Aviation history repeats itself--
75 years after his grandfather flew solo across the Atlantic, ERIK Lindbergh takes his own historic flight.
And State police say a man was struck and killed by a train in Henry County.
Severe weather is a possibility across the region as we head through the afternoon....I'll have the details coming right up....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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There is the threat severe weather could return to the News 7 viewing area today. Let's head over to Leo Hirsbrunner in the Weather Center for the latest.
State police say a man died after he was hit by a train in Henry County.
24-year-old Burke Douglas Wickham apparently fell asleep on the tracks, at the intersection of Route 220 and 689.
A train came by around 3:15 this morning, and struck him.
U-S and allied troops in Afghanistan have started a new operation in the hunt for al-Qaida members.
Lee Cowan reports from Kabul.
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(COWAN ON CAM OPEN) British military commanders are hoping this latest operation will be the last major battle inside A
fghanistan -- a mission that has been underway for days now -- in an area so far un-checked by coalition forces. V/O Some one-thousand British Royal Marines have secretly been leaving their outside Kabul for four days now -- on their way to a rugged mountainous region that intelligence reports indicate could be the last hiding place in Afghanistan for al-Qaeda or Taliban fighters. Operating Snipe -- as it's called -- is a British-led mission, but much like the last major
operation just two weeks ago -- US troops are again playing a vital role. (SOT/LT. COL. PAUL HARRADINE, BRITISH ROYAL M
ARINES) "There are American forces on the ground....by the US as well." (NARR:) The new battlefield is in Southeastern Afghanistan -- but NOT close to the volatile Pakistani border. Instead -- this area is uncharted waters for both US and British ground troops -- and according to one commander -- is not only large -- but challenging -- at an altitude of some 13-thousand feet. (COWAN ON CAM) So far -- the troops have not encountered enemy fire -- but believe parts o the area had been used by Taliban or al-Qaeda fighters as recently as a few days ago. The only way to know for sure they say -- is to get troops on the ground. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Kabul.
In Pakistan, it's the second straight day of bombing attacks.
Authorites say two bombs exploded today, killing a 12- year- old boy and injuring six members of his family.
Yesterday, at least 18 people were injured when two bombs went off within 10 minutes of each other in Karachi.
No one's claimed responsibility for the blasts.
Police say they're aimed at creating terror in the city, where a Muslim group has called a one-day strike.
The group is protesting last week's killings of two prominent members.
Authorities are blaming the group for the recent violence, but the group denies any involvement.
Yasser Arafat is touring war- scarred areas in the West Bank today-- his first day outside his compound in over a month.
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The Palestinian leader flashed victory signs as he emerged from the compound.
Israeli forces retreated yesterday, after six Palestinian prisoners were moved to a prison in Jericho.
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Meanwhile, there's been more violence today, as the standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity continues.
The army says Israeli troops fired at Palestinians walking into Manger Square.
One person was killed, and at least two were wounded.
To mark the 75th anniversary of his grandfather's famous solo flight, Erik Lindbergh has flown his way into history.
The grandson of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh landed in France today.
Richard Roth reports.
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75-years after Charles Lindbergh's historic flight.. another Lindbergh has soloed CHARLES LINDBERGH'S GRANDSON DIDN'T COME HERE TO MAKE HISTORY TODAY. IT WAS ONLY CHARLES LINDBERGH'S GRANDSON DIDN'T COME HERE TO MAKE HISTORY TODAY. IT WAS ONLY AND FASTER, THAN THE SPIRIT OF SAINT LOUIS THAT PRECEDED IT, AND OUTFITTED WITH TECHNOLOGY UNDREAMED-OF THREE QUARTERS OF A CENTURY AGO....ERIK LINDBERGH TOUCHED DOWN AT LE BOURGET FIELD OUTSIDE PARIS THIS MORNING, REPLICATING HIS G
RANDFATHER'S ACHIEVEMENT. SOT LINDBERGH: to come from carol/deb I really wanted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of gr
andfather's flight and this great coming together of the world. CHARLES LINDBERGH WAS...A 25 YEAR OLD STUNT FLIER AND AIRMAIL PILOT WHEN HE MADE THE FIRST NON-STOP JOURNEY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, ALONE IN A SINGLE ENGINE PLANE BUILT FROM CANVAS AND WOOD. THE ACHIEVEMENT WRAPPED HIM IN FAME -- AND HE MAKE HIM A MILLIONAIRE. NARR: ERIK LINDBERGH'S CHALLENGE HAS INCLUDED HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST DISABILITY, FROM CRIPPLING RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.. NARR: FLYING TWO MILES HIGH...THE NEW SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS COULD CRUISE AT AN AVERAGE OF A HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FOUR MILES AN HOUR, MORE THAN A MILE A MINUTE FASTER THAN THE ORIGINAL. (ROTH ON CAM CLOSE) IT TOOK CHARLES LINDBERGH 33.5 HOURS TO MAKE THE 3,000-MILE PLUS ATLANTIC CROSSING. ERIK'S FLYING TIME WAS JUST OVER 17 HOURS. RICHARD ROTH, CBS NEWS, PARIS.
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Hundreds of fans gather to remember a fallen music star. We'll have that story after the break,
and we will see how a teenager got into trouble for hanging out on a bridge.
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A Minnesota man was literally left hanging, until a towboat captain came to his rescue.
18-year-old Tyler Ryan had been swinging over the Minnesota River, when he got tangled in his rope.
Rescuers couldn't pull him back up to the bridge, or reach him from the water.
He hung upside down for an hour and a half.
The crew of a towboat eventually showed up and cut him down.
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Ryan was treated and released from a local hospital.
He was also cited for underage drinking, and could face charges for being a public nuisance.
But he apparently learned his lesson-- Ryan says after hanging there for two hours, he doesn't ever want to try it again.
Fans say she had something special-- something that set her apart from other singers.
Today celebrities and fans alike gathered to say goodbye to Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the rapping member of T-L-C who was killed a week ago in a car crash.
Jennifer Jones reports.
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(PKG) Hours before the services began, mourners by the hundreds began gathering at the 10-thousand seat church just out
side of Atlanta Celebrities connected to the music industry, arrived in droves through a special entrance Fans formed l
ines, patiently waiting to say their good-byes. SOT:Blair Wiggins/Fan in: We drove all night, I haven t had any sleep.
Narr: They, like many fans, drove hundreds of miles to pay their last respects to Lisa Left Eye Lopes of TLC a 4-time grammy award winning hip-hop trio that da e is still the top-selling female group of all time. But it was something abou
t lopes that separated here from the rest. SOT; Nicole Kern/Fan in:She s the one who added that little spice to the gro
up, you never knew what she was going to do, what to expect from her. It was like when s TLC coming back out, what s le
ft eye going to do this time. Narr; A young woman who had a way of connecting with the public through her music. SOT; M
iriam Tolbert/Fan in:Everything was a deeper message, she had messages of safe sex, helping people, Narr: But it all came to a screeching halt last Thursday in Honduras when Lopes ost control of her SUV. She was killed instantly, her passengers all survived. STD UP/ TO COME;
The Environmental Protection Agency has told Willie Keeling he could be held liable for the costs involved with the massive tire fire on his Roanoke County property.
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At the height of the effort-- the E-P-A said it planned to spend at least one point seven million dollars to fight the fire and begin clean-up.
It's a figure that could easily go up for the federal government...
For instance, while putting out the fire-- crews found a one acre trash dump on Keeling's property-- debris that must also be hauled from the site in addition to the millions of burned and UN-burned tires.
In the past-- the E-P-A has said it would do whatever it needed to recover its costs.
In this case, it could seize Keeling's property which is about 145 acres.
Police in Bedford recently responded to a call of a man wearing a SWAT team helmet, goggles and apparently carrying an assault rifle.
The gun turned out to be fake.. but the danger to its owner was very real.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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(( One of these guns is a police-issue Colt AR-15 assault rifle.. the other is a toy.
If you think it's hard telling them apart now.. imagine seeing one in a dark parking lot at 12:30 at night.
It happened a couple of weeks ago behind this church in downtown Bedford.
A police officer pulled up and started to draw his gun as he ordered the man to drop his.
((CAPT. TONY SULLIVAN/BEDFORD CITY POLICE: FORTUNATELY THE MAN COMPLIED WITH WHAT WE ASKED AND DIDN'T DO ANYTHING LIKE POINT IT AND SAY 'IT'S A TOY' OR ANYTHING. HAD HE DONE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.))
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((I WOULD CALL THAT REAL POOR JUDGMENT.. IF I SAW THAT I WOULD CALL THE POLICE..))
Rick Rodriguez sold the gun to the man stopped by the police.
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Rodriguez says the guns.. which are powered by a rechargeable battery and fire small plastic pellets.. are catching on with collectors, target shooters and paintball enthusiasts.
((RICK RODRIGUEZ/PELLET GUN ENTHUSIAST: I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE ANYONE GET HURT, NOR WOULD I WANT TO SEE ANYBODY PUT AT RISK, BUT THERE ARE NO LEGAL RESTRICTIONS AS FAR AS THE OWNERSHIP OR THE USE OF THEM IN A SAFE MANNER.))
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It's that last phrase that has police worried.
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we will meet an 88 year old North Carolina man who says he is swimming to California...in his own way.
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We have all heard that swimming is good exercise, but an 88 year old North Carolina man has really taken it to heart. Over the last 28 years he has says he has swam the distance to California. Rick Armstrong has more.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 13 points. The NASDAQ has lost 16.
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Coming up in sports - we will have the highlights from last night's Hillcats game,
...And local basketball player J--R. Reynolds makes it official - he's leaving Roanoke Catholic.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats are on a roll this season - no one can seem to sweep them in ANY series.
Last night the Cats beat Myrtle Beach in the final game of their 3 game set.
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The dizzy bat race was hotly contested at Merritt Hutchinson Stadium.
Lynchburg's B.J. Barnes will hit one all the way to the wall in center field.
Josh Bonifay will score on the play from second, and the Hillcats are on top 1-to-nothing in the second inning.
The Hillcats make their mark again in the fourth.
Ronnie Paulino hits into the fielder's choice at short, and Luis Landaeta scores to make it 2-to-nothing.
Yerendell Decaster then hits one to left field.
The base runner, Nate McLouth jumps over the ball and
races on home in the 7th.
The Hillcats would go on to win it 3-to-nothing.
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Now that J.R. Reynolds has his college future planned out - he is focusing his attention on his final year of high school.
As we told you last week, the Roanoke Catholic junior guard is on his way to Oak Hill Academy for his senior year.
Steve Mason has Reynolds' thoughts, along with those of others on his now- finalized departure from Catholic High School.
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((J.R REYNOLDS WRESTLING WITH HIS DECISION FOR A YEAR. HE LED ROANOKE CATHOLIC TO THREE PRIVATE SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND SCORED OVER 2200 POINTS AND AFTER FOUR YEARS AS A STARTER HE REALIZED IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO MOVE ON.
Reynolds averaged 23.2 points a game this past season, but it was completion of team goals at Roanoke Catholic that prompted J.R. to make this decision. One that Oak Hill coach Steve Smith, who we spoke to by phone Wednesday, can understand.
Reynolds joins Curtis Staples as the second player from Roanoke to play for Oak Hill. J.R. talent, along with the fact that Smith returns only his sixth man from last season's team enables Reynolds to make an immediate impact.
Reynolds will be exposed to a schedule that, year in and year out plays 5 to 8 teams ranked in the top 15 in the country.
Oak Hill has won 4 national championships. Before J.R. can help the Warriors win a 5th, he has AAU ball to take care
of. Reynolds plays in the Nike tournament this weekend in Minnesota, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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