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A suicide bomber may be responsible for a deadly explosion in Baghdad today.
The blast happened at the U-N headquarters.
Officials say at least 15 people are dead.
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And man opened fire this morning at plant in Ohio.
Authorities say the gunman and another person were killed.
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The fog and low clouds from this morning are diminishing in coverage area now the sunshine will return. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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A bomb explodes at the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.
Initial reports say at least 15 people have been killed.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom
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Officials say today's car bombing has left 40 others wounded, including the top U-N official in Iraq.
The explosion collapsed the Baghdad hotel that was housing the U-N headquarters.
Rescue workers are trying to free people trapped in the rubble.
By all accounts, it appears to have been the work of a suicide bomber.
A top Pentagon official says there are reports a truck bomber rammed into the lobby of the Canal Hotel before setting off the lethal explosion.
Jennifer Donelan is in Washington this afternoon, and joins us now with the latest.
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(( A MASSIVE SUICIDE CAR BOMB....BLASTED THROUGH U-N HEADQUARTERS IN BAGHDAD TUESDAY MORNING....AND SCORES ARE INJURED.

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CBS CAMERAS CAPTURED THE CHAOS INSIDE. WORKERS BLOOD STAINED...DAZED... TRYING TO FIND A WAY OUT TO SAFETY.. HUNDREDS WORK IN THE FORMER HOTEL...ALMOST ALL INVOVLED IN HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS. THE UN.SAYS THEIR SENIOR COORDINATOR THERE IS AMONG THE INJURED.

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THE DAMAGE APPEARS TO BE EXTENSIVE. THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING COLLAPSED. WITNESSES REPORT BODIES AMID THE RUBBLE.
BLACK SMOKE COULD BEEN SEEN RISING HUNDREDS OF FEET INTO THE AIR. U.S. BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS RUSHED TO THE SCENE TO HELP....HUNDREDS OF MILITARY ARE ON SITE.
THE BLAST WAS SO POWERFUL IT SHOOK BUILDINGS AND SHATTERED WINDOWS A MILE AWAY FROM THE SITE.
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In another major development--
Saddam Hussein's vice president has been captured and handed over to U-S forces in Iraq.
Taha Yassin Ramadan was number 20 on the most wanted list.
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Speaking this morning to reporters in Texas, President Bush said he was pleased that Ramadan's been caught.
Bush says it's now just a matter of time until others from the former regime are also captured.
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Authorities say Ramadan was widely considered to be as ruthless as Saddam.

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An apparent attempt to hijack an Air Algeria Jet has ended with no one getting injured.
The country's official news agency says a man threatened the crew with what he claimed to be a grenade after the jet took off from Algiers.
After the flight crew convinced him that the planed needed to land and re- fuel, he surrendered to authorities.
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Meanwhile, 14 European hostages have released by an Algerian militant group and are preparing to return to Europe on board a German plane.
The 14 were among dozens of tourists seized in separate incidents in February and March while travelling in southern Algeria.
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Authorities say a shooting at an auto supplies plant in Ohio has left the gunman and another person dead.
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There isn't a lot of information yet.
Officials say a man opened fire this morning at Andover Industries.
Several people have been taken to area hospitals.
The sheriff says he doesn't know how many people were shot, but adds that the plant is secure now.
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A new development today in the Washington, D-C area sniper case.
Court documents released by prosecutors claim that sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad said, quote "America got what it deserved" on September 11th.
The trial of the accused serial sniper begins this fall.
Meanwhile, federal agents who investigated THAT case are now working on a series of shootings in West Virginia, along with local authorities.
Thalia Assuras has the latest.
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(( THE THREE SHOOTINGS ALL HAPPENED AT NIGHT OUTSIDE GAS STATION CONVENIENT STORES ONLY MILES APART IN AND AROUND CHARLESTON. THERE WERE TWO VICTIMS THURSDAY: 31-YEAR-OLD JEANIE PATTON. LESS THAN TWO HOURS LATER: 26-YEAR-OLD OKEY MEADOWS. THE SUNDAY BEFORE, THE VICTIM WAS 34-YEAR-OLD GARY CARRIER. ALL WERE KILLED BY A SINGLE BULLET TO THE HEAD OR NECK IN WHAT THE KANAWHA COUNTY SHERIFF CALLED EXECUTIONS.

(SHERIFF DAVE TUCKER / KANAWHA COUNTY)

WE'VE SEEN QUITE A FEW THINGS AND THIS FITS THAT BILL OF BEING BIZARRE.

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TESTS INDICATE THE BULLETS, PROBABLY FIRED LONG RANGE FROM A RIFLE, ARE SIMILAR AND OF LOW CALIBER. INVESTIGATORS ARE SIFTING THROUGH MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED TIPS TO A TELEPHONE HOTLINE AND WITNESS ACCOUNTS, BUT DO HAVE SOMETHING TO GO ON.

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THE ONLY THING DESCRIBED WAS A DARK COLORED PICK UP WITH A WHITE MALE IN IT.

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HERE IN WEST VIRGINIA'S CAPITOL AREA, RESIDENTS ARE STUNNED AND SHAKEN.

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AFTER THIS LAST ONE, IT MAKES YOU WORRY. YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU MIGHT BE -- JUST OUT TO GET GAS -- AND THEY CAN JUST SHOOT YOU.

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(AUTHORITIES HERE WON'T SAY THAT THE SHOOTINGS ARE IN FACT LINKED. BUT

LIKE THE SNIPER KILLINGS IN THE DC AREA, FBI AND ATF AGENTS ARE NOW INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION. ARE THESE COPYCAT KILLINGS? AT THIS POINT, THERE IS NO WAY OF KILLING.) ))

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Some officers with the Lynchburg police department hope public awareness will help bring an end to what they say is a growing problem.
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The officers, who held a press conference last night, want the city to increase the pay for police officers. They say since two- thousand one, about a third of the department's sworn personnel have left. The officers say the city doesn't pay enough to recruit and retain veteran officers.
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((OFFICERS ARE LEAVING AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE FIGURES AND CRUNCH THE NUMBERS THEY'RE ACTUALLY LEAVING EACH YEAR AT A HIGHER RATE, THE RATE AT WHICH OFFICERS ARE LEAVING IS INCREASING EACH YEAR... AND THERE HAS TO BE SOME TYPE OF STOP GAP MEASURE BEFORE THINGS BECOME DANGEROUS.))
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The officers say they're working overtime to keep the department going while they try to fill about 20- vacancies. Next week, the city manager and city council will meet for a retreat and the officers hope the two will decide to increase the department's rate of pay in the near future.
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The Roanoke treasurer is going to close a satellite office at the Division of Motor Vehicles.
The counter inside the DMV at Crossroads Mall will shut down September 12th.
City treasurer David Anderson says more people are paying their personal property taxes through the mail.
The DMV will still have a box for any city resident who wants to drop off a payment.

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The Roanoke Valley is gearing up for another year of "all that jazz."
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The Taste of the Blue Ridge Blues and Jazz Festival is three weeks away and today organizers unveiled the lineup.
The traditional Kick off Gala is open to the public this year and will take place Friday September 12th at the Hotel Roanoke.
Also new this year is the opportunity to buy tickets in advance.
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((STU ISRAEL/EVENT ORGANIZER: PEOPLE WANT TO COME TO ROANOKE. THEY DON'T HAVE TO NEGOTIATE SOME OF THE TRAFFIC DIFFICULTIES THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO IN LARGER CITIES. IT IS AFFORDABLE. SOME OF THE TOP NAMES AND BLUES AND JAZZ ALL DAY FOR FIFTEEN DOLLARS, YOU CAN'T BEAT IT.))
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This is the seventh year for the festival and it typically attracts between twelve to fifteen thousand people over the three day event.
It is scheduled to take place September 12th through the 14th at the Hotel Roanoke and Elmwood Park.
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Officers with the L-A-P-D had their patience tested early this morning.
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Beginning at around two A-M, a suspect in a stolen car led them on a five- and- a- half hour chase through the streets of Los Angeles.
Officer deployed at least one spike strip during the chase.
The strips are often used by police to puncture tires during a pursuit.
Authorities shut down two nearby roadways, backing up traffic on the 105 Freeway for miles, but no one was injured in the incident.
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Still ahead in sports,
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the Hokies do some hitting in football practice, but not all of it is approved.
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Virginia Tech is getting down to serious business, with less than two weeks to go before the August 31st opener against Central Florida.
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The Hokies went through two highly competitive, hot workouts yesterday. After finding plenty of fault with his team last week, head coach Frank Beamer was much more pleased with yesterday's results.
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[VO NAT CON'T] If you don't think things are getting serious - check out Ernest Wilford and DeAngelo Hall going head to head, and then toe to toe, in yesterday's practice. The Hokies still have 13 more days until they get to hit someone other than a teammate.
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