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New concerns about terrorism stretch from Great Britain to the Commonwealth--
Another British Airways flight to the U-S is cancelled.
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And, the F-B-I is investigating a possible terrorist connection in Tappahannock, Virginia.

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Rain showers will continue for the first Friday of 2004 but it will diminish throughout the day. The weekend's looking very warm. I'll have your details.
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Join us for News 7 at noon, straight ahead.
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Another British Airways flight is grounded because of concerns about passenger safety.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
For the fourth time in two days, a British Airways flight on the London to Washington, D-C route has been canceled or delayed because of security concerns.
It comes as the nation remains under a Code Orange terror alert.
Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
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The F-B-I is apparently investigating a person in Tappahannock (TAP-uh-HAN-ick) for possible ties to terrorist organizations.
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The Richmond Times Dispatch says the person under investigation is considered a possible source of financing and other assistance for terrorist groups.
It said its sources did NOT identify the person by name or nationality.
The report says the town about 45 mile northeast of Richmond is NOT considered a target for a terrorist attack.
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A U-S commander says it was enemy fire that brought down a military helicopter today in Iraq.
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The crash near the town of Falluja killed one American soldier and injured another.
One witness says the aircraft, an O-H-58 observation chopper, burst into flames after crashing.
The area west of Baghdad has seen several rebel attacks on helicopters in recent months.
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The five year old boy who was missing in Halifax County has been found dead. The body of DeAndre Barksdale was discovered in the woods less than two miles from his grandparents home where he'd been visiting for the holidays.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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Roanoke civic leader and funeral home director Lawrence Hamlar has died.
Hamlar helped end segregation at Roanoke's lunch counters, movie theaters, and hospitals at a time when other cities experienced riots and violence.
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Hamlar was a member of a bi-racial committee in the 1960s that helped integrate Roanoke.
He was also an advocate of higher education who established funds at Roanoke College and Virginia Western Community College to help minority students.
Lawrence Hamlar died Wednesday at the age of 82.
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A thousand people turned out in Nashville yesterday to pay their final respects to one of the biggest names in Southern Gospel Music.
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Seventy four year old Vestal Goodman died Saturday in Florida from complications of the flu.
She and her late husband Howard, were part of The Happy Goodman Family that recorded 15 number-one songs. The group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
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The Goodmans recharged their career in the 1990s by joining Bill and Gloria Gaither in a series of ``Homecoming'' concerts and videos.
Vestal Goodman received a long standing ovation when she performed in Roanoke just three weeks ago at the Gaither Christmas show.
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Still to come on the newscast, an earthquake strikes Indonesia,
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Plus it could be a big month in space exploration as not one, but two missions prepare to land on Mars.
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One person died and nearly 30 others were injured when an earthquake struck two resort islands in Indonesia.
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The six-point-one magnitude quake shook tourists and residents from their beds before dawn today.
More than 250 buildings suffered damage from the quake, which was centered about 18 miles off the coast of Bali.
Meanwhile, another earthquake struck Mexico City yesterday, measuring six-point-three on the Richter scale.
No one was reportedly injured in that quake.
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From earthquakes to something far out of this world--
It's shaping up to be a big weekend for America's space program.
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The first of two rovers is scheduled to land on Mars.
"Spirit" was launched in June from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and if all goes well, it'll touch down on the Red Planet tomorrow night.
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More than half of the missions that are sent to Mars don't reach their destination-- some 100 million miles away.
But if the "Spirit" rover is successful, it'll be followed three weeks later by another spacecraft, landing on the opposite side of Mars.
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With the recent storms and the holiday season, there is a critical need for blood and platelet donations.
Dr. Mallika Marshall shows us how a new high-tech device is making it easier for people to give the gift of life this season.
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More car dealers are moving their inventory to save tax dollars.
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It's all part of a protest of Amherst County's annual merchants tax which is levied on inventory that is physically in the county on New Year's Day.
Dealers say the tax hits them the hardest because their stock sells more slowly and is higher priced.
The cars were moved to the lot of the old Ericcson property in Lynchburg, which does not have a merchant's tax.
The dealers are paying Jerry Falwell Ministries a fee to store the cars.
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Up next we'll tell you why some celebrity impersonators are being told to Beat It.
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Also some child safety advocates believe the Crocodile Hunter has bitten off more than he can chew.
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The molestation allegations against Michael Jackson have hurt his U-S record sales.
It's also bad for business for people who make their living impersonating the pop star.
Mark Phillips explains.
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It's not quite the same as dangling a baby over a balcony-- but for some child advocates-- it's pretty close.
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Steve Irwin, the man known as the``Crocodile Hunter,' held his son while feeding a 13-foot crocodile today at his Australian zoo.
Some child advocates are calling Irwin reckless for holding one-month-old Bob while feeding the crocodile a dead chicken.
Irwin defended the stunt, saying the baby was never in danger.
But he now faces a possible police investigation.
Authorities say they received complaints from the public about the incident.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 40 points. The NASDAQ has gained 15.

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Coming up next in sports, the Virginia Cavaliers lose one of their coaches.
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And Michigan tries to keep the peace in the BCS, but USC walks away with the win and part of the national championship.
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Miami took a slice out of Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
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The 'Canes rallied from a 14-to-3 deficit. They secured the win after Florida State's Xavier Beitia (BAY'-tee-uh) missed a potential go-ahead field goal try of 39 yards with five-30 remaining.
Miami went on to win it 16 to 14.
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Michigan had the chance to make everything right again as far as the BCS is concerned.
But the Wolverines couldn't get it done in the Rose Bowl against USC, meaning there will likely be a split national championship.
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The top ranked Trojans made it look easy, as Matt Leinart threw two first- half touchdown passes.
They put USC at a 14 to nothing cushion going into halftime.
John Navarre, who was sacked five times in the first two quarters, got his team on the board with a scoring pass.


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The Trojans won 28-14.
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The Kansas State Wildcats may be without starting quarterback Ell Roberson in tonight's Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.
Yesterday Roberson was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Scottsdale hotel.
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Roberson said he had consensual sex with the 22 year old woman, who is a Kansas State graduate and an acquaintance of the quarterback.
The alleged incident was said to have occurred around 3am Wedndesday night.
Coach Bill Snyder has not decided if the school's career offense leader will play in the game.
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As expected, the Virginia Cavaliers are losing their running backs coach Kevin Ross.
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Ross will join his father Bobby on the staff at Army, where he will serve as the offensive coordinator.
The 38 year old Naval Academy graduate held his position in Charlottesville for three years after stints at the Citadel and Georgia Tech.
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Tonight the Virginia Tech women will try to stay unbeaten against Liberty.
The Flames are led by 6-9 center Katie Feenstra, but the Hokies have some size of their own, with four players over 6-3.
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