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A couple of chain- reaction collisions tied up holiday traffic on I- 81 this morning.
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And, it's a recipe for delays this Thanksgiving, as travelers across the country cope with rough weather and new airport security regulations.
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Periods of rain make up the Wednesday forecast. Improving weather on the way for the second half of the week. The full holiday forecast is coming up.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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At airports around the country, travelers are trying to get a head- start on the holiday weekend rush.
But they'll still encounter delays because of tighter security.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Millions of travelers are heading out by air, road, and rail.
Aside from heightened airport security, travelers will also encounter heightened gas prices and EARLY winter weather.
Scott Rapoport has more.
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LOUSY WEATHER AND MILLIONS OF HOLIDAY TRAVELERS COULD COMBINE TO MAKE THIS THANKSGIVING EVE A TOUGH DAY FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND.

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ON WHAT'S EXPECTED TO ONE OF THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAYS SINCE 9/11...SNOW IS FALLING IN KANSAS CITY....AND AREAS FROM ST. LOUIS TO DETROIT COULD GET HALF A FOOT.
WHILE RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST FOR THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH.

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AT THE AIRPORTS...BEEFED UP SECURITY IS ALSO CERTAIN TO SLOW PEOPLE DOWN..AND FOR SOME THAT COULD INCLUDE A CONTROVERSIAL PHYSICAL PATDOWN.

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"THAT'S GETTING AT NON-METALLIC ITEMS. THINGS THAT WON'T SET OFF THE METAL DETECTOR BUT MAY BE EXPLOSIVE, WE SAW TWO AIRCRAFT ATTACKED IN RUSSIA OVER THE SUMMER."
BUT NOT EVERYONE SEES THE NEED FOR THE PAT-DOWNS.

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"IT WAS VERY HUMILIATING. I ALMOST STARTED TO CRY."

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"I MUCH RATHER THEY DO THAT THEN HAVE SOMEONE GET THROUGH WITH A WEAPON."

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AS MANY AS 30 MILLION PEOPLE WILL TRAVEL BY CAR. HIGH GAS PRICES ARE APPARENTLY NOT ENOUGH TO SLOW THEM DOWN, BUT FORECASTERS SAY WEATHER MAY DO JUST THAT.
SCOTT RAPAPORT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK ))

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As people start heading out of Roanoke for the Thanksgiving holiday, authorities have already had one mess on I-81 to deal with.
Around 8 this morning, a pair of chain-reaction accidents tied up traffic in the southbound lanes at the Roanoke-Montgomery County line.
State police say seven vehicles were involved, including three tractor-trailers.
Two people were taken to the hospital, with minor injuries.
Traffic is now moving fine.

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Police say alcohol may have contributed to a deadly accident in Roanoke County last night.
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Police say they're not sure who was driving the 19-86 Mazda when it crossed the center line, hit a culvert and went airborn at the intersection of Bent Mountain Road and Old Bent Mountain Road. It happened around 10:30. Jeffrey Wayne Fields was ejected from the car, and died.
Another un- identified person was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Neither was wearing a seat belt. Police say alcohol and speed may have been factors on the wet roads.
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Two U- S soldiers have been killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan.
There were also rocket attacks today on two U- S bases.
In Iraq, scattered fighting is keeping U- S, British and Iraqi forces busy.
Charlie D'Agata has the latest from Baghdad.
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(( CHARLIE/ON CAM: THE FIRST PHASE OF THE NEW MAJOR MILITARY OFFENSIVE -- DUBBED OPERATION PLYMOUTH ROCK, TO COINCIDE WITH THANKSGIVING -- HAS BEEN AIMED AT RAIDING SUSPECTED INSURGENT HIDE-OUTS AHEAD OF A FULL-SCALE ASSAULT. INSERT: With fighting in Fallujah all but finished, five thousand US Marines and 1200 Iraqi commandos have pushed eastward, toward an area south of Baghdad. (BLACK WATCH) Joining in the offensive are British troops, in their first full combat role since the invasion. US military officials believe militants that slipped the net in Fallujah have relocated in the region, a hotbed of insurgent and criminal violence commonly known as the "triangle of death" (GRAPHIC-DOZIER PIECE: "Triangle of Death" of Mahmudiya, Latifiya, Iskandiriyah & Hillah) There's been a surge in attacks in the area, including the execution of several Iraqi national guards in the past couple of days....and near daily assaults against US military patrols. (MILITANT VIDEO) This militant video, according to the claim posted on an Islamist website, was taken on the road from Baghdad to Hilla...in the heart of the region. (VARIOUS ATTACK FILE, OR INSURGENT FILE) Not only do insurgents regularly target US military convoys here, the region is famous for attacks on Shiite Muslims trying to get from Baghdad to the holy city of Najaf...the only direct road cuts right through it. Car bombs, ambushes and kidnappings are routine...there's said to be a one thousand dollar reward for any Shiite worshipper killed...and at least two prominent Shiite clerics have been stopped on the road, and executed. CHARLIE/ON CAM SHIITE LEADERS SAY SUNNIS HAVE RESORTED TO VIOLENCE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY'LL LOSE BIG IN ELECTIONS. THEY'RE OUTNUMBERED THREE TO ONE. AND WITH SHIITE CLERIC AYATOLLAH ALI AL SISTANI ISSUING A RELIGIOUS ORDER FOR ALL SHIITES TO TAKE ART IN THE ELECTIONS, YOU CAN EXPECT A HIGH VOTER TURNOUT. CD, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD. ))

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A tape from a man claiming to be Jordanian militant Abu Musab al- Zarqawi says Muslim scholars are letting Iraq down.
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Al-Zarqawi lashed out at the scholars today for not speaking out against U-S actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The tape is posted on the Internet, but officials haven't yet confirmed whether its authentic.
It's unclear whether the message was intended as a direct threat against religious scholars.
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The price of mailing a letter is expected to go up next year. We'll tell you by how much after the break.
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Plus a legendary rock star puts a price on the head of the burglars who robbed his London home.
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It could soon cost more to mail a letter.
The Wall Street Journal reports the U- S Postal Service wants to raise the price of stamps to 41 cents, and could seek approval for it as early as next year.
The last postal rate increase came in 2002.

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A problem with the concrete steps at Victory Stadium will apparently not be fixed any time soon.
Three weeks ago, several people were slightly injured after the steps crumbled under their feet.
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Shortly after the incident, the city found more problem steps-- and as a result blocked off four areas of the stadium.
The Civic Center which runs Victory Stadium has decided no repairs will be made until the citizen's committee makes a recommendation about the future of the facility.
City officials say it makes sense to hold off since the work will come with a hefty price tag.
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The city also points out there are no more football games scheduled this season at Victory Stadium.
But when soccer gets underway next spring, those sections will still be off limits.
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Boyd also says the city has very little money to fix Victory Stadium because the facility loses on average more than 200-thousand dollars a year.
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An accused armed robber in Danville ran into some bad luck early this morning. Shortly before two, officer George Stevenson was on duty at Sheetz on Riverside Drive, when a customer told him the place was being robbed. With his gun drawn, Stevenson confronted the robber, who was pointing a B-B gun at the clerk.
The robber fled on foot, and the officer gave chase.
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[TAKe LONDON FS] 33 year old Gary Dale London of Danville was caught by Stevenson -- and was taken into custody after a brief scuffle.
He's charged with armed robbery, obstruction of justice, assault on a police officer, attempting to disarm an officer, wearing a mask in public and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
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A little too much reality for reality T-V star and heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.
The singer came face to face with one of the burglars who escaped with more than two million dollars' worth of jewels.
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(( In the middle of the night, naked, Ozzy Osbourne grappled with one of the burglars.

(OZZY OSBOURNE) THERE WAS ONLY ONE PERSON IN THE ROOM THAT I TOOK ON. I

ACTED PURELY ON IMPULSE.
The intruder broke free and jumped from a second floor window of the couples' country home. An accomplice made off with the jewels... More than two million dollars worth of rock star glitter.. .....including a sapphire so big it's called 'the swimming pool', and a ten carat diamond.

(OZZY OSBOURNE) THE SENTIMENT OF THE DIAMOND RING I BOUGHT SHARON

IS...SHE BEAT CANCER, SHE , PEOPLE WILL PROBABLY SAY OH, THEY CAN AFFORD IT, IT'S NOT A POINT OF THAT. IT'S SENTIMENT. YOU CAN'T BUY SENTIMENT.

(SHARON OSBOURNE) HE ALWAYS SAID I WAS A PERFECT TEN, AND AND HE ALWAYS

SAID THAT WHEN HE HAD THE MONEY HE WOULD BUY ME A TEN CARAT DIAMOND RING, AND HE DID..
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COMES WHO HASN'T WORKED AND WANTS TO TAKE WHAT IS YOURS, IT (BLEEP) ME OFF BIG TIME
A warning to future burglars: would Ozzy have a go again??

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The Osbournes have offered a large reward. SEM CBS News London ))
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Coming up next Brent Watts will have our Turkey Day forecast.
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Plus we'll go behind the scenes of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to see what it takes to make Spongebob fly.
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Nothing says Thanksgiving like a bunch of giant balloons traveling through the streets of New York City.
But how do Snoopy, Big Bird and Spongebob get airborne?
Here's a look at what goes on behind the scenes.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 17 points. THe NASDAQ has gained 16.

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A Hokie win on Saturday could be a sweet victory for the team. Coming in Sports we'll find out which bowl Virginia Tech might be invited to.
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And it's fowl play in Texas, as these bowlers send their holiday birds flying down the lane.
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The Hokies will enjoy a sweet victory if they manage to beat the University of Virginia on Satruday.
Mike Stevens explains what a win could mean.
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UVA tight end Heath Miller had a field day last year against the Hokies.
This year he's been named a finalist for the Mackey Award.
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Miller is one of three finalists for the trophy that goes to the nation's top tight end.
He leads the Cavs in every receiving category, and has 5 T-D catches this season.
The junior from Honaker has 20 touchdown catches in his career.
The other finalists are Mercedes Lewis of UCLA, and Stanford's Alex Smith.
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The N-B-A players' union is appealing the suspensions handed to three Indiana Pacers for their actions in a brawl with Detroit Pistons fans Friday night.
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Ron Artest (ahr-TEST') was suspended for the rest of the season.
Stephen Jackson was ordered to sit out 30 games, while Jermaine O'Neal was given a 25-game ban. Union director Billy Hunter says the penalties are excessive, adding that a 35- game suspension would have been more appropriate for Artest.
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Here's a sport to try-- unless you've already put your Thanksgiving bird in the oven.
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Corpus Christi, Texas hosted its annual Turkey Bowling contest yesterday.
Participants used their frozen turkeys as bowling balls for a chance to win big.
Prizes included everything from car stereo systems to autographed guitars.
Perhaps best of all-- participants get to take home a turkey for their holiday dinner.
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