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Coming up on News 7--

U-S officials say don't let the heightened terror alert level change your holiday travel plans.
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Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a fatal collision between a church bus and a car yesterday in Henry County.
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Words of reassurance from the Homeland Security Director on the heels of a new warning about terrorism.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The terror alert level in the U-S is a notch higher.
It's been raised to Code Orange, the SECOND highest level.
But the head of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, says Americans can send a message to terrorists by just going about their normal business.
That includes holiday travel.
For example, New York is bustling with tourists and holiday shoppers, despite the increased police presence on the streets.
Drew Levinson is in Times Square this afternoon and joins us now with more.
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(( With the nation now at code orange--and the holiday season in full swing-- New York is responding.

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"OUR ACTIONS TODAY INCREASE THE ALREADY HIGH LEVEL OF SECURITY."
There are now even more police officers and more checkpoints at the city's airports, bridges, tunnels, and waterways.

(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON/NEW YORK)

"BUT FOR NEW YORKERS THIS IS NOTHING NEW--THE CITY HAS BEEN ON A HEIGHTENED STATE OF ALERT SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001."
So most people here are trying to just go about their business...especially during the holiday season."

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But there are those who think abou it---including the commuters down

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"IT'S BEEN REALLY QUIET LATELY SO I WORRY WHEN I RIDE THE SUBWAY...IT STOPPING OR SOMETHING HAPPENING"

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"YOU'RE DEALING WITH TERRORISTS THAT REALLY DON'T CARE ABOUT WHO THEY KILL AND HOW THEY DO IT. YOU CAN HAVE 50 SECURITY GUARDS, ALL IT TAKES IS ONE BOMB. THAT'S ALL IT TAKES." ))

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State police investigators hope to learn a lot more more today, about an accident involving a car and church bus that left one person dead and eight others injured. They still don't know why the car crossed the center line, right into the bus's path.
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It happened around 2-thirty yesterday afternoon on Route 57 west of Martinsville, killing 21-year-old Telisa Ann Hunt of Henry. State police say her car hit a Freedom Baptist Church bus travelling in the opposite direction.
The bus then hit the guardrail, rolled over, and went down a 67-foot embankment before coming to rest. Eight people in the bus were injured, including the driver, 57 year old John Wasoski of Bassett.
He is listed in critical condition. Police say he did all he could to avoid the accident.
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Members of Freedom Baptist Church spent the day praying for those injured in the crash. Hundreds attended church last night for a Christmas program. That's where Jennifer Wishon caught up with church leaders.
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A Roanoke County man tried to put out a fire at his home yesterday by himself, but he could not keep the blaze from destroying the house.
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The blaze broke out yesterday morning on Ballard Street. Officials say it started out as a chimney fire, but quickly spread throughout the home. Investigators say did not have a phone, which is why he tried to fight the fire by himself, but a neighbor saw the smoke and dialed 9-1-1. Officials say the man was not hurt in the blaze. Estimated damage is 15-thousand dollars.
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The Danville Science Center has an early holiday gift, thanks to the Kiwanis Foundation.
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The Center recently received 165- thousand dollars from the Foundation. The money will be used to support the butterfly station and help fund new visiting exhibits. It will also go towards creating a phone system between the existing center and a new space in the Southern Railway Administration Building. Director Jeff Liverman says the gift will help provide unique learning opportunities for southside's youth. The Danville Science Center is open seven days a week.
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U-S troops nab a big one in Iraq. Still ahead, why he is so important.
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And digging out from a brutal weather combination -- tornadoes, mudslides, and floods.
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In Baghdad this morning, two more American soldiers were killed and two were injured in a roadside bombing.
But the news from Iraq is NOT all bad-- U-S troops have arrested one of Saddam Hussein's top intelligence officers.

Kimberly Dozier has more.
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(( Thanks to documents found with Saddam Hussein, US troops have been able to target Saddam loyalists throughout the Sunni triangle - staging some of their most succesful raids yet. The number of attacks against American troops...has also gone down.
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US TROOPS HAVE TARGETTED SADDAM'S FOLLOWERS FROM BAGHDAD NORTH TO MOSUL AND WEST TO FALLUJAH. SOME OF THE NAMES LISTED IN SADDAM'S PAPERS HELPED THEM CONNECT THE DOTS IN THE TERRORIST NETWORK, LEADING THEM RIGHT TO THE MILITANTS' FRONT DOORS.

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THEY'VE ROUNDED UP SUSPECTED BOMB MAKERS AND TRIGGER-PULLERS - THOSE WHO CARRY OUT THE ATTACKS - AND ALSO, AT LEAST THREE TOP FORMER IRAQI COMMANDERS.

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THE CITY OF BAQUBA) "We got a Major General of the Iraqi Intelligence Service suspected in co-ordinating Saddam Fedayeen activities in the area, financing and organising a terrorist cell."

(CBS - Friday's seized petrol tanks)

THEY'VE ALSO GONE AFTER THE INSURGENT'S MONEY TRAIN. THESE WERE AMONG MORE THAN FIFTY BLACKMARKET FUEL TANKERS SEIZED LATE LAST WEEK. COMMANDERS BELIEVE THE PROFITS WERE BEING USED TO BANKROLL TERRORISM.

(ON CAM CLOSE) US commanders predict...despite their recent successes,

however, they will likely face a new wave of attackers early next year - they believe Islamic militants - both Iraqi and foreign - will step in to fill Saddam's void: a tough new battle for the new year. Kimberly Dozier, CBS News, Baghdad. ))

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Hopes are fading for 114 people who are still missing after massive mudslides, flash flooding, and tornadoes struck the Philippines over the weekend.
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At least 127 people are confirmed dead.
Many of the victims were sleeping when mud and other debris turned their homes into swamps.
Today rescuers used shovels, along with their bare hands to search for the missing.
Authorities say the U-S is also sending all- weather helicopters to help with rescue efforts that are being hampered by continuing rain and strong winds.
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He may be Master and Commander, but Russell Crowe has some new duties -- as a dad. Details are still ahead.
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And surprise, surprise -- it's a box office blowout for Lord of Rings. We'll ring up the weekend numbers.
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"The Lord of the Rings" didn't just rule the box office this weekend -- it practically owned it.
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The final installment of the trilogy, ``The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'', raked in 73-point-six million dollars in its first weekend. Since its debut on Wednesday, the film has taken in 125-point-one million dollars in ticket sales.
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3/''Stuck on You''/5.4;] "Mona Lisa Smile" debuted in second place. "Something's Gotta Give" slipped to third place. "The Last Samurai" was fourth and "Stuck on You" was fifth.
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"The Gladiator" is now a dad.
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Actor Russell Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer are celebrating the birth of their first child.
The actor's publicist says his wife gave birth to a six- pound baby boy last night.
They've named the boy Charles Spencer Crowe.
It's been an eventful seven days for the Oscar winner.
Just last week, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his latest role in film, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
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the Dow was UP 2 points. Nasdaq was DOWN 5 points.

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From Holland to the Roanoke Valley. Still ahead, a Vinton church wants you to hear them ring.
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And playoff implications all around, when the Broncos take on the Colts.
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The Denver Broncos clinched a wild card spot last night by beating the Indianapolis Colts 31-to-17
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Quarterback Jake Plummer rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one, as Denver kept the Colts from clinching the A-F-C South division title. Indianapolis can still make it happen with a victory next week at Houston, or a Tennessee loss to Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, Denver's win eliminates Miami from play-off contention.
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The Washington Redskins fell to 5 and 10 on the season yesterday after playing the Bears.
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Chicago's quarterback of the future, Rex Grossman tossed two touchdown passes, completing 19 of 32 for 219 yards.


Tim Hasselbeck matched Grossman with a couple of touchdown passes of his own, including a late one to Laveraneus
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This 45 yarder with 5 ticks left lifted the Bears over the Redskins 27-24.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies have arrived safely in Arizona to continue preparations for Friday night's Insight Bowl date with Cal.
Tech will work out this afternoon at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale.
Each Hokie is taking a serious look in the mirror before one of the more important bowl games in recent memory.
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The Hokies remain three- point favorites for the 8pm kick-off Friday night.



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UVA will practice in Charlotte today in preparation for the Tire Bowl in Nascar's backyard.
Oddly enough, Al Groh has a tie to racing, and Patrick County native Tim Goad, the former North Carolina Tarheel football star.
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Goad has worked for the Wood Brothers and Ken Schrader's M-B-2 team in the past.

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The Roanoke Express lost its 2nd straight game at home yesterday after falling to the Greensboro Generals.
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Goaltender Jason Wolfe has been stout between the pipes for the Express of late.
Starting his third straight game yesterday, Wolfe sacrifices his body to keep the puck out of the net.
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Finally, you can hear the sounds of the season in many places, but a Vinton church is generating a tune that's all its own. As Jennifer Wishon reports, the sounds at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church come from half way around the world.
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The ringing of church bells is not uncommon this time of year, but Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church rings one of a kind.
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Thrasher boasts the only real carillon in a church in the entire Roanoke Valley.
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((EARLE GOODWIN: WHEN THE CHURCH WAS BEING REMODELED TO CELEBRATE OUR 200TH ANNIVERSARY IT WAS DECIDED TO REPLACE THE ELECTRONIC CARILLON AND WE DECIDED, NO LET'S NOT DO THAT. LET'S LOOK TOWARD REAL BELLS.))
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24 real bells valued at 50- thousand dollars. Four church members traveled to Holland to witness the casting of the bronze bells and last year they were delivered to the church. All together the carillon weighs just under one ton ensuring that installation would be a challenge.
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: TWO VOLUNTEERS LIFTED ALL 24 BELLS FROM THE BALCONY UP THROUGH A HATCH. THEY THEN LIFTED THEM ANOTHER 30 FEET INTO THE BELL TOWER USING A CRANK.))
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The carillon is programed to sound five times a day, but the bells can also be played manually on a key board.
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((LUKE WILLIAMS: I FIRST OF ALL STARTED LISTENING TO MY MOM AND MY DAD PLAYING STUFF AND THEN I TRIED TO COPY THEM, BUT AT FIRST IT DIDN'T GO TOO WELL.))
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Didn't go well at first, but now the 8- year- old is on his way to mastering both the piano and the bells. 10- year- old Michael Boland also plays under Goodwin's instruction and thinks it's a good idea for anyone who's musically inclined.
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((MICHAEL BOLDEN: I JUST WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND IF YOU'RE NOT DOING IT YOU SHOULD GO AHEAD AND TRY.))
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Church members should be able to try their hand at playing for centuries to come.
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((EARLE GOODWIN: THE LONGEVITY OF BELLS IS 400, 500 HUNDRED YEARS BELLS ARE STILL PLAYING... I LIKE THAT. I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL.))
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