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Two vehicles collide on Southbound 5-81 in Roanoke-- sending two people to the hospital, and slowing down traffic.

Joe Dashiell has a live report, straight ahead.
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And after hearing a lie about the description of the serial sniper-- authorities are now considering the possibility of multiple suspects.

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After a cold start this morning temperatures are beginning to rebound...how high will it go.....I'll have your weekend forecast...
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Two women were seriously injured this morning when a car traveling the wrong way on U-S 220 struck another vehicle head on.
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Joe Dashiell is near the scene this afternoon where authorities are still investigating the accident and clearing debris from the highway.
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((ROLLCUE:..on their conditions.))
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[Sniper]


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Police have not ruled out the possibility of multiple suspects in the Washington area sniper attacks.
Meanwhile metro residents are changing the way they lead their lives as the investigation appears to be making little progress.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=01-Greg McCrary/Former FBI Profiler;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
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((WITH A SERIAL SNIPER ON THE LOOSE, THERE'S LITTLE TO CHEER ABOUT. LOCAL SOCCER FIELDS AND FOOTBALL STADIUMS WILL STAND EMPTY AND SPECIAL EVENTS CANCELLED OR POSTPONED THIS WEEKEND AS WASHINGTON AREA RESIDENTS REMAIN IN FEAR.
THE SNIPER HAS LAID LOW FOR THE LONGEST STRETCH YET, BUT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHERE OR WHEN HE'LL STRIKE NEXT.

(Super: Gregg McCrary/Former FBI Profiler)
SOT: We don't know for sure why this person seemed to have slowed down.

Sometimes, the intensity of the investigation can have a suppressive effect.
TRACK: IT'S BACK TO SQUARE ONE FOR INVESTIGATORS WHO WERE COUNTING ON WITNESS ACCOUNTS FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S MURDER SCENE. POLICE ARE NOW DISCREDITING INFORMATION FROM A WITNESS WHO, SOURCES SAY, ADMITTED TO MAKING UP A STORY ABOUT WHAT HE SAW.
THAT MEANS HIS DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUSPECT'S VEHICLE AND WEAPON ARE USELESS. POLICE ARE DISAPPOINTED...AND ARE BACK AT THE MURDER SCENE.

SOT: McCrary: You develop suspects and leads and things that look good

and through investigation, you discover they are not credible, as in the case of this witness.

(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: sniper has taken weekends off so people even more nervous...))

[Powell-Iraq]


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The joke was on Saddam Hussein last night in the Big Apple.
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The Iraqi leader was the object of a few jokes by Secretary of State Colin Powell during a fundraiser for Catholic hospitals in New York. Powell took advantage of the event- which is known for its political humor- to observe Saddam's win this week in a one- man election. He joked that "In Iraq they don't have hanging chads, they just have hangings." However, the Secretary of State also used the event to talk about more serious issues.
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((COLIN POWELL/US SECRETARY OF STATE: THE WORLD FACES A REAL AND PRESENT DANGER AND IF THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT ACT, THE UNITED STATES, JOINED BY OTHER NATIONS...WILLING NATIONS, MUST ACT.))
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Powell also warned the audience about a growing concern over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
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[Football-Brawl]


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It was a Little League football game that turned into a Major League brawl--involving more than two dozen people.
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It was the PARENTS who started the hitting last Saturday at this game in the L-A suburbs.
Two men are already under arrest for the disturbance, and more are expected.
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Darryl Laurell was shooting this video when a parent's angry outburst one one side triggered a violent response from parents on the other side.
One parent was beaten so badly, he was rushed to the hospital.
The founder of one of the teams was knocked out cold.
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((DICK ENGLES/DOWNEY TEAM PRESIDENT: THE GUY WHO HIT ME, HIS EYES ARE SO RED, HE HAD TO BE DRINKING FOR HOURS AND HOURS. ))
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Police and Little League officials are still investigating the incident.
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The family of a bicyclist killed in a local race has been awarded 500 hundred thousand dollars after winning a negligence case against the town of Blacksburg.
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Gary Wayne Taylor was participating in the Blacksburg 2000 Triathlon... when he ran into a car at an intersection along the course.
The town's attorney said Taylor ran a stop sign, but a jury ruled in favor of his family, who said the town should've had someone there directing traffic.
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((HEATHER BROWNING/BLACKSBURG SPOKESPERSON: IT'S ALLOWED US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR HOW WE CONDUCT SPECIAL EVENTS TO REALLY BE ABLE TO GET OUR CHECKS AND BALANCES IN LINE FOR THOSE EVENTS.))
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Browning says the town hasn't decided if it will appeal.
It has not held a race since Taylor's death... and Browning says she's not sure if it will again.
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There's still more News 7 to come, up next a Russian leader is shot and killed in Moscow.
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Plus the Vatican is criticized after it rejects a U-S plan to deal with sexually abusive priests.
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A Franklin County man has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a head-on traffic accident in which prosecutors say he was driving under the influence.
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48-year-old William Fitzgerald had faced charges of felony murder and driving under the influence. Last November his vehicle struck Ellen Schenker head-on while both were driving on Route 6-70. She was killed and her son Tommy was injured. The Commonwealth's Attorney says Fitzgerald was under the influence of a prescription drug and alcohol.
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((MIKE BOWEN/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE; I BELIEVE THERE WAS TWO EMPTIES AND THERE WERE FOUR FULL ONES THAT WERE BEHIND THE SEAT IN THE FOOD LION BAG.))
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The accident happened hours after Fitzgerald got out of jail for a previous D-U-I conviction-
His blood alcohol level tested BELOW the legal limit an hour after the crash.
The defense says Fitzgerald was improperly medicated with the drug Librium while in the state's custody.
Fitzgerald has two D-U-I convictions on his record.
The case was moved to Pittsylvania County because of pre-trial publicity.
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Fitzgerald could receive up to ten years in prison when he is sentenced this afternoon.

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The governor of a major Russian region is shot and killed in central Moscow--
Now police are counting on witness descriptions to find his killer
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The governor of the far- eastern region of Magadan was shot dead outside his office, which is located near the Kremlin.
Witnesses say they saw a young man approach the governor this morning and shoot him at close range.
Russian officials say they believe the assassination was related to the governor's professional work.
Police are now combing the capital city for the killer.
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[Vatican-Priests]


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The U-S Catholic bishops' tough policy against pedophile priests has hit a stumbling block.
The Vatican doesn't like parts of their proposal.
Survivors of abuse are calling it "a victory for Vatican bureaucrats."
Drew Levinson reports.
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FOR POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND ...THE TOUGH, ZERO TOLERANCE PROPOSAL TO DEAL WITH SEXUAL ABUSE BY AMERICAN PRIESTS GOES TOO FAR. IN A LETTER RELEASED TODAY, THE VATICAN REJECTED THE PLAN FORMULATED BY U-S BISHOPS LAST JUNE ...STATING THE PROPOSAL CONFLICTS WITH UNIVERSAL CHURCH LAW.

SOT: BISHOP WILTON/GREGORY

"THE HOLY SEE HAS IDENTIFIED SEVERAL AREAS IN THESE 2 DOCUMENTS THAT IT BELIEVES NEEDS FURTHER DISCUSSION AND GREATER PRECISION."
THE VATICAN DIDN'T INDICATE WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE PROPOSAL, BUT SOME SAY THE POLICY OF ZERO TOLERANCE DEPRIVES ACCUSED PRIESTS OF BASIC LEGAL RIGHTS.

SOT: Phil Lawler/Catholic World News

"priests who are accused don't have their rights spelled out - what right they have to defend themselves to confront their accuser."

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THE RULING BY THE VATICAN HAS ALREADY COME UNDER FIRE BY AMERICAN VICTIM'S GROUPS. THEY SAY ITS A SIGN THAT THE CHURCH CAN'T BE RELIED ON TO REFORM ITSELF.
THE VATICAN SAYS .. what they call... THE SMALL NUMBER OF SEXUAL ABUSES SHOULDN'T OVERSHADOW WHAT THEY CALL THE IMMENSE SPIRITUAL, HUMAN AND SOCIAL GOOD PROVIDED BY THE MAJORITY OF U-S PRIESTS.
AND...U-S BISHOPS AND THE VATICAN ARE SET TO TRY AGAIN. THEY ARE FORMULATING A NEW JOINT COMMISSION TO STUDY THE PROBLEM.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS ))

[King-Brothers]


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In a surprising legal move, a Florida judge has thrown out the murder convictions against two boys who were found guilty of beating their father to death with a baseball bat.
Mark Strass-mann has more.
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The King brothers ... Alex, all of thirteen ... and Derek, now fourteen .... were convicted in adult court as babyfaced killers.

But in a highly unusual reversal -- the same judge who could have put them behind bars for life -- has now overturned their convictions.

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"THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT THEY DID NOT RECEIVE A FAIR TRIAL."

Terry King, the boys father, was bludgeoned with a baseball bat.

Prosecutor David Rimmer argued conflicting theories before two different juries -- asking them to convict two sets of defendants of the murder.

First Ricky Chavis, a convicted pedophile and friend of the King family.

And then the teenage brothers. Legal critics accused Rimmer of prosecutorial misconduct.

One jury found Chavis not guilty. That verdict was UN-sealed only AFTER a second jury agreed the brothers had killed their father.

Over time, the protestors included even the foreperson of the jury who convicted the boys.

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"THE FACTS WEREN'T ALL THERE AND THE WHOLE THING WAS A TRAVESTY FROM THE BEGINNING."

Judge Frank Bell has agreed -- saying the brothers were denied due process.

(SOT) (Shannon Castro - Brothers' Aunt)


"WE'RE JUST HOPING FOR THE BEST NOW AND YOU'LL SEE THE BOYS ARE INNOCENT AND THEY'LL GET TO COME HOME."

The judge wants this case settled by the lawyers -- a case that from the beginning has been equally bizarre -- and sad.

Mark Strassmann CBS News, Atlanta.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will have our weekend forecast,
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also if you are planning on buying an engagement ring anytime soon, you may not want to let your loved one watch this next story about the perfect diamond.
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[Perfect-Diamond]


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It's one of a kind and could revolutionize the rating system for diamonds...
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This thirteen and a half carat diamond carries the highest possible rating for clarity and color - it's flawless and some say it has the perfect cut. The two million dollar diamond, dubbed the American Star, was created using a high- tech tool called the fire-scope.

It helps the cutter make precise cuts as it rotates on the cutting wheel.
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((RICHARD VON STERNBERG/EIGHTSTAR DIAMOND COMPANY: I SWEAT BULLETS WHEN I TURN THE FIRST MACHINE TO MAKE THE DIAMOND ROUND.))
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The American Star has caused the American Gem Society to rethink its current rating standard for diamonds. The new standard would add visual brilliance and fire to color, clarity, and cut.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 24 points. The NASDAQ has gained nine.
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Coming up in next in sports...we'll have the lineup of tonight's high school football games,
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Plus the members of the Roanoke Express are sharpening their skates as they prepare for tonight's home opener.
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[S-Terps]


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College football got an early start with Maryland and Georgia Tech for an A-C-C matchup last night...
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Ralph Friedgen was taking on his former team, the Yellow Jackets.
The Fridge spent nine seasons as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta.
Bruce Perry's backup Chris Downs rushed for this 15 yard T-D to start the second half.
That gave the Terps
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a 13- to- 3 lead, and the Turtles go on to beat the Ramblin' Wreck 34- to- 10.
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Week 8 of the high school football season is here as teams get set for the home stretch run. Here's this week's schedule with the home team listed on the bottom of each matchup.
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The Express takes the ice tonight at the Roundhouse with its home opener with Greensboro. Steve Mason tells us about two former Express players making a return home by on the opposite side.
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((At 36, Daniel Berthiaume ranks in the top 10 in ECHL goalies in the early stages of the season. He played five seasons with the Express and is finishing up his career in Greensboro. He finds out Friday morning if he is playing against his former team. ((PERRY FLORIO/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
Florio has to be all business in preparing for the former Express players. Their former teammates understand playing against an old friend is part of the game. ((:)) ((:))
Pete Gardiner spent two seasons with the Express and produced 72 points. In his first three games for Greensboro he already has a hat trick. ((:))
The fact that it is opening night adds to the drama. ((:)) Face off Friday night is set for 7:35. Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
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