U-S commanders tell Marines they're "in the process of making history" in the Iraqi insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
But this morning, there are reports of two American casualties.
Two Marines drowned when their bulldozer flipped over into a river.
Susan Roberts has more from Fallujah.
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[SUPER=03-Fallujah, Iraq; :04]
[SUPER=01-Gen. John Sattler/U. S. Marine Corps; :31]
[SUPER=01-Ayad Allawi/Iraqi Prime Minister; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Susan Roberts/CBS News; 1:09]
[OUT Q=Roberts, CBS News, Washington.]
WITH U-S WARPLANES LEADING THE ATTACK ...U-S AND IRAQI TROOPS SEIZED A
HOSPITAL IN WESTERN FALLUJAH.
(NATZ BREAKING DOWN DOOR)
ABOUT 50 SUSPECTS WERE INITIALLY HELD...BUT SOME WERE LATER RELEASED.
THESE INSURGENTS HAVE SO FAR BEEN ABLE TO ELUDE COALITION FORCES. THE
HEAVILY ARMED MEN WERE SEEN IN FALLUJAH...APPARENTLY GETTING READY TO
THEY COULD FACE SOME TEN THOUSAND U-S TROOPS.... INCLUDING TWO MARINE
BATTALIONS AND AN ARMY BATTALION...ALONG WITH TWO IRAQI BRIGADES...ALL
EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE ASSAULT ON FALLUJAH.
SOT: GEN. JOHN SATTLER/U.S. MARINE CORP.
"This town is being held by mugs, thugs, murderers and intimidators//Go
out and stomp it out where it needs to be stomped."
THE REBEL STRONGHOLD HAS BEEN A HOT SPOT FOR COALITION FORCES FOR
MONTHS. THE U-S MILITARY SAYS UP TO 6000 INSURGENTS COULD STILL BE
HIDING THERE. TO HELP FIND THEM...THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT DECLARED A
60-DAY STATE OF EMERGENCY... GRANTING PRIME MINISTER AYAD ALLAWI
EXTRAORDINARY POWERS, INCLUDING IMPOSING CURFEWS AND RESTRICTING TRAVEL.
SOT: Ayad Allawi/IRAQI PRIME MINISTER
"We are going to bring them to justice, and we are going to ensure the
safety of the people of Iraq. '
ALLAWI ALSO SAYS THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IS A POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT IRAQ
IS SERIOUS ABOUT SLOWING INSURGENTS BEFORE ELECTIONS IN
JANUARY...ELECTIONS THAT PRESIDENT BUSH CALLS A CORNERSTONE IN BUILDING
A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ.
SUSAN ROBERTS, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
There's still no definitive word on the health of Yasser Arafat.
Some say the 75- year- old P-L-O leader is near death in a French hospital, while others say he's improving.
Yesterday, Arafat's wife accused Palestinian officials of quote "plotting to bury my husband alive."
Her comments are reportedly keeping some of the top officials from traveling to Paris to visit Arafat.
Doctors say they're still not sure what's ailing him.
V-Dot officials say road work planned this week on 581 shouldn't cause too big of a delay.
Road signs above the Orange Avenue exit on Interstate 581 are going to be replaced.
Crews will shut down the *off ramps* to Orange Avenue while they work, but the closures won't be until late in the night.
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[IN Q=There is really no good time]
((LAURA BULLOCK:THERE IS REALLY NO GOOD TIME TO WORK ON THE MAIN ROADS IN OUR AREA. BUT WE HAVE FOUND THAT DOING SOME NIGHT TIME WORK ON 581 IS BETTER TOLERATED THEN DOING IT DURING THE DAY. WE DO THINK WE ARE GOING TO AFFECT TRAFFIC THAT'S WHY WE HAVE PUT SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON 511 AND ON OUR HIGHWAY ADVISORY RADIO ABOUT WHEN TO EXPECT THE LANE CLOSURES.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokeswoman; ]
[OUT Q=expect the lane closures.]
The exit ramp from Interstate 5-81 onto westbound Orange Avenue will be closed tonight between 9pm and 5am.
And tomorrow night, the on-ramp leading from eastbound Orange Avenue onto southbound 581 will be closed during the same hours.
Rolling road blocks on both nights will also be used to control traffic.
Danville police are investigating a shooting.
Officers say around three-thirty yesterday morning, shots were fired in the eleven-hundred block of Lamar Street, injuring two men and a woman.
One man was shot in the back. He was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center.
The other male victim was shot three times in the leg, and the woman was shot in the foot.
Both were treated for their injuries and released.
[Take FS Crimestoppers]
Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Crimestoppers.
In business news, Verizon Wireless is expanding its network.
And shares of Pixar rose to an all time high thanks to the release of "The Incredibles".
Marcella Palmer has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Marcella Palmer/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm MP]
((IN A MOVE TO MAKE IT MORE COMPETITIVE AGAINST A NEW RIVAL CREATED BY A CINGULAR-ATT MERGER, VERIZON WIRELESS IS EXPANDING ITS NETWORK BY BUYING CELLULAR CAPACITY FOR 23 MARKETS. THE COST -- $3-BILLION. VERIZON IS BUYING THE LICENSES FROM BANKRUPT NEXTWAVE TELECOM.
UNITED AIRLINES IS LOOKING FOR FINANCING TO PULL ITSELF OUT OF BANKRUPTCY. THE NATION'S SECOND LARGEST CARRIER IS TRYING TO OBTAIN ANOTHER $725-MILLION IN MORE LABOR CUTS AND EMPLOYEE PENSIONS.
STOCKS RODE TO A WINNING STREAK LAST WEEK: A CLEAR CUT ELECTION RESULT, A DROP IN OIL PRICES & JOBS DATA. THE NUMBER OF NEW JOBS CREATED LAST MONTH, 370,000 OF THEM, SUGGESTED AN END TO THE RECENT ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN.
THE DOW CLOSED THE DAY UP 72 FRIDAY -- THE NASDAQ CLOSED UP 15.
SHARES OF FILMMAKER PIXAR JUMPED TO AN ALL-TIME HIGH ON FRIDAY AS THE COMPANY'S SIXTH RELEASE, THE INCREDIBLES, HIT THEATERS. THERE ARE HIGH EXPECTATIONS THAT THIS WILL BE YET ANOTHER HIT FOR PIXAR.
FOR MORE LOG ON TO OUR WEBSITE AT CBS-DOT-MARKETWATCH-DOT-COM.
IN NY, I'M MP.))
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Bedford's fifth district school board race came down to one vote on Tuesday, now the losing challenger is asking for a recount.
[TAKE FS BOARD #350 FS]
Last week, the tally for the Big Island school board race had Keith Jones winning by one vote.
Jones's challenger, Laura Rodes, plans to file for a recount of all the paper ballots submitted in the race.
Rodes says she understands the scrutiny that these ballots have already received, but believes another close-look couldn't hurt.
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[IN Q=My understanding is the race]
((LAURA RODES:MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE RACE IS CERTIFIED AND FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE THE RACE IS DONE. BUT THAT IS PART OF THE REASON WHY YOU HAVE A RECOUNT, SO THAT MORE OUTSIDE EYES CAN LOOK AT THE WHOLE PROCESS.))
[SUPER=201-Laura Beckman Rodes/Bedford Co. School Board Candidate; ]
[OUT Q=eyes can look at the whole process.]
Rodes is in the process of securing an attorney to handle the legal issues involved in a recount.
A school board meeting is scheduled for this Thursday -- and Rodes says she will be there.
State police say out of nearly 80-suspected methamphetamine labs found in Virginia this year, nearly three-quarters of them have been in the southwest.
All but 21 of the labs were in southwest Virginia.
Washington and Smyth County authorities each busted 19 suspected meth labs, while 19 more were found in Wythe and Pulaski counties.
That compares to 34 raided statewide in all of 2003.
Law enforcement officials plan to hold a statewide summit in Richmond, to address how to stem the spread of meth.
Officials in the Southwest plan to share their knowledge and expertise with departments from other parts of the state.
``The Incredibles'' are just that at the box office.
[SUPER=04-''The Incredibles'' - Disney-Pixar ;]
The animated superhero adventure pulled in more than 70 million dollars in its weekend debut, continuing an unbroken string
of hits for Pixar Animation.
[TAKE FS CHYRON]
[SUPER=77-''The Incredibles''/70.7/''Ray''/13.8/''The Grudge''/13.5/''Saw''/11.4/''Alfie''/6.5;]
The biopic ``Ray,'' with Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, remains in second place.
The horror flick, ``The Grudge'', fell to third place. "Saw" was fourth.
And "Alfie" debuted in fifth place.
(Kim tosses to bump)
In business news, stocks closed higher on Friday.
And Merck is reportedly about to become the target of hundreds of lawsuits.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS RALLIED FRIDAY.
THE DOW INDUSTRIALS GAINED 72-POINTS.
WHILE THE NASDAQ ADDED 15.
THE S-AND-P 500 ROSE TO ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN 2-1/2 YEARS.
U.S. JOB GROWTH SOARED IN OCTOBER.
THE GOVERNMENT REPORTS EMPLOYERS ADDED 337-THOUSAND JOBS TO THEIR PAYROLLS IN THE MONTH.
THAT'S WAY ABOVE WALL STREET FORECASTS AND UP FROM SEPTEMBER'S 139-THOUSAND NEW JOBS.
THE GOVERNMENT ALSO REPORTS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE EDGED UP TO FIVE-POINT-FIVE PERCENT FROM FIVE-POINT-FOUR PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER.
BUT THAT'S BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAD STOPPED LOOKING FOR WORK, BEGAN SEARCHING ONCE AGAIN.
MERCK IS ABOUT TO BECOME THE TARGET OF HUNDREDS OF LAWSUITS, ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE NEW YORK TIMES.
ATTORNEYS PLAN TO MEET NEXT WEEK TO PLAN A NATIONWIDE BLITZ OF LAWSUITS FOR CLIENTS CLAIMING INJURY OR DEATH FROM VIOXX USE.
MERCK PULLED THE ARTHRITIS DRUG OFF THE MARKET IN SEPTEMBER AFTER A STUDY SHOWED IT INCREASED THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE.
THE AVERAGE INCENTIVE ON VEHICLES SOLD IN THE U-S DROPPED NEARLY 11-PERCENT IN OCTOBER FROM THE MONTH BEFORE.
AUTODATA, AN INDUSTRY TRACKING GROUP, SAID THE AVERAGE INCENTIVE ON CARS AND TRUCKS WAS TWO-THOUSAND-781 DOLLARS IN OCTOBER.
GENERAL MOTORS AND FORD HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TRIM THEIR REBATES... BECAUSE THEY CUT SO SHARPLY INTO PROFITS.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
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A bright smile can make you look like a million bucks.
And Americans are spending billions to keep their teeth white.
[TAKE FS Healthy Living]
But as Doctor Sanjay Gupta explains in today's Healthy Living segment,
when it comes to teeth whitening, you can go too far.
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[IN Q=nat sound tv commericial]
[SUPER=01-Jessica Neff/Teeth Whitening "Junkie"; :22]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Levine/Aesthetic Dentist; :45]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sanjay Gupta/Reporting; 1:07]
[OUT Q=Doctor Sanjay Gupta, CNN.]
((t-v commercials and magazine ads promise sparkling white smiles and who doesn't want that...? but for some, teeth whitening has become an obsession...
"i've tried the tray and gel systems over the counter, i've tried the tray and gel systems in office, i've done the rembrandt gel and toothpaste, i've done the crest white strips, i've just tried the new oralb white strips and the paint on brush that you use."
fueling jessica's fascination with teeth whitening? shows like the swan and extreme makeover, and of course the desire to make a dazzling first impression. she's part of a growing number of consumers referred to as 'teeth whitening junkies'... people who obsessively bleach.
"the manufacturer says use it for two weeks, morning and night twice a day or ten days everyday, that doesn't mean doubling it up and using it for three months."
once a treatment that was only administered by dentists, cheap and easy at-home products have transformed teeth whitening into a relatively safe and effective beauty regimen for millions of americans...but abusing these products can be harmful ... causing gum irritation, over-sensitivity, and even irreversible damage.
you're breaking down the structural integrity of the tooth these people will be prone to fractures.They're going to need some type of long term restorations to restore the tooth that whitening broke down from the inside.
ironically, excessive bleaching can turn pearly whites into an unnatural, translucent blue... some simple guidelines can help to avoid this kind of permanent damage from at-home whitening:
--follow the directions, especially length and frequency of use
-- use concentrations lower than 7% hydrogen peroxide
-- look for hydrogen peroxide instead of carbamide peroxide ingredients
-- steer clear of online products, which are mainly unregulated by the f-d-a,
-- and talk to your dentist before starting any whitening regimen.
as far as jessica goes, she is stil obssessed with white teeth... but she does check with her dentist regularly and together they keep her smile sparkling...dr. sanjay gupta, cnn.))
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, tooth whitening is the number one requested and performed cosmetic dental procedure in the United States.
Stay with us, News 7 Mornin will be right back.
[Kim toss to break]
As economic powerhouse China muscles its way to national
prosperity, a growing problem evident in other industrialized nations
is also becoming evident, obesity.
As Barry Petersen reports from Beijing, for many Chinese kids it's
become a major health issue.
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[SUPER=03-Beijing, China; :04]
[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; :50]
[OUT Q=CBS News Beijing.]
1 You just knew it had to happen.
Lining up at McDonalds counter/from Valentine's Day shoot
2 With the proliferation of American fast food across China has come
the American disease...overweight. So what's a parent to do?
3How about...fat camp. These children are learning what we all know -
it's easier to put it on...than take it off. In modern China, wide
bodied doesn't always mean a truck.
SOT: KID/barry narrates
I WAS TOLD I WAS TOO FAT, says this boy, AND KIDS BULLIED ME IN SCHOOL
4 But with persistent exercise and a change in diet - and doesn't that
sound all too familiar - they have a chance to slim down.
(SOT: TEACHER/barry narrates)
WE WANT THEM TO FORM GOOD HABITS AND HELP THE REALIZE THEIR LIFE WAS
(STANDUP) IT'S NOT JUST THE KIDS WHO SUFFER FROM TOO MUCH FOOD AND TOO
LITTLE EXERCISE. AS CHINA GETS RICHER, IT'S MOVING FROM A BICYCLE
CULTURE TO A SITTING IN THE CAR CULTURE.
(internet cafi/kids at computer)
5 And of course, there's that built in excuse for being a couch potato
- the computer. That means hours spent playing games in front of a
screen, not on a playground.
(early morning exercises)
6 The Chinese have always been health conscious. But these days, it's
mostly the old who get up at dawn for the neighborhood workout.
(kids/see shot of kid's fat rump)
7 Now a new generation is learning to shape up, the hard way.
(SOT: GIRL/1:24/barry narrates)
MY MOM SAYS I'M TOO FAT, says this girl, NOW I'M SWEATING A LOT
8 Learning that you are what you overeat. Bp, cbs news, Beijing.))
More and more Chinese parents are becoming concerned about their overweight children and are really trying to fight bac
k with camps or better nutrition.