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Tropical storm Frances is taking aim at the Florida Panhandle today.
Evacuations and warnings are in effect. We'll have a report from Palm Beach Gardens.
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And, seven marines are killed in car bombing outside of Falluja. We'll have the latest on this deadly day for U-S forces.
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Scattered showers will continue across the region and become heavier as Frances gets closer. I'll have your forecast.


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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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As a hurricane it killed at least two-people ... now Floridans are bracing for tropical storm Frances as it continues across the state.
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Good afternoon, I'm Susan Bahorich filling in for Kimberly McBroom.[Frances]


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As many as six-million people may be without power because of Hurricane Frances- that's according to Florida officials. Frances is now a tropical storm, but is expected to regain hurricane strength before coming ashore again on the Florida Panhandle later today. Brian Andrews reports from Palm Beach Gardens.
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A suicide bomber is blamed for explosion which killed 10 people outside of Fallujah today.
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Seven U-S Marines and three Iraqi National Guard soldiers were killed and several other people were wounded. The Marines were members of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, which is charged with securing the western Anbar province. In addition to the deaths, two Humvees were destroyed.
Officials say this is the deadliest day for U-S forces since May.
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Russia is observing a day of mourning for victims of last week's terrorist school seizure. In Beslan (bez-LAHN'), townspeople crowded around the coffins of children, parents, grandparents and teachers. The official death toll is 335, plus 30 attackers. As Beth Knobel tells us- some 100 people are still unaccounted for.
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Former President Bill Clinton is in a New York hospital operating room, undergoing heart bypass surgery. The operation is expected to be finished early this afternoon. Drew Levinson reports from Columbia Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan.
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(( President Clinton's heart operation began around 7:30.
With three or four clogged arteries Doctors at a New York Hospital are performing what is considered routine by-pass surgery.
Still no operation is a sure thing...but those who know the former president well say he's got the right attitude.

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"YOU'D BE INHUMAN NOT TO HAVE SOME APPREHENSION BUT HE IS THE MOST OPTIMISTIC PERSON I'VE EVER COME ACROSS."
The 58-year old former leader of the free world t has one of the top surgical teams in America.

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Mr. Clinton was hospitalized Friday after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. He did NOT have a heart attack.
His family issued a statement saying.....
"While bypass surgery certainly isn't something to look forward to, we are very lucky that the condition was detected in time to have this procedure before something more serious occurred."
The former President's wife--New York Senator Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea were with him throughout the weekend....apparently playing a lot of cards.

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"AND THE FORMER PRESIDENT PROVED HIS HEART IS STILL IN POLITICS....HE SPENT MORE THAN AN HOUR THIS WEEKEND GIVING ADVICE TO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN KERRY."

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"THEY TALKED A WIDE RANGE OF CAMPAIGN ISSUES AS FAR AS WHAT ISSUES WERE IMPORTANT AS FAR AS JOBS, HEALTHCARE AND THE ECONOMY, REALLY THE BAD STATE OF AFFAIRS UNDER THIS PRESIDENT AND HOW TO TALK ABOUT THAT."

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And good wishes continue to pour in, a Clinton spokesman says he's received more than 26-thousand get well messages on his website...others are bringing flowers to the hospital.

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"WELL I HOPE HE MAKES A FULL RECOVER AND THINK THE COUNTRY NEEDS HIM AND HIS FAMILY NEEDS HIM.")
President Clinton is expected to spend less than a week in the hospital....he hopes to out and and about in about a month. Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.))
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Coming up next, Richmond residents will soon get some help to recover from too much water.
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The problem is just the opposite on the other side of the country as brush fires burn out of control in California.


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A wildfire near California's wine country has grown to more than 10-thousand acres.
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The fire in Sonoma County began Friday and is being fed by dry vegetation and gusty winds. A handful of vacation homes have burned and 125 others are threatened by the flames. Weather forecasts for the next few days are offering little hope for improvement, and officials estimate the fire won't be fully contained until Wednesday. At least two other smaller fires are burning in northern California.
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Flood victims in the Richmond area who need help either for property damage or unemployment can find it starting today. A disaster recovery center just opened a few minutes ago on East Broad Street.
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City officials say representatives of federal, state and voluntary agencies will be available to answer questions about disaster relief. Victims are NOT required to go the center for help. Also available for Virginians who can't work because of the flooding is disaster unemployment assistance. The federally funded program could be especially helpful for people who worked in the city's Shockoe Bottom, where several businesses suffered extensive damage. The program pays up to 326-dollars per week until the recipients are able to go back to work.
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Anyone interested in applying for aid or unemployment aid, should visit the nearest Virginia Employment Commission office or the disaster recovery center. If you do need help you're asked to first call 1-800-621-3362.
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U-S Senator George Allen is scheduled to tour the devastated area later today.

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Democrats in the Ninth District kicked their campaigns into gear yesterday. With elections less than a month away, Jennifer Wishon tells us what some of Virginia's Democratic politicians are up to.
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The Ninth District's Democratic kick off to the upcoming campaign season felt more like a family reunion.
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The Acres of Democrats Rally is a tradition more than 20- years old that comes complete with home- cooked food and hometown music.
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The rally's name came about in 1960 when President Harry Truman took a train ride through the Ninth District.
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Sunday hundreds of Democrats filled Edwards Hall at New River Community College to kick off Congressman Rick Boucher's campaign for a 12th term in the United States House of Representatives against former NASCAR executive and Republican Kevin Triplett. Boucher says he's excited about the economic success that's already been established in the district.
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Although the spotlight was on Boucher - Democratic state office hopefuls took the opportunity to meet and greet in preparation for next year's elections.
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((TIM KAINE: WE'RE SEEING NOW IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL CYCLE JUST A TREMENDOUS OUTFLOW OF ENERGY, YOUNG VOTERS, PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TO MEETINGS... GREAT TIME TO KEEP REBUILDING THE PARTY.))
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And while Republicans say, in the long run, Democrats are just spinning their wheels in Virginia. Democrats say they're ready to drive their message across the Commonwealth. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Pulaski County.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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Harry Smith will tell us why even a Hurricane can't stop some special deliveries.
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The threat of Hurricane Frances made many Florida residents very nervous. Perhaps none more than a group of expectant mothers who decided it would be better to wait it out at the hospital.
Harry Smith has more.
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Coming up after the break, two champs hang onto their titles.
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And a local driver makes good in the Pop Secret 500.
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Entering the Pop Secret 500 in California -- just 45 points separated 10th place in the standings and number 15, as the jockeying to make Nascar's playoffs gets interesting.
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J-J Yeley's first Cup series start won't be one to remember. Yeley lost control just over 30 laps in. He then slid back down the track collecting the car of Brendan Gaughan (gone) sending both to the showers early.
A little bit later, Jimmy Spencer and Shane Hmiel (Meal) bothlost control and ended up watching the race from the infield grass.
Late in the race Dale Earnhardt, Jr. blew a tire and smacked the backstretch wall.
In the end, Elliott Sadler beat Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin to the checkered flag for his 2nd win this season.
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Two boxing champs managed to hang on to their title's this weekend.
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Current W-B-O champ, Lamon Brewster kept his belt Saturday night with a split decision over Kali Meehan in Las Vegas.

Brewster -- who's 30 and 2, with 26 knockouts was hurt in round 8, but still convinced the judges. This was his first time defending his title.
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The undisputed welterweight champ, Cory Spinks, took on Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez took a pounding for 12 rounds, but managed to stay on his feet. But, he lost the bout by a unanimous decision. Gonzalez won only one round of the twelve.
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Yesterday was cut down day in the NFL. Several players with local ties were given pink slips. Former Jefferson Forest and UVA standout Jerton Evans was released by San Diego, and Jamaine Winborne was let go by the Giants. Former Hokie Nathaniel Adibi (ah-D-B) was cut by the Titans.
Other Hokies looking for work are Ike Charlton and Billy Conaty---Charlton cut by the Raiders and Conaty by the Viking

s. Ronyell Whitaker was among the casualties in Tampa Bay, and the Dolphins parted ways with Antonio Freeman. Also, Garnell Wilds was given his walking papers in Washington.
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