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Up next on News 7-
A guilty plea helps a Roanoke capital murder defendant avoid a death penalty.
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And, Iraqis are contradicting U-S accounts of a major ambush.
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Another cold fronts bringing windy conditions and colder temperatures. I'll have your forecast.
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A man accused of killing his girlfriend and her two young sons in Roanoke last year is expected to plead guilty today.

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Good afternoon. I'm Marya Jones in for Kimberly McBroom. Askia Shabazz WAS facing the death penalty for capital murder and arson, but his plea means he'll spend life in prison.
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The charges stem from a deadly fire at the Hurt Park Apartment Complex in May of 2002. 25-year old Alice Jackson and her two boys died in the fire. In January of this year, Askia Shabazz, also known as Jermaine Donell Poindexter, was arrested in Loiusville, Kentucky, and brought back to Roanoke. He had recently been placed on the Marshal Service's 15 Most Wanted Fugitives List. Shabazz is expected to enter the guilty plea in court this afternoon.
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Halifax County authorities are looking for the person who shot and killed a convenience store manager during a weekend holdup. Deputies say a man entered Robert's Quick Stop on Highway 40 Saturday night, and shot and killed 72 year old Lowell Albert Waller of Nathalie. Authorities are asking anyone with information on the crime to call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

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Former Henry County administrator Sid Clower is being released today from Virginia's prison system.
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Clower has spent the last three months in a Chatham work release program, after 15 months in prison. No word on where he's going, but he'll start serving his 20 years of probation out of the Christiansburg office.
He still has to repay nearly 700-thousand dollars he embezzled from Henry County's Public Service Authority. Clower has not responded to our requests for an interview.
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An early morning accident in Rockbridge County killed a man from Kentucky.
State police say the man was heading north on I-81 when his pickup truck drifted into the shoulder and struck a disabled tractor-trailer.
Police say the victim was 36-year-old Joey David Mullins of Amburgey, Kentucky.
No charges have been filed.

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The relationship between Roanoke City Council and the School Board was back on the agenda this morning at City Hall.
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During a morning work session, council member Alfred Dowe expressed concern with the retreat two weeks ago, that left members of council and the school board at odds over the performance of school superintendent Wayne Harris.
He and others said they hope future meetings can be arranged to provide a more productive exchange.
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((ALFRED DOWE: I THINK ALL THE DIRECTION KIND OF ENDED UP ON ONE PERSON, AND I'M STILL NOT CONVINCED ALL OF THOSE ACCOUNTABILITIES NEED TO LAND ON ONE PERSON.)) (( I DON'T KNOW THAT ANYONE ENJOYED THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING THE JOINT SESSION WE HAD LAST WEEK. I CAN'T SAY I ENJOYED IT, BUT I THINK IT WAS PART OF THIS JOB IT WAS NECESSARY TO FACE THE REALITIES AND THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE.))
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City Council and the school board meet today to discuss their legislative priorities with local lawmakers.
And they plan to come together for another meeting on January fifth.


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There are two different stories emerging about a fierce battle in Iraq over the weekend.
U-S troops say they killed 54 Iraqis after being ambushed.
But Iraqis say the troops fired on dozens of innocent bystanders after the initial attack.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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((SIGNS OF A BLOODY WEEKEND FIREFIGHT ARE EVERYWHERE IN THE IRAQI TOWN OF SAMARRA. THE ARMY NOW SAYS IT KILLED MORE THAN FOUR DOZEN GUERRILLAS DURING TWO SIMULTANEOUS AMBUSH ATTEMPTS ON AMERICAN FORCES. THEY ALSO CAPTURED EIGHT OTHERS IN WHAT THE ARMY SAYS WAS A WELL-PLANNED ATTACK.

SOT: They also had ambush sites into and out of the city. Theyd

pre-positioned explosives, ieds on route, we take into city.
TRACK: BUT RESIDENTS IN THIS SUNNI TRIANGLE TOWN SAY U-S TROOPS ARE EXAGGERATING THE DEATH TOLL... AND OPENED FIRED RANDOMLY SHOOTING INNOCENT BYSTANDERS EVEN HITTING AN EMPTY KINDERGARTEN WITH TANK SHELLS.
TRACK: BUT THE MILITARY SAYS GUERRILLA TACTICS ARE BECOMING MORE WIDESPREAD, MORE DEADLY. THEY KILLED ANOTHER U-S SOLDIER NEAR BAGHDAD TODAY . AND, IN RESPONSE, THE ARMY HAS PROMISED TOUGHER MEASURES. THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WAS THE DEADLIEST FOR COALITION FORCES SINCE FIGHTING FIRST BEGAN IN IRAQ. AT LEAST 74-AMERICANS WERE KILLED ALONG WITH DOZENS OF INTERNATIONAL FORCES, INCLUDING SEVEN SPANISH INTELLIGENCE AGENTS, TWO SOUTH KOREANS, AND TWO JAPANESE DIPLOMATS JUST THIS WEEKEND.
TRACK: DESPITE THE VIOLENCE AND CRITICISM BACK HOME ALL THREE COUNTRIES HAVE VOWED TO STICK BY PLANS TO SEND TROOPS, MONEY, OR HUMANITARIAN AID TO IRAQ A POSITIVE SIGN FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS POST-WAR STRATEGY.

(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: There are reports that American forces have captured three Al-Qaeda members in Iraq. One commander believes they were Iraqi nationals, and if confirmed, it would be the first known capture of Al-Qaeda militants in Iraq. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))




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The Supreme Court will soon decide just HOW FAR the government's anti-terrorism powers can go.
A lower court said federal agents can NOT go into foreign countries, arrest suspects and bring them back to the U-S for trial.
The Bush administration is hoping the Supreme Court will disagree.
Without it that authority, officials say U-S agents would not be able to arrest Osama bin Laden and bring him to trial.

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The parking fee is going away at the National D-Day Memorial, but it will be replaced by a per-person admission charge.
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Beginning January second, the foundation will charge five dollars for adults and three dollars for children ages six to 16. There will be no charge for children under six. Until then, the Bedford Memorial's old fee policy of ten dollars per vehicle will remain in effect. Foundation officials say many visitors reported they are more accustomed to paying an admission rather than a parking fee.
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A long-lost dog made an unexpected homecoming just in time to brighten one family's Thanksgiving.
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Bear, a lab and Chow mix, vanished after his owners let him out on Thanksgiving Day in 1997.
So, the Flores family was shocked when he showed up on their doorstep almost exactly six years later.
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No one knows where Bear has been all these years.
But his veterinarian examined him and said someone clearly took care of him.
He says it's unusual, but not impossible, for a dog to find its way home after six years.
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Call it Mike Myers over Eddie Murphy by a whisker. Still ahead, a look at the weekend box office.
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And call it a comeback for some long-time favorite toys. Some oldies but goodies are once again among the top Christmas sellers.
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If people weren't eating over the Thanksgiving holiday, it looks like they were shopping.
A survey of national retailers shows 72 percent of consumers went shopping over the weekend. And many buying toys found that what's old is new again. Jennifer Wishon rings up the details.
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((Holiday shopping is off to a running start. And so far retailers haven't been disappointed.
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((WE'RE ABOVE ESTIMATES OF WHERE WE ESTIMATED OURSELVES TO BE AND WE HAVEN'T SEEN A SLOW DOWN SO FAR.))
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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas toy sales nearly triple. This year manufacturers went back to the future.
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: AS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS SHOP THE TOY ISLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON THEY'RE LIKELY TO RUN INTO A FEW BLASTS FROM THE PAST.))
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Care Bears, Transformers and GI Joe are just a few of the classic toys that have, so far, proven to be big sellers this year.
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((I THINK IT'S JUST THE INNER CHILD IN ALL OF US. ALL OF US GREW UP WATCHING SCOBY DOO AND THE MUPPETS AND YOU COME SHOPPING FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND YOU SAY LOOK AT THAT. THAT REMINDS ME OF MY CHILDHOOD AND BUY IT FOR YOUR CHILD TO KIND OF RECAPTURE THAT PART OF YOUR YOUTH.))
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Board games, perhaps once considered pre- historic by some generations, are also flying off the shelves. Game manufacturers are playing on the year's retro theme and using packaging that looks, well, old. Even toys like Barbie and Hello Kitty that sell well year after year haven't changed, manufacturers have simply added a few perks.
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((LET'S PLAY TOGETHER.)) Still, for children like Garth Bowler, the gizmos of today are what's fascinating and fun.
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((GARTH BOWLER: VIDEO GAMES ARE MY FAVORITE THING.))
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Nintendo has come out with a smaller and more sophisticated version of the popular Game Boy, but in keeping with the season - game cartridges of yesteryear still apply. So for now, what's old is new again and that has retailers ringing in what they hope will continue to be a profitable season. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke.))


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The Lord the Rings returns. Still ahead, we'll go across the Pacific for the world premiere.
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And an American mom heads across the Pacific, in hopes of saving her adopted daughter's life.
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A family's desperate search to save their adopted daughter's live has literally taken them half-way around the world.

Barry Peterson has the story.
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(((WELLS FAMILY VIDEO PITCH/nice of Kailee, maybe playing soccer with her Dad) It's all about saving this one, fragile life. Her name is Kailee Wells. Ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, and she'll tell youeither a ballerina, or a pizza cook. Makes sense for a six year old. But Kailee has aplastic anemia. Her only hope to grow up is a bone marrow transplant from a perfectly matched donor. Not one in four million registered donors in the US is a match. (WELL VIDEO PITCH/March, 1998 home video pics/see baby Kailee and Linda and Owen Wells) In part - because Kailee is a Chinese orphanadopted by Owen and Linda Wells after she was left in a box on a doorstep in southern China. How do you find a donor, usually a member of the same family, for an abandoned child? Linda Wells can tell you. With determination that started the day the doctor diagnosed Kailee.
(SOT: LINDA) INITIALLY I CAN TELL YOU WHEN THE DIAGNOSIS WAS GIVEN TO US IN A SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY

DEVASTATING. AND AFTER MANY MINUTES OF TEARS AND SOBBING I LOOKED AT HIM AND POUNDED THE TABLE AND SAID, NO - THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WE ARE NOT GOING TO LOSE THIS CHILD. (CBS PITCH/Linda in China/interviewed by Chinese TV crew/various walking around) Linda came to China in Februarya country of one-point-three billion. Never was a haystack higher, or a needle harder to find. And despite extensive media coverage in the China, she went homeempty handed. And then, fate produced a miracle. Last weekend in a cryogenic lab outside Beijingexperts found a preserved umbilical
cord. Doctors say the matchis perfect. (SOT: LINDA) (B - WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN SOMEBODY SAID YOU GOT IT? LI

NDA - I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. If only that was the end of the storythe happy end. But it isn't. First, her American doctors must make sure there is enough donor material for the transplant. And Kailee is already so ill, she could die before the transplant. And finally: the chance of success, if EVERYTHING goes right, is only 50-50. So this story has no ending. Not yet. Only a child's hope and a mother's determination. Bp, cbs news, beijing )))
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An update on Kailee's story.. doctors have learned that there is not enough of the matching cord blood sample to help her. However, they have located two more cord blood samples that they believe will match Kailee's.


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Wall Street is off to a strong start this week.
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At Noon, the Dow was UP 89 points. Nasdaq UP 24 points.


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Still ahead, Virginia Tech heads way out west as it accepts an invitation to the Insight Bowl.
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And Mike Vick makes his NFL return, as he tries to help the Falcons salvage their season.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies have fallen out of the college football polls for the first time in 85 weeks. Yesterday, the Hokies accepted a bid to play in the 15th Insight Bowl on December 26th in Phoenix. The contest at Bank One Ballpark will pit Tech against a team from the PAC-10, likely the Cal Bears.
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The Insight will be Tech's first ever game in Arizona and Tech's 11th consecutive trip to a postseason bowl game.


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The Virginia Cavaliers will don their bowling shoes in the Queen City of Charlotte for the second straight year.
The Wahoos draw Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl on December 27th at 11am.
The game will be a homecoming for Alvin Pearman (PEER-man) and Chris Canty.
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The game could take on an interesting subplot.
Panthers Head Coach Walt Harris has been mentioned as a front-runner to replace Frank Solich at Nebraska.
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Michael Vick returned to the football field this weekend.
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The former Tech standout rejoined the Falcons' huddle in Houston.
His season debut was a minor success.
Vick went 8 of 11 for 60 yards, and rushed for another 16, but it wasn't enough for the Falcoms to beat the Texans who won it 17-13.
Atlanta has now lost 3 in a row and 10 of 11.
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Elsewhere, the Panthers missed a chance to clinch their division. That's because Donovan McNabb and the Eagles are the hottest team in the NFC. They defeated Carolina 25 to 16.
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Family films dominated the the Thanksgiving weekend box office.
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As of now, `"Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat'' is the number one movie at the box office. It took in an estimated 25-point-six million dollars this weekend, barely edging out Disney's "The Haunted Mansion''.
The final numbers will be released later today.
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"Elf" continued its very strong showing, coming in third. Gothika was fourth. And Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World finished fifth.
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Finally, if you want some idea of what to expect when the Lord of the Rings returns later this month, take a look across the Pacific.
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The streets of Wellington, New Zealand, were lined with nearly 100-thousand fans Sunday, for the world premiere of "The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King". The trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, and that's why the movie's stars returned to the capitol city. The film opens in the US on December 17th, two weeks from Wednesday.
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