A jury in Virginia Beach reaches a verdict in the trial of sniper suspect John Muhammad.
And U-S forces in Iraq are attacking the ATTACKERS-- killing six alleged Iraqi insurgents and capturing nearly two dozen others.
Today's our one sunny day before the next storm system takes aim on southwestern virginia. I'll have your work week forecast.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A jury has reached its decision in the trial of 42- year- old Washington D-C sniper suspect John Muhammad.
Jurors just began deliberating the case on Friday.
Muhammad is charged with the sniper shooting of a man at a Virginia gas station last year.
The jury is expected to announce the verdict shortly.
Meanwhile, in the other sniper trial, the prosecution has begun presenting its case against the younger suspect, 18- year- old Lee Malvo.
Malvo's trial is being held in Chesapeake, where prosecutors have begun calling witnesses.
His defense claims Malvo was "brainwashed" by Muhammad.
Jennifer Donelan is outside the courthouse in Virginia Beach with the latest on the Muhammad verdict.
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One hunter died and another was hurt in separate accidents over the weekend in Franklin County.
Authorities found 40-year-old Eric Bristow dead near a tree stand on Cahas (cuh-HAYS) Mountain yesterday afternoon.
He was suspended from a safety harness.
Officials believe he shot himself by accident.
And officials say 60-year-old Michael Stanley of Martinsville fell from a tree stand on Saturday morning near the Crossroads community.
Rescue workers found him later that day, suffering from exposure and back injuries.
A missing Marine reservist from Botetourt County has been found dead.
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Private First Class Stephen Jared Boblett was due in Richmond for a training exercise Sunday morning.
His body was found last night in the northern end of the county.
The sheriff says the death is still under investigation, until the results of an autopsy are released.
In Iraq, the gunfire is intentional and deadly, as U-S forces try to stop the attacks against them.
That as Saddam Hussein purportedly tries to rally Iraqi insurgents himself.
Teri Okita explains.
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TRACK: IN SADDAMS HOMETOWN OF TIKRIT, U-S INFANTRYMEN IN FULL BATTLE
DRESS ATOP TANKS, FIGHTING VEHICLES, AND ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIERS.
THE SHOW OF MIGHT WAS MEANT AS AN INTIMIDATION TACTIC TO COUNTER THE
HEIGHTENED ATTACKS AGAINST U-S TROOPS.
(Super: Lt. Col. Steve Russell/4th Infantry Battalion)
SOT: They need to understand that it is more than just humvees that
will be used against the resistance.
TRACK: MORE FIREPOWER, FOR SURE. THE AMERICANS UNLEASHED MORTAR AND
TANK ROUNDS ON MORE THAN A DOZEN GUERRILLA SAFEHOUSES AND TRAINING AREAS
THROUGHOUT TIKRIT KILLING SIX ALLEGED INSURGENTS AND CAPTURING
TRACK: IN BAGHDAD, OPERATION IRON HAMMER CONTINUES TO POUND AWAY AT
SADDAM LOYALISTS AND OTHERS. SOLDIERS AND MEMBERS OF IRAQS CIVIL
DEFENSE CORP MOUNTED THEIR BIGGEST RAID YET IN ONE OF THE CITYS
(Super: Lt. Sander Adams/U.S. Army)
SOT: We are searching houses in this area looking for any evidence
of any weapon or items that can be used to be shot, or explosive device,
or any mortar rounds or any contraband.
TRACK: BUT RESIDENTS CRITICIZED THE RAIDS AS BEING HEAVY-HANDED AND
UNNECESSARY. AT THE SAME TIME, THERES BEEN A RENEWED CALL TO ARMS
ALLEGEDLY BY THE FORMER IRAQI LEADER HIMSELF.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: The CIA is still working on authenticating an audiotape
purportedly of Saddam Hussein urging rebels to increase attacks
against the coalition. Paul Bremer, the top U-S administrator in Iraq
is dismissing the message. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Two men accused of funneling money and arms to Al-Qaida have been sent to the U-S to face charges.
Both are from Yemen, but were arrested in Germany during a sting operation in January.
One is a leading member of Yemen's Islamic Reform party and the other is his assistant.
Both will face trial in New York City.
Court documents say the politician, Ali Hassan al- Moayad admitted he gave Osama bin Laden 20- million dollars, along with weapons and recruits, prior to the 9-11 attacks.
The Wytheville Sheriff's Office may have helped solve at least a dozen robberies.
A deputy walked into the middle of an armed robbery yesterday at a Rural Retreat gas station.
The suspect pointed the gun at the deputy and held the clerk hostage, before fleeing.
After a chase through Wytheville, deputies arrested 59 year old Paul Edwards Inman of Tennessee.
He's charged with seven felonies, including robbery, abduction and attempting to kill a deputy.
Investigators believe he may be involved in robberies from Marion to Northeast Tennessee.
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Coming up next on the newscast, California prepares to swear in its new governor this afternoon.
Also talk show host Rush Limbaugh returns to the airwaves after five weeks off for drug rehab.
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A North Carolina man faces several charges following a chase that left two people dead, and sent a Danville police officer to the hospital.
The chase began just before 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon when an officer tried to pull over a pickup truck that ran a stop sign in Danville.
The driver then headed south on route -86 into North Carolina, and hit several vehicles, one of which careened into Officer Travis Giles' cruiser. Two people were killed in the accident.
Authorities say, the driver, 32-year-old Doyle Kent Terry of Providence North Carolina, got out of the car and tried to run, but was arrested after a brief struggle.
Terry is now in custody at the Caswell County Sheriff's office. Officer Travis Giles was flown to Duke Medical Center, and is in stable condition.
North Carolina police say Terry now faces several charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.
Later this afternoon, California will have its new governor.
Arnold Schwarzenegger says his inaugural address will focus on resolving the state's budget crisis.
But despite the governor- elect's efforts to be low-key, today's inauguration may look more like a Hollywood premiere.
Chris Lawrence reports.
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The streets are closed, and the stage is set. Arnold Schwarzenegger said
he wanted something low-key ...but this inauguration may be anything
but. Besides the 8-thousand invited inside, people like Adrienne Healy
started showing up around 3 this morning.
"You know he is the Governor He's going to be around for the 3 years?"
(Adrienne Healy/Hoping to See Inauguration)
"Yeah, but this is exciting. I took the day off work. It's exciting."
The Governor-elect arrived Sunday with his wife Maria Shriver.
Schwarzenegger met with his transition team and praised the people who
have agreed to work with him.
"The team we are putting together is absolutely spectacular."
With the state facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, the new
Governor rejected inaugural balls and black-tie events. But some
Hollywood stars wanted to watch one of their own take the oath of
office. Rob Lowe, Tom Arnold and Rob Reiner are all friends of the
"And I'm here to support him. I think he's in a position to do a good
job for the state of California."
(nats from election night)
Last month California voters recalled Governor Gray Davis and put
Schwarzenegger in his place. He's promised to repeal the car tax
increase ...and balance the budget without raising taxes.
(Chris Lawrence/CBS News)
"So he's got a lot to do, and not much time. With that in mind, the new
Governor will attend a few receptions, and then get right to work. He's
expected to call a special session of the state legislature for Tuesday.
Chris Lawrence, CBS News, Sacramento."
The man who attempted to assassinate President Reagan goes before a federal judge today.
John Hinckley, Junior is asking for unsupervised trips away from the mental hospital, where he's been confined for more than 20 years.
Hinckley's attorney says five doctors have examined Hinckley and concluded that if released, he will NOT be a danger to himself or others.
Hinckley wants 10 unsupervised visits with his parents at their
home in Williamsburg.
He was judged mentally unfit for trial, and was acquitted in the 19-81 shooting of Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel.
It's back to the microphone today Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh is resuming his three- hour radio talk show today, after completing five weeks of drug rehab.
The talk show host left the air October 10th after admitting
that he'd abused prescription painkillers, including OxyContin.
Meanwhile, a law enforcement source in Palm Beach County, Florida, where Limbaugh lives, says the investigation into Limbaugh's drug use continues.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Roanoke does not make the list for a low fare airlines, but the mayor will not give up the fight.
Also a popular television show inspires some redecorating at a local college.
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Roanoke is not included on Air-Tran's list, but Mayor Ralph Smith hopes a write in campaign will attract the low-fare airline to the region.
Smith and other government and business leaders have been trying to attract AirTran Airways, with pledges of more than two million dollars worth of travel business.
But when a recent internet promotion asked customers where they would like the airline to expand, Roanoke was not among 36-cities that were listed.
Smith says although it was a disappointment, he believes Roanoke still has a shot.
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((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE CITY MAYOR: THE MAJORITY OF THOSE CITIES ARE LARGER CITIES THAN US, AND THAT HAS BEEN THEIR FOCUS BUT ALMOST MONTHLY AIRLINES ARE CHANGING THEIR FOCUS ON THE WAY THEY SEE THE MARKET AND THE WAY TO GAIN GREATER MARKET ADVANTAGE.))
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The website airtran-DOT-com includes a form for other suggestions.
Mayor Smith is encouraging residents of the area to write-in Roanoke.
A popular cable television show was the inspiration for some Roanoke College students this weekend.
The Inter- Hall Council sponsored and video taped the project.
Campus residents who wanted a chance to win put their names and a dollar into a hat.
A set of freshmen and a set of juniors won.
They had help from a designer and maintenance workers served as carpenters.
Everyone involved said they now appreciate all the work that goes into the show "Trading Spaces" on The Learning Channel.
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((COLLEEN DAUGHERTY: IT WAS INTENSE, LIKE 18 HOURS OF WORK YESTERDAY AND UNTIL 5 TODAY SO OH MY GOD.))
((KELLY LEILICH/ROANOKE COLLEGE STUDENT: CAUSE THEY ALWAYS HAVE COMMERCIAL BREAK AND DON'T SHOW THEM WORKING ALL THE TIME BEHIND THE SCENES AND NOW WE KNOW HOW TIRED THEY REALLY GET.))
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Each team got to spend 350- dollars.
The results were revealed earlier this evening.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 105 points. The NASDAQ has lost 33.
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Up next in Sports
a blown tire helps one NASCAR driver rev on into victory lane.
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Bobby Labonte closed the book on the Winston Cup season yesterday in Homestead, winning the final race under the Winston banner.
But Bill Elliott had a lot to do with Labonte's victory.
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We pick up the Ford 400 just five laps in, when Kevin Harvick made it three wid and that was a bad thing.
Harvick got loose and took out both Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch.
Matt Kenseth blew an engine 23 laps later to post just his 2nd DNF of the season.
Bill Elliott was strong all day, but Awesome Bill cut down a tire on the final lap.
He had to settle for 8th while Labonte went to victory lane.
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The Washington Redskins' road woes continued in Charlotte yesterday, where the Skins dropped their 4th straight game away from FedEx Field, losing to the Panthers for the first time ever.
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The first- half field goal contest ended tied at 3- apiece.
But the offenses got going in the fourth quarter.
Patrick Ramsey found Darnerian McCants in the endzone to cap a 12- play drive.
It was Ramsey's 13th touchdown of the season.
Then with just over 4 minutes left, Ramsey hooked up with Patrick Johnson on a 12 yard score.
The Redskins led 17 to 10.
But former Skin Stephen Davis rushed for 92 yards, and the game- winning score
with a minute to play.
Carolina improved to 8 and 2, with the 20 to 17 win.
The Redskins are now 4 and 6.
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In Philadelphia, the Giants' Tiki Barber rushed for 111 yards and hauled in a touchdown, but the Eagles dealt the Giants a tough blow taking out New York 28 to 10.
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And the 19-72 Dolphins celebrated last night.
Cincinnati's Peter Warrick returned a punt for a score and had a 77- yard TD reception, as the Bengals ended the Chiefs run at perfection with a 24-19 win.
It has been announced thatVirginia Tech and Boston College will kickoff at 3-30 PM on Saturday at Lane Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN. Tech is number 12 in both the A-P and Coaches polls this week.
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