A U-S soldier is killed in a grenade attack in Baghdad.
That, as Iraq's new government emerges onto the world stage.
And a train derailment brings rush hour traffic to a halt between New York and New Jersey.
At least eight people were injured this morning.
Clouds try to hang tuff in some areas while others are starting to warm up under the July sunshine. I'll have your hometown forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Another deadly hit and run attack in Iraq--
The latest U-S soldier death means 32 American soldiers have been killed in hostile action since May first.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Iraq is taking its first steps toward democracy.
But even with political progress, the streets of Iraq are still dangerous for U-S troops.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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IN AN UPSCALE BAGHDAD NEIGHBORHOOD, U-S TROOPS WENT DOOR-TO-DOOR
LOOKING FOR ANYONE INVOLVED IN A GRENADE ATTACK THAT KILLED ONE
AMERICAN SOLDIER AND WOUNDED SEVERAL OTHERS TODAY.
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SOT: U-S Soldier:
The people who were involved fire RPGs and small arms and injured both
Iraqis and Americans.
TRACK: SOLDIERS QUESTIONED NEIGHBORS SOME WHO SAID THEY SAW A GRENADE
OTHERS WITNESSED MACHINE-GUN FIRE.
(ANY NATSD OF RALLY)
TRACK: POLITICAL RESTLESSNESS STILL RUNS RAMPANT IN BAGHDAD. SEVERAL
THOUSAND PEOPLE FROM THE IRAQI COMMUNIST PARTY RALLIED ON THIS, THE 45TH
ANNIVERSARY OF THE OVERTHROW OF THE IRAQ MONARCHY. AFTER DECADES OF
REPRESSION, IRAQI COMMUNISTS ARE NOW MAKING A COMEBACK.
TRACK: FOR HIS PART, PRESIDENT BUSH WHOS JUST BACK FROM AFRICA
WOULD LIKE TO PUT TO REST THE CONTROVERSY OVER COMMENTS ABOUT SADDAMS
NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. OVER THE WEEKEND, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WENT
ON THE DEFENSIVE SAYING A STATEMENT MADE IN THE STATE-OF-THE-UNION
ADDRESS WAS ACCURATE BUT CONCEDES IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OMITTED FROM THE
SPEECH. DEMOCRATS PUSHING FOR AN INVESTIGATION SAY THE CONTROVERSY
ISNT OVER YET.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
And in Baghdad, a new, interim governing council backed by the U-S
will represent Iraq at the United Nations. The council has set April
9th the day Baghdad fell to U-S forces as a national holiday. Teri
Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Two people died when a small charter plane crashed in the Bahamas.
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10- people were on board the plane, including the pilot and four children.
Officials say the pilot of the Cessna 402 Air Sunshine charter reported engine trouble about an hour after take- off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Two Coast Guard choppers and a jet helped in the rescue efforts.
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((MIKE EAGLE/U. S. COAST GUARD: THE GROUP THAT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS STRUGGLING MORE THAN THE OTHER ONE DIDN'T HAVE ANY FLOATATION DEVICE, IF ANYTHING AT ALL, MAYBE ONE PIECE OF CUSHION TO HOLD ONE TO. THEY WERE ALL BUNDLED TOGETHER. ))
[SUPER=01-Mike Eagle/U. S. Coast Guard;]
[OUT Q=bundled together.]
An official says one person was critically injured, two are in stable condition and the others are alert and walking.
The morning commute into New York City was more hectic today than usual.
Two cars of a 12- car New Jersey Transit commuter train jumped the tracks on the line between Newark and New York City.
About 12- hundred passengers were on board at the time.
Rail officials say eight people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
No word yet on what caused the cars to jump the tracks.
There are still some delays after rail traffic came to a stop during the height of morning rush hour.
A parasite is killing fish in Smith Mountain Lake, leaving dozens of dead fish floating near the dam.
State fish and game officials say the parasite poses no risk to humans who eat the infected bass, but fishermen say they're not so sure.
Authorities aren't sure where the parasite came from, but heavy infestations of the parasite are usually found when fish are crowded together.
The Sheriff of Campbell County will be leaving office earlier than expected.
Earlier this year, Robert Maxey announced he would retire as Sheriff in January of next year.
But he says he's been offered a job he can't refuse with Lynchburg's Tharp Funeral Home and that he'll have to take the position in September of *this* year.
Maxey has served the Campbell County Sheriff's Office for 30-years.
He's spent nearly 20-years as Sheriff.
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Coming up next on the newscast, security is tight in France for today's big celebration.
Plus from Britain, investigators try to figure out who wanted a skydiver dead.
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In Britain, it's being called a strange case of murder-- a skydiver who plunges to his death.
Richard Roth has the story.
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NARR: DANGER'S PART OF THE DRAW THAT PULLS SKYDIVERS TO THEIR SPORT.
(hilder home video)
BUT BRITISH POLICE BELIEVE THE DEATH OF TWENTY-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN HILDER -
SEEN HERE IN A HOME VIDEO - WAS DELIBERATE: A CASE OF MURDER.
(cops in cornfield)
HILDER FELL THIRTEEN THOUSAND FEET TO HIS DEATH IN A CORNFIELD IN
NORTHERN ENGLAND WHEN HIS MAIN PARACHUTE, THEN A BACKUP, BOTH FAILED.
SOT DETECTIVE COLIN ANDREWS / HUMBERSIDE POLICE: this was a deliberate
act on the part of some person. we need to stablish who cut the strap
and why they did it.
(chutists packing gear)
NARR: BEFORE THE FATAL JUMP, THE SABOTAGE TO CORDS AND STRAPS HAD BEEN
HIDDEN WHEN HILDER'S PARACHUTE WAS REPACKED; SKYDIVERS SAY - BY SOMEONE
SOT JOHN HITCHEN, Safety Officer Even though its very simple to
someone who knows about parachuting,without the understanding about
parachuting you wouldn't know what to sabotage to stop that parachute
(hilder still foto)
NARR: SOLVING THE CASE, POLICE SAY, MAY TURN ON FINDING A MOTIVE FOR
HILDE'RS MURDER. HE WAS A YOUNG MAN KNOWN AS PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS
SPORT - AND HIGHLY COMPETITIVE.
SOT mother: he loved people but was a very private person, he loved
life and lived it to the full but on his terms.
NARR: AND ON THE DAY HILDER DIED, POLICE THINK THAT WHOEVER KILLED HIM
PROBABLY WATCHED HIM JUMP.
RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON
History is overshadowed only by security in France today.
Bastille Day celebrations kicked off this morning with a military parade in Paris.
Thousands of security officers used metal detectors to screen the crowd, after last year's attempt on the life of President Jacques Chirac.
For the first time, a German general led the parade in a gesture of the close ties between France and Germany.
Bastille Day marks the storming of Paris's Bastille prison in 17-89, which sparked the French Revolution.
Organizers say the rain didn't put too much of a damper on this year's Salem Fair.
Lines formed even before the gates opened yesterday for those who wanted one last dose of the fair.
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((IT'S BEEN AN EXCELLENT TEN DAY RUN WITH THE LAST DAY COMING TODAY. WE'RE ON PAR TO BE VERY CLOSE TO POSSIBLY A RECORD YEAR.))
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Harveycutter says that's good news for vendors, who were rained out earlier in the season.
He says it's also a good possibility the fair will surpass the amount of money it usually generates for the city.
Inside, Civic Center, visitors looked at everything from jewelry to political displays.
"Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision" took the opportunity to promote Victory Stadium.
The group says its cause has really taken off over the past week.
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((JIM FIELDS/CITIZENS FOR A SENSIBLE STADIUM DECISION: IT HAS BEEN VERY VERY BUSY AND BECAUSE OF ALL THE NEWSPAPERS AND BECAUSE OF EVERYBODY CALLING IN IT HAS PICKED UP TREMENDOUSLY. EVERYBODY THAT COMES BY WANTS TO SIGN AND I HAVE TWO CLIPBOARDS HERE; ONE FOR NON- RESIDENTS AND ONE FOR CITY RESIDENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Fields/Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision;]
[OUT Q=for city residents]
What they're signing is a petition, asking city council to take the issue to the polls this November.
The group is opposed to a new stadium- amphitheater the city is building to replace Victory Stadium.
Stadium activists plan to present their petition to city council July 21st.
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More than 4- hundred people from eight states are in Roanoke this week to help change the world.
World Changers is a student missionary group that spends the summer traveling to different cities.
They repair buildings for lower- income families, but they have help.
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[IN Q=The city of Roanoke]
((DAVID CHILDS/WORLD CHANGERS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: THE CITY OF ROANOKE HAS GIVEN BLUE RIDGE HOUSING AUTHORITY A GRANT AND THEY HAVE IN TURN QUALIFIED THE INDIVIDUALS AND THEY'RE PAYING FOR THE MATERIALS FOR ALL THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE ON THE JOB SITE.))
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[OUT Q=on the job]
The Leftwich family applied for assistance six months ago and say the help couldn't come at a better time.
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[IN Q=I'm retired and it]
((JAMES LEFTWICH/HOMEOWNER: I'M RETIRED, AND IT TAKES QUITE A BIT SINCE MY WIFE HAS BEEN SICK AND I HAVE QUITE A FEW EXTENSIVE HOSPITAL BILLS BECAUSE SHE HAD CANCER.))
[SUPER=01-James Leftwich/Roanoke Homeowner;]
[OUT Q=she had cancer]
A team of 20 World Changers is rebuilding the Leftwich's front porch and repairing their roof.
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Coming up following the break, author Tim Murphy will tell us the best places in the Blue Ridge to take a bike trip.
Then a little later, we'll celebrate the birthday of a sign of the times.
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He's going for his FIFTH victory in the Tour de France, but champion cyclist Lance Armstrong has had his share of uphill battles OFF the bike.
In 1998, it was a ride to Boone, North Carolina that gave Armstrong the confidence he needed to get back on track in his career.
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That area is just one of dozens of rides that can be found in author Tim Murphy's new guidebook, "Road Cycling the Blue Ridge High Country."
Tim joins us now in the studio to talk more about the book.
[KIM/Murphy Two Shot]
Good Afternoon, Tim.
(How well do you know Lance Armstrong? Have you all ridden together?)
(Boone, North Carolina was where Armstrong got back into racing....how did he find that area?)
(You're a high school teacher and a writer...and also a bike rider... Have you done it competitively?)
(Let's talk about your new guidebook, "Road Cycling the Blue Ridge High Country"... Does it focus completely on riding
in this region?)
(Is this just a resource for the accomplished bike rider, or can a novice find good places to go?)
(You're going to be doing a book signing tonight at the Ram's Head Book Shop at Towers Mall in Roanoke.)
Thanks for coming in today, Tim.
Again Tim Murphy will be at Ram's Head Book Shop tonight at Tower's Mall from 7 until 9.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 119 points. The NASDAQ has gained 29.
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Today in Sports, it takes overtime to find a winner in a local golf match,
Plus in Nascar News, things heat up for Bobby Labonte in the Tropicana 400.
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Kevin Harvick was bidding for his third straight win at Chicagoland Speedway yesterday, but an empty gas tank and Ryan Newman spoiled the party.
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Dale Earnhardt, Junior lost some serious ground in the points race, as he backed hard into the wall at lap 208.
Junior limped home in 38th position.
The race's scariest moment came at lap 215m and there were a few tense moments for Bobby Labonte as he made contact with the wall.
A broken fuel line triggered the mess.
Labonte eventually climbed out of the mangled car, stumbled and fell onto the grass.
He was o-k, but more than a little hot under the collar.
Harvick ran out of fuel late in the race, allowing Newman to take the checkered flag for the third time this season.
He led 67 of the 267 laps.
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It took three extra holes before the Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship was decided yesterday afternoon.
Vinton's Scott Wise got to the title match by beating Cam Young, while David Tolley knocked off Jack Allara to set up the meeting with Wise.
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A nice crowd of about 30 folks were in the gallery yesterday.
Wise already had a Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame title under his belt this year.
The Virginia Tech golfer needed a 5 foot putt at 18 to keep things all square, sending the match to the 19th hole.
On the very first playoff hole, Tolley's second shot finds the green from about 130 yards away.
He would two- putt that for par.
Then on the second hole of sudden death, Tolley's chip comes up just short of the hole.
Tolley won the title on the third extra hole with a par after Wise hit out of bounds, and took a bogey.
The Salem Avalanche was back on the home diamond last night looking for its second straight win over Potomac.
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The Avs started the night just a game and a half behind Winston Salem in the Southern Division.
In the bottom of the third, with two on, Salem's Todd Self hits one just out of reach of the second baseman.
Trevor Mote and Fehlandt Lentini score, tying the game at 2- all.
Then in the 4th, Michael Rodriguez bloops a single to right, scoring Steve Checksfield from third for a 3-2 Avs cushion.
An inning later, the Cannons' Tony Blanco drives in Jesse Guittierez (Goo- teer- ez).
But Salem won it last night by a final of 5 to 3.
It's beckoned wanna- be starlets and starry- eyed tourists for decades.
The world-famous Hollywood sign turned 80 years old yesterday.
People gathered under the landmark to celebrate the milestone.
They had a cake-cutting ceremony, music, and other entertainment.
The sign went up 80 years ago as a temporary promotion for a housing development called "Hollywoodland."
It stayed up, minus the last 4 letters, and came to symbolize the movie industry.
It became dilapidated until a major overhaul in 19-78, proving that even landmarks need a face-lift every now and then.
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