The U-S military has captured three more of the 55 most wanted officials of Saddam Hussein's former regime.
In the Most Wanted deck of cards, the U-S has nabbed the Queen of Diamonds, also known as the former head of Iraq's air defenses.
Also in custody, the former head of military intelligence and the former Iraqi trade minister.
But the U-S military may soon be going after some of its own.
It seems some troops and members of the media are bringing back some expensive souvenirs.
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[IN Q=They range from]
((MICHAEL DOUGHERTY/CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT: THEY RANGE FROM GOLD-PLATED AK-47'S INTERCEPTED AT HEATHROW AIRPORT TO PAINTINGS THAT ONCE HUNG ON THE WALLS OF A PALACE OF ONE OF SADDAM'S SONS. ))
[SUPER=202-Michael Dougherty/Customs Enforcement;]
[OUT Q=of Saddam Hussein.]
Meanwhile, five U-S troops are suspected of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from that 600- million found the other day in Baghdad.
An Air Force major from South Boston who was missing in Iraq is now confirmed dead.
Some members of Major William Watkins' unit returned to Seymour Johnson Airbase in North Carolina last night.
The Fourth Fighter Wing lost one plane in Iraq.
Major Watkins was the weapons system officer on the F-15 that went down during a combat mission two weeks ago.
He and the pilot were killed.
His family says he lived to serve God, his country and his family.
Watkins and his wife had an 11-month-old son. They were expecting another child in August.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial service in North Carolina and a burial in South Boston.
A private burial was held at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Second Lieutenant Jeffrey Kaylor yesterday afternoon.
He was killed earlier this month in a grenade attack.
Kaylor was a member of Virginia Tech's Corps of Cadets.
He graduated in 2001.
Kaylor is survived by his wife, Jenna, who was also in the R-O-T-C program and graduated the same year.
He was 24.
The nation's capital is becoming more welcoming to tourists.
Public tours of the U- S Capitol building will resume later this week.
Officials say with the war in Iraq winding down and a lowered threat level, security workers will be able to handle additional visitors.
All tours, except those led by congressional staff members, had been shut down when the war started.
The White House plans to resume limited group tours next week.
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Roanoke City students won't be among those to visit the nation's capitol, but other school field trips are back on again.
The superintendent recently canceled all travel outside of the Roanoke Valley because of safety concerns.
Justin McLeod tells us why some of the restrictions are lifted while others are not.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Meadows/Roanoke City Schools Spokesperson; :25]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF SCHOOL))
Schools can now take field trips anywhere in the U.S. except New York and Washington D.C. because those two areas are still in a high alert status.
That's because travel outside the U.S. is also still restricted.
The changes come as the war with Iraq is winding down and the fact the government has lowered the security threat level from High to Elevated status.
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[IN Q=Trips have been]
((SCOTT MEADOWS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL SPOKESPERSON: TRIPS HAVE BEEN AFFECTED TO WHERE STUDENTS WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GO BECAUSE IT WASN'T SCHOOL SPONSORED, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL BE COUNTED AS EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED. THEY ARE TRIPS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIFT THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS.))
[OUT Q=travel restrictions]
Not every school system is following Roanoke City's lead.
Roanoke County is still restricting all travel out of state but may allow travel within the state.
Salem schools will continue to restrict travel to Virginia and North Carolina until at least the fall.
Pulaski County has no restrictions on travel. They do however have criteria in place depending on the alert level.
Danville schools continues to have a policy that restricts trips to the immediate area.
[IN Q= ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD: AS FOR THOSE TRIPS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN CANCELED, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS IN ROANOKE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH TRAVEL COMPANIES URGING THEM TO RETURN MONEY TO SCHOOLS OR GROUPS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL BAND BOOSTERS IS CURRENTLY TRYING TO RECOVER 23-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WAS PAID FOR A FOUR DAY TRIP TO ORLANDO FLORIDA. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Two hundred Dan River Incorporated workers are losing their jobs.
Danville's largest employer says it's cutting jobs to shift manufacturing efforts to remain efficient and NOT because of a slowdown in orders.
The textile company has a workforce of 38-hundred.
A total of four shifts are being eliminated including those at an accessory plant, sewing plant and two warehouses.
The majority of cuts are full-time, hourly positions.
They'll be effective tomorrow.
The company says it's assisting workers in applying for unemployment benefits.
In business news, Alan Greenspan talks about his future with the Federal Reserve.
And, the C-E-O of American Airlines could soon be out of a job.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says he would accept another term if
offered. His comments came a day after President Bush said he thought
"Greenspan should get another term." Bush said Greenspan had done a good job
of maintaining a "strong monetary policy." Greenspan's current term doesn't
run out until June 2004.
IT'S THE securities industry's highest-profile criminal case since Michael
Milken went to prison in 1991. FRANK QUATTRONE - A FORMER CREDIT SUISSE
FIRST BOSTON INVESTMENT BANKER WAS CHARGED BY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN NEW
YORK WITH OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.
THE three-count federal complaint said Quattrone impeded an investigation
into whether he channeled shares of initial public offerings to favored
clients. QUATTRONE BECOMES THE FIRST WALL STREET EXEC TO BE CHARGED WITH
COMMITTING A CRIME IN THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO INDUSTRY MISCONDUCT THAT BEGAN
A STRING OF ROSY PROFIT REPORTS FROM COMPANIES INCLUDING AT&T AND AOL TIME
WARNER GAVE INVESTORS A REASON TO BUY STOCKS.
THE DOW CLIMBED 30 POINTS
THE NASDAQ JUMPED NEARLY 15
IN A WORD, DREADFUL, THAT'S WHAT AMERICAN AIRLINES CEO HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS
COMPANY'S FIRST QUARTER RESULTS.. THE STRUGGLING CARRIER LOST OVER A BILLION
DOLLARS IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.. THE AIRLINE BLAMES HIGHER
FUEL COSTS AND A SLUMP IN TRAVEL DEMAND BECAUSE OF THE SARS ILLNESS AND THE
WAR WITH IRAQ. AMERICAN'S CEO MAY ALSO REPORTEDLY GET THE AX BECAUSE OF THE
WAY HE HANDLED RECENT LABOR NEGOATIONS.
COMPANIES EXPECTED TO STEP UP TO THE EARNINGS PLATE TODAY INCLUDE AMERICAN
EXPRESS, AMAZON.COM, AND REEBOK.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW
(tape tosses to stocks)
Roanoke Police hope someone will come forward with answers to a Montgomery County man's death.
51-year-old Richard Anthony Palmer of Riner was found shot to death in his pickup truck at Norfolk Avenue and 12th Street Southwest Tuesday.
His dog was also killed.
Palmer was a school bus driver in Montgomery County.
He had also worked as a sports photographer at the Montgomery County News-Messenger and at the Southwest Times in Radford.
An Israeli security guard is dead after a suicide bombing today in Tel Aviv.
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;]
The attack happened at a train station during the morning commute.
Police say the Palestinian bomber was stopped by security guards at the entrance, preventing greater casualties.
10- bystanders were injured.
An apparent splinter group of a militia linked to Yasser
Arafat's Fatah movement has claimed responsibility.
Health officials in Hong Kong are taking the temperatures of hundreds of people arriving from mainland China to screen for SARS.
They say even a slightly elevated temperature could land someone in a Hong Kong hospital for further screening.
Meanwhile, Beijing has been added to a World Health Organization list of cities considered unsafe for international travel.
Toronto is also included on the list.
There is a rising sense of panic in the Beijing capital.
The Beijing government has announced it'll quarantine people
and buildings infected, or SUSPECTED of being infected, with the SARS virus.
"Irresponsible"...that is what one Republican lawmaker is calling state-supported schools that dispense emergency contraceptives to students.
Delegate Bob Marshall says Virginia Tech and Radford University are deceiving students by giving out drugs that facilitate a form of early abortion.
He's referring to the morning after pill, called Plan B or Preven, which must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
Abortion rights supporters say it is a form of birth control, not an abortion.
[IN Q=I THINK THAT'S DELIBERATELY]
((GRACE SPARKS/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VIRGINIA:I THINK THAT'S DELIBERATELY BLURRING OF THOSE LINES. THIS IS NOT AN ABORTION PILL. IT DOESN'T WORK IF THE WOMAN GETS A POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST. IF SHE'S PREGNANT, IT DOESN'T WORK.))
[SUPER=01-Grace Sparks/Planned Parenthood of Virginia]
[OUT Q=IF SHE'S PREGNANT, IT DOESN'T WORK]
Last week James Madison University decided to stop dispensing the emergency contraceptive.
Several thousand J-M-U students are protesting the move.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Our region is still trying to cope with overseas competition in the textile industry.
Canadian Embassy officials talked about being successful under NAFTA at Roanoke's Kiwanis Club meeting yesterday.
They say for companies to succeed, they have to change.
One way is to specialize in a high value product.
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[IN Q=at the end]
((LESLIE THOMAS REISSNER/CANADIAN EMBASSY; AT THE END OF THE DAY MOST WESTERN ECONOMIES ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE WHERE THERE IS A VERY HIGH IMPORT OF LABOR. I WAS IN CHINA FOR TWO YEARS THERE IS NO WAY THAT T-SHIRTS ARE GOING TO BE MADE CHEAPER IN NORTH AMERICA WHETHER IT'S CANADA OR THE UNITED STATES.))
[SUPER=01-Leslie Thomas Reissner/Canadian Embassy;]
[OUT Q=OR THE UNITED STATES.]
Canadian officials say one way their country has managed to succeed at textile manufacturing is by importing Italian fabric, making suits and exporting them to the U-S.
In business news, Stocks ended higher for the second straight day.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((STOCKS HOVERED JUST ABOVE UNCHANGED FOR MUCH OF WEDNESDAY.
THERE WAS SOME PROFIT TAKING AFTER TUESDAY'S RALLY.
THE DOW CLOSED 30 POINTS HIGHER.
THE NASDAQ WAS UP 14.
APPLICATIONS FOR HOME LOANS FELL FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK, ACCORDING TO THE MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA.
THE NUMBER OF MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS FILED WAS THE LOWEST OF THE YEAR, BUT WAS STILL WELL ABOVE THE AVERAGE FOR LAST YEAR.
THE DROP CAME IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF A DECLINE IN APPLICATIONS TO REFINANCE MORTGAGES.
AT&T SAID IT CLIMBED TO A PROFIT IN THE FIRST QUARTER.
THE NATION'S LARGEST LONG-DISTANCE TELEPHONE COMPANY SAYS IT TOPPED WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS.
THE COMPANY ALSO SAID IT IS NOT CONSIDERING ANY MERGERS OR ACQUISITIONS AND IS NOT FOR SALE AT ITS CURRENT STOCK VALUATION.
SHARES OF AT&T WERE UP 23 PERCENT ON THE DAY, BUT STILL DOWN ABOUT 45 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR.
AOL TIME WARNER, THE PARENT OF CNN, WHICH COMPILES THIS REPORT, BEAT WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS AND ITS OWN INTERNAL FORECAST IN THE FIRST-QUARTER.
THE MEDIA AND INTERNET CONGLOMERATE SAYS EACH SHARE EARNED EIGHT CENTS.
THAT'S DOWN FROM NINE CENTS LAST YEAR, BUT WELL ABOVE THE ANALYSTS' CONSENSUS OF FOUR CENTS.
WITH THE BIZ BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Another reality show...this one features the life of O-J Simpson.
And, the music group "Creed" faces a lawsuit.
George Ramsey has those stories and more in today's Hollywood Minute.
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[IN Q=With the Hollywood minute]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/November 7, 1994;]
[SUPER=04-"American Idol" - Fox;]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/Tuesday;]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/November 30, 2001;]
[OUT Q=I'm George Ramsey.]
((WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M GEORGE RAMSEY.
O-J SIMPSON IS ABOUT TO MAKE HIS DEBUT ON REALITY TELEVISION! A REALITY SHOW
FOLLOWING THE DAILY LIFE OF THE FORMER ACCUSED KILLER AND FOOTBALL STAR BEGINS
AIRING THIS JUNE. THE SHOW IS PRODUCED BY A TEXAS TV COMPANY ...THAT HAS DOZENS
OF AFFILIATES ACROSS THE NATION.
AND KELLY CLARKSON HAS TRULY PROVEN SHE IS AN AMERICAN IDOL WITH HER DEBUT CD,
WHICH ENTERED THE CHARTS AT NUMBER ONE THIS WEEK! HERE WAS HER REACTION WHEN
SHE GOT THE NEWS...
HER ALBUM, APPROPRIATELY TITLED THANKFUL, SOLD NEARLY 300 TOUSAND COPIES LAST
IN OTHER MUSIC NEWS...HOW'S THIS FOR A BAD REVIEW? A GROUP OF CONCERTGOERS WHO
PAID TO SEE THE BAND CREED SAY THE SHOW WAS SO BAD... THEY ARE SUING TO GET
THEIR MONEY BACK! FOUR CHICAGO FANS HAVE FILED SUIT AGAINST CREED SAYING THAT
LEAD SINGER SCOTT STAPP WAS TOO QUOTE "INTOXICATED AND OR MEDICATED" TO GET A
SINGLE ONE OF HIS SONGS RIGHT AT A DECEMBER 29TH CONCERT. THE FANS ARE SUING
FOR 56 DOLLARS AND 75 CENTS--THE COST OF THEIR TICKET AND PARKING EXPENSES.
THE BAND APOLOGIZED FOLLOWING THE SHOW IN A STATEMENT.
WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE...I'M GEORGE RAMSEY. ))
[TAPE TOSSES TO BUMP]
Mill Mountain Zoo is preparing to bid a fond farewell to its snow leopard siblings.
In just over a week, Niko and Maya will be honored with a party for their second birthday.
Soon thereafter they'll be headed to other zoos, one in Toledo, one in South Dakota, as part of a breeding program for endangered species.
The male and female cats are the survivors of three cubs born to Boris and Natasha on May 4, 2001.
The elder duo will stay on at the zoo and are expected to breed again next year.