.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us live. Steve what more can you tell us.
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Still to come on News 7 -
The banking wars continue - and First Union says it has more ammunition than the competition -
And President Bush gives top honors to the crew of the Navy spy plane held in China - We'll have details after the break.
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President Bush says the 24 navy crew members of the Navy spy plane detained in China represent "the best of America".
The President is honoring the crew at the White House today.
That as the U-S continues working to get the spy plane back home.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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TRACK: THEYVE BEEN CALLED HEROES, AND TODAY, ITS OFFICIAL.
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TRACK: THE 24 CREW MEMBERS OF THE SPY PLANE HELD IN CHINA HAVE EACH
RECEIVED THE AIR MEDAL FOR HEROISM. AND THE PILOT, LT. SHANE OSBORN,
RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS. THE PENTAGON SAYS THEY EARNED
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TRACK: THE CREW SAYS THEY WERE JUST DOING THEIR JOB.
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TRACK: IT WAS THE SECOND HONOR OF THE DAY. EARLIER IN THE MORNING, THE
CREW MET WITH PRESIDENT BUSH. HE THANKED THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE
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but mostly we appreciate your character.)
TRACK: THE CREW WAS HELD IN CHINA FOR 11 DAYS LAST MONTH. THEY MADE A
HARROWING LANDING ON A CHINESE AIR FIELD AFTER COLLIDING WITH A CHINESE
FIGHTER JET DURING A SURVEILLANCE MISSION.
STAND-UP: To come: THE SPY PLANE REMAINS IN CHINA........ALEEN SIRGANY,
CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
A spectacle in one of China's capital cities, as an old gymnasium falls to the wrecking ball.
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Chinese officials brought down the 45- year- old gym today in only a matter of seconds.
It took more than eight- thousand bags of explosives to do the job.
The demolition was done to make room for the construction of a subway in the city's downtown area.
Experts are claiming the demolition set world records.
It was at least the largest of its kind in China.
First Union says it has no doubt it will win the bidding war to buy Wachovia Bank.
In an Internet Conference call yesterday, First Union C-E-O Ken Thompson said First Union's offer for Wachovia is an all-around better deal than SunTrust's.
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Critics of First Union say its trouble with mergers in the past may mean more merger trouble in the future.
But Thompson says 80 out of the bank's 81 recent takeovers have been successful.
A federal appeals court says a prison inmate caught drug-dealing behind bars should get a new trial.
Michael Fulcher claims his work was part of a federal undercover investigation.
More than a year ago, a federal judge in Roanoke granted a new trial to Fulcher, his wife and his mother, but the government appealed.
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Coming up -
Some of the biggest names in Nashville met yesterday - find out why when we return -
America's favorite beagle is flying high - delivering a little piece of history to your door. We'll explain a little later on News 7.
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Pope John Paul, the Second is celebrating his 81st birthday with little pomp and circumstance..
In fact, the Pope is keeping his regular working schedule today.
He's planning just a small lunch with friends.
The Pope is meeting with ambassadors from nine countries, bishops from Pakistan, and European car makers.
While the pope appeared weak and frail during a recent trip to Greece and Syria, he's planning a pilgrimage to the Ukraine next month.
Meanwhile, country music stars are singing the praises of a new museum in Nashville.
Yesterday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors to fans and celebrities alike.
Some of the biggest names in the business were there for the celebration-- including Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride.
The 37- million- dollar facility offers fans the opportunity to experience country music from its roots-- ranging from legends like Johnny Cash to current stars like the Dixie Chicks.
Leo will right back with this week's edition of Growing It.
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If you're looking for something fun and delicious this week, you may want to try your hand at strawberry picking.
The berries at Scott's Strawberry Farm in Bedford are ripe for the picking.
Jacey Birch has more.
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[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 37 points.
Nasdaq has dropped six points.
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Coming up in Sports -
UVA tries to knock off third seeded Wake Forest -
The Hornets didn't have enough sting to hold off Milwaukee last night - We'll have details after the break.
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Virginia was trying to advance in the winner's bracket last night at the ACC baseball tournament in Fort Mill, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte.
On Wednesday UVa beat second- seed Clemson, and last night the Cavs were trying to knock off 3rd seeded Wake Forest.
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When you're playing in the last game of the day - and it's dark - it never hurts to spruce up the plate with a little paint job.
UVa playing smart earl,y as catcher Mark Rueffert throws behind the runner to Jon Benick and doubles up the Wake Forest base runner for the out.
But in the fourth, Wake would get a runner to third.
This sacrifice fly to right would chase him home on the tag.
Wake Forest wins it 2-to-1.
UVa plays this afternoon at 3:30 against N.C. State.
Virginia Tech outplayed Notre Dame last night in the Big East baseball tournament in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Kevin Bice hit the game- winning homer in the 7th.
Tech plays Seton Hall today at 3:30.
Radford was ousted from the Big South tourney in Danville. High Point beat the Highlanders 7-to-2. R-U finishes the season with a 12 and 38 record.
Liberty is still alive and kicking.
The Flames played Coastal Carolina this morning at 10.
And in one high school note, Rural Retreat pitcher James Smith tossed a no-hitter last night against Chil-howie.
He faced just 22 batters, striking out 8 and walking just one. He also scored the winning run.
The N-C-double-A division two softball championship got swinging yesterday afternoon with Nebraska Omaha beating Kennesaw State.
And Humboldt State knocked off Bloomsburg.
Play continued last nightat the Moyer sports complex, as Lewis matched up with Eastern New Mexico.
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The rain held off at Moyer, and the teams would play ball right on schedule at five PM.
In the top of the second, the Lewis Flyers would put base runners in scoring position with some strategic bunting.
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Then, Katie Schaefer connects on a single to left that stays in play.
Miranda Fudge scores from 3rd to make it 1-0 Flyers, and they go on to win it by a 1-to-0 count.
The final first round game between Alabama Huntsville and Dowling made it to the third before the rains arrived.
The Hive was BUZZING last night in Charlotte, as the Hornets tried to wrap up their Eastern Conference semi-final against Milwaukee.
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Paul Silas and his men were up three games to two coming in last night.
And David Wesley tried to seal the deal with the steal and coast- to- coast drive.
Charlotte leads 90-to-89 with under three and a half minutes to go.
But the Bucks would not be denied, as Ray Allen hits the three in the closing seconds.
Milwaukee forces game 7 with the 104-to-97 win.
The U-S Postal Service is giving its stamp of approval to the world's most famous aviator beagle.
The Post Office honored Charles Shultz's Snoopy yesterday with his very own stamp.
Illustrated by the late artist, the Peanuts stamp depicts Snoopy in his role as the World War One Flying Ace.
The Peanuts stamp went on sale today at Post Offices across the country.
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