[GRAPHIC=Osam Bin Laden]
An Arabic-language T-V station has aired excerpts of another videotape featuring Osama bin Laden.
The tape adds a new twist to rumors about the terrorist leader's
whereabouts, and whether he's even still alive.
Bin Laden's words on the tape indicate he could have been
speaking during the first half of this month.
Officials say he refers to the September 11th attacks as a quote "blessed attack."
[SS-War on Terrorism]
Meanwhile, alleged shoe- bomber Richard Reid is believed to have trained at an al-Qaida training camp.
Captured al-Qaida members say they recognize Reid.
Jennifer Jones joins us now with an update.
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[SUPER=01-Abdul Haqq Baker/Brixton Mosque Chairman;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
THE WORLD WILL BE LISTENING FOR POSSIBLE CLUES INTO THE MYSTERIOUS OSAMA BIN LADEN ... WHEN ARAB-RUN TELEVISION STATION, AL-JAZEERA, AIRS THIS LATEST VIDEOTAPE IN ITS ENTIRETY LATER TODAY.
BASED ON CLIPS ALREADY RELEASED, THE TAPE WAS APPARENTLY MADE EARLIER THIS MONTH. ON IT, BIN LADEN APPEARS FRAIL AND WEAK. BUT HIS HATRED FOR AMERICA REMAINS INTACT.
(SOT - translator) 18:18:40
"Our terrorism against America is a blessed one to prevent the unfair from committing unfair actions."
THE WHITE HOUSE IS DISMISSING THE TAPE AS JUST MORE TERRORIST PROPAGANDA.
MEANWHILE, NEW INFORMATION ABOUT ALLEGED SHOE-BOMBER, RICHARD REID INDICATES HE MAY HAVE HAD TIES TO OSAMA BIN LADEN'S TERRORIST NETWORK.
CAPTURED AL-QAIDA MEMBERS IN AFGHANISTAN CLAIM THEY RECOGNIZE REID AS SOMEONE WHO UNDERWENT TERRORIST TRAINING WITH THEM.
AND AT A LONDON MOSQUE WHERE REID ONCE ATTENDED, MEMBERS SAY REID BECAME INFLUENCED BY MUSLIM EXTREMISTS.
(SOT: ABDUL HAQQ BAKER/CHAIRMAN, BRIXTON MOSQUE)
"That's when we noticed the change, because he would be bringing and comparing notes with our view of Islam -- and jihad in particular -- and the view he was learning, the extreme view."
U.S. MARINES ROUNDED UP MORE AFGHAN DETAINEES AT KANDAHAR AIRPORT OVERNIGHT. THE U.S. IS NOT CLASSIFYING THOSE HELD CAPTIVE AS PRISONERS OF WAR ... LEAVING OPEN THE OPTION FOR MILITARY TRIBUNALS.
It's a familiar sight at Ground Zero in New York City--
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Firefighters and construction workers forming a line of respect, as a body is pulled from the debris of what used to be the world trade center.
Several bodies were uncovered on Christmas Day and a couple others were brought out yesterday.
Christmas Day marked 15 weeks since the terrorist attack in New York City killed nearly three- thousand people.
Some airline passengers were greeted with delays and cancellations yesterday...
U-S Airways says it was forced to cancel 11 of its 234 domestic flights after about a dozen of its crew members called in sick.
The move did NOT create any serious delays or cancellations for U-S Airways flights leaving Roanoke Regional Airport...
A U-S Airways employee said lines were short and flights were running smoothly yesterday afternoon.
Indeed-- most lines at check-in counters at the Roanoke Airport appeared short.
Radford University sophomore Amanda (knee-bee) Neby flew back to Roanoke aboard Northwest Airlines without any problems.
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[IN Q=I WENT HOME TO]
((AMANDA NEBY/RADFORD UNIVERSITY SOPHOMORE; I WENT HOME TO MINNESOTA AND IT WAS FINE, I HAD FUN, WE GOT SNOW BUT COMING
BACK I HAD NO PROBLEMS, I WAITED IN LINE TO CHECK MY BAS, BUT THAT'S TYPICAL FOR AFTER HOLIDAYS AND STUFF.))
[SUPER=01-Amanda Neby/Radford University Sophomore;]
[OUT Q=AND STUFF.]
Though there were NO long lines at the Roanoke Regional Airport-- a U-S Airways spokesman says some passengers at other airports had to wait up to 90- minutes at check-in counters.
Business owners were hoping for long lines at area malls.
Shoppers packed the malls in Roanoke yesterday, eager to swap what Santa gave them.
But many more wanted to take advantage of big discounts ... as high as 40 to 60 percent.
At a time when retailers nationwide are reporting their worst holiday season in a decade, Valley View Mall is thriving.
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[SOT 4:13 - :27]
[IN Q=I'm talking with]
((LOUISE DUDLEY/VALLEY VIEW MANAGER: I'M TALKING WITH A LOT OF STORE MANAGERS. THEY'RE RUNNING LOW ON MERCHANDISE. A LOT OF RETAILERS DISCOUNTED THE MERCHANDISE PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS. IT'S A GOOD MARKET FOR CONSUMERS, BUT AS A RESULT, A LOT OF STORES ARE RUNNING LOW ON MERCHANDISE.))
[SUPER=01-Louise Dudley/Valley View Manager;]
[OUT Q=running low on merchandise.]
The mall extended its hours for the day after Christmas... but will be back to regular hours today.
Today marks the second day of Kwanzaa...
Last night-- members of a Roanoke church gathered to celebrate the start of the African-American holiday.
[OUT Q=nat drums. ]
Dozens gathered last night at Saint Gerard Catholic church to mark the occasion.
Kwanzaa centers on SEVEN cultural principles-- including unity, self-determination and collective work.
Each day is dedicated to one of the principles, and gifts are also exchanged.
[in q=Uhjima ]
[out q=community together. ]
Kwanzaa was developed in 1966 by a California professor of Pan-African studies.
The name means ``first fruit'' in the East African language Swahili, and is based on a traditional African festival of the first crop harvest.
A website dedicated to financial literacy wants to get you started on the right track.
And when it comes to men's underwear, woman decide what's sexy.
Joe Gilday has those stories and more in today's consumer corner.
[SUPER=01-Joe Gilday/Reporting; 1:34]
[OUT Q=this is Joe Gilday]
(( (TAKE PKG)
YOU HAVE TO PAY YOUR BILLS, IT'S A FACT OF GROWN UP LIFE.
BUT FOR COLLEGE FRESHMAN... GROWING UP CAN BE HARD TO DO.
(SOT- "When you're paying
for everything, you don't realize how much things cost...")
BAD SPENDING HABITS BEGUN IN COLLEGE COULD HAUNT A PERSON WELL
BUT JUMPSTART COALITION DOT ORG HAS THIS ADVICE:
PAY YOUR BILLS ON TIME...
DON'T CHARGE MORE THAN YOU CAN PAY OFF IN A MONTH.
AND KNOW YOUR SAFE DEBT LEVEL... GENERALLY ABOUT 20-PERCENT OF
YOUR AFTER TAX INCOME.
YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO DEVELOP GOOD FINANCIAL HABITS AT
JUMPSTART COALITION DOT ORG.
SOMETIMES IT'S JUST TOO LATE TO THINK ABOUT TAX DEDUCTIONS... BUT
IT'S NEVER TOO SOON.
SO LET'S TURN THE SPOTLIGHT ON THAT POPULARLY MISUNDERSTOOD TAX
WRITE-OFF: THE HOME OFFICE.
YOU CAN TAKE A DEPRECIATION DEDUCTION
FOR PART OF YOUR HOME IF...
YOU USE IT EXCLUSIVELY AND REGULARLY AS A PRINCIPAL PLACE OF
IF YOU MIX PERSONAL AND BUSINESS USE... NO DEDUCTION.
BUT YOU CAN STILL CLAIM A BUSINESS USE PERCENTAGE ON OFFICE
EQUIPMENT, TELEPHONE AND INTERNET ACCESS CHARGES.
BRIEFS OR BOXERS?... A TOUGH QUESTION.
AND THERE'S PROBABLY NO RIGHT ANSWER.
BUT FOR MANY WOMEN THE ANSWER IS CLEAR:
(SOT- "Boxers. They look sexier.")
YES, SEXY UNDERWEAR IS FOR MEN, TOO.
IT COMES IN AN ALLURING ARRAY OF COLORS AND DESIGNS TO EXPRESS
THE INDIVIDUALITY OF EVERY GUY.
THE OLD STANDARD WHITE BRIEF IS CLEARLY BEING EDGED OUT OF SHELF
(SOT- "There's probably nothing wrong with briefs. But I prefer
boxers. I just...like the look.")
GUYS... ANY QUESTIONS?
IN THE CONSUMER CORNER, THIS IS JOE GILDAY.))
In business news this morning, Just a week before filing for bankruptcy protection, energy giant Enron donated 100-thousand dollars to the Democratic Party.
Barton Eckert has that story and more..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS THURSDAY THE 27TH OF DECEMBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
A BIG NAME WASHINGTON LAWYER SAYS THERE'S NO CONNECTION BETWEEN
THE CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY INTO ENRON, AND THE POLITICAL DONATIONS
ENRON MADE A WEEK BEFORE FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION.
ENRON DONATED 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO A DEMOCRATIC SENATE
ATTORNEY ROBERT BENNETT , WHO REPRESENTED BILL CLINTON... SAYS
THE DONATIONS "REFLECT CERTAIN POLITICAL REALITIES AND ARE FOLLOWED BY
ALL MAJOR CORPORATIONS."
THE DEMOCRATIC SENATE FUND RAISING COMMITTEE SAYS THE MONEY WILL
GO TO CHARITY TO HELP LAID-OFF ENRON WORKERS.
WATCH FOR REACTION ON WALL STREET TODAY TO THE LATEST READ ON
THIS AS BETTER THAN EXPECTED HOLIDAY SALES AT RETAILERS SUCH AS
WAL-MART... HAVE BOOSTED HOPES THE RECESSION WILL SOON BE OVER.
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT ..STOCKS RALLIED IN TOKYO AHEAD OF THE
NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY.
THE SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE TAKING THEIR TOLL ON
RHODE ISLAND'S SEAFOOD
LOSSES ARE PEGGED AT ABOUT 100 MILLION DOLLARS.
ONE LOBSTERMAN IS ACCEPTING $2.40 A POUND -- .. THAT'S THE LOWEST
PRICE HE'S SEEN SINCE HE STARTED FISHING 18 YEARS AGO.
IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE SEPTEMBER ATTACKS, SHIPMENTS SPOILED AS
AIRPORTS SHUT DOWN.
PLUS.. THE NEW YORK MARKET WAS CLOSED TO DISTRIBUTORS FOR MORE THAN A
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
In medical news, A new clinical trial is comparing standard x-ray mammography to high tech
Elizabeth Kaledin reports.
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[SOT 12/27/2001 - 03NA - 03:34:32]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Etta Pisano/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;]
[SUPER=01-Robin Hutchison/Breast Cancer Survivor;]
[SUPER=01-Anne Hill/Trial Participant;]
[OUT Q=CBS News New York.]
Track: Dr. Etta Pisano is hoping better technology will be the key to
saving women from breast cancer...
(SOT) (in the dark and she's looking at the x-rays)
We don't want to replace a technology and then find out later that
we;re finding fewer breast cancers...that would be bad.
Track: Doctor Pisano is the principal investigator in a major new
clinical trial comparing standard x-ray mammography to these high tech
digital screens....which look the same but have several advantages.
(SOT) Dr. Etta Pisano/principal investigator/University of North
Carolina Chapel Hill
the images are more portable, you can manipulate them, you can store
them more easily, you don't ever lose them...
Track: but do they make it easier to find the earliest stages of cancer?
We just don't know.
A lot of people make the assumption that if it's digital it has to be
better...well if we knew it was better we wouldn't be running the trial.
Track: The nearly 50,000 trial participants will have mammograms done
both ways and readers will compare the results.
In this example...tiny suspicious spots known as calcifications look
exactly the same in the x-ray film on top...as they do in the digital
picture on bottom.
(SOT) Pisano (covered)
You can see them on both mammograms and I don't know yet whether these
are cancer or not.
Stand Up Bridge/EK OC The trial comes at a time when the benefits of
standard x-ray mammography are being called into question. A
recent..controversial study suggested they do not save lives at
all....and although they've been relied on for 40 years...doctors admit
they are not perfect...missing 10 to 20 percent of cancers.
Track: Robin Hutchison is a case in point.
(SOT) Robin Hutchison/breast cancer survivor
it's obvious there needs to be a more reliable method.
Track: Hutchison started having regular mammograms ten years ago at the
age of 37...her annual screens were always clear but then last year she
found a lump herself and was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.
She faces chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.
Track: Her mother in law has now enrolled in the new trial in an effort
to help save lives.
(SOT) Anne Hill/trial participant
I've just had some dear friends die from breast cancer
Track: The trial will last 18 months and cost the National Institutes of
Health 26 million dollars. If results yield a more accurate way to
detect early breast cancer....the feeling is it will be a worth every
penny. EK CBS News, New York.))
A Smyth County farmer is among six contestants left in Africa on CBS's Survivor.
46-year-old Tom Buchanan has lasted nine episodes and now has a one in six chance to win the million dollar prize.
The Rich Valley farmer often visits a local convenience store to sign autographs and Survivor t-shirts.
Buchanan hid from our cameras because of the show's strict contract, but he gladly spoke to fans.
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[IN Q=he's about]
((DUANE PRATER/TOM'S FRIEND; HE'S ABOUT THE SAME, HE'S REAL HONEST ON THE SHOW HE'S REAL HONEST ON THE SHOW AND REAL HONEST FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE AND THAT'S WHY EVERYONE LIKES HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Duane Prater/Tom's Friend;]
[OUT Q=EVERYONE LIKES HIM.]
Prater says more than 4-thousand shirts have been sold.
Friends say Buchanan has made it as far as he has on the show because he's witty, honest and smart.
You can see Survivor right here your hometown station tonight at 8.
(toss to bump)[11Telegate]
All of Telegate U-S-A's employees are expected to be out of work by the beginning of the new year.
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/File Tape;]
The call center which once handled directory assistance calls for A-T-and-T and Verizon Wireless is operating on a skeleton staff.
It's expected to be completely closed by the beginning of the year.
Governor-Elect Mark Warner says high tech jobs like these in a rural area are essential to the state's economy.
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[IN Q=If all the good jobs...]
((MARK WARNER/GOVERNOR-ELECT; IF ALL THE GOOD JOBS, PARTICULARLY HIGH TECH JOBS ARE ONLY GOING TO BE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT IN VIRGINIA. ONE OF THE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES OF THE INFORMATION AGES IS TO BRING INFORMATION JOBS THROUGH TELECOMMUTING, BROADBAND CAPABILITY TO COMMUNITIES LIKE CLIFTON FORGE.))
[OUT Q=to communities like Clifton Forge.]
Economic leaders in the Alleghany highlands say they have at least a dozen businesses interested in the call center.
Telegate U-S-A employed as many as 130 people.
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[VO-NAT - :18.5]
Warner was in Alleghany County yesterday to campaign for Democratic Delegate Jim Shuler
Shuler is running in a special election for Creigh Deeds' open 12th House district seat.
The 12th runs from Bath County to the New River Valley, and for Blacksburg native Shuler, there are a lot of new faces to meet.
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[IN Q=We need someone]
((MARK WARNER/GOVERNOR-ELECT; WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN BE AN ADVOCATE FOR VIRGINIA TECH, THAT CAN BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THIS PART OF THE STATE THAT'S LOST SOME OF THE JOBS, PARTICULARLY HERE IN BATH CO. AND ALL THROUGH THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS. JIM SHULER BRINGS THAT EXPERIENCE BRINGS THE ABILITY TO WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT I THINK WILL BE CRITICAL. ))
((DEL. JIM SHULER/(D) BLACKSBURG; MARK WARNER IS A REFRESHING PIECE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN VIRGINIA RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE MANY CHALLENGES FACING US BUT I FEEL CONFIDENT WITH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND WARNER'S AGENDA THAT WE HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF US.))
[OUT Q=bright future ahead of us.]
[VO-NAT - :05+]
Shuler faces Republican Larry Linkous in the January Eighth special election.
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Council]
Another member of Roanoke City Council says he will not seek re-election.
Bill White says he will not run in the May council elections.
White has served three terms spanning twelve years on city council.
He tells News-7 he's leaving the city in fine shape.
He says it's time to look at other options, which may include running for higher office, but first he's wants to take a break.
White joins Alvin Hudson as the second council member not seeking re-election.
In business news, Stronger-than-expected holiday sales at Wal-Mart and Yahoo! sent
stocks climbing yesterday .
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
WALL STREET ENOYED A POST CHRISTMAS RALLY AS INVESTORS FILLED THEIR
CARTS WITH RETAIL STOCKS.
THE DOW CLIMBED 52 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ ADDED ABOUT 16
BUT A LITTLE COLD WATER WAS THROWN ON THE MARKET'S EARLIER RALLY ON WORD
THAT AL JAZEERA TV BROADCAST A VIDEO TAPE SHOWING OSAMA BIN LADEN ALIVE..
THAT'S WHEN STOCKS STARTED TO GIVE BACK SOME OF THEIR EARLIER GAINS.
RETAIL STOCKS WERE IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WALMART WAS A BIG WINNER AFTER THE
DISCOUNT GIANT SAID SHOPPING IN THE PAST MONTH WAS STRONGER THAN EXPECTED
AND ITS MARKDOWNS WILL BE MINIMAL
YAHOO RALLIED AFTER SALES ON ITS SHOPPING SERVICE IN THE MONTH BEFORE
CHRISTMAS ROSE 86 PERCENT. AND AMAZON.COM ALSO JOINED IN THE RALLY ON
HOLIDAY SALES AND AN UPBEAT ANALYST COMMENT
KEEP YOUR EYE ON OIL STOCKS. THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL STAGED ITS BIGGEST
YESTERRDAY IN ALMOST A YEAR. OPEC IS EXPECTED TO CUT OIL PRODUCTION THIS
WEEK TO BOOST PRICES.
TRADING IS EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. BUT THERE
STILL SOME ECONOMIC REPORTS TO POUR OVER. LATER TODAY WE GET WEEKLY
CLAIMS AND TOMORROW, DURABLE GOODS ORDERS, NEW AND EXISTING HOME SALES
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE FOR DECEMBER.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ
(tape tosses to stocks)
What COULD have been a holiday tragedy turns out okay for actor Clint Eastwood--
Eastwood's eight-year- old daughter and former girlfriend escaped a Christmas morning house fire in Vancouver, Canada.
Francesca Eastwood crawled out of her bedroom window and onto the garage roof of the burning home.
She then managed to jump into the arms of a neighbor.
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[SOT 3:33:37 ]
[IN Q=She was a pretty]
((CLINT EASTWOOD/ACTOR/DIRECTOR: SHE WAS A PRETTY BRAVE LITTLE GIRL BECAUSE SHE WAS DISORIENTATED WHEN
SHE WAS INSIDE, IT WAS ALL SMOKED. WHEN SHE WOKE UP THE ROOM WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE SO SHE HAD TO GO BY BRAILLE, KIND OF, TO GET OUT OF THE
WINDOW. BUT BOY, THAT PLACE WENT UP QUICK, DIDN'T IT?))
[SUPER=01-Clint Eastwood/Actor - Director;]
[OUT Q=went up quick, didn't it?]
While Eastwood's daughter was not seriously injured, her mother actress Frances Fisher was treated for burns to her hands.
Fisher was in Vancouver to film a T-V series.
Authorities haven't yet determined the cause of the fire.
A high tech device is being credited with saving a life.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department says a 67-year-old Blacksburg man is safe after being reported missing.
The Alzheimer's patient wandered away from home...but deputies used "Project Lifesaver" to find him quickly.
The device was demonstrated in October.
Participants wear a bracelet 24-hours a day...it emits an electronic signal that authorities can pick up with their equipment.
Project Lifesaver made yesterday's rescue time a total of 9 minutes.
Currently, six families are involved in the project.
The Confederate Air Force will officially ground its name this January.
The flying club will change its name to the Commemorative Air Force in an effort to acquire more sponsors.
The group said businesses were reluctant to finance C-F-A events due to the name.
Members also said the current name does not reflect their objective of preserving vintage aircraft and their history.
The Hampton Roads-based organization has 100 members.
It also has the last B-29 and one of only two B-24's still in flying condition.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, new techniques are helping doctors find blocked arteries more accurately, and antibiotics could make you test positive on DRUG tests. Doctor Dave Hnida has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=for CBS News]
((A NEW TYPE OF IMAGING USING AN MRI MACHINE MAY REPLACE ANGIOGRAMS WHEN
IT COMES TO CHECKING FOR BLOCKED HEART ARTERIES.
A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS NEWER MRI
TECHNIQUES ARE ACCURATE AT FINDING BLOCKAGES- AND SINCE THEY ARE
NON-INVASIVE- ARE SAFER THAN AN ANGIOGRAM- THATS A DYE TEST WHERE A
CATHETER IS TREADED THROUGH A LEG VEIN INTO THE HEART ARTERIES.
IF HAVE ASTHMA- AND YOUR BREATHING IS NOT WHAT IT SHOULD BE- IT MAY BE
TIME TO SEE A SPECIALIST.
A STUDY IN THE ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE FINDS ASTHMA SPECIALISTS
DO A BETTER JOB THAN GP'S WHEN IT COMES TO USING THE LATEST- AND BEST
THERAPIES WHEN IT COMES TO CONTROLLING ASTHMA.
FINALLY TODAY- IF YOU NEED TO HAVE A DRUG TEST DONE BEFORE GETTING A
NEW JOB- OR FOR THAT MATTER ANY REASON- BE SURE YOU TELL THE TESTERS
WHAT ROUTINE MEDICATIONS YOU ARE TAKING.
A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FINDS A
CLASS OF ANTIBIOTICS CALLED QUINOLONES- AND THAT INCLUDES THE DRUG
CIPRO- CAN CAUSE YOU TO TEST POSITIVE FOR HEROIN, MORPHINE , AND
CODEINE TYPE DRUGS
THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES - IM DR DAVE HNIDA
FOR CBS NEWS.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A new report shows distracted drivers are the leading cause of all crashes statewide.
The Transportation Safety Training Center studied 444 fatal crashes caused by driver inattention, but were unable to pin down the cause in 79 percent of them.
About 80 of the accidents happened because the driver fell asleep or was tired.
Male drivers were involved in 74 percent of the crashes, even though they make up only half of Virginia's licensed drivers.
When you're shopping, do you struggle between buying the brand name product or the generic version?
How do you know when to splurge or when not to...
Wendy Bell explains
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[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ruth Katz/Consumer Expert; :12]
[OUT Q=Wendy Bell reporting.]
STORE SHELVES ARE PACKED WITH PRODUCTS BOASTING SIMILAR
INGREDIENTS, PROMISING SIMILAR RESULTS.
SO WE'RE BEING FACED WITH THE DIFFICULT QUESTION-- HOW AND WHERE
DO I GET THE BEST VALUE FOR MY MONEY?
(SOT KATZ: Today, store brands account for one in every five items
sold in U-S supermarkets and drug store chains.)
NO MATTER WHAT YOUR SHOPPING STRATEGY IS-- IF ITEMS DON'T FIT
YOUR LIFE STYLE OR TASTE, THEY'RE NOT BARGAINS. EVEN IF THEY'RE
TODAY WE FIND ALL SORTS OF GENERIC FOODS, PAPER GOODS AND
MEDICINES. BUT THEY DON'T ALL SAVE US MONEY.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON WHEN ON WHEN TO PINCH PENNIES, AND WHEN TO
BUY BRAND NAMES.
TAKE STAPLE ITEMS, LIKE BREAD.
MOST PEOPLE DON'T NOTICE A DIFFERENCE IN TASTE SO IT'S PROBABLY
SAFE TO BUY THE LOWEST PRICED LOAF.
YOU'LL END UP SAVING WITHOUT COMPROMISING TOO MUCH IN QUALITY.
FOR TREATS, GO WITH THE NAMES YOUR FAMILY LOVES.
IF YOU'RE GOING TO INDULGE, INDULGE.
YOU'LL APPRECIATE THE EXTRA CHIPS YOU GET WITH A BRAND NAME.
SO WHAT'S NOT A BARGAIN?
PRODUCTS WHICH REQUIRE MORE EFFORT WITH LESS EFFECTIVE RESULTS.
TAKE THIS SPILL.
YOU COULD USE SEVERAL SHEETS OF A LOWER-PRICED TOWEL TO MOP UP
THE SAME SPILL, WHILE THE BRAND NAME RIVAL MAY BE ABLE TO DO IT IN ONE
YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO BYPASS BARGAIN NAMES WHEN IT COMES TO
(SOT KATZ: Even though generics may contain the same active
ingredients as their brand name counter parts, their formulations may
be different. For instance, Monistat, which was once avilable only in
perscription, has a unique patented formula, not avilable in any other
SO THE NEXT TIME YOU GO SHOPPING, STOP AND THINK A BIT BEFORE YOU
REACH FOR THE BARGAN BRAND.
REMEMBER WHAT YOU BUY HAS TO FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE, AS MUCH AS YOUR