G-O-P senators have chosen the next Senate Majority Leader in hopes of putting the Lott controversy behind them.
And the last man left behind bars for the Central Park jogger case is heading home for the holidays.
A storm system's heading our way but but if your hoping for a white Christmas look somewhere else because this storm will bring mainly rain. I'll have your forecast.
A Central Command spokesperson says Iraq's downing of a U-S spy drone is just another example of the country's hostility
And in Medical News - we'll tell you how to keep Fido and Fluffy safe while traveling for the holidays.
Plus we'll take a peek at your holiday forecast.
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A cardiologist will lead the Senate when the GOP takes control of the body next month.
Bill Frist of Tennessee was elected today.
Todays decision to replace Senator Trent Lott with Frist was made during a conference call involving all 51 Republican senators.
The vote ends a two-week political firestorm that forced Trent Lott out of the leadership post.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=01-Trent Lott/Former Senate Majority Leader]
TRACK: TENNESSEE SENATOR, BILL FRIST, SAYS LIFE IS REALLY GOING TO
CHANGE NOW THAT HES UNANIMOUSLY BEEN ELECTED THE SENATES NEW MAJORITY
SOT: Sen. Bill Frist/Republican Leader: seven days ago this is something
I had not set out to do... my intentions are to serve...not be served
TRACK: REPUBLICANS ARE HOPING FRIST CAN PROJECT AN IMAGE OF A G-O-P
THAT EMBRACES MINORITIES. WHILE HE DOES HAVE A CONSERVATIVE VOTING
RECORD, THE 50-YEAR-OLD HEART SURGEON IS CONSIDERED A COMPASSIONATE
CONSERVATIVE WITH CLOSE TIES TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
SOT: SEN. George Allen/(R) VA: we all feel 100 percent of us bill frist
is heart and mind of republican senators
TRACK: JUST THREE WEEKS AGO, THE LEADERSHIP POST SEEMED ALMOST A
SHOE-IN FOR SENATOR TRENT LOTT WHOD BEEN MAJORITY LEADER SINCE 1996.
BUT A RACIALLY-INSENSITIVE REMARK HE MADE EARLIER THIS MONTH SEALED HIS
FATE. HE RESIGNED LAST FRIDAY.
(Super: Trent Lott/Former Senate Majority Leader) 9:59:01
SOT: I dont have anybody to really blame but myself for some
ill-chosen words and certainly, I do regret that.
TRACK: IT'S STILL TOO EARLY TO TELL IF LOTT'S REMARKS WILL HAVE AN
AFFECT ON HIS PARTY'S AGENDA, INCLUDING ISSUES LIKE JUDICIAL
NOMINATIONS AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Lott will remain in the senate and says hell support Frist
and the leadership team ... but, because of this controversy, he
probably wont be selected to head a committee. Teri Okita, CBS News,
Florida Senator Bob Graham is considering making a run for the White House.
The Democrat spoke to reporters in Miami this morning saying it's ``a very difficult time for America" and that he's dissatisfied with President George W. Bush's performance.
Graham says he's considering what he might contribute toward a "new direction" for the country.
He's contemplating a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.
Graham has served 16-years in the Senate and was Florida's governor from 1978-1986.
He most recently served as the chairman of the Senate's Intelligence Committee.
Boston's archdiocese is trying a new legal move against hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits.
In a motion filed today, the archdiocese asks a judge to dismiss all the priest sexual abuse lawsuits against it, saying the
First Amendment protects it from such actions.
Church officials say the move is aimed at speeding up out-of-court settlements with dozens of alleged victims.
Today's motion is designed to keep insurance companies from walking away from settlements by showing the church has done
everything it can to defend itself.
Lawyers for alleged victims have said they expect the motion to be rejected.
The last defendant in the Central Park jogger case still in jail will spend Christmas as a free man.
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This comes after a judge re-sentenced Raymond Santana to a lesser term today on a drug conviction.
Santana served his sentence for the 1989 park attack when he was arrested on a drug charge in December 1998.
Because he was a prior felon, he was sentenced to three to seven years in prison.
A judge vacated the Central Park convictions against Santana and four others last week after an imprisoned serial rapist confessed to the crime and was linked by D-N-A evidence.
Santana was re-sentenced to 1 to 4 years in prison, but has already served more than that and is now free.
The suspect in a deadly Roanoke fire is now one of the most wanted fugitives in the U-S.
Jermaine Donnell Poindexter is now on the Marshals Service Top 15 Fugitive List.
The fire at Hurt Park back in May claimed the lives of a mother and her two small boys.
Poindexter- -also known as Askia Shabazz- - fled the area shortly afterwards, but Marshal Wayne Pike says he's confident he'll be found.
In Iraq, UN inspectors continue their search for weapons of mass
And as the US presses Saddam to disarm, the Iraqi military scores a hit.
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[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense; ]
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CALLING IT QUOTE "A LUCKY SHOT"...U-S OFFICIALS ACKNOWLEDGED THE LOSS OF
A PREDATOR DRONE...LIKE THIS ONE...SHOT DOWN BY IRAQ OVER THE SOUTHERN
SOT: GEN. RICHARD MYERS/CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF (11:08:45)
"THE PREDATOR IS ASSUMED LOST."
sot: Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense (11:12:59)
"They ve been making a strenuous, energetic effort to shoot U.S.
aircraft for many, many months now, manned and unmanned."
U-S OFFICIALS SAY THE 3.7 MILLION DOLLAR DRONE WAS SHOT DOWN BY AN IRAQI
PLANE WHILE ON A RECONNAISSANCE MISSION...SEARCHING FOR HIDDEN WEAPONS
OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
(natz of inspectors)
ON THE GROUND NEAR BAGHDAD....U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS WERE ON A SIMILAR
MISSION. THEY WENT TO THREE DIFFERENT SITES, INCLUDING A BABY FORMULA
FACTORY. THAT SITE WAS BOMBED DURING THE 1991 GULF WAR...SUSPECTED OF
BEING A BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS LAB.
THERE'S ALSO WORD OUT OF BAGHDAD THAT U-N OFFICIALS HAVE BEGUN
INTERVIEWING IRAQI NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS...BUT THE RESULTS OF THOSE
INTERVIEWS WILL NOT BE RELEASED JUST YET.
IRAQ CLAIMS THE DRONE HIT WAS THE RESULT OF DELICATE AND PLANNED
OPERATION, BUT HERE IN WASHINGTON OFFICIALS SAY IRAQ FIRES ON U-S PLANES
ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS...ABOUT 500 TIMES DURING THE PAST YEAR.
ELIZABETH SANCHEZ, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
Friends of an Iraqi man being detained by the federal government say he's paying a high price for helping them.
About 30 people showed up to defend Malik Almaliki at his detention hearing in federal court.
All say he was helping them send money to their families in Iraq.
The federal government has charged Almaliki with conspiring to launder money and funneling funds to Iraq. He's one of 12 people named in a federal indictment.
His friends came offering to put up money -- and even their houses -- to pay his bond.
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((KHALIL AL SMAIMRI/FRIEND: HE JUST TRIED TO HELP US AND WE TRIED TO HELP OUR FAMILY. YOU KNOW SADDAM HUSSIEN DON'T NEED OUR 500 OR OUR 600. SADDAM HUSSEIN IS VERY RICH. ))
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U-S Magistrate Glen Conrad said Almaliki will have to remain in jail WITHOUT bond ... at least until two main defendants charged in the case appear before a judge in Seattle, Washington, tomorrow.
We'll hear more from Almaliki's friends on News-7 at 6.
Time is running out for unemployed workers.
Regular benefits are scheduled to run out just days after Christmas.
For people who have not found jobs yet, to receive additional montly payments, an extension would have to be put in place by Congress.
Officials at the Virginia Employment Commission say many people in our area will be affected.
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((BARBARA REDD/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION; NATIONWIDE IT IS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS I ABSOLUTELY FEEL CERTAIN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SEVERAL THOUSAND AROUND HERE.))
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Redd says they are hopeful an extension will be put in place before the December 28th deadline.
V-E-C offices around the state are still taking applications for the extensions in case Congress decides to implement them.
We'll tell you the story of one man counting on the decision coming up on News 7 at 6.
Advance Auto has a new member on its Board of Directors.
Gilbert T. Ray will serve as chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.
Ray practiced law for over 28-years.
Officials say his expertise in legal matters and finance will help drive the company forward.
The Board of Directors has eleven members.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll tell you how to keep your furry friends happy and healthy while flying high.
And air safety has gone to the dogs as the Transportation Security Administration finds ways to meet its deadline for searching checked bags.
Every dog has its day.
And today was the day for a few dogs at Washington's National Airport.
The canines are helping out as the Transportation Security Administration works to meet its December 31 deadline to screen all checked baggage.
Tonight in Health check,
The holiday season is upon us, which means many families are traveling and that includes pets.
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Jennifer Wishon joins us now with some tips on making your pet's vacation as enjoyable as yours.
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Shannon, when most people travel
they take their pillow or something from home that will keep them comfortable while traveling.
The same applies to pets.
Veterinarians say keeping your pet's routine consistent and packing their basic necessities will help keep them healthy and content on the road.
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((KAREN BOWMAN/HANGING ROCK ANIMAL HOSPITAL: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'LL SEE OFTEN TIMES IS IF YOU HAVE A DOG THAT'S USED TO EATING A CERTAIN TYPE OF FOOD, SWITCHING FOOD THEY MAY NOT EITHER WANT TO EAT IT OR THE OTHER PROBLEM WE SOMETIMES SEE IS IT CAN SOMETIMES UPSET THEIR STOMACH AND THEN THEY END UP WITH VOMITING OR DIARRHEA OR SOMETHING ALONG THAT LINES.))
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Keeping your pet comfortable on the road can be as simple as packing their food and water bowls or favorite toy from home.
With careful planning, pet owners can ensure their pet has a stress- free trip.
When making overnight accommodations, it's important to make sure your pooch or kitty can tag along whether you're staying in a hotel or with family.
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((KAREN BOWMAN: BEFORE THEY TRAVEL, ONE THEY WANT TO FIND OUT-- IF THEY'RE STAYING IN A HOTEL-- WILL THE HOTEL TAKE THEIR PET AND WHAT KIND OF PROVISIONS THEY WILL PROVIDE FOR THE PET. OTHER THINGS THEY WANT TO DO IF THEY'RE GOING TO BE TRAVELING BY AIRPLANE, OR BY TRAIN IF THAT'S OKAY TO BRING THEIR PET WITH THEM.))
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If traveling by plane, pet owners should make sure their pet has a crate that is approved by the airline.
Pets should never be loaded as cargo. Bowman says they could be exposed to extreme temperatures that could result in injury or even death.
Small pets can often travel in the cabin of the plane as a carryon.
In the car- Bowman says cats should always be confined to a crate to keep them from slipping out unnoticed.
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If your pet gets anxious while traveling there [drug video] are drugs on the market to help, but they can have side effects.
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((KAREN BOWMAN: LOTS OF TIMES WE USE A LOT OF DRAMAMINE SO JUST LIKE WITH PEOPLE, WE'LL HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE CALL UP AND SAY CAN I USE DRAMAMINE WITH MY DOG AND THAT'S FINE. THERE ARE SOME SEDATIVES THAT YOU CAN USE. MY THOUGHTS IS IF THEY DON'T REALLY NEED IT LETS TRY TO AVOID IT.))
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Now, if your pet wants to share in your holiday feast remember to pack treats.
Bowman says feeding pets from the table will only result in upset stomachs.
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So Shannon, some helpful hints those traveling with their pets over the holidays.
Up next on the newscast, Leo will have your holiday forecast.
Plus - it's not been a season for retailers to ring home about - but there's still hope as shoppers fill the malls for last minute shopping sprees...
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Shoppers are flocking to the malls to pick the perfect gift before its too late...
And some area athletes are shooting for a different goal.. to help fight cancer. Steve Mason has a preview coming up in Sports.
Stocks ended a lightly traded pre-holiday session with mixed results.
There was some encouraging economic news as the Commerce Department reported that consumers increased their spending by a-half percent in November, the biggest advance in four months.
But retailers warned that the final shopping weekend of the Christmas season was a disappointment.
Ed Crane has more in today's marketwatch
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It is now time for our Two Minute Sports Ticker. Here's Steve Mason to tell us how the up coming Roanoke College charity basketball tournament truly does capture the holiday spirit. Steve
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Christmas bells are ringing but that hasn't stopped many people from heading to the registers for some last minute goodies.
Today is the last FULL shopping day before Christmas.
Shoppers filled malls nationwide looking for the perfect gift.. but with the time crunch and crowds many people are opting for gift cards and certificates this year.
The late buying push is a gift to retailers, however, as a recent survey says this holiday shopping season has been very dissappointing across the board.
Many won't be dreaming of a white christmas...
They have the real thing this year. What's in store for us...
tonight at Eleven.