Military officials are reporting that three more U-S Marines were killed yesterday in Iraq.
14 other troops died on Friday and Saturday.
In other news from Iraq-- officials say three explosions have rocked the coalition headquarters in Baghdad, but they're not sure where the blasts came from.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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((In FALLUJAH, THE FRAGILE CEASE-FIRE BEWTEEN SUNNI INSURGENTS AND U.S.
MARINES STRETCHED INTO ANOTHER DAY.
IRAQI POLITICIANS ARE NEGOTIATING WITH CITY LEADERS TO PERMANENTLY END
A LOCAL HOSPITAL SAYS MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN FALLUJAH THIS
PAST WEEK ALONE.
MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL ARE ALSO IN TALKS WITH FOLLOWERS OF
RADICAL SHIITE CLERIC, MUQTADA AL-SADR.
HIS MILITIA REMAINED IN CONTROL OF THREE SOUTHERN CITIES...BUT U.S.
TROOPS WERE ABLE TO TAKE BACK KUT.
MORE THAN 60 AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE THE UPRISINGS
BEGAN... INCLUDING TWO CREWMEN ABOARD A HELICOPTER SHOT DOWN WEST OF
BAGHDAD. AND NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, U.S. OFFICIALS HAVE HINTED THEY
WOULD BE OPEN TO NONMILITARY SOLUTIONS TO END THE CONFLICT.
ALL AROUND, THERE ARE REMINDERS OF JUST HOW DANGEROUS IRAQ CAN BE FOR
COALITION FORCES AND FOREIGNERS. CHINA SAYS SEVEN OF ITS CITIZENS WERE
AND THERE'S STILL NO WORD ON THE FATE OF AMERICAN HOSTAGE, THOMAS
HAMILL. HIS CAPTORS THREATENED TO KILL AND BURN HIM UNLESS U.S. TROOPS
STOPPED THEIR ASSUALT ON FALLUJAH.
BUT JAPANESE AUTHORITIES ARE NO LONGER CONFIDENT ABOUT THE SAFETY OF
THREE CIVILIANS HELD AGAINST THEIR WILL BY AN IRAQI MILLITANT GROUP.
VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY -- WHO IS IN TOKYO FOR THE START OF A
WEEK-LONG ASIAN TOUR -- ASSURED JAPANESE LEADERS WASHINGTON WOULD DO
EVERYTHING IT COULD TO HELP RELEASE THE HOSTAGES.
AND TODAY AT HIS RANCH IN CRAWFORD TEXAS, PRESIDENT BUSH MEETS WITH ONE
OF HIS CLOSEST ARAB ALLIES -- EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK. THEY
PLAN ON DISCUSSING THE ESCALATING VIOLENCE IN IRAQ, AS WELL AS THE
ONGOING MIDDLE EAST CRISIS.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
When President Bush and Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak meet today-- it'll be against the backdrop of more violence in the Middle East.
The Israeli military says it exchanged fire this morning with several Palestinians near an Israeli settlement in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Bush and Mubarak are expected to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for a pullout from Gaza and part of the West Bank.
Mubarak wants assurances that the Israeli pullback is only a first step in making peace with the Palestinians.
Two people are dead after their car ran off the road in Henry County.
State Police say around 8:15 last night, 19 year old Brandon Lee Fillpot of Bassett was driving his car on Route 108 when it ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree.
The passenger in the car, 21 year old Krystal Dawn Craig of Martinsville, was also killed.
Police are still investigating.
A Craig County man who was beaten up last week has died as a result of his injuires.
Family members and hospital officials confirmed that 65-year-old Richard Sarver died yesterday evening at Roanoke Memorial hospital.
Police say he was seriously injured Monday when 22-year-old William Riley Richardson
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of Clifton Forge attacked him.
According to reports, Richardson attacked the wheelchair bound Sarver when he threatened to call police after Richardson beat a 17-year-old girl.
Richardson already faces a number of felony charges including attempted murder, malicious wounding and attempted arson. No word whether the charges will be upgraded.
A man who was shot in Roanoke Friday night has died.
Police say 22 year old Claude Benson Harper died yesterday evening at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Harper was shot in the face Friday night in the 500 block of Rutherford Avenue.
Witnesses say the incident stemmed from an earliler fight at Loudon Park.
Roanoke City Police say they have developed a suspect in the shooting, and will confer with the Commonwealth's Attorney on what charges will be filed.
Easter Mass turned into a massive celebration for one church in Salem.
Yesterday morning the congregation of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church brought their usual Sunday Mass from inside the church walls to the Salem Civic Center.
Hundreds of people were on hand to pray, worship and receive the word of God.
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((CATHY GRIFFIN, OUR LADY OF NAZARETH: WE'RE CELEBRATING THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST TODAY. WE BELIEVE WE'RE ALL SINNERS AND THAT GOD SENT JESUS CHRIST TO DIE FOR OUR SINS AND HE ROSE FROM DEATH. WE ALL HAVE NEW LIFE IN HIM.))
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Griffin says since so many people come back to the church for Easter services, the church decided years ago to combine all of the them and hold one big service at the Civic Center.
The congregation of church in Radford celebrated Easter in a new facility.
Intern reporter Cynthia James has the story.
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((((NAT SOUND OF SINGING))
Pastor Rich Palmer says he and his wife Debbie never imagined building a church from the ground up.
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((RICH PALMER/NEW HORIZONS CHURCH PASTOR: IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE WE NEVER WANTED TO BUILD BUT WE FOUND OUT AS WE WERE GROWING THAT THERE WAS NO MORE PLACE TO RENT IN THE AREA ON EVERY SUNDAY.))
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Their ministry began when they moved to Virginia from Oregon and started Campus Crusades for Christ at Radford University.
[IN Q=What started]
((CYNTHIA JAMES/REPORTING: WHAT STARTED OUT AS A SMALL BIBLE STUDY AT RADFORD UNIVERSITY QUICKLY GREW INTO A CONGREGATION OF OVER 200. THEY SOON REALIZED THEY NEEDED MUCH MORE THAN JUST A CLASSROOM.))
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As the New Horizons nondenominational church was being built on Tyler Avenue, the Bethel Elementary classroom continued to serve as a sanctuary each Sunday.
But Easter Sunday, members of the congregation finally met in their own church.
[IN Q=It is really]
((DEBBIE PALMER/NEW HORIZONS CHURCH PASTOR: IT IS REALLY EXCITING BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, WE HAVE A PLACE TO MEET AND WE CAN REALLY HAVE IT AS A FACILITY FOR THE UNIVERSITY TO USE, AND THE COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHY I'M SO EXCITED.))
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((NAT SOUND OF CHURCH SERVICE))
Palmer says the congregation has grown into a mixture of both college students, and community members over the past five years.
[IN Q=Our theme]
((RICH PALMER/NEW HORIZONS CHURCH PASTOR: OUR THEME IS TO LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE. AND YOU CAN'T LOVE GOD IF YOU CAN'T LOVE PEOPLE. AND SO THAT IS THE THEME OF OUR CHURCH AND THAT'S WHY I THINK THAT WE'VE GROWN.))
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It is that philosophy that Palmer hopes keeps visitors coming back each Sunday.
Cynthia James, News 7, Radford.))
In business news, Many companies are getting ready to release their first quarter earnings reports.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=in New York.]
((Earnings reports from the financial sector will shift into high gear this week as several of the nation's well-known firms announce their first quarter results.
The markets finished an abbreviated week on Thursday, with
the Dow losing 38 points,
And the Nasdaq posting a modest gain of 2.
Among the biggest names -- Citigroup (C) and Merrill Lynch (MER). Analysts expect strong reports from the two giants, based on the early reports from Wall Street companies like Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MWD) and Bear Stearns (BSC).
Also reporting - online discount broker ETrade (ET:). The company says if current trends continue, it will beat its full year earnings forecast.
Bank of America (BAC), is also on the reporting docket. The company recently completed its $47 billion buyout of Fleet Boston Financial, and just announced 12,500 layoffs. Investors will be watching the company's earnings announcement, for hints about the combined banks' future plans, and whether there will be further cost cutting.
Gas prices will continue to be on the radar. The Energy Department says the price for a gallon of regular unleaded, will average $1.76 per gallon this summer -- 20 cents higher than last year. Some analysts believe that prices will average as high as $3 per gallon in certain states, on the back of rising demand and crude-oil prices. But such a spike isn't expected to be widespread.
You can track all your stocks at our website CBS.Marketwatch.com.
I'm Jean Lee, CBS MW in NY.))
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Today the judge in the manslaughter trial of a former N-B-A star is expected to consider whether to dismiss the charges.
Jayson Williams is on trial for the shooting death of a chauffeur.
Earlier this month, the judge suspended testimony, after prosecutors admitted not handing over some of the evidence to defense attorneys.
Now the defense has filed a motion for dismissal, charging the prosecution with misconduct.
Legal experts say they doubt the judge will dismiss the charges, partly
because there's no indication the prosecutor's actions were
Whether you're in church every Sunday or not, you've probably been hearing more about Christianity lately.
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Books like "The Purpose Driven Life", and Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" have seemingly become dinner-table topics.
With the popularity of Christianity continuing to increase, businesses are quick to deliver products related to the topic.
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((STEVEN WASILEWSKY/BOOKS-A-MILLION MANAGER: I WOULDN'T NECESSARILY CALL IT A TREND BUT IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT A TREND, WHAT A GREAT ONE, IT IS TRIPLING LAST YEARS BUSINESS.))
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And it's not just books they're selling. Countless accessories like bible covers and bible study guides are also selling.
The popularity surge doesn't look to slow down.
That appears to be true at the box office, where The "Passion of the Christ" was the most watched movie over the Easter weekend.
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tale of the final hours of the life of Jesus Christ took in an estimated 17-point-one
``The Passion'' had been number one over its first three
weekends, then fell back for three weeks before reclaiming the top
One analyst says that's ``unprecedented.''
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Two new movies -- Disney's historical epic ``The Alamo'' and
Cedric the Entertainer's comedy ``Johnson Family Vacation'' -- tied
for third place. ''Walking Tall" rounds out the top five.
A British gambler bet it all, and WON.
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Ashley Revell walked away with more than 270- thousand dollars yeseterday in a double-or-nothing gamble on the roulette wheel at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The bet was part of a new British reality show called "Double or Nothing."
Revell says he liquidated all of his possessions to finance his leap of faith -- putting 135-thousand-300 dollars on red at the roulette table while a film crew videotaped his wager.
As for the winnings-- the money is now tucked away in a safety deposit box at the hotel.
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[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, The F-D-A's ban on Ephedra is now in effect.
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
STARTING TODAY YOU SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FIND EPHEDRA ON STORE SHELVES.
THE F-D-A'S BAN ON THE HERBAL STIMULANT IS NOW IN EFFECT.
LAST DECEMBER THE AGENCY ANNOUNCED IT'S DECISION TO OUTLAW THE SUPPLEMENT.. CITING LINKS TO MORE THAN 150 DEATHS AND NUMEROUS HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES.
ONE EPHEDRA SUPPLEMENT MAKER HAS ASKED FOR A RESTRAINING ORDER ON THE BAN.. THE JUDGE IN THAT CASE IS EXPECTED TO RULE TODAY.
HEALTH EXPERTS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE EXPRESSING NEW CONCERNS ABOUT OBESITY SURGERY.
THEY SAY PROCEDURES LIKE "STOMACH STAPLING" ARE BEING PERFORMED TOO FREQUENTLY ON PATIENTS WHO COULD AND SHOULD LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT DRASTRIC MEASURES.
IN THE EARLY 1990'S ABOUT 16-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAD STAPLING OPERATION EACH YEAR.. THIS YEAR THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO REACH 150-THOUSAND.
AND TOO MANY NEW CO-WORKERS TOO FAST MAY BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH.
SWEEDISH RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT EMPLOYEES OF COMPANIES WHO UNDERGO RAPID EXPANSION.. INCREASING STAFF BY MORE THAN 18 PERCENT A YEAR.. WERE SLIGHTLY MORE LIKELY TO BE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL OR TAKE SICK LEAVE.
THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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