The federal government warns airlines and law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for signs of new terrorist
And two teenagers are ruled mentally competent to stand trial on murder charges for a shooting that happened last month on a Tennessee interstate.
The steadier heavier rain from this morning has been dissipating, what can we expect for the rest of the day and week. I'll let you know in your forecast..
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
The U-S military says, with each passing day, the noose gets a little tighter around Saddam Hussein.
Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Today U-S forces captured three former Iraqi officials, including Saddam's main bodyguard.
As Teri Okita reports, they're hoping he can provide more information on the whereabouts of the former Iraqi dictator.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Wolfowitz/Deputy Secretary of Defense;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
(LOCATOR: TIKRIT, IRAQ)
IN A PRE-DAWN RAID IN TIKRIT, SADDAM HUSSEINS MOST TRUSTED BODYGUARD,
ADNAN AL-MUSSLIT, ALONG WITH TWO KEY FIGURES IN THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME,
WERE TAKEN AWAY FOR INTERROGATION. AL-MUSSLIT REPORTEDLY STRUGGLED TO
BREAK FREE, BUT SOLDIERS WRESTLED HIM TO THE GROUND. AS ONE OF SADDAMS
CLOSEST ASSOCIATES, U-S FORCES HOPE HES GOT THE INFORMATION THAT WILL
LEAD THEM TO HIS FORMER BOSS.
TRACK: WITH A MAJORITY OF IRAQI MOST WANTED NOW CAPTURED, SADDAMS
SONS GONE, AND MORE TIPS COMING IN, THE PENTAGON SAY ITS JUST A MATTER
OF TIME BEFORE THE DEPOSED DICTATOR IS NABBED.
(Super: Paul Wolfowitz/Deputy Secretary of Defense)
SOT: the number of iraqis providing info to our troops have been
increasing; those tips have led to seizures of weapons
TRACK: THE U-S IS HOPING SADDAMS CAPTURE WILL HELP END SOME OF THE
GUERRILLA ATTACKS, BUT IN THE WEEK SINCE UDAY AND QUSAY HUSSEIN WERE
KILLED, 11-SOLDIERS HAVE DIED. EVEN CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF
STAFF, GENERAL RICHARD MYERS, ON A RECENT VISIT CALLED CENTRAL IRAQ
A WAR ZONE.
(NATSD OF BAGHDAD DEMONSTRATION)
TRACK: THE FRUSTRATION LEVEL ON THE STREETS KEEPS RISING. SOLDIERS STOOD
BY AS HUNDREDS OF UNEMPLOYED IRAQIS DEMONSTRATED OUTSIDE COALITION
HEADQUARTERS IN BAGHDAD DEMANDING JOB OPPORTUNITIES.
(NATSD OF ARABIC SOUNDBITE)
TRACK: THIS MAN SAYS: 90-PERCENT OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
UNEMPLOYED FOR SIX MONTHS NOW. MANY BELIEVE THE U-S ISN'T DOING
ENOUGH TO GET IRAQS INFRASTRUCTURE BACK UP AND RUNNING.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
To add to Iraq's problems, armed robbers have made off with millions of dollars from the Iraqi embassy in Russia.
Russia's Interfax news agency says staff at the embassy reported that three- million dollars was missing from the embassy's safe.
The Iraqi embassy is currently not functioning as a full mission.
The ambassador who had served under Saddam's government
left the country a month ago, and there hasn't been a replacement.
Many of the top- ranking diplomatic staff members have also left the mission.
A terrorist warning has been issued to airlines and law enforcement agencies.
The Department of Homeland Security has told intelligence officials say al-Qaida MAY try new suicide hijackings sometime in the next few months.
An intelligence source says the information leading to the warning came from at least one al-Qaida prisoner.
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Meanwhile, the White House is rejecting calls to release a portion of the congressional report concerning the failures of September eleventh intelligence.
The 28- page section reportedly implicates Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis have also called for it to be de- classified, saying they have nothing to hide.
Two teenagers charged with shooting a man and a Franklin County woman on a Tennessee interstate will stand trial for murder next month.
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A judge ruled 16-year-old William Buckner and his 13-year-old stepbrother Joshua mentally competent.
The pair was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated assault in the shootings of Aaron Hamel and Kimberly Bede last month.
Hamel was killed.
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Bede was shot in the pelvis.
She's still recovering from her injuries at her home in Scruggs.
She says she plans to testify when the brothers go to trial August 28th.
A Goshen teenager faces capital murder charges for the shooting death of his mother's ex-boyfriend.
18-year old Christopher Bennett is accused of killing 42-year-old Vincent McDorman with a gunshot to the head.
Officials say a 15-year-old boy who gave the accused a ride to the victim's home is charged with accessory to breaking and entering, but he is not believed to be involved in the shooting.
The victim is survived by the three daughters.
Deputies in Botetourt County say they thwarted a jailbreak.
Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle says inmate Sterling Dawson attacked a jailer and took her keys and radio Saturday when she was returning him to his cell.
She and two other deputies tackled Dawson before he got to the front door.
Two deputies were treated for scratches and bruises.
Dawson was convicted of robbing motels and was waiting to be transferred to prison to serve his sentence.
The Sheriff says Dawson was moved to the Roanoke City jail and now faces new charges stemming from the attempted jailbreak.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see how an author had to overcome a physical challege to write her best selling book.
Plus we'll examine the close realtionship comedian Bob Hope had with the nation's Presidents.
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Radford City Council approved a controversial ordinance that changes where alcohol is sold in the city.
The ordinance will allow the sale of beer and wine at six locations in the city during special non-city events.
Some of the areas on the list include Bissett Park, Riverside Park and the Radford Recreation center.
The measure passed by a vote of three to two, but at least one council member who approved the ordinance suggested re-wording the policy.
Councilman Bill (yeh-rick) Yerrick says Bissett Park and the recreation center are areas where young people might be present when alcohol is served.
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((POLLY CORN: I WAS SURPRISED TO HEAR HIM SAY THAT BECAUSE I WAS HONESTLY GOING TO PROPOSE THAT, THAT'S WHAT OUR PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THEY CONSIDER IT A FAMILY FACILITY AND THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE REST. ))
[SUPER=01-Polly Corn/Ordinance Opponent; ]
[OUT Q=the rest.]
City council did not specify when the ordinance might be brought up again and possibly tightened.
A Roanoke man who went to West Virginia to have sex with someone he THOUGHT was a young girl will spend two years in federal prison.
53- year- old Frank George Bonds was sentenced yesterday in Huntington, West Virginia.
Bonds pleaded guilty in May to crossing state lines to engage in a criminal sex act with a minor.
He arranged the meeting last year in an Internet chat room, but the supposed 13 year old girl was actually a U-S postal inspector.
The story of "Seabiscuit" is now on screens across the country.
It tells the story of a horse that overcame the odds to become a champion racer.
Beating the odds is something Seabiscuit writer Laura Hillenbrand can relate to.
Cindy Pena explains.
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[SUPER=01-Laura Hillenbrand/"Seabiscuit" Author; :41]
[OUT Q=so I live with it.]
That was Cindy Pena reporting.
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Still to come on the newscast,
we will see how some racers are enjoying their time in the sun.
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From F-D-R to Ronald Reagan, U-S Presidents were often the targets of Bob Hope's famously sharp one- liners.
But as Bill Plante reports, the entertainer's jokes were rooted in special friendships with each commander-in-chief.
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[SUPER=01-Jimmy Carter/Former President; :19]
[SUPER=01-Gerald Ford/Former President; :49 VERY QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Bill Plante/CBS News; 1:32]
[OUT Q=Plante, CBS News, the White House.]
Let's hear it for him -- Bob Hope!
He was best known for entertaining the troops, but Bob Hope was also a
close friend to their Commanders-in-Chief. Hope hob-nobbed as easily
with Presidents as he did with privates. He once joked that he performed
for 12 presidents and entertained six.
(SOT - JIMMY CARTER)
I've been in office now for 489 days and when I spend three more weeks I
will have stayed in the White House as many nights as Bob Hope has.
Indeed, every president from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton called
Bob Hope friend.
(SOT - RONALD REAGAN/HOPE)
REAGAN: You look good.
HOPE: Well, yeah -- I've been in makeup for three days.
Bob Hope's passion was golf -- and he hit the links with eight different
commanders-in-chief -- most often with President Ford, whose golf skills
were a frequent target of Hope's jibes.
(SOT - FORD)
He says I'm the hitman for the PGA.
Some of the king of one-liners' best barbs were directed at the
presidents he had befriended.
(SOT - HOPE)
He plays a nice game, but he's very dangerous on the tee --Instead of
yelling fore, he says, read my lips.
The current occupant of the Oval Office paid Hope a final tribute as he
led the mourning for the loss of a true national treasure.
(SOT - BUSH)
"Today America lost a -- a great citizen. // Bob Hope made us laugh, and
he lifted our spirits. // We extend our prayers to his family. And we,
uh, we'll mourn the loss of a good man. May God bless his soul."
President Bush ordered that flags be flown at half-staff when Hope is
interned on Wednesday. Former first lady Nancy Reagan, speaking for
herself and for her husband, said, "losing (Bob Hope) is like losing a
member of the family." Bill Plante CBS News, The White House.
It's the rainy season in Japan, and perhaps NOT the best time to race SOLAR- powered cars.
But the sunshine came out just in time on a Grand Prix circuit for what's known as the Alternative Energies Cup.
About 100 solar- powered cars took part in the race.
There were none of the fumes or noise that mark the REAL Grand Prix that happens in October, but there was still plenty of excitement among the competitors and spectators.
The winning car was able to navigate the racetrack's hills and hairpin curves, without a single drop of gas.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 43 points. THe NASDAQ has dropped eight.
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Coming up today in Sports, the Cincinnati Reds cleaned house yesterday. After the break, we'll see if it helped on the field
And we'll tell you what David Letterman has to do with an Amazing Maze of Maise.
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The Cincinnati Reds cleaned out the front office yesterday.
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The Reds fired General Manager Jim Bowden, manager Bob Boone and two other coaches. Triple A Coach Dave Miley takes over as manager.
[SUPER=35-Cincinnati/6/Philadelphia/5;]The Reds then went out and beat Philadelphia 6-5. In the bottom of the 10th, b
ases loaded and nobody out for Kelly Stinnett. He drops a hit into short right field to bring in the winning run, Reds win 6-5. The Reds were 14 games below 500.
A former Roanoke Express coach is another step closer to the NHL.
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Scott Gordon has been named the head coach of AHL Providence.
Gordon coached the Roanoke Express from 1998 until 2000, where he amassed an 82- 44 and 16 record, and a berth in the Northern Conference finals.
Gordon has been the Providence assistant coach for the past three years.
The Washington Redskins opened training camp yesterday afternoon.
Second year coach Steve Spurrier should be more involved in game planning, defense and special teams this season.
He should also have a better grasp of the league and his team in his second season in the NFL.
The former Gator coach struggled last year at judging talent, but he feels all areas of the Skins are better.
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[SUPER=01-Steve Spurrier/Redskins Second Year Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....coach better"]
The Skins will have 17 new players this season who will either start or play key back- up roles.
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[OUT Q=..he did it"]
Finally today, some people in Iowa may find David Letterman's appearance a little corny.
A farmer has cut the late night host's picture into his corn field.
Cary Hahn reports.
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[SUPER=01-Gary Knight/Farmer; :25]
[OUT Q=for you to decide.]
((When Gary Knight took me into the four acres of young field corn, from
the ground it looks pretty much like any other Iowa corn field. Gary
Knight operates Knight's Farm selling sweet corn in the summer and
pumpkins in the fall. To get people to visit his place the last several
years, he's designed and grown a corn maze.
So this year he thought why plant a mze to salute his favorite late
night talk show host, David Letterman
How stupid could a farmer be and put soemthing like this in a cornfield.
And then we follow along here we have all these dead ends and circular
patterns and that's where we could possibly get inside Dave's head.
Last week's big storm almost put an end to the "Field of Dave" ...
flattening some of the corn.
So, as they say on Dave's show, is it something or is it nothing? You'll
have to decide for yourself.))
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