The winds may have diminished a bit, but the fears of California residents have not.
One of the wildfires is now threatening some very expensive homes.
A live update is next.
And in a televised address, President Bush points the blame at those he feels are responsible for the latest violence in Iraq.
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Flames remain the enemy in Southern California, as firefighters dig in their heels for another rough day of battle.
Thousands of homeowners are counting on their efforts.
Meanwhile, the fires are now threatening some million- dollar mansions, showing that Mother Nature's fury doesn't discriminate.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
One of the biggest fights facing California fire crews is unfolding in the mountains that separate the San Fernando Valley from the Simi (SEE'-mee) Valley.
Jennifer Miller has more.
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THE INFAMOUS SANTA ANA WINDS ARE CALMER TODAY BUT HAVE ALREADY WHIPPED
THE BLAZE ACROSS NEARLY HALF A MILLION ACRES, LEAVING MORE THAN A
THOUSAND CHARRED HOMES AND AT LEAST 15 DEAD IN ITS WAKE.
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I kept thinking this morning Id wake up and this was just a bad dream.
BUT THE DREAM IS MORE LIKE A NIGHTMARE. THE FIRE LINE STRETCHES SOUTH
FROM THE SUBURBS OF LOS ANGELES TO THE MEXICAN BORDER. WITH AT LEAST
30,000 MORE HOMES THREATENED, FIRE CREWS ARE SETTING BACK FIRES IN AN
ATTEMPT TO STARVE THE FLAMES.
"ERRATIC BEHAVIOR OF FIRE, HARD TO FIGHT."
EARLY THIS MORNING FLAMES WERE ON THE MOVE TOWARDS A HIGH SCHOOL NEAR
RIMFOREST, YET ANOTHER HARD HIT AREA. CREWS MANNED THE ROAD SEPARATING
THE FLAMES FROM THE CAMPUS IN A LAST DITCH EFFORT TO PROTECT THE SCHOOL.
AND WHILE FIRE CREWS FIGHT ONE OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE AND DEADLY
WILDFIRES IN STATE'S HISTORY, RELIEF WORKERS ARE FOCUSING ON THOSE MOST
EFFECTED BY THE FLAMES.
MICHAEL BROWN/FEMA DIRECTOR
"OUR PRIMARY CONCERN RIGHT NOW IS TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE FOR THEIR
EMERGENCY NEEDS, PROVIDE THEM THE KIND OF RESOURCES THEY NEED JUST TO
GET THEIR FEET BACK ON THE GROUND."
THE FIRST STOP FOR DISPLACED RESIDENTS ARE SHELTERS.
NAT: Free supplies, please help yourself!
It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep count of all the violent incidents in Iraq.
Again today, a car has been used as a deadly weapon, killing at least four people.
Meanwhile, President Bush insists that the U-S is making progress there.
Scott Rapoport has more from the White HOuse.
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IT IS AN ALARMINGLY FAMILIAR SCENE. ANOTHER CAR BOMB EXPLOSION TODAY IN
IRAQ...THIS TIME NEAR A POLICE STATION IN FALLAUJAH. AT LEAST 4 PEOPLE
THIS, FOLLOWED BY A ROADSIDE BOMB BLAST IN BASRA TODAY...INJURING A
COALITION SOLDIER AND 2 IRAQI CIVILIANS.
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IN THE WAKE OF THE VIOLENCE...THE SLAUGHTERED FROM YESTERDAYS STRING OF
SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN BAGHDAD ARE BEING LAID TO REST.
MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE WERE KILLED...AT LEAST 200 INJURED... IN 4
SEPARATE CAR BOMBINGS ... ALLIN A SPAN OF 45 MINUTES.
IT HAS SHAKEN THE CONFIDENCE OF SOME INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION TAKING
PART IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ.
OFFICIALS FROM THE INTERNATONAL RED CROSS...WHO'S HEADQUARTERS IN
BAGHDAD WAS ONE OF THE TARGETS...SAY THEY HAVN'T DECIDED WHETHER TO STAY
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I think it will take some time to take such a decision. It is very
difficult, on one hand, it needs to be balanced. In any case there is,
for the time being, there is no talk about evacuating the whole staff."
BUT THE UNITED STATES IS URGING WORLD AGENCY'S TO CONTINUE THEIR
COMMITMENT IN THE REGION.
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CLOSE TO COME;
In another volatile region, U-S led coalition troops and Afghan militia have killed 18 rebel fighters in eastern Afghanistan.
The U- S military says the six- hour battle took place on
They say coalition forces were on patrol when as many as 25 fighters began firing on them.
The military hasn't specified, though, whether the attackers were former Taliban or al- Qaida terrorists.
About a hundred new jobs are coming to Wythe County.
The governor's office says Wytheville Technologies plans to expand later this year, adding 102 employees.
The Japanese-owned company makes parts for automotive steering systems and currently has about 62 workers.
The governor says Virginia was competing with North Carolina and Tennessee for the project.
The "Roanoke Times" is hoping its smaller, brighter paper is also earlier, tomorrow.
Some unexpected problems with its new press made the paper several hours late for many customers this morning.
A spokeswoman says getting the color alignment right was one issue that delayed the final press run for about three and a half hours.
Readers in the Roanoke Valley should have gotten a paper by 9:30.
Delivery in Bedford and Franklin Counties wasn't finished until about 11.
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Still to come on the newscast, the Federal Reserve considers changing interest rates.
Plus one of the world's largest electronics companies says it is cutting 20 thousand jobs.
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The jury in the Cecil Knox case resumed deliberations this morning.
While awaiting the verdict, News 7's Keith Humphry sat down with Dr. Knox's office manager yesterday for an interview.
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(( Beverly Boone did not testify at the trial. She felt the government hadn't made out a case against her, so she decided not to take the stand.
Though she maintains her license as a registered nurse, she was not working as a nurse. She managed the business side of Knox's office.
((I'M NOT CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY PRACTICING MEDICINE WHICH THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE. I'M CHARGED AS A PHYSICIAN.))
Dr. Knox IS a physician of course, licensed to practice medicine.
The government argues that nothing happened at Southwest Virginia Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation without Boone's approval.
She AND Knox are charged with practicing medicine "outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose."
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And you are charged with everything the same as he is.
WHETHER I WAS IN THE OFFICE, OUT OF THE COUNTRY OR NOT.))
Her step-son testified she WAS out of town when three of the prescriptions in question were written.
If she's convicted on one count, she faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 to life.
The judge would immediately revoke her bond. He'd have no discretion, under tough federal sentencing guidelines requiring prison time for drug distributors... whether it's abuse of prescription drugs or street drugs.
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Our interview touched on a wide range of specifics. We'll have more of Bev Boone's view of the case in Part II.
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That'll be tonight on NEWS 7 at 6.
The surge of cheaper rivals is prompting Sony to cut 20- thousand jobs over the next three years.
That's about 13- percent of its global workforce.
Regional breakdowns were not immediately available, but the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant says seven- thousand of the job cuts will be in Japan.
Sony has been reviewing its strategy in an effort to boost its sagging profits.
The company employs nearly 155- thousand people worldwide.
Federal reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues are discussing the economy and interest rates.
But they're not expect to make many changes.
Greenspan arrived this morning in Washington for the meeting.
The Fed's policy- setting panel is widely expected to
keep its benchmark short- term rate at a 45- year low of one percent.
And with the job market recovery still fragile, analysts say the Fed is likely to be cautious about raising interest rates for the next several months.
An announcement is expected later this afternoon.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
the Price is Right will never be the same as longtime announcer Rod Roddy has died in Hollywood.
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For nearly two decades, his booming voice invited audience members to "Come on down!"
"Price is Right" announcer Rod Roddy died yesterday afternoon in a Los Angeles hospital.
His longtime agent says Roddy had been hospitalized for two months because of colon and breast cancer.
Host Bob Barker said Roddy had been ill for more than two years, but continued to work on the game show as much as possible.
Roddy's announcing stints included ``Love Connection'' and ``Press Your Luck.''
Rod Roddy was 66.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 54 points. The NASDAQ has gained 18.
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Still ahead we'll tell you why
the N-F-L held a football game without a home team last night. Your Monday night highlights are just ahead.
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It was a game with no home field advantage.
But Miami appeared more at home than San Diego in the Arizona desert.
Last night's NFL game was moved from San Diego to Tempe, Arizona, because of the wildfires in Southern California.
Fans were admitted free into Sun Devil Stadium while back in San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium was used as an evacuation center for local residents.
The Dolphins built a 24-to-3 lead in the first half of the game.
They went on to win it 26-to-10.
Miami now has a 5 and 2 record.
San Diego is 1 and 6.
Turning to college, the Hokies were kicked completely out of the new BCS standings that were released last night.
Tech falls all the way from third to 16th.
Oklahoma and Miami remain 1 and 2.
Tech is right behind new top 15 addition Tennessee and Oklahoma State.
If you're planning on heading to Pittsburgh for the Tech - Pitt game a week from Saturday, you can now firm up your plans.
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The starting time for the game at Heinz Field is set for 7:45 p.m.
The game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.
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