It's been 40 years since these hills, just north of Los Angeles, have burned.
Wildfires continue from one end of California to the other.
More on the long, hot summer-- coming up.
And an Independence woman faces capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of two friends.
A warm humid day is ahead of us with just a slight chance for a passing shower...I'll have your forecast.....
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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A local woman will have to face capital murder charges for the deaths of two friends.
A Grand Jury decided there's enough evidence for 58-year-old Betty Jean Angeline to stand trial for first degree and capital murder of 59-year-old Linda McKnight and 62-year-old Glenda Jenkins earlier this year.
Prosecutors say the Independence woman shot and killed the women.
Angeline waived her right to a preliminary hearing last week, allowing for a grand jury to be called in for a speedy indictment.
A trial date has not yet been set.
Angeline remains in the new River Valley Jail.
Smoke and flames are damaging the view in much of California this summer--
Officials have arrested a man in connection with a wildfire burning in the northern section of the state.
Yesterday, two pilots were killed when their air tankers collided while fighting the blaze.
Meanwhile, most of a 15- hundred- acre brush fire is now contained just north of Los Angeles.
Hattie Kauffman has the latest.
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(TRACK) LOOK AT THIS....AND YOU UNDERSTAND THE PHRASE "SPREAD LIKE
(TRACK) PARTS OF THESE TINDER DRY HILLS OF NORTH LOS ANGELES COUNTY
HADN'T BURNED FOR FORTY YEARS... THEY WERE RIPE FOR FLAMES. AND HOME
OWNERS HAD TO SCRAMBLE.
(SOT Hussman) We've been so busy gathering photographs and important
documents and you know getting our animals corraled so we can get out of
(TRACK) EVACUATIONS WERE VOLUNTARY... MANY CHOSE TO STAY AND DEFEND
THEIR HOMES USING GARDEN HOSES. THE WALL OF FLAME CAME PERILOUSLY
CLOSE. BUT THANKS TO AGGRESSIVE WORK BY FIREFIGHTERS ONLY THREE
STRUCTURES BURNED. THIS HOUSE, LUCKILY UNOCCUPIED, WENT UP IN A FLASH.
(TRACK) BUT HIGH WINDS AND STEEP TERRAIN MADE IT TOUGH FOR FIREFIGHTERS
WHO FOUGHT FROM THE AIR... AND THE GROUND, SETTING BACK FIRES AND USING
BULLDOZERS TO CLEAR AWAY FUEL.
THE FIRE FORCED THE CLOSING OF INTERSTATE FIVE, THE MAIN NORTH-SOUTH
FREEWAY IN CALIFORNIA.
BY NIGHTFALL, SIX HUNDRED FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON THE SCENE AND GAINING THE
UPPER HAND. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. HATTIE
KAUFFMAN, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.
Congress is about to release the new budget surplus figures today--and those numbers are fueling debate among Democrats and Republicans.
The Congressional Budget Office is projecting nine- billion- dollars will be needed from Social Security in order to help pay for President Bush's tax cut plan-- AND to make up for the nation's slowing economy.
Democrats say Bush broke his campaign promise by dipping into the Social Security trust fund.
Republicans, meanwhile, say the tax cut is needed to help strengthen the economy.
Hundreds of refugees are threatening to jump off a Norwegian cargo ship if Australia continues to refuse them entry.
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It's the latest development in an international dispute that began yesterday, when the cargo boat rescued the refugees from a sinking vessel.
The vessel was illegally carrying them from Indonesia to Australia.
Most of the 438 refugees are from Afghanistan.
Today, Australian officials began planning a relief effort to feed them.
But most of the asylum seekers have staged a hunger strike and are refusing all food and water.
A Roanoke teenager who fatally stabbed another woman will serve six years in prison.
18- year- old Nastassia (nah-STASS-yuh) Brown was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter in May, following a plea agreement with prosecutors.
She returned to circuit court yesterda afternoon for sentencing.
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((NASTASSIA BROWN/DEFENDANT: I'M JUST SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO MONIQUE. I'M SORRY FOR WHAT HER CHILD WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH AND WHAT MINE WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH. AND I WISH I COULD CHANGE IT, BUT I CAN'T.))
[OUT Q=I wish I could change it, but I can't.]
22- year- old Monique (mo-NEEK) Swain died in December following a violent confrontation that involved Brown and Swain's younger sister.
Yesterday, Swain's mother asked for the maximum sentence, ten years in prison.
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((SONJA SWAIN/MONIQUE SWAIN'S MOTHER: AND THE FACTS ARE SHE'S HERE, AND SPENT HOW MANY WEEKS WITH HER CHILD. AND MONIQUE CAN'T SPEND A DAY.))
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[OUT Q=and Monique can't spend a day.]
Following the hearing, Sonja (SONE-yuh) Swain said she found no satisfaction, but a measure of relief in the judge's ruling.
A Vinton woman who hired a man to kill her husband was sentenced yesterday to a year in prison.
Exie Diane Colby contacted a man to arrange the murder of her husband last year. She was facing felony child abuse charges and feared her husband, Scott, would win custody of their daughter.
Her solution was to have him eliminated.
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[SUPER=02-Ellen Weinman/Colby's Attorney; :15]
[OUT Q=punk teenage boy.]
Though Scott Colby testified he still loves his wife, he said he's not sure he can have a relationship with her. Diane Colby is pregnant with his child, due in January. Scott Colby says he's not sure it's his.
The "hit man" in this case is already serving an 18 month sentence. As part of an agreement, MRS. Colby was sentenced to ONE year in prison.
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Still to come on the newscast, a movie star being held in captivity could go free soon, but only if he wants to.
Also we'll tell you why the Dixie Chicks could spend more time in the courtroom than in the recording studio.
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U-S and Bahamian aviation investigators will be back at it again today--coming through wreckage of the plane crash that killed 22- year- old singer Aaliyah and eight others.
So far, few answers have emerged as to WHY the plane went down.
Bobbi Harley reports.
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[OUT Q=Bobbi Harley, CBS News, Miami.]
THIS IS THE REASON WHY 22-YEAR-OLD AALIYAH WAS IN THE BAHAMAS - TO FILM
HER LATEST MUSIC VIDEO.
NATS - BET VIDEO
SHE AND HER CREW TAPED FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN A DAY IN THE BAHAMIAN
ISLAND OF CENTRAL ABACO A BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION PHOTOGRAPHER
CAUGHT THESE BEHIND THE SCENES IMAGES OF THE WORK.
THIS FOOTAGE WAS TO AIR AS A SPECIAL, BUT JUST A DAY AFTER IT WAS SHOT,
AALIYAH WAS DEAD, ALONG WITH EIGHT OTHERS WHEN THEIR CHARTERED FLIGHT
CRASHED IN A FIREBALL.
THEORIES OF WHY THE PLANE CRASHED NOSE FIRST JUST AFTER TAKE-OFF RANGE
FROM TOO MANY PEOPLE AND TOO MUCH CARGO ON BOARD TO ENGINE FAILURE.
THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD AND THE F-A-A ARE INVESTIGATING.
SOT - RANDY BUTLER/BAHAMIAM CIVIL AVIATION - - We're gathering the
information, we're gathering the weight balance information, we're
gathering maintenance, we're gathering who was on board we're trying
to find anyone who knows anything.
ON CAMERA CLOSE: (re shipping back bodies later today)
. BOBBI HARLEY CBS NEWS MIAMI.
Customs officials in China are making confetti out of millions of counterfeit C-Ds, D-V-Ds and C-D-Roms.
The officers used industrial- strength wood cutters at today's ceremonial event, which they say will give a major boost to China's economy.
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((MIKE ELLIS/MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA: "IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE PIRATES, THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD CHEAT PEOPLE
IN THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT
ARE OUT THERE, ENFORCING NOT ONLY OUR COPYRIGHT RIGHTS, BUT ALSO LOCAL
INDUSTRY'S RIGHTS AS WELL.))
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[OUT Q=industry's rights as well.]
Foreign producers of music, film and software say Chinese pirates are ruining their businesses.
And as China's membership into the World Trade Organization approaches in November, such crackdowns on counterfeit products will likely continue.
The Dixie Chicks and their record label are trading lawsuits.
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The Grammy winning trio says Sony is cheating them out of millions of dollars in royalties.
Emily Robison, Martie Seidel and Natalie Maines Pasdar accused the record company of "systematic thievery."
The group is seeking to break its seven-album deal with the Japanese corporation.
Sony officials aren't commenting on the suit. But in previous court documents, the company has called the group's allegations a ``sham attempt'' to get out of its record contract.
IT is suing the Dixie Chicks, claiming the group owes it more than 100 (m) million dollars for five undelivered albums.
The Dixie Chicks got a little better news this morning from Nashville as the Country Music Association announced it nominees for its annual awards..
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The Chicks were nominated for two awards, the Entertainers of the year and the Vocal Group of the year.
Other nominees for Entertainer of the year were: Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and George Strait.
Lynchburg native Phil Vassar is nominated for the association's Horizon Award which recognizes up and coming artists.
The award show is November 7th and you can watch it here on your hometown station.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we will show you the world's easiest fishing hole. You don't even have to drop a line to land a big one.
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Even with a lot of patience-- and the right kind of bait-- fishermen are often at the mercy of good luck to make that perfect catch.
But not in one spot along the Mississippi River, where the FISH do all the work.
Reporter Joe Larkins explains.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 124 points.
Nasdaq has lost 31 points.
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Still to come .. It's cut down day for the N-F-L .. find out who's already been sent home.
And .. It took 13 years, but they finally managed to get there.
The Avalanche defeats the Indians and secures its place in the play-offs.
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For the first time in 13 years .. the Salem Avalanche is heading to the play-offs.
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After great crowds over the weekend, more than 3000 showed up last night for the final home game of the season.
Kinston would try to ruin the party again as Victor Martinez gets hit in the back with the bases loaded.
The Indians would eventually take a 3-to-nothing lead.
But Salem would not be denied last night-
Garrett Atkins breaks out with a bomb to right centerfield.
The two- run homer plates Dan Phillips, and Salem cuts the lead to 3-to-2.
Salem would take the lead for good.
Chris Warren whacks one deep to center field, and drives in two more runs with the shot off the wall.
Salem beats Kinston 5-to-3, and Myrtle Beach loses to Wilmington to clinch the southern division wildcard berth.
Salem will close out the regular season on the road and then play a best- of -three- game playoff series at Kinston.
Ironically, when Salem won the title back in 1987, the THEN-Buccaneers beat Kinston, which at the time was managed by current Baltimore skipper Mike Hargrove.
The San Francisco Giants defeated the New York Mets yesterday afternoon at Shea Stadium .. and all eyes were on Barry Bonds.
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Bonds, who came in stuck at 55 homers, had a huge game as he singled, doubled and homered to power the Giants to a 6-to-5 win.
His towering homer to right field gives him 56 on the season.
Amazingly it's his first homer at Shea Stadium since 1995.
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The Giants stay in the lead for the N-L wildcard spot.
Today's the official cut down day for teams in the N-F-L.
And though teams have to get down to the 65- player limit by today .. many of the clubs did their chopping early.
The Patriots cut Bluefield native and former UVa captain Yubrenal Isabelle, while the Bengals released former UVa punter Will Brice.
The Dolphins cut Tech's Nick Sorensen on Sunday.
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And last night, the Falcons put a Hokie and a Cavalier on the street as rookie offensive lineman Dave Kadela was released.
And free agent cornerback Ahmad Hawkins, Michael Vick's roommate was also cut.
After more than 20 years in captivity, Keiko the killer whale is at an important crossroads.
The star of the "Free Willy" films has little more than a week left to make his bid for freedon.
The whale's keepers have been trying to introduce him to the wild, but he is reluctant to leave.
If Keiko doesn't join a pack of migrating whales, he faces an uncertain future.
CBS's Elizabeth Palmer explains.
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(MOVIE CLIP -FREE WILLIE)
In the 1994 movie Free Willy, the world's most famous whale leaped
to freedom - right on cue from his human friend.
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....but in real life, the whale - whose name is Keiko - won't cooperate
in the happy ending....at least so far.
For months, his handlers have been trying to return him to the wild from
a bay off southern Iceland - but Keiko is stubbornly refusing to go.
It's a radical change for him.
Keiko has lived 20 of his 25 years in captivity.....
Although he was originally captured just off Iceland -
he spent years in this small pool in Mexico City performing tricks.
Then - after his starring role in Free Willy - millions of dollars in
donations paid for him to be moved to a spacious new home in Oregon.
There Keiko's health improved and - while he continued to be on display
to the public - trainers taught him the skills he'd need to to return to
the North Atlantic.
Finally in 1998, he was flown to this floating pen in Klettsvik Bay in
Iceland, not far from where he was born.
This summer - a crew from the organization Ocean Futures have been
taking him for long swims in the open sea.....
hoping that he'll adopt - and be adopted by - a pod of wild killer
SUPER Charles Vinick, Ocean Futures
BITE It's not clear what skills he needs to be accepted by a pod. The
pods live together for their whole lives - so that in that sense what
they need to do to accept a newcomer and whay he needs to do in terms of
social morays, communication skills, social skills is unclear.
So far -though -
when the boat returns to port - so does Keiko.
Time is running out for Keiko this year -
Most of the killer whales have already left these waters to migrate
But Vinick says his team will try again, if necessary, in the spring -
BITE: 152024 ...since the very beginning our mission has been to see
if it's possible for him to go free - so there are bittersweet moments
when he may be leaving us but we are all certainly committed to that
being the best choice.
Elizabeth Palmer CBS News London))
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