British peace keepers and New York's finest have entered Afghanistan.
And more questions than answers are surfacing from the Osama bin Laden tape.
In local news, Roanoke holds a memorial service for the homeless.
A live report, coming up.
Sunshine and cool temperatures to end the season of fall... What will the first week of winter bring...I'll let you know in the 7 day planner...
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The British are coming....to Afghanistan.
They're joined by some New York firefighters delivering supplies to the troops, and humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
British troops are in Afghanistan to begin their six- month peacekeeping tour.
A convoy of 80 British Royal Marines traveled along a
war-scarred road today to begin their mission
They're the first group of international peacekeepers to arrive
in the Afghan capital of Kabul to protect the new interim government.
As for U-S troops, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says American troops WILL be sent into the al-Qaida cave complex to search for Osama bin Laden..
And new details are emerging about the most recent bin Laden videotape.
A translator says bin Laden names several of the September 11th terrorist hijackers.
Jim Acosta is in Washington this afternoon with the latest.
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AN UPDATED TRANSLATION OF THE OSAMA BIN LADEN VIDEOTAPE RAISES NEW
QUESTIONS ABOUT JUST WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
THE LATEST VERSION COMES FROM A PENTAGON TRANSLATOR WHO SAYS AN UNKNOWN
BIN LADEN ASSOCIATE TALKS ABOUT A SAUDI GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL. WHAT THAT
MEANS... THE PENTAGON WON'T SAY:
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THE NEW TRANSLATION ALSO HAS BIN LADEN NAMING SEVERAL 9-11 HIJACKERS,
BESIDES MOHAMMED ATTA.
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IN AFGHANISTAN, THE NUMBER OF WAR DETAINEES IS RISING AS THE U-S MAKES
GAINS ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
SEVEN THOUSAND AL QUEDA AND TALIBAN FIGHTERS ARE NOW IN AFGHAN AND U-S
CUSTODY. AND ALL MUST BE QUESTIONED BY INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVES LOOKING
FOR THE TRAIL THAT LEADS TO BIN LADEN.
SOT: Kenton Keith, Coalition Spokesman "What is involved ... is
screening... to determine what their role has been."
BUT IN A COUNTRY OF SO MUCH DESPAIR THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT CAN REACH THE
(nats of firefighter passing out candy) "kids are supposed to get
PASSING OUT CANDY TO AFGHAN CHILDREN -- NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTERS AND
POLICE OFFICERS ARE IN AFGHANISTAN -- VISITING U-S TROOPS AND BURYING
PIECES OF WORLD TRADE CENTER IN THE DESERT SOIL.
SOT: GEORGE HIGGINS/New York Firefighter, "We dug up our brothers...
to come from ground zero... to here is emotional."
India says it's recalling its ambassador from Pakistan, and shutting down rail and bus lines between the two nations.
The action is in response to a suicide attack on the Indian Parliament last week that left 14 people dead.
India blames Pakistan-based militants.
Officials say the actions won't take effect until January first,
so citizens of both countries have time to get home.
No word on how long the suspension will last.
Meanwhile, both Pakistani militant organizations deny involvement in the attack.
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Under Henry County's school consolidation plan, three middle schools are scheduled to close, and the number of high schools will be reduced from four to two next fall.
As Justin McLeod discovered, some Henry County students are considering leaving the district.
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This is probably Latoya Wilson's last year as a member of the Laurel Park marching band.
In fact, it may be her last year in any Henry County school.
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And she's not alone.
Martinsville has already received numerous transfer requests but reportedly can only take up to 100 new students next year.
Some have also contacted the Pittsylvania County school system but how many transfers it can take next year is yet to be determined.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WANTS PARENTS TO REALIZE A FEW THINGS BEFORE DECIDING TO SEND THEIR KIDS HERE. ONE THEY'RE NOT GUARANTEED A SLOT, OR EVEN A SLOT AT THE NEAREST SCHOOL. AND SECONDLY, THEY'LL HAVE TO PAY TUITION.))
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It will cost a Henry County resident more than 13-hundred dollars to send their child to Pittsylvania County schools.
In Martinsville, tuition is free.
Even so, administrators warn transferring to a new school system can be costly.
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((JERRY WEBB/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SUPERINTENDENT: YOU'RE LEAVING FRIENDS, YOU'RE LEAVING ACTIVITIES, YOU'RE LEAVING OTHER TYPES OF ASSOCIATIONS THAT YOU'VE FORMED OVER THE YEARS AND I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE FOUND AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL PARTICULARLY IS TOUGH FOR A YOUNG PERSON.))
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It's also tough when it comes to sports.
Students who transfer to a new school system cannot play sports for a year.
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((EBONY WALKER/STUDENT: IF I FEEL LIKE IF I CAN'T CHEER AND MARCH AT LAUREL PARK THEN IT DOESN'T REALLY MEAN TO ME ANYMORE.))
[OUT Q=to me anymore] It will mean a lot to the Henry County school district.
They could lose up to three thousand dollars from the state for every student who transfers to another school system.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))
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Still to come on the newscast, Chicago receives a dubious distinction.
also the prospects for peace are not looking good in the Middle East.
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Doctors say a gun battle between police and militants in the Gaza Strip today has left five Palestinians dead.
Tensions remain high in the region -- despite an announcement by the militant group Hamas that it's suspending suicide bombings and other attacks in Israel.
David Hawkins reports.
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THE PALESTINIAN MILITANT GROUP HAMAS SAYS IT WILL STOP ALL ARMED ATTACKS
AGAINST ISRAELIS... AT LEAST THOSE LIVING INSIDE ISRAEL.
LEADERS OF HAMAS... WHICH HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF THE SUICIDE
BOMBINGS... SHOOTINGS... AND MORTAR ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAELIS... MADE THE
ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER CLASHING WITH PALESTINIAN SECURITY FORCES LAST NIGHT
IN THE GAZA STRIP.
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT YASIR ARAFAT HAS CALLED FOR ALL
PALESTINIANS TO RESPECT HIS CALL FOR A CEASE-FIRE... AND HAS PROMISED
ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES THAT HE'LL CRACK DOWN ON PALESTINIAN
BUT THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S ATTEMPTS TO ARREST THE LEADERS OF THOSE
GROUPS IS UNPOPULAR AMONG MANY PALESTINIANS... AND HAS BEEN HAMPERED BY
LARGE... AND SOMETIMES VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS.
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It's a distinction Chicago's tourism office won't be using to promote the city-- it is now the murder capital of the United States..
It's set to take the top spot as the scene of the most homicides of any city in the U-S.
Police records show that as of yesterday, Chicago recorded 648
New York was second with 619 killings this year-- NOT including the victims of the September 11th attacks.
Los Angeles checks in at number three with, 570 slayings.
Commercial aircraft giant Boeing says it's handing out another 17-hundred layoff notices today.
It's part of the plan to eliminate as many as 30-thousand jobs
by the middle of next year.
The latest round of pink slips brings the total number of Boeing job cuts to more than 16-thousand, just since September.
Boeing has said it's eliminating the jobs because of a sharp downturn in the demand for airplanes after the terrorist attacks.
Virginia Tech says Governor Gilmore's final budget proposal could make lean times even leaner.
Spokesman Larry Hincker says to meet the cuts, there may have to be reductions in Tech's faculty and education quality.
He says proposed cuts for Tech translate into 5-million dollars for the current year and as much as 20-million for the first year of the new budget.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH SPOKESMAN; BUDGET REDUCTIONS OF THIS MAGNITUDE SIMPLY CANNOT BE PICKED UP WITH TUITION INCREASES ONE WE WOULDN'T WANT TO DO IT TO OUR STUDENTS, TWO, THE KINDS THE SIZE OF THE INCREASE THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO OFFSET REDUCTIONS OF THIS SIZE WOULD BASICALLY PRICE US OUT OF THE MARKET. ))
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Hincker says the University is hoping the budget situation will change for the better....once the General Assembly and Governor-elect Mark Warner get involved.
Hincker says if changes to meet cuts become necessary, decisions would be announced within 2 to 4 months.
A federal judge called a Richmond man ``evil'' before sentencing him to prison for selling a fraudulent cancer treatment.
Judge Richard Williams sentenced 49-year-old John Paul Dyke yesterday to nine years in prison.
Dyke pretended to be a doctor, who said he developed a miracle cure from a concoction of Oriental herbs and
Authorities called his concoction a foul-tasting ``green soup.''
He said he had cured a serious type of brain cancer in his wife, and presented medical records of her condition as proof.
Her tumor was actually NOT malignant.
Authorities say 18 fraud victims from Virginia and other states paid Dyke more than 300-thousand dollars.
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Martinsville finally gets to hold its Christmas parade. We'll have that story next.
Also there's something fishy about this choir's version of "Jingle Bells."
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The third time's the charm for one area holiday parade.
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The City of Martinsville finally held its annual Christmas parade in downtown last night.
Rainy weather forced organizers to postpone the event twice.
This year's parade took on a racing theme to honor the area's long involvement in the sport.
This was also the last year you'll see the Laurel Park and Fieldale Collinsville High school marching bands.
Both schools are scheduled to close next year.
Animals at San Diego's Sea World are showing their holiday spirit this year by singing Christmas carols.
That's right, SINGING.....
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The choir includes killer whales, sea lions, walruses, dolphins, penguins, and fish.
They all teamed up for a rousing rendition of "Jingle Bells".
It's sure to be a crowd favorite.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was up 28 points.
THe Nasdaq gained 16 points.
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In sports, a Holiday showdown brings Greensboro to Roanoke Catholic...
AND UVA goes to the nation's capital to battle 16th ranked Georgetown....We'll have details coming up in sports.
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Dozens of people gathered today for a ceremony to remember the homeless who have died in the past year.
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Richard Lesko is at the Coyner Springs cemetery.
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The U-V-A Cavaliers tried to keep their unbeaten streak alive last night as they faced their toughest
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challenge so far-- 16-th ranked Georgetown.
Travis Watson gets inside for the easy basket and Virginia led 6 to 4.
Georgetown decided to keep it outside Drew Hall's three pointer, and the Hoyas trailed by one.
But Virginia's Chris Williams scored 6 straight points, and the Cavaliers led by 8 at the half.
The Hoyas made a run in the second half.
Lloyd Bethel picks up the loose ball and takes it in for the score to make it 42 to 38.
But Virginia's Roger Mason put it out of reach, and the Cavaliers win it 61 to 55.
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In high school action, the Greensboro Day School visited Roanoke Catholic last night.
Catholic's Tony Hairston passes to J.R. Reynolds and hits the three pointer from the top of the key.
The Celtics led three to nothing.
Greensboro answers when Morgan Buck finds Luke Payne unguarded outside the line, and he hits the three- point jump shot.
The Bengals' Stephen Rush is looking to pass to Payne, but Catholic's Tony Hairston makes the steal for the easy score.
Greensboro goes on to win it 71 to 60.
The Associated Press 2001 Group- A girls basketball Player of the Year IS Glenvar's Allyson Fasnacht..
The five- foot- seven point guard led Glenvar to its second state title in the last five years, as the Highlanders beat 3- Rivers district rival Radford at the Salem Civic Center.
The Sophomore led the Highlanders to a 27 and 2 record.
She averaged 13 points and 4 assists a game during the regular season.
Fasnacht was joined on the first team by 2000 player of the year Roshana Jackson of Appalachia, LaShay Collier of J.J. Kelly, Erin Christiana of Goochland and Stacy Shepard of Altavista.
Eastern Montgomery's Kate Childress earned a spot on the second team.
The "Now Hiring" sign has been taken down at Virginia Tech.
Kevin Rogers, who served as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Notre Dame the past three seasons, is the Hokies NEW quarterback coach.
Rogers replaces Ricky Bustle, who resigned last week to accept the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Rogers is no stranger to the commonwealth.
He is a 1974 graduate of William and Mary.
He coached Donovan McNabb at Syracuse for three seasons.
Rogers begins his duties in January.
Pittsburgh and N.C. State battled last night in Orlando at the Tangerine Bowl.
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The score was tied 3 to 3 when Pittsburgh's David Priestly went to the air and hit Antonio Bryant on the 15 yard T-D pass.
Then in the second quarter, Priestly goes up top again and hits Bryant, this time on the 2 yard T-D pass.
That makes it 17 to 3 in the second quarter.
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The Wolfpack would get on the board in the second quarter.
Greg Golden scoops up the kickoff, and he's off to the races taking it 90 yards for the score.
Pittsburgh goes on to win it 34 to 19.
Finally this afternoon--
Tourists from all over the world are getting an "icy" reception in China.
And they couldn't be happier.
The 28th annual Harbin International Ice Lantern Festival began yesterday.
Two- thousand pieces of ice lanterns are on display across 16 acres.
The best time to enjoy the ice works is at night, when the sculptures are all lit up.
The country's winter- time temperatures are normally around 22- below, and provide the best conditions for the ice and snow sculptures.
The festival lasts through February.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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