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After heavy bombardment, a group of Iraqis surrender to British forces.
But more American casualties are being reported today after fierce fighting in south- central Iraq.
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Plus, the lights are still out for thousands of A-E-P customers, left without power after yesterday's snowstorm.
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After a cold snowy Sunday temperatures are warming back up especially by midweek. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Large explosions strike a presidential palace used by one of Saddam Hussein's sons.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi leader himself showed up on T-V, holding a cabinet meeting with his two sons.
But it's unclear WHEN the meeting took place.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
South of Baghdad, U-S led forces have begun to face the Republican guard.
At least 35 Iraqis have been killed, and dozens of others who identify themselves as guard members are in U-S custody.
It's the closest the ground battle has gotten to the Iraqi capital.
Meanwhile, two U-S soldiers were killed in fighting near the Iraqi holy city of Najaf (NAH-jahf).
Officials say the soldiers died when Iraqi fighters dressed like civilians opened fire.
Teri Okita is in Kuwait City and joins us now with the latest from the battlefield.
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WHILE BAGHDAD RECOVERS FROM ANOTHER NIGHT OF BOMBING ... U-S GROUND TROOPS ARE SAID TO BE ENGAGING REPUBLICAN GUARD UNITS LESS THAN 50-MILES FROM THE CAPITAL.

SOT: BRIG. GEN. VINCENT BROOKS, CENTRAL COMMAND

"OUR EFFORTS ARE GOING TO GO TO THE REGIME, WE'VE MADE THAT CLEAR, WHERE THE REGIME IS, WE ARE COMING."
THE LATEST BAGHDAD TARGETS INCLUDED COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTERS, a presidential palace, AND IRAQ'S INFORMATION MINISTRY. BUT THOSE RELENTLESS ATTACKS HAVE NOT QUIETED IRAQ'S DEFIANT LEADERS.

SOT: NAJI SABRI/IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER

"I CALL UPON ALL AMERICAN AND BRITISH SOLDIERS TO SURRENDER TO IRAQI ARMY BECAUSE THEY LIKE TO SAVE THEIR LIVES."

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COALITION BOMBS ARE ALSO LANDING NORTH OF THE CAPITAL ... HELPING KURDISH FIGHTERS SEIZE LAND FROM RETREATING IRAQIS. MORE U-S PARATROOPERS LANDED IN THE REGION OVER THE WEEKEND ... AS COALITION FORCES BEGIN TO ESTABLISH A NORTHERN FRONT.
IN THE SOUTH, NEAR BASRA ... COMMANDOS ATTACKED IRAQI FORCES IN WHAT'S BEING CALLED "OPERATION JAMES". A BRITISH SPOKESMAN SAYS casualties WERE HEAVY ON THE IRAQI SIDE, WHILE ONE BRITISH SOLDIER WAS KILLED.
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Yesterday's surprise snow is responsible for some power outages in many parts of our area.
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American Electric Power is working to restore service to about 20-thousand customers today. At the height of the yesterday's snow storm , over 50-thousand residents across Southwest Virginia were without power.
An A-E-P spokesman says a majority of service will be fixed by tonight or tomorrow, but that for some customers it could take until late Wednesday before power is back. Problems that workers are facing include trees hanging over lines, broken poles, snapped lines and distances they have to travel.
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The snow also left many roads blocked by trees. As A-E-P works on the lines, tree cutters are coming in behind them to clear the streets of debris.
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Marya Jones is out in Roanoke checking on the cleanup.
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Marya interviews Dan Henry.

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Health experts say they may soon identify the mystery virus that's killed dozens of people around the world.
But a spokesman for the World Health Organization says finding a cure could take some time.
The illness has prompted officials in Asian countries to impose quarantine laws, close schools and conduct new health screenings for travelers.
A Hong Kong apartment
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complex is all but sealed off.
That, after more than 90 new cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS were found.
All 200 residents of the complex have been quarantined.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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The disease known as SARS has now infected hundreds... and killed 57... mostly in Southeast Asia ... where masks are becoming a popular accessory on the streets ... schools.. and offices.

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Airports are also taking extra precautions... and passengers are increasingly worried.

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"I am staying away from large crowds if possible. But on the plane it's going to be impossible to do that."

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((GRAPHIC #1 IN)) Health officials say just one airline passenger

infected with the disease ... could contaminate people 2 rows ahead and
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((GRAPHIC #2 IN)) And that some people --called "super infectors"--

could transmit the disease to as many as 30 or 40 people in just one
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(SOT)( Dr. Julie Gerberding/Centers for Disease Control)

"We are concerned about the possibility of airborne transmission across broader areas and also the possibility that objects that become contaminated in the environment could serve as modes of spread."

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Health officials in the U-S are concerned about the growing number of suspected cases here at home. The latest number is 59 with most being reported in New York and California.

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A student at University of Connecticut contracted SARS on a trip to the Far East earlier this month.

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"We're asking students to monitor themselves up until next Friday, April 5th. Because the period of incubation for this syndrome is 2-10 days we believe that by next Friday we'll be in the clear."

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Doctors suspect Mark Vancamp of Wichita contracted SARS when he went to china to adopt his daughter, Dora.

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"I was seriously sick. I don't know that I ever felt worse. it turned out okay. It's really all I care about. This is what it was all about for us. "

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The C-D-C continues to warn Americans to avoid travel to the Far East ... because right now ... the risk of an epidemic is clear. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))
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Still to come on the newscast, a woman from Salem enters the state senate race.
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Plus a prominent journalist covering the war with Iraq is fired after some disparaging remarks on IRAQI T-V.
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Running for public office is often a matter of timing, and now a fourth Republican believes the timing is right to run for the state senate.
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This morning in Salem, Brenda Johnson joined the field of GOP candidates who hope to succeed Bo Trumbo, when he gives up his Senate seat at the end of the year.
A former teacher, Johnson has been a party activist for 35 years, and says she looks forward to being the only woman in the race.
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The Republican nomination will be decided with a firehouse primary on May 10th. The field also includes Brandon Bell, Butch Church, and Joe Obenshain.
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For months, the U-S has blanketed Iraq with propaganda leaflets and radio broadcasts, putting its point of view in front of the Iraqi people.
Now that the war has started, it appears most Iraqis are hearing a very different message.
Lee Cowan reports.
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(( SCRIPT (NARR:) Baghdad may be losing the war -- but it's trying to win the battle -- the propaganda battle -- at least at home. Pictures of killed and wounded Iraqi civilians are daily fodder for Arab television -- as is the anger and d
efiance toward coalition forces. (NAT/SOT ARABIC) "...Iraqi man shouting ..." NAT/SOT SIRENS (NARR:) Iraq claimed US

bombs hit at least two crowded markets this week -- killing and injuring dozens of innocents -- pictures that made it
easy to vilify the US -- even if the US denied it. (SOT/GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS US CENTRAL COMMAND) "I think you have see

n time and time and time again military targets fall while the civilian infrastructure remains in place and it's the same with civilian lives." (NARR:) Iraqi television went so far as to run an interview with american journalist Peter
Arnett -- who was openly critical of US military planning. (SOT/PETER ARNETT, JOURNALIST) "Now America is reappraising

the battlefield, delaying the war, maybe a week and rewriting the war plan. The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance." (NARR:) The tactic comes as no surprise to the US -- who are using the images too -- pointing to pictures of Iraqi forces firing on their own people outside Basra -- proof the rules of war, seem not to apply here. Stil
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SADDAM PIX (NARR:) So far -- those images have been few and far between -- the tearing down of symbols of a an oppressive regime. The handing out of food and water to the needy. Or a quiet moment caught between a soldier and a child. In this war - this time -- air supremacy may well mean supremacy of the air waves -- and so far, on that front -- the battle seems to be leaning -- to the one with the worst pictures. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Kuwait. ))

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It's a rare case of the reporter becoming the story--
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As Lee Cowan mentioned, fellow T-V journalist Peter Arnett made some disparaging comments about the U-S- led war plan on Iraqi television.
Now Arnett's network, N-B-C, has fired him.
The journalist says he wants to apologize to the American people for quote "clearly making a misjudgment."
N-B-C had earlier defended Arnett, saying the interview was a professional courtesy and that his remarks were analytical.
But now the network says it will no longer work with Arnett.
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Coming up next, we may give you 11 MILLION reasons to check your wallet.
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And David Letterman says he is ready to return to late night television.
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Someone is about lose out on an eleven point six MILLION dollars Lotto South jackpot. Six months ago a ticket matched the winning numbers, but no one came forward to claim the prize.
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Not many people would skip the chance to become a millionaire, but that may be the case come five o'clock today. That's when the deadline to claim the jackpot expires.
In Virginia, players have 180 days to claim their prize.
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The big winner spent one dollar at the lottery booth during last year's state fair in October... but may have THROWN AWAY almost twelve million.
Even if one person loses out, some schools may win... unclaimed prizes go to the Literary Fund.
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((PENELOPE W. KYLE/EXEC. DIR. VA LOTTERY--THE LITERARY FUND IS USED TO HELP OBTAIN LOANS FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO HELP OUT IN SOME LOCALITIES WITH TEACHER RETIREMENT ISSUES. BUT IT'S SPENT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION))
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All profits and unclaimed prizes go to public education in the state.
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Being out sick is no laughing matter, but now that he's recovered,
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David Letterman is headed back to his T-V desk tonight.
C-B-S's late night funny man was out for nearly five weeks with an eye infection caused by shingles.
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This was only the second time in his 20- years hosting a late night show that Letterman had taken sick leave.
In January 2000, he had emergency quintuple bypass heart surgery.
For tonight's comeback show, Dave's guests will be comedian Billy Crystal and a champion whistler.

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 140 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 22.

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Coming up in sports.... The express prepares for the playoffs as the number 3 seed...
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and we'll tell you why the winner of yesterday's NASCAR race is feeling like a new man.
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On the track, Ryan Newman captured yesterday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway becoming the 7th different winner in the track's short history.
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It was a short day for Bill Elliott, who blew an engine just a few laps in and finished dead last.
Emporia's Elliott Sadler was up front most of the day.
He led 48 laps on the day, but a leaky tire caused Sadler to wreck, ending his day with a 41st place run.
The caution came out ten times in the race.
Steve Park got turned around, collecting Mike Skinner and several others.
Newman got by Dale Earnhardt, Junior with eleven laps to go and held on for his second career Winston Cup win.
Junior then edged Jeff Gordon for second place.
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The Roanoke Express knocked off the Richmond Renegades yesterday afternoon in the state capital.
The Express and the Renegades were tied at three after regulation, but Roanoke won the shootout 2-1 to win the game 4-3.
The Express opens the playoffs this week at Greensboro as the 3 seed.
The first home game for Roanoke in the post season series will be Saturday.
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