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Security concerns force at least six busy overseas flight to be cancelled.
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The world reacts to a U-S mad cow case, and so do local beef producers.
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The weather outside is nice but the temperatures are not delightful. I'll have you cold Christmas forecast.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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Some Radford University graduates are spending Christmas on nursing duty in Iraq.
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On Healthcheck, a three year old boy is doing well, after experimental surgey on his intestine. It offers hope for others with similar conditions.
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And watch out, here come the men. The last minute shoppers are out in force. [Open]
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Six holiday flights between Los Angeles and Paris are cancelled because of what are described as ``security reasons.''
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[ANCHOR=Shan]
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[WRITER=syo]
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[GRAPHIC=Holiday Travel]
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Good evening. I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon. The French Interior Ministry says the U-S embassy in Paris asked the government to cancel the flights which were scheduled for today and tomorrow. Meantime, more than 8-million Americans WILL be flying this weekend despite the Code Orange Terror Alert. Drew Levinson reports.
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :22]
[SUPER=01-Bella Goldwater/Traveler; :50]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News; :57]
[SUPER=01-Chief John Timoney/Miami Police; 1:31]
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(((LOS ANGELES)
At LAX--Air France Passengers bound for Paris for the holidays are desperately looking for other flights.

(NATSOUND )


US officials asked the French airline to cancel its incoming flights on Christmas Eve and Christmas day after it said it had quote--"specific information" al-Qaida was planning to use one of the French flights to attack US targets.
The combination of Terror Alert Orange and Christmas Green and Red is making for slow travel at the nation's airports.

(LOCATOR: NEW YORK)


The beefed up security--is even more beefed up.
For those going home for the holidays--patience may be the best gift.

It now takes even longer to get through the metal detectors---that's

because, like on 9/11--commercial airliners are again considered potential weapons.
Today's travelers are well aware of the circumstances.

(SOT BELLA GOLDWATER/TRAVELER 10:55-11:02)


"I'M A LITTLE WARY ABOUT IT, BUT I WANT TO GET THERE SO I HAVE NO CHOICE."

(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS )


"THE NATION'S TERROR ALERT WAS RAISED ON SUNDAY--THE REASON FOR SUCH CONCERN IS THAT BOTH U-S AND BRITISH INTELLIGENCE INDEPENDENTLY PICKED UP THE SAME INFORMATION.
That information revealed a list of potential targets that includes Washington's Reagan National Airport and Valdez, Alaska where supertankers pick up North Shore oil.
With the heightened alert--air patrols have been increased over major cities.
Anti -aircraft missile batteries have been positioned in Washington, DC
City's like Miami are urging people to be alert--report something.

(SOT CHIEF JOHN TIMONEY/MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT)

"DON'T BE EMBARRASED IS IT DOESN'T WORK OUT TO BE WHAT YOU THOUGHT IT WAS. NO HARM, NO FOUL. LET THE POLICE CHECK IT OUT."
In the new world--it seems now the threat of terrorism is as sure as Christmas. Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.
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There are no injuries after an explosion at a Baghdad hotel today.
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The U-S military now says the rocket-propelled grenade narrowly missed the Sheraton Ishtar hotel. But a private security adviser said there was some damage to the roof of the hotel. A spokesman for the U-S Army unit that controls Baghdad told the Associated Press insurgents fired the grenade. He says other explosions were from continued anti-insurgent operations being carried out by U-S troops. The failed Christmas Eve attack came after a string of separate bombings that killed at least six civilians and three American soldiers.
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Several Radford University Alumni are spending their Christmas in Iraq, helping heal the wounded.
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At least a dozen former ROTC and Nursing students are now comforting and treating injured soldiers. Several are already in Iraq and many more are on the way. Radford's Nursing School is in contact with 8-alumni through e-mail.
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[SUPER=01-Marcella Griggs/School of Nursing Director;]

((THEY ARE DOING EXCITING THINGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IT IS THRILLING FOR THEM TO BE RIGHT ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE WAR EFFORT. MANY OF THEM ARE IN IRAQ NOW IN FIELD HOSPITALS TAKING CARE OF WOUNDED SOLDIERS.))
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[OUT Q=wounded soldiers.]
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We contacted one of the nurses treating soldiers flown into Germany. Radford Alumni Parker Hahn is about to leave for Iraq. We'll bring you his story tonight at 6:00.
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At least eleven countries have responded to the discovery of a mad cow case in the U.S. by banning American beef imports. The mad cow scare has investors selling off their shares of food companies, and some consumers questioning what's in their shopping cart. Scott Rapoport has more.
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[SUPER=01-Shelytia Cocroft/Shopper; :09 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Ann Veneman/Secretary of Agriculture; :18]
[SUPER=01-Scott Rapoport/CBS News; 1:19]
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((Nat/Sot Wall Street Bell TODAY ON WALL STREET...SHARES OF RESTAURANT STOCKS SLID... WHILE IN SUPERMARKETS... SHOPPERS ARE SKITTISH...
SOT: SHELYTIA COCROFT/CHICAGO SHOPPER it's definately altering how i

shop and what i buy ALL BECAUSE OF ONE COW...
(NAT MOO)

...THE FIRST CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE IN THE COUNTRY.
(SOT-Ann Veneman/Secretary of Agriculture) "we're tracing back the cow

that has been detected with Mad Cow disease and we're doing everything we can now to find where that product went and recall it from the food supply. THE FALL-OUT FROM ALL THIS HAS BEEN ENORMOUS. THE COMPANY THAT SHIPPED MEAT FROM WHERE THE SICK COW WAS SLAUGHTERED AND PROCESSED HAS VOLUNTARILY RECALLED MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND POUNDS OF RAW BEEF. AND NEARLY A DOZEN NATIONS HAVE NOW HALTED U-S BEEF IMPORTS. MAD COW DISEASE SIMPLY PUT, EATS HOLES IN THE BRAINS OF CATTLE...AND A FORM OF IT CAN BE PASSED ON TO HUMANS. BUT EXPERTS SAY, ONLY IF INFECTED BRAIN AND SPINAL MATERIAL FROM THE ANIMAL ARE EATEN.... AND THAT DOESN'T APPEAR POSSIBLE IN THIS CASE.
(SOT- Ann Veneman/Secretary of Agriculture) "the risk is extremely low

of human health and I would without hesitation say no one should be afraid to eat beef."
(natS)

WITH SO MANY PEOPLE ON THE MEAT-HEAVY ATKINS DIET, THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR BEEF. WHETHER THAT CONTINUES WILL LIKELY DEPEND ON WHETHER THIS IS AN ISOLATED...AND CONTAINED... CASE. STAND-UP CLOSE: AND WITH SO MANY DOLLARS AT STAKE...CONGRESS IS EXPECTED TO HOLD HEARINGS ON THIS ISSUE WHEN THEY RETURN IN JANUARY.
SCOTT RAPOPORT...CBS NEWS...WASHINGTON.))


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Virginia cattle farmers are not crazy about the first suspected case of mad cow disease in the U-S.
In fact, they are a little annoyed.
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After years of sluggish prices, Virginia cattlemen are fetching record high numbers for their beef.
Now the biggest markets for U-S beef have closed their borders amid fears of contaminated meat.
The head of the Virginia Cattlemen Association says lower demand for American beef internationally and at home may have a devastating impact on beef prices.
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[SOT 06:59:43]
[IN Q=WELL THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS]

((REGGIE REYNOLDS/VIRGINIA CATTLEMEN ASSOCIATION: WELL THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAD HOPED WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. VERY INOPPORTUNE NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT.))
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Virginia cattle producers are stressing to consumers that their beef is still safe to eat.
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Still ahead on Healthcheck, help for patients with intestinal trouble, and for a three year old boy it's so far, so good.
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And it's Christmas Eve, so regular shoppers know what that means -- here come the men.
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The clock is ticking, and time is REALLY running out.
Many procastinators are waiting until the last minute to finish their holiday shopping.
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Several stores at Valley View Mall opened at the crack of dawn to accomodate those last minute shoppers.
The store manager at Belk says sales are actually up compared to last Christmas Eve.
It should come as no surprise, thatmost of the shoppers were men.
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[SOT 6:10:45; 6:09:58]
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((ED LEWIS/SHOPPER: THAT IS THE WAY IT IS, ALL YEAR, EVERY YEAR. MEN DON'T LIKE TO WRAP, WE ARE NOT TOO GOOD AT WRAPPING SO WE TRY TO GET OUT AT THE MALL AND DO IT.)) ((TOM BYERS/SHOPPER: I JUST DON'T WANT HER TO SEE IT SO THAT IS MY EXCUSE. I GET THEM TO WRAP IT BEFORE I TAKE IT HOME.))
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Mall management says Christmas Eve is typically a busy day but not the busiest.
That is usually the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Saturday before Christmas.
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On Healthcheck today, doctors in Boston have developed a new procedure to help patients suffering from intestinal failure. Some months ago, a Massachusetts boy became the first person to have the surgery. Dr. Mallika Marshall caught up Alex and his parents to see how things are going.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Heung Bae Kim/Boston Children's Hospital; :40]
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(( THREE-YEAR-OLD ALEX MALO WAS BORN WITH A DEFORMED SMALL INTESTINE.. SURGEONS TRIED TO PERFORM THE STANDARD OPERATION TO LENGTHEN HIS INTESTINE... BUT COULDN'T... SO ALEX HAS TO BE FED INTRAVENOUSLY.. AND THAT PUTS HIM AT RISK OF DEVELOPING LIVER FAILURE. Super: ERICA MCNEIL/ALEX'S MOM HE COULD NO LONGER TOLERATE ANY FOOD IN HIS STOMACH BUT SURGEONS AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL DEVELOPED A NEW, SAFER WAY TO PERFORM THE BOWEL-LENGTHENING PROCEDURE. ALEX BECAME THE FIRST PATIENT TO UNDERGO THIS EXPERIMENTAL NEW SURGERY, WHICH WAS INITALLY CONCEIVED BY DR. HEUNG BAE KIM AS A MED STUDENT TEN YEARS AGO. Super: DR. HEUNG BAE KIM/ CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL PEOPLE HERE AT CHILDREN'S ARE RECEPTIVE TO NEW IDEAS, LIKE TO TAKE NEW IDEAS AND RUN WITH HIM, (covered) THAT WE RE ABLE TO TAKE THIS IDEA FROM A DRAWING ON A NAPKIN TO TREATING A
PATIENT IN LESS THAN A YEAR WAS PRETTY REMARKABLE (Mom sot) IT'S A MIRACLE HE'S EVEN HERE, NEVER MIND DOING AS WELL A

S HE'S DOING -VERY THING HE DOES IS AMAZING (covered) I'M SO HAPPY WE DID IT.. NOW WE CAN GET IT OUT THERE FOR OTHER KIDS WHO NEED IT (standup) MALLIKA MARSHALL/CBS NEWS THIS NEW PROCEDURE IS NOW BEING USED AT HOSPITALS AROUND THE WORLD. ))

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There will be a nip in the air Christmas morning. Leo has your holiday forecast still ahead.
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And David Letterman goes a long way to entertain our troops, with a surprise visit to Baghdad.
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Talk show host David Letterman took a little bit of "The Late Show" to U.S. troops in Baghdad today. He and band leader Paul Shaeffer visited combat troops in a palace that was once home to Saddam Hussein's wife. Lisa Barron has the story.
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[SUPER=07-David Letterman; :13]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Barron/CBS News; :25]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Hazelet/U.S. Soldier; :46 (QUICK)]
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(((entering palace/natsnd cheering trooops)
THE LATE NIGHT FUNNY MAN ARRIVED TO A ROARING WELCOME....BUT SAID THE SOLDIERS WERE THE REAL HEROES.

(SOT: David Letterman)


They're making the world a better place, and I just wanted to be here. and I'm so proud of these people.

(signing, posing for pix)


AT EVERY STOP, HE SPENT TIME TALKING TO THE TROOPS, SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS, AND POSING FOR PICTURES.

(standup LISA BARRON, BAGHDAD)


AND OF COURSE A VISIT BY LETTERMAN WOULD HAVE TO INCLUDE A TOP TEN LIST...THIS TIME DIRECTLY FROM THE SOLDIERS....TOP TEN REASONS YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN A COMBAT ZONE OVER CHRISTMAS.

(sot: Letterman)


anything under the tree is considered an explosive device

natsot laughter


THE TROOPS FOUND OUT ABOUT LETTERMAN'S VISIT JUST LAST NIGHT....AND MANY SAY THEY WERE STUNNED.

(SOT: JESSE HAZELET)


Ive been watching him since I wasn't allowed to watch him...this is really cool.

(SOT: Juan Zapata)


He's here away from his family, like we all are, that takes a lot.
i want a slot on the show.
LETTERMAN DIDN'T DO ANY HIRING IN BAGHDAD ...BUT MANAGED TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER TO AS MANY AS SEVEN THOUSAND SOLDIERS.
LB CBS NEWS BAGHDAD ))

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You heard earlier that mad cow worries brought the stocks down today. Still ahead, our Marketwatch report has the numbers.
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And we're keeping a close eye on Santa. We'll meet the people tracking his travels.
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Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your Christmas Eve ticker. The 8 and 4 Pitt Panthers are back at practice after a short break preparing for Virginia in Saturday's 11 AM Tire Bowl.
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The Panthers offense is averaging 31 points a game thanks in large part to future NFL star Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Rod Rutherford. But Walt Harris's team has lots of respect for UVa's defense which gave up 20 points a game this season.
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Many think Pitt will enter the game lacking motivation because the team expected to go to a bigger bowl game, but coming to play, the Panthers say, won't be a problem.
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[SUPER=01-Rod Rutherford/Pitt Senior Quarterback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Claude Harriott/Pitt Senior Defensive Lineman; :16]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=.......seniors as well"]
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Like Pittsburgh, the Hokies enter this Friday's Insight Bowl against Cal with an 8 and 4 mark.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]

Coach Frank Beamer has won 101 games over the last 11 seasons and while he knows the fans are anxious and at times disappointed, there are a lot of Tech positives.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/101-33 in Last 11 Seasons; :04]
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[OUT Q=.......turn out to be real good"]
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The Roanoke Dazzle returns to action the day after Christmas on the road against Fayetteville.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Then the Dazzle is home Saturday also against the Patriots. Roanoke is averaging 1,169 fans a game at home, second to last in the league but the franchise and the NBDL are working to get fans out.
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[OUT Q=.....on Saturday night"]
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The Express returns to the ice Friday against Charlotte at the Round House
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and coming up at six, coach and player talk about their Christmas plans, that story and much more at six, see you then everybody.
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Stocks headed downward the day before Christmas, thanks largely to concerns over Mad Cow disease. Alexis Christoforous has our Marketwatch report.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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Finally, in case you need any further reassurance, we have received many reports that Santa Claus is still embarked on his long journey. Officials say the jolly elf is making good time, and expects to hit each time zone around eleven p.m. Keith Oppenheim is tracking Santa's flight from NORAD headquarters.
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[IN Q=Who is it]
[SUPER=03-Cheyenne Mountain, CO; :24]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Dougals Martin/NORAD; :45]
[SUPER=04-Courtesy: Analytical Graphics, Inc.; :53]
[SUPER=01-Keith Oppenheim/Reporting; 1:05]
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[OUT Q=Merry Christmas!]


(( (--natjingle--) WHO IS IT WHO JINGLES AND JANGLES AS MIDNIGHT APPROACHES?

--sot--



Santa Claus.
--Track--
OK, BUT WHO EMPTIES HIS SACK - AND LEAVES BEHIND -

--sot--



Presents!
--Track--

WELL, MAYBE YOU KNOW HOW HE GETS INTO YOUR HOME -
--nat--
Ho - Ho - Ho!
--Track--

BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS TRAVELS - BEYOND YOUR LIVING ROOM?

--sot--



Goes around the world in one night - don't know how he does that.
--Track--
AHHH, BUT THE NORTH AMERICAN AIR DEFENSE COMMAND DOES.
SINCE 1955, A TEAM OF NORAD SPECIALISTS HAVE BEEN KEEPING AN EYE ON KRIS KRINGLE ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

--natsot--



I've just picked up an unusual unknown object on the radar scope over the North Pole.
--Track--
THESE DAYS, THE MORE MODERN METHOD OF TRACKING ST. NICK INVOLVES INFARED TECHNOLOGY FROM SATELLITES.

--sot--



Now we're able to see Rudolf's nose and we can see his nose anywhere around the world - the infared qualities of his nose are very similar to that of a rocket.

--Track---


AND NORAD TRACKERS SAY, AS SANTA ROCKETS FROM EAST TO WEST - CRUISING OVER THE WALL OF CHINA - ZIPPING BY THE TAJ MAHAL - AND AIR-HOOFING IT BY THE EIFFEL TOWER , HE HITS EVERY TIME ZONE AT AROUND 11 PM LOCAL TIME - JUST ENOUGH TIME TO GRAB A BITE -

--natsot--


Milk and Cookies - Mmm.
--Track--
- AND GO - ON A NIGHT WHEN HE DOESN'T SEEM TO MIND BEING FOLLOWED.

--natsot--



Merry Christmas!))






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