An investigation reveals Tuesday's massacre in Mosul was apparently an inside job.
And, it's been a trying day for travelers at Richmond International Airport-- after a plane got stuck in the mud near the runway.
A fast moving cold front is pushing through this afternoon. Ahead of it, heavy rain and wind. Behind it very cold temperatures. We'll look at the entire holiday weekend forecast coming up.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
As the investigation continues into the deadly mess hall attack in Mosul, new fighting has erupted in Fallujah.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Battles with insurgents have resulted in more deaths in Iraq.
Three U-S soldiers were killed near Fallujah, while security at all American military bases is now under review.
Drew Levinson has more from Washington.
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With the insurgent group claiming responsibility for Tuesdays deadly
attack in Mosul now saying it was an inside job-the U.S military is
re-examining security measures at all of its bases in Iraq.
Iraqis hold a variety of jobs on bases including translation, cleaning
It appears thats how the suicide bomber got on the base.
Todays Washington Post reports the militant groups website says he
was a local man who had worked there for four months.
He apparently gained the Americans trust by providing them with
At lunchtime he walked into the dining tent and blew himself up-killing
22 people and wounding more than 70.
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Half of the wounded are now being treated at a U-S Army medical center
17 are in intensive care suffering from abdominal and shrapnel wounds,
broken bones and burns. Two patients had to have amputations.
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THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM WE EXPECT TO RECOVERNOW RECOVER QUICKLY IS
NOW CERTAINLY A RELATIVE TERM.
AND SO EVERYBODY THAT IS IN OUR INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IS QUOTE-UNQUOTE
Colonel Rhonda Cornum said the injuries were particularly bad because
the soldiers were not wearing body armor, as they normally would have
been in combat.
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AND WHILE THE WOUNDED ARE BEING TENDED TO--- THE BATTLES CONTINUE.
IN FALLUJAH MARINES TANGLED WITH INSURGENTSTHERE WERE DEATHS ON BOTH
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Hundreds of passengers are stuck at Richmond International Airport, after an airplane edged off a runway this morning and got stuck in the mud.
An airport spokesman says no one was hurt in the incident, which happened shortly before 8:30.
But few flights have been able to take off or land at the Richmond airport.
The spokesman said the pilot of the American Airlines M-D-80 jet taxied off the runway into a grassy patch.
The incident has blocked two runways that handle 98- percent of Richmond's flights.
A few planes have been able to take off from a third runway used by regional jets.
The airport does NOT have the necessary equipment to remove the jet.
American Airlines is trying to get the equipment to Richmond.
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BRENT in WX Center
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A pre- holiday storm is causing chaos in several states.
In Ohio, more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses are
And people all over the country are facing a travel nightmare-- instead of dreaming of a White Christmas.
Scott Rapoport has more.
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JUST TWO DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS...A DEADLY, POWERFUL WINTER STORM IS
PARALYZING HUGE SECTIONS OF THE MIDWEST.
IN KENTUCKY, SOUTHERN INDIANA AND TENNESSEE...INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS ARE
FROZEN SOLID AND CLOSED IN SOME AREAS...LITTERED WITH JACK-KNIFED TRUCKS.
ALREADY....SEVERAL TRAFFIC DEATHS ARE BEING BLAMED ON THE STORM.
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"THIS IS 14 TRACTOR TRAILER OFF THESE THREE RAMPS DOWN HERE."
"THERE WERE 20 CARS STUCK HERE LAST NIGHT TOO."
SOME OF THE RIGS MADE IT BACK ON THE ROAD...WHILE OTHERS STILL WERE
THE SNOW IS FALLING IN RECORDS NUMBERS...
16 INCHES IN DAYTON...WHERE SOME PASSENGERS AT THE AIRPORT THERE WERE
LEFT STRANDED...--FORCED TO SPEND THE NIGHT ON COTS IN THE TERMINAL.
19 IN EVANSVILLE...
WITH OTHER CITIES EXPECTED TO REACH DOUBLE DIGITS BEFORE ITS ALL OVER.
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AND THEN HEADING INTO CHRISTMAS A COLD BLAST OF ARTIC AIR...5 TO 10
DEGREES BELOW ZERO BY CHRISTMAS DAY.
IT LOOKED LIKE A BLIZZARD....OVERNIGHT IN INDIANA... WITH MORE CARS AND
TRUCKS LOSING THEIR BATTLE AGAINST MOTHER NATURE.
FOR THESE FOLKS.....AND SO MANY OTHER MIDWESTERNERS...
...THE DREAM OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS...
...AND THE COLD REALITY OF WHAT THAT CAN BRING.
SCOTT RAPOPORT, CBS NEWS
Montgomery County has canceled its request that customers on the Price's Fork Water System conserve water.
This morning the system was restored.
In a release, the county says the voluntary conservation, along with repairs to supply lines and additional water provided by Blacksburg and Christiansburg, has allowed the system to recover about a third of its full capacity.
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Coming up after the break, an hour of random knife attacks in London leaves one dead and many others fighting for life in the hospital.
And a new medical machine that's simple and easy to use might be able to keep heart attack patients out of the hospital.
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Police say one person is dead and five others critically injured after a man went on a stabbing rampage today in London.
Authorities say they began receiving reports this morning of stabbings outside train stations, and on streets in the city's northern neighborhoods.
Police have arrested a suspect.
They believe he was driving a car, and pulling off the road to attack his victims.
Just in time for the busy travel weekend--
The government has modified the airport security screening process for women.
In response to numerous complaints, the government has ordered security workers to avoid touching female passengers between the breasts during patdown searches.
Starting today, screeners must pat down the perimeter of the chest, backside, and abdomen of women, unless they suspect they're hiding explosives.
Roughly two million passengers a week are given pat-down searches.
Danville police are asking for help finding the man who allegedly robbed a bank there last week.
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Officers say Thirty-seven year old Anthony *Todd* Marshall of Danville entered Virginia Bank and Trust armed with a gun.
He is accused of robbing two tellers of an undisclosed amount of money.
He reportedly left the scene on a red and white dirt bike, which was recovered by police a short time later behind the Parker Road Trailer Park.
You've probably seen automated de- fibrillators in airports, malls, and office buildings... and they could save your life.
But now, a new type of device may hold even more promise... it's called the auto- pulse.
Doctor Sanjay Gupta has more...
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[SUPER=01-Caralee Welch/Heart Attack Survivor; :11]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Arthur Chin/Cardiologist; :16]
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((Earlier this year, 57-year-old Caralee Weich and her daughter Amy were in
downtown San Francisco seeing a play, when Caralee felt light-headed.
I told her I felt dizzy, and I just kind of went down.
she was shocked 8 times, given all of the proper CPR drugs, intubated in the
Caralee's heart had failed and several nurses, who were at the theater
attending the play, started CPR.
but when the ambulance arrived.. the nurses were replaced with a machine called
without it, she probably wouldn't have survived because the machine does far
more effective CPR .
I believe that the autopulse was instrumental in Caralee's complete recovery.
the autopulse is designed to do the chest-compression part of CPR and couldn't
be simpler to use. You simply strap it to the patient, and turn it on.
With this device, they turn it on, and they let it go.
And, its works.
in Caralee's case, her heart was stopped for almost 40 minutes. that's usually
too long, often leaving one dead or with significant brain damage...
Ambulance companies, fire departments and hospitals across the country are
beginning to buy Autopulse machines, and in one fire chief's opinion, its well
worth the cost of $11,000.
This is one of the best products we've ever seen. This is something that
medically is going to make a difference.
Caralee considers herself living proof.
My daughter Amy got married in July, and I walked her down the aisle, and I
would have hated to miss that experience.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, San Francisco California ))
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Up next on the newscast,
we'll tell you about a woman who paid 50 thousand dollars for a copycat.
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Virginia Tech is already cashing in on its membership in the A-C-C.
It's inclusion in one of the top basketball divisions has fans flocking to the Cassell.
Justin McLeod reports.
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[SUPER=01-Rich Carpenter/Virginia Tech Basketball Fan; 1:15]
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You'll hear a lot more noise these days at Virginia Tech men's basketball games.
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That's because there are a lot more people, thanks to Tech's membership into the ACC.
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((ANNETTE PERKINS/BASKETBALL FAN: I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. I THINK WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT FOR A LONG TIME. I THINK IT'S GREAT.))
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It's so great virtually every home basketball game is sold out this season. (SIGN)
Take Sunday's game against North Carolina, there were very few empty seats.
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Two years ago, Tech had sold just over three thousand season tickets, now it's more than 8 thousand.
That leaves roughly 1800 tickets, and those go to students.
The only tickets available to the public will be the ones the students fail to pick up.
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((SANDY SMITH/ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR FOR TICKETING: BUT I DON'T SEE ANY CONFERENCE GAME THIS YEAR WHERE WE'LL HAVE A TICKET FOR SALE.))
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Those lucky enough to see the games say Virginia Tech and the ACC are a perfect combination.
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But fans also realize expectations are greater now that they're in a premier conference.
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((RICK CARPENTER: IT'S GOING TO BE A STRUGGLE. WE'VE BEEN BAPTIZED AND NOW WE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY IN THE ACC.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: MEN'S BASKETBALL HAS BECOME SO POPULAR TECH SAYS IT NOW HAS SCALPERS AT THE GAMES, SOMETHING THE UNIVERSITY HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
If you can't imagine life without your pet, this is the story for you.
A California company has created a cloned cat, named Little Nicky.
The nine- week- old kitten is the first ever cloned- to- order pet sold in the U- S.
He was delivered two weeks ago to a Texas woman who was saddened by the loss of a cat she'd owned for 17 years.
Little Nicky cost its owner 50- thousand dollars.
The woman says the "copy cat" is identical and even acts like the one that died.
It was cloned from its banked D-N-A.
In case you were wondering, officials of Genetic Savings and Clone say they hope to create a cloned dog by next May.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was unchanged. The NASDAQ has gained six.[Tease3]
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Admission to the Roanoke Dazzle game tonight is cheap.
Coming up in Sports, we'll find out what you can do to get in.
And the Hokies go into the Sugar Bowl minus Marcus Vick -- just like it's been all season.
But many players say the sidelined star will make his comeback next year.
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You won't have to have much money to get into the Roanoke Dazzle game tonight.
Admission is a non-perishable item of food, toy, or piece of clothing for the Rescue Mission.
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[SUPER=01-Dennis Robarge/Roanoke Dazzle President; :00]
[OUT Q=...less fortunate at the Rescue Mission."]
The Dazzle also will be giving away that all-expenses paid Tech Sugar Bowl Package tonight.
The Virginia Cavaliers December 27th date with Fresno State in the Micron PC Bowl is fast approaching.
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The Cavaliers arrived in Boise, Idaho Tuesday night and were escorted to their hotel.
The Wahoos received a warm welcome with signage and banners at the team headquarters.
Yesterday, the Wahoos went through practice on the famous blue turf, the home of the Boise State Broncos.
Bronco Stadium seats 30-thousand fans.
22 offensive and defensive players from UVa and Fresno State will go head to head today in the first annual Brawley Beef Bowl for charity in what the Cavs say will be a fun bowl, despite the cold, western setting.
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[OUT Q=get ready for the game."]
The Virginia Tech Fighting Gobblers had their final pre-Christmas practice yesterday.
Mike Stevens has more on the team -- and one of its sidelined players.
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[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/ACC Player of the Year; :23]
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/18th Season at Virginia Tech; 1:16]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
(( With the chilly workouts in Blacksburg now behind them, the Hokies will celebrate Christmas then return to campus and head to New Orleans.
As has been the case all season long - Marcus Vick will not be a part of anything.
Yet in many ways he is as close as ever.
Even though Vick competed head to head with Randall and took his job in 2003 - the two have spoken often this season.
All indications are that Vick has done everything that has been asked of him since he was kicked out of school.
And most believe he will be back in 2005.
The Hokies are scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on December 28th. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
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