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It was as tough as searching for a needle in a haystack-- but it was a hole in the ground where U-S forces in Iraq finally found their man.
And as Saddam Hussein continues to be interrogated..new details are surfacing about his arrest.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
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When Saddam surrendered, U-S soldiers were about to toss a grenade into the hole where he was hiding.
That's according to the soldier who led the raid.
Meanwhile, the "Ace of Spades" in the Iraqi most- wanted deck of cards, is providing some key intelligence.
One U-S commander says the initial interrogation of Saddam -- and some documents he had with him -- have led to the arrest of several top figures from his regime.
Drew Levinson is in Washington this afternoon and joins us now with the latest.
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(( PKGE: Now that's he's been cleaned up--Saddam looks a lot more like the dictator the world has come to know for the past three decades....

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A lot different than when he was captured over the weekend. Soldiers say they were seconds away from throwing a hand grenade in the hole where he was hiding when Saddam spoke to them IN English.

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"HE SAID THAT I'M SADDAM HUSSEIN. I'M THE PRESIDENT OF IRAQ, AND I'M WILLING TO NEGOTIATE. AND THEN THE RESPONSE FROM US SOLDIERS WAS 'PRESIDENT BUSH SENDS HIS REGARDS.")
Now Saddam's being interrogated and he's talking....

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"HE'LL READILY RESPOND TO QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED OF HIM IN TERMS OF NORMAL ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, THAT'S HOW I WOULD TERM HIS COOPERATION WITH US AS THIS POINT."
One general says Saddam is already yielding key informATIONng up others in his former regime and confirming there are rebel cells.

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In Saddam's hometown of Tikrit today--hundreds students clashed with US troops as they protested against the capture of the former Iraqi leader...some chanted "WE SACRIFICE OUR SOULS AND BLOOD FOR YOU SADDAM" others yelled AMERICA IS THE ENEMY OF GOD

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Even with the Butcher of Baghdad in custody--the violence continued today with several car bombings against Iraqi police stations--the worst came when a car packed with explosives demolished the front of a building killing eight Iraqi officers.
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Winter weather also made headlines over the weekend.
At least six deaths are being blamed on the storm.
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Just a week after a massive snowstorm dumped several feet of snow throughout the northeast, another storm moved in.

Boston received about five inches of snow.
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In New Jersey, the storm brought mainly slush and cold rain, flooding streets and homes, and leaving behind a big, wet mess.
It's also left many schools from West Virginia to Maine either closed or delayed today.
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A power problem at the WDBJ transmitter knocked us off the air at a bad time last night.
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Our over- the- air viewers and some cable and dish customers were unable to see the highly anticipated Survivor finale last night.
We are currently negotiating with C-B-S so that we can rebroadcast the program which featured Danville native Jon Dalton.
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If you can't wait for that, we will have the highlights of the Survivor finale in the last story of the newscast.

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Investigators in the Short family murders are back from Canada ... but they didn't find the person they were looking for.
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Last week, two Henry County investigators made their fourth trip to Canada.
They met with Canadian authorities ... and checked out a small airstrip.
It's where they believe a "person of interest" in the case met with a woman in August last year.
So far, they haven't located the woman, believed to be from the area, but they say they DID get some "helpful information."
To this day, the only "person of interest" is Gary Bowman, a carpenter from North Carolina who was in Canada during August 2002.
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Law enforcement officials in North Carolina are investigating a multiple murder- suicide involving one of their own.
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Davidson county authorities say a former State Bureau of Investigation agent, Tim Thayer shot and killed his ex- wife, her boyfriend, and his nine- year- old son, before turning the gun on himself yesterday afternoon.
His seven-year-old daughter was able to escape from the house, and went next door to her grandparents for help.
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The search for a mssing bear has ended.
A hunter shot and killed the animal Saturday in Rockbridge County.
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The Asiatic Black bear was one of two from the Natural Bridge Zoo that escaped from its enclosure on Thursday evening.
The first bear broke into the home of Russell Smith. It was shot and killed by the zoo's owner after efforts to tranquilize the animal failed.
The second bear was wounded before it fled into the woods nearby.
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On Saturday, hunter Doug Carnera (car-NAIR-uh) was checking out property with a friend when the bear started running toward them.
He says he hadn't heard about the incident on Thursday, and he says the animal did not behave like a tame bear. Carnera says it was only after the animal had been killed that he realized it was not a native species.[Tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll have details of a small plane crashes in North Carolina.
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A twin- engine plane fell out of the sky and crash-landed into a family's home in California.
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The Cessna slammed into the house yesterday evening, killing the pilot.
Authorities say the family was home at the time, but managed to escape safely.
The pilot was believed to be the only person on board the aircraft.
There were no other reports of injuries, and no other structures were affected by the crash.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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An iced over bridge is being blamed for a chain reaction accident on Interstate 81 that killed a man yesterday morning.
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Shortly before 10 o'clock, State Police say Benjamin S. Grant of Tennessee was traveling north near mile- marker 95 when he lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. He then came back onto the road where he was struck by a tractor trailer. A second tractor- trailer then rear- ended a freight- liner that struck Grant's Ford Festiva. The 24- year- old was pronounced dead on the scene. Traffic was backed up for more than an hour while crews cleared the wreckage.
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The closest general assembly race in the state will be decided in January.
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The Virginia Supreme court has set the Benny Keister/Morgan Morris recount for January 5th.
Democrat Benny Keister beat Republican Morgan Morris for the 6th House District seat by just 49-votes in the November election.
Morris is entitled to a state-funded recount because the vote margin was less than 1-percent.
The recount will be held in Pulaski, but no location has been named.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Senator John Warner makes a big change in his life.
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plus England's Prince William takes the media along for a small shopping spree.
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Senator John Warner is getting married today.
The senior senator is marrying Jeanne Vander Myde at the National Cathedral in Washington.
Only 50 guests were invited to the ceremony between the 76-year-old Warner and the 65-year-old Vander Myde. Warner says he wants to keep this marriage out of the limelight. Warner's first marriage was to banking heiress Catherine Mellon. They split in 1973. He then married actress Elizabeth Taylor in 1978. The two were divorced in 1982.

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While he inherited his mother's trademark shyness, Britain's Prince William yesterday allowed the media a rare glimpse into his life as a college student.
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The 21- year- old royal invited members of the press to join him as he browsed local shops in Saint Andrews, Scotland.
Despite being the most famous student in Britain, passers-by took little notice of William as he visited the Good News store.
There, he used his own cash to buy among other items-- a pint of milk and a candy bar.
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William also proved that even royals need to practice, as he focused on his swing at the local golf center.
He told reporters that he's looking forward to the holidays and seeing his brother, Harry who's spending his gap year in Australia.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 76 points. The NASDAQ was UP 10.

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Coming up next, the Redskins didn't fare so well against the Cowboys, as Dallas tries to put itself in a wild card position.
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And for those who missed it last night, we'll have the highlights from last night's Survivor finale.
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The New Orleans Saints toppled The New York Giants last night.
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Aaron Brooks tossed five touchdown passes in the Saints' 45-to-7 rout of the Giants. Joe Horn caught four of the five scores.
That's a franchise record. After his second touchdown, the Pro Bowl receiver celebrated by making a cell-phone call in the end zone. He was assessed 15 yards for un-sportsmanlike conduct, and his coach indicated at halftime that he would fine Horn. The Saints are 7-and-7 and still have faint playoff hopes.
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Yesterday's game with the Cowboys didn't have much meaning to the Redskins, and they played like it.
But the Cowboys needed a win to put themselves in solid position for a wild card position.
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Tim Hasselbeck struggled all day in cold, rainy conditions throwing four interceptions.
Quincy Carter fared much better, rushing a touchdown to put Dallas up by 14.
He later threw for a score, as well.
But the big story was Troy Hambrick who put together the third best rushing day in Cowboys history.
Hambrick rambled for 189 yards on 33 carries.
The Cowboys shut out the Redskins for the first
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time in 32 years- 27 to nothing.
The Redskins have now lost 12 of 13 games against Dallas.
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The winner of last night's Survivor finale says she won by keeping a low profile. Sandra Diaz-Twine says she's in shock from winning the million dollar prize.
But as Chris Lawrence tells us, she still managed to celebrate in the wee hours of the morning.
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