Today Americans could finally get to see the videotape that U-S officials say shows Osama bin Laden pleased about the September 11th attacks.
The poor quality of the hour- long tape has hampered the Pentagon's efforts to translate it, and has delayed its release.
Meanwhile, the attack on bin laden's Tora Bora cave complex is in full force after a surrender arrange for al-Qaida forces fell through.
U-S airstrikes have intensified dramatically in the area.
A tribal commander says al-Qaida leaders have apparently abandoned their troops and fled.
Jim Acosta has the latest now from Washington.
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[SUPER=141-Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman;]
[SUPER=141-John Walker/American Taliban Fighter;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
((ANY TALK OF A SURRENDER BY AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS IS NOW OFF THE TABLE.
U.S. BOMBINGS INTENIFIED AROUND THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN
AFGHANISTAN TODAY -- AND TRIBAL FORCES LAUNCHED A NEW ASSAULT ON THE
GROUND. THE LATEST ATTACKS COME AMID FEARS THAT KEY TERRORIST LEADERS
ARE FLEEING INTO NEIGHBORING PAKISTAN ... LEAVING BEHIND RANK-AND-FILE
THIS, AS THE WHITE HOUSE GETS READY TO RELEASE A VIDEOTAPE ... THAT
SHOWS OSAMA BIN LADEN'S REACTION TO THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS. U.S.
OFFICIALS ORIGINALLY WANTED TO DISTRIBUTE THE TAPE YESTERDAY, BUT
INSTEAD GAVE TRANSLATORS MORE TIME TO PERFECT THEIR INTERPRETATION OF
BIN LADEN'S ARABIC.
(SOT: Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman)
"Before something is released to the world and so people can see it and
read a translation for themselves, we're dotting every I and crossing
every T in the interest of thoroughness....."
AND THE PENTAGON IS LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED A B-1 BOMBER -- ON A
LONG-RANGE COMBAT MISSION -- TO MALFUNCTION AND CRASH IN THE INDIAN
OCEAN. ALL FOUR CREW MEMBERS SURVIVED, AND ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.
INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO GATHERING INFORMATION FROM CAPTURED AMERICAN
TALIBAN, JOHN WALKER.
THIS NEW VIDEOTAPE -- OBTAINED BY CBS NEWS -- SHOWS NORTHERN ALLIANCE
SOLDIERS INTERROGATING A WOUNDED WALKER ... SEVERAL DAYS AFTER A PRISON
(SOT:QUESTIONER AND WALKER)
"(Q) Where you from? Hey! Where you from? (A) Washington, D.C. (Q)
Huh?? Washington, D.C.? What is your name? (A) Abdul Hamid. (Q) Abdul
WALKER IS BEING HELD AT A MARINE BASE ABOUT 70 MILES FROM KANDAHAR. BUT
A SIZEABLE NUMBER OF TROOPS COULD BE MOVING CLOSER TO THE CITY. THAT
DEPENDS ON WHETHER THE MARINES DETERMINE IF KANDAHAR'S MAIN AIRPORT IS A
MORE SUITABLE HUB FOR HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS.
Israel has severed all ties with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat after Islamic militants killed 10 people in a bus ambush near Jerusalem.
[SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank;]
In retaliation, Israeli helicopters launched a new round of air strikes at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank early today.
Palestinian officials say Arafat was evacuated from the building shortly before the attack.
Meanwhile, Israelis say Arafat is directly responsible for the ongoing violence in the Middle East, and is no longer relevant to Israel.
The head of the Jewish Defense League is being held without bail on charges of plotting to blow up a Los Angeles- area mosque.
The group was planning to import the Middle East conflict to Southern California.
Manuel Gallegus explains.
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ron Iden/F. B. I.; :16]
[SUPER=01-Maher Hathout/Islamic Center of Southern California; :53]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:07]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
IRV RUBIN, THE OUTSPOKEN CHAIRMAN OF THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE, AND
ANOTHER ALLEGED MEMBER OF THE EXTREMIST GROUP, ARE CHARGED WITH PLOTTING
TO BLOW-UP A LOS ANGELES AREA MOSQUE AND THE OFFICE OF ARAB AMERICAN
CONGRESSMAN DARRELL ISSA. THE ALLEGED PLAN WAS REVEALED BY THE FBI.
-SOT-RON IDEN, FBI 12:49:16
a cooperative source reported that he had been asked by Ruben and
Kruegel to participate in the bombings of arab or muslim targets in LA.
Krugel said, arabs needed a wake-up call.
TUESDAY NIGHT, JUST AFTER BOMB COMPONENTS WERE ALLEGEDLY DELIVERED TO
KRUGEL S HOME, AGENTS STORMED IN AND MADE THE ARRESTS.
A PIPE BOMB AND WEAPONS WERE REPORTEDLY FOUND.
ACCORDING TO THE FBI, ONE OF THE TARGETS WAS TO BE THE KING FAHD MOSQUE
IN CULVER CITY. REACTION FROM THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WAS SHOCK.
-SOT- MAHER HATHOUT --ISLAMIC CENTER OF SOUTHERN CAL
I believe all honest americans and those who believe in democracy and
peace should stand together against such a terrible thing.
THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE IS A MILITANT ORGANIZATION THAT GAINED
NOTORIETY WHEN SOME OF ITS MEMBERS WERE LINKED TO PAST BOMBINGS.
RUBIN AND KRUGEL COULD FACE 30 YEARS IN PRISON.
MANUEL GALLEGUS CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.
A Roanoke house was heavily damaged by a fire.
Crews were called to the 12-hundred block of Moorman Avenue around 9:45 last night.
Flames were already shooting from the second floor.
No one was living in the house and no one was injured.
The cause is under investigation.
It's an all Virginia race team, brought to you by two Virginia companies.
C-F Sauer Company and Donlavey Racing, both Richmond-based companies, will sponsor the number ninety Ford in the Winston Cup Series next year.
Rockbridge Baths native Rick Mast will drive the car.
Governor Gilmore says the new race team will have major benefits for the Commonwealth.
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[IN Q=This announcement is just...]
((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS JUST GOING TO BRING MORE PROSPERITY TO VIRGINIA. IT'S GOING TO BE DRAWING TO THE RACES NEW FANS WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THIS CITY, THIS COMMUNITY, THIS COMPANY, THIS OWNER AND THIS DRIVER.))
[OUT Q=...and this driver]
Three non-profit charities will also be involved with the team's promotions, including Kyle Petty's
Victory Junction Gang.
In business news this morning, E-Toys dot com is back, but under different management.
It's helping its new owner, KB Toys, become one of the largest on-line toy retailers in the world.
Both websites will ship toys from the Blairs distribution and call center in Pittsylvania County.
Last year at this time, most employees were out of work after e-Toys filed for bankruptcy and went off line.
Now 200 new jobs are expected to be created over the next year.
The e-Toys name is still so popular among on-line shoppers, KB decided to try again-- this time promising that both companies will be more fiscally responsible.
Three former Heilig-Meyers Stores in our area are up and running in again.. but this time under new management.
The Room Store took over Heilig-Meyers stores in Roanoke, Salem and Lynchburg.
The new furniture retailer was able to retain many Heilig-Myers employees, and hired dozens more.
A Room Store manager says business is doing well, and if the current pace continues, she's hopeful more people will be hired in the new year.
Heilig-Meyers stores were closed in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, Collinsville and (Rain-ell) Rainelle, West Virginia after the company filed for bankruptcy.
There's a lot of holiday spending still to come, according to a retail trade group.
And Yahoo! is offering to buy the career Web site, Hot Jobs.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS THURSDAY THE 13TH OF DECEMBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
THERE'S A HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN FLORIDA THAT COULD RIPPLE ACROSS
THE NATION'S SECOND LARGEST MALPRACTICE INSURER IS CALLING IT QUITS...
THE SAINT PAUL COMPANIES WILL EXIT THAT PART OF THEIR INSURANCE
BUSINESS... AND LEAVE 800 DOCTORS AND 30 HOSPITALS WITHOUT ANY
EXPERTS ARE ALREADY WORRIED THAT IT COULD CREATE AN EXPANDING
IN SOME PLACES MALPRACTICE PREMIUMS ARE UP 150 PERCENT.
ON WALL STREET..TODAY LOOK FOR REACTION TO NOVEMBER WHOLESALE
PRICES.. THE PPI.
INITIAL UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS.. AND RETAIL SALES
ON ASIAN MARKETS ..GRIM OVERNIGHT IN TOKYO AS BANK STOCKS
PLUMMETED ON CREDIT CONCERNS AND THE WEAK ECONOMY.
YAHOO HAS OFFERED TO BUY HOTJOBS FOR ABOUT $436 MILLION IN CASH
AND STOCK, LAUNCHING A BIDDING WAR FOR THE SITE WHICH IS IN THE MIDST
OF MERGING WITH JOB SITE TMP WORLDWIDE 'S MONSTER DOT COM.
THE RETAIL WORRYING MIGHT NOT BE OVER.. BUT NEITHER IS THE SEASON
FOR SALES.IN FACT, THE INTERNATIONAL MASS RETAIL ASSOCIATION'S HOLIDAY
SHOPPING SURVEY FOR THIS PAST WEEKEND FOUND THAT CONSUMERS STILL HAVE
MOST OF THEIR SPENDING LEFT TO DO.
EVEN THOSE WHO HAD ALMOST ALL THEIR SHOPPING DONE, SAID THAT
THEY'VE ONLY SPENT HALF OF THEIR BUDGET... WITH MORE SPENDING TO
ONE-QUARTER OF HOLIDAY SHOPPERS HAD NOT EVEN STARTED BUYING THEIR
GIFTS LAST WEEKEND. ...
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A Bedford County man is donating 20 acres of farm land for a new fire and rescue station in the New London area.
County officials call it a prime example of a citizen stepping up to the plate to help his community.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=Al Stroobants knows]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Al Stroobants/Land Donor; :13]
[SUPER=01-Jack Jones/Emergency Services Director; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; 1:06]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]
(( Al Stroobants knows the value of emergency medical care.
A survivor of five heart bypass surgeries, Stroobants wants to make sure his Bedford County neighbors get quick, efficient medical help if they ever need it too.
((AL STROOBANTS/LAND DONOR: I THINK THAT ANYTHING A CITIZEN CAN DO TO IMPROVE THE PLACE WHERE THEY ARE LIVING, I THINK IT SHOULD BE DONE.))
[OUT Q=should be done.]
So Stroobants is donating twenty acres of prime farmland on Route 460 in New London to be the site of a new volunteer fire and rescue station and satellite sheriff's office.
The move would put firefighters and E-M-T's that much closer to one of the fastest-growing areas of Bedford County.
((JACK JONES/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: PARTICULARLY IN THIS COMMUNITY, THE CALL VOLUME HAS JUST GONE UP, WE REALLY CAN'T HAVE ENOUGH FIRE TRUCKS AND RESCUE WORKERS OUT THERE, SO THAT'S GOING TO FURTHER MEET THAT NEED AS THE CALL VOLUME INCREASES.))
[OUT Q=call volume increases.]
The fire and rescue facility is just one part of a much bigger project the county has its eyes on.
On Monday, supervisors voted to enter into an option to purchase another 475 acres of surrounding land from Stroobants.. that will become a new business and technology park that officials estimate could employ as many as ten thousand people in the next twenty years.
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE THINK IT'S A REAL ASSET AND WE FELT LIKE HAVING FIRE AND RESCUE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT DOWN HERE IS KIND OF A PREMIERE THING THAT YOU CAN SEE WHEN YOU COME INTO THE PARK, BECAUSE WE'RE PLANNING THE ENTRANCE WILL BE.. THE MAJOR ENTRANCE WILL BE RIGHT HERE AND THAT'LL BE THE FIRST THING THAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU COME INTO THE PARK.))
[OUT Q=into the park.]
Fundraising for the fire and rescue station will get underway immediately.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Government officials in India say 13 people are dead following an attack this morning on the Parliament building in New Delhi.
[SUPER=03-New Delhi, India;]
Police fired hundreds of shots at the gates of Parliament after a loud explosion and reports that a group of armed men had stormed an entrance.
Parliament was adjourned at the time--
But most Cabinet members and lawmakers were still inside, when the shooting began.
Authorities say most of the attackers have been killed, but one remains inside the complex.
A top government official says all of the lawmakers are now safe.
One director of a local cultural organization says more cutbacks are "probable" without state funding for local attractions.
Some local museums and other non-profit organizations that rely on state funding say they aren't expecting to get any money from the state next year, and are waiting for action from Richmond.
Richard Lesko has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square; :23]
[OUT Q=Richard Lesko, News 7.]
(( The Mill Mountain Zoo lost 20-percent of its operational income, about 1-hundred fifty thousand dollars, and has put a hiring freeze on open positions.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia has cut all of its part time employees, and nearly half of its full time workers.
The director of Center in the Square says cultural organizations may have to make more cutbacks next year.
[SOT - 19:17:27]
[INQ=We're looking again at...]
((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE; WE'RE LOOKING AGAIN AT REDUCING THE NUMBER OF HOURS AND THE ELIMINATION OF STAFF POSITIONS. WE'RE LOOKING AT EVERY WAY POSSIBLE TO SAVE MONEY AND YET WE STILL ARE GOING TO HAVE A 350-TO-400 THOUSAND DOLLAR SHORTFALL.))
[OUTQ=four hundred thousand dollar shortfall.]
One third of the center's budget has come from the state in previous years. Officials say the facility has received an increase in public donations, but it's not enough to cover operating expenses, such as heating and electricity.
As for next year, the outlook is just as bleak.
[SOT - 9:13:47]
[INQ=I don't think...]
((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE; I DON'T THINK WE CAN HAVE A GREAT LEVEL OF EXPECTATION FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE COMING YEAR. IN FACT IT MAY BE THAT WE GO INTO THE NEXT YEAR WITH THE SAME KIND OF CUTS, WHICH, BY THE WAY HAVE BEEN DEVASTATING.))
[OUTQ=have been devastating]
Sears adds that Governor-Elect Mark Warner may have his hands tied on the issue when he takes office next month.
[SOT - 9:16:13]
[INQ=I think the governor...]
((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE; I THINK THE GOVERNOR-ELECT IS SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, BUT HE IS FACED WITH A HUGE BUDGET SHORTFALL AND WHILE HE MIGHT LIKE TO DO SOMETHING, HE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO.))
[OUTQ=may not be able to.]
RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; Many area museums will draw up their budgets in the first months of the new year...
and Keith, in the meantime they're waiting to see how the new administration and the General Assembly address the problem this winter. Richard Lesko, News 7.))
You might think the romantic allure of a private rail car to take football fans to the Gator Bowl would have people falling all over each other to get on board.
So far, no one has signed up to take one of the 10 seats aboard a classic Pullman passenger car that'll leave Richmond station New Year's eve bound for Jacksonville.
AMTRAK engineer Chuck Akers owns this little piece of railroad history built in 1923.
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[IN Q=After Nickel Plate]
((CHUCK AKERS/AMTRAK ENGINEER; AFTER NICKEL PLATE WAS MERGED INTO NORFOLK & WESTERN, THE CAR WAS CONSIDERED REDUNDANT AND WENT TO A WRECK DERRICK COMPANY IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, WHERE IT REMAINED UNTIL 1988. IN 1988, IT CAME BACK TO ROANOKE TO BE SCRAPPED. AND THAT'S WHEN WE PURCHASED THE CAR.))
[SUPER=01-Chuck Akers/Amtrak Engineer]
[OUT Q=that's when we purchased the car.]
The trip divided between ten passengers would cost 610 dollars a piece, including meals, a sleeping birth and local transportation in Jacksonville. It does NOT include tickets to the game.
Christmas came early in downtown Roanoke yesterday.
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[SOT 1:01 - :04]
((NATS: MERRY CHRISTMAS. HO, HO, HO.))
[OUT Q=HO, HO, HO.]
Santa dropped in on some children from Roanoke's West End Center at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
About 50 children found the presents they had asked for under the Kiwanis Club Christmas tree.
They sang Christmas carols and sat on Santa's lap.
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[IN Q=I got an N Sync]
[sot 10:17 - :28]
((JAZMINE HENDERSON: I GOT AN N SYNC DOLL AND SOME CLOTHES. I GOT SOME PERFUME AND IT SMELLS GOOD. I'M GOING TO GIVE SOME TO MY MAMA.))
[butt butt butt]
[sot 12:42 - :55]
((RYAN MURRELL: I SAID TO HIM HOW COME YOU DIDN'T COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY INSTEAD OF OUT THE DOOR. HE COULDN'T GET THROUGH THE CHIMNEY. ))
[SUPER=07-Jazmine Henderson; :00]
[SUPER=07-Ryan Murrell; :12]
[OUT Q=through the chimney.]
The Kiwanis Club gave the Carilion Children's Pediatric Center a check for 56-hundred dollars.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, a new study shows that support therapy does not help breast cancer patients live longer.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]
((SUPPORT THERAPY MAY HELP WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER FEEL BETTER- BUT IT
MAY NOT HELP THEM LIVE LONGER.
THAT'S THE RESULT OF A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
WHICH LOOKED AT MORE THAN 200 BREAST CANCER PATIENTS.
HOWEVER- THE RESEARCH DID FIND WOMEN IN THE SUPPORT GROUPS HAD LESS
PAIN AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS THAN THOSE WHO WERE NOT A PART OF ANY GROUP
HERE'S A CAUTION FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
ABOUT OLDER PEOPLE AND MEDICATION
THE JOURNAL WARNS ONE IN FIVE ELDERLY TAKES A MEDICATION THAT PUTS THEM
AT RISK FOR INJURIES OR ILLNESS
THE TYPES OF MEDICATIONS LINKED TO THE MOST PROBLEMS INCLUDE PAIN
MEDICATION, ANTI NAUSEA DRUGS AND LONG ACTING DIABETES MEDICATIONS.
FINALLY - SOME NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF
OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY SAYS ITS OK FOR MOST PREGNANT WOMEN TO FLY IN
AIRPLANES UP TO THE 36TH WEEK OF PREGNANCY.
GOOD NEWS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BUT STILL IMPORTANT TO GET THE
GO-AHEAD FROM YOUR DOCTOR.
THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES IM DR DAVE HNIDA
FOR CBS NEWS.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The head of the state police met with Franklin County officials yesterday.
County leaders are asking for more troopers to combat a record number of fatal accidents.
Colonel Gerald Massengill didn't make any decision on that,
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape]
but did say he'd make sure the 12 trooper positions assigned to Franklin County are always filled.
Twenty-one people have died on Franklin County roads so far this year.
It ranks SEVENTH in the state for traffic fatalities, behind urban areas like Richmond and Fairfax County.
A Bedford County man is giving new meaning to the definition of being a good neighbor.
Yesterday, Al Stroobants (STROH-bonts) donated 20 acres of prime farmland to the county- for a new fire and rescue station in the New London area.
The new facility will serve one of the fastest- growing areas of Bedford County.
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[IN Q=I'm delighted]
((AL STROOBANTS/LAND DONOR: I'M DELIGHTED I COULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I THINK LIFE IS A TWO-WAY STREET AND WE SHOULD NOT BE TOO GREEDY, WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE READY IF WE CAN, TO THE LEVEL OF OUR MEANS, TO RETURN SOME OF THE BENEFITS WE HAVE TO THE PLACE WHERE WE LIVE.))
[SUPER=01-Al Stroobants/Land Donor;]
[OUT Q=where we live.]
The county is also working to buy another 475 acres of land for a new business and technology park.
Officials estimate the park could employ up to ten thousand people over the next twenty years.
A local serviceman is helping make the holidays brighter for some children in the New River Valley.
Air Force Staff Sergeant Paul (Rut-ZIN-ski) Rutzinski just got back from a 14-week assignment in Saudi Arabia
He's spending some of his time off at Radford's Elf Shelf.
The organization provides gifts for needy kids.
Rutzinski works in the military as a weapons technician.
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[IN Q=i think it's]
((PAUL RUTZINSKI/AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT; I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT JOB AND BUT ITS JUST SO MUCH BETTER TO COME BACK HERE...I'M DOING GOOD IN THE AIR FORCE AND IM DOING GOOD OUT HERE I THINK, AND ITS JUST A LOT BETTER TO DO THIS PART AND I JUST LIKE HELPING THE KIDS OUT AROUND HERE ))
[SUPER=01-Paul Rutzinski/Air Force Staff Sergeant;]
[OUT Q=OUR AROUND HERE.]
The Elf Shelf in Radford still needs donations to help local children.
Rutzinski will spend Christmas in Radford with his family and two young daughters.
He is based out of Shaw Air Force base in South Carolina.