President Bush says America is in for a "long war" against terrorism.
He spoke at this morning's swearing-in of the new director of the homeland security office.
The latest, coming up.
And Florida health officials say a SECOND man has tested positive for anthrax.
Cool and dry conditions will continue for the next several days....I'll have your Columbus Day forecast...
News 7 at noon is next.
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Mission accomplished--The first wave of U-S military retaliation hits nearly three dozen targets in Afghanistan.
Now, U-S and British military leaders are preparing for a SECOND wave.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the targets were in mainly un-inhabited areas of Afghanistan.
The Pentagon is still assessing the damage done in yesterday's air strikes, but denies Taliban claims that a U-S plane was shot down.
Meanwhile, it's nighttime again in Afghanistan, U-S military officials say another night of air strikes is possible.
Closer to home, President Bush swore in Tom Ridge as the director of Homeland Security earlier today.
Aleen Sirgany joins us now with the latest from Washington.
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THE PENTAGON SAYS WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE U.S ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN
JUST LIKE THESE YESTERDAY. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT RELEASED THIS VIDEO
OF THE STRIKES AND CONFIRMS AT LEAST THREE DOZEN TALIBAN MILITARY SITES
WERE HIT. THE TALIBAN SAYS 20 CIVILIANS WERE KILLED: THE PENTAGON HAS
NOT CONFIRMED THAT. DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD CALLS THE MISSION
SUCCESSFUL, AND SAYS ALL PLANES RETURNED SAFELY. BUT HE SAYS THE
TALIBAN WAS READY.
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The taliban was obviously preparedfire from the ground surface to air
AS PART OF THE OPERATION, TWO U.S C-17 CARGO PLANES DROPPED MORE THAN 37
THOUSAND FOOD PACKS TO STARVING AFGHANS AS THEY FACE A REFUGEE CRISIS.
AFGHANISTAN REPORTEDLY HAS THE LOWEST FOOD INTAKE PER PERSON IN THE
IN PAKISTAN, ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AND AT LEAST TWO DOZEN INJURED WHEN
VIOLENCE BROKE OUT DURING ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTS. WITH THE U-S ON HIGH
ALERT, AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY, FORMER PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM RIDGE
WAS SWORN IN TO HEAD THE NEW HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE.
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Anti-American protests erupted today in Pakistan-- America's most important ally in the ongoing military action against the Taliban.
But that country's leader is also getting his share of criticism.
Kimberly Dozier explains.
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Anti American protestors took to the streets in Pakistani city of
Quetta, a place where support for the Taliban runs deep.
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Thousands of Muslim men are showing just how ready they are to fight
after allied air troops struck the Afghan capital of Kabul and other
cities last night. Military officials say the attacks hit 30 targets,
ranging from military sites to terrorist training camps.
But on Arabic television: only pictures of residential damage. Taliban
officials say the attacks killed 22 civilians.
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Many consider the attack on terrorism an attack on Islam.
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I think these attacks are deplorable in every sense and these should be
condemned to every extent.
The man taking the most heat today is Pakistan president General Pervez
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Protesters burned an effigy of him in the streets, but he stands by his
decision to support the U-S.
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"As far as Pakistan is concerned the vast majority is with our decision.
There are some extremists who are trying to have this agitation."
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The Taliban is calling the attacks meaningless, illegal and
unprincipled -- an act of terror that will have severe
As for the Afghan people, they continue to head for the boarder where
they expect to find relative peace and food.
Kimberly Dozier, CBS News, Islamabad.
Health officials in Florida say a second man has tested positive for anthrax.
He is a co-worker of the man who died of anthrax last week.
Both worked for the supermarket tabloid, "The Sun," in Boca Raton, Florida.
Now authorities have shut down those offices and are testing people who work there.
A state health official says some tests HAVE detected the anthrax bacteria at the offices.
The second patient is reportedly in stable condition. He was already in the hospital with an illness when the tests were performed.
An Italian official blames today's fatal runway collision on human error--NOT terrorism..
At least 114- people were killed and four others are missing.
A Scandinavian Airlines System plane collided with a smaller private jet while taxiing on the runway.
The airliner then plowed into a building, and burst into flames.
Officials say the small Cessna was on the wrong runway.
They say visibility was poor because of dense fog.
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Yesterday's bombing of Afghanistan has some of the world's economic markets concerned. We'll have that story after this break,
and closer to home, Roanoke police officers have a new tool to fight crime.
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Roanoke County police officers will soon sport laptop computers in their patrol cars.
Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Roanoke County Police Department will be able to to buy 20-mobile computers.
The technology will connect officers to state and national databases of wanted criminals, reducing the time it currently takes to obtain suspect information through a dispatcher.
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The grant will cover more than 370-thousand dollars of the cost of the computers.
The county will contribute 123-thousand dollars
Chief Lavinder hopes to have patrol cars outfitted with the new equipment by December first.
Optical Cable reported today that its has liquidated its position in NASDAQ Index securities.
The Roanoke- County- based fiber optic firm says that move netted the company about 1-point-six million dollars.
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In a news release this morning, Optical Cable Chairman Bob Kopstein said "the company will continue to focus on what it does best, making the highest- quality fiber optic cable...."
The firm's new VICE President said selling the index shares was part of a policy not to invest excess funds in anything other than money- market funds.
We also learned today that Board member Thomas Brock resigned last week citing "recent developments." Kopstein has be
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As expected, yesterday's military action against the Taliban in Afghanistan is making Wall Street investors nervous.
The Dow lost 100 points during the opening minutes.
There was also a moment of silence at the start of today's trading, in honor of the troops involved in the mission.
The attacks have also pushed financial markets lower across Asia and Europe.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we will see if the Washington Redskins were able to get their first win yesterday,
But first, we'll meet a Roanoke College student who is leaving the athletic field behind so she can go serve her country.
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A local student-athlete from Roanoke College is trading her cleats for a pair of Army boots.
She is interrupting her senior year of college to fufill her military obligation.
Steve Mason has her story.
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((Sirena LaBrake looks and acts like most college seniors. She hangs out with her friends, studies hard and plays field hockey for the Maroons, but get to know her and you will find more than you ever bargained for.
Her father and mother were both in the military. She wanted to serve her country and help pay for college so Sirena joined the army back in 1999. LaBrake, along with her friends, teammate, coaches and school, quickly gained a better understanding of serving and sacrificing for their country September 11th.
Sirena will serve as a military police officer at Fort Ustis in the Virginia Beach area. She could be there anywhere from 4 to 6 months or up to a year. She hopes to return to Roanoke College next fall, finish up her senior year and, take advantage of an NCAA rule that grants her a fifth year of field hockey eligibility. She's second on the team in scoring but her value extends far beyond the field.
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Her roommates and friends are praying hard for her but nothing makes her approaching departure any easier, although her roommates are helping her pack. No spring break bathing suits or suntan lotions here, just army fatigues and boots.
So, packed and ready for the call, Sirena enjoys her final days with friends, she even likes the grueling practices, after all she scored 298 out of a possible 300 in an Army fitness test which includes push ups sit ups and a short distance run. Knowing she could leave any day now, her teammates decided to scribbled her number 21 onto their cleats.
Job recruiters searching the country's big universities and major computer labs might want to visit a Roanoke College field hockey practice. There they will find someone dedicated to her teammates, friends and country. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 37 points.
The Nasdaq has lost three points.
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Still to come - former Hokie Michael Vick gets some significant playing time for Atlanta yesterday,
And .. At the U-A-W G-M 500 - Sterling Marlin revs it up to take the lead ... and the flag.
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Sterling Marlin helped Dodge get its third win of the season by taking the checkered flag yesterday in the U-A-W G-M 500.
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Rusty Wallace had problems, and he went down a lap early in the race.
But Sterling Marlin was strong in his Dodge.
He passed Tony Stewart to take over the lead after 97 laps in the race.
Then later in the race, Dave Blaney hits the wall bringing out the caution after several of the cars in the front went in for gas and tires.
Tony Stewart, who led several laps early in the race, went back to the front and he was the leader at the halfway mark.
Points leader Jeff Gordon never got his car up to speed.
He was two laps down at this point in the race, chasing Marlin and trying to get his lap back.
Then with over 40 laps to go, the leaders made their final pit stops under green.
And on the re-start, it was Marlin who took off strong.
He led the final 30 laps-- taking the checkered flag and winning the UAW GM 500 at the Lowes Motor Speedway.
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Stewart was second followed by Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Junior and Jeff Burton.
Jeff Gordon finished 16th, but he was still able to increase his Winston Cup points lead over Ricky Rudd, who finished 21st.
In N-F-L action, the Cleveland Browns beat San Diego 20 to 16 yesterday for their first three- game winning streak since coming back into the league in 1999.
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Meantime, Michael Vick got his chance to play yesterday.
Chris Chandler went down with a concussion, and Vick took over in the second half.
On this play, Phillip Daniels hits Vick-- forcing a fumble.
Brian Urlacher picks up the ball and returns it 90 yards for the score, as the Bears beat the Falcons.
Turnovers hurt the Redskins yesterday. Washington turned it over 5 times to the New York Giants, who took advantage beating the Redskins yesterday 23 to 9.
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Neither team scored a touchdown in the first half and when Washington's Brett Conway booted this 55 yard field goal the score was tied at 6 to 6 with 11 minutes left in the second quarter.
Then after a 9 to 9 tie in the third the Giants finally got it in the end zone. Kerry Collins rolls out and goes to the air hitting Dan Campbell on this one yard touchdown pass play to make it 16 to 9 Giants in the fourth quarter.
The Giant defense came up with a big play in the fourth, Jason Seahorn intercepts this Tony Banks pass, his second pick of the day, and he returns this one 30 yards for the touchdown and the Giants win it 23 to 9.
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