Coming up on News 7--
Al Gore isn't going for the job himself, but today he officially endorsed HIS choice for President.
And, the investigation into last year's murders of the Short family in Henry County once again leads authorities to Canada.
Temperatures are warming up under a mix of sun and clouds but changes are not that far away. I'll have your forecast.
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Authorities from Henry County are heading north of the border. They're heading to Canada in search of clues in the murder of the Short Family.
Two sheriff's officers visited an airstrip in British Columbia yesterday to investigate reports of a mystery woman who may
have information about the slayings of Michael and Mary Short, as well as the kidnapping and murder of their daughter, nine- year- old Jennifer.
The couple was found dead in their home in Bassett in August of last year.
Jennifer's remains were found a little more than a month later in North Carolina.
A Canadian official says the American authorities are trying to establish a time line that may connect a ``person of interest'' to the slayings.
That person may have had contact with the woman.
There is new evidence against the main suspect in the disappearance of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin (shuh- DEEN).
Sources say early reports indicate that blood found in the suspect's car matches the woman's D-N-A.
Jon Frankel has the latest.
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BLOOD, THAT MATCHES DRU SJODIN'S - IS THE EVIDENCE FOUND ON A KNIFE IN
THE CAR OF ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ, THE 50 YEAR OLD CHARGED WITH THIS
EARLIER REPORTS HAD SJODIN'S BLOOD BEING FOUND IN RODRIGUEZ'S CAR, AND A
KNIFE SHEATH PICKED UP IN THE MALL PARKING LOT - WHERE SHE DISAPPEARED.
IT IS ALSO BELIEVED THAT RODRIGUEZ HAS BEEN DRIVING AROUND WITH
INVESTIGATORS BUT SOURCES SAY THEY WOULD NOT CHARACTERIZE HIM AS
nats: atv's rev
AND SO - STILL, NO SIGN OF DRU SJODIN.
Nats: (Bob Heales) - everybody ready let's find her today. Go get dru.
FOR TWO WEEKS BOB HEALES, A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR, HAS BEEN HELPING
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SEARCH FARMS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA.
BOB HEALES - - it's within a certain radius where she was abducted that
fits into the overall puzzle, and there's enough things that makes sense
- You just have to look at it.
MICHAEL SJODIN - (dru's cousin) - JF - why is it you've chosen this
area? We got a tip from a reliable source on the web-site and we're just
out here to check it out.
MICHAEL SJODIN IS DRU'S COUSIN.
Nats: (Michael Sjodin) - 9 one group go this way one group go that
way... we'll get 4 over here with Adam and 4 over here with me
- JF - is it your heart or your mind that has you out here looking for
(Bob Heales) - A little bit of both.
THEY ARE LOOKING IN DITCHES, TREE LINES - AND EVERY LITTLE HUT.
nats: - (man checks shack - struggles to open door - he calls out) ---
AND NOBODY IS QUITTING.
BOB HEALES - - I think there are just too many possible scenarios. Too
many things we still need to look at - that we're a long ways away from
That was Jon Frankel reporting.
You many have another opportunity if you missed last week's Gaither Homecoming show at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The show went on as scheduled last Thursday.
Though many braved the weather, some folks stayed home.
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Those who missed the Gaither Concert can now exchange their unused tickets for any other Gaither Homecoming event.
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And for a list of other scheduled Gaither events, you can go to our webpage at WDBJ7.com and click on Websites in the News.
He tried for the top job in 2000, now former Vice President Al Gore is throwing his support behind Democratic Presidential hopeful Howard Dean.
Gore says Dean is the only Democrat who was right about the war in Iraq, and the only one who's been able to "inspire at the grass- roots level."
Drew Levinson was in Harlem, New York where today's announcement was made.
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Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean already had the momentum on his
side--now he's got former Vice President Al Gore in his corner.
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"I'M VERY PROUD AND HONORED TO ENDORSE HOWARD DEAN TO BE THE NEXT
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES."
Dean said they made the annoucement in New York's Harlem neighborhood
because they wanted to recognize the people who'd been with the
democrats from the beginning.
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"WE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO START WITH WOMEN, TO START WITH AFRICAN
AMERICANS, TO START WITH THE LATINO COMMUNITY."
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GORE'S ENDORSEMENT IS NOT ONLY A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR DEAN BUT IT IS ALSO
A MAJOR BLOW TO JOE LIEBERMAN'S CAMPAIGN. LEIBERMAN IS ALREADY WELL
BEHIND IN THE POLLS AND NOW THE MAN HE RAN WITH ON THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL
TICKET IS BACKING ANOTHER HORSE.
(NATSOUND LIEBERMAN AND GORE FROM 2000)
Lieberman wouldn't say if he felt betrayed by his former
runningmate--but he admitted he didn't see it coming.
(SOT-Joe Lieberman/(D) Presidential Candidate)
"I was surprised but I am more determined than ever to continue to fight
for what's right for my party"
Dean has been accused of leaning too far to the left and some supporters
hope Gore's endorsement will help bring in the moderates.
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"AL GORE DID WIN THE POPULAR VOTE HE DID HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT AND
HOPEFULLY THAT WILL HELP DEAN GET SOME OF THE SOUTHERN STATES HE NEEDS
AND SOME OF THE OTHER VOTES HE NEEDS."
Gore's backing comes at the right time for Dean...the Iowa caucuses and
New Hampshire primaries are next month.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.
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Still to come on the newscast, a suicide bomber injures 40 American soldiers in Iraq.
Plus authorities in Moscow are blaming a terrorist for killing five people in Red Square.
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Police say a woman was behind a deadly suicide bombing today in the Russian capital.
They say the woman blew herself up, along with at least four other victims.
The blast injured a dozen others outside the National Hotel across from Moscow's Red Square.
The bombing happened shortly before Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed regional leaders at a Kremlin meeting.
Putin says terrorist attacks are aimed at turning back democratic and economic reforms in Russia.
Several violent attacks against U-S troops in Iraq today-- including a suicide bomber who struck a relatively calm part of northern Iraq.
The blast injured more than 40 American soldiers.
However, there were no injuries in the latest attack on an American helicopter in Iraq.
Teri Okita reports.
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TRACK: TROOPS TIGHTENED SECURITY AT THE U-S BASE IN NORTHERN IRAQ, NEAR
MOSUL AFTER A SUICIDE CAR BOMBER TRIED TO BLOW THE COMPOUND UP EARLY
THIS MORNING. SOLDIERS MANNING THE GATE ORDERED THE DRIVER TO STOP
BEFORE OPENING FIRE. THE EXPLOSIVE-FILLED CAR BLEW A CRATER IN THE
GROUND AND SENT SHRAPNEL EVERYWHERE.
(Super: Col. Michael Linnington/101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade)
SOT: We have four soldiers that are wounded that we evacuated and are
being treated for blast injuries, and in addition, 37-soldiers that had
nicks, cuts, bruises, some broken bones.
TRACK: SEVERAL IRAQIS WERE HURT, TOO AND MANY ARE SURPRISED NO ONE WAS
KILLED. THE MILITARY COMPOUND HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY ROCKET-PROPELLED
GRENADES BEFORE, BUT NOTHING AS SERIOUS AS THIS.
SOT: (Linnington) It just goes to show the degree of frustration the
enemy has at this point. I mean, we are doing great things out here in
the northwestern portion of Iraq.
TRACK: TWO U-S TROOPS WERE ALSO SLIGHTLY INJURED IN ANOTHER SUICIDE
BOMBING AT A U-S MILITARY HOSPITAL IN BAGHDAD. THE ARMY SAYS A MAN
PRETENDING TO BE WOUNDED WALKED INTO THE HOSPITAL AND DETONATED
EXPLOSIVES STRAPPED TO HIS BACK.
TRACK: AND THE HITS KEEP COMING. WITNESSES SAY GUERILLAS STRUCK A U-S
ARMY KIOWA HELICOPTER WITH A ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE. THE CHOOPER MADE
A HARD, CONTROLLED LANDING NEAR FALLUJAH. THE TWO CREWMEMBERS WALKED
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: THE MILITARY SAYS THE OVERALL NUMBER OF ATTACKS AGAINST TROOPS
HAS DROPPED FROM AS HIGH AS 50-A-DAY TO 20, BUT NOVEMBER WAS STILL THE
DEADLIEST MONTH YET. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Roanoke's K-9 Unit had an international audience this morning.
A delegation from the People's Republic of China watched as Roanoke officers lead their animals through a number of training exercises.
The group included Chinese customs officials who use dogs in anti-drug and anti-terrorism operations.
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((HE SAID HE HAS A GREAT IMPRESSION ON HOW THE DOGS SMELL, SNIFF THESE DRUGS, AND EXPLOSIVES, AND HOW THE DOG CATCHES THE BAD GUYS.))
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The group from China is studying how U-S agencies train dogs. They also plan to visit two other departments in Virginia.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
heavy metal rocker and reality t-v star Ozzy Osbourne is injured in an accident in London.
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Heavy metal rocker and reality T-V star Ozzy Osbourne is on the road to recovery after an accident yesterday on an all- terrain vehicle at his estate in England.
A British doctor says Osbourne's injuries are ``not a major problem.''
Doctors say Osbourne fractured a collarbone and several ribs.
The 55-year-old is said to be``stable and comfortable'' after undergoing emergency surgery to restore the flow to a blood vessel that was damaged.
Doctors plan to re- assess his condition later today.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has moved above the ten-thousand mark for the first time since May of last year.
The market's most closely- followed average would still be nearly 12 percent short of the all-time high seen in January of 2000.
Investors are also focusing on today's Federal Reserve meeting in Washington.
Analysts say the central bank will likely leave interest rates unchanged.
The DOW was not able to stay above 10 thousand for long. Just before the hour, the DOW was UP eight points to put it at 99-hundred 73.
The NASDAQ has lost 14.
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Coming up next, we'll see who was Victorious last night at Victory Stadium.
Plus we'll see why a small community is crediting some big support for helping it advance in the playoffs.
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It took a couple extra days to do it but William Fleming scored a big victory last night to advance to the Division Four state title game.
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Magna Vista arrived at the stadium almost two hours before kickoff, after making the trip up from Ridgeway.
By the time kickoff rolled around, only a few buckets full of snow remained visible at the stadium.
As expected, the game was a defensive struggle, as the Colonels did a number on the Warriors most of the night holding Magna Vista to just 63 yards of total offense.
The Colonels also created a key turnover.
Magna Vista's Eric Spencer fumbles the ball- Fleming's Donnell Blake recovers it.
Blake, who also is a senior would also score the eventual game-
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Blake had over 100 yards rushing, as Fleming beat Magna Vista 13-to-8.
The Colonels will play Powhatan for the division four state title this coming Saturday at 12:30 at Liberty University.
All but three of the state's games were played either Saturday or Sunday of this past weekend.
And in almost every instance - the smaller the community - the bigger the outpouring of support to get the fields in playable condition.
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The table is set, and the decorations are sparkling--
But there's a lot more to worry about than your home's appearance when you host a holiday party.
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Anheuser Busch is making Chef Jacques Haeringer available to us this afternoon.
The cookbook author and host of "Two for Tonight" joins us to offer some unique food and drink ideas for a great party that also has a safe ending for you and your guests.
Good afternoon, Chef Haeringer.
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(Those of us who have hosted a lot of parties tend to think that we have it all covered...but there are some really important ingredients that are necessary for a successful holiday party?)
(How can party hosts serve alcoholic beverages more responsibly?)
(Are there some particularly good foods to serve that absorb alcohol better than others?)
(We all know how crucial it is to have a designated driver.... what can a party host do to make the driver feel included in the gathering and make sure they're having as much fun as those guests who are indulging?)
Thanks again for joining us today, Jacques.
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