The Pentagon says "friendly fire" injures five U-S military men--
But the Marines make significant progress by taking over an airfield near the last Taliban stronghold city of Kandahar.
And Governor-Elect Mark Warner's in Henry County, meeting with local leaders about the area's economic woes.
We'll have a live report.
After some much needed rain this weekend....now we get to feel some near record warmth...I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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Governor-Elect Mark Warner is seeing first- hand what job losses and falling tax revenue are doing to the Southside area of Virginia.
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Governor Elect Mark Warner turned his attention to Martinsville and Henry County this morning...more specifically, the area's economic crisis since news came that two thousand workers for V-F Imagewear will lose their jobs by next summer.
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News 7 Business reporter Jennifer Miele is at the Henry County Administration Building, where Warner and local leaders are discussing the region's future.
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The nation as a whole is OFFICIALLY in a recession.
A panel that's considered the final word on the subject says the recession actually began in March-- a full six months before the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The National Bureau of Economic Research says the economic expansion lasted for a decade, making it the longest on record.
As Marines land in Afghanistan, the Taliban vows to fight U-S forces to the death.
And it's a Presidential welcome for the two American aid workers recently freed from an Afghan prison.
Aleen Sirgany has an update from Washington.
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Narr: TAKEN BY HELICOPTERS... THE FIRST WAVE OF MARINES, ABOUT
5-HUNDRED, HAVE HIT THE GROUND NEAR KANDAHAR,THE LAST MAJOR TALIBAN
(SOT)JEFF CONNELLY/MARINE SERGEANT
"The excitement is pretty cool but a lot of nervousness, you know, fear
of the unknown."
IN THE FIRST MAJOR SEIZURE OF AFGHAN TERRITORY BY GROUND TROOPS, THE
PENTAGON CONFIRMS MARINES HAVE TAKEN OVER AN AIRFIELD NEAR KANDAHAR AND
SET UP BASE. 5-HUNDRED ADDITIONAL TROOPS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW WITHIN
A DAY OR TWO, HOPING TO SHUT OUT THE TALIBAN THERE ALL TOGETHER.
(SOT)COL. PETER MILLER/CHIEF OF STAFF TASK FORCE
"It is going to be a pretty formidable force right here in their
backyard. So if anything will destabilize them and completely unhinge
them, well just about close the back door."
TRYING TO CLOSE THE DOOR TO TALIBAN TERRITORY TO THE NORTH, SOMETHING
WENT TERRIBLY WRONG FOR ANTI-TALIBAN FORCES NEAR MAZAR-E-SHARIF.
SOMEHOW TALIBAN PRISONERS, HELD BY THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE, OVERTOOK THEIR
CAPTORS AND OPENED FIRE. THE PENTAGON SAYS FIVE U.S SOLDIERS WERE
INJURED WHEN AN ERRANT U.S BOMB DROPPED NEAR THE PRISON.
AFTER BEING HELD IN AN AFGHAN PRISON FOR NEARLY FOUR MONTHS ON CHARGES
OF SPREADING CHRISTIANITY, TWO AMERICAN AID WORKERS ARE FINALLY HOME.
HEATHER MERCER AND DAYNA CURRY, WHO WERE RESCUED NOVEMBER 15, MET WITH
PRESIDENT BUSH AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY.
SOT: PRESIDENT BUSH:
(STANDUP...Talks start tomorrow...Bonn)
Deputies with the Halifax County Sheriff's department have arrested three men in connection with a Thanksgiving day murder.
Authorites arrested 23 year old Allen Fallen, 29 year old Eric Shawn Edmonds, and 20 year old Wendell Williams.
The three men are all from South Boston.
They are accused of killing Thomas Jackson Thursday, at an American Legion Post.
Deputies are still looking for another suspect, Quindell Williams.
A Massachusetts company's claim that it's cloned a human embryo is drawing fire from opponents-- especially from anti- abortion groups.
Meanwhile, the White House is making it clear that President Bush is still against human cloning.
And Congress is considering a ban.
Gretchen Carlson reports.
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After successfully cloning the first human embryo, Dr. Michael West
says his lab, Advanced Cell Technology, has no interest in cloning human
beings. Instead, he says they want to clone human embryos ONLY to find
cures for diseases like Parkinsons and Diabetes.
(SOT - ) Dr. Michael West - Advanced Cell Technology President
People who are sick come first, people dont have time. And we need to
aggressively move forward on the medical side of it, be aggressively
transparent, publish our results.
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Dr. West says the cloned embryos are key because they could lead to
embryonic stem cells cells that have the potential to grow into any
type of cell in the body. Those cells would be completely compatible
with an adult donor ruling out any possibility of rejection a
problem common to all transplants.
(STAND-UP BRIDGE) Gretchen Carlson Reporting
But getting the ok to continue this kind of theraputic cloning wont
be easy. The House has already voted to outlaw any kind of cloning
even for medical research and the Senate plans to take up the measure
early next year.
(SOT - ) Dr. Arthur Kaplan - Bioethics Expert
When you have this first human embryo out there, up go the antennae and
people are starting to say well were just marching down the road then
to making human clones and many people find that ethically wrong.
But Dr. West says his team decided to move forward and publish their
findings because they believe millions of lives are at stake.
(SOT - ) Dr. Michael West - Advanced Cell Technology
In a knee jerk reaction to say this is a brave new world of cloning
would be a tragic mistake we need to carefully debate this issue.
Its a debate that will be a controversial one in the next few months.
SOT: PRESIDENT BUSH.
President Bush is already responding to the news -- calling on Congress
to ban all human cloning. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.
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Still to come on the newscast, rail commuters along the east coast are delayed after a train derailment. We'll have details.
Also, Teri Okita tells us why thousands of orphans are living in extreme poverty in the slums of Nairobi.
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It's not the way thousands of Amtrak passengers planned to end their Thanksgiving weekend--
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Passengers from Boston to Washington faced long delays yesterday after a freight train derailed near New York City.
The train hit a pole connected to Amtrak's electrical system.
Five cars derailed, affecting a 19- mile stretch of track.
Delays between Boston and New York were a minimum of two hours last night.
Washington commuters faced delays averaging about a half- hour.
The country of Kenya is in the midst of a rampant AIDS epidemic.
More than two hundred thousand Kenyans are expected to die next year from the disease.
But they are not the ONLY casualties.
Many thousands of their orphaned children are left behind.
Teri Okita has more from Nairobi.
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((ALEX NGATIAH'S PARENTS DIED OF AIDS WHEN HE WAS ONLY THREE. FOR
THE LAST NINE YEARS, HE HAS LIVED ON-AND-OFF WITH HIS AUNT IN THE SLUMS.
(Super: Alex Ngatiah/AIDS Orphan)
SOT: Other times, I go to the streets when my auntie beats me or treats
me bad. (:08)
TRACK: ALEX'S STORY COULD BE TOLD THOUSANDS OF TIMES OVER IN THESE
NAIROBI SLUMS ... POVERTY SO VAST, THERE'S NO RUNNING WATER. NO
ELECTRICITY. SEWAGE LINES THE STREETS, AND DRUGS AND DISEASES ... LIKE
AIDS ... RUN RAMPANT. CHILDREN ARE OFTEN ABUSED AND NEGLECTED.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Many orphans find shelter wherever they can ... in conditions
that couldn't be worse. And the problem isn't getting any better. The
Kenyan government estimates that, in a few years, there will be more
than one-and-a-half million orphans under the age of 15. (:13)
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TRACK: IN THESE SLUMS, "ALL" SIDES ARE THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS, AND
THE ONLY WAY FOR ORPHANS TO FEED THEIR HUNGER IS TO HEAD TO SCHOOL ...
"IF" THERE'S FOOD. 75-PERCENT OF THE CHILDREN HERE HAVE PARENTS WHO'VE
DIED OF AIDS AND MANY ARE H-I-V POSITIVE THEMSELVES.
(Super: Caroline Omondi/Social Worker)
SOT: You'll get most of them taking care of their parents before they
die, but they wouldn't know their parents are infected with the HIV
TRACK: MOST DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW DEADLY THE DISEASE IS OR HOW IT'S
CONTRACTED. SO TO COMBAT THE FURTHER SPREAD OF AIDS, THE SCHOOL TEACHES
THE KIDS ... SOMETIMES, AS YOUNG AS AGE SIX ... ABOUT THE DANGERS.
14-YEAR-OLD LOIS ... WHO'S SICK HERSELF ... REMEMBERS THE PARENTS SHE
LOST TO AIDS.
(Super: Lois Auma/AIDS Orphan)
SOT: When they were alive, we were living happy. (BUTT TO) We were
getting food, clothes, and other things.
TRACK: SINCE THEN, LOIS HAS BEEN SEPARATED FROM HER SIBLINGS AND GETS
TREATMENT. SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE A NURSE SOMEDAY ... AND ALEX WANTS TO BE
A PILOT. BUT IN A COUNTRY WHERE 52-PERCENT OF THE POPULATION LIVES IN
POVERTY AND 600-PEOPLE DIE "EACH DAY" OF AIDS, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
MEANS SIMPLY HANGING ON UNTIL TOMORROW. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, ))
Researchers in Kenya are working diligently on a vaccine to prevent AIDS. They have made some progress thanks to help from an unexpected group of people. We will have that story on Health Check, today on News 7 at 5.
A Christmas tradition for many people will end this year.
Thousands of people who travel to a Montgomery County tree farm to pick and cut their own Christmas tree will have to find someplace new next season.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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It's a familiar sound every Christmas here at Larsen's tree farm in Riner.
But soon the chainsaw's will become silent.
The farm is closing for good.
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((ROCKY WEST: I ALMOST CRIED AND MY HUSBAND SAID NO CRYING, SO I'M TRYING NOT TO.))
((JAY WEST: I'D LIKE FOR HIM TO HAVE IT A FEW YEARS OPEN TO COME GET A TREE, BUT OTHER THAN THAT, THIS IS WHAT HE WANTED.))
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He, is owner Bill Larsen.
For more than twenty five years, he opened his tree farm to the public.
But last year would be his last, he died in February of cancer.
[IN Q=The main thing]
((RICKY BAILEY/BILL'S FRIEND: THE MAIN THING HE LOVED THE CUSTOMERS. HE LOVED THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND HAVING ALL THE PEOPLE HERE. THAT'S WHY HE WANTED TO PEOPLE TO HAVE ONE LAST CHANCE TO COME BACK.))
[OUT Q=to come back]
And so they will.
The tree farm will be open every weekend until December 23rd.
[IN Q=This maybe the last year]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS MAYBE THE LAST YEAR YOU CAN COME AND CUT YOUR OWN TREE HERE AT LARSEN'S TREE FARM BUT THIS PLACE WILL ACTUALLY BE AROUND FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO COME. THAT'S BECAUSE BEFORE HE DIED, BILL LARSEN MADE HIS WISHES VERY CLEAR, HE WANTED THIS PLACE TO BE COME A NATURE PRESERVE.))
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((NAT SOUND OF GEESE))
All 57 acres will become just that within the next ten years.
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((DALE HEMBERGER: THE IDEA THAT IT WILL BECOME A NATURAL FOREST IS REALLY NEAT AND WHAT YOU WOULD REALLY WANT I THINK.))
[OUT Q=want I think]
But many admit they'll miss a tradition that for some goes back several years.
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((MARY HEMBERGER: ITS AS CLOSEST TO A NATURAL SETTING TO CUTTING A TREE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET IN A URBAN ENVIRONMENT.))
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Its an environment everyone will miss but one that will be here for many years to come.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Montgomery County.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
the stars celebrate the holidays a little early as Hollywood throws its annual Christmas parade.
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Thanksgiving is over, now the pageantry of the Christmas season begins--
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As you would expect, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade included plenty of celebrities, along with the traditional marching bands and floats.
Peter Fonda was the Grand Marshall of the 70th annual event that filled the streets along Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards.
Also on hand were actress Melissa Gilbert, Mickey Mouse, Frosty the Snowman, Tommy Chong and many others.
But TOP billing went to the big man in the red suit... Santa Claus himself.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 44 points.
Nasdaq has GAINED Nine.
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Coming up next on the newscast, it was a big day in the N-F-L for a couple of former Wahoos,
and it takes ten weeks, but the Washington Redskins are finally even- steven.
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The Washington Redskins have five notches on their belt after winning their fifth game in a row yesterday, 13 to 3.
They defeated the N-F-C East leader Philadelphia, and are now within one game of the Eagles in the East.
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Skins running back Stephen Davis suffered back spasms in the first quarter, but returned to the game.
His replacement at running back, Ki Jana Carter looks to be stopped in the back field.
But he takes it 5 yards for the score, and the Skins took a 7 to nothing lead.
Washington led 10 to nothing at the half.
Then in the third, Eagles kicker David Akers booted the 49 yard field goal, and the Eagles cut the lead to 7.
The Redskins controlled the fourth quarter and Brett Conway's 32 yard field goal late in the quarter gave Washington the 13 to 3 win.
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The Redskins are the first team in history to win 5 straight games after losing their FIRST five.
Tiki Barber rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown, but the Oakland Raiders still gained the win over the Giants, 28 to 10.
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The Giants' offense getting its plays together.
But Oakland got a quick jump.
Rich Gannon throws the screen to Charlie Garner.
He takes it 21 yards for the score, 14 to 3 Raiders.
Still in the second quarter, Gannon goes over the middle and hits Tim Brown in the end zone for the score, and a 21 to 3 lead.
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Tiki would score the Giants' only touchdown on this 12 yard run in the third.
But the Raiders win it 28 to 10.
The 5 and 6 Giants have lost 5 of their last seven.
Another former U-V-A Cavalier had a big day in a losing effort.
Aaron Brooks threw for 307 yards and led the Saints in rushing with 65 yards
But he also had two interceptions, as New Orleans lost to the New England Patriots 34-to-17.
The Atlanta Falcon defense stood their ground against the Panthers, and held on to win 10 -to -7 over Carolina.
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Wesley Walls leads the team onto the field.
In the second quarter, the Panthers have a 4-th and goal, but running back Richard Huntley is stuffed by the Falcons' Keith Brooking.
Atlanta comes back on offense.
Bob Christian goes out on the sweep untouched for a 4 yard T-D run, and the Falcons lead 10 to nothing.
Panther quarterback Chris Weinke drops back to pass, and runs it in from 12 yards out.
But the Panthers trailed 10 to 7.
With time running out and the Panthers facing a 4-th and one, Weinke's sneak attempt is stuffed.
The Falcons hold on for the 10 to 7 win.
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