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The White House rejects Afghanistan's effort to avoid military action by asking Osama bin Laden to leave voluntarily.
U-S troops are being deployed, and the President prepares to address the nation tonight.
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And we'll have the latest on the search for victims at the World Trade Center.
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Showers began to dampen the region last night and today some areas are getting a good soaking while others are lacking. Our Thursday forecast is next.
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Stay with us-- News 7 at noon is next.

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While taking "extradordinary" security measures, President Bush hopes to rally the nation during a prime time speech tonight.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Pentagon is deploying American troops around the world as "Operation Infinite Justice" enters its second day.


When President Bush addresses the nation tonight, he won't likely ask Congress for a declaration of war.
But he IS expected to ask Americans for "patience and reason."
Meanwhile, the nationwide search for terrorist conspirators continues as the F-B-I arrests a Middle Eastern man outside Chicago.
He's on an F-B-I list of people wanted for questioning.
Aleen Sirgany is in Washington with an update.
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(( FONT: FILE THOUSANDS OF SAILORS AND SOLDIERS ARE GETTING INTO PLACE. MORE THAN A HUNDRED U-S WAR PLANES HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO GET INTO POSITION IN THE PERSAIN GULF. 15-OOO SOLDIERS HAVE ALREADY LEFT FROM THE NAVAL AIR BASE IN NORFOLK LED BY THE U-S-S THEODORE ROOSEVELT. AND ARMY GROUND TROOPS COULD BE NEXT.

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Deployment orders have been issued, forces are moving in.
TRACK: AS PRESIDENT BUSH PREPARES TO ADDRESSS CONGRESS AND THE NATION, HE CONTINUES HIS EFFORTS TO GATHER INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM. AT THE WHITE HOUSE, TODAY, MR. BUSH MET WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF SAUDI ARABIA. AND HELL MEET WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER LATER TODAY.
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TRACK: IN AFGHANISTAN, A COUNCIL OF ISLAMIC CLERICS IS NOW URGING OSMA BIN LADEN TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY VOLUNTARILY. THE RULING TALIBAN IS EXPECTED TO BACKUP THAT REQUEST BUT STILL WARNS OF A HOLY WAR AGAINST THE U.S IF THEY SHOULD ATTACK AFGHANISTAN.

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THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS PRESIDENT BUSH WILL NOT SEEK A DECLARATION OF WAR WHEN HE ADDRESSES CONGRESS TONIGHT. THE PRESIDENT WILL ASK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HAVE PATIENCE FOR A LONG, PAINFUL HUNT FOR TERRORIST. AND SAYS AMERICA NEEDS TO BE PREPARED THAT SOME SOLDIERS WILL NOT COME HOME. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, THE PENTAGON. ))


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Meanwhile, Marines and sailors are preparing for a scheduled deployment from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
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About 22- hundred of them said goodbye to their loved ones and loaded three ships, bound for the Mediterranean.
They're part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Their trip was actually planned BEFORE last week's terrorist attacks.
The unit would usually have specific exercises planned to sharpen the troops' skills, but a spokesperson says the response to the attacks may change that.
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A memorial service is planned this weekend at Yankee Stadium to the World Trade Center victims.
Meanwhile, New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani says even if authorities switch from rescue to recovery, crews WON'T stop looking for possible survivors.
Gretchen Carlson has more from Manhattan.
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The Radford Army Ammunition plant wants to secure its site by closing part of the New River.
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The commanding officer says he wants to close the section of the river that flows through the plant.
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Butler says eight miles of the river borders the federal arsenal.
Butler has also closed all but one gate into the plant to better control who gets inside the plant.
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Maryland authorities are investigating the death of a man from Lynchburg.
The man has been identified as 41-year-old Bradford William Wright.
Police say a man and a woman drove to a Montgomery County, Maryland firehouse just before dawn yesterday and requested help for a man in the back seat.
Rescue personnel determined that the man was dead.
Before police arrived, the man and woman drove away.
Police later identified and interviewed the couple, but did not release their names or say how Wright may have died.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the Mill Mountain Star turns red, white and blue.
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Also another airline says it is laying off thousands of employees.
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British Airways says it'll cut another 52- hundred jobs and reduce operations by 10- percent.
The cuts are in ADDITION to 18- hundred cuts announced earlier this month.
The airline cites the expected drop in air travel following last week's terror attacks in the U-S as the reason for the newest round of cuts.
British Airways is considered especially vulnerable right now, because trans- Atlantic flights account for the bulk of its profits.
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More refugees are trying to come to Australia--
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Another 200 asylum seekers have arrived since yesterday.
Some of them said their journey had been dangerous, but they had faced death in Afghanistan and Iraq before fleeing.

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The refugees are part of a group of 433 mostly Afghan asylum seekers who were rescued from a sinking Indonesian ferry last month.
The cargo ship that rescued them near Christmas Island sparked an international war of words over who was responsible for their welfare.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has said Australia's responsible for finding new homes for the refugees, once their status has been determined.
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Roanoke's best known landmark changed its colors last night. The city changed the Mill Mountain Star into a shining symbol of patriotism. Keith Humphry has more.
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(( About 200 people gathered atop a downtown parking garage to witness the event just as a gentle rain started to fall.
Unfazed by dampness, Sixth Grader Dexter Malone belted out the national anthem. [7:59:15] ((WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED.)) [RUNS09]
At first city officials had resisted calls to dress the star in red, white and blue. "It would take time, the neon tubes would have to be replaced and recharged with gas," they said... all at a cost of several hundred dollars. That was last week. On Monday City Council directed the lights of the star be changed as soon as possible in support of what the resolution calls an "unprecedented display of patriotism" by Roanoke residents.
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Tom McKeon, Executive Director of Roanoke's Higher Education Center, flipped the switch. It's his brother, Barry, who's presumed lost in the World Trade Center. Citizens had been asked not to ascend Mill Mountain for the lighting ceremony for fear they'd create traffic problems.
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((BABY: STAR, STAR)) The plan is to keep the red white and blue lights on for just 30 days. But remember when the star was built by the city Merchants Association, the plan was to take it down right after Christmas. That was 52 years ago. Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll meet women's World Cup soccer player Carla Overbeck. She's in the Valley holding a special youth soccer clinic.
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and then following weather, we'll have the latest numbers from Wall Street as the stock markets deal with one of the worst weeks in its history.
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It seems sports fans and NON-sports fans alike all caught a little soccer fever during the exciting World Cup Women's finals in 1999.
Since that victory, youth soccer has exploded across the country.
Carla Overbeck was the captain of that winning team.
We're delighted to have her join us this afternoon to tell us about a special soccer clinic taking place this afternoon in Roanoke.
Thanks for joining us today, Carla.
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(Questions:)

(I read that youth soccer has exploded to more than three MILLION kids, more than just about any other organized youth sport... Do you think this is the direct result of the 1999 World cup victory?)

(Now, you're working as an assistant coach at Duke University and you still play soccer professionally for the Carolina

Courage. I believe we have some tape of that. How did you also become involved in this traveling soccer clinic?)

(We mentioned earlier that there is a soccer clinic today-- It's at the Vinyard Soccer Complex in Roanoke-- what kinds

of tips can kids expect to pick up today?)

(Youth soccer is also very popular here in the Roanoke Valley, the Roanoke Parks and Rec league has over two -thousand

members...What advice do you have for parents, who are perhaps just now getting their kids involved in soccer?)
Thanks for joining us today, and good luck with the tour.

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Still to come. . . Highlights from Hometown Hoops.
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And .. one of friday football extra's talents is being courted by one of the nation's most prestigous schools.
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The Seattle Mariners clinched the American League West last night before they even stepped on the field.
Earlier in the day, the Oakland A's lost a 10-4 decision to the Texas Rangers.
That secured the title for Seattle, which went out and posted its 106th victory of the season by shutting out the Anaheim Angels five to nothing.

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One of Friday Football Extra's brightest stars could be heading to New York. Lord Botetourt receiver Jared White was officially offered an appointment to West Point Tuesday night.
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The educational package that White has been offered at West point is worth a quarter of a million dollars and would mean a nine year commitment to the Army. Jared, who has also been offered a verbal scholarship from Miami of Ohio, says he will make his decision at the end of this school year.
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White lead the Cavaliers to a 33-27 win over Northside last Friday catching three touchdown passes.
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When the N-F-L resumes play this weekend it will have its regular referees on the field.
The officials approved its new contract offer from the League, ending a lockout that forced the referees to miss the start of the season.
The deal reportedly is for six years, and gives the officials escalating raises beginning with 50 percent this year, and up to 150 percent in the final year of the deal.

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In high school girls' hoops action ..
The single and double- A girls' basketball season tipped off almost a month ago. And with the Blue Ridge district now serving Pulaski Co and William Fleming, it's become perhaps the hottest district in the state. Steve Mason has more.
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((Just how bad do teams want in to the Blue Ridge District. At four o'clock this afternoon, Cave Spring high school began it's presentation in front of the VHSL executive committee to petition for entrance into the district next year in girls basketball and every other sport except football which would remain in triple A. Here are some words from some of the nine team members on how things are going after a month.
William Fleming escaped with an overtime win against Northside Tuesday night and the fans stormed the floor in celebration. The Colonels are a top the Blue Ridge at 4 and OH while Northside is 3 and 1. ((JIM ROBINSON:))
Fleming head coach Cynthia Brown likes her new district and not just because her Colonels are in first place. Her daughter, Tonia, is at Wake Forest and will play her first season this winter. ((CYNTHIA BROWN:))
Pulaski is 3 and 1 in district play. Head coach Buddy Farris says, he likes the Blue Ridge and the seasonal change, playing in the fall means no snow days and the competition is as good as he has seen, an impressive statement considering, Pulaski's rich playoff tradition. ((BUDDY FARRIS/PULASKI CO. HEAD COACH:))
For the first time ever in the Blue Ridge, the top three teams are invited to the regionals. The New Hidden Valley High School should join the Blue Ridge next season as well. In 2003, the all girls basketball goes back to the winter and Volleyball moves to the Fall. Steve Mason HHW.))

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