You'll see the videotape that the White House says PROVES Osama bin Laden was behind the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, the military continues its hunt for bin Laden.
And hundreds of Stanley Furniture workers are losing their jobs-- this time, the layoffs are in North Carolina.
Scattered showers will move back into the region as we head through the day....I'll have your forecast....
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With a broad smile and hand gestures, Osama bin Laden reacts to the September 11th attacks on America.
The video America has been waiting to see was released this morning.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Bush administration says the videotape is the smoking gun that proves beyond doubt that Osama bin Laden was behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The just- released tape is believed to have been recorded at a dinner meeting early last month in Jalalabad.
According to the U-S translation, bin Laden says ``the brothers
who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a
Aleen Sirgany joins us now with excerpts from that tape, and the latest on the war in Afghanistan.
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THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THIS CHILLING VIDEOTAPE OF A PROUD OSAMA BIN LADEN
PROVES IT ALL. BIN LADEN SAYS OF THE HI-JACKINGS - QUOTE
(NATSOT UP)BIN LADEN
(correspondent reads the translation)
not verbatim:...BROTHER WHO CONDUCTED OPERATION...ALL THEY KNEW WAS IT
WAS A MARTYRDOM OPERATION.....BEFORE THEY BOARDED THE PLANE)
TRACK; LATER IN THE TAPE HE SAID ..
(correspondent reads translation)
....THEY WERE OVERJOYED WHEN FIRST PLANE HIT THE BUILDING...HIT THE
TRACK: THEN THE GROUP LAUGHED AS ANOTHER MAN SAID
(correspondent reads:AMERICANS WERE TERRIFIED THINKING THERE WAS A
WHILE THE PENTAGON CONTINUES TO STUDY THIS TAPE, THE MILITARY CONTINUES
ITS HUNT FOR BIN LADEN AND HIS ASSOCIATES.
(NAT)TORA BORA 8:36TORA BORA
ROUND THE CLOCK ATTACKS CONTINUE IN TORA BORA WHERE AL-QAEDA MEMBERS
CONTINUE TO HIDE IN THE CAVES OF THE RUGGED MOUNTAINS AFTER TWO
DEADLINES TO SURRENDER OR DIE HAVE COME AND GONE.
(SOT) HAGI ATIQULLAH/SPOKESMAN FOR ANTI TALIBAN COMMANDER HAGI ZAHIR
9:37:41 They don't want to surrender themselves, because they like to
kill themselves but they don't like to surrender themselves.
The U-S has formally notified Russia that it's withdrawing from a landmark arms control accord, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
The President made the official announcement this morning at the White House.
Bush says pulling out the 19-72 treaty will clear the way for him to pursue a national missile defense plan.
He says it'll protect America AND Russia from future terrorist attacks.
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Bush says America must have the freedom and flexibility to defend itself against terrorist threats.
400 employees at Stanley Furniture's West End facility in central North Carolina are losing their jobs.
The layoffs are slated to begin early next year and continue into the middle of 2002.
The company announced the closing of the manufacturing plant as a part of a massive company-wide re-alignment.
Company officials say the Stanleytown and Martinsville manufacturing plants will not be affected by the reorganization.
Virginia Tech's football team needs a new offensive coordinator.
Ricky Bustle has accepted the head coach's position at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Bustle first joined the Hokies in 1987. He left for the 1994 season when he accepted another position at South Carolina.
He returned to Tech the next year.
Since then he has coached some of most successful quarterbacks in school history, including Michael Vick and Jim Druckenmiller.
This will be his first head coach's job.
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The Virginia Department of Education is showing off the new on-line SOL test.
The agency is contracting with N-C-S Pearson to provide the service.
The company's displaying the on-line testing system at the Hotel Roanoke during this year's Educational Technology Leadership Conference.
Educators say testing students on-line will make the process more efficient.
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((CHARLES PYLE/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS WILL KNOW MUCH MORE QUICKLY HOW STUDENTS FARED ON A TEST AND WHAT THEY NEED TO LOOK AT IN TERMS OF REMEDIATION. RIGHT NOW THEY DON'T GET THAT INFORMATION FOR WEEKS AFTER THE ADMINISTRATION OF A TEST.))
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Computer testing also allows students who fail the SOL's to re-take the test as soon as they feel ready.
Right now, they have to wait until the next scheduled testing date.
After conducting a study, the state Department of education hopes a handful of schools will begin using the on-line test next Spring.
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The prospects for peace in the Middle East suffer a serious setback. We'll have that story next.
also 13 people are dead after terrorists attack India's parliament building.
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It's a major blow to peace efforts in the Middle East.
Israel has cut off all communications with Yasser Arafat.
Israelis blame the Palestinian leader for a deadly ambush yesterday.
Drew Levinson reports.
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After more bloodshed in Israel--which led to airstrikes against the
Palestinians the Israeli government said--no more dealing with Yasser
Israel holds the Palestinian leader directly responsible for yesterday's
bus attack that killed 10 Israelis as well as two other suicide
bombings. A government spokesman called Arafat irrelevant.
(SOT ARI MEKEL/ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN)
"WHAT IT MEANS IS THAT FROM NOW ON WE WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO FIGHT
TERROR IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA, WE WILL ARREST THE TERRORITS, WE WILL
PUT THEM IN JAIL, WE WILL BRING THEM TO JUSTICE."
Israel claims Arafat has not met their demands and HIS pledge to
crackdown on the terrorists.
The U.S. says it continues to recognize Arafat as head of the
Israeli fighter jets and helicopter gunships struck targets around Gaza
and the West Bank. Though Israel says it has no intention of harming
Arafat, its tanks have moved within a 100 yards of his Ramallah
He's been holed up there since his helicopters were destroyed last week.
Palestinian leaders says Israel has declared war.
Also Thursday Israeli troops destroyed the main transmitter and antenna
of the Palestinian Authority's radio station in the West Bank, knocking
it off the air.
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"ISRAELIS WHO ALWAYS DECLARE OR CLAIM THAT THERE IS A DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM
OF SPEECH, THEY ARE DESTROYING DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN ALL
For 14 months now the situation in the Middle East has been at a boiling
point--now it appears it may explode.
Drew Levinson, CBS News.
At least 13 people died in today's attack on India's parliament.
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Officials say a-half dozen armed men stormed the complex with grenades, automatic rifles, and a human bomb.
The incident is being called the worst security breach, since the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 19-84.
Several police officers and all six of the attackers are reported dead.
Most Indian lawmakers were inside the building at the time, but were not hurt.
The U-S Embassy condemns the attack as an act of terrorism.
Three people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed into a house last night, just outside Raleigh, North Carolina.
After the crash, the plane burst into flames.
The three people who died were aboard the plane.
Authorities say the lone occupant of the house, 70- year- old Don Long suffered only minor injuries.
A spokeswoman for the Raleigh- Durham International Airport says the plane was traveling from Alabama.
The victims have not yet been identified.
No word yet on what caused the plane to go down.
A young girl in New York is receiving an unusual gift this year.
Born with a severely disfigured face, surgeons have given her a new one. Drew Levinson explains.
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(Six-year old Anna Kodes wears a halo
(NATSOUND LITTLE SAYS "ORANGE" PANS TO MOM, "THIS IS ORANGE."
Though she is an angel to her parents--this device-which has been
screwed into her head since September will give her that angelic face
she and her parents SO desire.
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The little girl from the Czech Republic suffers from Crouzon Syndrome--a
genetic disease that prevents the head from growing and causes the eyes
(SOT JANS KODES/FATHER )
"VERY VERY HARD."
For her father--former tennis star Jans Kodes--thinking his little girl
would look like this for the rest of her life tore at his heartstrings.
Now his daughter is moments away from a new face.
(SOT JANS KODES/FATHER )
"THIS IS A VERY EXCITING DAY(SMILES BIG)
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"TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM DOCTORS HERE AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL
CENTER OPERATED ON ANNA THREE MONTHS AGO. THEY LITTERALLY SEPARATED THE
LITTLE GIRL'S FACE FROM HER SKULL."
(SOT 18:07 DR. JOSEPH MCCARTHY/PLASTIC SURGEON, NYU MEDICAL CENTER)
(SHOWING A SKULL MODEL)
"AS THIS PART OF THE SKULL WAS MOVED FORWARD OBVIOUSLY A DEFECT IS
CREATED AND IN THIS...THE BODY FORMED NEW BONE."
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"LET ME SEE THE SCREWDRIVERS.....SHHHHHH."
In less than an hour doctors removed the halo.
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"YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE."
For Anna's parents--the beautiful face they once dreamed for their
daughter is now a reality.
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"AMAZED WHEN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE FROM THREE MONTHS AGO?
AMAZED, AMAZED, ABSOLUTELY AMAZED."
Except for some minor surgical touchups--Anna is expected to lead a
And when the world smiles at her--she'll smile back with confidence.
Drew Levinson, CBS News New York.))
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Coming up next, Leo will have an early look at our weekend forecast,
and police in Texas say they have arrested a former N-F-L star with more than 170 pounds of marijuana for the second time in just six weeks.
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A local serviceman is working to make sure some children in the New River Valley have a happy holiday.
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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((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 ))
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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.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 72 points.
Nasdaq has lost 35.
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There is a big trade in the Major Leagues to report. We'll have the details coming up next,
... And some local high school football stars and top-rated coaches picked up some honors in Salem last night.
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For the second time in six weeks, former Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton has been arrested on drug charges.
Newton and two other men were driving in two separate cars when they were stopped Wednesday in Ellis County, Texas.
Authorities say they found at least 175 pounds of marijuana in Newton's possesion.
On November 4th, the 39 year-old Pro Bowl lineman was taken into custody after police in Louisiana reportedly discovered 213 pounds of the drug in his van.
Newton was charged with possession and intent to distribute.
He was released on 100-thousand dollars' bond.
His latest arrest is very likely to affect his prior case, when he goes before a judge in January.
The Boston Red Sox traded away one of their most controversial players yesterday.
The Sox said goodbye to hot- tempered outfielder Carl Everett.
Everett was sent to the Texas Rangers in exchange for left handed pitcher Darren Oliver.
Last season, Everett clashed with both Red Sox managers while hitting just .257 with 14 homers.
Meanwhile the New York Yankees have called a press conference for this afternoon.
They are expected to annouce they have signed a seven year deal with Jason Giambi.
The deal is reportedly for 120 MILLION DOLLARS.
Giambi hit .342 with 38 homers and 120 r-b-i's last season.
Your Hometown Station honored the best and brightest from this past football season last night as it hosted the 18th annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet.
Mike Stevens has the highlights.
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((The 14 players of the week from the just completed 2001 season picked up a few early Christmas presents from Your Hometown Station.
Bath County also took home its share of goodies.
The Division One State champs from Hot Springs were named Friday Football Extra's team of the year, and head coach Chris Jones was voted Group A coach of the year by his peers.
Group Two-A's coach of the year, Joel Hicks, also thanked his wife, but in a more lighthearted fashion.
The Group Three A honor went to one of the area's most respected veteran coaches - Franklin County's Billy Miles.
Miles, who is known for his work with lineman, could appreciate this year's Lee Cook lineman of the year - Northside Junior Jon Copper.
Perhaps the biggest winner this year was Floyd County. The Buffaloes' Winfred Beale was voted Friday Football Extra's top overall coach in all classifications while his senior quarterback Isaac Spence - received the $2000 Noel C. Taylor scholar athlete award.
We'll have much more from the awards banquet on this final edition of Friday Football Extra - this Friday night at 11:35. Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
After putting up a fight, the Virginia Tech men's team lost to Western Michigan 55 to 51, at the Cassell last night.
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Ricky Stokes huddles around his troops on a time out.
The Hokies go to Carlton Carter.
He goes through the defense for the score and the foul, and the game was tied at 37.
Western Michigan's Ricky Willis drives up the middle and lays it in the hoop for two.
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Virginia Tech's Brian Chase gets the long pass from Eric Branham.
He banks it in off the glass to tie the score at 49, but Western Michigan pulls away to win it 55 to 51.
The Tech women also heated up the court, as they took on Radford at the Dedmon Center.
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Radford head coach Kristen Holt talking to her team during a time out.
The Hokies Emily Lipton sees the basket and gets the three pointer and Tech led Radford by four.
The Highlanders come back.
Amanda Neby gets the rebound, turns, and hits the fade- away jumper.
But Radford trailed by 8.
Tech answers when Crystal Starling drives to the hole and lays it in for two.
The Lady Hokies get the 80 to 46 win.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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