76- thousand- 700 and counting...
The number of earthquake victims in South Asia keep rising, as the U-S promises more assistance.
And, we'll have a live interview with a local Red Cross official about how you can help the victims.
Sunshine continues across the region but we can expect a few more clouds as we head through the afternoon. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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After three days, President Bush breaks his silence about the disaster in South Asia.
The President pledged massive U-S aid to the dozen nations ravaged by the earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean.
He also rejected the suggestion that wealthy countries were being "stingy" with their assistance.
Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
President Bush says the U- S is a generous nation that often lends a hand when needed.
The first American promise of 15- million dollars in relief has more than doubled to 35- million.
In his remarks this morning, Bush also urged Americans to donate money to relief groups.
Jennifer Donelan is in Washington this afternoon, and joins us now with an update.
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"It is important for the world to know that we are going to help those
THE PRESIDENT'S PUBLIC COMMENTS FROM HIS RANCH IN CRAWFORD TEXAS MADE IT
CLEAR...A RECENT ALLEGATION THAT THE U.S. AND OTHER RICH NATIONS WERE
BEING QUOTE "STINGY" WAS MISGUIDED. HE SAID AMERICA'S CURRENT PLEDGE
OF 35 MILLION DOLLARS IS JUST A BEGINNING.
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"We've established a regional core group with India, Japan and Australia
to help coordinate relief efforts. I'm confident more nations will join
this core group in short order."
A HAUNTING ESTIMATE FROM THE RED CROSS...THE DEATH TOLL COULD REACH
100,000. ACCESSING THE MOST DEVASTATED AREAS IS STILL A STRUGGLE...THE
DEAD HAVEN'T ALL BEEN COUNTED.
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"Several communited still under water..."
IN ONE TOWN AFTER THE NEXT, THE LIVING WALK AMONG DEAD. BODIES ARE
BEING BURIED AND CREMATED WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION. AN ESTIMATED 5
MILLION PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS...LEFT TO SCAVENGE, BEG, OR EVEN LOOT IN
ORDER TO EAT. WITHOUT CLEAN WATER, HEALTH OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO WARN
DEADLY DISEASES COULD DOUBLE THE DEATH TOLL.
AS INTERNATIONAL AID WORKERS RUSH IN TO CLEAN UP AND HELICOPTERS CARRY
IN RELIEF SUPPLIES, TOURISTS ARE SCRAMBLING TO GET HOME...TO GET OUT OF
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"Sri Lanka has got enough problems without having to look after
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As you just heard, the death toll is astounding in Southeast Asia.
Red Cross officials say they've never before seen a natural disaster of this magnitude-- and they're already starting to organize assistance for earthquake survivors.
Amy Whittaker is with the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, she joins us now to talk more about the relief effort.
Good Afternoon, Amy.
(In the news release you all sent out-- it sounds like that financial contributions are the best way for most people to
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(Is the Roanoke chapter of the Red Cross planning to send staff members from here to Asia? )
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(There's also the concern about the spread of disease-- what is the Red Cross doing to curb that?)
(And folks wanting to help can call the Red Cross-- how else can they reach you all?)
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Thanks so much for coming in today, Amy,and good luck with the relief efforts.
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Powerful storms are being blamed for three deaths in California.
Freeways are flooded and heavy rains have triggered a rockslide.
But officials say the worst may be yet to come.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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(PKG) AN UNUSUAL BAND OF THUNDERSTORMS PUT A HUGE DAMPER ON THE HOLIDAY WEEK. IT WAS MOST INTENSE IN LOS ANGELES WHERE
DOWNPOURS STRANDED DRIVERS IN INTERSECTIONS TURNED TO LAKES, FREEWAY OVERPASSES SPURTED SHOWERS ON CARS BELOW, AND MOT
ORCYLES LOOKED MORE LIKE JET SKIS. (SOT: MOS,) It's pretty nasty, it was raining pretty hard it's nice to have an suv
instead of a car today. (NATS DEVORE) IN AREAS SCARRED BY WILDFIRES, SCORCHED HILLS UNLEASHED MUDFLOWS THAT OVERRAN ROADS AND THREATENED BRIDGES. ELSEWHERE, WINDS GUSTING UP TO 60 MILES AN HOUR TOPPLED TREES. THE STORM KNOCKED OUT POWER TO MORE THAN 11,000 HOMES AND EVERYWHERE PEOPLE HAD TO DEAL WITH THE MESS: MOS: It's awful, just awful. IT'S THE FIR
ST STORM OF THE WINTER SEASON-AND AS IS OFTEN THE CASE, DRIVERS SEEMED ILL-PREPARED, (SOT: CHP, unknown officer, 14:2
3:58) He was going a little too fast in the rain, hits his brakes and he jackknifed 2403 LEADING TO DEADLY COLLISIONS. THE STORM DUMPED UP TO 4 FEET OF SNOW ON THE MOUNTAINS... AND BY THE TIME IT'S OVER MORE THAN A DOZEN INCHES OF RAIN COULD FALL ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. AT TIMES, THE WATER CAME SO FAST AND FURIOUS THAT STORM DRAINS BACKED UP AND HOUSES FLOODED. MOS: It's better than tsunami, all we had is water so we're lucky. HUGHES O/C (covered) FORECASTERS PREDICT MORE WET WEATHER ALL THIS WEEK AND POSSIBLY INTO NEW YEAR'S DAY THIS SATURDAY. (o/c) THAT'S WORRYING ROSE PARADE ORGANIZERS WHO FEAR THIS COULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS THAT IT COULD RAIN ON THEIR PARADE. SH CBS NEWS PASADENA CA. ))
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon - Police say alcohol may be to blame in a fatal accident early this morning in Vinton.
and officials identify the remains of a body found in a Giles County arson. Details after the break.
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The skeletal remains found in a burnt home in Giles County are those of a missing Virginia Tech biologist.
The Roanoke Medical Examiner's office has confirmed the remains are those of 44 year old Sue Daniels.
Giles County investigators believe she was killed at the hands of 40 year old Niklan Jones.
Investigators say it was a murder-suicide, though the final cause of her death is still not known.
Jones body was found in the woods near Daniel's burnt home.
The two were well known social activists in Blacksburg, who once had a romantic relationship.
A man killed in an early morning drunk driving accident has been identified.
Police say 43-year-old Mario Rocha of Roanoke was driving westbound on Hardy Road when he crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.
He hit another car driven by 22-year-old Christopher Rivera of Roanoke..
He and his passenger, 22-year-old Stephen Barton were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
All the men had to be extricated from their cars.
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According to police, Rocha had been drinking.
Rivera and Barton are in fair condition at RMH.
A state police accident reconstruction team will be on the scene today trying to determine the exact point of impact and the speed of the cars at the time of the accident.
Vinton police are looking for a 25 year old woman last seen by her mother last month.
Officials say Melinda Denise Bond was last seen in Salem, when she dropped her infant off at her mother's home on her way to work.
When she didn't return later that day, her mother found out Bond had never been to work.
Bond's mother went to her home in Vinton, and found the door unlocked, and several thousand dollars in new merchandise.
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Bond was last seen driving a black 2001 Toyota Tundra with the license place JLU-9488.
She is described as five feet eight inches tall, with red hair and hazel eyes.
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If you have any information regarding Bond, you're asked to call the Vinton Police Department at (540) 983-0611.
A robbery suspect is in custody this morning after a store manager, supplier and customers helped police make an arrest.
The incident happened around 8 o'clock this morning at the One Stop Market on Williamson Road.
The suspect went behind the counter and tried to grab money from manager Sharon Underwood.
Underwood tried to stop the man, and one of the store's vendors and other customers chased him to a residential neighborhood.
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((SHARON UNDERWOOD: NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF PROBLEM YOU HAVE, ROBBING SOMEBODY IS NOT THE ANSWER AND THE POLICE WITH THE TECHNOLOGY THERE IS TODAY, THEY'RE RIGHT ON TOP OF THINGS. THEY WERE HERE IN SECONDS.))
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Store employees say the suspect was a regular customer, but no word yet from police on his identity.
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Coming up - many celebrities entertain best when they don't even try. We'll take a look at the year's most entertaining highlights after the break
and a mother in Richmond gives her daughter three of the most precious gifts possible - triplets. We'll check on the family a little later.
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You could call it a triple miracle--
A 55- year- old Richmond woman has given birth to triplets-- she's a surrogate mother for her own daughter.
Tina Cade gave birth to the babies yesterday-- two boys and a girl-- her new grandchildren.
That after Cade's daughter, Camille and her husband had tried unsuccessfully to conceive a child for four years.
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Cade delivered the children by C- section.
All are said to be doing fine.
From Hollywood to the Big Apple, entertainers had quite a busy year.
Whether it was getting married, having babies or in one case, going to jail.
And then there were those who just said goodbye.
Teri Okita takes a look back at the year in Entertainment.
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((TRACK: 2004 was a year of happy endings ...
Ross: "This is it... Unless we're on a break?"
Sex & The City,
Carrie: "Oh my god... really?"
TRACK: ... and even better beginnings - no matter WHAT name they were
given: Courtney's Coco, Gwyneth's Apple, or Julia's double delight,
Phinnaeus and Hazel.
NATSD crowd :"Michael!!!!!"
TRACK: But there is was no beginning or ending for Michael Jackson
...his child molestation case didn't get underway.
NATSD: crowd: "Hold your head high Martha!!!"
TRACK: The verdict DID come down for other another celebrity defendant
NATSD: Martha Stewart: This is a shameful day.
Nats music pop: "Crazy In Love"
TRACK: No shame for singing sensation, Beyonce Knowles
NATSD - music pop from crazy in love
TRACK: the big winner at this year's Grammy's who nabbed five awards.
NATSD Music: Hey ya!
TRACK: Album of the year - (clap clap clap) - Outkast's SpeakerBoxx: The
NATSD OF MUSIC
TRACK: Announcing a BIG move....
NATSD: "HOWARD STERN!!!!!"
TRACK: In 2006 he'll shift his shock-jock morning talk from
FCC-controlled - Air waves to the freedom of satellite signals.
NATSD: Montage of Jeopardy answers
TRACK: And another king ended his reign
TRACK: Ken Jennings -
NATSD: WHOSE 74 DAY CASH WINNINGS TOTAL $2,520,700!
TRACK: Not quite as winning
NATSD: Janet Jackson: I m very sorry
TRACK: a Super Bowl slip up and the now-infamous wardrobe malfunction.
NATSD: Passion of the Christ
TRACK: And inflaming a far different type of controversy....Mel
Gibson's graphic The Passion of the Christ. With mounds of
publicity...it pulled in 370-million.
NATSD: Shrek movie - horn Hawaii 5-O
TRACK: Topping the box office Shrek 2 Dreamworks' green monster grossed
more than 441-million dollars.
NATSD: Shrek: "Donkey!"
NATSD: Lord of the rings movie nat pop
TRACK: And cleaning up at the Oscars - The Lord of the Rings: The Return
of the King.... winning 11-awards.
NATSD: Gandalf: "Go back to the abyss!"
TRACK: Winning wedding of the year a three-way tie TWO, which include
the same bride.
TRACK: Britney Spears tied a loose knot the first time 'round - got an
annulment, then, a few months later, slipped past the press for a second
wedding to a SECOND guy.
NATSD: Britney / My prerogative "some say I'm crazy"
TRACK: The third time could be a charm for J-Lo who married singer Marc
Anthony shortly after the demise of Bennifer her former famous coupling
with Ben Affleck.
NATSD: J-lo / Jenny from the block "don't hate on me"
TRACK: 2004 may go down in entertainment as the year of lots of flash
where sometimes, celebrities are famous for just being famous. Teri
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was down 39 points. Nasdaq lost less than a point.
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The Nuggets promote an assistant coach. Coming up after the break a stalling season coming off a winning year forces changes in the Motor City.
And the Hokie women are showing they've got what it takes on the hardwood by doubling up last night's opponent.
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Another bowl game is in the books.
Derek Anderson threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns, as Oregon State beat Notre Dame, 38 to 21, in the Insight Bowl in Phoenix.
Anderson tossed scoring strikes to George Gillett, Joe Newton and Dan Haines, while the Beavers were building a 21-to-0 lead in the first half.
Newton also grabbed a two-yard T-D pass in the fourth quarter, before Dwight Wright iced the victory with a three-yard scoring run.
Newton finished with eight receptions for 104 yards.
Oregon State improved to 7-and-5, despite rushing for only 20 yards.
The Irish end the year 6-and-6.
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In the Independance Bowl, Steve Hicks and quarterback Bret Meyer each ran for more than 100 yards as Iowa State downed Miami of Ohio 17 to 13.
Meyer carried 23 times for 122 yards.
Hicks scored on a four yard run, and finished with 159 yards on 27 carries.
The Cyclones finished with 295 rushing yards -- a school record for a bowl game.
Redhawks quarterback Josh Betts threw for 240 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted by Ellis Hobbs in the final minute.
The Redhawks finish 8-and-5 in their final season under coach Terry Hoeppner, who was named Indiana's coach earlier this month.
Miami of Ohio offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery has been promoted to head coach, replacing Terry Hoeppner (HEP'-n
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The Denver Nuggets will start the day with new coach.
Jeff Bzdelik (biz-DEH'-lik) has been fired after two- plus seasons as the head coach.
The dismissal comes amid a six- game losing streak that has the Nuggets at 13 and 15 -- one season after reaching the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
Assistant Michael Cooper was elevated to interim coach.
The Tech Women went at it for the 30th time with Southern Mississippi in the Lady Luck Classic.
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Beth Dunkenberger's team was on cruise control most of the night in this one.
Tech led by as many as 31 in the opening half.
Kerri Gardin led the way with 19 points...
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as the Hokies won it 105 to 40.
The 65 point win is the largest margin of victory in school history.
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