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Today on News 7 at 5, bad weather in several parts of the country make holiday travel difficult for man.
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Plus British and American forces apparently have insurgents on the run in Iraq.
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The rain will pick up in intensity before ending tomorrow. Strong gusty winds will follow.

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On Healthcheck, Joy Sutton will tell us why doctors say at least one segment of the population should NOT count calories this holiday.
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In the Ukraine, a close presidential election could lead to rioting.
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The Captial Christmas tree continues its trek to Washington with a stop in Roanoke. News 7 at 5 is next.
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Bad weather across the country is making it difficult for air travelers on one of the busiest days of the year.
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Snow, rain, even tornadoes have made for anything but easy travel on what is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Scott Rapoport has more on the challenges facing travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving.
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Some of that inclement weather across the nation is not helping out the situation here in Roanoke, where fog has been keeping many planes on the ground, or diverted to other states. Richard Lesko was at the Roanoke Regional Airport and he filed this report.
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That was Richard Lesko reporting.

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U-S, British and Iraqi troops are battling Iraqi rebels south of Baghdad for a second day in what one expert says is an ``absolutely critical'' offensive
Also in Iraq, another car bomb and fiery words allegedly from the country's most wanted terrorist. Charlie D'Agata is in Baghdad with more.
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A student in Indiana attacks several classmates with a knife. We'll have the details after the break.
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Plus on Healthcheck, we'll tell you why the elderly are being told to find another way to lose weight.
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An Indiana student is under arrest after a knife attack at a Valparaiso high school.
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Authorities say the male student pulled out two knives inside a classroom and cut several classmates. A hospital spokeswoman says eight students aged 14 or 15 were wounded, including one who suffered a hip injury. All are expected to be released by the end of the day. Police have yet to comment on a motive.
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The United States is refusing to accept the legitimacy of recent presidential elections in the Ukraine.
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Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH-vich) was today declared the winner by the country's election commission. But opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko (yoo-SHEN-ko) says he was cheated at the polls and should have been declared the winner. The controversy has led to mass protesting. The U.S. is urging Ukrainian leaders to act responsibly.
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When asked what kind of measures the U.S. would take against the Ukraine, Powell declined to specify.
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In health check tonight --
If you're over 60 and want to lose weight -- be careful about restricting your calories.
In some cases doing so can cause more harm than good.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us to explain why?
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Shannon -- Losing weight --can also mean losing muscle and bone mass.
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This can cause the person to become frail and put them at risk for other health complications.
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As we age our metabolism slows down -- but that doesn't mean your body's needs change.
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Registered Dietitian Alison Campbell says the problem is that most people when the try restrict calories--cut back on many of the healthy, nutrient dense foods.
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((WHEN YOU CUT BACK ON THOSE FOODS YOU ACTUALLY END UP LOSING A LOT OF THING YOU ACTUALLY NEED. AND THAT 10 TO 15 POUND WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT GOING TO MAKE AS BIG OF A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE AS THOSE NUTRIIENTS YOU'RE GOING TO BE MISSING OUT AND SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR MORE DEFICIENCES)) [RUNS17]
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That's why Campbell emphasizes exercise as important weight loss tool. She says it also builds lean body mass --which is important for seniors.
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But Campell says before starting an exercise program consult your doctor.
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Shannon, She says if you can't get out and walk --they are chair exercise you can do as an alternative.

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Up next on the newscast, Robin will have our holiday forecast.
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[VO] Also the Capital Holiday Tree makes an appearance in Roanoke.
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Christmas is still a month away, but the region is getting into the Holiday spirit. This year's Capitol Holiday Tree is from Virginia, so the 67-foot tall Red Spruce is touring the Commonwealth.
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Susan Bahorich has been following the tree as its made its way around our region. She's on the Roanoke City Market. Susan, how is it out there?
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Coming up next on the newscast, Steve Mason will join us with Sports.
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Then a little bit later, we'll see how a mother cat picked an unusual way to deliver her kittens to a new home.
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When it comes to ranking your favorite football team.. don't use your heart, use your computer and your math book.
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That's how the experts do it.
In fact, one Hollins University professor is involved in compiling the B-C-S Rankings.
The ratings use the AP poll, a coaches poll and six computer models from around the nation- Kem Massey does one of the six.
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When it comes to predicting winners, computers are also used to crunch the numbers.
So many people have computer models now- it's actually made it harder to beat the system- for those who bet on games.
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((MASSEY: THE BEST WAY TO BEAT THE SYSTEM NOW IS I GUESS WOULD BE TO HAVE MORE PSYCHOLOGICAL REASONS FOR YOUR PICK LIKE WHO YOU THINK IS THERE TO PLAY THE GAME.))
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The rankings have Tech and Uva neck and neck with Tech favored to win by four because it's playing on the home field.

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A Thanksgiving feast is all about good food and good fellowship. And in a football sense, Virginia Tech has managed to blend the right ingredients this season and produce an impressive recipe for success.
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Part of UVa's recipe for Saturday will be to stop Virginia Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi, who has made an immediate contribution since returning from bicep surgery.
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The Roanoke College Maroons are fresh off two tournament wins in the Salem Bank & Trust this past weekend. Friday and Saturday Page Moir's team plays in the Myrtle Beach Classic. The Maroons draw Cabrini in the opener, and Moir knows he can count on the 1-2 punch of Kevinn Hunter and Jarrod Butler.
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That's it for the ticker, coming up at six, news of a local super soph basketball standout who has recieved a major Division one basketball scholarship offer. See ya then everybody.

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On Wall Street today, stocks ended the day higher in a relatively quiet trading session ahead of the holiday.
With the specifics, here's Marcella Palmer.
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A momma cat could not have found a much worse place to give birth to her kittens.
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A construction company in North Carolina was expecting a shipment of parts from Georgia, but when workers opened the box they found four newborn kittens.
The cats were fine despite going two days without food or water.
A woman who works for the company took the kittens home and fed them with an eyedropper.
Her sons named the cats Wild Thing, Georgia, Sparky and Boots.
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