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22- thousand deaths and counting after Asia's massive earthquake.
Officials say a better warning system could have saved lives.
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Pulaski authorities release the name of a man they say tried to kill one of their deputies on Christmas Day. [WX-Head]
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Another cold afternoon but a warming trend is not that far off. I'll have your forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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The strongest earthquake the world has seen in four decades has now claimed more than 22- thousand lives.
And the death toll could climb even higher.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
While relief agencies rush aid to tsunami victims in southern Asia, government officials in Thailand and Indonesia are onceding that public warnings came too late for thousands in the path of the deadly waves.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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With the death toll from this weekends tsunamis at 20-thousand and rising-people in South Asia are trying to come to grips with what happened.
Though the search continues for survivors-the reality is-its more a grim hunt for bodies.

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Yesterday, walls of water as high as 30 feet crashed into fishing villages and resorts from Indonesia to India to Thailand.

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SUDDENLY WE SAW THE WATER ADVANCED, TO START WE THOUGH IT WAS JUST THE SEA REALLY GETTING A LITTLE ANGRY THEN THE SECOND WAVE WAS A LOT STRONGER AND WE RUSHED UPSTAIRS.
The 9-point-oh earthquake-the largest in 40 years-struck beneath the sea northwest of Sumatra. Huge geological plates suddenly shifted, displacing millions of tons of water.

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"what happens is you get a break in crust and waves begin to grow."
Within minutes some Indonesian villages were under water. Some of the tidal waves traveled for one thousand miles in two and a half hours before slamming into India and Sri Lanka.

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WE WERE IN THE ROOM WHEN THE BIG WAVE CAME AND THEN IT BROKE THE BIG WINDOW AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT WAS FULL OF WATER, THE WHOLE ROOM.
The biggest concern now is preventing the spread of disease. They are trying to bury as many people as fast as they can. Asian officials concede they failed to issue broad public warning immediately, but they also blamed the lack of sophisticated equipment and the fact they cant afford to buy such gear.

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PRESIDENT BUSH EXPRESSED HIS SYMPATHY TO THOSE SUFFERING AND SAID THE UNITED STATES STANDS READY HELP THOSE AFFECTED. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON. ))

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Rescue workers in France are looking through what's left of a five- story apartment building after a gas explosion.
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The blast killed 15 people and injured 14 others.
Officials say most of the deaths were caused by the collapse of three floors above the site of yesterday's explosion.
Victims ranged in age from 15 to 60.
Rescue workers are having to remove concrete beams as they search for more victims.
Authorities believe a gas leak caused the explosion.
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A suicide bomber missed his target in Baghdad, but killed 15 other people and injured dozens.
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Police say the bomber blew up his car at the gate of a top Shiite leader's home.
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim himself wasn't injured, but several of his guards were either killed or wounded.
His son, meanwhile, blames followers of Saddam Hussein for the suicide attack-- calling those responsible ``the remains of the dead regime.''
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The Pulaski Sheriff's Office has identified the man they say shot at one of their own on Christmas. 31 year old Edward Wayne Coffey is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
Investigators say a deputy tried to stop a van Saturday morning, and gave chase when the driver fled. The van ran through a fence and crashed near a cemetery in rural Pulaski County. Sheriff Davis says the driver got out of the van, and fired a round that struck the deputy's windshield. About five rounds were exchanged before Coffey fled into nearby woods. The sheriff says Coffey eventually turned himself in. The deputy who was shot at, was NOT injured.

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Danville police say they need your help finding one of their officer's belongings. Officer Billy Chaney was off-duty Thursday night, when he parked his personal vehicle in the parking lot of Rock Ola Cafe' on Crown Drive. Chaney says when he returned to his car, he discovered his badge, handgun, and other credentials had been stolen.
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[TAKE CRIMESTOPPERS FS - E530] Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police or Danville Crimestoppers at 434-793-0000.
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon - travel is slowly getting up to speed for one airline while passenger tempers take flight over another company's handlings
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And it looks like a clear victory this time around for the opposition party in the Ukraine elections.
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After another vote in Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko is thanking his supporters and claiming victory.
Official results have come in from more than 98 percent of precincts, giving the opposition leader the presidency.
Mark Phillips reports.
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Comair is slowly beginning to get flights back on the board, but it will be several days before the regional airline will be able to resume a full schedule of flights.
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Comair's computer system crashed Saturday after it was overwhelmed by cancellations and delays caused by the winter storm that socked the Ohio Valley. More than 11-hundred flights were cancelled over the weekend, leaving more than 30-thousand travelers out in the cold.
A spokesman says the airline's goal right now is to operate as many flights as possible. Officials say they hope to be fully operational by the middle of the week.
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The Comair computer glitch wasn't the only problem causing headaches for air travelers this weekend.
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At Philadelphia International, problems at U- S Airways caused a backlog of thousands of pieces of luggage.
More than 300 flights were cancelled because huge numbers of baggage handlers and flight attendants called in sick.

But aviation experts say it's NOT a sign that the airline industry itself is ailing.
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Meanwhile, just one runway is operating at Boston's Logan International Airport, as the winter storm heads up the Eastern Seaboard.
As much as a foot and a half of snow fell across the region overnight.
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It's been three decades since the San Diego Zoo has seen THIS kind of monkey business.
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Chien, a Francois Langur monkey, managed to escape from his cage on Christmas Day, and climbed a eucalyptus tree at a nearby school.
Zoo officials found him and used a tranquilizer dart to take him back into custody.
They worried that Chien might have been poisoned by the eucalyptus leaves.
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Zoo officials say they'll keep a close eye on him, but they think he'll be okay.
They say it's been about 30 years since a primate has managed to escape from the zoo.
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Coming up - Leo Hirsbrunner has a look at your work week forcast
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and did the holiday spending forecast help the economy this year? We'll take a look after the break.
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This year's holiday shopping season started slowly, but did spending pick up?
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was down 23 points. Nasdaq lost 10 points.


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The man considered by many to be the N-F-L's best defensive player passes away.
We'll have more on how Reggie White's impact is still being felt by players in the league.
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Plus, fans wanted him out last year.
Now Tech's defense coach is riding high, after leading the team to the best defensive record in the A-C-C.

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He's considered one of the best defensive players to ever step foot on the football field. Now Reggie White is gone.
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The former N-F-L sack leader and two-time Defensive Player of the Year died yesterday at the age of 43. White's wife, Sara, says he died of a heart attack. White's 15-year career was spent in Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina. He set an N-F-L record with 198 sacks before retiring in 2000. With White, the Packers won Super Bowl 31 and an N-F-C championship. The ordained minister touched so many lives as a player, but more as a person.
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Peyton Manning is the N-F-L's new single- season touchdown passing leader, after topping Dan Marino's bar.
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Manning breaks the mark while leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 34-to-31 overtime win against San Diego. Manning tied the mark of 48 touchdown passes by hitting James Mungro for a three-yard score in the third quarter.
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The record fell when Brandon Stokley hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass with 56 seconds left.
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The Washington Redskins took a 10- 6 lead into the fourth quarter, only to watch Dallas come back and win.
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Patrick Ramsey was 19 of 29 for 158 yards. Ramsey hits Robert Royal for a five-yard touchdown connection with less than seven seconds left to give the Redskins a 10-to-6 lead.
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But the Cowboys' Vinny Testaverde engineered a nine-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a 39-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton-- with just 30 seconds left to give Dallas a 13-to-10 win. The outcome was in doubt until Jeff Chandler's 57-yard field goal attempt fell short as time expired. The 5-and-10 Redskins held Julius Jones to 57 yards on 22 carries. The Skins Clinton Portis had just 32 yards.
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The Atlanta Falcons couldn't get off the ground against the New Orleans Saints without star quarterback Michael Vick.


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Aaron Brooks accounted for two touchdowns, and New Orleans kept its playoff hopes alive with the win. Brooks was 12-of-24 for 227 yards and a touchdown for the 7-and-8 Saints.
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The Falcons went with former U-V-A quarterback and Atlanta backup Matt Schaub, who was just 17- of- 42 for 188 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Schaub also was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
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The Hokie footballers are back on campus today -- getting ready for the trip to New Orleans tomorrow.
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Perhaps no one is enjoying the Hokies' unexpected success this season more than defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Last year at this time - people were trying to run him out of town.
Now a year later, he has the ACC's top rated defense - a group that gave up only 3 second- half touchdowns in 8 ACC games.
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Auburn remains a six and a half point favorite for the game.

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[Keith at desk] A Danville cop has his gun, bullets and badge stolen.
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And local airlines deal with missed flights and baggage delays at eastern airports.
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