From his ranch in Texas, President Bush tells reporters that Osama bin Laden is on the run, he vows to bring the terrorist to justice.
Plus, shoe bombing suspect Richard Reid is back in court today.
And Virginia Military Institute names a few possible replacements for outgoing Superintendent Josiah Bunting.
Partly sunny skies will usher in milder weather for today....I'll have your weekend forecast....
Osama bin Laden is speaking out on video--
But President Bush says he won't be able to escape U-S forces.
[GRAPHIC=Op. Enduring Freedom]
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
President Bush says the U-S doesn't know where Osama Bin Laden is, but the search for him will never end.
On the war front, the number of Afghan detainees held by U-S forces continues to grow.
Pentagon officials say 25 more prisoners arrived at the U-S base in southern Afghanistan.
That brings the total number of captured al-Qaida and Taliban fighters to near 70.
And, a court appearance today in Boston for the alleged shoe- bomber.
Prosecutors want Richard Reid held without bail, as he awaits trial.
Reid is charged with assaulting a flight crew.
Jim Acosta is in Washington this afternoon with an update.
[SUPER=141-Jim Acosta/CBS News;]
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[SUPER=143-Tora Bora, Afghanistan;]
[SUPER=141-Mahammed Hossin/Madoo Villager;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
(LOCATOR: CRAWFORD, TX)
THE PRESIDENT INTERRUPTED HIS VACATION IN CRAWFORD, TEXAS, WITH THIS
ASSESMENT OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S CURRENT PLIGHT:
SOT: Bush, he's not in charge of Afghanistan any more. He's in charge of
The U-S is walking on some political eggshells in Afghanistan -- where
the country's new defense minsitry wants American bombing runs to stop
-- possibly within days. Today the Pentagon declined to rule them out
-- despite apparent civilian casualties.
(LOCATOR: TORA BORA, AFGHANISTAN)
This village near Tora Bora was devastated by U-S war planes earlier
this month. Residents here claim the strike killed 115 villagers who
were not connected to al-Qaeda or the Taliban.
(nats MAHAMMED HOSSIN, MADOO VILLAGER)
This man says "the people are not happy with Americans because at first
they promised they would not kill civilians and they killed a lot of
people in different villages and we don't like Americans because they
broke their promise."
(LOCATOR: KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN)
And there are problems for the Afghan government in Kandahar -- where
soldiers are still trying to end a siege at a hospital -- where seven
armed Arab Taliban loyalists are barricaded inside. They know they'll
likely be turned over to U.S. forces who now are holding 62 detainies in
Kandahar -- after 25 new prisoners arrived from Pakistan overnight.
(Boston -- Reid hearing)
In Boston -- alleged shoe bomber Richard Reid appeared in court.
Prosecutors cited Reid's attempt to blow up a commercial plane with
explosives hidden in his sneakers -- saying the Englishman is a danger
to society and flight risk in more ways than one.
A pair of alumni head up Virginia Military Institute's list to replace outgoing Superintendent Josiah Bunting.
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, the two alumni are General Binford (Pay) Peay, the third, and Lieutenant- General Robert Flowers, who heads the U-S Army Corps of Engineers.
Also on the list is Anthony (ZIH-nee) Zinni, a U-S Special envoy to the Middle East.
Zinni is NOT an alumni, but is a part-time instructor.
Superintendent Josiah Bunting has announced he will retire in January 2003.[OPEC]
OPEC has decided oil prices have fallen low enough---
Ministers from the oil cartel confirm the group will carry out a
plan to cut its crude oil production by six percent, or one-and-a-half million barrels a day.
The move came today during an emergency meeting in Egypt.
It's an effort to firm up sagging oil prices, and to protect OPEC member nations' main source of income.
OPEC officials say the cuts will begin January first ,and will last for six months.
Authorities say the woman accused of stealing a baby girl from a Chicago bus station on Christmas Eve has spent time behind bars for a SIMILAR crime.
They say Sheila Matthews spent about five months in jail for abducting a two-year-old in Seattle back in 1987.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[SUPER=01-Marcella Anderson/Jasmine's Mother; :08]
[SUPER=01-Philip Cline/Chicago Police Chief; :33]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/CBS News; 1:10]
[OUT Q=Maher, CBS News, Chicago.]
(open w/shots of baby...)
FOR t6-MONTH OLD JASMINE ANDERSON AND HER FAMILY - THE NIGHTMARE THAT
BEGAN CHRISTMAS EVE HAS COME TO A HAPPY ENDING...
(SOT/MARCELLA ANDERSON/JASMINE'S MOTHER/) "GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO HELPED
AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU..."
MARCELLA ANDERSON TOLD POLICE THAT HER DAUGHTER DISAPPEARED FROM A
CHICAGO BUS STATION AFTER A WOMAN WITH BLOND HAIR AND A NECK TATOO
BEFRIENDED HER AND THEN OFFERED TO HOLD JASMINE WHILE SHE RETURNED A
POLICE SAY SHELIA MATTHEWS TOLD HER BOYFRIEND SHE'D HAD A BABY WHILE HE
WAS IN PRISON - AND WHEN HE GOT OUT AND ASKED WHERE THE CHILD WAS,
Philip Cline/Chicago PD, Chief of Detectives
(SOT/POLICE/) "WHEN SHE WENT TO THE GREYHOUND STATION THAT NIGHT SHE WAS
LOOKING TO ABDUCT A BABY AND UNFORTUNATLEY MARCELLA WAS THERE WITH
(vo of still of Christmas picture)
MATTHEWS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS WITH JASMINE AND HER FAMILY IN A CHICAGO
SUBBURB, THEN DROVE WITH HER BOYFRIEND BACK TO THEIR HOME IN WEST
BUT HAVING SEEN NEWS REPORTS OF THE MISSING LITTLE GIRL, FAMILY MEMBERS
TURNED THE COUPLE IN...
MATTHEWS HAS BEEN CHARED WITH KIDNAPPING AND IS BEING HELD IN A WEST
AS FOR JASMINE, AUTHORITIES SAY SHE IS DOING FINE...
(SOT/MARCELLA ANDERSON/JASMINE'S MOTHER/) "WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?"
"HOPEFULLY TO GO HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND HAVE OUT OWN CHRISTMAS..."
A BIT OF A LATE START ON THE HOLIDAYS - BUT AT LEAST SHE'S ON HER WAY
MAUREEN MAHER, CBS NEWS, CHICAGO
An official in Buffalo, New York say the city is shut down--
Nearly SIX feet of snow have fallen there this week, and authorities have declared a state of emergency.
The emergency was declared, after overnight snowfall dropped
more than 15 new inches.
While residents have had a few days to get used to the winter wonderland-- it's been a nightmare for travelers.
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[SOT 3:14:17 ]
[IN Q=Boring....of playing cards.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[IN Q=We boarded]
[SUPER=01-Cesar Manrique/Stranded Traveler;]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Kozak/Stranded Traveler; :08]
[OUT Q=to Syracuse.]
There is some good news, though--
Forecasters say Buffalo might see a break in the snow sometime
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Still ahead on News 7 at Noon, the fight to save some Henry County schools is just beginning. Now some parents are calling for school board members to step down.
and on last night's episode of Survivor, Big Tom survived another round, while the younger Kim wasn't so lucky. We'll have a full wrap up in just a few minutes...
[music up full]
More legal battles for Bob Kopstein and Optical Cable.
A civil case alleging the violation of federal securities laws was filed in Roanoke's federal court yesterday.
It's another class action, brought by a stockholder identified in court papers as Richard P. Simone.
The lawsuit claims that Optical Cable, its ousted president, and un-named officials and board members conspired to inflate the company's stock price.
And it says they failed to tell investors that Kopstein had used much of the stock as collateral for loans from brokers.
No one from the company was available to talk about the suit.
[GRAPHIC=Henry School Consol.]
Its been nearly two weeks since the Henry County school board voted to move forward on a controversial re-configuration plan to close and consolidate several schools.
As Justin McLeod discovered, some parents plan to go as far as having school board members removed from office.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF MEETING]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Tyler Millner/Consolidation Plan Opponent; :13]
[SUPER=01-Dave Alderman/Bassett Resident; :28]
[SUPER=01-Karen Knapp/Collinsville Resident; :49]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Dalton/Collinsville Resident; 1:12]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Henry County]
((((NAT SOUND OF MEETING))
More than a hundred Henry County residents came out Thursday night to discuss stragety.
The school board must be stopped.
[IN Q=We think this is not the best]
((REV. TYLER MILLNER: WE THINK THIS IS NOT THE BEST PLAN AND IF THEY GO THROUGH WITH IT WE HAVE NO WAY TO GET RECOURSE SO THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO STOP IT.))
[OUT Q=to stop it]
To stop it, a group of concerned residents have come up with a course of action.
The first step?
Ask the school board to reconsider their vote.
[IN Q=It gives them a chance]
((DAVE ALDERMAN/BASSETT RESIDENT: IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO KNOW THERE IS AS MUCH OPPOSITION AS THERE IS. AND I DONT THINK AT THE POINT THEY DIDN'T REALIZE.))
[OUT Q=they didn't realize]
At the same time, the group also agreed to head to court.
They plan to ask a judge for an injunction to block this plan from going into effect for at least a year.
[IN Q=We're running into that time]
((KAREN KNAPP/COLLINSVILLE RESIDENT: WE RUNNING INTO THAT TIME FRAME OF BEING AROUND THE HOLIDAYS AND IF THE SCHOOL BOARD GOES FORWARD AND SIGNS ANY CONTRACTS OR COMMITS FUTURE FUNDING FOR THIS RE-CONFIGURATION PLAN, THEY'RE COMMITTING THE WHOLE COUNTY TO THAT.))
[OUT Q=county to that]
If the group fails at those two initiatives, they have one last course of action.
They plan to petition to have the whole school board removed from office.
[IN Q=Its not easy]
((JERRY DALTON/COLLINSVILLE RESIDENT: IT'S NOT EASY. WE KNOW IT'S NOT EASY. ITS A LAST RESORT. THE PEOPLE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD ARE GOOD PEOPLE BUT WE FEEL LIKE THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT THIS ACTION AS THATS BEING DONE. AND WE'RE DOING THINGS TO MAYBE CORRECT THAT.))
[OUT Q=maybe correct that]
The group plans to use that only as a last resort buy they do plan to gather the necessary signatures immediately just in case.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))
Residents hope the school board will reconsider their vote at the next board meeting.
That is scheduled for next Thursday.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Up ahead, the Dazzle shines in a win over Fayetteville. That and more basketball highlights are coming up...
and this Rabbi is trying to prove religion is more powerful than magic... We'll explain when News 7 at Noon returns.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
"Big Tom" Buchanan is hanging in there just fine in Africa, as "Survivor Three" heads into its final weeks.
The Rich Valley farmer won immunity last night--
But 29- year- old Kim Powers wasn't so lucky.
Teri Okita has a wrap-up from last night's show.
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[SUPER=04-"Survivor 3"; :10]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News; :25]
[SUPER=01-Kim Powers/Former "Survivor" Contestant; :46]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, New York.]
SOT: (56:07) Jeff: Kim, the tribe has spoken.
TRACK: LITTLE KIM POWERS LEARNED THAT OLD ALLIANCES DIE HARD. SHE NEVER
REALLY SEEMED TO HAVE A STRATEGY ... AND EARLY ON, SHE ALIGNED WITH
PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T REALLY HELP HER ADVANCE. BY THE TIME THE TEAMS
MERGED, SHE SEEMED TO FLOUNDER.
SOT: (42:15) Kim P: Oh, yeah, whatever.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Kim P. was simply a victim of poor choices and past alliances.
She survived Samburu s age alliance. She survived an alliance with
Brandon, but in the end, she couldn t create any strong bonds with her
new tribemates from Moto-Maji.
TRACK: LOOKING BACK AT THOSE ALLIANCES, THOUGH, THE BRIDGEWATER, NEW
JERSEY NATIVE PROBABLY LASTED LONGER THAN SHE SHOULD HAVE. SHE SAYS HER
FAMILY BACK HOME WOULD BE PROUD OF HER.
SOT: (52:40) I've never even camped before so I think they'd be proud of
my 33 days.
TRACK: NEXT WEEK, WE'LL SEE IF THE OLD BORAN BOND WILL LAST ... OR IF
TERESA HAS MANAGED TO INFILITRATE THE ALLIANCE. WITHOUT IMMUNITY,
TERESA IS MAKING A LAST-DITCH ATTEMPT TO FORM A "GIRL POWER" ALLIANCE
WITH KIM JOHNSON. WE'LL SEE IF IT WORKS.
SOT: (49:56) Teresa: I really don't want one of the guys to win.
STANDUP: It's the final stretch with just two weeks to go. And while the
old Boran team seems to be playing it straight, the twists and turns in
this game come at every corner. Teri Okita, CBS News, New York.
You might say a Brooklyn rabbi is really chillin' out....
[SUPER=03-Coney Island, NY;]
Rabbi Abraham Abraham is in a block of ice on Coney Island, New York.
He's trying to melt away magician David Blaine's record.
The rabbi's encased in 12- tons of ice, with frigid air swirling around him.
He plans to spend 72- hours there.
Abraham says Blaine had buildings in Time Square to keep him warm during HIS 61- hour feat.
The rabbi is scheduled to be chiseled out tomorrow morning.
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was DOWN 15 points. Nasdaq was UP 10 points.
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In sports, The Blue Ridge district is making some changes, trying to make fair play for the small schools....
And William and Mary invited themselves into the Cole Field House for more than a cup of tea...We'll have those stories and more coming up in sports.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The Roanoke Dazzle tried to win for the second straight time on its home court last night.
The team took on Fayetteville WITHOUT Ja-Ron Rush.
The former UCLA star was waived,
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Patriots vs. Dazzle; :00]
so that the Dazzle could make room for Kris Hunter who played three seasons at Virginia before transferring to Jacksonville.
Check out these moves.
Danny Earl dishes to Andre McCollum, and he drives in for the easy lay- up to put Roanoke up by 2.
It was 42 to 40 in the second period.
The Patriots' Danny Johnson then gets the pass to Greg Stempin.
He's gonna break free from the defender and scores.
Later, Artie Griffin gives to Lorenzo Coleman, and he makes a statement.
Roanoke wins it 87-82.
[GRAPHIC=high school hoops]
The Salem Civic Center is the site for the Holiday Hoopla tournament, sponsored in part by Cave Spring high school.
But the Knights were in a tournament in Delaware.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Eagles vs. Celtics; :00]
Roanoke Catholic battled Osbourn in the late game.
The Celtics' J.R. Reynolds gets the pass near the three- point line.
He takes a dribble and hits the shot.
Catholic is up by 3.
The Eagles answer.
Robert Murray dishes to Robby Stultz.
He responds to Reynolds' trey with a long shot of his own.
Chris Finney gives to Reynolds for the clean lay up.
Catholic brings home the win, 82 to 57.
[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Gar-field vs. Salem; :00]
In an earlier game, Salem took on Garfield.
Watch Matt Collins of Salem just barely miss on the leaner.
The ball is kicked back out to Alvin Bush, and he makes the most of the opportunity.
[SUPER=33-Salem/54/Gar-field/47;]Garfield's Greg Gordon is then gonna benefit form the quarterback toss.
He scores underneath and draws the block.
Collins gets another chance and hits.
Salem bags the win 54 to 47.
[GRAPHIC=high school hoops]
Northside's Invitational tournament continued yesterday.
Lord Botetourt and E.C. Glass were on the court.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Hilltoppers vs. Cavaliers; :00]
Students and fans came out to support their favorite team on this holiday break.
In the first period, Botetourt runs the break.
Adam Bryant ends up with the ball, and he's gonna finish the play.
Glass answers, going inside.
Cedric Jones takes the ball right underneath the iron and he
[SUPER=33-E. C. Glass/52/Lord Botetourt/49;]
makes good on the shot.
Then, the Cavaliers' Chris Tucker takes the pass on the baseline.
He drives and scores, but Glass wins it 52-49.
The Blue Ridge district is moving up and making room for ELEVEN teams.
In the 2002 and 2003 school year, they'll add Cave Spring and Hidden Valley High schools.
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As a result, the district steering committee chaired by Lord Botetourt principal Alan Brenner has decided to split the district into two divisions.
The split is based on enrollment numbers, with the six most populated schools being placed in one division.
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The other five schools will play in their own Blue Ridge division.
Each divisional member will play each other twice, and then play schools in the other division once.
This setup is good for all sports - EXCEPT football.
Sixth- ranked Maryland invited William and Mary to the Cole Field House for a makeover, and...
[SUPER=03-College Park, MD/CSN; :00]
it was not pretty, as the Terps roll over William and Mary by a score of 103 to 75.
Watch Maryland's Lonny Baxter grab the rebound and slammed home the bucket for the Terps.
Byron Mouton (Moo-tin) had 19 points on the night, and Juan Dixon also registered 19 points for the Terrapins.
Virginia Tech men's basketball team was defeated by Florida State last night, 78 to 49.
The Hokies' top scorer was Terry Taylord with 13 points.
Next, the The Hokies will take on U-CONN January second at Cassell Coliseum.
The Tech women's team is staying home to host it's 11th annual holiday tournament.
The Lady Luck Classic begins tomorrow at Cassell Coliseum, with the Elon-Hampton game at five.
Then the Hokies play at seven.
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[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....big east schedule"]
The Hokies open the Lady Luck Classic against 2 and 8 Gardner Webb.
If 7 and 2 Virginia Tech wins, it will be Bonnie Henrickson's 100th career win at Tech.
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[SUPER=01-Sarah Hicks/Averaging 14.3 Points a Game; :00]