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Police are searching again for a 24-year-old soldier from Blacksburg who also disappeared last year ... and turned up fine at the airport.
And jury selection begins in the trial of a Houston woman who drowned her five kids in a bathtub.
Snow showers continue to fall in some locations....as high pressure heads our way...I'll have your forecast....
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Blacksburg Police are looking for a missing person.
24-year-old Mikhail (mick-Ale) Sharov (Sha-rove) was last seen leaving his parents home on Porter Street in Blacksburg on December 27th.
Officials say he was returning to military duty at Fort Bragg North Carolina.
This is the second time police are investigating a disappearance of Sharov.
In August of 2000, he was reported missing and then found safely at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
The experienced hiker said he walked to the airport but took a wrong turn on the Appalachian trail.
Sharov is described as a white male, 6-feet tall 160-pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
He was last seen driving a green Nissan pathfinder with North Carolina plates and wearing a gray t-shirt and black leather coat.
If you have any information on the case please call the Blacksburg Police.
Jury selection is underway today in the trial of the Houston mother accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub.
As Jim Acosta reports, jurors will have to decide whether Andrea Yates killed them methodically and deliberately... or whether post-partum depression drove her to do it.
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THE HUSBAND OF ANDREA YATES ARRIVED FOR THE FIRST DAY OF JURY SELECTION,
HOPING FOR A PANEL OF MEN AND WOMEN AS FORGIVING AS HE IS.
NO ONE DISPUTES THE FACT THAT ANDREA YATES KILLED HER FIVE YOUNG
CHILDREN LAST YEAR IN HER HOUSTON HOME. BUT...IT'S HER SANITY AT THE
TIME OF THE CRIME THAT COULD EVENTUALLY DETERMINE LIFE OR DEATH FOR THE
37 YEAR OLD DEFENDANT.
SOT: ANDREW COHEN/CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT
"THE SELECTION OF THE JURY IS THE WHOLE BALLGAME HERE. IF THE DEFENSE
CAN GET EVEN ONE JURY MEMBER WHO IS SYMPATHETIC TO YATES, IT MAY NOT
ONLY SPARE HER LIFE IT WILL ALSO PROBABLY GET HER A LESSER SENTENCE."
THE DEFENSE SAYS YATES WAS SUFFERING FROM SEVERE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
AND WAS NOT IN CONTROL OF HER ACTIONS WHEN SHE DROWNED HER FIVE
CHILDREN... ONE AT A TIME... IN A BATHTUB. HER HUSBAND AGREED IN A
RECENT INTERVIEW ON CBS 60 MINUTES.
SOT: RUSTY YATES/HUSBAND OF MURDER SUSPECT/60 MINUTES
"THE PERSON THAT DROWNED THOSE CHILDREN IS NOT ANDREA, YOU KNOW IF YOUR
BRAIN IS SICK, YOU CAN THINK THINGS THAT AREN'T REAL."
PROSECUTORS DON'T BUY THAT...CALL HER A COLD BLOODED KILLER AND WANT HER
HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE KILLINGS. IN SEPTEMBER, A DIFFERENT SET OF
JURORS DECLARED HER COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL.
WITH BOTH SIDES EXPECTED TO LINE UP A SLEW OF EXPERT WITNESSES...THIS
CASE COULD BE DECIDED BY WHICH ONES ARE THE MOST BELIEVABLE.
ACTUAL TESTIMONY IS NOT EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH.))
The Craig County sheriff's office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide.
The sheriff says David L- Fisher shot and killed his estranged wife at her Mountain View apartment-- before turning the pistol on himself.
Fisher's wife, Anna Kay, taught fifth grade at McCleary Elementary.
The couple's daughter discovered the pair-- around three yesterday morning and notified authorities.
The U-S Supreme Court is refusing to stand in the way of a state trial for Oklahoma City bombing defendant Terry Nichols.
The decision represents a new setback for Nichols.
A state trial could lead to the death penalty.
He's already been convicted in federal court and sentenced to life in prison.
Nichols helped carry out the 1995 bombing of the federal building that killed 168 people.
He had claimed that another trial would be double jeopardy.
But the justices rejected his argument, without comment.
America's use of the death penalty could make it difficult to prosecute suspected terrorists.
Most European countries will NOT extradite a suspect to America unless the government promises NOT to seek the death penalty.
Tom Fenton has more.
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((AN AMERICAN JUDGE'S RECENT RULING VACATING, AT LEAST FOR NOW, THE
DEATH SENTENCE OF MUMIA ABU JAMAL, CONVICTED OF KILLING A PHILADELPHIA
POLICE OFFICER, WAS WELCOME NEWS ALL OVER EUROPE.
THE REACTION WAS A CLEAR WARNING TO THE UNITED STATES THAT REQUESTS FOR
EXTRADITION OF TERROR SUSPECTS RELATED TO SEPT 11TH WILL BE MET WITH
STIFF RESISTANCE IF THEY COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY.
(ON-CAM TOM FENTON1/4CBS NEWS) EARLY ALL EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS HAVE
ABOLISHED THE DEATH PENALTY...AND THEY ALL SAY SUSPECTS WHO FACE IT WILL
NOT BE EXTRADITED. THAT PUTS THE UNITED STATES IN A SPECIAL CATEGORY
AND MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS TO COOPERATE WITH
AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.
(NARR) EVEN AMERICA'S CLOSEST ALLY IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM -GREAT
BRITAIN- WOULD ATTACH STRINGS BEFORE EXTRADITING OSAMA BIN LADEN TO THE
U-S IF HE WERE CAPTURED BY BRITISH TROOPS.
(SOT: MICHEL TUBIANA1/4CHAIRMAN FRENCH HUMAN RIGHTS LEAGUE)
"We are against the death penalty in any case, in any case"
(NARR) FRENCH LAWYER MICHEL TUBIANA HAS LONG DENOUNCED THE DEATH PENALTY
IN THE UNITED STATES...IN THE CASE OF SEPT 11TH,. THE FRENCH HAVE A
PARTICULAR AXE TO GRIND.
(young Moussaoui from French TV, then indictment)
(NARR) THE UNITED STATES BELIEVES FRENCH CITIZEN ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI
WOULD HAVE BEEN THE 20TH HIJACKER ON SEPT 11TH, IF HE HAD NOT BEEN
ARRESTED FOR SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR.. ON JANUARY SECOND A JUDGE ENTERED A
PLEA OF NOT GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY CHARGES. FOUR OF THE SIX COUNTS AGAINST
HIM COULD LEAD TO THE DEATH PENALTY.
(NARR) ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT GOT AN EARFUL ABOUT THE WHOLE
ISSUE WHEN HE RECENTLY TOURED EUROPE.
(SOT JOHN ASHCROFT1/4ATTORNEY GENERAL DATE: DEC 12)
"Most of the states in the u-s and the fed govt have laws the violation
of which provides death eligibility"
(NARR) BUT ASHCROFT DID ALSO SAY THAT EACH CASE HAD TO BE DEALT WITH
INDIVIDUALLY, PERHAPS AN INDICATION THAT, FOR THE UNITED STATES, IT
MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT TO GET THE TERRORISTS INTO AMERICAN JAILS EVEN IF
IT MEANS THEY WON'T END UP IN AMERICAN DEATH CHAMBERS.
TOM FENTON, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))
Firefighters in Australia are singing and dancing in the rain.
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That's after a heavy downpour helped put out some of the wildfires that have raged in New South Wales since Christmas Day.
Up to one- and - a -half inches fell on major fire fronts in the country's Blue Mountains national park area.
About 10-thousand firefighters are battling 100 separate fires that have burned an area twice the size of London.
More than 100 homes have been lost.
Officials say many of the fires were set by arsonists.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see what lessons the tragedies of September 11th have taught the insurance industry.
Also Gymnastic students in the Valley will soon have a new facility to learn their art. We'll take a look following this break.
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U-S warplanes are launching new airstrikes on suspected terrorist hideouts in eastern Afghanistan.
Heavy bombing is reported along the border with Pakistan.
Although there were rumors that Osama bin Laden had been seen in the area -- many U-S officials think he has already escaped to Pakistan.
The 300 al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners who HAVE BEEN detained will soon be transferred to the U-S Naval base in Cuba.
More than a thousand military police and other U-S troops have been sent there to build a massive prison.
The events of September 11th have changed the way many companies conduct business. Not the least of which is the insurance industry. Russ Mitchell has more.
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((Just a few hundred yards from ground zero,Travellers Insurance set up
operations in a special van the day after the attacks on the World Trade
NATSOT (Off camera) "A customer can walk in the door, we can set up a
claim for them..."
SOT:(Ray Stone1/4TRAVELERS INSURANCE)
"...where we can issue an emergency advance payment in 30 to 45 minutes."
The hi-tech van helped Travellers speed up an estimated half a billion
dollars in pay outs to customers to cover property damage, casualty and
life insurance claims.
SOT/Ray Stone: "An innovative means is this ATM card we issue in lieu
of a check. Benefits are immediately available and secure - it can be
used at an ATM to withdraw cash."
But as convenient as it is for the customer, processing claims quickly
can leave insurance companies exposed to fraud.
SOT:(James Quiggle1/4Coalition Against Insurance Fraud) "You always see
a lot of insurance fraud coming out of large disasters such as this.
There's a lot of confusion after a disaster.
Recently, two people in Georgia were charged in a scam involving the
World Trade Center attacks.
NATSOT: "They're charged with insurance fraud...(JIMMY
THOMAS1/4SHERIFF, PIKE CO., GEORGIA) up to $10,000 in fees and up to
ten years in jail."
Police charged the couple with filing a fraudulent claim after the
husband said his wife died in the World Trade Center attacks.
Investigators found her at home.
SOT/James Quiggle: "Insurance fraud in disasters is usually a crime of
opportunity. People who otherwise might be honest, see an opportunity
to make a quick dollar and they go for it."
And while there have been several arrests around the country for similar
phony claims, Traveler's Ray Stone says this tragedy is different.
SOT/Ray Stone: "The nature of the event has brought out the best in
people, we've literally seen almost no fraud associated with this."
ON-SET CLOSE: It's still early in the claims process and investigators
are on high alert for scams, hoping to insure that the anticipated 40
billion dollar payout gets to the people who really need it. RM, CBS
Students learning gymnastics at one local facility will soon have a new place to practice.
The Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics is nearing completion of its new building near Tanglewood Mall.
The new seven hundred thousand dollar facility will double the space of the academy's current location.
Thirty Thousand Dollars worth of new equipment is also being purchased for the larger space.
Owner Dave Dickerson hopes the new building will allow for expansion of the academy's existing programs.
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((DAVE DICKERSON/OWNER, ROANOKE ACADEMY OF GYMNASTICS: WE HAVE A BUNCH OF TALENTED KIDS HERE AND WE HAVE GREAT COACHES HERE AND WE FELT WE NEEDED A FACILITY THAT COULD ALLOW THOSE KIDS TO REACH FOR THEIR DREAMS.))
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The academy offers instruction to around five hundred students including three high school cheerleading teams.
They hope to have their move completed by early February.
A local young woman used a national sports show to help inform the country about a serious disease yersterday.
16-year old Hunter (Oz-mer)Ozmer of Roanoke has Niemann-Pick Disease.
It's a genetic disorder that causes cell death and malfunction of major organs.
Yesterday, the entire anchor crew of FOX N-F-L Sunday wore special N-P-D pins on the air to raise awareness of this deadly disease.
Anchorman James Brown is an active supporter of the Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation and a friend of the family.
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((HUNT OZMER/HUNTER'S DAD: WE WERE AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH FOR HUNTER TO HAVE A CHECKUP. WE WENT TO AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT FOR DINNER AND THE GENTLEMAN SEATED US RIGHT NEXT TO JAMES AND DOROTHY BROWN. AND AT THE END OF OUR MEAL I GOT UP AND ASKED JAMES IF HE WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP RAISE MONEY AND HE SAID SURE.))
((HUNTER OZMER: WE'LL GET THROUGH IT WITH GOD AND ME.))
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After the on-air acknowledgement, James Brown phoned the Ozmer residence and talked to Hunter for several minutes.
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Still to come on the newscast, a leader in the fashion world for the past four decades decides to call it quits,
and we will tell you why this man can walk rings around the average person.
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An American man has hula-hooped his way into the Guinness Book of Records.
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Ashrita Furman walked more than 5 miles while spinning a hula-hoop in Cambodia's capital.
He calls his sport "hula-running."
Furman completed his world record in the garage of a Phnom Penh hotel before friends and spectators.
The New York health food store manager was on vacation there.
He says he decided to go for the world record in Cambodia because he wanted to give the people there something to remember.
If you're having a hard time getting rid of your holiday fruitcake, a community in Colorado has a solution for you.
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Hundreds gathered in Manitou Springs over the weekend for the annual Great Fruitcake toss.
They were tossed, thrown and catapulted.
Whatever it took to get the fruitcake as far as possible.
Some people even invented devices to give the fruitcake a proper send-off.
Contest winners got a year's supply of Cinnabons.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow has lost 31.
Nasdaq has lost 12 points.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Duke is singing the blues after Florida State hands it a big loss,
And from the N-F-L, a 15 game losing streak has cost Carolina Panthers head coach George Seiffert his job.
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The top rated Duke Blue Devils had been on a roll with a 22 game winning since last year. But, last night, Florida State brought it to a halt.
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Steve Robinson's Seminoles blew a 15 point halftime lead.
But when Monte Cummings scored off the glass ... Florida State led the game by 12 - 48 to 36.
That's when Duke's Jason Williams got hot - he hit 7 three pointers in the second half and this one tied the game at 61.
Then later in the half, Duke's Mike Dunleavy pulls up at the line and hits the three, the Blue Devils led by 4.
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The Seminoles get the ball to Cummings he gets the basket and scores with 7 second seconds left, and the Noles win it 77 to 76.
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It's Duke's first loss to an unranked conference opponant since 1977.
George Seifert's run as Carolina Panthers coach has come to an end in a meeting.
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Seifert told members of the media this morning that he had been fired.
The Panthers closed out the season with an N-F-L record 15th straight loss yesterday when they were beaten by New England 38-to-6.
Seifert came out of retirement to the Panthers in 1999 with the best winning percentage in NFL history and two Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers. But he was 16 - 32 in Carolina.
Michael Vick made his second start of the season for the Atlanta Falcons yesterday, but it was Kurt Warner who was the star as the Ram quarterback passed for 280 yards and 3 touchdowns.
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With the win the Rams clinched the home field advantage in the playoffs.
Vick got a slow start making those rookie mistakes on this play... he scrambles but the Rams defenders hit his arm and he fumbles the ball giving St. Louis good field position.
Vick finished the day 12 of 30 for 176 yards and he threw an interception in the 31 to 13 loss to the Rams.
Legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is closing down..
saying it's time to retire. Richard Roth reports.
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((HE'S THE FRENCHMAN WHO FAMOUSLY PUT WOMEN IN PANTS. YVES SAINT LAURENT
ONCE SAID HE WANTED TO GIVE WOMEN THE SAME ASSURANCE WITH THEIR CLOTHES
AS MEN HAVE WITH THEIRS, AND THE PANT SUIT HE DESIGNED - ALONG WITH HIS
FEMININE TAKE ON THE MALE TUXEDO - PREDATED THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT BY
ALMOST A DECADE.
IN PARIS THIS MORNING SAINT LAURENT AT SIXTY-FIVE SAID HE'S RETIRING.
HIS NEXT SHOW WILL BE HIS LAST.
FOR FOUR DECADES HE'S DOMINATED THE WORLD OF FASHION; FROM HIS SAFARI
JACKET TO HIS SQUARE SHOULDERS -- SOME SAY HE DEFINED THE WAY TWENTIETH
CENTURY WOMEN LOOKED. AN ARTIST, THEY CALLED HI, AND A POET.
NOW HE SAYS.....
SAINT LAURENT'S RETIREMENT WILL MEAN THE CLOSURE OF HIS MADE-TO-MEASURE
HAUTE COUTURE BUSINESS BUT NOT THE END OF HIS WORLD-FAMOUS BRAND. THE
TRADEMARK Y-S-L ON EVERYTHING FROM CLOTHES TO PERFUME WAS SOLD YEARS
AGO, AND LIVES ON -- WITH THE DESIGNER'S SIGNATURE, BUT NOT HIS HAND.
RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON.))
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