[Iran-Quake]

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Hopes are fading that any more survivors will be found in the wake of Friday's devastating earthquake in Iran.
More than 20- thousand people are confirmed dead, and it's feared the death toll could be even higher.
Meanwhile, 32 search and rescue workers from Fairfax County are returning home today after officials determined there wasn't a need for any more search teams in Iran.
Jennifer Donelan has the latest.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Kerman, Iran; :00]
[SUPER=03-Bam, Iran; :21]
[SUPER=01-Michael Runkel/German Survivor; :47]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News; 1:05]
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[OUT Q=Donelan, CBS News, Washington.]

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(Kerman, Iran)

IRAN WAS ONCE PLACED IN THE "AXIS OF EVIL" BY PRESIDENT BUSH..... BUT IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY THE U-S AND DOZENS OF OTHER COUNTRIES ARE NOW LENDING A HELPING HAND.
(nats) "there are a lot of countries here, that's good."
AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE UNLOADED TONS OF SUPPLIES.... AND HAVE MADE SOME NEW FRIENDS WITH IRANIANS DESPERATE FOR RELIEF.

(nats-crying)(Bam, Iran)

THE CITY OF BAM REMAINS A PLACE OF ANGUISH. WHILE WORKERS HOPE TO FIND SURVIVORS THIS IS ALL BUT A RECOVERY OPERATION. BODIES ARE STILL TRAPPED UNDER THE RUBBLE AND THE SMELL OF DEATH IS OVERTAKING THE ANCIENT CITY. MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND REMAINS HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AND IT'S FEARED THE DEATH TOLL COULD DOUBLE.

(nats)

FRIDAY'S EARTHQUAKE HIT WHILE MOST PEOPLE WERE SLEEPING.... ONLY A FEW WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE THE CRUMBLING BUILDINGS BEFORE THEY COLLAPSED.

(SOT-Michael Runkel/German Survivor) (sot has banner burned onto video/

was provided like that) "Everything was just absolutely horrible, it was a terrible nightmare. So many thousands of people are just all dead down there." :09
THOSE WHO ESCAPED DEATH ARE NOW HOMELESS. TENT CITIES HAVE BEEN SET UP ALL AROUND. AND MEDICAL WORKERS ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO TREAT THE THOUSANDS OF INJURED.
STANDUP: (Jennifer Donelan/CBS NEWS/Washington, DC) WITH LITTLE HOPE OF FINDING ANYONE ELSE ALIVE THE U-S HAS ACTUALLY PULLED BACK SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS. THE BIGGEST FEAR IN IRAN IS AFTERSHOCKS, WHICH COULD BE AS STRONG AS THE QUAKE AND COULD HIT AT ANY TIME. JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))

[CA-Mudslides]


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Officials in California have warned people living in the San Bernardino mountains to brace for more rain today.
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[SUPER=03-San Bernardino Co., CA;]


Heavy rain last week triggered deadly mudslides in areas that were scorched by wildfires earlier this year.
Yesterday, recovery workers found more victims from a church camp, including a woman and two children.
The mudslides have killed more than a dozen people.
Today, crews will set out again to search for those still missing.
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[11Valley-Ridge]


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Hundreds of Alleghany County residents have been forced to boil their water for more than a month now. As Jennifer Wishon reports, there's no easy solution to the problem.
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[IN Q=There's water everywhere]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sara Lu Snyder/Valley Ridge Water Customer; :05]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./File Tape; :22]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Stephenson/County Administrator; 1:06]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Ratliff/Valley Ridge Water Customer; 1:41]
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[OUT Q=JW, News 7, Alleghany County]

((((NATS OF WATER)) There's water everywhere in Valley Ridge, but not a drop to drink.
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[SOT 9:34:22]
[IN Q=So basically all you can do]

((Sara Lu Snyder))
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[OUT Q=or wash your clothes]

More than 200 county residents, Alleghany High School and two medical facilities have been boiling their water since before Thanksgiving when heavy rains contaminated the county well. Valley Ridge Water Company owner Doodlebug Dressler has been buying water from the county since July until he can get HIS water system to meet certain health standards.
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[SOT 9:37:20]
[IN Q=The ideal thing would be]

((Sara Lu Snyder))
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[OUT Q=somewhere in the valley]

Snyder may soon get her wish. The Board of Supervisors is considering a suggestion to extend the county's water line from this industrial park to the high school. Dressler would then have the option of buying CLEAN water from the county on a permanent basis.
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[SOT 9:55:46]
[IN Q=The board seemed]

((TAMMY STEPHENSON: THE BOARD SEEMED RECEPTIVE TO THAT AND I HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH REVIEWING THE COSTS OF THAT, HOW WE CAN PAY FOR IT, WHAT A RATE WOULD BE TO FACTOR IN THE DEBT PAYMENT.))
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[OUT Q=the debt payment]

In the meantime, some customers are looking to state leaders for help.
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[SOT 9:48:55]
[IN Q=State senator Creigh Deeds]

((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM))
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[OUT Q=a sanitary district]

That is a special taxing district, governed by a body that is allowed certain powers over specified utilities.
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[SOT 10:06:58]
[IN Q=Things that are not]

((CHUCK RATLIFF: THINGS THAT ARE NOT GETTING DONE WOULD GET DONE BECAUSE IT'S ALMOST LIKE A LEGAL ACTION.))
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[OUT Q=a legal action]

Meanwhile, Administrator Tammy Stephenson is boiling her water as well. She too lives in Valley Ridge.
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[SOT 10:01:37]
[IN Q=It is a tough situation]

((Tammy Stephenson))
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[OUT Q=anybody in the county]

Stephenson expects the Board to act quickly on the water problem. Their next meeting is January 6th. Jennifer Wishon, News 7 Alleghany County.))


[Jackson]


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Michael Jackson says police "manhandled" him when he surrendered on child molestation charges.
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[SUPER=04-CBS News - "60 Minutes";]


In an exclusive interview with "60 Minutes," the King of Pop said he was treated so roughly by police, that his shoulder was dislocated, and he's still suffering ongoing pain.
Jackson also denied the charges against him.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Totally false..]

((MICHAEL JACKSON: TOTALLY FALSE. BEFORE I WOULD HURT A CHILD I WOULD SLIT MY WRISTS. I WOULD NEVER HURT A CHILD. IT IS TOTALLY FALSE. I WAS OUTRAGED. I WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.))
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[OUT Q=something like that.]
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Jackson says he still believes it's acceptable to have children sleep in his bed.
But he adds that he did NOT share his bed with the 13- year- old boy at the center of the current abuse allegations.


Jackson will make his first court appearance next month.
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[Marketwatch]


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In business news, stocks closed higher on Friday.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/Reporting; :00]
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[OUT Q=in New York.]

((> Stocks ended higher after Friday's shortened holiday trading session. The Dow gained 19 points while the Nasdaq added nearly 4. > Some beef-related issues made up for losses earlier in the week. > Investors are now focusing on the longer-term impact of Mad Cow, as the > government takes steps to contain the disease, following a > confirmed case in Washington State. Shares of McDonalds and Wendy's both > ended higher, after the fast-food giants said they DO NOT buy cattle from > the region, where the contaminated cow was found. > > Despite that, there are concerns about how the Mad Cow discovery will > affect meat processors. Beef and poultry processor TYSON, continued to > lose ground. Several countries, including Russia and Japan, have > announced bans on U-S beef products. > > And retailers are tallying up their Christmas winnings, and it looks like > not many hit the jackpot this year. The final numbers won't be known for > a few weeks, but Amazon is already saying that THIS holiday season was > its BUSIEST ever. The company said it set a single-day record for items > ordered -- 2.1 million! Wal-Mart though says it still expects its > numbers to come in at the low end of projections. > Companies are blaming everything from bad weather to the flu as drags on > the shopping season. They're also hoping for a post-Christmas buying > binge. > > Find out more about the day in business by logging onto our website, > cbs.mw.com > I'm jean lee cbs mw in ny.)) > >

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[11Traffic-Deaths]


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Two people were killed in Halifax County in separate traffic accidents. Shortly after two o-clock yesterday morning, 20 year old Benjamin Douglas Langford of Scotsboro, drove off Route 344 and was ejected from his car when it went into the ditch and flipped several times. And about three hours later, 25 year old Derante Dunkley of Alton drove off the right side of Route 701, and flipped his car end-over-end twice, ejecting him from the car. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

[11DMV-Law]


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A new law goes into a effect at the D-M-V this week.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

Beginning January 1st, the state's new Legal Presence Law will require applicants for a driver's license or photo identification card to provide documents proving they are in the United States legally. The law will NOT affect renewals of valid driver's licenses, but it could increase wait times an average of five minutes. A D-M-V official say immigrants are likely to feel the most impact of the law.
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[Hollywood-Minute]


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The entertainment world mourns the death of an award winning actor. And, the weekend box office numbers are in. Katherine Dorsett has more in today's Hollywood Minute.

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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :07]
[SUPER=04-"Lord of the Rings" - New Line Cinema; :24]
[SUPER=04-"Cheaper By The Dozen" - 20th Century Fox; :40]
[SUPER=04-"Cold Mountain" - Miramax; :46]
[SUPER=04-Arista Records; :48]
[SUPER=04-"Way You Move" - Arista Records; 1:09]
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[OUT Q=I'm Katherine Dorsett.]

((WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M KATHERINE DORSETT.
TONY AWARD WINNING ACTOR ALAN BATES HAS DIED OF CANCER IN A LONDON HOSPITAL.
THE ENGLISH BORN ACTOR STARRED IN BOTH FILMS AND PLAYS, LIKE THE 19-64 MOVIE "ZORBA THE GREEK".
HE ALSO WON A 2002 BEST ACTOR TONY AWARD FOR HIS BROADWAY ROLE IN "FORTUNE'S FOOL."
BATES WAS 69 YEARS-OLD.

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"THE RETURN OF THE KING" RETURNED AS KING OF THE BOX OFFICE, OVER THE WEEKEND.
THE THIRD PART OF THE "LORD OF THE RINGS" TRILOGY EARNED AN ESTIMATED 51-POINT-TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALES ... BRINGING ITS TOTAL EARNINGS TO 224-MILLION. MEANWHILE-- THE STEVE MARTIN COMEDY "CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN" EARNED MORE THAN 28-MILLION, TO SNAG THE NUMBER TWO SPOT. THE CIVIL WAR EPIC "COLD MOUNTAIN" ROUNDED OUT THE TOP THREE.

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THE SOUTHERN RAP DUO "OUTKAST" IS SIZZLING AT THE TOP OF THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART...FOR THE THIRD WEEK IN A ROW. COMING IN AT NUMBER ONE --OUTKAST MEMBER ANDRE 3000'S GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONG "HEY YA". AT NUMBER TWO --"THE WAY YOU MOVE" -- BY OUTKAST'S BIG BOI...FEATURING SLEEPY BROWN.

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WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M KATHERINE DORSETT.))

(Kim tosses to bump)

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In medical news, beef is being recalled in several states. Kelly Cobiella has more on today's top health stories.

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[SUPER=01-Kelly Cobiella/Reporting]
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((THE BEEF RECALL STEMMING FROM THE DISCOVERY OF MAD COW DISEASE HAS EXPANDED TO EIGHT STATES AND ONE U-S TERRITORY.

(--take vo--)

OFFICIALS ORDERED THE RECALL BECAUSE PARTS OF AN INFECTED COW IN WASHINGTON STATE MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH BEEF SHIPPED TO SEVERAL STATES. THE U-S-D-A STILL INSISTS THE MEAT POSES NO HUMAN HEALTH RISK.. THE PARTS OF THE INFECTED ANIMAL MOST LIKELY TO CONTAIN MAD COW WERE REMOVED AFTER THE SLAUGHTER.

(--wipevo--)

SARS MAY BE BACK IN CHINA. CHINESE HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE TREATING A MAN WITH A SUSPECTED CASE OF SEVERE ACUTE RESPITORY SYNDROME. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION STILL WANTS TO VERIFY WHETHER THE 32-YEAR-OLD T-V STATION EMPLOYEE HAS THE DISEASE. MORE THAN EIGHT-THOUSAND PEOPLE CONTRACTED SARS DURING THE FIRST OUTBREAK AND NEARLY EIGHT-HUNDRED OF THEM DIED.

(--wipevo--)

THE PROPER HANDLING AND COOKING OF EGGS HAS HELP CUT SALMONELLA CASES IN HALF. ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY CASES OF THE FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS HAVE BEEN DECLINING SINCE 19-95. IN MOST PEOPLE SALMONELLA CAUSES FEVER, ABDOMINAL CRAMPS AND DIARRHEA.. BUT IT CAN BE FATAL FOR THE ELDERLY, INFANTS AND PEOPLE WITH WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEMS.

(--oncam--)

AND THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M KELLY COBIELLA, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Business-2004]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
In business news, forecasters say things are falling into place for 2004 to produce the strongest economic growth in two decades. The chief economist at Economy-dot-com says the economy is ``off and running,'' and 2004 should be a ``very good year.'' The U-S economy wraps up 2003 with broad-based strength, thanks in part to big tax cuts and low interest rates.

[Biz-Brief]


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In other business news, Many retailers have released their holiday sales reports. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
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[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]

((STOCKS EDGED HIGHER IN A HOLIDAY-SHORTENED TRADING SESSION ON FRIDAY.


THE DOW GAINED 16 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS UP THREE.


MUCH-ANTICIPATED NEWS FROM U-S RETAILERS WAS BOTH SPARSE AND MIXED ONE DAY AFTER THE HOLIDAY.
EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST SO-SO RESULTS FOR DISCOUNTERS, AND STRONGER SALES FOR ONLINE AND SPECIALTY FIRMS.
TRADITIONAL DEPARTMENT STORES HAVE YET TO REPORT.
THE HUGE DISCOUNTER, WAL-MART, SAYS IT SAW A LATE PICKUP IN HOLIDAY PURCHASES, BUT PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH TO BOOST SAME-STORE SALES IN DECEMBER ABOVE THE LOW END OF THE COMPANY'S MONTHLY TARGET.
UPSCALE RETAILER, THE SHARPER IMAGE, REPORTS WHAT IT CALLED "ROBUST HOLIDAY SALES" AND BOOSTED ITS FOURTH-QUARTER PROFIT FORECAST.
CHICO'S, THE WOMEN'S CLOTHING RETAILER, SAYS SAME-STORE SALES FOR DECEMBER ARE LIKELY TO MEET ITS GROWTH TARGET OF 18 TO 21 PERCENT.


THE DAY'S STANDOUT REPORT CAME FROM AMAZON-DOT-COM.
THE ONLINE RETAILER REPORTS THE BEST HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON IN ITS HISTORY, CAPPED BY A RECORD FOR THE NUMBER OF ITEMS SOLD IN A SINGLE DAY--MORE THAN TWO-MILLION.
THE COMPANY SAID IT SOLD 70-THOUSAND GIFT CERTIFICATES ON DECEMBER 24TH ALONE.
AMAZON SHARES WERE UP TWO PERCENT IN EARLY TRADING BUT CLOSED ESSENTIALLY UNCHANGED.
SHARES OF AMAZON HAVE NEARLY TRIPLED IN VALUE DURING 2003.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))




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