Coming up next on the newscast,
Roanoke Police are trying to figure out why a woman drove the wrong way on Route 581 for nearly a mile before she struck a family's car head-on.
And... anti-Taliban forces are closing in on the cave complex where bin Laden and his followers are believed to be hiding. We'll have a live report.[WX-Head]
The warm weather's gone for now as some much needed rain moves in....I'll have your cold forecast....[Noon-open]
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Soldiers are on the prowl for bin Laden and his followers.
As U-S Marines and opposition troops close in on caves and Tora Bora, they admit they can't be certain bin Laden is there.
Intense fighting continues today in a mountainous region of Afghanistan where the U-S believes Osama bin Laden may be hiding.
Anti-Taliban forces say they've seized a key ridge near a cave complex in Tora Bora.
U-S jets joined in the battle, pounding the mountains with rockets and searching from the air.
More than one-thousand Arabs -- including bin Laden himself -- are said to be hiding in the caves and tunnels built 20 years ago to fight the Soviets.
But the Pentagon admits that the U-S is uncertain of his whereabouts ... and that it's possible bin Laden already could have left the country.
Meanwhile, President Bush is deciding whether to release a videotape that allegedly implicates Osama bin Laden in the September 11th attacks.
Teri Okita has the latest now from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Graham/(D) Florida;]
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ANTI-TALIBAN TROOPS CLAIM TO HAVE SEIZED A STRATEGIC AREA NEAR
TORA BORA WHILE U-S AIRSTRIKES CONTINUE TO POUND THE VALLEYS SURROUNDING
THE RUGGED, MOUNTAIN HIDE-OUT. AL-QAEDA FIGHTERS HOLED UP IN ITS NETWORK
OF CAVES AND TUNNELS ARE RETURNING FIRE WITH HEAVY MACHINE GUNS AND
MORTARS. MANY BELIEVE OSAMA BIN LADEN IS HIDING IN THESE MOUNTAINS, BUT
THERE ARE ALSO REPORTS HE MAY BE EVEN FURTHER IN-LAND IN CENTRAL
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TRACK: IN KABUL, HEAVILY-ARMED MARINES MOVED INTO AN OLD U-S EMBASSY
ABANDONED FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. THE MARINES SET UP SNIPER POSITIONS ON
THE ROOF AND LOADED UP ON SUPPLIES, INCLUDING AMMUNITION AND WATER.
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THERE ARE STILL REMINDERS FROM A MOB OF TALIBAN SUPPORTERS WHO ATTACKED
THE BUILDING TWO MONTHS AGO.
TRACK: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS STILL DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO
RELEASE AN AMATEUR VIDEO OF BIN LADEN SAYING HE WAS "PLEASED" THAT THE
WORLD TRADE CENTER COLLAPSED. SOME SAY MAKING IT PUBLIC WONT MAKE A
DIFFERENCE OTHERS BELIEVE IT WOULD WIN OVER MUSLIM SKEPTICS WHO DOUBT
BIN LADENS INVOLVEMENT.
(Super: Sen. Bob Graham/(D- Florida)
SOT: I believe adults have world see this tape.
TRACK: C-I-A OFFICER MIKE SPANN KILLED DURING A TALIBAN PRISON UPRISING
ON NOVEMBER 25TH IS BURIED WITH HONORS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
TODAY. THE CLANDESTINE AGENCY WILL ALLOW ITS OTHER UNDERCOVER AGENTS TO
ATTEND IF THEY CHOOSE TO.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)))
The leader of a group of anti- war protesters in Lynchburg has been found guilty of violating the city's protest ordinance.
Jack Payden- Travers was cited November 9th for a demonstration the Lynchburg Peace Education Center held in front of Monument Terrace.
City law requires any group of more than five people to get a permit before gathering in public.. it's a law that's caught the attention of the A-C-L-U.
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((DAVID BAUGH/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE WAY THEY LYNCHBURG CITY ORDINANCE IS WRITTEN ANY TIME FIVE PEOPLE AGREE TO MEET IN TH ESTREET TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING, IF THEY PRE-PLAN IT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PERMIT. AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IN A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WITH FREE SPEECH YOU HAVE TO GET A PERMIT TO MEET TO HAVE A CONVERSATION.))
((JACK PAYDEN-TRAVES/LYNCHBURG PEACE EDUCATION CENTER: I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE ONLY DISRUPTION AND IMPEDIMENT TO PUBLIC ACCESS AND TRAFFIC THAT DAY WAS WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED WITH FIVE PATROL CARS AND NUMEROUS POLICEMEN.))
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[SUPER=01-Jack Payden-Travers/L'burg Peace Education Center; :17]
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Payden-Travers was fined 50 dollars for the violation.
His lawyer says they'll challenge the constitutionality of the statute.
An Israeli air strike on a suspected Palestinian militant today in the West Bank left two children dead.
Two Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car as it was driving in the Palestinian town of Hebron.
A Palestinian doctor says a toddler and 13-year-old boy were killed.
The toddler was riding in the car with his father -- an activist of the Islamic Jihad group who was injured.
The 13-year-old was in a taxi behind the car.
Israel has used targeted rocket attacks on cars before ... Israeli officials describe them as self-defense against terrorism.
Firefighters say an electrical short sparked a house fire in Northwest Roanoke last night.
It started in an upstairs bedroom of a house in the 1700 block of Centre Avenue just before 11.
An elderly woman who lived there was brought out safely.
The fire had spread down the stairs before it was put out.
Firefighters estimated damage to the home at 18-thousand dollars.
Police say they don't know why a woman drove the wrong way on Route 220 for nearly a mile before she collided head-on with a family last night.
It happened after seven.
Police say 60-year-old Carol McKenna got into the northbound lanes of 220 .. heading south .. at Orange Avenue.
She struck a northbound car with two adults and two children inside near Elm Avenue.
39-year-old Anthony Early, his wife, Yvonne, and their two children, ages 7 and 10, were taken to the hospital.
None of the injuries was life-threatening.
Police say they expect to charge McKenna later today.
A long running missing persons case may be solved.
Blacksburg Police say human remains found in Montgomery County may be that of a Virginia Tech student reported missing over 20-years ago.
Jan Beecher (SHECK-lee) Schoechle was last seen on January First 19-79.
Last week...a hunter came across bones and part of a skull near Meadowbrook Drive.
Authorities say a laminated Virginia Tech I-D and clothing are leading them to believe it's (SHECK-lee)Schoechle.
Officials say the medical examiner is still determining a positive identification.
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Three Pennsylvania teenagers were killed when they were struck by a train. We'll have the details next,
and if one politician has his way you'll never be able to use the phrase "a penny for your thoughts" again.
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Three teenagers are dead after being struck by an Amtrak train near Philadelphia yesterday.
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The train's engineer saw them on the tracks, but couldn't stop in time.
Police say the Acela Express train, headed from Boston to Washington, D.C., was going 100 miles an hour when it rounded a bend and struck the teens.
Two others escaped injury.
Police say the victims had their backs to the train and may not have even heard it.
The teens were trespassing in an industrial area.
Amtrak says its engineers need at least a mile to stop a fast-moving train.
Two women are suing the University of Michigan.
They say they were discriminated against when they were denied admission because the school wanted to admit minority students with lesser qualifications.
As Cynthia Bowers tells us, the case could change the face of affirmative action across the country.
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(At the federal courthouse in Cincinnati this week, a scene reminiscent
of the civil rights movement, as hundreds of students marched in support
of affirmative action in college admissions.
(Sot CG :2-line�Agnes Aleobua �Univ. of Michigan Student)
We are demanding that education be opened up to everyone.
Inside, in a case some call 'the Alamo' of affirmative action, the
University of Michigan will defend racial preferences in its admissions
(Sot CG :2-line�Liz Barry�University of Michigan
We care about integration for education's sake, because we know when we
bring students together on our campus we get a dynamic educational
But some say in order to achieve that diversity, Michigan discriminates.
Two women, one who applied to law school the other to the undergrad
program, sued the university saying they were turned away in favor of
less qualified minority students.
(CG :2-line�Barbara Grutter �Anti-Affirmative Action Plaintiff)
I am not willing to accept that i'm discriminated against to enhance
someone's educational experience nor do i accept that a bunch of
bureaucrats have the authority to deny my rights.
At issue are the procedures Michigan uses to rank the applications they
get. (graphic) For example, for undergraduates, 150 points guarantees a
spot. While a high school student with straight A's gets 80 points, a
perfect SAT score is worth only 12. But some students get 20 points just
because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds. Which means, according to
the plaintiffs, white students are starting with a big handicap.
(Sot CG :2-line�Jennifer Gratz �Anti-Affirmative Action Plaintiff)
if you're treating people differently based on the color of your skin,
if your giving preference to one person based on the color of your skin,
(StandUp) CG :2-line�Cynthia Bowers�CBS News
In 1978, the Supreme Court found admissions quotas unconstitutional, but
did rule universities can take race 'into account.' Since then lower
court rulings in affirmative action cases have varied widely. Even in
this case, trial judges ruled differently on each woman's complaint.
That ambiguity makes both sides think this case is a likely contender
for High Court review.
(Sot/Liz Barry University of Michigan) These policies are very important
for higher education in America - there's a lot at stake here 05
Including the face of affirmative action and the face of student bodies
around the country for years to come. Cynthia Bowers, CBS News
Astronauts on the Shuttle Endeavor are gearing up for a four-hour spacewalk today.
They'll install protective insulation blankets around the motor assemblies that help the space station track the sun.
It's the 31st spacewalk devoted to the space station's maintenence.
The two astronauts will ride the shuttle's 50-foot long robotic arm to a point nearly five stories above the Endeavor's cargo bay.
So far, 23 Americans, one Canadian and four Russians have logged 186 hours of spacewalk time at the space station.
If you are like most people in America, you probably have at least one jar full of pennies in your house.
Now one politician wants to do away with the coin, but some are questioning his motives. Eric Engberg has more.
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((The Lincoln penny.the coin that supposedly falls from heaven and covers
the price of your thoughts could be headed for oblivion.
Arizona Congressman James Kolbe.is out to kill the penny as part of a
grand design to "modernize" the currency.
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"PENNIES JUST DON'T HAVE A REAL VALUE. THE PROOF IS THE FACT THAT
PEOPLE THROW THEM INTO JARS."
Kolbe is Godfather of the new gold dollar, which he pushed through
Congress several years ago. One of the reasons he wants the penny
killed is that making them prevents the mint from making more dollars.
"IF THEY COULD BE PRODUCING THE DOLLAR, WHICH COSTS 12 CENTS TO PRODUCE
AND IS WORTH 100 CENTS, ONE DOLLAR, THERE'S A HIGH PROFIT MARGIN IN
Even though Kolbe just introduced his kill-the-penny bill, a gargantuan
political struggle is already in progress. The anti-penny forces
include many of the same groups that wanted the dollar coin.
Vending machine and mass transit companies like the coin dollar because
it goes through machines more readily than paper bills.
And the penny is made mostly from zinc.whereas the dollar is made from
copper a fact that defenders of the penny have noted with sarcasm for
(SOT/MARK WELLER, AMERICANS FOR COMMON CENTS)
"WE THINK HIS REAL EFFORT IS TO PROP UP THIS FAILED DOLLAR COIN.
ARIZONA IS THE LEADING COPPER PRODUCING STATE IN THE COUNTRY. THE NEW
DOLLAR COIN IS MADE OF 80 PER CENT COPPER."
Weller's save-the-penny effort is supported by the zinc industry and
many charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, which count on
This penny debate is going to be a prelude to the next big currency
shoot-out. Kolbe is convinced that the reason the dollar coins aren't
moving as well as they should is that the dollar bill is still around.
And, if he can muster support in Congress some day, he will try to kill
the paper dollar too.
Eric Engberg, CBS News, Washington.))
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Still to come on the newscast, we will sort out the Bowl Championship picture,
but first we will see some young people who are using a toy competition as a building block to a future career.
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Hundreds of children gathered at Virginia Tech yesterday.
They were using one of the simplest toys out there to make some complicated robots.
Jennifer Miele has more on the Lego League Competition.
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[SUPER=01-Tommy Flaherty Sr./Lego League Coach;:38]
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Their mission... to simulate a rescue operation in Antarctica with a robot built entirely out of Legos.
That's the assignment from the First Lego League of Virginia... 60 teams, 600 HUNDRED kids, at this year's regional competition at Virginia Tech.
((TOMMY FLAHERTY JR./LEGO LEAGUE COMPETITOR: I'M 11 YEARS OLD, MY SISTER'S IS 9, AND WE'RE GOING AGAINST MIDDLE SCHOOLERS WHO ARE HOLDER THAN US.))
For Tommy Flaherty, Lego League is a family affair... his dad's the coach.
Dad first heard about the competition three years ago.
((TOMMY FLAHERTY SR.: WE TRAVELED TO ALABAMA FOR THE FIRST YEAR BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER TEAMS IN VIRGINIA, NOW THERE ARE 100 TEAMS.))
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: EACH TEAM'S ROBOT GETS TWO MINUTES TO COMPLETE SIX MISSIONS...INCLUDING RESCUING THREE SCIENTISTS FROM A POLAR BEAR, RECOVERING MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND DELIVERING FUEL BARRELS. BUT THE MISSION DOESN'T END THERE.))
The second round of the competition requires teams to make a presentation about how their robot could help combat any Global Warming.
((WHERE ARE ALL THESE CRACKS COMING FROM? MAYBE IT'S GLOBAL WARMING.))
And the final round gives competitors a chance to answer judges' questions.
((BILL DUGGINS/LEGO LEAGUE COORDINATOR: KIDS SEE THE ROBOTS AND COMPUTERS AND THAT'S WHAT GETS THEM INTERESTED. BUT THE TRUE VALUE IS LEARNING PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES, TEAM WORK, ITEM MANAGEMENT, REALLY HOW TO PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE. THAT'S WHAT THIS ENVIRONMENT TRIES TO PROVIDE.))
Lego and other area civic organizations sponsor the competition.
Trophies are awarded for leadership, presentation, and overall performance.
It's easy to see this competition is something kids really flip for.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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On Wall Street at Noon, the dow was DOWN 77 points. Nasdaq has lost 13.
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Coming up next in sports, we will tell you who is the new head football coach at Notre Dame.....
AND we will sort through the college football bowl bids.
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Notre Dame has dipped into the Atlantic Coast Conference to find its new head football coach.
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After seven seasons at Georgia Tech, George O'Leary will replace Bob Davie, who was fired last weekend, as the new head coach of the Irish.
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The 55 year old O'Leary coached the Yellow jackets for seven seasons, compiling a 52 and 33 record including a 7 and 5 mark this year.
O'Leary also led the university to 5 straight bowl games.
The bowl games are just ahead -
The computer says that top-ranked Miami and fourth-ranked Nebraska will play for the national college football title.
The Cornhuskers finished second to Miami in the final B-C-S standings, which sends the two teams to the Rose Bowl.
Nebraska edged out Big 12 champion Colorado in the standings to earn the Rose Bowl berth.
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Oregon will take on Colorado in the Orange Bowl.
The Pac 10 champion finished 10 and 1 and ranked second in both College Polls.
And that makes it hard for the players and coaches to believe they were overlooked by the B-C-S in making a trip to the Rose Bowl.
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