The man accused of trying to ignite his shoes with explosives while on a Paris to Miami flight makes an appearance today in federal court.
But officials haven't found any connection between the suspect and Osama bin laden.
And American troops prepare to spend Christmas in Afghanistan.
Christmas is bringing cold weather into our region....I'll show you how cold in my forecast...
U-S Marines try to bring some holiday spirit to war- torn Afghanistan--
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The war on terror rolls on in Afghanistan, with U-S forces continuing their mop-up operations against the Taliban and al-Qaida network.
Jennifer Sabih reports on the latest from Washington.
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[OUT Q=Sabih, for CBS News, Washington.]
((Afghan fighters along side U.S. Special forces are digging out the last few bomb-collapsed caves in Tora Bora they've found lots of ammunition, documents, computers and radios but what the U.S. military has been most hoping to find is information that might help them locate Osama bin Laden some officials say after such heavy bombing, the world's most wanted man may be already dead.
While for the most part, bombs have stopped falling there's still sporadic violence in the war-wrecked country a shoot-out at a Kandahar hospital overnight. Afghan fighters backed by U.S. soldiers tried to
flush out eight wounded Al Qaeda patients who had live grenades strapped to their bodies, threatening to pull the pins.
The plan now is to stop food from entering the hospital and starve the fighters out.
(NAT: MERRY CHRISTMAS)
Meanwhile Marines near the capital Kabul are spending Christmas Eve writing letters home and trying to make the Bagram airbase feel more homey with Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
Sot NO FONT (MARINE) 9:41:46 "It's difficult, it's difficult, but you have to do what you have to do. You have to sacrifice sometimes for the greater good. It's hard but we can all get through this together."
And to show his solidarity with the troops President Bush symbolically picked this soldier and personally called him from Camp David.
Tag: And in a few hours for the first time since 1989 when the U.S. abandoned it's mission in Kabul the American embassy there will put on a Christmas party.
Jennifer Sabih for CBS News Washington))
The man accused of trying set off explosives hidden in his shoes during a trans-Atlantic flight this weekend has made a brief court appearance today in Boston.
A judge has ordered him to remain in custody, and set a bail hearing for Friday.
One U-S security official says the incident is another wake-up call for the security industry, as well as lawmakers.
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[SOT 10:05:29 ]
[IN Q=The stuff that congress]
((MICHAEL BOYD/AVIATION CONSULTANT: THE STUFF THAT CONGRESS IS BUYING TO SCREEN LUGGAGE-- THERE'S CREDIBLE TESTIMONY THAT IT DOESN'T DO VERY GOOD TO FIND THE KIND OF THING THAT WAS IN THIS GUYS SHOES. SO WE-- HAVE TO LOOK AT OTHER LAYERS-- WHICH INCLUDE THINGS LIKE PROFILING CERTAIN TYPES OF PASSENGERS. IF WE DON'T DO THAT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE AT RISK. ))
[SUPER=01-Michael Boyd/Aviation Consultant;]
[OUT Q=to be at risk.]
Officials say the suspect on board American Airlines Flight 63 on Saturday carried a British passport, with the name of Richard Reid.
He's charged with interfering with a flight crew, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Many airports in the U-S and Europe are now checking passengers shoes, adding to already long lines at security checkpoints.
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Meanwhile, decreased air travel is having a financial impact on the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Travel is off nearly twenty percent at the airport this holiday season.
Airport officials blame some of the decrease on the public's fear of flying since the September 11th attacks.
The loss of revenue has forced the airport to tighten its purse strings.
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((AMANDA DEHAVEN/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: OUR FINANCE DIRECTOR AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD TO RECONFIGURING THE BUDGET AND THERE WERE SMALLER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS INSIDE THE AIRPORT THAT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE DONE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HOLD OFF ON.))
[SUPER=01-Amanda DeHaven/Roanoke Regional Airport]
[OUT Q=hold off on]
One project that is still a go is the airport's new air control tower.
The airport broke ground on the new 9.2 million dollar tower in September.
It will feature the latest aviation technology and radar equipment.
The project should be completed in 2003.
There's been an apparent shooting attack near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
Israeli settlers and medical officials say the attack seriously injured one Israeli.
Meanwhile, holiday festivities are under way in Bethlehem, without the presence of Yasser Arafat.
David Hawkins reports.
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[SUPER=03-Bethlehem, Israel; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Hawkins/Reporting; :57]
[OUT Q=Hawkins, CBS News, Bethlehem.]
((If there is a shortage of holiday spirit in Bethlehem this year - it's really no wonder.
For the second year in a row the town's surrounded by Israeli soldiers - cut off from the tourists and pilgrims who usually flock to the biblical town of Jesus Christ's birth this time of year.
That's taken a toll on Bethlehem's economy - most of the shops catering to tourists are closed, those that are open are empty.
And Bethlehem is still recovering from the 11 days of fighting here when Israeli tanks rolled into town last October. more than 70 residents have been killed since the intifada began - over a year ago - their pictures
posted on walls are as common as Christmas decorations.
Still of not exactly overwhelmed with cheer - Bethlehem is trying to make the best of a bad situation - if only for the children. Some concerts and carols are planned and the traditional Christmas mass will
take place as always.
on camera - another thing missing - but perhaps not missed - is the presence of P. A. president Yasir Arafat he's come to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas every year since 1995.
This year though the Israeli government has so far denied him permission to travel to Bethlehem from the town of Ramallah where he has been in effect trapped for 2 weeks.
With or without him - Christmas in Bethlehem this year, despite everyone's efforts is lacking something - peace, for example, and good will towards men.
David Hawkins cbs news Bethlehem))
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Still ahead on News 7, the September 11th victims are remembered with a bluegrass ballad.
While the Olympic spirit burns bright in New York City.
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First, he's named "Person of the Year" in Time Magazine.
And last night, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani did his part to keep the torch lit--
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Thousands of spectators watched as Giuliani carried the Olympic torch into Rockefeller Center.
Earlier, the flame was delivered by ferry after a trip past the Statue of Liberty.
14- people, including police officers, firefighters, and relatives of September 11th victims each got to hold the torch.
After spending Christmas in the Big Apple, it'll head up to New England on Wednesday.
The September 11th victims are being remembered in a number of ways.
Some in art... some in music
Justin McLeod shows us how a simple song from our area is having a major impact across the country.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF BAND PLAYING]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lloyd Burge/Musician; :29]
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Pegram/Musician; 1:10]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF BAND PLAYING))
Ronnie Pegram of Bassett always wanted to write a song.
He tried numerous times but the right words just never came.
[IN Q=But when I started]
((RONNIE PEGRAM/MUSICIAN: BUT WHEN I STARTED WRITING THIS, IT JUST SEEM TO FLOW OUT.))
[OUT Q=to flow out]
His inspiration came from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Within days after September 11th, he had written a bluegrass ballad about the attacks.
Its called "Disaster 9-11."
[IN Q=It tells the complete]
((LLOYD BURGE/MUSICIAN: IT TELLS THE COMPLETE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED FROM THE TIME THE AIRPLANES HIT THE TOWERS UNTIL THE WHOLE END THERE WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED THERE.))
[OUT Q=that happened there]
((NAT SOUND OF BAND PLAYING))
The song is six verses.
The first five deal with each of the planes.
The final verse is a warning to the people who planned the attacks.
[IN Q=They're now about]
((RONNIE PEGRAM: THEY'RE NOW ABOUT TO LIVE THEIR WORST NIGHTMARE.))
[OUT Q=worst nightmare]
Its a song thats now being played on country radio stations throughout Virginia as well as several across the country.
The band hopes a country music star will record the song so it can be heard for years to come.
[IN Q=Somebody can pick up]
((RONNIE PEGRAM/MUSICIAN: SOMEBODY CAN PICK UP A COPY OF THIS SONG A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW WHEN ITS ALL IN THE HISTORY BOOKS AND ALL OF US ARE DEAD AND GONE AND WILL BE ABLE TO JUST FROM READING THE LYRICS OF THE SONG BE ABLE TO DETERMINE BASICALLY WHAT HAPPENED.))
[OUT Q=basically what happened]
And to remember the dead.
The song ends with "Taps" played like chimes on the Dobro.
((NAT SOUND OF ENDING 17:27:18))
Justin McLeod, News 7.))
Another round of actors, actresses and musicians has been honored at the Kennedy Center.
This year's honorees are Actress Julie Andrews, pianist Van Cliburn, music producer
Quincy Jones, actor Jack Nicholson and singer Luciano Pavarotti.
They were recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
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[IN Q=She has given us]
((CAROL BURNETT; SHE HAS GIVE US MORE SING-ALONGS THAN ANY OTHER SONGSTRESS IN HISTORY. AS WELL AS THE GREATEST MOUNTAIN-TOP TWIRL EVER SEEN ON THE SILVER SCREEN.))
[OUT Q=on the silver screen]
The Kennedy Center Honors Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Center to support its performing arts initiatives, education and public
service programming , as well as its national outreach effort
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It was the news no one wanted just days before Christmas.
Still ahead on News 7, a Clifton Forge call center closes its doors.
And later, NORAD has Santa on radar... making his way toward Virginia.
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It will be an unhappy Christmas for dozens of laid off workers in the Alleghany Highlands.
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The Telegate company shut-down its directory-assistance center in Clifton Forge this weekend, putting
130 people out of work.
The Texas-based company says it closed the Clifton Forge call center because of the poor economy and a decline in call volume.
Meanwhile, the company plans to hire at least 80 additional employees at its Winchester call center, boosting employment there to about 180 people.
Stores are hoping you'll pick up a few last-minute gifts on this final shopping day before Christmas--
But the holiday rush may be too little, too late for retailers.
Despite big discounts and expensive advertising campaigns, most stores have failed to entice consumers to spend.
Analysts predict holiday sales will rise less than the rate of inflation.
That's the smallest gain in 33 years.
The only bright spots have been in consumer electronics, kitchenware and certain toys.
The Roanoke Dazzle is throwing a holiday party and you are all invited.
For the first time in decades a professional sports team will play on Christmas Day at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The Dazzle is scheduled to take on the Greenville Groove at 2 o'clock.
Before the game, fans will be treated to a holiday celebration featuring music, games, as well as basketball and cheerleading clinics.
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[IN Q=We really think]
((DONNA DANIELS/TEAM PRESIDENT: WE REALLY THINK THAT AFTER YOU'VE OPENED UP YOUR PRESENTS, YOU'VE HAD YOUR BIG MEAL. I THINK YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO SO THIS IS OUR GIFT TO THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Daniels/Team President]
[OUT Q=to the Roanoke Valley]
The holiday party begins at noon in the exhibit hall of the Roanoke Civic Center.
The event is just for fans who plan to attend the game but you can buy tickets at the box office up until game time.
Also, the pop quartet True Vibe will perform after the game.
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was up 22 points. Nasdaq was down one.
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In sports, the Scarlet Knights try to taint the Cavs' perfect record...
And the Skins try to keep the Bears from clawing away their playoff spot. We'll have that story, coming up in sports.
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The Virginia Cavaliers kept their flawless record intact yesterday, pulling out a 76 to 68 victory over Rutgers, and improving to 8 and OH.
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University Hall would mark the site for this contest, and Pete Gillen knew 8 and 2 Rutgers was dangerous.
His Wahoos would watch the Scarlet Knights jump out to a five point lead early.
Eugene Dabney gets two of his 11 with a dunk.
UVa's pressure defense forced 14 Rutger turnovers and seven steals.
Chris Williams gets one of those here, and he gives to Travis Watson.
Watson had a career high 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Williams was limited to five points, so Roger Mason picked up the slack with 17 points and seven assists and four turnovers.
Uva trailed by six early in the second half.
Adam Hall gets two back here, and Virginia wins 76-68 with 17 turnovers.
The Express slid past Johnstown last night, beating them 6 to 3.
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In the first, Roanoke's Staphane Brannare passes to Pete Gardiner who buries the puck.
Gardiner had a goal and an assist.
The chief's Jim Shepherd makes good on the break away, beating Daniel Berthiaume to tie
the game at 1.
Then, Rick Kowalsky gets the puck to Mike Peron, and he scores.
Peron had two goals and four assists for a 6- point outing.
One of those assists goes to Frank Novok.
Express wins 6-3, scoring three goals in the third period.
Roanoke was also 2 for 3 on the power play.
The Washington Redskins lost their chance to be in the playoffs, after yesterday's 20 to 15 loss to Chicago.
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This would be considered an endangered species in Washington today.
The Skins' Stephen Davis scores the game's first touchdown, a three- yard TD run in the first quarter, completing a 12- play 57 yard drive.
But Davis was held to 57 rushing yards on 22 carries.
The Bears come right back in the second quarter on a 32 yard touchdown run by Leon
[SUPER=30-Chicago/20/Washington/15;]Johnson. That would make it 10-7 Chicago.
The Bears' Brian Urlacher put the dagger in the Skins' heart on a fake field goal attempt with a 27 yard touchdown reception in the fourth. Bears win 20-15 and are 11 and 3.
Washington is now 6 and 8 with its third straight home loss.
While the Skins have lost their hopes, the Giants are still fighting hard for a playoff spot.
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In the second quarter, Michael Barrow knocks the ball out of Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's hand.
Michael Strahan scoops it up and goes 13 yards for the TD.
Giants go up 14-10.
New York's Kerry Collins loses the ball in the Giants' end .
John Randle recovers
[SUPER=30-Seattle/24/New York/27;]it for the touchdown.
Seattle led 17-14.
Trailing 24-20, with 20 seconds left in the game, Collins hits Ike Hilliard for the score.
And for the second straight week, New York wins with a last second TD.
Giants' running back Tiki Barber had a pretty impressive day with 71 all purpose yards.
And his Brother Ronde would also shine, while helping the Buccaneers keep their postseason dreams alive as well.
[SUPER=03-Tampa, FL; :00]
Ronde would snag three interceptions on the day off his old teammate at Virginia, now New Orleans Saint quarterback Aaron Brooks.
Brooks tossed four interceptions, but also threw three touchdown passes and racked up 248
[SUPER=30-New Orleans/21/Tampa Bay/48;]passing yards on 21 of 38 passing.
In the fourth, Barber pulls in a 36 yard interception and returns it for a touchdown.
Buccaneers win 48-21 and improve to 8 and 6.
Ronde now has 9 interceptions on the season.
And finally today--
We're going to check the NORAD radar and see where Santa's heading on this Christmas Eve...
NORAD tracks Santa's global journey every year.
Its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, or CONAD started the tradition after a store's advertisement asked children to call Santa on a special hotline, which included a mis-printed telephone number.
Now, children can just check out the radar imagery for themselves.
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[IN Q=The NORAD]
[OUT Q=state of Michigan.]
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