Just in time for the start of the holiday travel season, the President signs legislation to make air travel safer.
The bill boosts the government's role in aviation security.
And more than 100 acres in Montgomery County are up in smoke as a forest fire continues.
Big changes are heading our way as we enjoy our last mild day...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is coming up next.
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With the stroke of a pen, President Bush signs the aviation security
And disturbing news about some of those covering the war in Afghanistan.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
More information is starting to emerge about the four journalists now missing in Afghanistan.
Armed men reportedly stopped the four reporters along a road between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital of Kabul.
Drivers say gunmen opened fire after the journalists were taken
from their cars.
Meanwhile, the Taliban is rapidly collapsing and the U-S in intensifying its hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Joining us with more on the war in Afghanistan is Jim Acosta in Washington.
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[OUT Q=back to you.]
(NAT VO of bombers)
U-S BOMBERS REPORTEDLY BELIEVE OSAMA BIN LADEN IS HIDING IN THE HILLS
SURROUNDING THE TALIBAN SOUTHERN STRONGHOLD KANDAHAR.
SO THEY'RE STEPPING UP AIRSTRIKES IN A PUSH TO DRIVE THE AL QUEDA
LEADER INTO THE HANDS OF SPECIAL FORCES ON THE GROUND.
WARPLANES ARE ALSO HITTING THE TALIBAN'S LAST NORTHERN MAINSTAY --
IT'S SAID TO BE ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE -- A POTENTIAL NEW LAND GRAB
FOR A NEW AFGHAN GOVERNMENT THAT'S STILL IN THE WORKS.
(vo of Rabbani/kabul diplomats)
THERE IS PROGRESS ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT WITH WORD THE UNITED NATIONS
MAY SUPERVISE A MEETING AMONG RIVAL AFGHAN LEADERS THIS WEEKEND.
THE U-N AND THE WHITE HOUSE ARE WORRIED THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE IS
RELUNCTANT TO SHARE POWER AFTER TAKING THE CAPITAL LAST WEEK.
MEANWHILE THE LATEST CASUALTIES IN THE BATTLE COULD BE FOUR WESTERN
JOURNALISTS -- FROM REUTERS, AND TWO EUROPEAN PAPERS. THEY WERE SEEN
FORCED OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES BY SIX ARMED MEN -- MARCHED INTO NEARBY
HILLS -- BEFORE GUNFIRE WAS HEARD.
(bush nats, "Good morning...")
IN RESPONSE TO THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS -- PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNED NEW
SECURITY MEASURES FOR THE NATION'S AVIATION SYSTEM -- JUST DAYS BEFORE
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TRAVEL TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING. UNDER THE LAW
NEWLY TRAINED, GOVERNMENT EMPLOYED BAGGAGE SCREENERS WILL BE DEPLOYED TO
AIRPORTS WITHIN ONE YEAR -- LEGISLATION MR. BUSH ONCE OPPOSED.
The search continues for two U-S sailors and three Iraqis missing in the Persian Gulf.
All five were on board a run-down oil tanker that sank yesterday.
A team of American sailors boarded the ship, because it was believed to be smuggling Iraqi oil, in violation of U-N sanctions.
A Navy spokeswoman says the tanker was in ``poor condition'' and was ``grossly overweighted.''
The missing two sailors are from the U-S-S ``Peterson", a Navy destroyer based in Norfolk.
Four South African police officers have pleaded guilty to a videotaped attack.
We caution you-- the video does contain some graphic material.
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The four were accused of setting dogs on three black men. The video of the attack was apparently made by one of the officers.
It aired on state television, and showed the police setting their dogs on the black men, punching them and yelling racial slurs.
The officers said in their pleas that the 1998 incident was an exercise aimed at teaching inexperienced police dogs to attack on command.
The officers were suspended from their duties without pay.
A forest fire has consumed more than 130 acres in Montgomery County.
The fire in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest that started Saturday.
It's burning in Montgomery County in the Craig's Creek area, close to the Appalachian Trail.
The fire is partially contained but is not completely under a control.
Firefighters believe someone deliberately set the blaze.
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[IN Q=You can never be 100-percent]
((CINDY SCHIFFER: YOU CAN NEVER BE 100-PERCENT SURE BUT WE'RE ABOUT 99-PERCENT SURE BOTH OF THESE RECENT FIRES WERE CAUSED BY ARSON.))
[OUT Q=were caused by arson]
Crews have had trouble containing this fire.
Flames typically jump the fire line but in this case it has burned under the line.
Firefighters say the extremely dry conditions are to blame.
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[IN Q=We havent had any]
((CINDY SCHIFFER/FIREFIGHTER: WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY RAIN FOR A LONG TIME AND OTHER THAN A FEW RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS PREDICTED FOR MONDAY OR TUESDAY AND THE LONG TERM FORECASTS AT LEAST THE ONES WE'VE BEEN GETTING, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THERE IS ANY RELIEF ANYTIME SOON.))
[OUT Q=anytime soon]
It will take several days before this fire is completely under control.
About two-dozen firefighters stayed on the mountain last night to keep the flames contained.
Pulaski Furniture has shut its plant down for the week, following a weekend fire.
Firefighters arrived just before 5:30 yesterday morning in downtown Pulaski to find flames shooting from the roof.
Investigators believe the fire started from a spark in the dust bin system.
Right now, damage estimates top 200- thousand dollars.
Company officials say the incident will require the manufacturing plants at the Pulaski complex to be closed for the week.
However, office and salaried personnel are asked to report to work.
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Two large oil companies are forming an even larger one. We'll have details after this break,
and the Olympic flame is on its way to Salt Lake City for next year's winter games.
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Phillips Petroleum is buying Conoco, creating the third largest oil and gas company in the nation.
Representatives from both companies announced the 35- billion dollar merger yesterday.
The new company will be named ConocoPhillips.
It'll rank just behind Exxon Mobil and Chevron Texaco in annual sales.
The new company's headquarters will be in Conoco's home town of Houston.
The merger is expected to happen in the second half of 2002, pending approval by shareholders.
The Olympic flame is lit--
Now the countdown begins for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Today marked the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame in Athens, Greece.
The flame will burn in Greece until December fourth.
Then it'll be taken to Atlanta.
From there, the Olympic torch relay will wind through 46 states in about two months.
The torch reaches its final destination, Salt Lake City on February eighth.
Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield has donated more than a half million dollars to the Virginia Association of Free Clinics.
There are 36 free clinics in the state, which is more than any other state in the country.
The clinics provide health care to un-insured and under insured individuals.
Trigon has donated nearly six million dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours to the free clinics since 1992.
The city of Danville is trying to make sure E-M-T's have all the information they need to save the lives of their patients.
It is called the special needs intiative, and Justin McLeod shows us how it works.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of Ruby showing her bottles of medicine]
[SUPER=01-Ruby Foster/Danville Resident; :16]
[SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Emergency Services; :43]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Danville]
((((NAT SOUND OF RUBY SHOWING HER BOTTLES OF MEDICINE))
It's a way of life for Ruby Foster.
She takes medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and a heart condition.
It sometimes leads to a 9-1-1 call and a trip to the hospital.
[IN Q=I had fluid on my lungs]
((RUBY FOSTER/DANVILLE RESIDENT: I HAD FLUID ON MY LUNGS IN 99. I HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. AND THEY HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THEY FOUND OUT EVERYTHING.))
[OUT Q=found out everything]
But that's now changed, thanks to a new program.
It's called the special needs initative.
It works when you tell 9-1-1 in advance what responders should be aware of during an emergency.
That could be a disability, a medical condition, or a problem with mobility.
[IN Q=If we know that there is]
((DOUG YOUNG/EMERGENCY SERVICES: IF WE KNOW THAT THERE IS A BED RIDDEN PERSON IN A HOUSE THATS ON FIRE WE CAN TELL THE FIREFIGHTERS WHILE THEY'RE ENROUTE THAT THERE'S A BED RIDDEN PERSON IN THE BACK RIGHT BEDROOM AND THEN GO IMMEDIATELY TO THAT PLACE AND RESCUE THAT PERSON.))
[OUT Q=rescue that person]
Here's how you sign up.
You must first fill out this form.
Dispatchers then enter your information into a computer.
If you ever call 9-1-1, that information then automatically pops up on the screen.
[IN Q=The city eventually plans to]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE CITY EVENTUALLY PLANS TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO WORK IN SITUATIONS LIKE A NATURAL DISASTER. FOR EXAMPLE, IF A FLOOD WERE TO HIT, 9-1-1 OPERATORS CAN CALL THOSE PEOPLE ON THE LIST TO WARN THEM OF THE POTENTIAL FLOOD AS WELL AS CHECK ON THEM ONCE IT HITS.))
[OUT Q=once it hits]
((NAT SOUND OF DISPATCHER; 11:21))
Danville is not alone, localities all across the state have similar programs like this one.
[IN Q=I think its wonderful]
((RUBY FOSTER/DAVNILLE RESIDENT: I THINK ITS WONDERFUL. I THINK IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE IF THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY COME PICK YOU UP.))
[OUT Q=come pick you up]
And for that Ruby believes this program will be a sweeping success. (SHOT OF RUBY SWEEPING)
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.))
If you like to sign up for Danville's special needs program
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you can call 799-6535 Monday through Friday from nine in the morning until four.
You are asked "NOT" to call 9-1-1 unless its an emergency.
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Still to come on the newscast, Leo will have an early look at our turkey day forecast,
also we'll tell you about a young wizard who is making box office records magically disappear.
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A boy wizard has put a spell on movie goers--
The film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" smashed U-S box office records over the weekend by taking in more than 93 MILLION dollars in just three days.
Now Britain's tourism industry is hoping to cash in on the magic.
Richard Roth reports.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Higgs/Gloucester Cathedral Administrator;]
[SUPER=01-David Swain/King's Cross Railroad Station;]
[OUT Q=Roth, CBS News, London.]
NAT SOT (trailer- nighttime waterside exterior scene): dear mr potter we
are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at hogwart's
school of witchcraft and wizardry...
NARR: IMAGINE IF HARRY POTTER'S IMAGINARY BOARDING SCHOOL WASN'T JUST
THE PRODUCT OF A WRITER'S, WELL, IMAGINATION.
NAT SOT: we're now in the cloisters of the christ church cathedral..
NARR: WELCOME TO WHAT THE BRITISH HOPE COULD BECOME THE HARRY POTTER
TOUR. IT'S NOT A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE MOVIE ....
NAT SOT: welcome to the great hall...
NARR: IT'S MORE A LOOK AT WHAT INSPIRED SOME MOVIE SCENES. LIKE THE
GREAT HALL AT HOGWART'S - UNCANNILY LIKE THE GREAT HALL AT OXFORD'S
CHRIST CHURCH COLLEGE.
SOT GIRL: this is perfect...really excited.
NARR: WITH BITS OF BRITAIN SPRINKLED THROUGH WHAT COULD BECOME THE MOVIE
INDUSTRY'S BIGGEST-EVER HIT, THE TOURIST INDUSTRY HERE IS DETERMINED NOT
TO MISS A MAGICAL 0PPORTUNITY.
NAT SOT TRAILER (maggie smith): ...pass through these doors...
ROTH ON CAMERA: call it harry potter and the hollywood spin-off: a plan
to make tie-ins like toys and tee-shirts and coffee mugs seem like very
small change. here, they're hoping the movie's magic will rub off on a
NARR: GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL GOT ON BOARD WHEN MOVIE-MAKERS ASKED TO USE
ITS 14TH CENTURY CLOISTERS AS A LOCATION FOR SOME HOGWART'S HALLWAYS.
SOT TONY HIGGS/ SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR/ GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL: we
recognized that the books were about a battle between good and evil and
that in fact, good wins out - it was not inappropriate.
NARR: NOT UNPROFITABLE, EITHER. THE CATHEDRAL EARNED SEVERAL THOUSAND
DOLLARS FOR ITS FILM ROLE. AND JUST AS WITH OTHER LOCATIONS ON A NEW MAP
OF BRITAIN - FROM THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY THAT APPEARS AS GRINGOTT'S
BANK, TO THE NORTHUMBERLAND CASTLE WHERE QUIDDITICH IS PLAYED - THOUGH
ONLY IN THE MOVIE - TOURIST OFFICIALS THINK THERE'S POTENTIAL FOR A
HUGE BOOST TO AN INDUSTRY THAT BADLY NEEDS IT.
SOT JEFF HAMBLIN/ CHIEF EXECUTIVE/BRITISH TOURIST AUTHORITY: we've tried
not to put a figure on it but we DO know that one in every five people
who come here cite having seen a movie of some sort as being a
contributory factor in their decision-making . so the expectation of
this is massive.
NARR: AFTER ALL, THERE REALLY ARE STILL STEAM LOCOMOTIVES IN BRITAIN,
ALMOST LIKE IN THE MOVIES.
NAT SOT TRAILER: harry: excuse me where's platform 9 >? man: being
funny, are ya?
(real train station, then movie scene where kid disappears into wall)
NARR: AND AT KING'S CROSS TRAIN STATION, WHICH DOES EXIST, THEY SAY
THEY'LL HELP YOUNGSTERS LOOKING FOR PLATFORM NINE AND THREE QUARTERS,
SOT DAVID SWAIN/ ???? / KING'S CROSS RR STATION: but if they still carry
on looking for it, which most young minds do, we produce the Platform 9
> sign (he does) and allow them to have their photograph taken outside
the station in front of the King's Cross board.
(kid with sign)
NARR: THEY MAY HAVE TO GET A FEW EXTRA SIGNS.
FOR THE EARLY SHOW, RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 52 points.
The Nasdaw has gained 17.
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In Sports, the Redskins get their first road win of the season...
And the Dazzle heated up the court AND the crowd last night at its first regular season home game....
All that and more coming up in sports.
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The Roanoke Dazzle opened its season with a victory.
The team seized a 73 to 65 win over the Mobile Revelers.
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More than 22-hundred fans showed up for the Dazzle's regular season opener.
Roanoke led by 10 at the half, but Mobile's Jamario Moon takes the alley oop pass for the slam, and 2 of his 18 points.
The lead was cut to 7.
But Roanoke's Skip Youngblood gets it inside for the jumper off the glass.
The Dazzle lead was 9.
Mobile would come right back, keeping it outside.
Rashad Phillips pulls up and hits the jumper.
But Roanoke's Artie Griffin would knock down this jumper from the corner for 2 of his 14 points.
The Dazzle wins it 73 to 65.
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[IN Q="You know...]
[SUPER=01-Artie Griffin/Scored 14 Points; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :10]
[OUT Q=.......an opportunity."]
The Dazzlel hosts Asheville tomorrow night.
Roanoke College beat out Wesley College 85 to 63, winning its own Salem Bank and Trust tournament.
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The Maroons would dominate the first half.
Jason Graffam gets the Maroons on the board when he spots up and hits the jumper for 2.
Then the Maroons' Kenny Harrell picks up the loose ball.
He takes it in for the score as the Maroons build up a big lead.
Roanoke's Josh Foster misses this jumper, but Heath Puckett is there for the tip in.
Roanoke goes on to win it 85 to 63.
Ferrum won the consolation game, beating York 62 to 54.
Bobby Labonte won the NAPA 500 - after Jerry Nadeau handed Bobby the opportunity AND the win by running out of gas just a half- lap short of taking the first place spot.
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Last week's winner Bill Elliott passes Dave Blaney to move into third place on the track early in the race.
Points leader Jeff Gordon would work his way to the front and earn the bonus points.
He needed to finish only 34-th to claim the points championship.
But Dale Earnhardt Jr., who started on the pole, would make his way back to the front.
He was the leader at the halfway mark.
Ricky Craven, who was chasing Little E for the lead in second place, had transmission problems.
He was forced to take his car to the garage area.
Jeff Gordon was running sixth when he crossed the line with just over 10 laps to go to capture his fourth Winston Cup points title.
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[IN Q="All the guys]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/2001 Winston Cup Points Champion; :]
[OUT Q=........known it today."]
Nadeau ran out of gas with a half a lap to go.
Bobby Labonte took the checkered flag winning the NAPA 500.
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[IN Q="His car...]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/NAPA 500 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=.....can get em."]
Sterling Marlin was second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jerry Nadeau and Ward Burton.
Things did not look good for the Washington Redskins last night when Tony Banks suffered a concussion in the first half.
But in the second half, Kent Graham came on and threw two touchdown passes to lead the Skins to the 17 to 10 win over Denver.
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The Broncos took the lead in the first quarter.
Brian Greise hooks up with Rod Smith on the 1 yard touchdown pass.
enver led 10 to nothing in the first quarter.
Banks went down in the second quarter when he was hit by Bronco defensive lineman Leon Lett and was thrown to the ground.
He suffered a concussion and was taken from the field on the cart.
The Broncos led 10 to 3 at the half.
Then in the fourth, Graham throws the bullet over the middle to Michael Westbrook from the 5.
The score was tied at 10 to 10.
Then later in the fourth, Graham puts it up again.
This time, he finds a wide open player in the back of the end zone, and the Skins win it 17 to 10.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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