Five people are killed when a commuter train is bombed in Russia.
And Republican supporters are shelling out a thousand bucks each to have dinner with Vice President Dick Cheney in Roanoke County next week.
A flood watch's in effect for a portion of our viewing area as a line of showers and storms head our way. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Two bombs explode aboard a commuter train in Southern Russia.
Authorities reportedly made an arrest, but aren't sure if it's the right person.
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The explosion has killed at least five people and wounded 30 others.
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The early morning blast occurred near the Chechen border.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility.
Authorities reportedly detained a man who tried to flee the area, but he was suffering from shock and had to be taken to the hospital.
The bombs went off as Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to chair a meeting nearly 300 miles from where the explosion occurred.
Russia's been rocked recently by bombings and other attacks the government usually blames on Chechen rebels.
The Bush administration is asking for help.
Officials are expected to ask the U-N to support a multi-national force in Iraq.
Meanwhile, there was a symbolic handover of one region today.
Drew Levinson has more from the United Nations.
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It was both an historic and symbolic moment --US troops handing over
part of central Iraq to a Polish led group of soldiers.
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They'll take over an area that for months was in the hands of the US
(SOT LT. GEN. RICARDO SANCHEZ/COMMANDER US FORCES IN IRAQ)
"YOU HAVE DEFINITELY SET THE CONDITIONS FOR THEM TO SUCCEED IN WHATEVER
ENDEAVORS AND CHALLENGES THAT MAY LIE AHEAD FOR THEM."
The new foreign army is made up of nine-thousand troops from 21 small
European and Latin American Countries.
(SOT: GEN. ANDREZEJ TYSZKEIWICZ/POLISH ARMY)
"AS A RESULT OF THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, WE HAVE BECOME SOLDIERS IN
THE WAR ON TERRORISM."
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HANDING OVER PARTS OF IRAQ IS A SIGN THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS THE UNITED
NATIONS TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE THERE.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WILL SOON BEGIN TALKING WITH SECURITY COUNCIL
MEMBERS ABOUT A NEW RESOLUTION"
If passed, such a resolution would mean the UN would play a leading role
in forming an Iraqi government.
And the United States hopes by expanding the U-N's presence in a postwar
Iraq it will attract not only more countries to help stabilize it, but
more money to rebuild it.
Still even the U.S. is asking for help ...it made it clear that it wants
to remain in command.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.
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Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Roanoke Monday.
He'll be the guest of honor at an invitation only Republican fundraiser to be held at the home of Kent Greenawalt and Nancy Jane Mack in Roanoke County.
The one-thousand-dollar-a-head dinner will raise money for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.
State Attorney General Jerry Kilgore is expected to attend.
Authorities want to know if a Botetourt County murder suspect had anything to do with a South Roanoke arson.
47-year-old Milen Rube Goins is being held in the Botetourt County jail without bond.
He told a judge yesterday morning that he's going to hire a lawyer to represent him and wouldn't talk to investigators.
Goins is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of his cousin.
He may also face charges for allegedly trying to attack an officer who was driving him from North Carolina to Fincastle.
Yesterday, we learned that investigators in Roanoke also want to talk to Goins about a fire in the city.
They say Goins was painting a historic house that burned down on Cornwallis Avenue in South Roanoke in July.
The home's owner, Ed Walker, says Goins was a great painter, but that he apparently had a fight with his foreman shortly before the fire.
Paroled child molester Tony Leyva is back in custody.
Leyva was captured in Haiti over the weekend, more than a month after disappearing from Roanoke.
Marshals say Leyva was being brought to Miami yesterday and will likely be returned to the federal prison system after a court hearing.
He'll then likely have to serve the remaining nine years of his federal sentence.
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The man convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents in Bedford County more than 10 years ago will not be getting parole.
37-year-old Jens Soering says the Virginia Parole Board notified him last week that his parole was denied and that he won't get another hearing until 2006.
Soering was sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
His girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill her parents and was sentenced to 90 years in prison.
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Congress is trying to find out why the lights went out in New York and seven other states last month.
The massive blackout that darkened the Northeast and parts of the Midwest is the subject of a hearing today on Capitol Hill.
Lawmakers are under pressure to develop more reliable rules for the national power grid.
In testimony prepared for a House panel, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said it would be ''premature'' to speculate on exactly what happened.
But he's promising what he calls a ``narrowly focused'' probe to find the cause of the outage.
The F-B-I is asking the public's help in solving the bizarre death of the pizza delivery man who died when a bomb strapped to his body exploded.
One key piece of evidence-- a metal collar that was found around the neck of the victim, Brian Wells.
It has four keyholes and a three-digit combination dial.
The F-B-I is hoping someone will recognize the device.
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((KEN MCCABE/FBI SPECIAL AGENT:WE NEED THE HELP OF THE PUBLIC, UH, TO HELP US WITH ONE OF OUR
THEORIES THAT WE'RE WORKING ON NOW THAT HE WAS EITHER FORCED TO DO THISOR HE WAS A CO-CONSPIRATOR, AND PEOPLE OUT THERE MAY KNOW WHO WAS INVOLVED. ))
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Wells was killed while police waited for the bomb squad to arrive at a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.
He had told police that someone put the bomb on him and forced him to rob the bank.
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A convicted murderer says his execution tonight will make him a martyr. We'll have that story next.
Plus we'll you why the leading candidate in California's recall election is campaigning against himself.
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In just under six hours, abortion opponent and condemned killer Paul Hill will be put to death by the State of Florida.
Hill is the former minister who killed an abortion doctor and his bodyguard in July, 19-94.
Barring a last- minute stay, it'll be the first execution in this country for anti- abortion violence.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush has already said he will NOT intervene.
Meanwhile, during a jailhouse interview, Hill expressed neither regret nor remorse for his crime.
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Hill made no attempt to leave the scene.
He also never denied pulling the trigger, and dropped his appeals.
He says he expects his death will make him a martyr.
The leading candidates in California's recall election square-off in their first debate today... except for one.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be there.
But the man who's beating Schwarzenegger in the polls, Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante.. will be.
Hattie Kauffman has his story
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(TRACK) WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED THE PORTLY, BALDING LEUTENANT GOVERNOR
CRUZ BUSTAMANTE WOULD CRUISE PAST THE CHARISMATIC MOVIE STAR....
ESCPECIALLY WHEN BUSTAMENTE IS IN ESSENCE CAMPAIGNING AGAINST HIMSELF.
(NAT SOT BUSTAMANTE AT RALLY) "VOTE NO ON THE RECALL, YES ON BUSTAMANTE"
(INTERVIEW SOT HATTIE ) If they listen to your first suggestion, vote
no, your chances of becoming governor are nil.
(BUSTAMANTE SOT ) what I am doing is presenting the democrats a strategy
which no matter which way the recall goes democrats are going to win.
(NATSOT-DAVIS) "vote no on the recall"
(TRACK) SINCE BOTH DAVIS AND BUSTAMANTE ARE SAYING 'VOTE NO" YOU'D THINK
ITS A UNITED FRONT. IT ISN'T. THEY'RE BOTH AFTER THE SAME DONORS, THE
SAME CONSTITUENTS... AND ONE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO TAKE THE OTHER'S JOB.
(SOT HATTIE ) all of the democratic leaders in the state urged demorcats
to stay out of this recall election and yet, you threw your name in. Are
you being disloyal to the party?
(SOT BUSTAMANTE ) Absolutely not.
(SOT HATTIE) Your relationship has been called frosty, is that accurate?
(BUSTAMANTE) It could be warmer.
(SOT HATTIE) the governor is facing recall because voters are angry
because of the rolling blackouts, the budget deficit, the dismal state of
the economy. Your are part of the davis administration, in fact the
number two guy. Don't you bear some responsibiltiy?
(SOT BUSTAMANTE) I think we all bear responsibiltiy. We got into this
situation all together.
(NATSOT-arnold at fair)
(TRACK) MEANWHILE REPUBLICAN ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER ATTRACTED HUGE CROWDS
AT THE STATE FAIR... HIS FIRST OUTING SINCE LAST WEEK'S BRUHAHA OVER
RAUNCHY REMARKS HE MADE IN A SOFT PORN MAGAZINE DECADES AGO.
(SOT ARNOLD) I was young, it was stupid, I should have never said it
(TRACK) THERE ARE GHOSTS IN BUSTAMANTE'S PAST AS WELL. HE WAS ONCE A
MEMBER OF A RADICAL GROUP CALLED MECHA.
(SOT HATTIE) This was a Chicano student group that advocated a separate
nation for Mexicans in the Americans southwest, did you know that when
(SOT BUSTAMANTE )There were a lot of student protest groups during the
60's// (EDIT) It was about running for state government and becoming
part of the mainstream of California.
(SOT HATTIE) It doesn't sound like mainstream of California if they're
talking about a separate nation.
(SOT BUSTAMANTE) I know.// I surely don't blieve in some kind of racial
(TRACK) REGARDLESS OF THEIR PASTS, BELT TIGHTENING IS IN THE FUTURE.
THE FACT IS THE STATE IS STILL BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SHORT.
(SOT HATTIE) what is tough love? (BUSTAMANTE) tough love means
everybody's going to have to do a little bit more. (HATTIE) you're
talking about higher taxes?
(SOT BUSTAMANTE 103653) Yes, that does include additional taxes.
(TRACK) REMEMBER THE BUSH TAX CUT? BUSTAMANTE WOULD HAVE SOME
CALIFORNIANS HAND OVER THEIR FEDERAL TAX SAVINGS TO THE SAVE THE
(SOT BUSTAMANTE we're suggesting that a portion of that, not all of it,
but a portion of what they received back should go to help us with this
(TRACK) THE CANDIDATES DEBATE TODAY... MINUS SCHWARZENEGGER. HE'S
ANNOUNCED HE WON'T PARTICIPATE.
(NATSOT - Bustamante handing out hot dogs)
(TRACK) BUT THE SON OF FARMWORKERS WILL BE THERE. THOUGH THE PARADOX OF
URGING VOTERS TO VOTE NO ON THE RECALL MEANS HE'S TELLING THEM TO KEEP
DAVIS IN THE JOB HE WANTS.
(SOT HATTIE 103423) when the curtain closes and you're inside that
voting booth and no one can see, why not vote yes on the recall, yes on
Bustamante? (BUSTAMANTE) because its a basic principle, people are
trying to hijack democracy.
(SIG OUT) HATTIE KAUFFMAN, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES)))
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Coming up next, Leo will let us know if the rain is going to fall from the sky...
Also we'll tell you why some astronmers believe something more dangerous is heading our way as well.
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As if there wasn't enough to worry about--
Now astronomers say they're keeping an eye on an asteroid that could be heading toward Earth.
It's known as 2003 Q-Q-47.
The asteroid is about two- thirds of a mile wide-- a chunk of what was left over when the solar system was formed four and a half- billion years ago.
Astronomers say there's no need to be alarmed.
There's only about a one in a million chance that the asteroid could ever reach earth, and that wouldn't happen for another 12 years.
Still, they say they'll probably know its future orbit within the next month, with such an accuracy that they can rule out any impact.
On Wall Street at Noon, DOW was UP 20. The NASDAQ has gained 14.
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A Winston Cup driver says he's staying put as he signs a new multi-year deal with his team.
And Andre Agassi gets off to a slow start but finishes strong at the U.S. open. We'll have the details coming up in sports.
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Jeff Burton and Roush Racing announced yesterday that they are staying together.
Roush Racing confirms it's signed Burton to a multi-year contract to remain as driver of the number 99 Ford.
Burton joined Roush racing in 1996, and from 1997 to 2001 the South Boston native finished in the top five in points FOUR of those years. Burton was 12th in points last season, and is 13th in the race so far this season.
Meanwhile, his team loses its primary sponsor at the end of this season.
19- year old Brian Vickers will become the youngest full-time competitor ever in NASCAR's top series next season when he takes over the Number 25 Chevrolet.
Car owner Rick Hendrick put Vickers on an advanced schedule yesterday, based on his potential in just under two Busch seasons.
Hendrick also announced that 18 year old Kyle Busch will move to the Busch series number five Chevy full time next season.
Virginia Tech will be without linebacker Brandon Manning and quarterback Marcus Vick Saturday for the JMU game.
And although the reason for the suspensions is not being released, Mike Stevens does have some new information from Blacksburg.
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80-thousand- 250 screaming college football fans are waiting to greet UVa red- shirt freshman quarterback Anthony Martinez this Saturday at Williams- Brice Stadium.
Contrary to other reports of a shoulder separation, a source close to the UVa football program says the Matt Schaub injury report indicated a shoulder sprain.
But Al Groh is focused on getting Martinez ready for the most complicated job on the field.
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Martinez says he has prepared all summer and has worked on other areas of his game.
He adds that he's not just a strong- armed quarterback.
The rain finally stopped at the U.S. Open, and the players got back to work.
But Andre Agassi's work day was cut short.
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Agassi lost the first set to Terry Dent 7-6, thanks to Dent's big serve.
He also kept the number- one seed off balance with his serve and volley game.
Dent re-aggravated a hamstring tear during the match.
After Agassi won the third set 7-5, after winning the second set as well, Dent retired.
Agassi advances to the quarterfinals for the 11th time in his career.
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