Up next on News 7--
An announcement is expected shortly from President Bush, as he officially nominates Colin Powell's successor.
And, a U-S military investigation is under way in the videotaped fatal shooting of an injured and apparently un- armed Iraqi.
Considerable cloudiness continues for the afternoon with a few breaks of sunshine, which should help temperatures climb into the 50s. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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In the fight for Fallujah, a U-S Marine is facing an investigation after a
wounded and un- armed Iraqi was shot and killed.
It was all captured on tape.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Today, the top Marine general on the ground said the military will find out if the shooting was in self defense, or there was a violation of military law.
Wyatt Andrews has more.
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It is a scene that in a blink of an eye captures the horror of war. As a
squad of Marines finds a room of wounded insurgents-- a mosque from
which they thought heavy fire had come--a Marine shouts out that one of
the wounded is playing possum.
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"He's f__ing faking he's dead!"
"And he's breathing."
"He's faking he's f__ing dead!"
Then in a moment too graphic to show, the Marine raises his rifle and
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"He's dead now."
But it turns out the insurgents were unarmed. They had been left in this
mosque by a previous squad of Marines to await medical evacuation. The
second squad did not know that. Commanders had not evacuated the
wounded because U.S. troops were still under fire.
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If the Marines are engaged in combat operations still, then it's not
prudent for the commander to pull out his Marines from contact to render
aid such as evacuating enemy wounded.
The mosque taken by the Marines had been a known refuge for the fallujah
insurgents and a constant source of enemy fire. Reports say the Marine
who pulled the trigger had himelf been shot the day before but had
returned to the field. Now he is in custody, and the military will
investigate if the shooting was self defense--or murder.
Wyatt Andrews CBS News Washington
President Bush wants national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to
succeed Colin Powell as secretary of State.
Powell resigned yesterday.
A formal announcement from the President is expected within the hour. CBS will cover the announcement live.
Aleen Sirgany reports from Washington.
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PRESIDENT BUSH'S CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE COMES AS LITTLE OR NO
SURPRISE TO ANYONE IN WASHINGTON.... OR AROUND THE WORLD.
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AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR THE PAST 4 YEARS, CONDOLEEZZA RICE HAS BEEN
ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S MOST TRUSTED FOREIGN POLICY ADVISORS.
IF CONFIRMED, RICE REPLACES COLIN POWELL...WHO ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION
MONDAY AFTER 4 YEARS AS THIS NATION'S TOP DIPLOMAT.
ONE OF RICE'S TOP PRIORITIES IS LIKELY BE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
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"SHE HAS A VERY ANALYTICAL, SYSTEMATIC MIND AND I BELIEVE SHE'S
COMMITTED TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S TWO STATE SOLUTION."
RICE IS CONSIDERED MORE OF A HARDLINER THAN POWELL AND MORE IN STEP WITH
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S ASSERTIVE FOREIGN POLICY....ESPECIALLY ON
THE MANY ISSUES SURROUNDING IRAQ.
POWELL'S DEPARTURE MARKS THE 6TH CABINET MEMBER TO STEP DOWN IN RECENT
DAYS...AND OTHERS COULD FOLLOW... AS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION reshapes
its SECOND TERM team. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
The chairman of Buchanan County Board of Supervisors pled guilty yesterday to taking part in a bribery scheme investigators dubbed, "Operation Coon Dog."
51 year old James "Pete" Stiltner, Junior resigned from his post before entering his plea in an Abingdon court room.
The federal and state investigation stems back to the awarding of contracts for clean-up work following the 2002 floods.
County officials and business owners were charged with giving expensive hunting dogs, trucks, and cash in exchange for lucrative jobs.
Stiltner will be sentenced in April.
He faces 110 years in prison, and a two and a half million dollar fine.
Four more defendants are expected to plead guilty tomorrow.
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LEO in WX Center
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A man awaiting a second murder trial in Montgomery County now faces another charge.
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Livingston "Bud" Pritchett is charged with assault and battery for biting the hand of a deputy while in an elevator at the Mongtomery County Jail.
Pritchett was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of Estel (ES-tul) Singleton, but was granted a new trial.
The assault and battery charge was certified to a grand jury yesterday afternoon.
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Up next on the newscast, some residents think a proposed South Roanoke community would not make for nice neighbors.
Plus things got out of hand last night as a fight breaks out at a television award show.
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The developer of what could become one of the city's most exclusive communitys is running into opposition from its neighbors.
The residents say the half million dollar homes in South Roanoke would put their neighborhood on a dangerous path.
Justin McLeod reports.
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Peakwood Drive is a ridgetop neighborhood in South Roanoke.
It's located above a proposed subdivision called the Wilton Development.
Nearby residents have many concerns and took them to Roanoke's Neighborhood Advocate committee.
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She's referring to Boone Homes plans to build 65 upscale homes on 50 acres behind the Wal-mart off U.S. 220.
The access road to the subdivision would be located on Peakwood Drive, a road many nearby residents say is dangerous.
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There are different concerns in the Southern Hills neighborhood which is below the proposed subdivision.
The developer plans to route its construction traffic through this neighborhood.
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Once the work is complete, access from Southern Hills Drive will be shut off.
At least one Roanoke resident says that idea sends the wrong message.
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A fight broke out last night during the taping of an awards show honoring the best in urban music.
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The fight at the VIBE Awards occurred as rapper Snoop Dogg and music producer Quincy Jones were about to honor Doctor Dre for his lifetime contribution to hip- hop.
A man reportedly sparked the brawl by slugging Doctor Dre.
Dozens of people sitting near the stage began shoving each other.
One man was stabbed in the fight that followed, and is hospitalized in stable condition.
The melee temporarily halted the show's taping.
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So far, police haven't made any arrests.
The show is expected to air tonight on U-P-N.
Having a cigarette in a British pub may soon become illegal.
The British goverment today announced it'll seek a smoking ban in most enclosed public places-- including restaurants and pubs that serve food.
Britain's Health Secretary John Reid says smoking would still be allowed in pubs that don't serve food, as well as in private clubs.
The government also wants to fight England's other top public health concerns, including obesity and alcohol abuse.
Makers of the popular Bowflex exercise machines are recalling nearly 800 thousand of the devices.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the seats can unexpectedly break on the Bowflex Ultimate Fitness Machine, and the Bowflex Power Pro Systems.
There have been 80 reports of accidents on the machines.
At least two caused serious injuries.
This is the company's second recall this year.
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A dozen jewels are hidded all over the United States -- there for anyone to find. Coming up after the break we'll talk to the author who hid them, and how he expects them to be discovered.
Plus a historic hotel in Sin City stands for more than 50 years, but comes down in seconds to make way for a future mega resort.
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Treasure hunts are fascinating for children and grown- ups alike.
Now a real- life hunt for buried treasure is under way, thanks to author Michael Stadther.
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He's written a fairy tale entitled, "A Treasure's Trove," which offers clues leading to the treasure.
He joins us this afternoon via satellite to tell us more about the book.
Good afternoon, Michael.
(This book is the culmination of a dream for you...you've always been interested in treasures-- so you went ahead and c
reated a treasure hunt. Tell us how it all came about...)
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e are real clues to finding 12 jewels...What kind of jewels are they and how much are they worth?)
(This book is targeting children-- what are you hoping they come away with after reading it-- besides a desire to find
(What if they're not all found-- any plans for a sequel to the book?)
Thanks for joining us, Michael.
An explosive performance this morning at a historic hotel in Las Vegas--
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The last section of the Desert Inn Hotel was imploded just after 5- 30.
The site is being cleared for a high rise tower.
The Desert Inn was built in 19- 50, and was once owned by reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes.
It finally closed its doors to the public in August of 2000.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 48 points. The NASDAQ has lost 16.
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The state high school rankings are in, and several Friday Football Extra standouts represent the region.
Plus U-V-A ends its regular season with two more road games -- first matching up with Georgia Tech this weekend. Those stories and more coming up in Sports.
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The Philadelphia Eagles have rebounded from their only loss this season.
That after last night's 49-to-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens shredded the Cowboys' defense.
McNabb threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns, and Owens had six receptions for 134 yards
and three touchdowns.
The win leaves the Eagles tied with New England and Pittsburgh for the N-F-L's best record.
The state high school football polls are out -- and again-- they include several Friday Football Extra members.
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Gretna is still number one in Group Two A, while the Liberty Minutemen are fourth.
Liberty also is 10-and-0, and this Friday Liberty
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plays host to number 6 Salem.
Amherst County is 7th.
And while Pulaski fell out, Rockbridge County and Richlands both jumped in this week, in the 10 spot.
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In Group A, the area's hottest non- unbeaten team debuts this week.
Giles - the Three Rivers Champ - hasn't lost a game since September 10th, and is 10th this week.
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George Wythe - which is the highest rated Group A team from the area, didn't make the playoffs.
The Maroons are five.
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There you can see Giles in the 10 spot, Lebanon 7th and William Campbell 9th.
The playoffs open on Friday night.
Last night, in makeup games from last Friday, Chatham slammed Altavista 48-to-0, and Bassett beat Dan River, 28 to 6.
The Virginia Cavaliers head to Atlanta this Saturday for a one o'clock date with the suddenly surging Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Steve Mason has more on the bounce- back ability from Charlottesville.
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The Hokies will host the Hoos the Saturday after Thanksgiving - and the start time was set for one o'clock on the 27th.
The 86th meeting between the two will be televised by ABC Sports.
Last year, UVa broke a four- game losing streak against the Hokies with a 35-to-21 win.
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