Next on News 7 at Noon, prospects of Middle East peace dim as Israel attacks buildings near the headquarters of Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat. We'll have details in a live report.
Also U-S soldiers capture an American fighting on the side of the Taliban.
Temperatures will continue to climb well above normal for the next several days...as dry weather continues...I'll have your forecast...
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A cloud of smoke hangs over the Gaza Strip this afternoon... as Israeli helicopters fire missiles on Palestinians after a weekend of suicide bombings.
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Buildings near the headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are in flames, after an attack by Israeli helicopters.
It's a retaliation to a weekend of suicide bombings that killed 25 people and injured more than 200.
Under pressure from the U-S, Arafat has vowed to bring the terrorists to justice.
And in a departure from its usual policy, the White House is supporting Israel's right to retaliate.
Meanwhile, Israeli hard-liners are promising harsh action, including calling for the removal of Yasser Arafat.
President Bush criticized the Palestinian leader for having no control over his citizens.
Teri Okita has the latest now from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Meridor/Israeli Cabinet Minister]
[SUPER=01-Jibril Rajoub/Palestinian Official]
[SUPER=01-George Mitchell/Commission on Mideast Peace]
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TRACK: ISRAELI HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS STRUCK BACK TODAY AIMING AT
PALESTINIAN LEADER, YASSAR ARAFATS HEADQUARTERS IN GAZA CITY AND
HITTING A SECURITY INSTALLATION. THE MISSILE ATTACKS COME AFTER THE
ISLAMIC MILITANT GROUP, HAMAS, KILLED MORE THAN TWO DOZEN AND INJURED
HUNDREDS IN A SERIES OF SUICIDE BOMBINGS ACROSS ISRAEL.
(Super: Dan Meridor/Israeli Cabinet Minister)
It has been over a year now after Arafat has been offered the end of the
occupation, the Palestinian state, and unfortunately, even the share of
Jerusalem, and he said, "no". He wants to fight. He wants war. If thats
what he wants, thats what hes going to get.
TRACK: PALESTINIAN SECURITY FORCES HAVE ROUNDED UP MORE THAN 100
MILITANTS ACROSS THE WEST BANK AND GAZA, BUT THERES INCREASED PRESSURE
ON PALESTINIAN LEADER YASSAR ARAFAT TO PUT AN END TO THE FIGHTING.
(Super: Jibril Rajoub/Palestinian Official)
SOT: We will take all the necessary measures in order to put an end to
this cycle of violence, cycle of bloodshedding and killing.
TRACK: FOR MANY, THAT RHETORIC ISNT ENOUGH AS THEY BEGIN TO QUESTION
ARAFATS CONTROL AND LEADERSHIP OVER THE PALESTINIAN MOVEMENT.
Super: George Mitchell/Commission on Mideast Peace SOT: It may not be
within 100% of his control, but he must make a complete effort.
TRACK: FORMER SENATOR GEORGE MITCHELL HEADS A COMMISSION THAT CREATED A
MID-EAST PEACE PLAN AND SAYS THIS LATEST VIOLENCE COULD ACTUALLY TRIGGER
SERIOUS STEPS TOWARDS PEACE.
SOT: Mitchell: I believe they will turn a corner because things are so
bad, and they cant continue with this conflict. Peace is the only
The noose is tightening on the last Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
Anti-Taliban forces are said to be within miles of the city.
Gretchen Carlson has the details.
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The bombing is intensifying near the city of Kandahar as anti-taliban
forces backed by American ground troops come closer to finally taking
the last Taliban stronghold. The air strikes are also near the mountain
cave where military personnel believe Osama bin Laden may be hiding.
(SOT - ) James Bier. US Marine
Im sure the feeling will be good if we know we did something at the
end. We have to shoot them, thats what were here to do.
As the air campaign continues, U-S marines continue to practice their
maneuvers on the ground. U-S officials say with forces approaching the
city from at least 3 different directions - they could be called into
But the biggest surprise is the confirmation that one of the 80 Taliban
fighters captured last week in the bloody prison riot is an American.
20-year-old John Phillip Walker says he joined up with the Taliban after
becoming a student of Islam in Pakistan. The Pentagon says he is a
member of Al-Queda and the military is now holding him in custody.
(SOT - ) Kenton Keith - Coalition Spokesperson
He is representing himself as an American citizen (cut) I have no reason
to think that he isnt at this stage. Its a bit early, I think to
figure out what to do with him.
Meantime, peace talks are moving forward in Bonn, Germany where there is
now a draft agreement. The deal would set up a multi-ethnic interim
government in the capital city of Kabul ... giving half of the seats on
the council to the United Front.
(SOT - ) Abdullah Abdullah - United Front Foreign Minister
Our intention in entering Kabul would not be to prolong out tenure or to
The deal would also include elections in 2 years and provisions for
international peacekeepers even though right now peace in Afghanistan
still seems so far away. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))
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Meanwhile, on the C-B-S Early Show this morning, the Afghan parents of a U-S Marine said they were proud to have their son fighting the Taliban.
On Thursday, Ajmal Achekzai raised the American flag over a captured airstrip in his native country.
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no he do his duty. he's doing his duty, i'm proud of him.
when you heard he raised a flag over a marine camp in your native
homeland, how did you feel?
i was start crying b/c i was worried about him. i don't want the evil
hurt him over there in afghanistan like bin laden and taliban. ))
[SUPER=01-Gulalia Achekzai/Mother of Afghan Marine;]
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The family fled Kabul when the Soviets invaded in 1980.
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Bedford's National D-Day Memorial is trying to raise some quick money to pay off a five million dollar debt.
The foundation's president has mailed twenty-thousand letters, explaining the situation, and asking for donations of 250 dollars.
The letter states that the foundation incurred the debt as it rushed to finish the memorial's construction.
Because of the shortfall, the foundation is currently under investigation by local, state, and federal authorities.
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A local Christian group for teens wants to keep a neighboring restaurant from getting too spirited. We'll have the details after a quick break,
Also doctors in Australia perform an unusual transplant operation to give a man a more normal use of his hand.
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A Christian youth center in downtown Roanoke wants to make sure a neighboring restaurant does not serve alcohol.
As Justin McLeod tells us the issue is now heading to city council.
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A local youth organization called Straight Street is on a collison course with its new neighbor.
Whether a restaurant or bar can serve alcohol right next door to a youth center.
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((ROBBIE BOOKER: I DON'T THINK ITS GOOD IDEA FOR A BAR TO OPEN UP RIGHT BESIDE A YOUTH CENTER WHERE KIDS COME TO JUST CHILL AND HANGOUT WITHOUT GETTING INTO TROUBLE.))
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Straight Street is a christian hangout for at risk teens in Roanoke.
Its new neighbor is the First and Luck Restaurant on Luck Avenue.
The owner planned to serve alcohol.
That's until Straight Street and area churches took their concerns to the ABC board.
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((HENRY JACKSON/RESTAURANT OWNER: I DIDN'T WANT TO BRING UP A LOT OF CONTROVERSY AND ISSUES AND LIKE I SAID IT WASN'T THAT IMPORTANT SO I JUST WENT AHEAD, THE BEST THING TO DO AT THIS POINT IS TO PULL THE APPLICATION RIGHT NOW.))
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With that, the controversy appeared to be over.
But now, Straight Street plans to continue the fight.
They're going in front of Roanoke's city council on Monday.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VIRGINIA LAW PREVENTS A CITY FROM ADOPTING AN ORDINANCE THAT PROHIBITS THE SALE OF ALCOHOL.
BUT THE CODE DOES ALLOW LOCALITIES TO ADOPT REASONABLE ZONING REGULATIONS WHICH MAY CONTROL THE LOCATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS SELLING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES))
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So the group is asking city council to change the city's zoning regulations.
They specifically want to prevent nearby restaurants and bars from serving alcohol while organizations like Straight Street are operating.
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((KEITH FARMER/STRAIGHT STREET DIRECTOR: BUT, ITS JUST NOT FOR STRAIGHT STREET ITS FOR ANY PROGRAM WITHIN THE CITY OF ROANOKE. THIS WILL BE A WAY TO LOOK AFTER THEM AND PROTECT THEIR TEENS AND CHILDREN.))
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Protecting children or the rights of area businesses, its an debate city council will have to decide.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Doctors in Australia have successfully transplanted the fingers of a man's left hand to his severed right one.
Jonathon Paton was nearly killed in a train accident nearly two months ago.
His left arm had been severed and his right one crushed.
In a 15-hour surgery Sunday, doctors replaced the fingers on his RIGHT hand, using those saved from his severed left arm.
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((HE DOES, IN FACT HAVE REVERSE FINGERS....SIT IN THE RIGHT ARRANGEMENT.))
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Paton will undergo 12-weeks of therapy and is expected to have normal use of his hand within nine months.
Democrats have selected the man who will succeed Dick Cranwell as the leader of the party in the House of Delegates.
Yesterday the Democrats picked 69th district delegate Frank Hall.
Hall is a banker who has represented South Richmond for 25 years.
Cranwell retired rather than seeking re-election in a redrawn district.
The House will have 34 Democrats, 64 Republicans and two independents when the Assembly convenes on January Ninth.
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Up next on the newscast,
a new report has more proof that Americans cannot pass up a good deal.
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New government figures show that consumers went on a buying spree in October.
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The Commerce Department says consumer spending soared two-point-nine percent, as zero-percent financing deals brought buyers to U-S auto dealerships.
The increase is the largest since the government began tracking these figures in 1959.
At the same time, personal incomes were unchanged in October for the second straight month.
Today's report shows that spending on durable goods -- or items meant to last three or more years -- soared by a record 13-point-eight percent during the month.
The smiles weren't the only thing shining yesterday at Roanoke's Ronald McDonald house.
More than fifty people turned out for the charity's annual Christmas tree lightning ceremony.
A donation of five dollars allows someone to honor a loved one with a light on the tree.
They hoped to raise fifteen thousand dollars this year through the Lights of Love Program.
The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of sick children.
A major development in the Optical Cable story at this hour.
The company's president and chief executive officer, Bob Kopstein, has been fired.
A news release issued moments ago says the board of directors ousted the company's founder, acting on a recommendation by a special committee.
Kopstein will continue as a consultant to the company.
Trading in Optical Cable stock was halted this morning.
Kopstein has been mired in legal problems arising from his margin trading, using his holdings in company stock.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN more than 108 points.
The Nasdaq has lost 22 points.
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There's more News 7 to come. After the break, the Washington Redskins winning streak is corralled by the Cowboys,
and we will tell you what the Pittsburgh Steelers have accomplished for the first time in 18 years.
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Quincy Carter threw the first touchdown pass of his career as Dallas gained its second win of the season, beating Washington 20 to 14.
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Dave Campo and the Cowboys end Washington's 5 game win streak.
In the first quarter, Emitt Smith takes the handoff and takes it outside for the 5 yard T-D run ... his first of the season. The Cowboys led 7 to nothing.
But the Redskins came back to tie the game at 7 to 7 when Tony Banks drops back to pass ... butdecides to rrun it in from the one in the third quarter.
Then in the fourth, Carter goes to the air and hits Rocket (Ish-mail) Ismail on the run. The 64 yard T-D pass made it 17 to 7 Dallas.
The Redskins cut it to six when Banks hooks up with Rod Gardner on the 15 yard T-D pass ... but the Cowboys win it 20 to 14.
Pittsburgh is 9 and 2 for the first time since 1983 after a 21 to 16 win over Minnesota.
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The Viking's offensive weapons taking a set on the bench.
Pittsburgh led 7 to 3 at the half ... then in the third Troy Edwards takes the handoff on the end, around and .. scores the touchdown and the Steelers led 14 to 3.
The Vikings turned it over on the kickoff and the Steelers scored again.
Minnesota mounted a comeback in the fourth.
Todd Bourman replaced Daunte Culpepper and tossed a 12 yard T-D to Randy Moss... but his attempt at the game winner to Moss was incomplete... and the Steelers hold on to the 21 to 16 victory.
Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White said it's no secret that high expectations come with the job of head football coach at Notre Dame.
So few people were surprised when Bob Davie and his coaching staff were fired yesterday.
The firing comes a year after Davie signed a new 5 year contract and the Irish went 9 and 2 in the regular season.
Notre dame started this season 0 and 3 for the first time in school history and finished 5 and 6 ... their second losing season in three years.
Davie's posted a record of 35 and 25 for a point 583 winning percentage -- the third worst in school history.
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White said a search for a successor will begin immediately. One of the names being mentioned is current Oakland Raiders head coach John Gruden.
After a two point setback to Miami on Saturday, the Hokies DID NOT drop too many spots in the newest college football polls.
Mike Stevens has more on how Hokies handled the loss on The Day After.
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(( When you get virtually nothing out of your starting quarterback yet still come within a whisker of beating the nation's number one ranked team you would expect some serious finger pointing.
But don't look for the Tech players to do anything to their starting quarterback except build him back up.
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Beasley and his 21 fellow seniors played their final game at home with nothing short of raw emotion. In fact, Beasley was in tears by the time he met his parents at midfield.))
The Hokies are ranked 16-th in the coaches poll and 15-th in the A-P.
Atlanta Pitcher John Smoltz has signed a new three year contract with the Braves.
The free agent pitcher was courted by several teams to resume his former role as a starter.
Smoltz decided to stay with the Braves, who wanted him to remain a closer after he saved 10 games in 11 chances this past season.
Smoltz, who won the Cy Young Award in 1996, has spent his entire 14 year career with the Braves.
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