Investigators are trying to find a definite answer to the question-- Was yesterday's American Airlines crash an accident or terrorism?
At this point, officials believe it was engine failure.
And the Pentagon is cautiously optimistic about the progress opposition forces are making in Afghanistan.
Some warmer weather will return to the area...as dry conditions continue....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at noon is coming up next.
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The Afghani people are gradually emerging from the oppressive leadership of the Taliban.
As the Taliban deserts more cities, rebel forces are overtaking the Afghan capital of Kabul.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Taliban appears to be retreating.
There' s speculation that the group may be planning to fight a guerilla war from the mountains.
In the capital city of Kabul, residents are celebrating with music.
And as another show of disdain for the Taliban regime, Afghan men are shaving off their trademark beards.
Meanwhile, the United Nations reports the alliance troops have executed 100 Taliban fighters hiding in a school in northern Afghanistan.
Teri Okita joins us now from Washington with the latest on the war.
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[OUT Q=back to you.]
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TRACK: THE NORTHERN ALLIANCES OCCUPATION OF KABUL WAS MUSIC TO THE EARS
OF MANY AFGHANIS WHO LIVE HERE.
SOT: mos/nat sot:
(people are very happy about this situation.)
TRACK: AFGHAN MEN FORCED TO WEAR FOUR-INCH BEARDS ARE RIDDING
THEMSELVES OF THE TALIBANS OPPRESSION. FOR THEM, A NEW DAY IS DAWNING
TO THE EAST, IN JALALABAD AND IN THE SOUTHERN STRONGHOLD OF KANDAHAR,
THERES NEWS THE TALIBAN IS DESERTING THOSE CITIES, TOO POSSIBLY
FLEEING TO THE HILLSIDES TO MOUNT A GUERRILLA WAR.
TRACK: BUT AS THE CITIES FALL, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS WORRIED
ABOUT INSTABILITY IN THE COUNTRY ESPECIALLY AFTER REPORTS OF REVENGE
KILLINGS OF TALIBAN SUPPORTERS.
(Super: Stephanie Bunker/United Nations Spokeswoman)
SOT: We heard reports that, along with occasional looting, there is also
punitive action that is being carried out. (:11)
THE UN SAYS 100 TALIBAN FIGHTERS HIDING IN A SCHOOL OF MAZAR-E-SHARIF
HAVE BEEN EXECUTED.
TRACK: SOME BELIEVE - An immediate UN PRESENCE IS NECESSARY IN KABUL
WHILE IT SEARCHES FOR A MULTI-ETHNIC GOVERNMENT ACCEPTABLE TO ALL
TRACK: PRESIDENT BUSH AND RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN WILL LIKELY
DISCUSS A TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT FOR AFGHANISTAN DURING A THREE-DAY
SUMMIT THAT STARTS TODAY AS WELL AS OTHER MEASURES TO COMBAT TERRORISM.
A Lynchburg gay rights activist has been found guilty of making threatening phone calls to Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Bill Connelly was angry over remarks Falwell made blaming the September 11th attacks on gays, lesbians and abortionists.
He called the church and Liberty University and threatened to blow them up if he was harmed as a result of Falwell's comments.
Connelly pleaded no contest this morning to reduced charges of making threatening phone calls.
He was given a six- month suspended sentence and ordered to have no contact with Falwell, Liberty University or Thomas Road Baptist Church.
They're still not ruling anything out--
Investigators are under extra pressure to determine what caused an American Airlines plane to crash in New York.
Drew Levinson reports.
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MORE FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS DESCENDED ON THIS NEIGHBORHOOD THIS
MORNING--IT'S HERE WHERE FLIGHT 587 WENT DOWN MONDAY MORNING.
SO FAR IT APPEARS THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT--INVESTIGATORS GOT WAS THEY
CALLED "A QUICK LISTEN" TO THE JET'S COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER.
SOT: GEORGE BLACK/NTSB
"IT IS ABSENT OF ANY EXTRANEOUS NOISES OR ACTS THAT WE WOULD NOT
ASSOCIATE WITH A NORMAL AVIATION ENVIRONMENT."
AT THIS POINT, NTSB INVESTIGATORS ARE FOCUSING ON SOME TYPE OF ENGINE
FAILURE. THEY NEED TO EXPLAIN WHAT MADE THE PLANE TO BREAK UP IN THE
AIR. THE WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED OVER THREE DISTINCT AREAS. ONE
ENGINE SPLIT OFF COMPLETELY AND A LARGE PORTION OF THE TAIL WAS FOUND IN
JAMAICA BAY, SEVERAL BLOCKS FROM THE MAIN CRASH SITE.
THAT SITE IS THE ROCKAWAY NEIGHBORHOOD IN QUEENS. IT'S NOT FAR FROM
KENNEDY AIRPORT WHERE THE PLANE TOOK OFF.
.ABOUT A DOZEN HOMES WERE DESTROYED OR SERIOUSLY DAMAGED.
THIS AREA IS ALREADY REELING FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACKS. MORE
THAN 75 FIREFIGHTERS AND RESIDENTS WHO LIVED HERE AND WORKED IN THE
TOWERS WERE KILLED ON SEPTEMBER 11.
NOW THESE PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH ANOTHER DISASTER.
SOT: MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI/NYC
(spirit of people...)
(STANDUP.......STILL LOOKING FOR DATA RECORDER AND MISSING PEOPLE)))[Bus-Accident]
The truck driver involved in yesterday's school bus accident in Bedford County has been released from the hospital.
60 year old Spencer Braxton of Forest was injured when his tractor trailer clipped the rear of a school bus on route 460.
State Police say they believe bright sunlight may have impaired Braxton's vision.
The bus driver, and 18 students were treated for cuts, bumps and bruises... but none of them spent the night in the hospital.
A tank leaking fuel caused concern in Bedford County yesterday.
The leak was discovered yesterday morning at Colonial Pipeline Company in Montvale.
A company spokesman says the material stored in the tank is called trans-mix, which is a blend of different fuels-- including kerosene.
It is not know what caused the leak or how much fuel was released.
But the spokesman says-- the environment and community are NOT at risk.
Colonial Pipeline expects to know more-- later today.
The same typhoon that tore a destructive path through the Phillippines last week is now making its mark on Vietnam.
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Typhoon Ling Ling has killed at least 16 people, injured dozens, and left more than 12- thousand homeless in central Vietnam.
The storm made landfall in Vietnam yesterday, bringing torrential rain and winds gusting up to 83- miles- per- hour.
A 16- year- old boy was electrocuted after the typhoon ripped through power lines.
And a three- year- old died when a house collapsed around him.
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Officials with a local high school say they are making changes in the way top students are recognized,
and nuclear disarmament is expected to be the main topic as Russian President Vladmir Putin comes to America.
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Today marks the first of a three- day summit on nuclear weapons between President Bush and
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Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Bush has promised to reduce the number of U-S nuclear weapons, even if Putin does not agree to do the same in Russia.
The two leaders will also attempt to settle their differences over missile defense.
They're holding a joint news conference this afternoon.
Tomorrow, they'll resume talks at Bush's ranch in Texas.
A consulting firm says Alleghany County could be one of Virginia's best kept secrets.
But a 100-thousand dollar study says the county needs to change that.
Jennifer Miele has more.
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(( A study completed by Roanoke-based Wishneff and Associates says the recreation facilities in the Allegheny highlands are top notch.
So why is the local economy struggling and why is the area's workforce up and leaving?
According Public Relations specialist Linda Staley, it's because nobody outside Virginia knows anything about the Allegheny Highlands.
((THERE IS REALLY.... SCHOOL FUNDING DISPARITIES.))
Staley recommends a yearly event.. perhaps a fair or concert ... something to bring in a crowd.
She also recommends a multi-year public image campaign that could lead to 275 thousand dollars worth of ads.
Wishneff says Allegheny County has all it needs to succeed... like a multi-million dollar shell building that's empty... and world renowned manufacturers like Westvaco.
((THERE HAVE BEEN...A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT.))
So don't be surprised if you hear Alleghany County brag about itself in the very near future.
According to the study, a little self pride would go a long way.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Alleghany County.))
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Franklin County High School will graduate its last valedictorian in 2003.
Yesterday, the school board voted unanimously to eliminate the valedictorian and salutatorian rankings in 2004.
School administrators say that too many students were focusing on weighted courses with higher grade point possibilities ... and ignoring classes like band and choir.
Under the new system, all students with a 4- point - 0 or higher would be recognized.
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((KEVIN BEZY/ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: IN THE PAST WE'VE GIVEN A MEDAL TO THE SALUTATORIAN AND THE VALEDICTORIAN. NOW WE'LL BE HONORING A LARGER GROUP OF CHILDREN THAT HAVE ATTAINED A STANDARD THAT ANYONE COULD ATTAIN, NOT JUST ONE OR TWO. ))
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Instead of a valedictory speech, students with a perfect grade point average will have the chance to write and submit speeches.
A board will then select which speech will be delivered at graduation.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll see how Michael Jackson is celebrating as he tries to moonwalk his way back into the spotlight.
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He's been out of the limelight for some time now, but the King of Pop is back with a T-V special airing on C-B-S.
Michael Jackson is making a return to the stage after 11 years, and the fans welcomed him back with open arms.
The 30th anniversary show features a Who's Who list of performers including N'Sync and Whitney Houston.
But the highlight was Michael re- joining his brothers on stage as the Jackson Five.
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((MICHAEL JACKSON:BEING ONSTAGE WITH MY BROTHERS WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE LIKE A
REVELATION IT WAS ALMOST LIKE IT WAS DIJ VU LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY
BECAUSE I FELT AS IF ED SULLIVAN WAS INTRODUCING US WHEN WE PREMIERED I
WANT YOU BACK AND I LOVE MY BROTHERS AND IT WAS JUST A GREAT CELEBRATION
[OUT Q=a great celebration.]
The show airs tonight at 9 on C-B-S.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 151 points.
Nasdaq has gained 46 points.
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In sports...NASCAR considers implementing new regulations for crew members following Sunday's accident in the pits,
And the Cavaliers' kick returner sets a whole new school record, and gains an honor. We'll have all the details after the break.
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Bobby Burrell, the front tire changer for Ricky Rudd's team, is still in the Neuro Intensive Care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
He was injured Sunday in a pit road accident.
But his improved condition has some feeling optimistic.
Burrell, who is a native of Alleghany County and former football player at Alleghany high school, is conscious and able to talk with family members.
His mom and dad flew to Miami to be with their 30 year old son, who suffered a head injury Sunday.
In the wake of his accident,
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NASCAR officials now say they are considering mandating that all pit crews wear helmets next season.
Ricky Craven's P-P-I race team has been wearing helmets on pit row for several seasons.
The gas man on each team wears a helmet.
But until NASCAR makes it mandatory, most will resist simply because they're afraid the helmet will hinder their performance.
Ichiro Suzuki and Albert (Poo-HOLZ) Pujols are this year's Major League Baseball Rookies of the Year.
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Suzuki is the second straight Japanese player to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.
He joined the Seattle Mariners after nine seasons in the Japanese Pacific League, and won a batting title with a .350 average to go with 56 stolen bases.
(poo-HOLZ) Pujols is an unanimous choice of the 28 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the NATIONAL league honor.
The 21-year-old set an N-L rookie record with 130 R-B-Is.
He led the Cardinals with a .329 average, 37 homers and 112 runs.
The national league Cy Young award winner will be announced later today. Randy Johnson and Kurt Schilling are the favorites.
Hard work really does pay off.
The Cavs found that out first hand yesterday as two members of the team were named ACC players of the week.
Center Kevin Bailey was named the ACC's co-lineman of the week, and
Cavaliers kick returner Tevon Mason was named the league's special teams player of the week.
Mason returned five kicks for an average of 33 yards a kick.
This 100 yard return for a TD against Georgia Tech set a brand new school record.
Mason and his teamates will also have to get ready to show what they're made of.
The 73rd battle between the Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies is right around the corner.
The action begins this Saturday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.
And suddenly the battle for bragging rights in the Commonwealth has taken on a whole new complexion.
The Cavaliers broke a five game losing streak last Saturday with a last minute win over Ga. Tech.
The victory is just the boost the Cavs needed, heading into the matchup with the Hokies.
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The Hokies have won two straight in this series, including their 1999 trip to Charlottesville that resulted in a 31-TO-7 win.
Tech's recent run of success is no surprise to first year UVa head coach Al Groh.
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The Las Vegas oddsmakers currently have the Hokies listed as 14 and a half point favorites.
It's hoop time again for Virginia Tech. The women's basketball team kicks off the season this Friday night at the Cassell, against the University of Richmond.
The Hokies lost stars Tere Williams and Amy Wetzel to graduation, yet they still believe they're capable of posting their 5th straight season of 20 or more wins.
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